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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:34

Do not ever seek approval from other people

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YOU BEGIN WITH SENSE OF DEFICIT AND MAKE THE MISTAKE OF ASKING OTHER PEOPLE TO MAKE YOU LESS DEFICIENT Ozodi Thomas Osuji In childhood, I began out with a sense of deficit; I believed that there is something wrong with my body. I ended up asking other people to tell me that I am good enough. I wanted to be like those that I perceived to be good so as to make me seem good. I wanted to attach me to those that seem good so as to feel good. At school, I wanted to be like the children of…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:19

The politics of state robbery in Nigeria

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Late last month, as a section of the country awaited the triumphant return of James Ibori, an ex-governor of Delta State, who was jailed, incidentally, in the UK for his egregious looting of his state's treasury while in office, the Nigerian media landscape was abuzz with stories about the mind-boggling salaries, allowances and other perquisites of office that elected officials and state functionaries in the country enjoy. According to the report in Vanguard newspaper, forty-seven former governors from 21 states in the country, draw as much as N37.4 billion from the public treasury. There are twenty-one serving senators currently receiving…
To say that Nigeria's National Assembly has been living in infamy since the beginning of the Fourth Republic in 1999 is to understate the severity of the country's democratic woes. While less endowed but well-meaning and development-conscious counterparts on the continent are devising means of advancing the culture of popular representation through openness and improvement of the lives of their people, Nigeria's so-called "distinguished" senators and "honourable" members are perpetually scheming for secrecy, swindling the electorate and the country and generally making lives more miserable for their constituents. So detrimental has their conduct been that should anyone be bothered enough…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:13

The succession battle in Osun!

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Let me start by declaring that, no matter the difficulties encountered on Osun State's journey to greatness, I'm of the tribe of Caleb; a harbinger of good report and nothing seems capable of obliterating this perception buttressed by what is on the ground. Having said that, let me also confess that I did not originate the title of this article. It was a product of interactions between passengers in a commercial bus, yours sincerely inclusive - on a recent trip from Ijebu-Jesa to Osogbo in Osun State. The discussions went back and forth until the discussants decided to look ahead,…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:08

Canada @ 150: Lessons for Nigerian youth

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On July 1, 2017, Canada, the world's second largest country after Russia, will be 150 years old. There is a year-long celebration of this milestone for a nation that prides itself on being one of the best, if not the best country in the world. Before the European colonialization in the early 16th century, Canada was inhabited by aboriginal people (the indigenous people of Canada). Canada's history of colonialism dates back to July 24, 1534, when French explorer, Jacques Cartier, in the name of King Francis I of France, set up a French colony in New France, the area colonized…
No thanks to the unholy machinations of an unscrupulous cabal in the presidency which formed a satanic partnership with a shamelessly crooked senate, Ibrahim Magu, nominee of President Muhammadu Buhari as substantive Chairman of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), was for the second time denied confirmation for that post by the senate on the strength of the same ill-motivated Department of State Service (DSS) security report that informed the first purported rejection. It bears repeating that Magu's first rejection last December drew intense outrage across the country with most Nigerians describing it as the classic case of corruption fighting…
THE WORST MISTAKE MADE BY THOSE INTO METAPHYSICS IS TO IGNORE PHYSICS Ozodi Thomas Osuji I have read where those who are into metaphysics and new age religions deemphasize physics. This is a mistake. We on earth live in a three dimensional universe; we live in space, time and matter. Our bodies are made of matter (64 of the 92 elements in nature are found in our bodies). We walk in space and time. Simply put, we are part of the world of space, time and matter; those three do affect our bodies. Our bodies do get sick (from shear…
As a backdrop to this subject, I would urge many of you reading this article to go watch on You Tube a video of an interview of Mr. George Wallace with the great Mr. Louis Farrakhan on the Definition of Double Standard and whether or not Nigeria was the most corrupt nation on Earth. My initial title to this article was, "It's done, it's over, it's cooked for America" but I modify the title because I know that Presidents come and go but America would survive the worst of Presidents and reinvent the wheel as it has happened many times.…
Monday, 20 March 2017 19:09

