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Sunday, 15 April 2012 21:04

Intellectualism & God: Will your belief matter?

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Many a times the prejudices that we hold do not allow us to appreciate the new viewpoint being presented to us. So, we look for excuses to weaken the argument being analyzed for us. Using some biblical examples let us expatiate on this issue. The Pharisees constituted political authority in Israel in their days. Since, the country’s constitution rested on what we call the scriptures anyway; the Pharisees were at the pinnacle of not just intellectualism, but were the legal luminaries in the society. Therefore, they enjoyed some level of dignified respect in the society. In fact, they formed the…
Please let me introduce to you Mrs. Kate Chinwe Okoye nee Nwafor. If you live in Boston area Kate does not need any introduction but if you do not you must meet her and that is why I want to introduce this wonderful Nigerian. Mrs. Okoye is the 3rd Nigerian personality I am calling attention to. My reason for profiling some Nigerians is to balance out some of the stories about Nigerians; ordinary Nigerians, those in our community who reach out to do good deeds without expecting or reaping any material rewards for their community involvement. We read often of…
Sunday, 01 April 2012 10:43

Christians must go to church!

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Introduction In the first part of this discussion (Christian? – go to Church) we contended that ignorance pervades in the society and people love to exploit that ignorance of the word of God to manipulate the generality of the public to follow their personal agenda by introducing half-truths and false statements that are supposed to derive validity from the scriptures. Yet, Christians gullibly accept that position. We also pointed out that many who call themselves Christians do not actually got to Church and therefore, they have difficulty in discovering that either these statements are incomplete or twisted. This is a…
Sunday, 18 March 2012 00:35

Christian? – Go to church! Part 1

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He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1). The US Presidential campaign period can be funny to observers who choose not take it too much to heart. It is a period when every American pops up in his or her own list of expectations and minimum standards. So, it was funny the other day when a pastor came on national TV with a list of the minimum expectation from potential Republican Party candidates who were preparing their campaign agenda. Candidates expecting the votes of the evangelical Christian…
In Igbo of Nigeria, to become a Gburu Gburu Leader like Dim Ojukwu is an achieved position and status. It must be earned by the circumtances of collective history, connection, representation and relevance for the good of one's people and larger society. It is not ballyhooed. In other words, it is not a be-thing sensational, noisy argument or disturbance. And since installing Dim Ojukwu by the people of Nnewi and their Eze in 1982 when Ojukwu returned from 13 years of exile to the trumpet of the welcoming of a hero as Ikemba of Nnewi, the tempo, and indeed, beauty…
Sunday, 19 February 2012 03:13

What Is Love?

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I woke up this morning and the thought of love was in my mind. I asked myself: what does love really mean? To answer my own question I wrote this essay. To love is to join with the loved one and in so doing eliminate ones existential alones and its pain; to love is to give one’s self peace and happiness and give to those one loves ones peace and happiness. Enjoy. LOVE IS GIVING PEACE AND JOY TO YOUR SELF (AND TO THOSE YOU LOVE) Ozodi Thomas Osuji The word love is probably one of the most frequently used…
Saturday, 18 February 2012 00:10

Drugs: Happiness Candy or Cane?

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We quickly and conveniently forget that Lucifer was present at our creation. He realizes that the family was established by God as our primary source of immediate social and spiritual support. Since, Lucifer has fallen out of favor; it makes all the sense for him to attack us with deception; such that we are isolated from our major source of strength before he reins in total destruction. When Satan is able to remove our shield of the family environment, we are easily exposed to the devices of his soldiers. Today, we find nothing strange in the single mother of three…
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 15:07

Valentine Discussions: Sex and relationships

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Do not be deceived one bit about the title, this is another sermon from the mount. Even then, I just needed to clarify for us certain issues that are boiling this season. We as Christians continue to demonstrate that God is not a fool, irrespective of how smart we may pretend to be. When God ordained marriage in the Garden of Eden, sex was part of the package because he ordained fruitfulness and multiplication to the extent of dominating the world with it; as Moses recorded in the first book of the Bible. However, this was not a union of…
Valentine Day is a popular time in a year, namely February 14. Nigerians celebrate it with zealousness and craziness. So what can we now do better on a Val Day? What is love and friendship in the spirit of Valentine Day? This short article opens a view to understanding the dimensions of love and friendship embodied in Valentine celebration. In light of the asking, what can we do on a Valentine Day, the article makes the point that we can do something, and that is what we know. Once we have chosen to do something of value, love comes out…
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 09:00

