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When children are loved in what Carl Rogers called unconditional positive manner by those that Harry Stack Sullivan called their significant others (that is, their parents, siblings, peers, authority figures, such as teachers, ministers etc.) they tend to grow up feeling accepted by their world and feel secure in their world. They go through the various developmental stages described by Erick Erickson and other developmental psychologists smoothly. (See Erickson, Childhood and Society; Piaget, Moral Development of the Child; Lawrence Kohlberg’s moral development of the child; Burton and White’s studies on child development etc.). Such children become adults whose chronological age,…
Nigeria is composed of many ethnic groups, the number of which is any one’s guess. Some of those ethnic groups are numerous in population; these include Hausas, Fulanis, Yorubas, Igbos, Edos, Ijaws, Efiks, Urobos, Ishikiris, and Tivis. In such a multi ethnic country, if democracy, whatever form it takes, exists folks elected into national offices, such as the Nigerian Presidency, must obtain votes from the various ethnic groups. For a Yoruba to obtain the number of votes it would require to rule Nigeria he simply must obtain votes from non-Yoruba folks. The same goes for members of other ethnic groups.…
This essay, originally given as a talk, identifies human beings primary problem as their having separated selves, aka egos; it says that they need to give up their egos and their sense of separation if they desire peace and happiness. In returning to unified spirit state human beings attain peace and happiness. To make the paper less abstract and more concrete the writer described his ego and his struggle to give up his ego. OUR PROBLEM IS HAVING AND DEFENDING BIG EGOS; THE SOLUTION IS GIVING UP OUR EGOS Ozodi Thomas Osuji It is really difficult to understand how human…
Sunday, 25 September 2011 04:10

Dangers of North-South dichotomy

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In as much as every Nigerian citizen who meets the constitutional requirements to contest for any position of choice is free to employ any reasonable means to canvass support from fellow compatriots, there is need to respect both inter and intra-party independence and cooperation to move Nigeria forward. The real burning issue of recent in the Nigerian politics is neither the appointment of the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) nor that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The thing in the whole political quagmire is the north-south dichotomy which has been smuggled into the system. From the onset,…
The other day, out of interest and curiosity in Nigerian affairs, I took a hard look at President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan's list of ministers, with a focus on Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the new federal minister of finance, and I left with a sense of hope for the administration and Nigeria at large. She took the oath of office from the president on August 18, in Abuja. Why focus on the new federal finance minister? There are many tangible and intangible reasons why I am interested in discussing one of Nigeria's foremost development economists of this generation. As a member of…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:46

A Mentally Healthy Self Is A Humble Self

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This paper goes where, apparently, mental health professionals are afraid to go to: state what constitutes mental health. It unequivocally says that whereas there could be such a thing as perfect mental health in a non-material, non-spatial world that given the limitations imposed on human beings in their world of space, time and matter they cannot have perfect mental health and that in so far that they attain humility in their thinking and behaving they are mentally healthy. A MENTALLY HEALTHY SELF IS A HUMBLE SELF Ozodi Thomas Osuji You can go through a course of studies in psychology and…
The following are incontrovertible facts about the Nigerian electricity sector: there is either no or epileptic electricity supply in about 90% of Nigerian homes and offices which, thus, depend on generators and spend fortunes fuelling same; Nigerians pay through the nose for electricity never supplied; the problem is more of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN)’s penchant for denying Nigerians of electricity than the non-generation of adequate megawatts of electricity; Nigeria supplies reliable electricity to some neighbouring countries while her citizens have blackout; the touted recent improvement in electricity supply by PHCN is untrue; and the periodic hike in electricity…
Sunday, 18 September 2011 23:26

Terrorism: Do we have to accept it?

