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In Igbo of Nigeria, to become a Gburu Gburu Leader like Dim Ojukwu is an achieved position and status. It must be earned by the circumtances of collective history, connection, representation and relevance for the good of one's people and larger society. It is not ballyhooed. In other words, it is not a be-thing sensational, noisy argument or disturbance. And since installing Dim Ojukwu by the people of Nnewi and their Eze in 1982 when Ojukwu returned from 13 years of exile to the trumpet of the welcoming of a hero as Ikemba of Nnewi, the tempo, and indeed, beauty…
In recent time there has been an increase in the call by the people of Southwest of Nigeria for the convocation of what they term a Sovereign National Conference, SNC. On the surface that may sound impressive, even attractive especially with the level of anxiety on people's minds concerning Nigeria's dire situation. Currently the entrapped peoples within Nigeria are anxious to find quick solutions on how to dissolve the unworkable Nigerian union. In considering viable paths to take and walk out of the deathtrap and dysfunctional madhouse which is also known as the failed state of Nigeria, almost any suggestion…
The Nigerian writer and social activist Wole Soyinka's insistence that the terrorism of Boko Haram is the unanticipated outcome of Nigerian support for Islamic extremism in Northern Nigeria as well as the direct expression of the ambitions of some disgruntled Northern politicians has sparked various kinds of response. Some of these have been dismissive, particularly coming from some commentators from Northern Nigeria. Soyinka being a writer as well as a social activist may evoke questions about the significance of literature and the arts in building modern societies, particularly in the face of the development challenges faced by Nigeria, since one…
When the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti released the song, VIP – Vagabond In Power in the late 70’s, Nigerians paid little heed to the lyrics, but danced their feet out to this politically-laced music. By the time they realised that Fela was something of a prophet, it was rather too late for them to arrest situations whereby their rulers were in fact vagabonds, thieves, looters and convicted felons. That is not to mention political prostitutes and opportunists whose main intent into going into politics or positions of authority was to steal the country blind, giving very little concern to the plight…
We learn about other countries government accounting procedures to enable us improve our own Nigerian government accounting procedures. May be this piece from practical knowledge, not academic speculations, could help us begin to manage our affairs right? Is it too late for Nigeria? Is she too hopeless to even bother with her? One would never give up on Nigeria, hopeless as her sickness seems. How In The World Did Nigerian Governors Come To Spend States Monies? By Ozodi Thomas Osuji I hear about Nigerian state governors going to Abuja to collect their states monthly financial allocations from the federal government…
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 14:23

Assaults on Rights by the Right

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This is being written as we approach the end of the month of February, the month chosen by Dr. Carter G. Woodson to acknowledge and celebrate African American accomplishments and history. I would caution that it may be too early to celebrate. The political and social rights African Americans secured within the last sixty years are under attack. We are in a period when it has once again become permissible to insult African Americans en masse. Republicans vying for the their party’s presidential nomination have decided that one avenue to the nomination is to instruct African Americans on the need…
Come and see that Dim Ojukwu's death and burial rites have become so transformational and unifying of the Igbo and Nigerians. He is one to be learned from. He fought a war against ethnic injustices not against Nigeria. His legacies will endure in Nigerian story. Apparently, Dim Ojukwu’s ongoing transformational and unifying burial rites occupying Nigeria today are significant for many issues and events. Among them are the resonance of Nigerian unity in his personhood, the upshots of ethnic hate, war, terrorism, sectional militant groups and confusion. Another is the current Nigeria’s insecurity predicament and therefore the unleashing of critical…
Thursday, 23 February 2012 00:06

