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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…
Saturday, 10 September 2011 05:15

The cause of white racism

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This paper says that racism is caused by the empirical differences in the attainment of science and technology by European and African peoples. It says that racism will be cured when African people catch up with the West, not merely by Africans cussing white men out.   If you are an African and have lived in America for any length of time you probably have noticed the existence of racism in the land. You probably have wondered why white folks are in the main racist. When you deal with individual white folks you may not notice their racism; in fact,…
A review of Chinua Achebe. The Education of a British Protected Child. New York: Knopf, 2009; 173 pages The education of a British Protected Child, Achebe's latest book, is a collection of essays written at different times in his long career. The first essay is the Education of a British Protected Child. This essay tells us a little bit about Achebe's birth at Ogidi in 1930. He mentioned his education at Ogidi's St Philip's Church Missionary School, CMS, without elaborating on it. We learn that after elementary school he had a choice to make between attending Dennis Memorial Grammar School…
Friday, 09 September 2011 23:01

Are Africans Evil Or Just Egoists?

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After examining the behavior of Africans and judging it evil this paper tried to understand whether Africans are evil in nature. It says that they are not evil but are egoistic and self-centered and must relinquish their self-centeredness and behave in a pro-social and loving manner if they are to produce advanced civilizations. ARE AFRICANS EVIL? by: Ozodi Thomas Osuji In our contemporary world social scientists have managed to get their students not to employ the term evil in referring to human behaviors. Instead of seeing what people did as good or bad they are subjected to extensive analysis of…
This paper began with an observation that black folk all over the world seem motivated by desire to seem important and prestigious in people's eyes. It says that this drive tends to make them self-centered and unable to care for social interests. Therefore, the drive for personal prestige is problematical. It tried to understand why black folk seem to have this arrested development, arrested at narcissistic level of being instead of the fully adult level of being that serves social good. It posited an existential explanation of the phenomenon. Its argument is that human beings perceive their lives as meaningless…
Malcolm X. The name is forever redolent of an era of tumult and struggle of Americans of African descent seeking to obtain basic legal rights as well as to affirm a pride in their collective heritage. His name conjures images of a bespectacled, alternatively clean-shaven and later goateed orator extraordinaire whose incisive diatribes on the ills of America and its treatment of its black inhabitants brought to prominence a religious sect known as the Nation of Islam. He developed and perfected a rhythmically calibrated style of delivery which was clear and direct, and which he interspersed with a frequently coruscating…
Two things come to mind after reading Alex Von Tunzelmangripping tale of United States decades cum centuries-long foreign policy towards its neighbours in the Caribbean. First is the overly used truism attributed to the philosopher George Santayana that "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it", and secondly, the "Ugly American", a catchphrase derived from a 1950s-era novel penned jointly by Eugene Burdick and William J. Lederer. That the policies and actions of the United States of America should be consistently scrutinized and often-times be subjected to the most devastating sort of criticism is no surprise given…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 03:57

Poeticizing Kidnapping

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 Poeticizing Kidnapping on Chidi Anthony Opara's "Degenerates Pound Our Polity Polluted"     Beautiful. Sad. Moving. Poignant. I find the last two lines particularly striking: "Pardoned kidnappers Cruise in our capital city, Cuddling ransoms, We supplicate in shackles." The image of kidnappers "cuddling" ransoms rings out in its suggestion of tenderness. Yet, in a manner that suggests the ludicrous, it contrasts with their characterization as kidnappers. The kidnapper is characterized through the action of "cuddling" the proceeds of their kidnapping. This correlation of the physically, psychologically and socially violent criminal action of kidnapping with the tenderness evoked by "cuddling", evokes…
Monday, 05 September 2011 22:55

Back-To-School Celebrations

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It has never hit me like this before. All of a sudden church pews became empty, and I could not but try to remember who loved to seat where! I had given back-to-school gifts for many of our friends, especially those who have great aunties and uncles to my little all summer holidays long. So, we knew it will happen, but I never thought that the transitions will impact individuals in so many different ways as we now witness. One parent was so excited that he would have to pay less in utility bills for a minute. Another parent was…
This essay asked the question that many Nigerians probably ask: would you prefer a Nigerian professional to professionals from the other races to provide the services that you desire? If the answer is no, as it probably is, why is it the case that Nigerian professionals are third rate? What can be done to make them first rate. The paper asked questions without proffering answers. You, the reader, could provide the needed answers! Over the weekend I told a friend that a cousin’s wife recently died after she had gone into diabetic coma and was rushed to a hospital at…