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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 20:52

One Brave Woman and VAWA

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“My sister, where would I go? I have no papers” – Mrs. A. A couple of years ago, while conducting research on immigrant women and domestic violence, I heard this refrain repeated, “I can’t leave because I have no papers.” Over 80% of African women who immigrate do so because of a spouse, thus majority of these women are dependent on their spouses for legal status in the US. As appendages to their husbands, they are awarded F2, H4, or J2 visas which entitle them to legally reside in the country but no independence. They are unable to work, live…
I don’t believe that dear Lucy shouldn’t hit back or retaliate at rude boy, hydro-headed, easily-freaked-out Frank given the statistics today, of broken relationships, which is definitely on the rise. There must be a way out for the women/ladies, who are generally described on earth today, with such not so strong ideological coinage, structure or frame, as “weaker vessels” or “fairer sex”. Although cultures have suggested or informed human behavior in several parts of the world there is a word as it is said that transcends all cultural space, need I mention it? “LOVE”, yes love, which seems the most…
Saturday, 13 July 2013 18:47

Walking Billboards (Part 1)

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The world of Arts, Advertising and culture has gradually become a symbiotic Synergy. In a planet where perception is as real as reality itself, every creature including human beings cannot hide from this truth. This article seeks to unveil a very important discovery that big or small business owners could cleave to in order to increase sales and cash in turn. My observations unveil links between these three parts for effective business, and since Knowledge is power; it is therefore imperative that we come to terms with this fact so as to be able to use this to our advantage…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 00:01

This Time Thing

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This time thing o We have to deal with it o This time thing o It is wasting our lives So there I was hanging out at a church denomination’s national convention when I saw a man huffing and puffing up the street. He’d packed his car afar off at one of the only spots left in the 5,000+ vehicle capacity lot and was running towards the sanctuary like kidnappers were chasing him. When I inquired about the source of his haste, I was told he was trying to catch the ordination service. So I asked, “Is that the same…
“How do we help an average Nigerian child learn to ask and demand from his leader versus asking from God or voodoo priest for something humans have the wherewithal to provide?” Joseph Onuora Mazi Joseph Onuora: Every individual human being has a personality. Personality is the individual’s habitual pattern of relating to his world, especially his unique manner of relating to other people. Each of us is slightly different from other people while remaining similar to every human being (Harry Stack Sullivan). My personality pattern is that if a question enters my mind I would not rest until I have…
Comments on my previous article, revealed a misconception that any woman, who puts her survival interests above staying in her matrimonial home, is a heretic. Plenty believe that there’s something wrong with ‘leaving to live;’ especially Christian women! So I’d like to share the story of Abigail from the Bible, and use it to illustrate some godly principles. As found in 1 Samuel 25, the story goes, David was running for his life from King Saul and he wandered to the Northern part of the country where Nabal, a wealthy man had fields and cattle. While they were in the…
Ojú l’ak`an fi nsori (The crab uses its sensitive eyes to stay alive) - Yoruba proverb Enough already! I just read the story of Omodolapo Yetunde Jagha (nee Olotu), a devout Christian wife who recently died of cancer in the Dublin, Ireland. Her story and letter to the public include accounts of her pastor husband’s infidelity, domestic violence, and religious dragooning. But the most grievous of his heinous crimes was to coerce her to “fast and pray” for her healing rather than seek medical attention in her fight against cancer! While I can’t confirm the veracity of her story, it…
Friday, 31 May 2013 04:38

A personal letter to Chinua Achebe

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Dear Achebe, It was my dream to meet you in person. Even as old age closed up on you, I still did not lose hope of a memorable meeting with you. As an undergraduate at the University of Calabar, I once laid ‘ambush’ for you at the university’s famous annual “English and Literary Studies Symposium/Lecture” immediately I saw your name among the list of literary giants who were to grace the occasion. As it may interest you to note, I drafted a list of Igbo proverbs which I needed you to break down or translate into your unique style of…
Thursday, 30 May 2013 20:15

