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Wednesday, 23 November 2011 02:58

Mr. Fox: Helen Oyeyemi

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A Writer of Slasher Books Finds More Than a Muse Review by Aimee Bender By Helen Oyeyemi 324 pp. Riverhead Books. $25.95. Helen Oyeyemi’s captivating new novel, “Mr. Fox,” begins with a jaunty spirit and a sense of play. We meet Mr. Fox; he is a writer of slasher books, and he has an assistant, a woman named Mary whom he conjured in a trench during his days fighting in World War I. He also has a wife, Daphne. At some point or other, all three of them write. Mr. Fox is also a reference to the English folk tale…
Monday, 14 November 2011 17:34

Patrick Iroegbu, Ph.D

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Patrick Iroegbu is a social and cultural medical anthropologist. Research interests bother on African medicine, particularly Igbo medicine and culture as well as gender and development discourses. He is a published author of books and articles. Dr. Iroegbu contributes articles and social commentaries to several websites and is therefore present in the cyberwave.
Thursday, 03 November 2011 22:09

An open letter to the Sultan

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His Eminence, Sir The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatllahi Wa Barakatuhu. May Allah (SWT) continue to guide, protect and grant you more wisdom to do your best for Nigeria and the Muslim Ummah. Amen. While also wishing you good health as this message reaches you, I implore you to receive the words with the highest spirit of patriotism, broadmindedness and love for Nigeria and Muslim minorities of the Southeast. Surely, you are the leader of the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria. And Allah (SWT) commands Muslims to obey Him, His Messengers…
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie My Book Should Provoke A Conversation —Chimamanda Ngozi In her latest novel, Half of A Yellow Sun (London: Fourth Estate, 2006) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 29, bravely takes on the subject of the Nigerian Civil War, encountering the ordinary people who lived through the tragedies of that dark era of Nigeria's history. After her highly successful debut novel, Purple Hibiscus (Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2003) - which won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award 2004 (Best Debut Fiction Category); Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2005, Best First Book (Africa Region); Commonwealth Writers' Prize…
ONE RING CIRCUS: Dispatches from the World of Boxing by Katherine Dunn By Adeyinka Makinde The attraction of the sport of boxing to men and a good fewer women involved in the vocation of constructing words is well documented. Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway and Norman Mailer but to name a few had a great affinity to it and featured the game in their novels and in other writings. This attraction is not to o hard to fathom. For in boxing lies an aggregate of the dramas of life. From the politics of matchmaking to the rituals associated with the dressing…
Over four decades have passed since the curtain came down on Sugar Ray Robinson’s career. In many ways it was a conventional end to a fighting man’s career; a denouement that often is at once slow and painful as it is predictable. The irrevocable diminution of his athletic powers was mirrored by the steady regression of his earning power and both were reflected in the sorts of venues where his twilight bouts were staged. There was the penultimate engagement with one Rudolph Bent in the non-descript environs of Steubenville Ohio and before that a range of hotels, auditoriums and even…
Friday, 28 October 2011 13:51

Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh, Ph.D

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Franklyne Ogbunwezeh was born in Nigeria and currently lives in Germany. He also attended seminary in Italy for 4 years. Mr. Ogbunwezeh is currently working on a Ph.D. in Social Ethics and Economics. His book "The Tragedy of a Tribe: The Grand Conspiracy Against Ndigbo and the Igbo Quest for Integration in Nigeria" was published in 2004. "Shots at Immortality: Immortalizing Igbo Excellence" and "The Scandal of Poverty in Africa: Reinventing a Role for Social Ethics in Confronting the Socio-economic and Political Challenges of Africa of the Third Millennium" will be published in 2005. Additionally, Mr. Ogbunwezeh published dozens of…
Dear Mr. Sowore, We know very well you investigative reporting prowess and how easily you can get into the deep recesses of government to obtain information the government would want us not to know about. We have seen your reports on Governor Obi and the shenanigans going on in Anambra State; we have read the comings and goings in Ekiti State, in Abuja and many other places; and with a vast majority of our politicians and non politicians. You have become a force to be reckoned in Nigerian affairs. I have even seen you defend you work in colloquiums and…
Monday, 10 October 2011 07:43

