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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 14:50

Accept that you are God

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WE ARE GOD; ACCEPT IT AND STOP DENYING YOUR TRUTH (An essay on living from God; living from your real self) Ozodi Thomas Osuji The most difficult concept for a human being to accept is that he is the God he thinks is outside him and that he worships. Here is the honest truth. God cannot be outside you; if he is outside you then he did not create you and does not understand you for anybody outside you cannot understand you. There is one God; that God extended to his son, you and all of us. In extending to…
THE CAPITALS OF EMPIRES ATTRACT PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THEIR EMPIRES AND CHANGE THE RACIAL COMPOSITION OF THE PEOPLE Ozodi Thomas Osuji Have you been to the capitals of the great European countries such as Britain, France, Italy, Germany etc., and if so what did you see? You would see people from all over the world. It is now a misnomer to call London or Paris European cities; they are now world cities; the composition of people is from all over the world. In them you find Africans, Asians, especially Indians, Chinese, and PakistanIS; you find people from all over…
Languages are interesting phenomenon; some have millions of people speaking them whereas some have a few hundred people speaking them. Generally, when languages with a few people speaking them encounter world conquering people and their languages tend to die out. For example, in Britain, before the coming of the Romans in 27 BC, there were many Celtic tribes speaking hundreds of languages. With the fall of the Roman Empire in 450 AD came the Germans (Angles, Saxons and Jutes) and thereafter the Scandinavians and then the French conquest in1066 AD. The smaller languages were subsumed in the emergent creole language…
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: EACH OF US HAS A KARMA, A FATE AND CANNOT CHANGE IT In childhood I had serious medical issues that made me feel at the gate of death almost daily. I inherited a serious genetic disorder called cytochrome c oxidase deficiency. My body almost always felt inflamed, burning sensations. My body was traumatized. Like most children with serious medical disorders I came to depend on my parents to help me more than was necessary. Thus, in a manner of speaking I developed traits of dependent personality disorder. A dependent personality expects other people to take…
The much anticipated launch of one of the first in the series of publications on the 2015 general elections titled, "Against the Run of Play: How an incumbent president was defeated in Nigeria", has come and gone. As part of the build up to its public presentation in Lagos on Friday, April 28, 2017, several print and online media outlets provided their readers with snippets, in the form of serialised sections of the book, which further heightened public expectation ahead of its formal launch. Following from these serialized snippets, a number of the principal actors featured in the book, who…
"In times like these, it's helpful to remember that there have always been times like these." - Paul Harvey Aurandt Over the course of the greater part of the last seven years or thereabouts, I have always struggled against the persistent urge to break my privately imposed self-restraint about dabbling in, and joining the fray to discuss what I personally consider as political or politics related matters affecting the country. This voluntary refrain, which has sometimes been very difficult for me to abide by, began exactly one month shy of seven years ago today, precisely on July 12, 2010, following…
Saturday, 01 July 2017 14:29

People need philosophies to live with

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I have had issues with eating meat. Something tells me that it is cruel to slaughter animals for us to eat them. I wished that we are only herbivores but not carnivores. But even then we would still have to kill plants to eat their leafs. Life is a bummer, I say; we have to kill to eat to live. It were better we did not have to kill to eat to live, I think. So, I always feel guilty eating meat. Last night I saw a fast food restaurant advertising barbeque chicken. I love barbequed anything so I went…
Thursday, 29 June 2017 12:48

Igbos are really screwed in Nigeria!

