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Friday, 17 February 2017 05:33

Could Biafra be the land of criminals?

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DANIEL AKUSOBI PLEASE PONDER THE FOLLOWING FACTS OF YOUR IGBO WORLD Ozodi Osuji Daniel Akusobi, your below response to Jerome is evidence of my belief that you are capable of rational thinking if only you choose to do so. In your response you noted that the reason, among others, why many Igbos are hell bent on obtaining money, to the extent of doing criminals things for it, such as selling drugs in countries where arresting them means hanging them, stealing from their people and kidnapping their people and holding them hostage for ransom money is because of Igbo society's structure.…
Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:38

Why there are criminals in our world

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I UNDERSTAND WHY THERE ARE CRIMINALS IN OUR WORLD Ozodi Thomas Osuji Lately, at Facebook, I have been exchanging words with an African American guy called Marvin Bryant. His perspective can be summarized thus: white folks are no good, they did terrible things to black folks; black folks are always good and can do no wrong; in so far that black folks do wrong it is the fault of their social situation; the white man placed black folks in untenable social situations, such as inner city ghettos, makes sure that they have no jobs and money and make them hate…
Thursday, 16 February 2017 01:53

The Trump Presidency may not end well

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I am not necessarily a believer in karma but something tells me that Donald Trump's presidency may not end well? Somehow, I believe that there must be a payback for the man because of what he did to Obama; I am talking about the Birther thing. Trump jumped unto the Birther movement and doubted that Barack Obama was born in the USA. He knew too well that he was born in Hawaii but he chose to make hay of the doubt raised by racists who did not want a black man to be the US President. That birther thing was…
Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:11

If you want to marry a husband...

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“If you want to marry a husband, never you marry a waka about. If you marry a waka about o, tomorrow, trouble, trouble, trouble…” goes Nelly Uchendu’s 1970s highlife classic, “Waka About.” The song tells the story of a sweet sixteen seduced by an older man whom she met at a superstore. He was ‘all correct’ – fine looks, fine clothes, fine car. Against her parents’ advice, she married him in a flamboyant society wedding. Post-marriage, she found out he was a womanizer, fraudster, and abuser who regularly used her as a punching bag. Unfortunately, the story ends with her…
Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:08

