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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 17:31

2017

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We have entered 2017, a year that promises to change the world in radical ways. Change is both good and bad and it is this ambiguity that makes the world tremble, tremble, tremble. We do know that changes must occur and that we should not be afraid of them but somehow, we are not able to shake off our fears of the unknown. Here are some of the anticipated changes that could make the world shake: In America (and in much of the world) the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States is worrisome. The influence…
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 19:11

The function of the critical person

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THE CRITICAL PERSON IS SELDOM LIKED BY PEOPLE BUT SERVES PUBLIC GOOD Ozodi Osuji Generally speaking, human beings like to be admired by their fellow human beings. People like it if you said nice things about them. If you want people to like you then flatter them. I think that most of us are aware of this narcissistic tendency in the human psyche and therefore try as much as is possible to say mostly nice things about people and desist from saying anything that people could construe as unflattering to them. The safest place to be in this world is…
In less than 72 hours from today, Donald Trump would be taking his oath of office as the 45th President of the United States and leader of the Free World he has so much criticized and undermined on his way to the most powerful job on face of the Earth. I want this piece to be my last article before the apocalyptic "Rupture" and the arrival of the new sheriff in town whose inauguration is going to be greeted with placards and demonstrations never before seen in similar ceremonies in the close to 250 years of American History. Congressman John…
Monday, 16 January 2017 19:21

What kind of persons would kill their people?

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In the picture below (at Facebook, January 16, 2017) an Igbo man who lives in the USA, who serves in the US army, Chuks Okebata, came home to Alaigbo to visit his people and, apparently, a person or persons killed him. Speculation is rife as to who might have done such a dastardly thing. Some conjecture that he was murdered by those who are jealous of his wealth (apparently he built a big house). The question is this: why do Igbos do such iniquitous things? The moment you ask that question Igbo irredentists would immediately remind you that people are…
IN DELUSION DISORDER YOU DENY YOUR IDENTITY AND IDENTIFY WITH ANOTHER SELF Ozodi Osuji In delusion disorder a person denies his true identity and identifies with another person who he believes is better than his own self. Actually, the term paranoia, which is the same as delusion, is of Greek origin; it means denying one's true self and behaving as if one is another self. A person who denies his real self and pretends to be another self, the Greeks saw such a person as mad! Delusion disorder is the quintessential madness (if you add hallucination you have psychosis). Generally,…
I hope that Igbo egotists read this essay and begin their overdue learning on what constitutes success. At present they are on ego trips taking their insanity that to do well in this world is to be successful as the best way to live. Out of their insanity they look down on those they call failures, those who are actually closer to God than them. The egotist is as far away from God as is humanly possible. One of my functions is to help bring Igbos near to God. To come to God one must jettison ones ego; the ego…
Many Americans, white and black, are cowards.; they refuse to fight to bring about improved America where all Americans are given publicly paid health insurance and their school fees are paid by the public through university. Instead of fighting for justice for all Americans, Americans feel powerless (power feeling is obtained from doing, not from running from doing); Americans feel emasculated and enfeebled and seek solace in drugs, alcohol and addiction to sex. Liberal Americans stopped fighting for social democracy but instead fight to legalize every type of sexual practices that they can think of. These folks will not stand…
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) from New York became the longest serving American President when he served for12 years from 1933 to 1945. FDR crafted the statement that "The only thing to fear is Fear itself" In other words he was telling Americans to be strong and to never capitulate or give in to fear under any circumstance. America became the proverbial home of the brave we all talk about till tomorrow and rightly so as confirmed in America's national anthem. The advice not to fear was paradoxically given by a President who spent his last few years as President on…
Friday, 13 January 2017 03:00

Igbos are okay, after all!

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Benjamin Aduba: I understand that you see me as anti-Igbo; you seem to believe that I say things that desecrate Igbos; apparently, you see it as your function to correct what I say, to make sure that Igbos are perceived correctly, preferably as you, an Igbo, want them to be perceived, in a positive manner. From that perspective you pounce on whatever I write and try to cast it in a negative light (often you are responding to a part of yourself, not to me, for it is clear to me that you did not understood what I wrote!). Apparently,…
Donald Trump was not an American politician until recently. He was a business man; business folks pursue money and profits. His pursuit of money was not of interest to those who pay attention to public policy matters, so I had no particular reason to get to know him. However, when Trump declared his interest in the US Presidency, I took a look at his personality and in June of 2015 decided that he is a narcissistic personality disordered person. Later on the mainstream media picked up on that subject and harped on it. Trump is developmentally stuck at what Psychoanalysts…
Mr. Ozodi Osuji in a rambling essay attached below asks if the Igbo are taught stupidity or were born stupid. My direct answer is that they are both taught to be stupid and are born stupid. The axiom embedded in the question is that Ndigbo are stupid. I will not challenge axioms as they are established rule, principle or law. I will assume that after a careful, rigorous and exhaustive research Mr. Osuji has established that the Igbo are stupid and have made the world accept this as true. Mr. Osuji has the qualifications to do research and to convince…
When we say: "Gifts can kill you kpata kpata," we mean gifts can cause the loss of lives as events in his essay reveal. Gifts may create enemies for you, particularly when the receivers feel they are God's gift to you and you owe him a gift of your own. Some of our people have a dreadful horrifying sense of entitlement. An entitlement is when the person being given the gift feels he/she has a right, power, prerogative, or claim to the gift. Our Nigerian relatives need to be cured of the DOE. This DOE is not the Department of…
Marvin Bryant, given your apparent cynical mode, you probably would scoff at the conclusion of the below essay; however, I see you as my brother, a brother that our African ancestors did egregious wrong to by sending you to where our estranged European brothers abused you. I feel complicit in your oppression. Thus, I have an inner urge to share with you what, to me, seems the truth. I will not allow your understandable anger to push me away from you. Cheers, Ozodi WHAT MATTERS IS WHETHER I LOVE OTHER PEOPLE; IT DOES NOT MATTER WHETHER THEY RECIPROCATE OR NOT…
Sunday, 08 January 2017 16:12

On the search for a replacement religion

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The Quest For A Religion To Replace Imported Semitic Religions, And Other Matters Date: January 7, 2017 To: Marvin A BRYANT From: Ozodi Osuji Subject: Human beings need religion; the real question is what type of religion You have made your point. Now, listen to me and listen carefully. I am not a Christian or Muslim; both religions are Semitic; both religions originated in the Middle East. I have no business having a religion given to me by other people. A person's religion must come from his psyche and world for it to speak to his soul. Christianity, Islam, Hinduism…
Every human being has a self, a sense of me; each of us has a self he believes is separated from other selves. The individual defends his separated self when other selves seem to attack it; his goal is the survival of his apparent separated self; he believes that his separated self has different interests from other selves interests and defends his different interests. The contemporary psychological conception of the self is that in childhood each of us constructs a self; according to the psychological musings of George Kelly (1955), the child uses the experience he has with his body…
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…