Fear is never justified

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Fear assumes that one is a body that can be harmed and destroyed; ultimately, fear is predicated on fear of death. A course in miracles says that we are not body, that body is a dream figure we take on in our dream that we are separate from God and from our real self, the son of God. It says that our true self is eternal, permanent and changeless. It says that we choose to separate from God and each other but could not do so in reality, eternity, in unified spirit self and went to sleep and seem to…
Monday, 20 March 2017 05:00

Anger is never justified

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ANGER IS NEVER JUSTIFIED, SAYS A COURSE IN MIRACLES (The Journey towards enlightenment) Ozodi Thomas Osuji MY ANGER IS ROOTED IN MY SENSE OF ABANDONMENT CAUSED BY MY PHYSICAL ISSUES In childhood I kept quiet and mostly stayed to myself but if you dared to tell me what to do I asked you who the hell you think that you are telling me what to do; If you tried to force it, such as when my uncle Bernard insisted that I go to do farming for our grandmother I felt angry and simply refused to go to their farm to…
Listen, if anything that I do not want to experience can happen to me, say, you can do bad things to me that I did not want to experience, you can say whatever you want the universe is unfair to me and if the universe is unfair God does not exist. God can only exist if there is justice in the universe. Justice in the universe requires me to experience only what I want to experience. If Arab and white folks can choose and enslave Africans and if some Africans can kidnap some Africans and sell them to Arabs and…
Saturday, 18 March 2017 07:57

America is a fake democracy

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The word fake, that which is not real, has probably been around for as long people are around; however, it gained currency during the 2016 US presidential election cycle. Suddenly, social media was inundated with what they called fake news. All kinds of fake news were spread about Hillary Clinton; she was presented as a murderer who had murdered many associates and anyone who stood on her way just so she gets and retains power. Donald Trump took to calling the stalwarts of America's mainstream media, such as the New York Times, Washington Post, ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN fake…
ABSTRACT: This paper aims at accomplishing two objectives: explain the nature of leadership in broad terms; look at Nigerian leadership and suggest ways to transform Nigerian leadership from its present negative state to positive state. The reader should glean useful information on the nature of leadership and examine whether the suggested solutions to Nigeria’s leadership problem is useful.Throughout human existence people have practiced leadership within their groups, big or small. There have always been people who initiate activities and gather people to do them with them. Indeed, if you observe children even before age ten you will see some of…
This tribute speaks mainly to the star qualities of late Colonel David and how he is so uniquely different from most Akure Chiefs I have been privileged to know. I wrote one on late High Chief Asamo Omojowo Olusanya of blessed memory. This one is different, however, because I am doing it with deep personal regret or guilty conscience. The late Colonel would probably have reached the peak of his career in the Military and earn his promotion to the rank of a Brigadier General in the Pay and Records Squadron of the Nigerian Army if he had not taken…
THE PHYSICAL UNIVERSE DOES NOT EXIST; IT IS A DELUSION AND HALLUCINATION IN OUR MINDS WE LIVE IN A PRETENDED UNIVERSE Ozodi Thomas Osuji Space, time and matter do not exist; at best you can say that they have temporary existence, as in a dream; that which is a dream and has a temporary existence does not exist. Only the eternal, permanent and changeless has real existence. During the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, the universe came from nothing and therefore is nothing; nothingness does not exist and has no worth. There are no galaxies, stars, planets, people, animals,…
After all is said and done, more is said than done - Aesop. It all started with this piece of social media flotsam – A young lady had her dad’s picture as a screensaver on her cell phone. One of her friends saw it and asked, “So you too know this yẹ̀yẹ́ man?” Thanks to Nollywood, the term, “yẹ̀yẹ́ man” has entered pan-African lexicon. It describes a shyster, ne’er do well, a layabout, a consumate liar. A major characteristic of such a person is that they talk a good game but deliver zilch. Rather, they build castles in the air.…
“Ground-breaking, also known as cutting, sod-cutting, turning the first sod or a sod-turning ceremony, is a traditional ceremony in many cultures that celebrates the first day of construction for a building or other project. Such ceremonies are often attended by dignitaries such as politicians, government officials and businessmen”. (Wikipedia) Please NOTE the last sentence - “Such ceremonies are often attended by dignitaries such as politicians, government officials and businessmen”. Another use is, “If something is ground-breaking, it is very new and a big change from other things of its type: E.g. His latest movie is interesting, but not ground-breaking”. But…
If you are looking for just one reason why the racist elements of the Republican Party are supporting Donald Trump despite his pathological lies and delusional personality and collusion with KGB Vladimir Putin of all people, and why they desperately wanted to regain the White House by any means in 2016, this article is a must read for you. If they ever credit a black President, Barack Obama and the Democrats with universal medical coverage for all Americans which they have written off as Socialized Medicine and therefore dead on arrival, they would have forfeited their right to ever win…
The conditions of my living is depressing; I inherited a mitochondria disorder, Cytochrome C Oxidase Deficiency, Spondylolysis and Mitral Valve Prolapse that made my life, from birth a miserable one. I felt weak all my life and was almost always in low grade pain. People enjoy food but eating food made me feel miserable and I have to go lie down to recoup some energy; people play sports but sports gave my body so much pain that I had to avoid them. All said the condition of my living is depressing and not something to look forward to. Thus, I…
Thursday, 09 March 2017 15:11

