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Monday, 21 August 2017 10:56

If Money Is worthless, Why Die For It?

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The idea of this essay comes from a book this writer saw a Korean man read while we were sitting beside each other in a Jumbo airplane, travelling from America to China in 2013. I am sitting in this very large airplane beside this smallish Korean national who has a book in his hands. The front page of the book is written in the manner a chicken does with its legs as it scratches the ground to find food. The letters on the covers and inside the book are incomprehensible, meaning you cannot make a head or tail of the…
The Nigerian politicians are something else . The Speaker of the Kano House of Assembly has resigned amidst allegations of bribery to influence investigation. It is reported that pandemonium broke out at the Kogi House of Assembly as hoodlums invaded a meeting of Kogi legislators to beat up corrupt politicians. This writer has just been assaulted by a caller because of the behavior of some of our Nigerian leaders, including Alhaji Dangote, Emir Sanusi, and Alhaji Kabiru). I believe this caller is frustrated by the behavior of Nigerian leaders. She says she is US practicing woman attorney (whom I shall…
IDEALISM IS ROOTED IN PERCEPTION OF THE UTTER POINTLESSNESS OF THE WORLD AND DESIRE TO IMPROVE IT HENCE MAKE IT WORTH LIVING FOR Ozodi Thomas Osuji When folks hear that one is an idealist they fancy one not a realistic person. They have an idea of who an idealist is: a naïve person who is not realistic; they see the realist as a tough skinned and hardnosed person who accepts the world and people as they are. For example, the realistic accepts Charles Darwin's idea of evolution and twist given it by Herbert Spenser, the idea that we are in…
Sunday, 09 July 2017 17:07

Epistle to Ndiigbo and Biafrans

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EPISTLE TO NDIIGBO AND BIAFRANS Greetings. The recurrent, persistent questions we are asking are many. What type of people are Ndiigbo? What would life in Biafra be like? Would Ndiigbo find Biafra habitable? Is it absolutely necessary that Ndiigbo must continue to embarrass Ndiigbo wherever Ndiigbo go by engaging in armed robberies, becoming the most notorious kidnapper to harassing neighbors in their communities? This communiqué is a warning plea to desist from one Onye Igbo (potential Biafran) to the Ndiigbo (igbo people willing to become Biafrans) and others who care to listen. What qualifies this writer to pen this epistle…
What it means to be a human being is the belief that one has a separated self housed in body. One defends that self and defence makes it seem real to one. One sees other separated selves doing good or bad things to one. If they do good things to one, one feels okay but if they do what harms one, one feels not okay. One anticipates other people doing bad things to one and avoids them or fights them. The goal is for the separated self to survive at all costs. The separated self engages in the struggle for…
One courageous action by Buhari and the people of Nigeria could save the presidential life, strengthen the office of the presidency, and get Nigeria moving on the right path toward healing and prosperity. The purpose of this essay is visionary, farsighted, or predictive. The essay attempts to describe one courageous action President Buhari and the people he was elected to lead can take to prevent insinuations about presidential death, improve presidential health and reduce the frequency of presidential trips overseas to seek treatments for undisclosed illnesses. It is advisable that Buhari performs this act, deed, exploit, achievement, or feat as…
Events described in this essay, though fictional, may actually be obtainable now in Nigeria. The Nigerian President spends uneasy time at home and abroad. He walks back and forth in his spacious apartment unable to sleep. He tosses and turns in bed, and places aching head on both ends of the massive pillow in order to think clearly. The Nigerian President worries so much about how to meet the nation's massive financial obligations to other countries. He agonizes over how to keep his tribesmen from killing those they consider to be infidels. The Nigerian President feels threatened even in secured…
Nobody should be above the law, and nobody has the unbridled right to lie. Politician cannot live without telling lies, and Nigerian politicians are the most mendacious. Like Donald Trump, politicians in my home are deceitful, two-faced, dishonest, insincere, misleading, double-dealing, or false. There can never be an end to adjectives describing lying politicians. Don’t follow a liar unless you enjoy cock-and-bull story, fabrication, and trumped-up story Standing alongside the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny ahead of St Patrick's Day on Friday, and stressing the importance of American friendship with Ireland , the US president Donald Trump lies as he…
The purpose of this essay is to amplify the words President had for Nigerians upon his return from the medical treatment. To amplify is to intensify, increase, strengthen, augment, or enlarge. President Buhari spoke well as a wise statesman. His words had the capacity to encourage a people who are weighed down with seemingly insurmountable difficulties. This essay is not meant to take away from gravity of my president’s word, utterance, statements, expressions, speech, or declaration. Rather, this writer is attempting to build upon, deepen the meaning of, step up the bite, heap on, or add teeth to the gravity…
Although many contributors to this forum attempt to convince me that indeed there is something wrong with the Igbo of Nigeria, yet I find the Igbo to be the very Christ in minds imbued with conscience or sense of right and wrong. Dr. Osuji is a dear friend, a clever Professor, as well as fellow Igbo whose prolific essays I find to be very helpful and insightful. . However, for this writer and for many people, It is not too much to say that the Igbo of Nigeria is archetype of Jesus Christ the Messiah. Being Igbo in modern Nigeria…
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 13:12