Ìfẹ́: Loving, the Yoruba Way

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Love in Yoruba culture is playful on one hand and serious on the other. Love consists of afẹ́rí and ojúṣe. Afẹ́rí, the closest form to romance, includes use of praise names, endearment, and ìtage or oge. Lovers often engage in playful banter called "oge" whereas they tease and cajole one another. Oge can be used to coax an angry partner out of a bad mood or bribe one into making concessions. It might go thus: "O dẹ̀ wa n'bínú. Áh, ah! Kí ló dẹ̀ lé to yẹn?" goes the husband nudging his wife's playfully. "Fi mí 'lẹ̀ jọ̀ ọ́. Má…
President Donald Trump is an amateur in politics. He has never been elected to any political office in his life. He has played politics much as I have played football, from the sidelines. I can make almost any calls that a referee would make and debate all questionable calls ad infinitum. Or if you prefer, J can second guess every political action taken by any president or senate or the House. I am a good at what Americans call Monday Morning quarterbacking Not only is Mr. Trump an amateur, he has surrounded himself with other amateurs in high places and…
MARVIN BRYANT, BLAMING OTHERS FOR ONES ISSSUES MAKES ONE A CHILD Ozodi Osuji Marvin Bryant, it does not take a rocket scientist to conclude that you are the extroverted and irascible type; you talk without thinking about the consequences of what you are saying; you call people names to suit your present whim; your present state of mind determines what you say, not thinking. All that notwithstanding, your main issue is that you do not understand the difference between being a freedom fighter and a governor; there are differences between the two. When one is fighting for independence it helps…
AS LONG AS AFRICANS BLAME OTHER PERSONS FOR THEIR FATE THEY CANNOT MOVE AFRICA FORWARD Ozodi Thomas Osuji Africans blamed Arabs for slavery; they blamed Europeans for slavery; they blame what they call European colonialism for their present backwardness; each ethnic group blames other ethnic groups for its backwardness; individual Africans blame other Africans for their poverty; yet as they blame other people give them opportunity to govern themselves and they transform their country's public treasury into a personal piggy bank. Corruption and bribery is so astronomical in Africa that we might as well consider it part of the African…
God, the son of God, the ego and the ego ideal are not separated from each other but are a continuum. The son of God that contains all of God (and the universe of universes) projected his self into a seeming separated world and take on a seeming separated personality called the ego (ones earthly personality) and houses it in body. If the body the son of God seems housed in is problematic it makes its ego pursue more power (aka ideal, powerful ego); it does so in its efforts to survive on earth. There is no split between the…
If the individual's self does not seek to become a better self, an ideal self, a powerful self and just be what it is (whatever that is) he will be calm and peaceful. But this is easier said than done. Some people posit desired ideal self and pursue it. Once the ideal self-concept and self-image is posited the individual's thinking and behavior is aimed at approximating it. As long as the individual pursues becoming a better self, an ideal self and a powerful self he has said goodbye to inner peace and somatic calmness; he is now prone to fear…
The slogan for Nigeria’s development ought to be in the words of Booker T. Washington in 1895, at the Atlanta Cotton States and International Convention, during which he called on Blacks to “Cast down your bucket where you are.” It was the story of a ship lost at sea that sent passionate pleas to a friendly ship at a distance to send water. The friendly ship knew where the lost ship was and that fresh water was everywhere around it, so he ordered the captain of the lost ship to cast his bucket where they were. The captain of the…
I think the 3 times Governor of New York State who lost a Mayoral race to the late Ed Koch of New York at one point in his amazing career was the kind of father I love to be. I used to pray in my youth to be like my grandfather Kabiyesi Deji Afunbiowo Adesida the First who lived for 125 years. I wanted to be like him because I was only looking at the sunny side of him. The man had sought the throne three times before he finally got the nod of Akure Kingmakers in 1897. He had,…
Thursday, 09 February 2017 21:14

It is now time to get rid of fear from my life

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Human beings have a tendency to denying what they see in them and do not like and, instead, pretend it's opposite. Fear, for example, is in most people and holds them down but because fear is a negative affect people do not want to acknowledge that they have fear. Instead, most people pretend that they are fearless and courageous. Then say boo and they panic, pee in their pants and run to go seek safety. Consider Nigerians and Africans; Nigerians and Africans are totally fearful; they are freaking cowards; they want to live forever and ever and do so at…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 22:36

American Democracy is Under Siege

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All the stars are properly aligned for the Republican Party to mold and shape the future of America for the next half century. The presidency, the senate, the House, the judiciary, majority of state houses and legislatures, etc., are all under the Republican leadership. This is good and bad. Good, because most of the gridlock in Washington that stymied the Obama Administration and some others before it can now be overcome. Bad because United State of America can now be counted among nations that have a one-party government. The one party is the Republican Party. It gets worse. The Republican…
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: bits of information from A course in miracles. HOW WILL THE WORLD END ACCORDING TO A COURSE IN MIRACLES? According to A course in miracles the world will end when each of us accepts atonement, forgives the world, overlooks his sins and other people's sins and sees himself as innocent and sees all sons of God as innocent. This will not happen in one day but for each person at a different time. We would then all transit to the world of light forms and have a happy dream at the gate of heaven and…
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 00:30

What is healing?

