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Apparently, homosexual relationship is currently a human rights issue and politicians do campaign on it. In Nigeria, the phenomenon is just testing the grounds and it can be difficult to tame despite the recent bill passed by the Nigerian House of Senate. But have we questioned its realities and understood them enough by the lay and experts? This article offers ways to question it and I am sure we have more challenges in our hands now that the issue of same-sex marriage in Nigeria is brought out to the open than before. By and large, with the recent bill banning…
Saturday, 17 December 2011 06:09

Only God can Save Nigeria

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The phrase, “only God can save Nigeria” is a common refrain used to punctuate any discussion of crisis in Nigeria. Talk about the lack of electricity despite a myriad of power generating options, and someone will say, “only God can save Nigeria.” Or discuss the high crime rate fueled by youth unemployment, immoral leadership, and maladministration of bountiful resources, and you will hear a sigh of despair followed by “only God can help Nigeria.” Downward spiral of the country? – “only God can deliver Nigeria.” Hyper-corruption? – “only God can help Nigeria.” Destructive leadership? – “Ehh…only God can save Nigeria…
Paper Presented to ACN UK General Meeting, 10th September 2011, London, UK . Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for giving me the honour of addressing this august sitting and audience of great political minds. It is perhaps imperative in this presentation to come to certain terms with what we are going to talk about. This is because when we say security, are we talking about food insecurity, financial insecurity, personal security, national security, etc? Anyway, I am sure, for this purpose of this political gathering that we are more concerned about national internal security of Nigerians as far as lives…
I choose to hit the nail on the head about Chief Luke Chukwu, the impostor in the Imo State House of Assembly,regardless of whose ox is gored.I am vocal when it comes to injustice of this nature, moreover, it is Ohaji /Egbema ,my constituency that we are talking about. I choose to speak my mind even before anybody’s intimidation. Was it not Thomas Jefferson who said, "rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God?’ We cannot wait for anyone to extend any invitation to us in Ohaji/Egbema to rise up and fight injustice done to us, but as individuals or groups,…
The Political Economy of the Petroleum Products Subsidy Debate in Nigeria: Part II – The Economics 101 By Dr. Emmanuel Ojameruaye 2. Economics 101 of Fuel Subsidy in Nigeria In the first part of this article, I looked at the politics of the fuel subsidy debate. In this second part, I will take a look at the “pure” economics of fuel subsidy. Some of the misunderstandings about the fuel subsidy issue would have been clarified or resolved if most of the proponents and opponents had put on the “economic thinking” hat in making their case for or against the fuel…
Friday, 16 December 2011 04:29

Family Status

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Thanksgiving has passed. If you're fortunate you spent the holiday with food, festivity, and family. For some people, being fortunate is not spending the day or any of the coming holidays with family. For me, I'm okay with being alone or with my children and not my extended family. The feeling is mutual because you see, I'm the black sheep. That's what THEY say. In my eyes, there's another opinion. Mine. I'm the family scapegoat for all things outside of the myths and fantasies which have been seamlessly intertwined. On my head all sins are placed. No one is guilty…
Friday, 16 December 2011 04:15

All This Wasted Love

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For the years that mattered I lived in a house with a mother and father. My grandmother and my grandfather were my parents. I watched everything my grandmother did and I learned from her. What I feel now for her is anger and sadness. Why did you teach me all of these things I’ll never be able to use? I know how to cook. I know how to clean. I know how to listen. I know how to love. None of these skills mean anything in my world. In her world they meant more than money, well almost more than…
Thursday, 15 December 2011 22:19

Analysis of Ghana Broadband Strategy

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This book is a SWOT analysis carried out on the Ghana broadband Strategy. Ghana hopes to achieve a broadband penetration rate of more than 50% by 2015. The ICT driver recognized here is the broadband internet. Can they achieve this feat? This book analyses the policy document and makes recommendations based on lessons learnt from broadband strategies of Finland, and Australia. There is also a comparison made between the Ghana broadband strategy with that of India and Pakistan. This book is a result of a master research carried out in Ghana by the authors Idongesit Williams and Yvonne Botwe. It…
Thursday, 15 December 2011 22:20

