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Language is a medium for preservation of culture and civilisation arising naturally from interaction of a people with their ecosystem. The human being, since manifestation on mother earth following the entry of human spirit in the most advanced vehicles provided for his manifestation, was endowed with the...

These are going to be pleasant times. The mighty shall fall on account of injustice and bad faith. Their fall will abundantly confirm the immutability of natural law. That law of reciprocal action cannot be taken for granted. What one sows, one must certainly reap. It has been so for Ndigbo during the last century. I am now in my third generation as an observer of the...

In this instalment, I shall dwell on the pedigree of the author of the work. The lessons in his spiritual and material development are too weighty to be glossed over. Written matter evokes lessons of all types, which must not be missed by readership. No one sets out to write without conviction of the salutary quality of a message, as a medium of sharing thoughts or lessons...

The market in Igboland is an indisputable commodities exchange centre. Farm products, which are prone to denaturing after a few days, find their ways to the market, along with hardware of all types devised by sections of the communities for all types of chores. I have not derived satiety with standing near one of the arteries disgorging men and women into a market circle...

One key common characteristic of our Bantu subculture, which we as Nigerians have allowed received culture to destroy, is our eight-day week. My studies indicate that most African subcultures of the Bantu stock had eight-day week in pre-colonial history. My investigation is, however, ongoing for areas beyond Igboland. Events in Igboland are still marked with the traditional...

The head of family would then summon the kindred and inform them of the passing of a patriarch. Usual rites at every stage required kolanuts, alligator pepper, drinks which should include spirits, and meat. The essence of the meeting of the kindred is to organise to inform the hamlet. It would be the responsibility of the hamlet to inform mother-side cousins of the passage...

At the death of a highly visible member of any community, in Igboland, the nuclear family, as a rule, should present a cow to the community. It is a community measure of the level of relevance of the passing man in the life of the community and maturation of his survivors to rise to community roles after their father. A family that is favoured by nature with male children...

Ordinarily, the term royalty connotes high human pedigree worth revering. In history, it imported connection with kingship lineage, which is hereditary. We now know that so much evil has been attributed to monarchy in the past worldwide that monarchy and royalty can no longer be synonymous. It represents for Whites blue blood worthy to be protected from adulteration by...

The key issue here is that Calabar, Ogoja Rivers State Movement, as I came to learn much later, while I was in Standard Four in Gudi, in 1954. The late Justice Udo Udoma, Senator Udoma’s father, was the leader. The movement was strong. Grievances were genuine against my Igbo nation. Obafemi Awolowo, the strategist, was able to come into the East through support for the...

The minorities all over the world suffer the same fate; they are scarcely in leadership. When they come by leadership at all, they are held to ransom by the majority. The so-called majority ride roughshod on them for a long time using their number to unfair advantage. They are usually a resourceful breed, well attuned to the terrain within which they dwell. Pardon my deduction....