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Most budgeting and financial planning have two major components: Uses of Funds and Sources of funds. These components are also known as Ways and Means. The Ways are first considered before the Means. This approach would seem backwards to many people. But it is the right approach. The reason we start with expenditures first is because no funds can be raised with any funder until one can express in detail what the sought funds would be used for and prove that recovery of the invested funds are highly probable. So in order to answer the question “what are you going…
Donald Trump lacks the capacity to differentiate between the Truth and Falsehood. It is baffling that America now has a President who is out to seek immediate gratification and congratulations for his platitudes and marketing genius than any concrete achievements or enduring legacies that would touch other peoples' lives other than his own. His insatiable lust for money and self-praise and self-aggrandizement is larger than life. His flammable temperament and his dictatorial inclinations and tendencies make him the wrong person to lead a nation of immigrants and a rainbow coalition of interests and ethnicity. I quit writing about him for…
Saturday, 30 September 2017 23:24

How is the peace of God obtained in this world?

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HOW IS THE PEACE OF GOD OBTAINED IN THIS WORLD? Forgiveness and love is the path to the peace of God Ozodi Thomas Osuji Peace is the absence of war. At war you see somebody do something to you that you do not like and you fight back. War means perceived attack on one and ones counter attack on the person one see attacking one. In war people engage in offense and defense, defense and offense; it is a vicious cycle with no end for if you consider yourself the victim and justify attacking the person you see attack you…
Thursday, 28 September 2017 05:42

A Tribute to Nnamdi Kanu

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Such is the nature of an idea whose time has come It is borne in the heart and hardly dies a true death A woman cries out: "Where's the body of my brother?" There is a deafening silence as the nation sleeps uneasily Dead or alive, the body of Nnamdi was award-winning He's only a lad whose message has consuming urgency Enemies prized him above rubbles, above the Constitution That governs the sacred land bisected by three rivers A lawyer cries: "Your Honor, I beseech you entreatingly Order the Captn's boys to produce my client in this Court Stlll, there…
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 22:14

A blueprint for the economic development of Alaigbo

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A BLUEPRINT FOR THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF ALAIGBO Ozodi Thomas Osuji This summer, while in Europe, I gave the Nnamdi Kanu movement to bring about what he calls Biafra into being a great deal of thinking. God, how I hate the name Biafra; I do not know its origin and do not call myself a Biafran. I am an Igbo man, therefore, call me an Igbo man, and call my place of origin Alaigbo. Anyway, I thought about Mr. Kanu's dreams. I tried to communicate with him to get a clear understanding of what his goals, objectives and plans and…
THE BELIEFS IN ONES SUBCONSCIOUS MIND SHAPE ONES BEHAVIORS Ozodi Thomas Osuji I have finally accepted the truism that what one puts into one's subconscious mind affects one's life. Here is how I learned that truth. I and my girlfriend moved into an apartment; we both felt that someone was running around the place. She suggested that it is perhaps the ghost of whoever lived here before we moved in. We checked with the apartment manager; lo and behold she told us that the person who lived in the apartment before we moved in had died, about a month and…
IN EXISTENTIAL DEPRESSION NOTHING IN THIS WORLD MAKES SENSE TO ONE Ozodi Thomas Osuji I am really not interested in the things of this world; the world does not make sense to me; the world bores me. If I could escape from this world with alcohol and drugs I probably would have done so. I do not like alcohol and have never tried drugs. Thus, I cannot find escape in alcohol or drugs. One cigarette and I faint so I cannot smoke, either. So what does a guy do to escape from boredom, what entertains me? Going to symphonies and…
Saturday, 23 September 2017 08:24

A proposed constitution of Alaigbo

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A PROPOSED CONSTITUTION OF ALAIGBO Ozodi Thomas Osuji In 1492, Christopher Columbus led the Spanish to discover the Americas. In 1500 the Portuguese landed at Brazil. The Pope gave the Americas to Spain and Portugal. Thus, the new world became the playground of Spain and Portugal. Spain was the greatest power in Europe. In 1517 Martin Luther began the Protestant Revolution in Germany. Henry VIII of England converted to Protestantism in 1532. Spain tried to win England back to Catholicism and the Pope; he sent his Amada to go defeat England and in 1588 the English defeated the Armada. Thereafter,…
There is a great desire on the part of President Buhari and his henchmen to arrest, detain suffocate and may be even kill Mr. Nnamdi Kanu the head of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). The belief is that once Mr. Kanu is out of the way, Biafra would be killed. Those who think thus are unaware of the history of Biafra. There was once a man by the name of Emeka Ojukwu who preached the gospel of Biafra. He was the most hated name in Nigeria except in the eastern provinces where he was worshipped. Ojukwu was forced out of…
Thursday, 21 September 2017 22:28

