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WHITE, BLACK AND YELLOW RACES WILL DISAPPEAR INTO A NEW BROWN RACE Ozodi Osuji About sixty thousand years ago, Africans moved into Europe and Asia; they met Neanderthals (who themselves had left Africa thousands of years earlier). The new comers, dubbed Cro-Magnons, mixed with the Neanderthals and the two formed the current race called Europeans (In Asia, Africans mixed with earlier races, groups that had left Africa much earlier, to form current Asians). We are at present in one of those eras in human history when the various races have come into contact with each other. Africans are now migrating…
Thursday, 05 January 2017 07:12

Picking Money off the Streets

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“You’re so lucky to be heading to Yankee,” Bisi continued. “Everything is abundant there; light, water, food, money, everything! You will be picking money from the ground!” (Excerpted from Renike comes to America) The myth that people pick money off the streets in the US is pervasive for many reasons. For one, work is readily available and those who apply themselves to industry, get paid. Once they get paid, they send money ‘home.’ In fact, migrants remit more money than some of their countries receive in development aid. There are two sides to the remittance story however; one good, the…
The Senate Hearings led by the two fire brand senators in John McCain and Lindsey Graham should send powerful messages as the whole world nervously await the Trump presidency roughly 2 weeks from today. The World has turned one full circle as that three Communist State of Russia, China and North Korea are making News and seriously threatening American supremacy as the only remaining Super Power. The grand old Party, the Party of Abraham Lincoln has lost its "mojo" in America even though it now controls the 3 tiers of Government namely, the Executive, the Legislature and hopefully the Judiciary…
Date: January 4, 2017 To: Eze Paschal (One of the few Igbos that know the joy of philosophy) From: Ozodi Osuji (A man who knows the joy of philosophy) Subject: MANY IGBOS ARE NOT ANALYTICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL If you observe the average Igbo closely you notice that his motivation is to seem important, significant and powerful. Everything he does is geared towards making him seem significant in his eyes and in the eyes of those around him. Because of this motivation he often tells lies about who he is; if he is poor he tells folk that he is rich.…
Monday, 02 January 2017 21:49

Dealing with women's vanity

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HANDLING WOMEN'S VANITY IN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH WOMEN Ozodi Osuji NORMAL PERSONS LIKE THEIR BODIES AND LIKE OTHER PERSONS BODIES My general observation shows me that what is called normal persons, men and women tend to like their bodies; in fact, they see their bodies as big deals. Because they like their bodies' men can then see their women's bodies as gorgeous and praise them and do so honestly. It is those people who hate their bodies and seek mentally constructed ideal bodies that cannot get themselves to call their partners' bodies beautiful hence create havoc in their homes. Since…
The Nigerian Federal Government ought to have the encourage to strengthen our country 's educational system by (i), emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering , and Mathematics curricula beginning from the early years in our public schools through the universities; (ii) testing millions of our school children in order to separate about 20% of the best brains for special training at Government expense in Nigeria's Science Academies to serve as our nucleus scientists; and (iii repatriating millions of our best science brains from Western countries where they had gone to avoid hardships at home. Any government , including the Nigerian Federal and…
Sunday, 01 January 2017 00:16

What Nigerians Wish To See Improved In 2017

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The purpose of this write –up is to report on the scores I have in my grade book for three African countries, and what my fellow Nigerians wish to happen in their country in the New Year, 2017. Nigeria, under Buhari, is trying, but more is desired. There is ample room for improvement. Nigeria ought to do much better in the coming year. After chatting with a few friends in Nigeria, Ghana and Zimbabwe as a college teacher, here are the scores in my grade book: Ghana has B: Nigeria has C; and Zimbabwe has F I didn't chat at…
A few hours from now, the Year 2016 is going to become History as we all prayerfully make the transition to 2017. Tomorrow is not guaranteed to any of us. Only God knows what may happen to any of us the very next minute. In a way human beings are like the squirrel which left its safe and secure nest on the tree to go cross the street and to go fetch some nuts for lunch. I have seen one such squirrel get run over by a car, no questions asked. I see its innocent but luckier companion come out…
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: My 2017 New Year Resolution I HAVE NEVER HAD SELF CONFIDENCE AND MUST NOW HAVE IT It is now time to have total self-confidence, not a confidence based on God and other people's approval but on self-acceptance. If I have total self-acceptance and total self-confidence then I can teach people how to have self-confidence but if I do not have it I cannot teach people what I do not have, for no one can give what he does not have. When a person does not have self-confidence and self-acceptance he posits a false big self…
Friday, 30 December 2016 22:01

