Editorial

Among the mental health professionals, it is often said: "The mind is a terrible thing to waste." If I am sitting at a public place dressed in rags and armed with a drum which I incessantly beat while singing out aloud, what do you think?. Your first thoughts would be: Here's a crazy man! There is a popular Nigerian (Igbo) song known as " Akula! Obu Onye Ara" (Do not beat he/she's a crazy person) . Are the minds of Nigerians being terribly wasted? Are we a crazy people? We are not crazy in the sense of being silly, unwise,…
The purpose of this essay is to narrate what happens when one is unarmed and to counteract the notion advanced by Dr. Osuji and other apologists that life is safer when citizens are without guns. See Dr. Odozi Osuji's essay in this forum entitled: "White Americans Like to Carry Guns Because They are A Fearful People. " Americans of all races do not agree with Osuji and would strongly disagree with his logic. We the law-abiding Nigerians would like to have the right to bear arms inserted in the Constitution of our country. A few years ago as a young…
Monday, 21 August 2017 10:56

If Money Is worthless, Why Die For It?

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The idea of this essay comes from a book this writer saw a Korean man read while we were sitting beside each other in a Jumbo airplane, travelling from America to China in 2013. I am sitting in this very large airplane beside this smallish Korean national who has a book in his hands. The front page of the book is written in the manner a chicken does with its legs as it scratches the ground to find food. The letters on the covers and inside the book are incomprehensible, meaning you cannot make a head or tail of the…
The Nigerian politicians are something else . The Speaker of the Kano House of Assembly has resigned amidst allegations of bribery to influence investigation. It is reported that pandemonium broke out at the Kogi House of Assembly as hoodlums invaded a meeting of Kogi legislators to beat up corrupt politicians. This writer has just been assaulted by a caller because of the behavior of some of our Nigerian leaders, including Alhaji Dangote, Emir Sanusi, and Alhaji Kabiru). I believe this caller is frustrated by the behavior of Nigerian leaders. She says she is US practicing woman attorney (whom I shall…
One courageous action by Buhari and the people of Nigeria could save the presidential life, strengthen the office of the presidency, and get Nigeria moving on the right path toward healing and prosperity. The purpose of this essay is visionary, farsighted, or predictive. The essay attempts to describe one courageous action President Buhari and the people he was elected to lead can take to prevent insinuations about presidential death, improve presidential health and reduce the frequency of presidential trips overseas to seek treatments for undisclosed illnesses. It is advisable that Buhari performs this act, deed, exploit, achievement, or feat as…
Events described in this essay, though fictional, may actually be obtainable now in Nigeria. The Nigerian President spends uneasy time at home and abroad. He walks back and forth in his spacious apartment unable to sleep. He tosses and turns in bed, and places aching head on both ends of the massive pillow in order to think clearly. The Nigerian President worries so much about how to meet the nation's massive financial obligations to other countries. He agonizes over how to keep his tribesmen from killing those they consider to be infidels. The Nigerian President feels threatened even in secured…
Nobody should be above the law, and nobody has the unbridled right to lie. Politician cannot live without telling lies, and Nigerian politicians are the most mendacious. Like Donald Trump, politicians in my home are deceitful, two-faced, dishonest, insincere, misleading, double-dealing, or false. There can never be an end to adjectives describing lying politicians. Don’t follow a liar unless you enjoy cock-and-bull story, fabrication, and trumped-up story Standing alongside the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny ahead of St Patrick's Day on Friday, and stressing the importance of American friendship with Ireland , the US president Donald Trump lies as he…
The purpose of this essay is to amplify the words President had for Nigerians upon his return from the medical treatment. To amplify is to intensify, increase, strengthen, augment, or enlarge. President Buhari spoke well as a wise statesman. His words had the capacity to encourage a people who are weighed down with seemingly insurmountable difficulties. This essay is not meant to take away from gravity of my president’s word, utterance, statements, expressions, speech, or declaration. Rather, this writer is attempting to build upon, deepen the meaning of, step up the bite, heap on, or add teeth to the gravity…
Although many contributors to this forum attempt to convince me that indeed there is something wrong with the Igbo of Nigeria, yet I find the Igbo to be the very Christ in minds imbued with conscience or sense of right and wrong. Dr. Osuji is a dear friend, a clever Professor, as well as fellow Igbo whose prolific essays I find to be very helpful and insightful. . However, for this writer and for many people, It is not too much to say that the Igbo of Nigeria is archetype of Jesus Christ the Messiah. Being Igbo in modern Nigeria…
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 13:12

Can You Marry Your Daughter?

