Friday, 10 November 2017 17:51

Igbos desire for prestige is pathological

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Ozodi Osuji

If you observe Igbos what you see are a people who seek to be seen as very important persons; their desire for prestige is total. It is like someone told them that they are nothing and they try very hard to seem important and powerful.

Apparently, they feel totally inadequate and inferior and compensate with desire for social importance. They feel existentially like they are shit and seek existential importance in practically everything that they do.

Love is the only way for human beings to obtain existential importance but Igbos do not know it; they think that worth can be obtained by seeming important in other people's eyes.

You are important in people's eyes if you love them and translate your love for them to doing things for them, helping them.

They name their children with names that make them feel important, such as Adaeze (the first daughter of a king), and call themselves His Royal Highness because a white man, Lord Lugard, made their ancestors warrant chiefs (they did not have kings before the white man came to their world).

If they went to any kind of school and obtained advanced degrees instead of trying to prove how good they are in their field of studies  they call themselves Professor, Dr. Chief, Sir this or that. If they have just a bachelor's degree, say, in engineering, even though they cannot build a house that would not collapse in a year they call themselves Engineer Okoro, or Architect Njoku  (or lawyer Obi even as they do not understand the law).

Their women bedeck their bodies with fancy clothes and jewelry and take pictures of themselves, especially of their buttocks (where shit comes out from) and present those pictures for the public to admire.

These people are shallow and do not reflect on the meaning of life and wonder on what gives human beings worth and value; it is certainly not bodies that would die and smell like feces that give people worth. What gives people existential worth is the love they have for each other, not how socially important that they think that they are.

Both their bodies and society will end and disappear into the mist of time; it is love that endures, for heaven is love and we came from heaven, from love; it is only when we love that we return to heaven, to peace and joy.

These people are totally devoted to seeking social attention; they are total narcissists and anti-social personalities. They easily steal to obtain the means with which to pretend to be important; see how easily they kidnap their people for money, showing that they do not have respect for their people's dignity.  They do not love their people; they do not know that it is love that gives human beings worth, not money and social positions.

Most Igbos are totally self-centered. Each of them just wants money with which to build a house in his village but will not pay tax with which their roads are paved; instead, they complain that the federal government is not doing it for them.

The money the federal government gives to their clownish governors and other politicians are pocketed by those thieves calling themselves Igbo leaders. In their towns and cities they literally live on top of garbage and shit. Their streets are literal garbage dumps.

Who would pay to remove the garbage to designated garbage dumps and process them, certainly not Igbos; they throw their garbage on their streets and live on them.

No wonder they die early from the diseases the garbage on their streets generate. Perhaps, they need to die; a people who cannot govern themselves ought to die.

Does it take rocket science to organize city and town councils and those departmentalize city functions with each department doing what city departments, all over the world, do, such as remove garbage and sewage, provide water, electricity, city roads, public health and schools.

Alas, to do these things folks would have to pay taxes (property taxes, sales taxes, income taxes, business taxes etc.) but Igbos are not interested in paying taxes.

Igbos are takers and not givers, they do not want to pay taxes with which their towns are maintained. What each of them wants to do is build a house and buy a car but the road on which he plans to drive that car on is not his business. Roads benefit other people and the typical Igbo do not want other people to benefit from his efforts (all he wants to do is be a child who boasts about how wealthy or socially important he is).

What are these people living for, is it just to seek attention and pretend to be prestigious clowns? They are not even a bit ashamed in doing stupid things; they are black and claim to be white Jews just so they pretend to partake in the achievement of the Jewish race. Even when DNA tests show that they are not related to Jews they still claim to be Jews. These people are really a lost cause!

People all over the world feel separated from other people and seek attention; seeking social attention is a means of reconnecting to people that one is dissociated from.

It is understandable why people seek joining with their fellow human beings. But most normal people do something for those whose attention they seek. They love those whose attention they seek; and if they have the monetary means they give money to the less fortunate among them.

Igbos  seek your attention, want you to see them as very important persons without doing anything for you, the person they are seeking attention from. They don't love you. They just want to be very important persons in your eyes, important for doing what in the eyes of those they want to see them as important?

These people are not only pathological narcissists but lacking in love for one another. We must explore the possibility that they are sub-human beings!

In politics they talk like they are invincible; like oppositional defiant teenagers they talk tough. Then Hausa soldiers come after their bold talking asses and they run to the Ivory Coast (Ojukwu) or disappear (Kanu).

They abandon those they had told that they are going to lead to the Biafra Eldorado in the lurch. They are all talk and no action; if you trust that they will get your back when bullets fly you have not dealt with these people.

Identifying the Igbo pathological attention seeking behavior is easy, the real question is this: can Igbos be saved from their selves? I hope so.

I think that Igbos need to be re-socialized and made to care for one another instead of their primitive self-centered individualism. At present each of them only seeks self-achievement if necessary at the expense of other people.

Igbos need a dose of socialism to humanize them.  At present they have grasped onto primitive capitalism and consider themselves republican. Like everything they touch they misconstrue the nature of republicanism.

They do not work for the republic but construe being republican to mean being self-centered, opportunistic and unprincipled criminality; they lust after material things without doing what serves common cause.

We simply have to figure out a way to make Igbos care for their people and for all people; if that goal is not attained they are heading towards chaos and anarchy, the type found in Somalia and South Sudan.

Ozodi Osuji

November 10, 2017

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: (907) 310-8176