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Monday, 24 October 2011 08:45

The Problem With Nigeria Is You And Me!

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What is the problem with Nigeria, who is the problem, today I dare say that the problem with Nigeria, is Nigerians, part of our problem, is simply put, 'us', 'we', 'you', them, 'they'. The problem with Nigeria actually is you and me! Nigeria, ideally is one of the best places to live in, it is not a Police State like so-called Western Democracies...In Nigeria I can urinate anywhere and not get fined or arrested, I can get a ladder and climb the electricity poles and effect a change of power phases, that is if the problem is not from the…
Monday, 24 October 2011 00:10

Mental Illness and Spirituality

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Mental disorder consists of two types: (1) the normal type; here, the normal person sees his self as a body and ego and defends it, (2) here, in addition to doing what normal folks do the person rejects his body and ego and posits an idealized body and ego and defends it. Healing mental disorder is done at two levels: (1) giving up identification with the ideal self and its wishes and not defending those; this brings the person to normal status, and (2) not seeing one’s self as an ego and body and not defending one’s ego and body.…
Sunday, 23 October 2011 23:10

Time to Reclaim Nigeria

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I have been following the “Occupy Movement” across the world and I must say I am impressed. What started as a small band of protesters on Wall Street in New York a few weeks ago, has grown into a global movement against the current exploitative social order. It is growing bigger every day, incorporating community and religious groups, labour unions, students, and youth organisations. As an internationalist, I stand in solidarity with the protesters everywhere. It was inevitable that sooner rather than later “free market” capitalism, another name for corporate greed and brutal exploitation of weaker nations, the working people…
Saturday, 22 October 2011 06:30

Biafra and Islamic Nigeria

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On the 22nd of September, 2011 five Igbo men domiciled and carrying on businesses in Mandala, Niger State of Nigeria were murdered by some Muslim men suspected to be members of the Boko Haram group. The reason given for the killing is that they failed to recite verses from the Koran, the Islamic book of religious tenets. Boko Haram is a separatist Islamic group of the north of Nigeria. In the past nine years the group has consistently campaigned through violence to human lives and property for the establishment of a separate Islamic state from the Nigerian union. But through…
Friday, 21 October 2011 12:59

A Small Anatomy Of Nigerian Corruption

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When one is done discussing a matter one laughs, when one is satiated sleep claims one (When a matter has been taken care of, one turns one's attention in the appropriate direction) Let me start this essay from a very simplistic point of reasoning. If the call-up capital of a bank is N25Billion, that bank has one branch per state i.e. 36 branches; it has 36 chartered accountants in all the branches, maybe half that number of charted bankers. Then assumedly 15 staffers per branch, that’s a total of 540 staff members, let us agree that management staff for the…
Friday, 21 October 2011 01:24

Why I Miss Ribadu

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The first time I heard of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu was when he was appointed Chairman of the EFCC. Like many Nigerians, I didn’t care much. To me, he was just another appointee who wouldn’t deliver. During his term as the chairman of the anti-corruption agency, I read news reports on how he prosecuted corrupt politicians and businessmen. Then, the fear of Ribadu and the EFCC was the beginning of wisdom. People would make jokes such as “I’ll report you to EFCC” “Ribadu is coming after you”, etc. Gradually, Ribadu’s story aroused my interest; it was refreshing to know that someone…
Part IV LOVE AS SERVICE TO ALL PEOPLE When people see themselves as separated from other people, that they are not the same and equal with all people, that they have different interests from other people, that their gain are other people’s loss and that what happens to other people does not happen to them, they behave in a self centered manner. Because they have these beliefs and behaviors predicated on them they have self hatred and suffer. As long as people have these beliefs and corresponding behaviors, they are in hell, although they may not know it. They live…
Part 111 THE EXISTENTIAL ROOTS OF MAN’S SELF HATRED In our world folks are over specialized and each specialist tends to look at the world from the parameters of his specialty. Building on his specialty he reaches conclusions about the nature of phenomena. The problem is that the conclusions he reaches are at best partial answers and not the whole answer. Looking at the world from only one angle is like the tale of three blind men and an elephant, each blind man touching the elephant and from where he touches it concludes about the nature of elephants! The universe…
Part 11 AFRICAN POLITICIANS KILL EACH OTHER Nigeria is entering another one of her sham election cycles. As usual, the killing of aspirants to public office has begun. Funsho Williams, Daramola and many others have already been killed. By the time the election is finally rigged and another set of scoundrels ascend political office, hundreds, if not thousands, of Nigerians would have been killed. I submit that Nigerian politicians kill their opponents because they have little or no regard for their lives. I believe that Africans do not love each other, do not respect each other, do not care for…
(A four parts essay on Africans self hatred and behavior) By Ozodi Thomas Osuji Part 1 INTRODUCTION Last year, 2005, after years of absence from African affairs, I wrote a friend and sought information on certain events taking place in Nigeria. She said that she could not help me but referred me to sources that she felt might have answers for me. One of the sources was an outfit called Naijapolitics, an Internet forum where Diasporan Nigerians make commentaries on what is going on in their country. I wrote this outfit and, without knowing what I was getting into, became…
The late Jamaican Reggae musician, Peter Tosh had, in one of his songs, called for the legalization of marijuana and promised to advertize it. However, I do not think that Jamaica or any other country heeded his eccentric call. The smoking of marijuana, a common practice among Rastafarians, social wastrels and even supposedly decent men and women, is largely condemned owing to its effects on the behaviour and mental state of its consumers. Many cases of lunacy are traceable to it. On Thursday 5th October 2011, the Nigerian press reported a very unsettling suggestion made by Senator Ike Ekweremadu on…
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 05:21