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The calls have been arriving. A Nigerian woman with the Master of Science in Nursing degree calls to complain about her father who is bringing men she doesn't know or care for from Nigeria to marry the daughter. She tells me to say to her father "Stop " which meant "Leave me alone and let me find who I want to marry." Asked to elaborate, the MSN woman said: "I don't like the Nigerian men because they LIE, LIE, LIE! They are liars. They come to America to use you for the Green card, and then they dump you. Liars!"…
Fighting corruption and protecting the treasury from looters alone cannot save Nigeria; it does not make a dent on the things troubling us .Nigeria is much more than a vehicle that is involved in a ghastly accident. Removing dents and replacing bolts here and there would not do the job. There must be a new awakening of faith, and one way to lose faith is to engage in stupendous lying. This writer listened to a sermon being preached at the First United Methodist Church in Georgia, on Sunday, October 2, 2016 just a day after Nigerian and her people had…
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 22:37

Hey, Nigerians, Let's Turn Around; Let's Change

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Heaven and earth will not pass away, if President Buhari along with his governing team, including the Senate and House Members, State Governors, CBN managers, and the so-called shakers and movers in my country, gather all Nigerians around them to announce: “Ladies and gentlemen, we have tried this thing for 56 years with some success and some lessons to be learned. It is time for another team of young leaders to take over. We wish to exit now but we shall be around to provide pieces of advice as elder Statesmen and Stateswomen. Good Bye.” The aim of this essay…
A nephew of this writer came to America, after winning the visa lottery from the Embassy. He spent a few years, brushing up the skills he didn’t have at the Nigerian secondary school and the University he had attended to receive his WAEC and Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, respectively. He humbled himself unlike other Nigerians I have taught and known, agreeing to help out with dirty work at a tire shop. Here is a science graduate of one of Nigeria’s premier university, working as a daily laborer. Na wa! He accepted some American professors’ advice to repeat the undergraduate…
Part 1: Where Are The Righteous Nigerians To Rule Over Their Oppression? The purpose of this essay is to amplify a sermon this writer heard a Pastor preach at one of the locations of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). To amplify is to intensify, increase, augment, enlarge, or extend meaning or the effect of something. The good pastor took his sermon from Isaiah 14: 5, which reads: "The righteous shall rule over their oppressors." That topic of oppression is both pertinent and germane or relevant to the problems we are facing in our fatherland. In the absence of…
On July 4, 1776, the thirteen American colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event with the American flags, hot dogs, beer, cannon guns, and 250 million tons of fireworks.. On October 1st, 1960, the 3 Regions of Nigeria gained independence from Great Britain. Each year, on October 1st, the Nigeria’s Independence is celebrated both in the capital Abuja and 36 states, with the Presidential speech on television and radio to mark the commencement of…
ON FATHER'S DAY: Making Nigeria great is a duty for all Fathers Come t think of it, it is a lot easier to criticize and condemn than to stoop down and construct. Tearing down or shredding Nigeria to pieces is the work of a destructive brain while a constructive mind with intellect seeks opportunities to redeem, energize and infuse life into UNFINISHED piece of work. A destructive Nigerian is unhelpful and critical. Both his input and output can be described as negative. He makes disparaging remarks, and his words are as harsh as the sun shining around the equator. The…
The aim of this essay is three-fold. First is to state emphatically that despite all what is being said and done, Ndiigbo shall rise again and are rising. The second point is to state categorically that Igbos shall pursue their liberation through peaceful means and diplomatic coexistence. Thirdly, we Igbos shall laboriously examine areas Igbos including this writer need to strengthen as we inexorably, unalterably, and unavoidably rise to our former preeminence. We admit we have made mistakes in the past in our relationships with each other and with other Nigerians. We are aware and becoming honest with ourselves. We…
A teacher retiring from a Nigerian secondary school calls to say things are very, very tough nowadays for people in Nigeria. He says money is scarce, unemployment severe, and people are struggling to make ends meet. He says Nigerians are straining to survive in ways that are both ruthless and immoral, including, armed robbery, kidnapping, witchcraft, prostitution, and murders. He says life boils down to a maddening scramble to get beyond the past through acquiring money by any means necessary. The desire to want to get past the past is commendable if done in the right spirit. The purpose of…
The purpose of the instant essay is to argue that the killings of women in Nigerian society will continue so long as women are considered to be property. Charles Adegbite from Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria, filed a report on July 3, 2013. The report stated that 45-year-old Daramola, a motorcycle repairer and farmer, beat his wife , Iyalo Daramola, a mother of three children to death and buried her after the incident, because she requested for food money and the man said he had no money. Unfortunately, while he was talking, the sum of N38,000 ($125) allegedly fell from his pocket. As…
A Nigerian New Yorker calls and says: "Doc, this man's wife called police to put him out of the house, and she wants to get a divorce, and now he is threatening to kill her." I fought for 2 days to get the Igbo would-be killer's mobile phone number, and when I finally left him a voice mail he failed to respond. Then I texted and warned him against any violence. He responded with a mixture of anger, pride and shame. "PLAY THAT GAME IN ATLANTA. THIS NEW YORK BIG APPLE." He has terrorized and beaten his lawyer wife to…