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Thursday, 15 August 2013 20:05

Open Letter to Governor Olusegun Mimiko

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Your Honor, From the little I know about you as the peoples' Governor whose ultimate goal is to leave behind a legacy of service to our state, I am addressing this letter to you and sharing it with the public because the issue it seeks to address relate to public interest which is often randomly debased in Nigeria by our political leaders. I am a concerned citizen of Ondo State who appreciates your track record but will not shy away from telling you what I think you need to hear in your well known desire to continue to do your…
August 1, 2013. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NGOS TO GATHER IN ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND FOR IAAN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2013. By Leonard Madu On September 5-7, 2013, all roads will lead to Rockville, Maryland as the International Association of African Non Governmental Organizations holds its annual conference. Thousands of delegates from the United States, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean will attend conference to be held at the Hilton Hotel. The theme of the conference is “Empowering NGOS Through Awareness in the Age of Globalization.” The International Association of African NGOS is an organization whose mission is to create global awareness for member Ngos…
Return to the Heart of God by Robert Perry, (West Sedona, AZ: Circle Publishers, 2007) 408 Pages A Book Review by Ozodi Osuji Whereas this piece is called review of Robert Perry’s book, Return to the heart of God, but since what Mr. Perry did was offer his understanding of A course in miracles, I will seize the opportunity to provide my understanding of both books. Chapter 1 Chapter one of Return to the heart of God is essentially an overview of A course in miracles; it introduced the concepts addressed by the book and in later chapters elaborated on…
It is a handy book that fits well into the genre of “How to Dos”, except for the fact that it belongs to the higher-level-academic/career niche, where only the best inhabit and saunter without much trouble. But apart from its academic content, the book also dwells on the peculiarities and intricacies of the country called Nigeria. It is therefore a sort of handbook on the State Of The Nation, before, during and perhaps even after the authors arrival, performance and even departure from the scene. It highlights the nature of corruption and the complexity of corrupt practices among Nigerian officials…
Arrows of Rain is a fascinating satirical allegory that reveals in gory details the terrible effect of military rule in a country named Madia in the novel, but which is, in fact, a thinly disguised Nigeria. The book opens in captivating fashion with the story of the dead body of a woman sprawled on the sandy shores of B. Beach on New Year Day. The police arrive but do a terribly patched-up work under the guise of investigation. The only person who can give a credible eyewitness account is a maverick vagrant named Bukuru; he is a highly educated former…
This book Sacred Contracts was first released in January 28, 2003 and published by "Three Rivers Press". Nevertheless, I want to make the connection by drawing from another work. Thus, in 2007, there was the Kpim Book Series in which the Father Pantaleon Foundation of Nigeria published The Kpim of Death, a book, which explored “why are we born to die?” To address the issue, scholars wrote from their field of research perspectives and experiences of life and dying in societies where they live and work. The book found out that for every human life, there is a purpose realized…
Book Description Publication Date: April 23, 2013 Until now, no book on personal finance has systematically and completely shown the average or ordinary individual how to get rich quickly without risks. No book has been written by one of us and from our perspective. Washington or New York mass media elite do not understand the struggle to make ends meet. The Miraculous Millionaire, therefore, is here to fill a large void. Editorial Reviews About the Author Prince Ojong is a West African immigrant from Cameroon. Since the age of five, he has had an American Dream. On August 28, 1983,…
We announce with deep excitement the press release of our New Book entitled: The Kpim of Social Order: A Season of Inquiry, Meaning and Significance in the Modern World. Published by Xlibris Publishing Corporation, USA. Detailed in 678 pages and organized in 40 chapters. Edited by three professors, beautifully designed and easy to read. Copies are available through local bookstore's order desk or at these Online bookstores: www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, www.xlibris.com or by phone at 1-888-795-4274 ext. 7879. By reading this crisscrossing brilliant book, The Kpim of Social Order, you will learn more about what it means to shape order from…
This book is a first person account of the phenomenon called near death experience, NDE. In 2008, Eben Alexander, a Harvard University Neurosurgeon apparently contracted bacterial meningitis (from E. coli) and his brain was severely attacked and he went into coma. He was in coma for seven days and was treated at Lynchburg, Virginia General Hospital. The book is an account of what he claimed transpired during those seven days when his mind, as he said, checked out of his body and journeyed to heaven. He provided descriptions of the heavenly realms he journeyed to and those descriptions are in…
Ramana Maharshi, Talks with Ramana Maharshi. (Carlsbad California: Inner Directions, 2010) 550 pages Book Review By Ozodi Osuji This book is composed of a series of talks given by the Hindu Sage, Ramana Maharishi, from 1935 to 1939. Those who compiled it say that it contains the essence of Maharishi’s teachings. The book was originally published in India in 1955 and republished in California in 2010. Ramana Maharshi was born in 1879 in India (his given name was Venkataraman). From an early age he heard one word voice, Arunachala. This word was repeated on a number of occasions and he…
 Will Durant, The Story Of Philosophy. (New York: Simon And Schuster, 1926) 412 Pages. Book Review By Ozodi Thomas Osuji Western philosophy began at Athens, Greece. So, to Greece we go. Something happened in the little Greek city states between 600-300 BC to lead Greeks to produce thoughts that the entire world has not seen produced in a corner of it, again. As if they drank some sort of wine that led to philosophic thinking, Greeks thought about everything in their world. Whereas in other parts of the world folks conformed to the religions of their people, individual Athenians questioned…
The importance of the pen, the brush and the voice of the artist as a social critic and as an interpretive lens to focus on the intricacies as well as the banalities of inter-human conflict may or may not carry less weight than they did in distant and not so distant past. This of course is a question of perspective; but even in the age of the saturation coverage of wars and insurrections by the apparatus of the mass media, the nuanced touches provided by the evocative poet and the erudite writer can give new dimensions of insight into the…
Friday, 19 October 2012 15:31