The Making of a Genius: Book Review

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Martin Luther King Jr. once said that: ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter’. I borrowed this wandering leaf in respect of Obodo Jude’s new book-that which I see as a master piece and an unputdownable with regards to the must read contents. The author has chosen to take the bull by the horn in order to express a heart cry to the world particularly to the Nigerian youth who is out there in search of the Golden Fleece in the wrong places. Hard work does not kill rather it strengthens and better…
October 21, 2011 Press Release African Centre for Media & Information Literacy takes Code of Conduct Bureau to court over President Goodluck Jonathan's Asset Declaration The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) has dragged the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to court over the asset declaration of President Goodluck Jonathan. In a suit (No FHC/ABJ/CS/877/2011) filed today (October 21, 2011) at the Federal High Court, Abuja, on behalf of AFRICMIL by Ashimole Felix of Che Oyintumba & Associates, AFRICMIL is seeking an order of mandamus compelling the CCB to comply with its request of making available to the…
Friday, 21 October 2011 04:22

Wole Soyinka Profile on ChatAfrik

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The Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka (born 1935) was one of the few African writers to denounce the slogan of Negritude as a tool of autocracy. He also was the first black African to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Wole Soyinka was born July 13, 1934 in Abeokuta a village on the banks of the River Ogun in the western area of Nigeria. His mother was a Christian convert so devout that he nicknamed her "Wild Christian" and he father was the scholarly headmaster of a Christian primary school whom he nicknamed "Essay"--a play on his occupation and his…
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 02:27

Film Review: Carlos (2010)

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Terrorism as a sub-species of warfare, civil insurrection, and as an apparatus of state oppression has existed for millennia. The slaughter of high status officials, combatants, civilians as well as the destruction of property, is a weapon which is purposefully calibrated so as to effect a result in which the level of psychological damage exceeds the attendant human and material destruction. carlosAs a tool of liberation, there is some evidence of its success. The terror tactics utilised by the Kenyan Mau Mau, although a largely defeated group, created the circumstances in which the British will to continue to govern Kenya…
Monday, 17 October 2011 10:34

Omoyele Sowore of Saharareporters

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'I have almost 200 people reporting for me all over Nigeria' By Shola Oshunkeye Wednesday, July 13, 2011 He hit the nation's consciousness, and headlines, with his fiery activism when he led the Students Union Government of the University of Lagos, Akoka, between 1992 and 1994. Since that baptism of fire, which peaked with the relentless national and global agitation for the revalidation of the June 12, 1993 presidential vote, won by the late Bashorun M. K. O Abiola, Omoyele Sowore never looked back. While most of his colleagues chose the glittering broad way of life, the Ondo State-born activist…
Monday, 17 October 2011 23:58

Music Syncreticism: Blues Rock

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John Lennon may be lionised -undeservedly, it may be argued- by many for reasons in excess of his worth as a writer and co-writer of some of the most influential songs in popular music, but may also be unfairly derided for his alleged pretensions as rock music's intellectual-in-chief. He was in actuality a rather straight-talking iconoclast and social commentator whose famously incendiary analysis that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ, actually resonated with more than a grain of truth about the shift in Western societal values from the Christian derived sort to those of a more secular vein.…
Friday, 14 October 2011 02:17

Hedges, When Atheism Becomes Religion

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Chris Hedges, When Atheism Becomes Religion. (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2008) 212 pages A Book Review by Ozodi Thomas Osuji Mr. Chris Hedges: This weekend, I read your book: When Atheism Becomes Religion. As I understand it, you are making an argument to the effect that both religious fundamentalists (Islamic and Christian) and secular fundamentalists (such as Harris, Hitchens, Dennett and Dawkins) could be dangerous to civilization. You seem to say that though they come from different spheres, religion and science; they seem driven by the same impulse. They seem to be motivated by a belief that there is…
Friday, 14 October 2011 03:32