Be The Love That You Are Looking For

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Everywhere human beings are found they crave love from their fellow human beings. People should give to other persons what they want to get from them, love. In the adult world when you give love to other persons you in turn receive love from them, but if you do not give love to other persons, regardless of how much love other persons give to you, you would not feel loved. Love is a giving thing, so give love to receive love and in love feel unified with the persons you love and who love you. Be The Love That You…
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 18:06

Facing Jordan

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"You got the river of Jer-don, to cross. Thank God you got the river of Jer-don, to cross. Just take Jesus as your guide an' He will car-ree you the-ere. You've got the river, of Jer-don, to cross." This song was just another gospel song to me until I looked out and realized that my feet were approaching my own personal River Jordan. Under the Old Law Jordan is a place of miracles and it is seen as movement from enslavement to freedom. Under the New Law it becomes a place of renewal and spiritual cleansing. Jesus is baptized in…
Saturday, 11 May 2013 04:02

Mothers' Day and Rosary Promises

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This brief greets mothers at mothers' day. It highlights the rosary and its huge promises to those who relate to the Holy Mother Mary. It asks why can't we take the chance at mothers' day celebration and obtain the everlasting promises? It is a go for all mothers out there. On Mothers' Day which comes on SUNDAY in Canada and USA, May 12, 2013; the promises of Holy Mother Mary in Heaven to those who pray the rosary especially Catholics all over the universe will rain down. But do you truly know and understand what those promises of Holy Mary…
Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:10

Become The Leader That You Are Looking For

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People often underestimate their abilities; from a diminished self-evaluation folks believe that other people have what they lack, ability to lead their country. This essay says that people are the same and coequal and what one person can do others can do; it says that since Nigerians are expecting good leaders to do what must be done to rebuild Nigeria’s fallen house each individual Nigerian has the ability to become the leader he wants to lead the country and ought to go about doing what he thinks that leaders do. Become The Leader That You Are Looking For Ozodi Osuji…
Saturday, 13 April 2013 15:44

When Artists Die…

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First and foremost, who is an artist? So many people have different answers to this simple question. To me, artists are those who have the capacity to transform their imaginations, thoughts and reflections into beautiful realities, at times at the risk of their lives, for the good of the society. Ideally they include dancers, dramatists, singers, writers, painters, comedians, philosophers, politicians, scientists, technologists, industrialists, designers, creative radicals, social advocates and crusaders for better society. In every society, artists are the ones that transit it from one generation to the other. They are the bridge across the old, present and future…
Thursday, 11 April 2013 13:36

How Do We Replace The Plague?

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In America it is white folks who set up the parameters under which all Americans, black and white live. White folks pass the laws under which all people in America live; they set up the culture under which Americans live; they govern the land with their unique understanding of how to govern human beings. The system was consciously and or unconsciously set up to work in favor of white folks and work against nonwhite folks, especially black folks. Black men, even if they manage to go to school find that they would be unemployed and even if they manage to…
Herbert B. Puryear, The Edgar Cayce Primer. (New York: Bantam Books, 1982) 250 pages. A Book Review by Ozodi Osuji I had heard so much about the “Sleeping Prophet” but had not had the opportunity to study him that when I got hold of a used book on him and read it through I decided to review it even though it was written thirty-one years ago. I feel that the subject is still germane to our lives and regardless of the fact that the book was written long ago we ought to try to understand what it says. Edgar Cayce…
Saturday, 02 March 2013 01:35

Why Chinua Achebe Annoyed Me

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Achebe’s straight telling of stories without analyzing why the characters in his stories did what they did, I think, is what made his writing irritating to me; I like writers who try to figure out why human beings do what they do, that is, writers who provide psychological explanation of the human phenomenon. Why Chinua Achebe Annoyed Me Ozodi Osuji My antipathy to Chinua Achebe is well known. The man simply annoyed me; I was so irritated by his writing that whenever I read one of his novels I would go into a funk. The rational part of me kept…
Saturday, 02 March 2013 01:32

