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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…
Dr. Odozi Osuji, through his persuasive contributions to this forum, convinces me that indeed the Igbo of Nigeria is 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 is not an easy task. Igboism is the pain…
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…
A teacher retiring from a Nigerian secondary school calls to say things are very, very tough nowadays for people in Nigeria. He says money is scarce, unemployment severe, and people are struggling to make ends meet. He says Nigerians are straining to survive in ways that are both ruthless and immoral, including, armed robbery, kidnapping, witchcraft, prostitution, and murders. He says life boils down to a maddening scramble to get beyond the past through acquiring money by any means necessary. The desire to want to get past the past is commendable if done in the right spirit. The purpose of…
As the news of Fulani attackers in Igboland filters through the internet, this writer called a few friends to find out their reactions. The purpose of this write up is to report on how some Nigerians reacted to Fulani herders/murderers who are terrorizing citizens of Southern Nigeria. Conversations were held with a fearful Owerri woman whose account I didn’t bother to write down in details because she wasn’t able to make much sense; my secondary school classmate who was a Nigerian Ambassador retiring in Plateau State; my old New York Igbo friend who calls himself a political philosopher (sometimes, Emeka…
The purpose of the instant essay is to argue that the killings of women in Nigerian society will continue so long as women are considered to be property. Charles Adegbite from Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria, filed a report on July 3, 2013. The report stated that 45-year-old Daramola, a motorcycle repairer and farmer, beat his wife , Iyalo Daramola, a mother of three children to death and buried her after the incident, because she requested for food money and the man said he had no money. Unfortunately, while he was talking, the sum of N38,000 ($125) allegedly fell from his pocket. As…
A Nigerian New Yorker calls and says: "Doc, this man's wife called police to put him out of the house, and she wants to get a divorce, and now he is threatening to kill her." I fought for 2 days to get the Igbo would-be killer's mobile phone number, and when I finally left him a voice mail he failed to respond. Then I texted and warned him against any violence. He responded with a mixture of anger, pride and shame. "PLAY THAT GAME IN ATLANTA. THIS NEW YORK BIG APPLE." He has terrorized and beaten his lawyer wife to…
Weinberg, Steven (1977). The First Three Minutes. New York: Basic Books. 178 pages A Book Review by Ozodi Osuji I have heard about this book, The First three Minutes; indeed, I have seen it at bookstores but had never had the urge to read it. I supposed that its contents are found in the various books on astrophysics and cosmology that mention it; moreover, it seemed, today, dated given when it was written, 1977. I read more contemporary books on astrophysics, so I did not feel like returning to the 1970s to find out the state of the art of…
November 8, 2015 Open Letter to President Muhammadu Buhari Aso Rock, Abuja Nigeria Dear Mr. President, You recorded a clear victory during Nigeria’s 2015 election and you and the former President Goodluck Jonathan made Nigeria proud by a smooth transition from one civilian president to another of a different party. It is a legacy that Nigerians would want to keep for a long time. You promised that you would be a different kind of president and Nigerians and the world cheered. We interpreted the “change” to mean a change for the better. Many Nigerians and the world hoped that the…