Expert Articles

The Setting Soon as I posted a recent article captioned: Igbo Marriage System: A Discourse on Endogenous Stages and Meanings published in this square on Nov. 12, 2011, I was sent a question by a reader as below. And I am happy that this question can even make a round of debate in itself. Instead of attaching my considered reaction to the question as a footnote on the thread, I have felt that it will be more useful to share it as a follow up discourse. Let me therefore try and respond to the challenging question as it was asked…
Sunday, 13 November 2011 16:28

The call for Southern intifada

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The Southern intifada must begin now. One more strike, the wrist of the nation called Nigeria may burst open. One more hit, the neck may fly off its shoulders. One more mayhem, the testicles may fall on the floor. When that happens, don’t be surprised.Stupid people! one Rudolf Ogoo Oknokwo posted on the web, NigerianWorldForum. Intifada literally means shaking-off or struggle for emancipation. It is an Arabic loan-word that came into use in the late twentieth century. The Palestinian uprising in the West Bank and Gaza Strip sometime in 1987 in protest against the continued Israeli occupation brought this word…
Abstract: This article is set to discuss Igbo endogenous marriage system, stages and meanings. It highlights love and why people marry - and it further seeks that people discuss unique beliefs and practices in their communities for Nigerian heritage education and development insights. Introduction A valued heritage of a cultural community is commonly shaped by veteran beliefs and practices. It is such that social and cultural beliefs and practices essentially hold well and endure for a society’s particular way of life such as marriage. Marriage (ilu di – for a woman and ilu nwanyi – for a man) is a…
Abstract Migration, or checking out, in Nigerian parlance continues to be a wave of passion for business, studies, conferences, family reunion, political mobilization, entertainment, diplomacy and tourism. Reading this article will truly help to capture what life is like for settling and surviving. The mental stresses that go with "checking out" and "being to" must be considered in the context of community and global connect. Therefore, I have set this article to give a perspective on mental health stresses Nigerian immigrants face as they move in and out from one place to another. Moving out involves encountering social orders and…
Sunday, 13 November 2011 02:43

We are doomed

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We are doomed A few seconds of earthly bliss, Fleeting moments of ecstasy Now we gnash our teeth, wail and groan; Our sorrow has overwhelmed us, Like the weight of a mighty ocean Sadness crushes us perpetually. There is rottenness in our bones; And our bodies are decaying There is death in our blood We are doomed Our defenses have been crushed; Completely shattered and obliterated There is no sign of relief and no end in sight We are doomed This disease not like any other is beyond comprehension; Why should the young and strong die? Why should the wealthy…
Sunday, 13 November 2011 02:38

Marriage Needs Constant Sizzling

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We got to keep working on our marriages, for when we stop the marriage will stop growing. It will get stagnant and bad things will happen. It is interesting how we spend so much energy on our jobs and many other things and little on our marriages. We all take it for granted that we have “love” and it is going to take care of everything. The truth is that most of the time we do not act in love at all. According to ( I Corinthians 13: 5-7) " 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not…
Saturday, 12 November 2011 22:25

Nigeria - Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow

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Preamble: First let me thank the organizers of this Gala Night for inviting me to make this presentation whose main purpose is to enlighten our children who do not have opportunity to study Nigerian history and our non-Nigerian guests, about the political history of Nigeria. The presentation will also refresh the memories of those of us who studied Nigerian history, and shed more light on past and recent political developments in the country. For the purpose of the presentation, Nigeria’s political history will be discussed under three periods: pre-colonial era, colonial era and post-independence era. I will conclude with a…
Sunday, 13 November 2011 00:36

Rotation Turned 'Round

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I never meant to give the impression that the fault lies solely in the laps (or loins) of men.That was not my intention.I am the mother of sons and I have seen them cry real, soul breaking, almost unending tears over the words and deeds of women.Girls.Ladies.Females is more accurate because there is no specificity of species in the designation of "female."Females have ruined the tender male heart and it is no wonder that men have countered the rotation with schemes of their own. My sons have been told that they're not Black enough. This generally means that the woman…
Saturday, 12 November 2011 00:31

Sin and Rotation

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Societal changes rarely delete an institution which is vital to the existence of life. Meaning, there is no cataclysm which can eradicate birth, sexual interaction pursuant to said births, or even the exchange of communication or tangible gifts leading up to the possession of a mate to have sexual interaction to in turn produce a birth. There will always be a boy who picks the brightest apple to give to a girl in hopes of being the one most favoured by the deserving (or undeserving) 'she.' Humans have evolved and during this evolution customs have also expanded, constricted, gained meaning…
Saturday, 12 November 2011 00:28