The ideal political structure for Alaigbo

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Fidelis Ekeimo, Eze Paschal, Ikechukwu Vin Ugochukwu, Maiwada Sanusi and others, here is the piece on my conception of how Alaigbo ought to be organized that I promised to send to you folks. I sent it to you via Messenger and also posted it at Facebook. I look forward to hearing your feedback on it. Thereafter, I will redraft it and forward it to those in a position to decide the fate of Igbos in the coming struggle to restructure Nigeria or dissolve it. Ozodiobi THE IDEAL POLITICAL STRUCTURE FOR ALAIGBO Ozodi Thomas Osuji If you examine societies with successful…
WHY IDEALISTS ARE CRITICAL PEOPLE AND WHY THEY MUST STOP BEING CRITICAL Ozodi Thomas Osuji The idealist, in childhood, rejected his problematic body and ego and used his thinking and imagination to come up with an ideal alternative self. By age six he has already posited an ideal self. The self is conceptual; each of us uses his inherited biological constitution and social experience to construct his self-concept, aka personality. (See George Kelly, 1955, Personality as a personal construct. New York: Norton.) The ideal self has ideal standards of behaviors. (See Karen Horney, 1950, Neurosis and Human Growth. New York:…
Eze Paschal: AS LONG AS PEOPLE LIVE IN EGOS AND BODIES THEY WILL BE PRONE TO FEAR AND DEFENSIVENESS Ozodi Thomas Osuji Our conversation, yesterday, on the fact that the biblical Jesus was an ego and, as such, was prone to fear and anger got me thinking. In the bible whenever he heard that his enemies, Jews of various stripes, such as Pharisees and Sadducees, were looking for him, were trying to arrest him or attack him he disappeared; he went into hiding. When the coast is clear he reappeared and continued with his preaching. This behavior meant that he…
ON EARTH ALL WE CAN DO IS MANAGING OUR EGOS; WE CAN TRANSFORM OUR EGOS TO EGOS OF LOVE Ozodi Thomas Osuji The poor old ego has been flogged to death; people have written tons of literature about what an awful thing the ego is. Yet, as long as we remain in this world of space, time and matter we shall have separated ego selves, for the ego is the individual's adaptation to the universe of space, time and matter. Clearly, each separated self seeks its self-interests for its primary goal is to survive. It wishes for the survival of…
North Korea’s quest for nuclear capabilities is almost a fait accompli. And there is no easy way to roll it back. President Trump might try but it will be difficult to turn this might ship around diplomatically or militarily. Why is diplomatic turn around near impossible? Several factors: There are a few or may be even many countries that do not like NK to possess nuclear capability but are non-the-less happy that Kim Jong Un is irritating the President of United States, Donald Trump. Here we must separate the president from the people of United States. Mr. Trump all through…
“Prof. (Ishaq) Oloyede of JAMB has remitted 5billion to government early in August and yesterday announced another 3billion is ready to be remitted this week making it 8billion. The Finance minister made this announcement and some of us may have seen it. In 40 years of JAMB no kobo has ever been remitted to government. Interestingly, Oloyede, (a former Vice - Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, before his appointment as the current Registrar and Chief Executive of Nigeria's Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has neither increased fees nor changed anything else really. I know he is trying to…
Sunday, 17 September 2017 17:38

Nnamdi Kanu ojukwued his followers!

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NNAMDI KANU OJUKWUED HIS FOLLOWERS! Ozodiobi Osuji Western military tradition requires a defeated general to stand tall, chin out, look straight and walk to his conqueror and hand to him his instrument of command (sward) and take the consequences the conqueror intends to meet out to him, which may include imprisonment or death. In this light, during the American civil war (1860-1865) when General Grant defeated General Robert E Lee, Lee mounted his horse, dressed in his full general's uniform and rode off to hand in his sward to Grant. Lee accepted his fate; he did not run away! Emeka…
Saturday, 16 September 2017 21:41

Is the pursuit of spirituality escape from reality?