Confessions Of A Woman Wrapper

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I am married, happily married. I am a woman wrapper, yes, I won't lie, I am a woman wrapper, I do whatever my wonderful, lovely, gorgeous wife wants me to do, who wan die? I have said it; oya, sue me. as I write, she is looking over my shoulders and dictating every word of this wonderful essay. No, it is the truth; I am happily married to my wonderful, lovely, gorgeous wife. Actually every happily married man is a woman wrapper. Any man who says he does not take "nonsense" from his wife is divorced or dead or both.…
Thursday, 09 February 2012 08:56

Structural Adjustment: A Domestic Analysis

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‘Tory dey… Once upon a time, there was a poor farmer with a wife, four children, and counting. They lived a hard life – this farmer and his wife but things were about to turn around. He had recently begun farming cocoa because his friend, Oyinbo said it would fetch him so such a high sum of money that there was no word for it in his language. Walking through his trees, he marveled at the gold-laden pods and dreamed of things he would buy. First he would buy an Aso Oke worthy of a king. He would have Kako,…
Sunday, 05 February 2012 17:22

Dog Eat Dog World And Existential Nothingness

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This piece is my idea of humor. They say that if you want to understand a person you should study his jokes, for folks reveal their personalities in what they find funny. I find life depressing yet funny. You go figure. Dog Eat Dog World And Existential Nothingness Ozodi Thomas Osuji I turned on the TV, Animal Planet channel. I watched as penguins returned from swimming deep into the ocean in search of food (fish) that they brought home to their chicks on Marian Island (midway between South Africa and Antarctica). As they came back to the Island the only…
Saturday, 04 February 2012 04:21

Valentine reflections: Pornea – our bane!

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Pornea is our bane! The month of February is commonly spent celebrating love as we usher in the spring season and the blooms of Valentine. However, we need to understand that it is about the celebration of true love rather than lust. Hence, it is morally correct for married couples, for promoting courtship among the engaged and for encouraging such serious commitments called engagements, as well as an opportunity for restoring broken or breaking homes. Nothing is wrong about marrying early if it were to prevent 'pornea'. Pornea is a Greek work from which pornography was derived. It refers to…
Monday, 30 January 2012 00:46

Reasons you are not married

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You are not married not because there is no man ready for marriage as a good number of men are looking for life partners. The major reason Nigerian men are now scared of marriage is waywardness. Men are now afraid because they don’t know who to trust and also not sure if that beautiful girl they are interested in still has her womb intact. They are also afraid because of the high mountain ladies have suddenly placed themselves on as no woman wants to date a poor man any longer but are all interested in those with good cars and…
The present essay is about intimacy and our body in a very transparent sexual language. It posits that we can only improve our relationships by grappling with them by women and men alike. Readers are to take note that care is observed in the writing to provide the needed intimate information in line with the caption above. Nevertheless, the essay posits that in order to improve our intimate relationships to bond, enjoy loving and being loved, get married and stay more married, we have got to work on some hidden but sensitive areas people avoid talking about and sharing their…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 20:26