There are precognitive dreams

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Dreams can tell us a lot about who we are, our personalities; they can also tell us something about our future, precognitive or prophetic dreams. Some of my dreams tell me a lot about who I am and about my future. In this essay, I will examine some of my dreams that I believe told me something about my personality and those that told me something about my future. The earliest dream that I remember occurred the year that I began kindergarten and that would make me five years old. In the dream I was crawling in the middle of…
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 02:02

Transforming the ego to the ego of love

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As long as a person is in our three dimensional world of space, time and matter he must have an ego. The best that can be hoped for is for one to have a humble ego while one is in the world of egos. One can humble ones ego by purifying but not eliminating it. If one purifies ones ego one will attain some peace and joy. The ego is purified by making it an ego of love. The ego of love occurs where one retains ones ego and uses it to love other persons in egos. The nineteenth century…
The purpose of this essay is to discuss how Nigerians ought to be wise and not foolish and how we Nigerians have to grapple with the prospect of being looked upon as the most corrupt, the most foolish, and the most fucked-up nation led by the most evasive leadership Nigerians have been fools in more ways than one. Trump says Nigeria is a den of kleptomaniacs, stealing from their treasury and enriching their enemies. Leaders of Nigeria, without exception, are authoritarian, using power to oppress and annihilate the powerless. Consider the mass beheadings of Christians in Benue State. We mistake…
Hunger is not an uncommon source of stress in Nigeria. Mrs, Grace Edeh, a 35-year-old mother of three and staff of the National Examination Council, was being quizzed by the Niger state Child Right Protection Agency for burning with hot charcoal the palms of her eight- year old house-maid, accused of stealing meat from the pot. Asked why she committed the offense which contravenes Section 26 of the Child's Right Act against maltreating children, Mrs. Edeh explained that she had ill-treated the girl out of anger as the child was fond of stealing meat from the pot of soup. She…
MY FIRST CALLING IS TO BECOME A VERY POWERFUL SELF TO HELP ME ADAPT TO THE WORLD; MY SECOND CALLING IS TO CHANGE THE INITIAL CALLING TO HAVING NO BIG SELF Ozodi Thomas Osuji All My life I had a calling; that vocation was to seem a very idealistic and powerful person; when I see anything in this world I imagine how to make it better and use magical powers to make it so. This tendency made everything in this world not good enough for me; thus, I could not settle for anything in this world, for I was always…
Saturday, 04 March 2017 20:10

Could Igbos be the aliens called Anunnakis?

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COULD THIS BE TRUE: ARE IGBOS ALEIN ANUNNAKIS? Ozodi Thomas Osuji Yesterday, I wrote a review of Naiwu Osahon's Theory on the Origin of Human Beings. In it I alluded to his notion that there was a race of aliens who came from a different planet with a leader called God Anu and that these people are called Anunnakis. He said that they brought advanced technology to earth that led to the building of Egyptian pyramids, Sumerian megaliths, Mayan Pyramids, Inca stone stockings etc. The American TV program, Ancient Aliens, usually shown on the History Channel also talks about the…