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Chinazor Onianwah: You might find this piece interesting; in fact, I wrote it this morning with you in mind. In my assessment, you are intensely religious and a just man but you also appreciate the stupidity of religion hence struggle to limit your behavior to what science can prove to be true. Your struggle is my struggle. Ozodiobi IS THE PURSUIT OF SPIRITUALITY ESCAPE FROM REALITY? Ozodi Thomas Osuji As I survey the human landscape and behold those who talk about religion and or spirituality, generally what I see are those who are not fully engaged with the world as…
IS THIS WHY NIGERIA DECLARED IPOB A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION? Ozodiobi Osuji Nnamdi Kanu clearly violated the conditions for his release from jail. From what I know about these things what needed to be done was to send the police to go pick him up and return him to jail. A few dozen policemen, particularly those trained in what in the USA are called SWAT methods, could have gone to his house and in less than fifteen minutes apprehended him and returned him to the jail. In a well-organized society you cannot be allowed to flaunt the conditions of your probation…
WHERE ARE THE DIASPORA INTERNET BIAFRANS NOW THAT THE UNEMPLOYED IGBO YOUTH IN NIGERIA THEY ENCOURAGED TO DISOBEY THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT ARE BEING SLAUGHTERED BY THE NIGERIAN ARMY Ozodiobi Osuji Anyone with eyes to see can easily see that the typical Igbo desire to feel superior to other people. Generally, he sees his actual self in body as not good enough, rejects it and uses his imagination to construct an alternative ideal self that he wants to seem superior to other selves. Once he posits his compensatory superior self he pursues it. In pursuit of that false, neurotic (deluded) self…
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: WE SEE THE PAST WHEN WE LOOK WITH PHYSICAL LIGHT BUT SEE THE PRESENT WHEN WE LOOK WITH SPIRITUAL LIGHT We see the past if we look with physical light. Physical light travels at the speed of 186, 000 miles per second. At that speed we can see the moon (250, 000 miles away) in a little over a second, the sun in about nine minutes (that is how long it takes light to reach us from the sun, which is 93 million miles away...the sun we see now is how it was nine minutes…
Sunday, 10 September 2017 01:19

The Real Self is Light

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To Africans: If you talk to Africans you quickly find out that the philosophy they are operating under was propagated by their ancestors. Those ideas were conceived by people who had no idea of modern science. Clearly, Africans have to update their ideas of life and what life means to them. I am a philosopher. I have synthesized the philosophies of the West and East. From that effort I have posited what our real selves are. The below 25 pages essay is part of my efforts to understand the self. It is now time that we modernized Africans self-concepts and…
Is it just me or have other people noticed the manner in which Nnamdi Kanu dresses these days? This morning I saw a picture of him at Facebook. I swear he looks like Mmawu, Igbo masquerade! He had wrapper tied to his groins, Amayanabo jumper shirt, Jewish Rabbi shawls on his neck and front part and assorted jewelry on his neck and arms and other clothing materials. He had his trademark hand fan (in his republic's flag colors), his walking stick (why is a man in his forties walking around in a cane, is he sick?) and his hat of…
Thursday, 07 September 2017 21:12

Corrupt People Cannot/Do not Make Good Leaders!

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This statement by the late great Madiba, Nelson Mandela, a true African son and only one of its kinds is what I consider the apt title to this piece. It is an obvious and incontrovertible fact! Why we chose to notice and acknowledge it Nigeria is beyond me, because it is also an incontrovertible fact that most, if not all, our leaders are corrupt to the core. For me, I am yet to know a Nigerian leader since Independence who is or was not corrupt; and I am not limiting myself to the top leaders alone, but right from the…
Thursday, 07 September 2017 08:20

Why are artists prone to homosexuality?

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In Igbo society it is generally believed that artists (writers, musicians, painters, sculptors, architects) tend to gravitate to homosexuality at a higher rate than ordinary human beings. One of my grandfather's relatives, Nwaogu Njoku, was a singer; she lived with another woman (whom she called my wife!). The belief that artists tend to gravitate to homosexuality more than the norm intrigued me and I wanted to understand why. My life is devoted to trying to understand why people do what they do. I think that, finally, I have found the answer. Male artists tend to be sensitive persons; they are…
A course in miracles teaches that life on earth is a dream and that we have different selves in God and that while in God we sleep and dream this world. The implication of this assessment of life on earth as a dream is that it is not important and therefore should not be taken seriously. If one accepted this view and does not take life on earth seriously, does not take one's self seriously and do not take other people's egos in bodies seriously, do not take what any one does seriously, one would live in peace and joy…