Cognitive therapy heals all mental disorders

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In America, middle class white Americans go to psychotherapists and pay them over a hundred dollars per hour (and do so weekly for many years) to help them improve their self-esteems. They recognize that it is those who have positive self-esteems that do productive work. On the other hand, Nigerians in Nigeria and at Nigerian Internet forums kind of think that it is cute for them to constantly attack each other's self-esteems. They consciously hope to destroy each other's self-esteems (hence I call them primitive savages). Attacks on their people's self-esteems contribute to low productivity of Nigerians and Africans in…
Friday, 30 December 2016 07:21

A new philosophy for mankind

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The extant world is predicated on science; its culture is increasingly scientific culture; instead of trying to become a part of this new world, Africans run around extoling what they call their African cultures, cultures that are by all indices primitive; they must change their cultures and make them scientific. Additionally, they need a new mythology of creation, a story of how they came into being and a culture that springs from that myth (I say myth for no one knows how we came into being). As a myth maker, my function is to provide mankind with a story of…
One only needs to read the story at the end of this piece to understand why President Buhari’s purported corruption fight is a hoax being perpetrated on Nigerians and the world. Here is a quote from the minister of information Alhaji Lai Mohammed: The Minister said the strategy has proven so effective that it has led to, among others, the recovery of 40 brand new SUVs and other vehicles from one former Permanent Secretary who single-handedly appropriated the vehicles to himself when he left office The minister of information could not name the corrupt permanent secretary; could not give when…
In the age of Globalization when information travels faster than the speed of sound pretty much like the air we breathe, the path to peace in the world and the path to Nuclear Freeze should be of serious concern to all of Humanity regardless of ideology or national or partisan loyalty. Kim Jong Un of North Korea has now carried out more than 50 nuclear tests compared to 17 under his father and grandfather. Even though those test are carried out in the Pacific and in North Korea's territorial waters and air space, the whole world could predictably suffer a…
I am very pleased to see Mr. Obama's two terms as the president of the Unites States come to a successful end. I am so grateful that he overcame those who wanted his presidency to fail. I thank God that those who wanted to make him a one-term president failed. I am so glad that his terms in office are almost over. I have never been as involved in the political process as I was in Obama's elections and administrations I campaigned in three states including Ohio and attended both inaugurations. The cold winter of 2008 did not stop me…
On December 24, 2016, Christmas Eve, a woman was stripped naked and paraded throughout a village somewhere in Igbo land. Her picture was flashed all over social media, especially Facebook (where I saw it). It was reported that she had stolen a live chicken (for her Christmas meal) and was caught. The chicken was hung on her back as she was paraded through the village's byways. I do not know that she, in fact, stole the chicken hung on her back; that is not the issue; the real issue is what the villagers wanted to accomplish by parading her naked.…
It is you, again, Chinasor Onianwah. I just read on Facebook where you are saying that I am against sex. I am not against sex. Let me explain my attitude to this sex business. As you probably have heard, Sigmund Freud saw the individual as driven by natural forces that he called Id. The id is the instinct for sex and aggression. To Freud, we all inherited a proclivity to desire sex with every member of the opposite gender in our world, even with our parents and siblings. The man said that if one were to give in to this…
Chinasor Onianwah: When I first read your write ups at Facebook two things struck me: I saw you as bright and also as an angry person. I wondered why you are full of rage, for, clearly, without your underlying anger you would produce good writing (you have the writers and artists flair for using the right turns of speech, phrases and sentences...I am not a writer; I am a social scientist and public manager who uses words to articulate my thoughts; I do not have the ability to use fancy words to say what I want to say). Now I…
GIVEN THE THREAT OF ISLAMIC TERRORISM, THE WEST NEEDS SCIENTIFIC CULTURE TO HOLD IT TOGETHER Ozodi Thomas Osuji Every society needs a shared belief to unify its people. At present the West has no overarching philosophy that it teaches that holds its people together. As a result, the people are floundering, groping for a new belief and seem ready to fall to another Middle Eastern religion, this time to Islam. Islam would drag the West back to another one thousand years of dark ages, as Christianity did to Europe when it became Europe's sole weltanschauung. Ordinarily, people need gods to…
Surely, indisputably, indubitably, and for sure A thing is a thing when it is a thing And I said to the Nigerian man Who stood in the middle of Onitsha Bridge Your nation is a failed state without Anyamiri presiding Tell me Truth That I may tread safely into the unknown. And he replied gruffly, “Go out into the shade And put your hands in the hand of Satan. That shall be to you better than Truth And a little cozier than what you seek!” So I went swiftly and finding the hand of Obi Clasped it firmly with both…
The 2016 election is over and the winners and losers have been identified. In this preliminary result sheet are the major winners and losers. As time goes on we will keep updating the results. The final report card will be issued in 2018 December which will correspond to Mr. Donald J. Trumps mid-term. Readers are invited to add, delete and move around the pieces as they see fit. Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba Boston, Massachusetts December 20, 2016 WINNERS LOOSERS 1 Donald J. Trump For beating Democrats, Republicans and Wall Street Mitt Romney. Trump ended his political career 2 The Republican Party…
Monday, 19 December 2016 03:58

