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Wednesday, 25 January 2012 03:05

Nigeria's Boko Haram, Let Southeast Governors Meet

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It is reported that the Southeastern states (Igbo states) governors are scheduled to meet in Enugu in a few days’ time in order to take a collective stand on the killings of their people, Igbo and other Christians in the Islamic North of Nigeria by the jihadist group Boko Haram. It is believed by many that this meeting will define this generation of Igbo leaders. One cannot help but wonder if the intended attendees see it that way because that is what it is. The meeting will be the most important of all the meetings that these leaders will ever…
by La Vonda R. Staples www.lavondastaples.com Since I have embarked on the study of Africans in America I've been shocked on rare occasions. As Moms Mabley once said, "if you ever catch folks acting nice they're probably just not feeling well." Very little amazes me. I've recently been shocked to find out that there is a new condition among African Diaspora women. It's called traction alopecia and it is caused by the combined use of chemical relaxers and braiding/weaves as the ONLY style of coiffure maintenance. In this condition, women in their 20's are reporting to medical professionals with patterns…
Monday, 23 January 2012 14:27

Tunde Bakare and The Lessons of Ojota

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"To stand upon ramparts and die for our principles is heroic, but to sally forth to battle and win for our principles is something more than heroic." -F.D. Roosevelt, [1928]. I am now a Tunde Bakare-convert and there is nothing anybody can do about it. President Goodluck Jonathan's undeserved New Year gift to Nigerians made it so and I am not in any way regretting my action. Bakare, priest, rights activist, politician and Convener of Save Nigeria Group, SNG, had mobilized Nigerians across all political, ethnic and religious divides in Ojota, Lagos, to protest Jonathan's unpopular and atrocious removal of…
Monday, 23 January 2012 07:18

I beta pass my neighbor: a parable

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Chief Engr. Olowo was just walking away from his metallic grey Phantom when another patron of the exclusive Zenith Club approached him. “Ol' boy, how you dey? Did you see my blue phantom next to yours?” he spoke loud enough for anyone who didn’t want to hear to hear. “So what?” Olowo responded, eager to put the wannabe in his place before things got out of hand, “you think because you have one blue phantom, we are now mates? Do you know I have five more like that at home? In red, black, wine, white, and navy blue?” He emphasized…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:23

The Birth, Childhood and Maturity of Nigeria

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The Birth, Childhood and Maturity of Nigeria By Muhammad Ajah (Being a piece from his poem collection titled: Sing to Me, Nigeria) 1) Sing to me, Nigeria In 1914, in our homes where We looked at one another and smiled Amalgamation was born Then we became powerless Powerless because we received orders From those who cared for us Like a child punished for disobedience They loved our unity for united gains And traded upon our sweats As we shrieked in fear When a white man stood before us 2) Sing to me, Nigeria They traversed the plains of the north…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:09

Escape From Depression To Human Destructiveness

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Abstract: This paper says that the human condition is depressing, that people feel existential depression. Since depression is a negative affect people do not like it so they deny it and mask it with the ceaseless activities that characterize their lives on planet earth. It says that efforts to defend against depression often lead to being evil and is at the root of human destructiveness (as in Hitler’s war and white racism). It ends by saying that people ought to accept their depressed status and seek ways to deal with it without denying it with infantile beliefs about how important…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 07:10

From Occupy to Open Eye

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Occupy forced us to let go of our cosseted complacency. Occupy moved us to action. Occupy made us recognize that we are all in this together – Muslim, Christian, Male, Female, Patriot, and Dissident. Occupy forced us to open our eyes to the magnitude of corruption and maladministration of revenue in Nigeria. Occupy revealed the nakedness of our leaders; a rabidly bellicose and corrupt bunch. Occupy showed us that these leaders have sold us as slaves to international financiers. Occupy spotlighted that our worst problem is not corruption but the leadership's lack of vision – a total, abject, cataritic, dim-sightedness.…
Despite the Occupy Nigeria movement in vogue which resonates with Ojukwu's dream for Nigeria, Ojukwu's burial has been flagged off along with some public intellection gathering on Ojukwu and Biafra's role in the Nigerian unity. Shared is one of those lasting speeches by an oriented servant leader that we must read and follow with interest. Remarks such as "For the Igbos, anywhere in Nigeria is home"; and "the Igbos put their money where their heart is – Nigeria’s centre of unity" must critically re-tool Nigeria. From the 14th of January 2012, the official cultural and state activities and rites around…
Two headlines crossed my desk this recently: LABOUR CAPITULATES, NLC/TUC ANNOUNCE THE SUSPENSION OF STRIKE, RALLY AND PROTEST PRESIDENT GEJ BACKS DOWN ON 140-NAIRA GASOLINE PUMP PRICE The article under each banner tells a story to reflect its headline for example the article on GEJ's capitulation describes how the price was pegged at N97 from N140 and a major victory for Labor. And the article on the suspension of the strike sees it as a major victory for GEJ who had forced labor to retreat with out FSR. Mr. Okenwa Nwosu calls it "no victor no vanquished" scenario. I will…
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:39