Quantum Solipsism: Book Review by Ozodi Osuji

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Fred Alan Wolf, Taking The Quantum Leap. (New York: Harper and Row, 1987), 282 Pages. In this book, Professor Fred Alan Wolf (San Diego State University, California) reviewed the march of Western science, from early Greeks to the loss of reason during the Catholic Church induced dark ages and the return to science that began with Copernicus. He told us what Copernicus did, and then proceeded to telling us a bit about Galileo (demonstrated that the sun is the center of the solar system), Newton (three laws of motion, law of gravity, and with Leibnitz, calculus), Kepler, Tyco Brahe and…
At last, the world is hearing from Professor Chinua Achebe, Africa’s foremost novelist, distinguished intellectual and author of the classic, Things Fall Apart, on the Nigeria-Biafra war. In a new book (There Was a Country – A Personal History of Biafra, New York: Penguin, 2012), Achebe presents a detailed account of what is widely regarded as the ‘genocidal Biafran war’ prosecuted forty-two years ago in which about 3 million people (mostly, unarmed civilians, including women and children) were brutally killed. When you talk about genocide in Africa, most people would eagerly prefer we all look towards Rwanda or Darfur, or…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 09:19

A Woman of Africa: by Nick Roddy

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Book Description Publication Date: 1 Mar 2011 'I am an African woman. That's not a political statement. I am not a Whoopee Goldberg or an Oprah Winfrey, a middle-class American in search of an identity or asserting a political right. I am a woman and I am African. That is all there is to it, and that is my tragedy.' In Douala, Cameroon, an African woman relates her life as a woman of Africa to a white oil company worker. Her story can be seen as an experience which encompasses a range of issues that affect women in Africa today,…
Saturday, 25 August 2012 10:49

Léopold Sédar Senghor

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Léopold Sédar Senghor (born 1906) was an African poet, philosopher, and president of Senegal. He was one of the originators of "Negritude," a "black is beautiful" doctrine begun in Paris during the 1930s. The map of Africa as it exists today owes something to the efforts of Léopold Senghor who took a leading role in the negotiations that led to independence of France's sub-Saharan colonies. He established relations with the former mother country that endure to this day. While asserting the uniqueness and greatness of black culture, the equal in every respect to that of the Greeks and the French,…
Saturday, 25 August 2012 10:43

Daniel arap Moi

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Daniel Toroitich arap Moi was born on 2nd September, 1924 in a small village of Kurieng’wo in Sacho Location of Baringo District. He was named after his father Kimoi arap Chebii a sot clan herdsman whose ancestors had migrated from the slopes of Mt. Kenya. They settled in the Tugen Hills to avoid intermittent skirmishes with the Maasai in the 19th Century. Moi was the 5th child of Kabon, Chebii’s senior wife. Moi was named Toroitich which means ‘welcome home the cattle’ espousing how central cattle were in their existence.At the age of four, Moi’s father died and his elder…
Saturday, 25 August 2012 10:41

