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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…
When President Muhammadu Buhari announced the people he has selected to occupy some of the most strategic positions in his regime, there was understandable uproar across the country. Nigerians looked at the profile of these fellows and wondered what could have motivated their choice, what exactly in their credentials qualified them for such sensitive positions. Ordinarily, Buhari would have simply ignored such an outcry, but he surprised Nigerians by volunteering an explanation. These, he said, were the people who had stood by him through the stressful years of his various unsuccessful attempts to become president. As he moved from one…
Friday, 02 June 2017 07:57

On America's inevitable decline and fall

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ON AMERICA'S INEVITABLE DECLINE AND FALL Marvin Robinson: I feel your pain; as an American patriot, I appreciate your desire to resurrect the supposed glory that was the USA. However, there is something that you need to know. History does not stand still. Despite Americans claim of American exceptionalism the fact is that there is such a thing as historical reality; that reality catches up with all nations whether they like it or not. They try to cheat it but they cannot. We had great empires in Sumeria, Egypt, Persia, Greece, Rome, the Ottomans, Britain, France and the USSR; those…
Thursday, 01 June 2017 23:00

Biafra Is The Big Idea Whose Time Has Come

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BIAFRA IS THE BIG IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME How do we deal with the idea whose time has arrived? Is it by bows and arrows, guns or by bullets? Is it by lynching at the Senate or House? No, Biafra shalt rise in spirit and in authenticity Thou Biafra hast recaptured the old glory sublime Thou art Inspiring, inspirational, Awe-inspiring Magnificent, Uplifting, Moving, Transcendent Lemme be in Biafra! Lemme taste Biafuru Gimme that old time epoch-making magic Of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Era That indomitable fortitude of a people displaced Of men and women with heads bloody but unbowed…
President Trump's first foreign trip as the US president directed the world's attention to Trump's world view: a pivot to the Mideast. It also showcased the beginning of the dissolution of NATO. In Middle East, the red carpet was rolled out for Mr. Trump as the leaders of the Arab League gathered in Riyadh to welcome his team with bouquets. They celebrated the change which Trump's election signaled. Trump enjoyed his visit. And on to Jerusalem where an even more elaborate celebration was held. It was, by all accounts, the best segment of the 9-day foreign travel. It is a…
WHY CAN'T CALIFORNIA GIVE ALL CALIFORNIANS A SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE? Ozodi Thomas Osuji There is something that bugs me about us, Americans; it is that we know the right thing and would not do it unless our backs are pushed to the wall and we have no choice but to do it. Everybody who has any brains in his head understands that health care is really a right and not a privilege; all people ought to have access to health insurance; health is not what some people should have and others not have it. A rational society must give…
Adeyinka Makinde: Given your fascination with what seems to you Russians' power, I felt an urge to show you that Russia is a tootles tiger that can be knocked out by a resurgent Germany ; as we speak Germany has almost total control of the Russian industrial sector! You are invited to read "In Praise of Transatlantic Divorce", by Stephen M. Wait, in Foreign Policy Magazine, May 30, 2017. See below excerpt from Mr. Wait's excellent article. "The EU has a population of more than 500 million and a combined economy of roughly $16 trillion (the US GDP is about…
I have never met Venerable Fagbemi. I knew him by reputation thru my uncle, Bishop Omoyajowo. He and I have spoken over the phone multiple times and I have developed a relationship with the young man who is about the same age with my first son but I am very proud to be the one writing his tribute. He has become my father in the Lord. I dedicate the tribute not just to the new Bishop alone but to all of his 3 distinguished colleagues, the new Bishops of Maiduguri, Okene and Igbomina while our own Ayo Fagbemi of Oba…
Sunday, 28 May 2017 21:41