Akin Awofolaju Ph.D

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As a corporate executive with extensive fortune 100 corporate background both in personal and corporate business. Dr Awofolaju is a management guru, managed many organizations in leadership capacity. His company is one of the leading Leadership Development, Training and Executive Educational Programs in Tri States Area. He is an American Board Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Executive Leadership Development educator, Certified Strategy Planner and also a Strategic Thinking Expert. He has been a top ranked Human Capital Engineering Resources & Leadership Development for executive educational industries in NY/NJ Regions for three consecutive years and also leadership development expert for the fortune…
By Dr. Abayomi Ferreira Britain, the colonial power that created Nigeria and ruled the new country as one political entity for 46 years granted independence to Nigeria 47 years ago. Nigerian politics has remained trapped in the internecine in fighting that the pre-independence political parties ignited in 1950, some 57 years ago. Available and accessible natural resources have, in the period multiplied many times over since the British handed over power to Nigerian politicians. The population has multiplied more than four times over. But the quality of life continues to slide down the comparative international scale in spite of contemporary…
Friday, 14 October 2011 02:41

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Profile on ChatAfrik

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (born June 13, 1954) was appointed in July 2011 as the new Minister of Finance for the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Prior to this appointment, she was the Managing Director of World Bank (October 2007 - July 2011) and has also held the position of a Finance Minister and Foreign Minister of Nigeria, between 2003 and 2006. She is notable for being the first woman to hold either of those positions. She served as finance minister from July 2003 until her appointment as foreign minister in June 2006, and as foreign minister until her resignation in August 2006.…
Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:20

Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

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Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly…
Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:05

Ozodi Osuji Profile on ChatAfrik

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Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly…
Some fiend infected individuals are being baptized with demon in slaughtering their fellow human beings to avenge the election results. Some believe they have monopoly of violence than the rest of the country. When you observe these events you might be thinking that Nigeria could be ending sooner than predicted since these are some of the ingredients for breaking up. ... If breaking up is what will stop the unprovoked violence...so be it. According to John F. Kennedy, "The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie-deliberate, contrived and dishonest-but the myth-persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we…
Sunday, 02 October 2011 07:46

Sola Odunfa: Why Boko Haram is so bold

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African viewpoint: Why Nigeria's Boko Haram is so bold http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14883430 In our series of viewpoints from African journalists, Nigerian writer Sola Odunfa argues that attempts to placate Muslims have increased the threat posed by the militant Boko Haram group. Nigerians are saddled with government leaders who - after the recent spate of bombings, assassinations and attacks - can only express horror at the bedside of survivors, vow on television to catch the perpetrators and then rush to fortify their motor convoys, offices and residences. My worry is that the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which is responsible for the violence,…
Friday, 16 September 2011 23:52

Body, Personality and Creation

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This paper points out that in the temporal universe the human body determines the human personality. This would seem to support the philosophy of materialism and tis epiphenomenalism, the belief that all that there is is matter and that matter shaped our thinking and behaviors. However, the paper says that things are a bit more complicated than that. It says that perhaps another self, one that we are not consciously aware of, is sleeping and dreaming and invented our bodies and personalities. It says that when we overlook our egos and bodies that we experience the unknown self in us,…
Over the weekend (April 23/24, 2011) I read Vincent Sarich et al, Race: The Reality of Human Differences (New York: Westview Press, 2004), 285 pages. Apparently, Vincent Sarich is a professor of physical anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. (Could a real professor write this racist track?) He contended that race is a biologically (genetically) determined phenomenon, and attempted to demonstrate this thesis by citing all sorts of silly evidence; the man satisfied himself that he made a cogent argument; he apparently believed that his trash talk succeeded in persuading his reader that he made his case. (Not only…
Viktor E. Frankl (1946). Man's Search for Meaning. (New York: Pocket Books). 221 Pages (Living meaningfully) : A Review In college I read Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning; indeed, I took courses that surveyed the various psychotherapies and his Logotherapy was one of those reviewed. Somehow, however, I put the book and the therapeutic method based on it out of my mind! Last week, I went to the local library and browsed through several book shelves and one of the books that caught my attention was Dr Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning. I recalled that I had read it…