Multiselves

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Abstract: Extrapolating from Quantum mechanics, especially Hugh Everett’s many worlds interpretation of the double slit experiments, this paper says that there are many of each human being, each in a different universe. This idea is not exactly new for David Deutsch of Oxford University (Physics Department) in his book, The Fabric of Reality, writes that there are many of him, each in the possible infinite universes required by Quantum Mechanics. Multiselves By Ozodi Thomas Osuji I have come to the conclusion that we have four levels of selves: The God self (this is the one self all creation shares; I…
The war that the two-eyed person saw and fled is the same the one-eyed person vows he will join. I will start this admonition by asking, what is really wrong with Nigeria, is it the people, her leaders, the political structure, or maybe there is nothing wrong, we are actually supposed to be this way? In the heat of the subsidy induced strike, the president had promised that civil servants would be paid on the 20th of every month. First no one was sure that he was referring to all civil servants. He must have meant federal civil servants because…
“Happiness... consists in giving and in serving others”. ~Henry Drummond “It is the love that we give and the service we render that really is the great payoff”. ~David B. Haight “Leadership is an opportunity to serve. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance.” J. Donald Walters OPPORTUNITY is defined variously as 1: a favourable juncture of circumstances and 2: a good chance for advancement or progress. On the other hand, the definition for OPPORTUNISM is “taking advantage of opportunities without regard for the consequences for others” and is the “Practice of exploiting circumstances in self-interest, especially without regard…
“In Taraba, Politics, Religion Don’t Mix”--Emma BelloIn this interview, Taraba state’s commissioner for information, culture and tourism, Emmanuel Bello, noted that the state is best suited for tourism activities giving the peaceful ambience of the state. He said all the religious and ethnic groups have learnt to remain peaceful and united in the face of provocations from some quarters, stressing that politicians can’t use religion to divide the state. Excerpts. How has Taraba state managed religious harmony, especially in these testy times when there are crisis elsewhere in the North? Well, to be honest with you, we have grappled with…
Sunday, 19 February 2012 03:13

What Is Love?

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I woke up this morning and the thought of love was in my mind. I asked myself: what does love really mean? To answer my own question I wrote this essay. To love is to join with the loved one and in so doing eliminate ones existential alones and its pain; to love is to give one’s self peace and happiness and give to those one loves ones peace and happiness. Enjoy. LOVE IS GIVING PEACE AND JOY TO YOUR SELF (AND TO THOSE YOU LOVE) Ozodi Thomas Osuji The word love is probably one of the most frequently used…
Sunday, 19 February 2012 05:49

The Future of Poverty In Africa

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The Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) were declared and made “compulsory” social policy option for third world countries. About the same time the United Nations adopted these goals as a palliative “arrest” option for the third world, the World Bank came up with a huge document on African, entitled “Can Africa Reclaim the Twenty first Century?” Without anybody saying so, both the UN and the World Bank held very pessimistic view about Africa ’s capacity to meet up to its social challenges, to reach or accomplish the limited and tentative targets set for it, but they did say so in too…
Saturday, 18 February 2012 00:10

Drugs: Happiness Candy or Cane?

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We quickly and conveniently forget that Lucifer was present at our creation. He realizes that the family was established by God as our primary source of immediate social and spiritual support. Since, Lucifer has fallen out of favor; it makes all the sense for him to attack us with deception; such that we are isolated from our major source of strength before he reins in total destruction. When Satan is able to remove our shield of the family environment, we are easily exposed to the devices of his soldiers. Today, we find nothing strange in the single mother of three…
Unless you have never been involved in any thing, you are a politician. My friends almost always tell me that they are not politicians and are not interested in politics. They are fibbing, for the most part. If you were a college student you ought to have been aware of student politics in your organizations, be they Phi Beta Kappa outing, student presidency elections where all bets are off. I can still remember how my house was clustered by posters when my children ran for high school class president elections and the endless meetings with their campaign teams. I know…
Friday, 17 February 2012 18:29

Body, Behavior And Personality Are One

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Building on self-observation, this paper says that our bodies determine our behaviors and personalities. It, however, postulates that there is another self apart from the human body and personality. It calls that other self the real-self. The real-self is part of what folks call God, what it calls Unified Spirit Self. The real self appears separated from the unified self and projects itself to a higher separated ego self that is in light body form, not in gross body and that higher ego self-projects itself to a lower ego self in gross body form (our earthly forms). On earth we…
Is there a black heritage in the eyes of the westerner when the story of black peoples is told and shared as history? Yes, there is – whether accepted with or without controversy or simply placed on the front burner of ethnic and racial debates. In order to understand that black peoples count and matter in the world history of achievements and developments, the February of every year is critically marked as the Black History Month. The month, apparently, is intellectually and ceremonially or festively fashioned to capture the experiences of blacks and black peoples' contributions to the development of…
Thursday, 16 February 2012 12:01