Idealism gives the idealist fear

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IDEALISM GIVES THE IDEALIST FEAR FEAR IS USED TO PROTECT THE SELF ONE CREATED FOR ONES SELF Ozodi Thomas Osuji In idealism one uses one mind to invent how one ought to be, how other people ought to be and how the world ought to be; in effect, one has recreated one's self, other selves and the world to be in one's desired image. One clings to that self-recreation and recreation of the world and defends it. One primarily defends it with fear. Fear is a means of protecting ones creation, making sure that it survives. It is ones handiwork…
I need all of you to rewind the tape to see all of my articles on Donald Trump on the Internet, or on Chatafrik or the Sahara Reporters websites and all of my predictions on his presidency as a concerned American senior citizen with two of my sons currently and proudly serving in the US Navy with my approval and consent because I love America too much to stay neutral. Like Winston Churchill once stated when he said he refused to stay unbiased and neutral if he has to choose between the Fire and the Fire Brigade" If we all…
Many Americans have nothing meaningful to do with their lives and instead engage in racism and discrimination against minority people; this evil behavior gives their meaningless lives pseudo meaning. Moreover, it gives them a sense of false worth; by looking down on other people they derive a sense of worth thus masking their existential sense of worthlessness. If they did not discriminate against some persons they would recognize the utter meaninglessness and worthlessness of their existence and perhaps become depressed and commit suicide. They avoid depression and suicide by engaging in racism and efforts to keep other people away from…
President Muhammadu Buhari is seek. Very sick. Of this there can be no doubt or doubters. His importance to those who want power to remain in the north, cannot be over stated. That they brought it to themselves is obvious and it is their fault. The saying goes that if you fool me once shame is on you; but if you fool me twice shame is on me. The shame is on northern oligarchs. President Obasanjo fooled them once by promoting a sick Yar' Adua for president and putting up a young vibrant Jonathan as Vice President to take up…
TO BRING ABOUT SOCIAL DEMOCRACY AND MIXED ECONOMY WE MUST DESTROY THE OBSTACLES TO IT, SUCH AS VESTED BUT STUPID CONSERVATIVE INTERESTS YOU CANNOT MAKE A REVOLUTION THAT CHANGES SOCIETY WITHOUT DESTROYING THE OLD SOCIETY Ozodi Thomas Osuji We know that some vested interests benefit from the current social structure and prevent us from having a better society, such as social democracy and mixed economy; we know that to bring about social democracy we have to use violence to destroy those who prevent us from bringing about the expected better world. You must destroy the old to give birth to…
The problem with us human beings is that we think that we have the choice to tolerate injustice or not. The fact is that we do not have such choice; our only choice is to tolerate the just; if something is not just to people we must not tolerate it; we must not rationalize injustice with our usual ego defense mechanisms and live with what we should not live with. If society's practices are not just our function is to fight for what we believe is just and not just live with the unjust society. If we try to live…
A few years ago, we had a very important and urgent need to be in Kumasi very early the next day. It was already midnight (Nigerian Time, but 11pm in Ghana), and we were still in Accra, surrounded by its brilliant lights and soothing serenity (there was not the faintest hint of any generator sound anywhere), wondering what to do. But a Ghanaian who was with us did not seem to share our worries. He simply told us to hit the road, that in the next three hours, we should be in Kumasi. I looked at him with surprise and…
Things must be bad when the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, is the principal defender of the President of United State, Donald J. Trump. In a press conference with the Italian Prime Minster standing by Mr. Putin offered to give the US legislators the transcript of Russian leaders meeting with Mr. Trump. He suggested that the American legislators are harming US interest and preventing Mr. Trump from doing the work he was elected to do. When did the Russian government become The Defender of OLD GLORY? When? Mr. Putin’s offer came because of the tumultuous week Mr. Trump, the republican…
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 23:14

And We Africans

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 We Africans are what the non-Africans give names They systematically, categorically, intuitively label us as midnight A people conceived in heart of darkness, in mind of obscurity A land characterized as darkness, dimness, shadow, gloom But we know, yes we know, and we sabee quite alright We say, yes we say, and we say again, again, O Lord That Heavens have blessed us, impregnated us with Riches Non Africans are fighting for ceaselessly dying over Man, didn’t you hear, and don’t you understand That Onye nwe anyi ( Lord o f Afrika) doth bless us With natural resources richer than…
That the four-month-old presidency of Donald Trump is floundering and falling apart is now clear to all except perhaps the neophytes the president has appointed to his inner circles. Even these loyal followers are exhibiting signs that all is not well with the administration they have been called upon to nurture to health. Overt signs of a disintegrating presidency include the chaotic press briefings by the presidential spokespersons such as Sean Spicer and now his deputy. Sarah Huckabee Sanders in which what is said in the morning is often modified in the evening. There have been numerous occasions when the…
The Eight Levels Of The Self In The Temporal And Permanent Universes Ozodi Thomas Osuji Each human being has eight levels of the self. In eternity, aka heaven there is one self, the unified self, the self the sons of God share with their creator and each other; in that formless, unified self-there is no separation between the members; there is no self and non self; all selves share oneself; where one self ends and others begin is nowhere; each self is in other selves; there is no space hence no perception; there is no seer and seen, no subject…
THE IMPLICATION THAT LIGHT IS NEITHER WAVE NOR PARTICLE BUT BEHAVES AS THE ONE THAT THE OBSERVER WANTS IT TO BEHAVE FOR HIM Ozodi Thomas Osuji Yesterday, finally, I grasped the implication of the double slit experiment. In case you do not know about it, if you have a hole, a slit on a board and shoot light at it the light would go through it as a particle and leave a mark at a paper placed behind the hole; on the other hand, if you have two holes, slits and shoot light at them the light splits into two…