Revolt of the Emirs

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It is not in the tradition of a sitting aristocrat to revolt, more so if he is an Emir in an era when the institution is stripped of all its major functions but saddled with the enormous task of ensuring security of life and property. So when some royal fathers decided to breakaway from the tradition of waiting for the Sultan to announce the sighting of the crescent during the last Ramadan and do it themselves, little did they know that we the masses were watching with keen interest. The revolt, if we may call it so, is more surprising…
“Our Deepest fear is not that we are inadequate Our Deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure ….we ask ourselves…who am I to be so brilliant So talented, so gorgeous, so fabulous ….who are you not to be?”. Humanist, philosopher..Marianne William Is the above quotation not an apt depiction of feminine heroism par excellence and the fear and humility that usually accompany woman achievement anywhere in the world? Suppressed by religion, culture, and tradition for centuries, women tend to feel afraid at the edge of success. They seem to wonder if the success would attract disdain from sexists’…
Monday, 17 October 2011 07:05

The Lonely Life Of The Pursuer Of Ideal Self

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This paper points out that those who posit and pursue idealized self images and idealized standards tend to reject and avoid real people for they are not perceived as ideal. The result is that they tend to be lonely persons. Loneliness is anxiety and depression making. The paper says that one must accept ones self, other persons, social institutions and the world of space, time and matter as they are, imperfect, and relate to them as such and not expect them to change and become what they cannot become, perfect, before one relates to them. THE LONELY LIFE OF THE…
Monday, 17 October 2011 07:00

Igbos Egos Enjoy Their Fights With Nigerians

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Mr Okey: I do not know why you sent the below material to me. I liked it. In that same spirit I send to you a piece I wrote this morning. Make of it what you like. Each of us does what he believes is useful to society and I do what I believe is useful to society, what would help Igbos become less persecuted in Nigeria. Cheers, Ozodi It took me the longest time to realize that human beings are not victims of their world; to know that their world is their dream and that they mutually project out…
Monday, 17 October 2011 06:57

Igbos Appear To Have Death Wish (Thanatos)

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In our time psychoanalysis and its insights into human nature is no longer in vogue; instead, much of our thinking on human psychology is colored by biological psychology, the belief that thinking is a product of our brain chemistry and has nothing to do with intra-psyche matters. This essay says that it appears that the psychoanalytic view that human beings appear to have death wish would seem to apply to Igbos for otherwise how do we explain their insistence on doing that which clearly irritates other persons and provokes them to attack and kill Igbos? IGBOS APPEAR TO HAVE DEATH…
This essay asked the question that many Nigerians probably ask: would you prefer a Nigerian professional to professionals from the other races to provide the services that you desire? If the answer is no, as it probably is, why is it the case that Nigerian professionals are third rate? What can be done to make them first rate. The paper asked questions without proffering answers. You, the reader, could provide the needed answers! IF YOU HAD A CHOICE WOULD YOU GO TO A NIGERIAN DOCTOR? Ozodi Thomas Osuji Over the weekend I told a friend that a cousin’s wife recently…
 ...but hardly possible without the active collaboration of our political leadership This may sound like a lonely voice in the wilderness but it is the bitter truth. I am expressing it, nonetheless, because I know that where 2 or 3 Yorubas are gathered, there is always as many as 5, 6 or 7 opinions. Many see it as a weakness but a few see it as a big strength and I do. The beauty of American Democracy is predicated on that. The Yorubas are therefore very different from the Hausa/Fulani and the Igbos for that reason and many more. It…
Monday, 17 October 2011 12:35