Can You Marry Your Daughter?

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The calls have been arriving. A Nigerian woman with the Master of Science in Nursing degree calls to complain about her father who is bringing men she doesn't know or care for from Nigeria to marry the daughter. She tells me to say to her father "Stop " which meant "Leave me alone and let me find who I want to marry." Asked to elaborate, the MSN woman said: "I don't like the Nigerian men because they LIE, LIE, LIE! They are liars. They come to America to use you for the Green card, and then they dump you. Liars!"…
Monday, 28 November 2016 22:14

How does one become a loving person?

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This much I know about myself: I am not a loving person. But to say that about me I first have to know what it means to be a loving person, don't I? What exactly is a loving person? To know what a loving person is I first have to know what love is. What exactly is love? I don't know! I hear a lot about love but no one really has sat me down and explained to me what love is. Did anyone sit you down and explained to you what love is? If so you are lucky! Since…
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 04:02

What are you a leader in?

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From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: WHAT AREA ARE YOU LEADING PEOPLE IN? The word leader can be defined in global terms. The question that comes to mind after that is said is this: what is a person a leader in? In what area of life is he a leader? Is he a leader in politics, education, science, technology? Even those are broad areas so let us narrow the focus down and ask: in doing what specific functional area is one a leader in? A leader wants to achieve certain goals so one asks: what are the stated goals that one…
Saturday, 05 November 2016 19:31

On sense of persecution and other matters

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From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal IF WE DID NOT FEEL PERSECUTED WHAT WOULD WE BE DOING ON EARTH? Ozodi Osuji Please examine your life closely; if you are honest you would probably conclude that you see yourself as an innocent person that the world is doing bad things to. It seems that each of us sees his self as an innocent victim that the big bad world harms. In other words, we see ourselves as persecuted by a big ugly world. And that makes us feel angry at whoever created us. Since God allegedly created us I doubt that there…
Review of New York Times Book of Physics and Astronomy Ozodi Osuji Dean, Cornelia (2013). Ed. The New York Times Book of Physics and Astronomy. New York: Sterling. 558 pages It is Friday afternoon. I had nothing to do and was terribly bored. I did what I do whenever I am bored: go to bookstores, especially used book stores. I went to one and did what I normally do, browse through the science section. My eyes lighted on a book called the New York Times Book of Physics and Astronomy. Wow, where have I been that I have not seen…
Fighting corruption and protecting the treasury from looters alone cannot save Nigeria; it does not make a dent on the things troubling us .Nigeria is much more than a vehicle that is involved in a ghastly accident. Removing dents and replacing bolts here and there would not do the job. There must be a new awakening of faith, and one way to lose faith is to engage in stupendous lying. This writer listened to a sermon being preached at the First United Methodist Church in Georgia, on Sunday, October 2, 2016 just a day after Nigerian and her people had…
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 22:37

