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Friday, 08 December 2017 23:22

When Man Says: "I'm God"

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The purpose of this essay is to warn, to tell my countrymen and women to stop seeking a god on a white horse to rescue their nation. There isn't a single god in Nigeria or anywhere in the whole wide world (www). The Nigerians' prayers for a Savior have gone unanswered. What we see are men and women seeking opportunities to exploit and lay to waste. The U S President Donald Trump is an example of persons seeking to sit on God's throne. I support respecting and honoring ourselves and others, and I will give honor where honor is due.…
You probably know who I am talking about because there are just too many Presidents and CEOs in America. I am trying to sound a bit legalistic now because I often regret why I did not study Law and be Board-certified like my best friend Omo Olorun Modupe of New York. I think I know enough about the Law just by reading legal briefs and watching legal debates by great lawyers anywhere I can find them and by watching two or three of my favorite programs on Television including Judge Judy and few lawyer-turned ace Television reporters or talk-show hosts…
Thursday, 07 December 2017 10:17

Observations on the ego and Igbos egos

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From Ozodi Osuji's book of aphorisms: THE EGO IS A PERSON THAT YOU WANT TO BECOME BUT NOT WHO YOU ARE If you pay attention you will notice that the ego is who you want to become but not who you already are. The ego is a picture of a self that you want to become to be existentially important and socially accepted as an important person. The ego is always a picture outside who you are that you are trying to become. You constructed that ego picture; you did so with information from your experience and other people; the…
We have been writing on enslavement of dark-skinned Africans by the Arabs. Check out our Feature Article of December 16, 2013, entitled "Aren't Racist Muslims Enslaving Uneducated Africans?" Read more at jamesagazies.blogspot.com. The CNN reports this month that slave trade is alive and well in Libya. No one knows how long the selling of Nigerian and other African slaves has been going on. I told a friend in Abuja and he says: "is not only Nigeria but also Ghana." The world knows of the nefarious trade in human beings but keeps silent because "it is a problem of black folks,…
MY PURSUIT OF IDEALISM MASKS MY EXISTENTIAL DEPRESSION Ozodi Thomas Osuji My obsessive compulsive pursuit of idealism is my attempt to hide my underlying existential depression. In childhood I appraised the nature of existence, my body and self and decided that it is not good. If I accepted that fact I would be clinically depressed and would have to be on medication (a life maintained with medication is as good as pointless for it says that we are nothing, mere animals). I saw a pointless self and life and tried to hide it, to compensate with desire for ideal body…
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 00:28

And His Name Was Naija

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No one knew that one day the world would need oil no more There was once a Man. His name was Naija. And he was a prodigal. Wasteful, reckless, profligate; his friends were the trusted Europeans. He drank oil, he slept in oil, and he smelled of oil always and everywhere he went His enemies were fellow citizens; he ran to the white men to learn to govern his people They say, "Don't worry, Sir. Please don't worry; you have oil in a glut, abundance superfluity" They thumb their noses at him, laugh behind his back, and call him Nigger…
IS THE REASON WHY NO AFRICAN COUNTRY IS WELL GOVERNED BECAUSE AFRICANS ARE, ON THE AVERAGE, UNINTELLIGENT? Ozodi Thomas Osuji Clearly, no extant African country is well governed. Many observers have posited their understanding of the reasons why this is so. Many attribute causation to the neocolonial relationships between Africans and the Western world: the metropolis and periphery issue. It is said that the metropolis exploits the periphery, and deliberately keep it underdeveloped and have it produce the raw materials for its industries. The west is said to literally take African raw materials for free, manufacture them into finished products…
AFRICANS DESERVE TO BE ENSLAVED OR FREE Ozodi Thomas Osuji My philosophy is that we live in a just universe and, as such, nothing can happen to us, good or bad, against our wishes. As I see it, there are no accidents in our lives; we are where we need to be and are experiencing what we need to be experiencing. Everything that we experience we want to experience and did not happen to us against our will. In that light, I have been trying to understand the report that Africans are, as we speak, being enslaved in Libya and…
What a wild time to be a Nigerian! It is a time of crises . Our families and nation are at a crossroad of whatever. The very fabric of Nigerian society is under attack at various fronts, including leadership led by a hateful religious group, crimes perpetrated by nomads, the use of state apparatus to intimidate young protesters, and violence unleashed upon unsuspecting groups. Drugs coupled with indiscipline are everywhere. Read to the end of this essay to see useful suggestions to combat problems discussed herein. Under Buhari, our ship is unsteady. In fact, the vessel is wobbly, shaky, rickety,…
NEBUCADINAZER ADIELE I S EMOTIONALLY EIGHT YEARS OLD! Ozodi Osuji I know that Nebu has delusion disorder; he feels totally inferior, deny it and compensate with false sense of power and importance. He is totally convinced that he is an important, intelligent person. Actually, he is not intelligent; his IQ is low average, about 85; he is not capable of university education. I also know that he is a pathological liar; he is a sociopath and psychopath, a criminal. His thinking and behavior is full of what we call criminal thinking and behavior; he easily sees his self as innocent…
Friday, 01 December 2017 04:12