Remembering Dick Tiger

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There perhaps have only been few in the modern epoch of boxing that have represented the themes of blue collar fighter and ageless ring warrior as Richard Ihetu, better known by his ring pseudonym, Dick Tiger. Indeed, it was once written that he "was the type of fighter who rolled up his sleeves, spat on his hands and went to work, giving an honest labouring mans effort. Each time. Every time." A succinctly unglamorous portrayal of a simple and uncomplicated man who bore the struggles and travails of a lifetime with admirable courage and dignity. He was born on 14…
1. Season of Anomie Another season of anomie is here! It is election season in Nigeria; Africa, and black world’s largest pretense to “democracy”. We have known this season since before Nigeria became independent. And the political spin masters and media vuvuzelas are out once more, inundating our aural peace with their undeodorized pieces of nonsense! In these times, promises are made. Deals are sealed. Horse-trading and cross-carpeting are contemplated. New Godfathers are anointed. Older ones either lose relevance, or are consolidated on their inglorious perches. God-sons make pilgrimages to their various godfathers to swear oaths and allegiances. Dinners with…
Saturday, 15 October 2011 01:27

The Nature Of Self-Hate

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African women are loosing sense of self-worth. Their idea of feminine elegance is to wear white female hair styles. Flip through any issue of our week-end newspapers and picture magazines to see how far this disturbing trend of self-hate by our females has gone. No class of black women is exempt: film and sports stars, musicians, students, models, literary gurus, politicians, academics, business executives, civil servants, religious leaders and followers, unemployed or working class spinsters and housewives, are trying desperately to pass for white. They are all pampered as teenage daughters, with charming African hair styles, which they promptly abandon…
Sunday, 16 October 2011 01:18

The Truth About The Holy Grail

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According to testimonies, the Talmudic tradition, and A.C Celsius, an encyclopaedist, there was a Jesus ben Panthera between (100 – 50 BCE.) He was the son of a Roman soldier and a Jewish prostitute. He claimed to have been a miracle worker and briefly plied his trade in Judea. He may have been stoned to death for impersonating Horus, the ‘Divine One,’ and claiming to be his reincarnation, when everyone knew his family background. The Talmudic tradition’s vague memory is not identifiable with the Gospel figure. It emphasizes that “the Christian religion partially modeled their Jesus of Nazareth (that ought…
Sunday, 16 October 2011 01:16

Child labour and population explosion

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So many talk shops have been going on child labour, population explosion and family related matters calling for serious attention before they go weird. It is really a troublesome topic to discuss because many people have faced it with myopic perceptions while others have gone too sentimental about the whole matter. Child labour is a universal phenomenon especially in underdeveloped countries, Nigeria inclusive. But I continue to wriggle in pains whenever I think about Nigeria finding it very difficult to develop amidst too much wealth and health. With such bounties bestowed on Nigeria by the Incomprehensible Almighty, I cannot find…
It is high time we found an indigenous solution to our common problems as a nation within the six geo-political zones and by extension to the states within the zones. It is clear that our togetherness as an entity is beyond us. Nkrumah once said “Divided we are weak; united, Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good in the world”. Dwelling on the perception of this great Ghanaian Nationalist, his thought pattern could by application be used as a reed to gauge the present situation in the country. Until we understand the need for real unity as…
The resolve of Jonathan and his administration will soon be tested in the area of foreign policy. Nigeria's vote will be essential for the recognition of a Palestinian State by the Security Council. If history is anything to go by, Nigeria will side with the Palestinians. However, I am beginning to sense that the possibility of the Jonathan administration to abandon our historical tradition of supporting the cause of freedom across the world is also high. This short essay is an attempt to alert Nigerians who believe in such a cause of the impending danger that their country stands the…