Thinking And The Perceptual Universe

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If you are around new age religionists you probably hear members say that our thinking produces the world we see. A course in miracles says that perception is projection, that the world we see with our physical eyes is the outward mirror of our thinking. We think and our thinking is pictured for us to see, that nothing we see in our world is not the product of our thoughts. Along this line of reasoning our thinking is also said to produce the world we see in our nightly dreams. At night we sleep and see a world that looks…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 23:03

The Self Versus The Self Concept

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Each of us believes that he or she has a self. So, what exactly is the self? We shall answer this question from many levels. We shall begin at the empirical level, the human personality and then work our way to higher levels of the self, the part that is not empirical and not seem by people but that people believe is there. The self that the individual is conscious of is his self-concept, aka personality. He is also aware that he is more than his personality, after all he knows that the term personality is derived from persona, mask.…
Thursday, 31 January 2013 23:12

David Mark and his anti-gay crusaders

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I understand distinguished Senator David Mark, the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic, is a very pious man. I don't know Mr. Mark personally, but those who know him say the retired general is one person who pursues his cause with the zeal of a soldier. It was this zeal that he brought to bear as minister of communications in the regime of the "Evil Genius", General Ibrahim Babangida, by making sure that the "ordinary people" did not have access to telephone and upbraiding university students for protesting fuel price increase when many of them didn't have cars.…
Saturday, 26 January 2013 04:13

Theory On Human Origin

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Since the Illuminati has confirmed this month, January 2013, that Russia has threatened President Barack Obama's administration to reveal extraterrestrial activities, I have decided to publish the number eighteen of the nineteen secrets of the world never before revealed to mankind. The nineteen theories are contained in my book: THE END OF KNOWLEDGE and would be revealed one at a time from now on. You have now become one of the first humans in the world to know this. HUMANS WERE CLONED BY EXTRATERRESTRIAL BEINGS, THE ANUS, FROM PLANET HEAVEN The four principal forces of nature, gravity, electromagnetism, strong and…
Nigeria is culturally rich alike similar nations. Jigida culture is one of the important symbols of material and body cultures we need to corner in the context of tourism. But what does jigida, the waist bead mean from the endogenous conception and practice? Countries and their population groups or ethnic communities bead and beautify. Nigeria is outstanding when it comes to beading. In beading the body, ethnic groups mark themselves out. I want to shine light on beading the body, particularly, the waist by women in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. It is common knowledge that there are many…
Sunday, 30 December 2012 06:54

Lessons from 2012

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The idea of lessons learnt implies mistakes were made. I definitely made some in 2012 and learnt lessons from them but I also learnt lessons just by living through specific experiences both personally and vicariously. F.E.A.R often is False Evidence Appearing Real: I always thought this was a pithy saying and mocked that it should be told to someone being chased by a cheetah. But in 2012, I realized that there is some truth to it. I became well-acquainted with fear in 2012 as I changed jobs and moved residence. I was afraid I would not find a home to…
Christmas comes but once in a year, in the month of December, now we are going home. While in the infant class, ota akara category, we used to sing many songs about Christmas. No other moment reveals how joyful any school pupil would be than Christmas time. So, what is Christmas? What memories of Christmas do we have of how it is celebrated? 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…
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 10:43

Why We Must Give Thanks To Yahoo Groups!

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This essay says that yahoo groups and other Internet groups have given us the opportunity to express who we are in writing and in the process enabled folks to learn about who we are in fact, not who we pretend to be. It then focused on Igbos and said that their writings on yahoo groups have enabled other people to come to know who they are, as opposed to who they say that they are. The essay thanks the inventors of these Internet groups for offering us the opportunity to show the world who we are. The inventors are stimulating…
Sunday, 09 December 2012 06:17

Igbo Traditional Marriage Best Practices

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This article says how the Igbo of Nigeria engage in doing and celebrating marriage through traditional ethos. First posted in Nigerian Masterweb in September 2012 by Dr. Chris Chiwetelu of Calgary in Canada; I cull the article here to further show the power of tradition in shaping values that endure in marriage and society. Why there is a high rate of quitting or working out of marriage given any sign of stress and hardship these days, we try to understand that in societies that adore marriage and family, they attempt to absorb the stresses through kinship and collective immersion and…