Keep a bit of the ego and you keep all of it

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WE ARE TEMPTED TO KEEP A BIT OF THE EGO BUT IF WE RETAIN A BIT OF IT WE RETAIN ALL OF IT Ozodi Thomas Osuji One is tempted to retain a little bit of ones ego and give up the rest of it; one is tempted to retain the aspect of the ego that one likes, such as its desire for power and importance; that is, one wants to seem important and powerful; the problem is that if you keep a little of it, the part of it that you like, you keep all of it, including the part…
Thursday, 30 November 2017 06:42

Why should we celebrate Christmas

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WHY SHOULD WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS? Ozodi Thomas Osuji December is upon us. Thus, we are in the Christmas season. I have Handel's Messiah, Israel in Egypt, Zadok the Priest and The King shall Rejoice, play insistently in my house. Christmas is in my mind. So, what exactly is Christmas? Is it for real or is it some fantasy for children to feel that Santa Claus is going to give them Christmas gifts? Some folks have made elaborate, painstaking efforts to show that Jesus Christ could not have been born on December 25, 1 AD. Among their explanations is that Augustus…
LIFE IS ABOUT TO CURE BLACK FOLKS OF THEIR COMPLACENCY Ozodi Thomas Osuji My 1970s college generation fought for black equality but today young black kids take freedom for granted and are into drugs, sex, homosexuality and other stupidities; they do not care to fight for justice. Well, white nationalists like Donald Trump are on the march; they want to prevent black folks from coming to America and Europe; they want to take what they call their country back from those they call niggers. Camel humping Arabs have started enslaving Africans in Libya. Arabs have been enslaving Africans since about…
Be careful what you wish for or sow because you just might get it in multiples of what you sow or desire. Republicans out of desperation to win the White House back in 2016, by hook or crook, were willing to self-destruct and to sell their soul and their conscience to put just any crook in the White House without counting the cost. A Jeb Bush of Florida or John Kasich of Ohio would certainly have made a better President than the crook in the White House. Republican blew it. They had to know Trump was the wrong candidate but…
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 05:57

The Atiku Conundrum

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That Mr Atiku Abubakar resigned from the APC a few days ago certainly did not come as a surprise to me and many other Nigerians; it has always been a matter of when he will leave the APC and not if he will dump the APC. I suppose every Nigerian who considers him/herself a political pundit or analyst now will be talking about the Return of Atiku to mainstream Nigerian politics from now on till 2019 when we would have had the Elections; in the buses, the markets, the pepper soup joints, the exclusive recreational and social clubs that provide…
CAN CREATIVITY BE THROUGH THE ARTIST'S NON-NATIVE LANGUAGE? Ozodi Osuji I am still thinking about the creativity of Fela Kuti. I noticed that his songs were done in a mix of his Yoruba language and the creole language that most of us spoke on the streets of Lagos. Creole, aka Pidgin English is actually a separate language; it can be called the real language of the Nigerian urban folk. It is English spoken with West African grammatical structure and infused with words from the various tribes of West Africa; thus, while it sounds like English it is not really English;…
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 01:17

The individual is responsible for his fate

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THE INDIVIDUAL IS TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS LIFE'S OUTCOME Ozodi Thomas Osuji We are tempted to blame other people for our problems. We look around and find many reasons why we should blame other people. We see what they did to us that seem to have harmed us and use those as excuse to blame them and rationalize our problems. For example, if you are a black man in America you can look around and find white racism and use it to tell you why you seem to have failed in life. There is racism in the land alright and…
TALK ABOUT THE ENSLAVEMENT OF AFRICANS BY ARABS IN LIBYA; STOP TALKING ABOUT THIEVES Ozodi Osuji In the news is the outrage that in today's Libya Arabs are selling off Nigerians and other Africans; they sell them for $400 per person. That is, slavery is now going on in Libya. The enslavement of Africans in Arabia began around 700 AD; Arabs enslaved Africans until the nineteenth century when Europeans, especially the British fought them to stop slavery (see Thomas Pakenham, The Scramble for Africa). Last week, the British Government demanded to know from the Libyan government if it is true…
Sunday, 26 November 2017 12:18

