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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…
Saturday, 10 October 2015 17:55

Is near death experiecne for real?

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Don Piper (2004). 90 Minutes in Heaven. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Revell. A Book review Ozodi Osuji I have read several books on Near Death Experiences (NDEs) and Out of Body Experiences (OBEs). Yesterday, I was at a book store and picked up yet another book on near death experience. I got home and began reading it and did not put it down until I was done with it his morning and decided to do a double take on it, review it as well as use it as a spring board to ask questions on near death phenomenon. In this particular…
The news about the directive or rather order by the senate on the 11th of this month to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to suspend the fixed charge of N702.00, which it has been collecting from electricity consumers across the federation following unending complaints against the policy by Nigerians has been greatly applauded as the right step in the right direction, given its anti-people oriented and exploitative coloration. When this good news filtered into the public domain, many a consumer of power supply heaved a profound sigh of relief having been subjected to the fixed charge without proportionate benefit…
Sunday, 02 August 2015 12:40

Isn't Lagos a No-Man's Land

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Is Lagos a no-man land? I have asked several Nigerians this question as a joke and also in all seriousness. Was Lagos ever a no-man’s land? Is Lagos becoming a no-man’s land? Many Nigerians have weighed in on this controversy. Some have done so angrily. Others are hiding their emotions. I am finding out that jokes serve some useful purpose in life. I am also finding out that every joke has a truth in it. A joke is told to reduce the poisonous impact what is to follow may have on the hearer or hearers. Now, I understand why fool…
The Igbo People, Culture and Character: by Okoro Ojiaku, (Bradenton, Florida: Booklucker.com, 2015), 178 Pages This book is written in the best tradition of the social sciences. It reads like it was written by a political scientist. The language is measured, detached, dispassionate and impersonal; it reads like a paper presented by a professor of political science to his fellow social scientists. The language is descriptive and not loaded with emotions (except in the last two chapters in which the author gave his personal opinions on how to preserve Igbo culture and language). It appears that the author has a…
The scientific method is a way of looking at things; it is a way of looking that accepts as true only those things that observers can verify as true. For an idea to be scientific it must be universally perceived as true and is verifiable by any observer who follows the scientific method. An idea that cannot be verified is discarded. Karl Popper added the additional criterion of falsifiability; an idea must be falsifiable to be scientific; that is, there is a way to prove its truth or lack of it. For example, if one says that there is God…
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is an unedited press release from the BUHARI SUPPORT ORGANISATION DIASPORA UK; For release on Tuesday, 29 January 2015) PRESS RELEASE: Nigerians in United Kingdom Endorse Buhari for President January 29, 2015 (London, UK) Nigerian Citizens under the aegis of Nigerians in the Diaspora UK, an umbrella group of several partisan and non-partisan groups came together and endorsed the candidacy of General Mohammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), for the presidency at next month’s election. This was contained in the communiqué of at least eight (8) groups who jointly hosted the representative…
Amit Goswami et al (1995). The Self-Aware Universe: How consciousness creates the material world. (New York: Putnam), 320 pages. Book review by Ozodi Osuji Traditionally, a new book is published. The publishers want to garner as many readers for the book as is possible; they pay book reviewers to review the book, especially in major newspapers located at major markets, such as New York, Los Angeles and London. This book, The Self-Aware Universe is not new and no one is paying me to review it so that potential readers may buy it hence make money for the publisher and the…