Hey, Nigerians, Let's Turn Around; Let's Change

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Heaven and earth will not pass away, if President Buhari along with his governing team, including the Senate and House Members, State Governors, CBN managers, and the so-called shakers and movers in my country, gather all Nigerians around them to announce: “Ladies and gentlemen, we have tried this thing for 56 years with some success and some lessons to be learned. It is time for another team of young leaders to take over. We wish to exit now but we shall be around to provide pieces of advice as elder Statesmen and Stateswomen. Good Bye.” The aim of this essay…
Friday, 23 September 2016 18:08

To defend your ego is to live in pain

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Every human child must invent an ego for himself. His inherited body and its medical state play a critical role in the nature of his ego state, whether it is flexible or rigid. All of us, society, play roles in the child's formulation of his ego; we work in concert to help each other develop an ego separated self. Because we helped each other develop our ego selves we must also work in tandem to help each other let go of his ego (as I have been doing; I am trying to help Africans let go of their absurdly big…
A nephew of this writer came to America, after winning the visa lottery from the Embassy. He spent a few years, brushing up the skills he didn’t have at the Nigerian secondary school and the University he had attended to receive his WAEC and Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, respectively. He humbled himself unlike other Nigerians I have taught and known, agreeing to help out with dirty work at a tire shop. Here is a science graduate of one of Nigeria’s premier university, working as a daily laborer. Na wa! He accepted some American professors’ advice to repeat the undergraduate…
Part 1: Where Are The Righteous Nigerians To Rule Over Their Oppression? The purpose of this essay is to amplify a sermon this writer heard a Pastor preach at one of the locations of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). To amplify is to intensify, increase, augment, enlarge, or extend meaning or the effect of something. The good pastor took his sermon from Isaiah 14: 5, which reads: "The righteous shall rule over their oppressors." That topic of oppression is both pertinent and germane or relevant to the problems we are facing in our fatherland. In the absence of…
On July 4, 1776, the thirteen American colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event with the American flags, hot dogs, beer, cannon guns, and 250 million tons of fireworks.. On October 1st, 1960, the 3 Regions of Nigeria gained independence from Great Britain. Each year, on October 1st, the Nigeria’s Independence is celebrated both in the capital Abuja and 36 states, with the Presidential speech on television and radio to mark the commencement of…
Life And Teaching Of The Masters Of The Far East Baird Thomas Spalding (1924). Life and teaching of the masters of the Far East. Camarillo, California, Devorss Publications A Book Review by Ozodi Osuji I just read "Life and teaching of the masters of the Far East" by Baird Thomas Spalding. The author claimed to have visited India and other parts of the Far East in 1894 and spent some years there studying under those he called "masters of the far east". The book is a narration of his interactions with those alleged masters. One fact stands out in my…
ON FATHER'S DAY: Making Nigeria great is a duty for all Fathers Come t think of it, it is a lot easier to criticize and condemn than to stoop down and construct. Tearing down or shredding Nigeria to pieces is the work of a destructive brain while a constructive mind with intellect seeks opportunities to redeem, energize and infuse life into UNFINISHED piece of work. A destructive Nigerian is unhelpful and critical. Both his input and output can be described as negative. He makes disparaging remarks, and his words are as harsh as the sun shining around the equator. The…
The aim of this essay is three-fold. First is to state emphatically that despite all what is being said and done, Ndiigbo shall rise again and are rising. The second point is to state categorically that Igbos shall pursue their liberation through peaceful means and diplomatic coexistence. Thirdly, we Igbos shall laboriously examine areas Igbos including this writer need to strengthen as we inexorably, unalterably, and unavoidably rise to our former preeminence. We admit we have made mistakes in the past in our relationships with each other and with other Nigerians. We are aware and becoming honest with ourselves. We…
We are not enjoying today. Why should we? Anybody shouldn't either . You woke up this Mother's Day Sunday morning with more sadness and mists in your eyes than joy. You and I have been thinking about what a screwed-up world we are in. and how unfair and inhumane some of us can be to others. Would women (Muslim and Christian) all over the world ever enjoy Mother's Day celebration? Some horrific bandits armed with bombs and grenades are desecrating whole villages in Northern Nigeria just because they detest impartiality and equal opportunity for women. They equate western education with…