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I'm a non-Muslim, as a matter of fact, a Christian from the former Eastern Region of Nigeria. Before the war, the 45-50 million Easterners were once, over 90% Christian strong. But things have changed, and the needle has been pointing to the red. With the defeat and its agony, the victors, decided to eviscerate the Igbo by banning our cherished Christian schools, and replacing them with schools that robbed us of faith, that didn't teach us of dignity, and the relevance of education. Today, in Igbo land, the effects of banning Christian teaching is everywhere. Some Igbo are angling to…
Jonathan has declared that no one should rig the April 2011 election for him. In his words he declared in Jos, Plateau State that; "Although I am contesting in the presidential election, I am assuring Nigerians that nobody must manipulate the votes in my favor. No body should rig for me. Our votes must count. We must elect the people we want. We no longer want the situation where people imposed candidates on us. Democracy demands that we vote out persons that are not good." Do or die school should listen to the words of wisdom as Jonathan is crying…
(PART TWO) Prominent legal scholars in Nigeria have written divergent opinions on whether the president's assent is required in the constitutional amendment process; particular mention must be made of the opinions of Chief Richard Akinjide, S.A.N, Prof Taiwo Oshipitan, S.A.N, Mr, Olisa Agbakoba, S.A,N and most recently the official position of the Nigerian Bar Association who have argued that the proposal for the alteration of the 1999 Constitution as passed by the National Assembly and approved by more than two-thirds majority of the State Houses of Assembly cannot take effect as amendments to the 1999 Constitution in the absence of…
The cacophony of voices over the years on the issue of true federalism have not been able to marshal a way forward that could be said to be addressing the Nigerian state's political impasse with regards to the socio-economic interests of the states of the federation. The case of the federal/revenue allocation and the sharing formula have left so much to chance in the wake of the awareness that is replete in some states or regions that believe the goose that lays the golden egg is not fairly treated as it were. Over fifty years of Nigeria's attainment of independence,…
Saturday, 10 September 2011 05:25

Love Really Is the Answer to All Our Problems

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In this encore piece I summarize my teaching on love. It defines mental health as the capacity to love ones self and love other persons. A person is sick to the extent that he does not love his self and other persons. A sick person needs to be healed; love is what heals people. A healed person loves his self and all selves. And with this piece I take my bow; the function which I undertook to perform for free is completed. Human beings, black and white, man and woman, adult and child have a disease. Until they are healed…
Saturday, 10 September 2011 05:24

Hail to the Navy Seal: Osama is Dead! God is Great

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Why not go public with your sarcasm, I mean send it to US officials? Since you seem to be a Rosa Park wannabe you would seem best served if you picked a fight with the US government! Go ahead and overcome the fear that holds down your African soul and makes you tolerate slavery and second class living in the USA, fight openly and courageously and get your ass shipped back to Cameron and there work to develop your looted country rather than be an armchair revolutionary living in the USA, in the white man's world (while decrying his actions).…
This paper makes the point that psychiatry is unable to heal mentally ill persons because it does not factor the element of choice into its perception of the causation of mental disorders. It says that human beings are conscious beings, beings that make choices; it says that we must see people as choice making persons and then help the mentally ill, whose mental illness it says has something to do with inherited biological constitution and poor choice, choose self-love and love for all persons if we want to heal them. Psychiatry and psychology are currently working very hard to transform…
Saturday, 10 September 2011 05:12

Paradoxical Therapy And Africans

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This paper says that since in the main African leaders refuse to do what common sense tells us that they should be doing to improve their peoples lot that we should encourage them to be idiots, and that perhaps that would finally awaken them to doing that they have to do to develop their countries. Perhaps, African leaders do not know that they come across as idiots so let us call them idiots to help them understand that they are seen as idiots by the rest of the world. We should no longer make excuses for these clowns. PARADOXICAL THERAPY…
Saturday, 10 September 2011 05:09

The Generic White Man Has Inferior Spiritual Mind

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This essay says that people from Europe tend to be very good in the sciences and technology; that they are so because they see themselves as separated selves housed in bodies, egos, and tend not to see themselves as spiritual beings. It says that because they denied their spiritual selves they tend to feel inadequate and inferior, deny their inferiority and project it to black folks and thereafter see black folks as inferior to them. It concludes that whereas each of us, individual and groups, must do what he does well that all of us must pay attention to both…
Saturday, 10 September 2011 05:07