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I left Nigeria after secondary and, more or less, did not keep up with what is going on in the country beyond cursory glance at the news. Lately, however, I have been paying attention to Nigerian politics and power. Harold Laswell defined power as who decides who gets what and when in a human polity. In Nigeria it is now abundantly clear to me that the Hausa Fulani has power for they decide who gets what and when in Nigeria. Just look at the composition of the federal cabinet and government and you see that Hausas have a predominance of…
If you observe people closely what you see are people who believe, at the deep level, that they have no existential significance; they feel totally worthless and valueless. But instead of accepting this fact they deny it and compensate for it. Thus, everywhere on earth, people seek significance and worth. Just about everything they do is to prove to them that they have worth and value. Whether it is seeking social position, social attention and admiration, political power, economic power, beautify, everything they do is motivated by desire to seem that they have worth in their eyes and in other…
I do acknowledge a yawning gap between the America and Nigeria that cannot be ignored or swept under the carpet. I do see, however, some striking similarities between a former President of Nigeria and the current President of the United States. Their attitude to power and how they have both managed to destroy the reputation and credibility of their two countries have become a serious cause for alarm around the world. Donald Trump calls himself a change agent who could turn America into an Eldorado nobody has ever seen before. Ibrahim Babangida on the other hand came to office thru…
If you cannot stand up and speak the truth, you are as good as a dead and forgotten Nigerian. The purpose of this piece is to show that the disunity of Nigerian as a nation began soon after independence when Sir Ahmadu Bello, Premier of Northern Nigeria was advocating the removal of Igbos from Northern Nigeria in 1964. Disunity is defined as the state of not being able to agree about an important issue, namely the Igbo Question (IQ) Poisonous seeds were sown by previous incompetent politicians championed and led by Ahmadu Bello and now the seeds are being watered…
THE IGBO ISSUE MUST BE SOLVED FOR THERE TO BE PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA Nigeria is like an ostrich that buries its head in sand while its house burns. The fact is that if there is fire it must be put out. The real question is how best to put out that fire. Igbos feel that they are marginalized and held back in Nigeria. They feel that if they have their own country that they would be advancing at a much greater rate than they currently are. They feel that they are held down by other Nigerians and that…
Writing is an interesting phenomenon. You do not write if you have nothing to write on. But if you have something to write on you will have nothing else to do but write and you must write or else you have no peace. Thus, in the last several years all I have done is write on assorted topics. The moment I was done I knew that I was done. I have nothing else to write about. When I try to write all I am really doing is repeating what I had written elsewhere. Thus, I knew that I am done.…
Though it is difficult to believe that IsiakaAdetunjiAdeleke has gone to be with his Maker, the truth, if we must admit, is that the former governor of Osun State and two-term Nigerian senator is gone forever and will be sorely missed! In a similar development, while the family's rejection of the autopsy report conducted on his remains is troublingly disturbing, its refusal to partake of the coroner inquest on this sudden incident has taken Adeleke's family's cry for justice to a ridiculous height. While Adeleke's death has brought many inadequacies to the fore, it is quite sad that those who…
This essay is a tribute to all Nigerian fathers on Father's Day I am afraid to write this essay on death and dying. To me, life is more consequential than death. A thing is consequential if and only if it is important, significant, momentous, far-reaching or substantial. Life is consequential in that we prefer life to death, and we do a lot more when we are alive than when we are dead. We accomplish little or nothing at death or when we are in a vegetative state, such as in a coma or when our brain is dead.I Sensible people…
This writer asked some Diaspora Igbos at high school and college graduations recently held in June, 2017 in two cities of Southeastern United States of America: “What one advice would you give the IPOB leader Biafran Nnamdi Kalu on the Biafran protests?” The purpose of this essay is to speak on the pieces of advice the Diaspora Igbo gave in responses to the question asked. This survey is haphazard, not scientific, and therefore the results should be taken with utmost caution. Readers are asked to repeat the survey to determine their findings. Frankly, most Igbos in the Diaspora have heard…
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 18:47

Can Nigeria Abide By The Rule of Law?

