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Eldridge Cleaver, Soul on Ice. (New York: Dell Publishing (1968)192 pages. A book Review by Ozodi Osuji I read Eldridge Cleaver’s book, Soul on Ice during my undergraduate years in the 1970s. In those days I consumed most literature on African-American affairs and did not particularly pay much attention to what Eldridge was saying, for other folks did make the same points he made. Oh, I learned from him that James Baldwin who had been my idol was a homosexual. To cap Baldwin’s absurd life style, I learned that he was living with a white man. The man I had…
On the 2nd December, 2013, the Faculty of Environmental Sciences of the University of Lagos, Akoka, will host the Chartered Institute of Housing's (CIH) Head of Education, Mr Roger Keller, at an event to consult with key stakeholders on the specification for CIH membership for Africa. This event will also mark the official opening of the Centre of Excellence for Housing Studies, which is based in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, University of Lagos, Akoka. The visit by the CIH Head of Education is an important step towards the accreditation of CIH courses at the Centre; which will lead to…
The Soul’s Code by James Hillman (New York: Bantam Books, 1996)335 pages Book Review by Ozodi Osuji James Hillman’s book, The Soul’s Code is a welcome read; it is a refreshing breath of air given the aridness to which science has relegated human beings. In an attempt to reduce human beings to scientific parameters (which requires that every proposition must be observable and verifiable) Western psychology has reduced human beings to their genes and environment. Why are you the person you are? Psychology says that your biological inheritance and social experience made you who you are. You were born with…
Rodolphe Kasser, Marvin Meyer and Gregor Wurst. Eds. The Gospel of Judas. (Washington DC: National Geographic Press, 2006), 185 pages. Book Review By Ozodi Osuji In the 1970s some Egyptians discovered ancient documents that later were seen as Gnostic writings dated to the fourth century AD (other Gnostic writings were discovered in Egypt in the 1940s, the Nag Hammadi Codex; the Dead Sea Scrolls were also discovered in the 1940s). The writings comprise of three books one of which is the Gospel of Judas. That would mean that the documents have been around for 1600 years. The documents were written…
Our brother African Americans tend to place Africa on a pedestal and see it as heaven. In their presence, I am usually afraid to say anything negative about Africa because I understand why they need to see Africa as good. White men had told African Americans that Africa is the home of savages and they are trying to rehabilitate their battered self-esteem by telling themselves that the place they came from is better than the place they are, the West. One generally leaves them to live in that sweet illusion, fantasy really; why pop their balloon and tell them that…
Fidelis Ekeimo, Ndi Igbo and their communities, Umuohiagu-Ngo Okpala, Imo State as case study. (Owerri: Benstel Enterprises, 2011)216 pages Book Review by Ozodi Osuji Africans under the Sahara, especially Igbos did not have written history; they are a preliterate people. Because they did not have written history most Igbos are at a loss about their background. The only thing they know for sure about their past is what has been written down since the advent of the British in their world; that encompasses the late nineteenth century and the twentieth century. Anything that happened in their world before the coming…
Book Title: Nigeria is Negotiable – Essays on Nigeria’s Tortuous Road to Democracy and Nationhood Author: Chido Onumah Publishers: African Centre for Media & Information Literacy, Abuja Pages: 460 Date of Publication: July 2013 Reviewer: Nnimmo Bassey Chido Onumah warns of the truth of this saying a few times in his book, Nigeria is Negotiable: that when history repeats itself, and it happens quite often in places where people do not learn from history, what takes place is a farcical replay of tragedy. It must be said right away that this 460-page book is a work of passion and deep…
As the debate over the deportation of some Igbo from Lagos rages, a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, in this interview tells ALLWELL OKPI that the city was built by the Yoruba and not the Igbo Your articles on the issues arising from the deportation of some Igbo from Lagos to Onitsha have generated much reactions. What exactly did you hope to achieve with those write ups? It’s perfectly natural for write ups that are of historical nature; that seek to bring to the fore and to public attention events in our history to attract various reactions. My purpose…
Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun are billed to unveil a new book, Nigeria is Negotiable, by journalist and author, Chido Onumah. The public presentation of the book takes place in Abuja on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Nigeria is Negotiable, a collection of informed journalistic essays and commentaries, reminds readers of the political injustices and cruelties of an era. It calls for discussions on the way forward,” says Dr. Anthony Akinola. According to Dr. ‘Kayode Fayemi, Governor, Ekiti State, “In Nigeria is Negotiable, Chido Onumah re-maps the contours of the remarkable events…
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,…