White Americans As Tragic Heroes

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This essay says that white Americans appear to have a sadistic need to degrade black Americans, indeed all human beings; it says that this penchant for humiliating folk in the long run leads those degraded to realize that they have worth that no human being can take away from them. Human worth is inherent and is not given by other people or by the state. When those degraded realize their existential worth and develop no regard for their degraders they may work with external forces to bring down their degraders empires. White Americans As Tragic Heroes By Ozodi Thomas Osuji…
A couple of months ago, I picked up my 13 year old daughter from an outing. Getting into the car, she told me excitedly that she could sing a new Yoruba song. "Really," I asked skeptical, wondering how she could have learnt any Yoruba outside my tutelage. She proceeded to sing, "Awon ele, awon ele, won bad gan." "What?" I asked scandalized, "that's not Yoruba!" "Yes, it is. I'll show you on Youtube when we get home," she piped. And sure enough, she did. She unearthed a treasure trove of Naija songs. From Wiz Kid's "Don't Dull," we clicked on…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 03:49

This Is The Time That Tries Men's Souls

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Nigerianeeds real men and women now. Nigeria needs real leaders immediately. I do not mean politicians alone and certainly not just Jonathan. I mean ordinary Nigerians who are playing any role whatsoever in church or mosque; in civil society or in trade unions; in the universities or other places. Nigeria needs our traditional rulers who may be the last respected power figures to rise up and save the nation. If these people do not rise soon, there will be no country to talk about. For those who would like the country to break up, there will also not be their…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 03:40

The Best News from Nigeria In A Long Time

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"...He ordered the immediate release of all persons detained in police cells without lawful jurisdiction and reiterated his directive that no person should be detained beyond 24 hours, except otherwise permitted by law. He said, All squads, teams or any other investigating outfit operating under whatever name are hereby dismantled with immediate effect and they are to be under the original structures recognised by police standards. All intra-state and highway road blocks which constitute nuisance especially on the roads of Lagos, Edo and South-Eastern states should also be dismantled immediately..." Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar In three short sentences…
On this Valentine day I seek a way to express my love for all sentient beings; Love is who we are; Love is really all there is; we temporarily sought to live as the opposite of love hence our seeming journey without a distance into the dream world. Love all people and have a happy dream. When you are tired of dreaming you awaken in love, also called God. Cheers. Nothingness Exists In The Universe Of Matter Space And Time (Is this your idea of love?) Ozodi Thomas Osuji The Hindu eight century philosopher, Shankara said that nothing exists where…
Since the formation of the ill-fated Nigerian union (the infamous Amalgamation of 1914) by the imperialist government of Great Britain, the people of the Islamic North of Nigeria have never hidden the fact that they dislike the arrangement and would want to be left alone by the Christian South. Even Lord Lugard the man behind the unfortunate amalgamation acknowledged the impossibility of the experiment when he said; “The North and the South are like oil and water, they will never mix”. And this is how Abubakar Tafawa Balewa put it a few years before he became Nigeria’s Prime Minister at…
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 15:07

Valentine Discussions: Sex and relationships

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Do not be deceived one bit about the title, this is another sermon from the mount. Even then, I just needed to clarify for us certain issues that are boiling this season. We as Christians continue to demonstrate that God is not a fool, irrespective of how smart we may pretend to be. When God ordained marriage in the Garden of Eden, sex was part of the package because he ordained fruitfulness and multiplication to the extent of dominating the world with it; as Moses recorded in the first book of the Bible. However, this was not a union of…
Valentine Day is a popular time in a year, namely February 14. Nigerians celebrate it with zealousness and craziness. So what can we now do better on a Val Day? What is love and friendship in the spirit of Valentine Day? This short article opens a view to understanding the dimensions of love and friendship embodied in Valentine celebration. In light of the asking, what can we do on a Valentine Day, the article makes the point that we can do something, and that is what we know. Once we have chosen to do something of value, love comes out…