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WHAT IS HEALING? HEALING IS RETURN OF SEPARATED MIND TO WHOLE MIND Ozodi Thomas Osuji What is healing? What does it mean to say that a person is healed? (The terms healed, saved, delivered, redeemed are synonymous so to be healed is to be saved, delivered and redeemed.) THE SICKNESS TO BE HEALED IS SEPARATION To understand healing we must first know what is to be healed; we must understand what the sickness is. The sickness is our sense of separation from each other and from God. At present each of us is operating from his separated mind, aka the…
by Dr. James C. Agazie Most writers and cementers, Igbos and non-Igbos, have very little good to say about the Igbos. The purpose of this essay is to point out one or two things positive about the people known in Nigeria as the Ibo or Igbos or Ndiigbo. This essays concludes with a simple appeal to the conscience defined as scruples or sense of right and wrong. We Igbos can do without the well-meaning but misplaced, malicious, and condescending criticisms of detractors. We Igbos do not deserve to be over-psychoanalyzed. Of all things the Igbos lack and need the most…
IGBO IRREDENTISTS LIKE CHUKWUMA AND NEBU ARE NOT ONLY MENTALLY ILL BUT EVIL SOULS Ozodi Osuji This afternoon my girlfriend and I went on a long walk on the snow (on a cross country ski trail; we, walkers, shared the trail with folks on skis). The temperature was less than 10 degrees Fahrenheit so we were chilled to our bones despite wearing the best cold weather clothing. My girlfriend is extroverted and chatted with folks as they walked by us or skied by us. I am introverted; my life is devoted to introspection and reflection on issues. I take an…
IT IS NOT FOR ME TO CHANGE OTHER PEOPLE BUT FOR ME TO LEARN FROM THEM AND CHANGE ME Ozodi Thomas Osuji The purpose of seeing other people doing what to you seems unacceptable is not for you to undertake to change them but to change you; the purpose of misbehaving people is for you not to do what you see them do. What you see other people do, whether you acknowledge it or not, is in you. This is because perception is projection. You cannot see anything as out there that is not in your mind. In fact, the…
My confidence in Democracy is a little bit shaken with the emergence of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Next to Great Britain which owns the Mother of Parliament, I used to think of America as the bastion of Democracy. I so much love America. I voluntarily encouraged two my sons to join the US Military. I am very proud of the two young men because the love of the Military runs deep in my family. I come from the Sao Ofobutu and Sao Apatapiti family of Akure on my father side. The Sao of Akure as the…
TO HAVE AN EGO IS TO HAVE FEAR; TO HAVE NO EGO IS TO BE FEARLESS Ozodi Osuji To have an ego, a sense of self apart from other selves and apart from the rest of the universe is to have fear. Animals, although their bodies are made of the same material found in inanimate objects, of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen, have a sense of self that is apart from the whole universe hence do have fear (they run from danger to go protect themselves). Inanimate objects like rocks etc. do not have a sense of self that is…
Thursday, 02 February 2017 17:16

Only a few human beings change the world

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ONLY A FEW HUMAN BEINGS MOVE THE WORLD FORWARD Ozodi Thomas Osuji For a long period of time I wrote long essays for my three brothers; and for over a decade I purposely wrote essays on philosophical and psychological subjects and posted them at Nigerian Internet forums; I had assumed that, at least, one percent of the people have interest in philosophy and psychology and would read the write ups and that a fraction of them would thereafter take them to heart and, hopefully, think and act like philosophers and psychologists. As anyone with eyes can see, Africa has not…
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:14

Sequel to Igbos wish for death

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SEQUEL TO MY YESTERDAY'S ESSAY ON IGBOS WISH FOR DEATH Ozodi Osuji With this piece I end my preoccupation with Igbos apparent insensitivity to how they relate to other Nigerians. I do not ever want to hear an Igbo coward that hides in the Diaspora, in America and from there dishes out streams of verbal abuses towards Nigerians. Such Igbo cowards are unaware that their abusive talks have consequences for unfortunate Igbos trying to make a living in Northern Nigeria. If Igbos in the safety of North America abuse Hausas they make it likely for Hausas to machete Igbos to…
Monday, 30 January 2017 15:21

Igbos have death wish

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ABSTRACT All our thinking and behaviors are based on choices and decisions; we choose to think this way, to behave this way or that but not this way or that way. All choices, all decisions have consequences. Our choices are rooted in our desire to separate from each other or to unify with each other. It was the choice to separate from God and each other that led to the origin of this world. This world exists because we chose to separate from unified spirit state and go live as separated selves; we invented space, time and matter and use…
Sunday, 29 January 2017 23:35

There is method to Donald Trump's madness

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The script of our nightly dreams is not written before we go to sleep but are written as we sleep; we sleep and write the script and enact the dream drama based on the script as we sleep. However, before we go to sleep we have something in our minds that lead us to enact the night's script and play. Before going to sleep and dreaming the existence of this world we desired to separate from God and from each other; we desired to separate from our real self, unified spirit self. That desire led us to go to sleep…