Jomo Kenyatta

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Jomo Kenyatta was born Kamau Wa Ngengi at Ng'enda village, Gatundu Division, Kiambu in 1889. He was the son of Muigai and Wambui.In 1896 his father died and Wambui was inherited by Muigai's younger brother Ngengi.That is the union through which James Muigai, Kamau's half-brother was born. Kamau's mother later returned to her parents where she died. Kamau moved from Ng'enda for Muthiga to live with his grandfather Kingu wa Magana who was a fortune teller and medicine man. He took interest in Agikuyu culture and customs and used to assist his grandfather in the practice of medicine.In 1909,Kamau joined…
Saturday, 25 August 2012 10:33

Félix Houphouët-Boigny

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Felix Houphouët-Boigny (1905-1993), president of the Ivory Coast, was one of the first leaders of a successful nationalist movement in the French West African Federation. His policy was based on cooperation with France and moderation in domestic affairs. Felix Houphouët was born in October 1905 in the village of Yamoussokro to an important Baoule family on the Ivory Coast. In 1946 he added Boigny to his family name. Houphouët attended schools at Bingerville and in 1918 entered medical school at Dakar. He qualified as a medical assistant in 1925 and practiced medicine in the Ivory Coast for more than 15…
Thursday, 09 August 2012 08:58

Ahmed Sékou Touré

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Independence Leader and First President of Guinea By Alistair Boddy-Evans, About.com Guide Sékou Touré was one of the foremost figures in the struggle for West African independence, the first President of Guinea, and a leading Pan-African. He was initially considered a moderate Islamic African leader, but became one of Africa's most oppressive Big Men. Date of Birth: 9 January 1922, Faranah, Central French Guinea Date of Death:26 March 1984, Cleveland, Ohio, USA An Early Life Ahmed Sékou Touré's was born in Faranah, central Guinée Française (French Guinea, now the Republic of Guinea), near the source of the River Niger. His…
I urge a sixteenth amendment, because 'manhood suffrage,' or a man's government, is civil, religious, and social disorganization. The male element is a destructive force, stern, selfish, aggrandizing, loving war, violence, conquest, acquisition, breeding in the material and moral world alike discord, disorder, disease, and death. See what a record of blood and cruelty the pages of history reveal! Through what slavery, slaughter, and sacrifice, through what inquisitions and imprisonments, pains and persecutions, black codes and gloomy creeds, the soul of humanity has struggled for the centuries, while mercy has veiled her face and all hearts have been dead alike…
Survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank the International Auschwitz Committee for the invitation to speak to you here today. In my estimation an invitation of this kind is still not something that can be taken for granted. It would be fitting for us Germans to remain silent in the face of what was the greatest crime in the history of mankind. Words by government leaders are inadequate when confronted with the absolute immorality and senselessness of the murder of millions. We look for rational understanding of something that is beyond human comprehension. We seek definitive…
Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd planned to speak to you tonight to report on the state of the Union, but the events of earlier today have led me to change those plans. Today is a day for mourning and remembering. Nancy and I are pained to the core by the tragedy of the shuttle Challenger. We know we share this pain with all of the people of our country. This is truly a national loss. Nineteen years ago, almost to the day, we lost three astronauts in a terrible accident on the ground. But, we've never lost an astronaut in flight;…
The day forever fortunate has arrived, which the French people have consecrated to the Supreme Being. Never has the world which He created offered to Him a spectacle so worthy of His notice. He has seen reigning on the earth tyranny, crime, and imposture. He sees at this moment a whole nation, grappling with all the oppressions of the human race, suspend the course of its heroic labors to elevate its thoughts and vows toward the great Being who has given it the mission it has undertaken and the strength to accomplish it. Is it not He whose immortal hand,…
Thursday, 09 August 2012 06:48

Ronald Reagan - "Tear Down this Wall" (1987)

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Chancellor Kohl, Governing Mayor Diepgen, ladies and gentlemen: Twenty-four years ago, President John F. Kennedy visited Berlin, speaking to the people of this city and the world at the City Hall. Well, since then two other presidents have come, each in his turn, to Berlin. And today I, myself, make my second visit to your city. We come to Berlin, we American presidents, because it's our duty to speak, in this place, of freedom. But I must confess, we're drawn here by other things as well: by the feeling of history in this city, more than 500 years older than…