Reflections On Rap In Senegal

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American rap artists have gained new audiences through the advent of media campaigns in Sub-Saharan African countries, increased immigration, and internet access. As Africa’s population nears one billion persons, of which the majority are youth, it becomes an attractive target for market-creation as well as a possible source of artists. In this paper I will attempt to give a brief history of American hiphop as well as briefly compare and contrast African, specifically Senegalese, and African American artistes. West African countries have two, new invisible colonizers, a musical art form completely indigenous to America, the under current of hiphop, colloquially…
Saturday, 12 November 2011 00:25

The Dog Who Could Not Be Brought Indoors

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I saw it. I had no idea if it was a boy or a girl. That didn’t matter because I saw the condition of the creature’s life and I was touched. Deeply touched. I had to show that beast love. It was obvious that it hadn’t seen goodness in such a long time. The coat was tattered even though the fur was magnificent. The eyes were beautiful even though they held no shine. This poor disregarded life held my stare and he recognized me. I stood still. Not knowing if the cur would advance to attack or knowingly wait for…
Saturday, 12 November 2011 00:20

Five Minutes To Ugly

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Whether you worship God, Satan or no deity whatsoever there is one thing which is a truism regarding human nature.And that thing is rationality.Or rationalism.It may even be realism or plain old logic.I believe that two people can always sit down and negotiate a point of agreement.The only thing which interrupts negotiation is power.Power does not always recognize external logic or need.Power only recognizes power.This is simple but then again, isn’t that always the best and surest route through any equation? I’m full of sadness over the execution of Muammar Gadhafi. I’m also full of sadness over Miss Eunice and…
Saturday, 12 November 2011 00:01

All Praises Due: The Hustler

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It might seem strange to solicit praises for an individual saddled with a job title fraught with negativity. We have come to think of “hustle” in the pejorative sense. That’s so unfortunate. Unfortunate indeed. Hustle is an adverb and hustler is a noun. You hustle in the morning when you get yourself ready for work and the kids out of the door and on the bus stop. You hustle when someone is coming over, with 15 minutes notice, and your front room could use some sprucing. You hustle when you’re working in a restaurant desperately trying to optimize your tips.…
Friday, 11 November 2011 19:02

A Tale of Two Black Cities

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There are two black cities sitting on the map One named Kigali, one named Washington D.C. Fly away Kigali, Fly away Washington D.C. Come back Kigali, yes, come back Kigali Come back, my dear Kigali And sit on the map The cities are known. One, is very well known; Washington in the District of Columbia, capital city of self acclaimed world’s greatest country. Daily, millions flock to D.C. in search of remarkable sights. Tourists are often seen navigating the narrow, exclusive parts of town; without their knowledge, barred from sighting the real Washington D.C. Very wide open to the public…
Friday, 11 November 2011 18:25