What Is Western Education?

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Western education may be defined in various ways. Metaphysical and Epistemic Description One of these methods of definition is in terms of the nature and sources of the metaphysical and epistemic roots of knowledge that structure an educational curriculum. Structural Character of Cognitive Systems By 'nature' in reference to a body of knowledge or a structure of ideas, I refer to the contents of a body of knowledge in terms of an organisation of a body of ideas into a correlative unit. This involves a consideration of the individual character of each of these ideas and the manner in which…
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 00:43

Is Barack Obama A Leader?

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This paper delineated what leadership and management is and asks whether in that light Barack Obama is a leader. It points out that Obama lacks leadership experience but has the potential to become a leader. IS BARACK OBAMA A LEADER? Ozodi Thomas Osuji In this brief paper, I will define leadership in as succinct a manner as is possible. In light of what leadership is, I will ask: is Barack Obama a leader? To lead is to be out front beckoning other persons to follow you. To lead means that you have a dream, a vision of where you want…
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 02:00

African Gospel Music

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No doubt, the lyrics in gospel music emanating from Africa reflect the richness of our vocabulary, and our cultures. To wit, if you listen to African folk stories, the manner of delivery, the proverbs and their meanings, the hidden messages and the innuendos involved in the decoding them as the storyline unwinds are rather instructive.Apparently, this culture is carried into the lyrics of African gospel music, which makes for attentive listening to decipher the underlying message every time these songs are played.However, in comparison to music from other regions of the world, our use of instruments is rather too economical.…
The whole sordid and puerile charade started with the hiring of some unconscionable foreigners with forked tongues who unforgivably declared that Boko Haram (culture/religious clash; the collision of Christianity and Islam) is not the problem of Nigeria. Since 1943 when they began to keep records of the violence going on in Nigeria, it has always without exception, followed the same pattern; Boko Haram has always been Nigeria's problem. And the problem will end on the day that the two cultures or religions are separated clearly and permanently. After reading through Jon Gambrell's piece as published by the Associated Press titled:…
Monday, 16 January 2012 08:34

The Real Self Versus The Ideal Self

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Introduction: We have an obligation to study and understand our selves (personalities, self-concepts and what lies beneath the mask of personality). Each of us is the end product of 13.7 billion yeas of evolution from the Big Bang to the present. He is not a mistake; he is what nature evolved. Our duty is to study him and understand him from biological, sociological, psychological and spiritual perspectives. We must strive to improve ourselves and have the wisdom to know what cannot be improved and live with it. Since many persons obsessive-compulsively act as if they are their ideal selves and…
Monday, 16 January 2012 02:09

Charter of Demands for a New Nigeria

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“The administration would do well to ponder the principle that a government which refuses to submit to the will of the people, its sovereign, is a rebel government and, by its own rebellion, legitimizes and invites upon itself the rebellion of the people.” - Chiweizu To say that the Occupy Nigeria protest which enters its second week on Monday, January 16, 2012, has exposed the bankruptcy and dirty backside of the ruling class in Nigeria is an understatement. It has become clear that public service in Nigeria is not about service to the public. If it were, our roads would…
In recent months I have stumbled into the middle some rigorous and thought provoking conversations, many of which have taken place on the internet in Nigerian Yahoo groups. Several have centred on what they would describe as 'Christianity' and whether it remains one of the last vestiges and forms of oppression from the Western world. Some of the conversations have thrown down a number of challenges to my own Christian faith. Some of the protagonists have queried the existence of Jesus Christ beyond the pages of the Holy Bible and the 'White' images of angels that are abound in many…
Over six months ago with painstaking analysis and a heavy heart we issued a paper titled ‘An Affordable Government’ to alert the government and the Nigerian people to the dangers of the profligacy contained in the budget. Today we face a crisis of monumental proportions because of the government’s determination to remove petroleum subsidy, a decision they claim is borne out of economic necessity. It is our considered view that the government ignores and fails to understand the fundamental problems facing the Nigerian economy. This is manifested by its failure to prioritise its actions, tackling the issue of subsidy without…
Sunday, 15 January 2012 21:03

