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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…
This is the time to re-organise a blessed land with a repeatitive leaders of selfish motives. It is undemocratic and detrimental for leaders to think more about themselves as individuals or about their small families, clans or tribes and do not think at all about the people they are representing. Humanism means proper regard and compassion for people.We just have to do something to bring the country back to its feet. We have all witnessed the remnants of the long fruitless military regimes that failed to lay good and solid foundations to the development of this great country. We are…
The actions of the Governor of Imo State,Owelle Rochas Okorocha have attracted so much criticism from members of the press. Thisday Newspaper editorial once mentioned that the Governor's most notable achievement to date has been to make headline news for all sorts of gaffes. The paper went ahead to say that the Governor is giving Nigerians something to really laugh about. It is obvious that Okorocha is making mockery of himself but the sad thing is that he does not seem to care what people think or say.At a Stakeholders forum in Owerri recently, Owelle was asked about the issue…
One does not get angry with one's head and therefore use one's cap to cover one's buttocks. It beats my imagination how despite all the travails our nation Nigeria has and continues to go through, we remain not just the happiest but almost the most religious, with each passing moment the picture is even clear. In the next few paragraphs I would want to touch some grey areas, issues many would rather not touch or discuss...my reason is not to court controversy, but I am sure some folks would be upset and no matter the side of the divide, my…
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 12:58

NYSC Corps Members unveil Young Talents

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These days in Nigeria and with the global economic situation, classroom education is not enough to give youths a source of income. In fact, education does not guaranty employment rather, it makes students employable. As such, youths who have seen the four walls of high schools and universities with the evidence of due certificates are not necessarily going to get jobs after graduation. This is because certificates do not provide jobs. Instead, they confer the right to be given jobs upon potential job seekers. The reality is that the Nigerian labour market cannot absorb the number of students graduating from…
Preamble: Dr. Ojo and his type are, as John Maynard Keynes, observed, nationalist scoundrels who take refuge in their so-called culture and in so doing inflict enormous damage on mankind. Nationalist demagogues talk about their culture and use that emotional talk to get their people to follow them and in the process attack and kill other people or revert to a more primitive state of being (as the Mullahs of Iran did to Iran and Adolf Hitler and Nazis did to Germany). These people are dangerous men; they are capable of retarding human civilization. Civilization, in its wake, brings pain…
If you don't take the dead rat out of the room no amount of fresh air can give you a fresh breath. Year after year we seem to be squatting at the same spot; sometimes the greatest effort we make will be a leap from the ground unto the top of an anthill which always attracts maddening cum thunderous applause that we have achieved a lot without realizing or remembering the legendary adage that, “A bird that leaps from the ground and perched on an anthill is still basically on the ground”. Again we are being treated to the usual…
Monday, 31 October 2011 19:34

African Americans or American Africans

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From Niggers (origin meaning Black Gods) to “colored people” gals and boys, to Negroes, Afro-Americans, Black people, to African Americans, is the truth and reality that the peoples who were forcibly brought to America from the continent of Africa are now, just, Americanized Africans? In Dick Gregory’s Kent State address he say, “They look more like us than us!” Interpretation Blacks imitate their oppressors and will denounce any strong Black person in America that speaks truth to power. Was Wright wrong? Or was “Willie” right when he declared that by the application of his philosophy Africans in America would always…
Over the years women have been relegated to the background in issues of the overall development especially in the developing nations like Nigeria. This is borne out of the sentimental attachment on feminine gender. Historical evidences are available to prove that the Nigerian women have for long been playing crucial role in political life of the country, and this has contributed in no small measure in shaping the political system of the nation. For development of any kind to be successful, a vantage position should be accorded the women, as they constitute larger proportion of the population. In this regard,…
Monday, 31 October 2011 17:01

On the reconstitution of federal boards

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So, in the best interest of the country and its good people, the President should get closer to the masses to win their love, admiration and support. He must be reminded that God's real love is with the poor and the down-trodden. He has no option than to succeed because he has come at a time when any little positive change will distinguish him from the past. These were my words in my article titled "What Mr. President must do to succeed", which was published in many media outfits, including Leadership under the title, "Agenda for Mr. President." With the…
Monday, 31 October 2011 03:54

Biafrans In Nigeria Military: A Call To Mutiny

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Biafrans or Igbo in Nigerian military forces owe it as their duty and moral obligation to their native Homeland of Biafra to mutiny against their Nigerian commanders and state authority. It is simple enough to justify such action; forty something years ago the Nigerian state, Nigerian military and civilians separately and collectively murdered a total of 3.1 million of Igbo/Biafran people in a genocidal orgy of the worst kind that has ever taken place on the African continent. Genocide is crime against humanity and that is what Nigeria and its citizens committed against the Igbo/Biafran ethnic people. Every crime should…
Sunday, 30 October 2011 13:49

Ebi’s Story That Touches The Heart

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For Gbenga Joseph Oluabey, his wife Ebi and their two year-old daughter Adora, Friday the 19th of January 2007 was just like any other day. There was work to prepare for and the usual care for baby Adora to sort out. Little did they know that a chain of events would send their world spiralling towards a heart wrenching direction. Rivers state - born Ebi, a consultant quality adviser with STAOIL started feeling unwell; husband and wife linked the cause of Ebi’s illness to her four-month old pregnancy and like all reasonable people will do in such circumstances, they decided…
On July 26th at the Liberian embassy’s annual Independence Day reception for the Diplomatic Corps, Mokoli Productions, Inc. staged Happy 160th Birthday: Showcasing Liberia's Resources through Fashion. The display, featuring the Miss Africa International beauty queens and models, is part of a line promoting Africa's resources as many African countries approach their 50th independence anniversaries. The line includes diamond, copper, iron ore, rubber, rice, titanium, sugar cane, coffee and other resources found on the continent. Ellen Dunbar, the Liberian designer who also serves as executive producer of the Miss Africa International pageant, boasted of Liberia’s resources, stressing the significance of…