The Challenge of Homosexuality

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In spite of the fact that less than 2 percent of the American population identifies itself in any way with homosexuality, it is undeniable that the organized attack on the society has allowed this evil to take firm root in modern society. In a sense, it is prophetic, because it is one of the pointers towards the second coming of Jesus Christ. Persuasive marketing techniques are used to challenge communities to portray anyone who opposes homosexuality as an uncivilized villain. Hence, homosexuality has been redefined as ‘normal’ or even ‘desirable’ social conduct, while determined efforts are employed to secure political…
The Nations within the spongy Nigeria are still struggling to live in good harmony and some individuals are pushing for same sex-marriage in the country. Millions of Nigerians are in abject poverty, staring to God for deliverance from the shackles of uncaring Nigerian leaders that refused to provide for their basic needs of life -- good roads, food, shelter, health care -- and some have the pertness to instigate same sex marriage. The Nations within the spongy Nigeria are still struggling to live in good harmony and some individuals are pushing for same sex-marriage in the country. Millions of Nigerians…
By Patrick Iroegbu This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Christmas is a big word and moment among Christians all over the universe. The Papacy in Rome like all other Catholic Dioceses and Parishes with their huge adherents will be celebrating Christmas this year as it is done every passing year. And so is for all Christian families and persons with their relatives, friends and colleagues. African societies enjoy Christmas out-doors unlike the western communities that stay in-doors, including the obvious magnification of malls or shopping centers to dignify Christmas. This is a time to not only engage in discussing Christmas but also to surely do…
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 14:36

Who Is Afraid Of Homosexuals?

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This article first appeared on March 13, 2006. It is excerpted from the book Time to Reclaim Nigeria. First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.” -Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945. If present government in Nigeria had its way, homosexuals, that subhuman…
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 07:15

Use love to guide your behavior

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Do you want to be peaceful and happy? If the answer is yes then use love to guide your behavior. In everything you do let love for you and for all people guide it. Before you do anything pause and ask: how would love have me do it? If you are truly using love to guide your behavior love would have you love you and love other persons; love would have you serve your self interest and other people’s self-interests, not in an either or manner but both. Love would never tell you to negate your self-interests in a misguided…
By BRENDAN SPIEGEL. Published: November 19, 2011 Omoyele Sowore uses a network of people to provide news online to Nigerians. WHEN news breaks in Nigeria, Omoyele Sowore is there. His Web news operation was the first to publish a photo of the Nigeria-born “underwear bomber” arrested in December 2009, and when a suicide bombing this summer shook a United Nations building in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, he was the first to publish on-the-ground reports and photos. During the presidential election in Nigeria in April, he published real-time photos, videos and reports from the field, exposing instances of ballot rigging, and attracting…
Driving is a very demanding activity that requires a serious responsibility, attitudes with physical and mental abilities for safety. The most important steps to be taken in order to stay out of trouble on the road are to; continously observe the roads around you, anticipate what may happen that could be a risk to you and other road users, and respond by taking appropriate quick step or action before the risk increases. Driver’s attitudes on the road determines his safety and others around. Alcohol and drugs are among the most causes of fatal road accident on our roads. Thousands of…
The Setting Soon as I posted a recent article captioned: Igbo Marriage System: A Discourse on Endogenous Stages and Meanings published in this square on Nov. 12, 2011, I was sent a question by a reader as below. And I am happy that this question can even make a round of debate in itself. Instead of attaching my considered reaction to the question as a footnote on the thread, I have felt that it will be more useful to share it as a follow up discourse. Let me therefore try and respond to the challenging question as it was asked…
Abstract: This article is set to discuss Igbo endogenous marriage system, stages and meanings. It highlights love and why people marry - and it further seeks that people discuss unique beliefs and practices in their communities for Nigerian heritage education and development insights. Introduction A valued heritage of a cultural community is commonly shaped by veteran beliefs and practices. It is such that social and cultural beliefs and practices essentially hold well and endure for a society’s particular way of life such as marriage. Marriage (ilu di – for a woman and ilu nwanyi – for a man) is a…
Saturday, 15 October 2011 01:27

The Nature Of Self-Hate

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African women are loosing sense of self-worth. Their idea of feminine elegance is to wear white female hair styles. Flip through any issue of our week-end newspapers and picture magazines to see how far this disturbing trend of self-hate by our females has gone. No class of black women is exempt: film and sports stars, musicians, students, models, literary gurus, politicians, academics, business executives, civil servants, religious leaders and followers, unemployed or working class spinsters and housewives, are trying desperately to pass for white. They are all pampered as teenage daughters, with charming African hair styles, which they promptly abandon…