The mystery of human intelligence

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THE MYSTERY OF HUMAN INTELLIGENCE This evening I felt a need to go native; by that I mean listen to African music; I call it going native because my normal music faire is classical music. I came of age in the 1970s Lagos, Nigeria so the music of that era is my music. Who best represents the music of that period than Fela Kuti? Thus, I turned on Fela Kuti on YouTube at 10 PM (November 25, 2017) and have been listening to it in the last five hours. As I listen to this artist's wonderful music, a question keeps…
Sunday, 26 November 2017 10:55

Chukwuma, the igbo njakiri king

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CHUKWUMA THE IGBO NJAKIRI KING My perception of Chukwuma Agwunobi is that he is a useful idiot. I did not see him as capable of stealing. I have seen him once. In real life he is as quiet as a dove. He did not say a word during the over one hour he and I sat down with Pamela Mojekwu in her hotel. Pamela, my wife and I did all the talking. Chukwuma sat there, timid, shy and, apparently, afraid to say a word. Apparently, he is one of those persons who in public do not say much but in…
Atiku Abubakar must be Nigeria's most frustrated politician. Oddly, by all accounts, he must also be considered one of her most successful and accomplished public officials. Afterall he was Vice President of the Federal Republic, from 1999 to 2007, when he served as deputy to erstwhile President Olusegun Obasanjo. Prior to that, Atiku had a successful---and lucrative---stint as a senior official in Nigeria's Customs Service. As Obasanjo's deputy, Atiku was clearly destined for greatness. Somewhat bucking the tradition of the office he held, he was put in charge of economic affairs in that government, specifically overseeing its controversial and very…
Thursday, 23 November 2017 19:38

Nebu Adiele, the igbo cowardly Mandela

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NEBU ADIELE, THE IGBO COWARDLY MADELA Ayo Ojutalayo: I just read your post below in which you said that the ghost said that he chased me away. Interesting! If you are a grown up person you write your bit and when you feel that you have said all that is in you on a particular subject you keep quiet. Your ghostly friend has been part of Nigerian Internet forums since he came to the USA on Visa Lotto in the 1990s. Jabbering at Nigerian Internet forums is probably his only avenue for affirming his useless existence. If he did not…
Thursday, 23 November 2017 17:16

Epilogue to living love

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EPILOGUE This third volume of living love ends the trilogy of writing on the nature of love; love is union and union is God. The three volumes are over fifteen hundred pages long. They will eventually be republished in one volume as the main source on the metaphysics Ozodi Osuji gave to the world. The book(s) really did not say anything new for what is between its covers can be found in other books on metaphysics and religion. The only difference is that it is written in simple prose, not poetry and or parables, as other religions' so-called holy books…
Jewells Olson: I think that you already understand this phenomenon but our conversation, yesterday, made me restate it in writing and share it with folks. IF WE PUT FEAR INTO OUR SUBCONSCIOUS MINDS WE HAVE FEARFUL DREAMS AT NIGHT; IF WE PUT LOVE INTO OUR SUBCONSCIOUS MINDS WE HAVE LOVING DREAMS WHEN WE SLEEP; IF WE PUT DESIRE FOR POWER AND WEALTH INTO OUR SUBCONSCIOUSN MINDS WE HAVE DRAMS WHERE WE ARE POWERFUL AND WEALTHY; IF WE SEE OURSELVES AS POOR WE HAVE DREAMS WHERE WE ARE POOR. DOES THIS PHENOMENON TRANSLATE TO OUR DAY LIVES? Ozodi Thomas Osuji Clearly,…
THE AMERICAN POLITICIAN IS THE ERRAND BOY OF THE RICH Ozodi Thomas Osuji The American politician, from the president to senators, congressmen, state governors, state legislators and county and city politicians are the errand boys of the super-rich. They have to obtain the enormous amount of money they need to have to run for political offices. To become the President of the USA you need just about a billion dollars to compete nationwide; to be a senator, depending on the state, you need, at least, twenty million dollars. You go down the line and the cost decreases. Most aspiring politicians…