Sovereign National Conference And/Or Succession

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In the United Nations of Nigeria some citizens have the habit of wondering about the eventual disintegration of the country due to the overwhelming realities of 51years of structural malfeasance, corruption, ethnic strife, and ineptitude on most levels. The scenario of succession is further compounded by groups like Boko Haram in the north, MEND (and other Niger Delta militants, and MASSOB in the southeast. Some of these fringe organizations are directly and indirectly championing the goals of disruption in Nigeria. Though, the reality is that Nigeria might have more staying power than the world. If the proclamation that the world…
I think the majority of Black men whom I speak with on a daily basis are not African American men. I regularly interface, via phone and internet, with Nigerian, Ghanaian, Haitian, and Puerto Rican dark-skinned, thick lipped, and very well educated brothers. This is in addition to the people I speak with on an ongoing basis over writing projects and publishing. I don’t know how this happened that most of my professional male contacts are black but not Black. But it has. It’s probably something to do with me and how I prefer to keep things congenial yet formal and…
There are a number of Eritreans who made their transit through Kenya that fondly remember the country and its people. Indeed to know Kenya well is to fall in love with it. From its wonderful ethnic groups to a dazzlingly beautiful landscape, everything Kenya has to offer is full of superlatives. It is with this as a background that some of us, who consider Kenya as our other home, find Kenya's unfounded accusation against Eritrea shameful and inexcusable. On one hand we empathize with the "wananchi" (ordinary people, the masses) of Kenya whose lives is being threatened by kidnappings, bombings…
By Ogaga Ifowodo, Abdul Mahmud, Nasiru Kura, Omoyele Sowore, Gbenga Komolafe, Innocent Chukwuma, Kayode Ogundamisi, Ayo Akinfe, Chido Onumah, Lade Adunbi, Ropo Ewenla, Rita Goyit, Abdul Hussein, Chijioke Uwasomba, Benjamin Okonofua, Uche Onyeagucha, Anthony Olusanya, Okey Nwanguma, Francis Abayomi, Seni Ajayi* We have watched with incredulity the brazen attempt by President Goodluck Jonathan to take the pauperisation of the Nigerian people to even more unprecedented heights by way of a purported fuel subsidy withdrawal. We, as indeed all honest fellow citizens, believe that there is no subsidy on oil products. If, however, it does exist, then it was fabricated by…
The blind person who shuts his eyes and says he is asleep; when he was not asleep whom did he see? My name is Abdul-Chukwudi Balogun, I work with the Federal Civil Service, I am on level 8, and I have put in approximately 10 years into the service. This is my story, by my standard I work hard; I do not know what the general standards are because they vary depending on situations, persons, time and other factors. I have colleagues whose name exists only on the payroll, I have never seen them, but they are paid--You call them…
The evolutionary ideas for European Union were first conceived after the end of the devastating 2nd World War. The initial plan was to end the frequent and bloody wars and conflicts between European neighbors. Six countries were often credited as the original founding members, including Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. In 1957, the Treaty of Rome was signed leading to the creation of the European Economic Community (EEC). The formation of the European Common Market was completed after the end of the Soviet Union and the crumbling of the Berlin Wall. Two Treaties were signed during the…
Friday, 11 November 2011 06:55

Many Nigerians are Scam Artists

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This paper reiterates the familiar refrain that many Nigerians resort to scamming behavior to get what they want from life but find it difficult to do anything to help their fellow human beings. It wants to know if their tendency to criminality is genetic or learned behavior; more importantly, it wants to know what can be done to ameliorate these people’s tendency to anti-social behaviors? MANY NIGERIANS ARE SCAM ARTISTS Ozodi Thomas Osuji The greatest scam perpetrated on the world is that Africa’s so-called scholars instead of hiding their heads in shame at what their ancestors did for over 1000…
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 09:10

Cemeteries of Childhood

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Her name is insignificance! She was born on the crossroads of fatalism. Her milieu was a stronghold of neo-medieval superstition. She was thrown into life at those junctions, where ignorance copulates with superstition. It was at this Golgotha, where ignorance has always murdered innocence, that this most august of visitors was crucified. We murdered her for crimes that were native to our sick minds. She paid the supreme price for our impious neurosis. She was the scapegoat offered to appease the rotten perversions we dressed in religious robes. She came when our society has decided to cannibalize itself out of…
This paper points out the fallacy of believing that we have selves separated from the universe. It says that this belief in separated selves is the origin and nature of mental disorders. It says that to regain mental health that we must individually jettison our sense of separated selves and accept that we are all parts of one shared life; in human terms, one self; in metaphysical terms, the unified self and its unified mind. The Psychology Of Not Identifying With A Separated Self Ozodi Thomas Osuji Western psychology and psychiatry has done an excellent work describing the various mental…
Monday, 07 November 2011 21:04

Corruption Is Good Business

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On the way to Ibadan from Lagos, just after crossing the first of the concrete bridges on that most horrible and dangerous of roads called Lagos/Ibadan Expressway (more like expressway to hell) on the Lagos/Ogun States border, on the right you will see the business empire of one Otunba Ghadaffi (SAN), and the sign saying "SHIT BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS", referring to the commendable fact that he has departed from being a lawyer and made a fortune in dealing with what most of us are repugnant of – waste and environmental management. The man supplies mobile toilets to venues, clears…
Monday, 07 November 2011 06:49

Earn From Home Doing Online Jobs

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Online jobs are really popular these days and professionals, students, interns, housewives etc can take advantage of it by working from the comfort zones of their homes. Interestingly, this is not just part time work and one can even earn full time income with some of the following online jobs that don’t compel to visit an office daily. Mock Jury A law student or someone with interest in legal issues can take advantage of online mock jury website. People can help the lawyers here in preparing for cases for trials. This way a lot of new things can be learnt…