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Nigerian is a fascinating place and Nigerians are a fascinating people. The place and people are fascinating in the sense that they are mesmerizing, enthralling, captivating, and absorbing all for the wrong reason; there is the absence of the rule of law. That Nigerians are a lawless bunch is not debatable; no exaggeration or pun is intended. The law of the jungle operates in Naija. In Nigeria, you can break any law, take the law into your own hands, and dish out judgment as you see fit. Breaking the law is a tantalizing entertainment. You can't resist saying "Shit". It…
RESTRUCTURE NIGERIA OR RISK DISINTEGRATION OF THE COUNTRY Ozodi Thomas Osuji Look around Africa and what do you see? You see that not one, let me repeat, not one African country is well governed. That is correct, not one African country is well governed. Because of this reality there is now a general belief in the world that Africans cannot govern themselves correctly; it is believed that the black man does not have leadership and management skills and, therefore, cannot correctly govern himself. If you live outside Africa, you probably have heard this view told you to your face. I…
THE CONSEQUENCES OF HAVING PERSONALITY DISORDERED PERSONS IN PUBLIC OFFICES DONALD J. TRUMP, A CASE IN POINT Ozodi Thomas Osuji In June of 2015, Donald J Trump declared his intention to compete to become the President of the United States of America. Prior to that date I did not know much about him. Upon the declaration of his intention to become the president I did a little research on him; I read up on him. His speeches struck me as that of a third grader at an elementary school, a boy of about eight years old. His diction was pedestrian.…
Most African countries under the Sahara did not develop writing and had no written documents of their past activities. Yet, as human beings they had activities. It just happened that those activities were not written down. So, can we ascertain what transpired in preliterate societies or is all we can say about them mere conjectures? Archeologists can date certain artifacts and from them infer the nature of a peoples life styles but that is not the same thing as having a peoples past behaviors written down on paper or on other materials. Specifically, Igbos did not have writing. Today, some…
This article is not meant or written to disparage or ridicule the system of governance, politics and democracy in our country (although if I were to do that, I will be within my rights as a very concerned Nigerian) that we have turned on their heads, aberrated, mangled, brutalised and bastardised solely for selfish, ethnic and religious reasons and interests. Rather it is an attempt at education; attempt at redemption; attempt at deep reflection; attempt at releasing my own deep frustration, yet with the hope and conviction that we are passing through a phase that all true democracies and governments…
We hope that the threat to the Igbo by the Arewa Youths organizations (http://thewillnigeria.com/news/arewa-youths-give-igbo-three-months-to-leave-northern-nigeria-or-be-mopped-up/) is nothing but youthful ignorance and over-reach. We also hope that the Buhari/Osibanjo Administration is taking this threat seriously. The world is watching to see how this threat to Nigerian security is handled vis-a-vis Mr. Nnamdi Kanu’s threat. This is a far worse confrontation than Nnamdi Kanu ever posed to Nigeria. His crime was possession of broadcast equipment and promotion of Biafran independence. The Arewa youth has proposed expulsion of the Igbo from Nigeria which is Kanu’s ambition. Both constitute a plan to dismember Nigeria. Those…
Please answer some questions for me! JOSEF BEN YOCHANNAN, JOHN HENRIK CLARKE AND IVAN VAN SERTIMA Ozodi Osuji I spent most of June 6, 2017 watching YouTube videos on the giants of African studies: Josef Ben Yochannan, John Henrik Clarke and Ivan Van Sertima. My mind is filled with their perspectives on history, especially Africa's role in history. They all say that Africa is the origin of everything. Essentially, they refuted the notion that Europeans and Arabs and other peoples are responsible for the modern world; to them Africans are responsible for whatever is good in the world. What shall…
Afis, my main man, I knew and still know that despite your occasional descent to the gutter, apparently to reach the Biafrans where they choose to live, name calling, in social discourse you have it in you to operate at the most elevated level. Your write up below, especially your reflections on Alexis Charles Henri Clerel de Tocqueville, Viscount de Tocqueville (1805-1859) proves my thesis that you are a well-educated and smart man who occasionally discards decorum and operates like a street hoodlum. Thank you for the view on de Tocqueville. The man was a French Aristocrat from Normandy; he…
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal IT IS TRUE WHAT THE BIBLE SAID: IN EVERY ERA IT IS DIFFICULT TO FIND A GOD AWAKENED PERSON; MOST PEOPLE ARE IN DEEP SLEEP It is really true what mystics say, that most people are animals, not human beings, yet (in the case of Sodom and Gomorra only Lot was a good man); it is also true what practical men of politics say, that most men are too afraid to act in a way to change society. Extraordinary political leaders believe that ordinary people are nothing and are only good to be used at…