Corruption in Nigeria I

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Dear Mr. Ugochukwu et al, I have never met any body who knows Nigeria,who does not agree that the country is riddled with corruption; not one person. It is at least one point where the 100 million or so of us have agreement. I have also not met a person who does not want to see it go away. I therefore share your anger and frustration. One other point you and others have made is that the people have a right to demand accountability of their governments. This is also another universal truth. The people at Abuja, Enugu, Ibadan, Kaduna,…
The defects and faults in the mind are like wounds in the body. After all imaginable care has been taken to heal them up, still there will be a scar left behind. Francois de La Rochefoucauld A gossip is one given to tattling, idle talk or rumour especially about the personal or private affairs of others. A gossip is a busybody, chatterbox, and a parrot, in local parlance, here in Nigeria, we call such persons an 'amebo'. What started out as a protest is today an 'Occupy Nigeria' movement. The issues have almost snow-balled while a docile leadership looks on,…
Nigeria Political can of worms:Issue of Identity crisis between the Hausa and Fulani's, Yoruba and Yoruba's, N'digbo, Ikweres and Igbo's, Edos and Ishans, etc by Akin Awofolaju, Ph.D And Just Who Are the Nigerians? It was a question that was never too far from the surface details of the reports and commentaries from foreign pundits. Just who are these Nigerians? The presupposition behind this was that even fraudulence requires some subterfuge, some competence, some finesse besides, megalomaniac belligerence, which, by any standards in the world, was so inept, chaotic and open call for special understanding of "NIGERIANS" identity The number…
Certainly, human political leadership is fundamentally performed for humans on the theatre of economic and social circumstances of a people – during peace time and conflict moments. This article presents a reflection by drawing from one of Prof. Okey Ndibe’s social media short entries in this column on the ongoing Nigeria’s debate on what to ask of the Jonathan’s administration as he transforms Nigeria – not in his own terms but that of the collective Nigerian people. For any reader who might have followed the numerous write ups and seasoned commentaries of Prof. Okey Ndibe in different newspapers and electronic…
Saturday, 14 January 2012 03:10

Profound Pity for Benjamin Aduba

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Generally, I leave it to folks to have their responses to my write ups without bothering to respond to them. Each reader is entitled to his opinion on what he just read and has a right to articulate it. One does not have to argue with him about his opinion. Perception is projection. Whatever a person says about what he sees is his opinion projected out and not necessarily the truth of the thing seen. What is the truth of what we see? I certainly do not know what the truth is. Thus, I leave each person to his idea…
Political Leadership often means that the winner extends a hand of fellowship to the defeated party. It demands that the winner does not urinate on the corpse of the fallen antagonist. This is what the president should do now. The labor leaders have called for a two day peace on the war they imposed on an unwilling nation. They have wagged their fingers and tested their following and we have seen what they can do. They divided the nation into a fault line that we did not know existed. Noises were made on the Western Front but dead silence was…
Mr. Ozodi Osuji's piece titled The Fuel Subsidy Crisis and Igbo Political Behavior could rank on the top of the worst written essays ever. Mr. Osuji often writes brilliant articles but on this one he failed in every category of scholarship. There is no discernable thesis point, no development and support for whatever he thought he was writing about and no logical conclusion. I will award him a "D" for effort because I am what students call an easy grader. I have tried to break down the essay into three parts: An elementary retelling of economic history from Adam Smith…
Having delineated the fuel subsidy removal matter and Nigerians demonstrations against that policy, the paper asks why Igbos are not participating in the demonstrations. It presented Igbo culture and character as the reasons why. Igbos are socialized to look after their self-interests and not work for public good. Igbos do not sacrifice their lives for other peoples good. The Fuel Subsidy Crisis And Igbo Political Behavior By Ozodi Thomas Osuji Some Igbos with a smattering knowledge of economics tell us that on economic grounds it is right for the President to remove fuel subsidy; therefore I will begin this discourse…