Biafra: Nigerian Lawyer Gloating Over The Genocide

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It is sad enough to commit mass murder on an ethnic group of people with the expressed intention of completely exterminating them off the face of the Earth. That is what Nigeria and its citizens did (and are still doing) on the Igbo and other Biafran ethnic groups between 1966 and 1970. By the conclusion of that Nigerian genocidal campaign on the Biafran population, more than one quarter of the total population was murdered – exterminated. That fraction translated to 3.1 million children, women and men of Biafran ethnic peoples that were ethnically cleansed by the Nigerian Islamic state and…
And All Of These Things In My Father’s House by La Vonda R. Staples http://lavondastaples.blogspot.com/ My grandmother prevented me from becoming a murderer. Well, at least from committing that first murder. I’ve wanted to kill my mother for a very long time. Don’t be shocked. She deserves it. She is one of the cruelest, most evil, most vile creatures that God has ever allowed to walk this Earth. No child deserves the hell that she gave me. I guess that’s why I always appeared so fearless. A few years with her and there is no fear of the unknown. I…
Thursday, 15 December 2011 21:41

When love is undefined

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Are you searching for a life partner? Are you searching for love? Are you married and you wonder whether you really love your spouse? This book answers your questions. Love can be eternal, it can be sublime but when it is either misunderstood or discard its essence disaster is inevitable. Basically, you can't give what you don't have. Attraction and emotions can bring two people together but Love sustains the relationship. Are you in love, do you really think you are in love? Don't be in a hurry to respond. The beauty you desire in your relationship is just before…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 23:13

Why Do Igbos Always Go Looking For Trouble?

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There is something in the psychological makeup of Igbos that makes them always go looking for trouble. In the calmest of circumstances they will always do something that would annoy those around them, create conflict and then live in conflict; they seem to enjoy living in conflicts. As it were, they seem to have death wish and do things that would make those around them to attack them, and or kill them hence gratify their death wish (thanatos). Consider their relationship with their neighbors. Invariably they would say or do something that even a child knows would irritate those neighbors…
Inferiority feeling leads to compensatory claiming of credit for everything good while denying responsibility for everything bad; mental health leads to giving credit, for even ones work, to other persons! Why Do Igbos Have A Need To Take Credit For Everything Good? Ozodiobi Osuji Obi Nwankanma: There is no doubt that you understand the English language; I can visualize you teaching courses in English at American colleges. It is, therefore, refreshing to read your well written submissions on these forums. (Dominic Ogbonnna is another Igbo fellow with good command of the English language and one enjoys reading his posts; some…
The life of General Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu is typically resourceful, a reflection of the complexity and dialectical tension of human beings. Ojukwu the man had a humble beginning as a Nigerian of Igbo ethnic descent. Born into a prominent, wealthy Ojukwu family in Nnewi in Anambra state, the baby Ojukwu was a child considered born with a “golden spoon in his mouth.” The father was one of the Nigeria Millionaires, an indigenous entrepreneur known for his ownership of Ojukwu Transport Service, a business entity based in the former Eastern region. Ojukwu’s early life was exemplary and revealed many enviable achievements;…
I have enjoyed reading your numerous articles in this site, but not this one. It needs a complete re-write. For example, how come in a short piece like this, President Obama is tirelessly bullied by your pen and called more than 10 hostile names he does not deserve to have? Names like - this joker, empty suit, gangster, con artist, apparent hip hop clown, cave in, narcissist, clown, poor idiot, and weak man? This is unscholarly. Unfortunately also, recounting the heavy psychological feelings you have of his policy and administrative outcomes, the essay did not mention even one positive achievement…
There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. Will Cather. During the Obasanjo administration, we called it reforms, and with Yar'adua came agenda, now we are transforming. But sadly the continued reoccurrence and persistence of repression through economic, political, and social-cultural means in the last 11 years of democracy has created a nation of traumatized and dehumanised citizenry. The indicators which the evil ruling class refuse to see include declining economy, political instability, pervasive and entrenched dictatorial and repressive mode of governance, mass poverty and growing worsening condition of social and personal insecurity and disharmony,…
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 03:23

Obama Gives Africa The Homosexual Disease!