Thoughts on the personality of Malcolm X

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I first read Malcolm X while in college, I believe in a sociology class. The professor, a white man, used him to make the point of how a man's life can be turned around when he finds a purpose for living. He said that Malcolm, like most black Americans, was shut out of the American mainstream and lived life on the margins of society, which included criminal behavior. But when Malcolm found a purpose to live for by joining the Nation of Islam he turned his life around and became a model citizen, a man who fought for his race's…
Saturday, 10 September 2011 05:06

The White Man Has A Need To Degrade Human Beings

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From observing the present and historic activities of white men the author says that they appear inherently deficient in loving behaviors and appear to enjoy degrading people hence are probably sadistic. The essay wonders how to teach white folks love? It speculates that perhaps being loving persons is the only way to model love for other persons; for white folks to become loving they must see and learn from loving persons in their world.   I did not have business that took me to American courts until I was going through divorce hence did not know much about America's jurisprudence.…
Saturday, 10 September 2011 05:05

Why Some Black Men Marry White Women

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Using Eldridge Cleaver's musing on why he and other black men prefer to have sex with white women, this essay says that black men do not want to have sex with white women because they are more beautiful than black women but because of what they represent to them: civilization. Black women represent the African reality, backwardness, to black men. Sex is seldom pure animal act but psychological act. What the individual wishes to be he projects to other persons and admires those who seem to approximate his desired goals. WHY SOME BLACK MEN MARRY WHITE WOMEN Or Reflections on…
Saturday, 10 September 2011 04:12

Economic Impact of Climate Change

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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) defines climate change as a change of climate (air temperature, windfall, wind speed) which is attributable directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over a comparative time period. Other scholars view climate change as a long-term shift, alteration or change in type of climate prevailing over specific location, region or the entire planet. Unmitigated climate change could result in a decrease in welfare correspondent to a fall in global per-capital consumption in an average…
It is very unfortunate that, without much reflection, the House of Representatives, on Thursday 21st July 2011, reportedly swallowed hook, line and sinker all that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, fed it as the rationales for the introduction in Nigeria of Islamic banking and daily cash withdrawal limits. Yet, the House has denied approving Islamic banking and summoned Sanusi to re-appear before it to give further clarifications on same. Although I have my grouse with the introduction of Islamic banking in Nigeria, I leave that for now, and face the daily cash withdrawal limits. CBNAccording…
As I was having a brainwave and contemplating what to write about the topic of our political leaders' "achievement," "performance" and their "humility", it occurred to me that I personally don't resound with the concept of focusing life on achieving end results outside of myself. The English dictionary's definition of 'achieve - to bring to a successful conclusion; accomplish; attain; to gain as by hard work or effort - states that by its nature, achievement or accomplishment is a result, a conclusiveness. We all must accomplish things in order to function in life, for example, go to school, earn a…
The other day, out of interest and curiosity in Nigerian affairs, I took a hard look at President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan's list of ministers, with a focus on Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the new federal minister of finance, and I left with a sense of hope for the administration and Nigeria at large. She took the oath of office from the president on August 18, in Abuja. Why focus on the new federal finance minister? There are many tangible and intangible reasons why I am interested in discussing one of Nigeria's foremost development economists of this generation. As a member of…
Saturday, 10 September 2011 03:45

Film Review: Carlos (2010)

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Terrorism as a sub-species of warfare, civil insurrection, and as an apparatus of state oppression has existed for millennia. The slaughter of high status officials, combatants, civilians as well as the destruction of property, is a weapon which is purposefully calibrated so as to effect a result in which the level of psychological damage exceeds the attendant human and material destruction. carlosAs a tool of liberation, there is some evidence of its success. The terror tactics utilised by the Kenyan Mau Mau, although a largely defeated group, created the circumstances in which the British will to continue to govern Kenya…
The purpose of this piece is to provide a response to Dr. Ozodi Osuji's recent article entitled 'Thoughts on the Personality of Malcolm X'. It is of course written in the spirit of wholesome and positive debate, and in what I believe to be an overarching quest for a positive exchange if ideas and the acquisition of knowledge. It is not intended to serve as a polemic, or, given the esteem to which Malcolm is held by swathes of black and African opinion, an argumentum ad hominem. The aim is to present a counterpoint wherein facts, where they can be…