God is imaginative and other matters

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Notes from Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal GOD AND HIS SONS ARE VERY IMAGINATIVE My Mind is very imaginative; it imagines all sorts of scenarios of what could go wrong for me and comes up with plans on how to cope with them. It pursues ideals of perfection and power. What it does during the day it also does during the night hence it has vivid dreams. I have incredible dreams whereas some people tell me that they either do not have dreams or do not remember their dreams. I believe that God is an imaginative person and imagines all kinds…
During the campaign season, Mr. Trump promised to change the ways of Washington permanently. Based on his cabinet selection thus far, he seems to be on his way to actualizing the promises. The best part of his choices is that it would end long debates over some very important America’s policy issues. The case of US foreign policies come to mind. From the end of World War II US intelligence has seen Russia as the greatest security threat to US. A few liberal politicians had called for an easing of tension between the world’s number one and two powers but…
Friday, 16 December 2016 03:27

Who is in charge of your life, ego or God?

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IF YOU ARE IN FEAR YOU HAVE MADE THE MISTAKE OF SEEING YOU AS EGO Ozodi Osuji First mistake: One desires a separated self and in pursuit of that illusory self-one separates from God and formulates a separated self-concept housed in body. Each of us has an ego separated self; that is what it means to be a human being. Each of us tries to juxtapose his ego to the tasks of living on earth, use it to adapt to the tough exigencies of this world. In folks with healthy bodies, generally, their egos are enough to adapt to the…
The purpose of this essay is not an indictment of all Nigerian men and women. It is a celebration of the Nigerian life of yesteryear, and a reflection on the differences this writer has observed over the years in Nigerians who came to America in the 70's versus the new arrivals. The Nigerian men and women this writer had the opportunity to meet and interact with during the sweet but difficult years he spent living in Washington DC; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Atlanta, Georgia were of a saintly breed. Saintliness is synonymous with goodness, innocence, piety, virtue, righteousness, and goodness. Saintliness…
In the words of my favorite Gospel song titled, "Nobody greater than you" by Darius Paulk, I am inclined to say the opposite about Trump. I have searched high and low and I have looked high and low and still cannot find anybody worse than Donald Trump when it comes to conflict of interest in Government. Trump believes that a President can do anything even though he was the most vocal in calling Obama an outlaw President for using Executive Orders to deliver some of his campaign promises and mandate the Republicans have used their majority in Congress to block…