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This paper points out that so far Barack Obama has not done any good for Africans in both the economic and political spheres. Having ignored Africans he now plans to blackmail them into accepting homosexuality or else he stops the paltry economic aid America gives Africa. Let him stop his aid. Republican Administrations will repeal all his policies; a few years after he is swept out of the Oval Office there would be no evidence that he ever occupied it. Africans must not accept the Obama's homosexual agenda and its attendant diseases. Obama Gives Africa The Homosexual Disease! by Ozodiobi…
Monday, 12 December 2011 16:38

Why Biafra And Not A Confederal Nigeria

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The language is plain enough for all to understand what Biafran advocates want but it seems like some people still fail to comprehend it. For those who fail to get the message it may bear repeating over and over again. We, Biafrans want a clean-cut separation from Nigeria; free, independent and sovereign state, doing our own things our own way. That is simple enough and it is the language of self actualization, Self Determination and that is the language we speak. Some people seem to feel uncomfortable, even disappointed with that but we actually careless about those people's feelings. We…
1. Purpose The purpose of this paper is to critically examine the politics and pure economics of the debate on petroleum products subsidy in Nigeria. The paper is divided into three parts. In this first part, I will examine the politics of the debate. Part II will look at the elementary economics (Economics 101) of petroleum products subsidy, otherwise known as fuel subsidy[i], in Nigeria. In part III, I will undertake an advanced economic analysis of fuel subsidy in Nigeria from a global perspective using available data and statistical tools and then examine different options to address the issue. I…
Author: David Baronov. Publisher: Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2008. Pages 248 For a start, African focused biomedicine and how it originated, particularly in Ghana and Nigeria is fascinating to trace; more importantly how African medicine is transforming western biomedicine is something we need to follow in the cultural context of medical globalization. Dr. David Baronov's book brings out the colonial, historical, and cultural insight, including how tropical biomedicine was invented in Western Africa, and tested for success in Ghana, during the Ashanti colonial war to enter the interior of Africa. African pundit mosquitoes served as biological weapons of mass graves…
I have been following the controversy and the looming diplomatic crisis between the US and Nigeria over the proposed prohibition and criminalization of same sex marriage by Nigeria with keen interest and it is my sincere opinion as a human rights lawyer that the issue is being over emphasized by either side to the extent that both countries are losing sight of more important areas that promote mutually beneficial relationship between them. For instance, the past one and a half years have witnessed positive developments in the relationship between the US and Nigeria. Both countries have agreed among others, to…
Saturday, 10 December 2011 21:03

Keep Homosexuality Out Of Africa

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This brief essay is written in response to Dr. Ola Kassim and other Diaspora Nigerians railing against the Nigerian Legislature passing a Bill against homosexuality. The paper agrees with the National Assembly’s proposed Legislation. If on account of what the legislature did the West wants to stop giving Nigeria foreign aid so be it; Nigeria does not need their aid if it is used to blackmail Nigerians into doing what they find horrible. Being open minded does not mean allowing ones brain to fall out! KEEP HOMOSEXUALITY OUT OF AFRICA by Ozodiobi Osuji “Homophobia is a neurotic disorder with worldwide…
Thursday, 08 December 2011 20:10

When will Africa Emerge from the Dark Ages?

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Every continent had its dark ages; Europe had it; it began when the Roman Empire fell and lasted to the renaissance; it is a period when little or no science and technology came out of Europe. The other continents have found a way to get themselves into living in the light (scientific knowledge), whereas Africans continue living in darkness (lack of scientific knowledge). It is now time for Africans to leave darkness behind them and start living in the light and quit making childish excuses for their seeming eternal backwardness. WHEN WILL AFRICA EMERGE FROM THE DARK AGES? Ozodi Thomas…
Thursday, 08 December 2011 02:17

Defending the 3year-term for the Boko Haram member

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Only recently Nigeria’s judicial system sentenced to three years in prison a confessed member of and spokesperson for the Boko Haram separatist group in Nigeria. And suddenly there are a lot of supposedly ignorant critics crying foul of the judgment. It’s pitiful enough but becomes very pathetic when these “critics” are from the southeast or the Lower Niger Delta (Biafra Land) area. In trying to comment on what jail term the convicted Boko Haram member should get remains quite irrelevant so long as we would not take time to understand what really constitutes criminality. The most important question here will…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 02:07

Sunny Ofehe and The Place Of Dialog In The Niger Delta

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For several years Sunny Ofehe has stood as the conscience of a world that is not only impervious to the pains and sufferings of others but seems to take delight in inflicting the pains. He has been speaking in a very clear language and insistently that in all conflict situations such as in the Niger Delta, sensitivity, dialog, honest and sincere negotiations will always win over insensitivity, violence, impunity, intimidation and outright deceit. It is a well known fact that for decades, starting from 1958 when the first set of barrels of crude oil was shipped out of Oloibiri in…