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Language bigotry and deletion of African civilisation

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 spoken word which enabled him, as time wore on, to identify items on ...

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Ndigbo: No entreaties, no apologies!

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 ...

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Alabi-Isama’s Tragedy of Victory: A review (2)

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 ...

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The market in Igboland (2)

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 ...

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Market in Igboland (1)

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 week. An event ...

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Cow for the community (2)

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 ...

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Cow for the community

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 ...

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The tragedy of royalty in Igboland

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 unbecoming ...

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Hail the regime of Nigerian minorities! (2)

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 ...

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Hail the regime of Nigerian minorities!

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 ...

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Draft Igbo agenda in Nigeria project (2)

By MAC Odu 2.2 The legislature, replete with inexperienced lawmakers, have for themselves as much portions of the commonwealth as they can conscript by increasingly disastrous legislation and get away with it. They net in capital for further forays in power with legislative swindling, resulting in weaker and weaker economy bereft of real sector growth. 2.3 Power has for decades ...

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Draft Igbo agenda in Nigeria Project (1)

By MAC Odu Preamble Certain weighty statements have to be made on the Nigeria Project to clarify the import of this document. 1.1 Ndigbo were in the forefront of Nigeria’s leadership elite during colonialism and shortly after Independence. The political elite of Ndigbo set their sights on Nigerian leadership and did precious little to provide appropriate cognateness for growth of ...

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Biafra as a metaphor (3)

Those who want to depend on national resources for their group welfare and happiness are doomed to irrelevance in an increasingly productive world. Those who claim leadership as their right with eyes on national resources to share among their kinsmen are less than human in the final analysis. That is why it is imperative that the Federal Government should be ...

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Biafra as a metaphor (2)

By Mac Odu Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Action Group (AG) had made inroads into National Council of Nigeria and the Camerouns (NCNC)-controlled areas of the East as reprisal for NCNC inroad in the West. Campaign of calumny against Ndigbo was critical in Awolowo’s entry. Chief Michael Okpara, premier of Eastern Nigeria at the time, denied the minorities in the South ...

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Flashback: Biafra as a metaphor (1)

By Mac Odu It has become necessary to examine the metaphor of Biafra for the purpose of resting the anxiety of youth of Igboland in the widest sense. I write as an agent of the cause and essence of Biafra. I was a key player in the effort to mobilise the people of former Eastern Nigeria to resist social schism ...

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Dissolving African communal bonds (2)

Ondelible Notes with MAC Odu Kindred are microcosms of the hamlet. Hamlets are the lowest political units of villages. They comprise all adult males within the hamlet. It is the unit that addresses law and order in the entire hamlet. It constitutes three arms of government for the various kindred. The senate of elders and holders of ancestral staff, the ...

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Dissolving African communal bonds (1)

A large proportion of our social decay can be placed squarely on cross- pollination of cultures resulting in a continued trend of dissolving communal bonds. Communal bonds woven at all levels of society by tradition pervaded Africa. Segmented societies were ruled by elders. No one took on territorial expansion in search of larger areas of influence for a long time. ...

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Solution to insecurity (2)

By MAC Odu Policemen who come into money by taking bribes harvest discomfort for themselves and their families. Politicians who subvert the will of the electorate will know immense hardship thereafter. It may not come immediately after the act. It is even more forbidding when life is involved in a quest for power. The origin of the felony will not ...

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Solution to insecurity (1)

People who strive for positive goals in communities are not revered anymore as youth form bandwagons for miscreants whom they hold as role models. This tendency must cease forthwith. No one benefits from using villains of a community as role models. It only prolongs the hardship of a community to celebrate wrong conduct. There is no joy in learning to ...

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The National Assembly as an anomie (2)

By MAC Odu A good number of legislators tasting public power for the first time leave the main task of legislation and dabble into executive arms of government propelled by in-house greed, to feather their nests for future elections. They watch executive budgets with eagle eyes and spend valuable legislative time pushing projects for a cut to augment their outlandish ...

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Language bigotry and deletion of African civilisation

With Mac Odu 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 spoken word which enabled him, as time wore on, to ...

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Potpourri

With Mac Odu Ndeze Mbaise: Confused in function The passing of Eze E. O. Osuagwu last year threw up amazing conflicts between roles of custodians of culture and tradition, and bigots of received religion. He had been a Knight of St. Mulumba (KSM) of the Catholic faith for longer than he had been Eze (monarch). As an Eze, he fully ...

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Potpourri (7)

With Mac Odu Projected gains of Imo Co-operative Summit The first ever Imo Co-operative Summit has been firmly slated for April 25 and 26, 2013 at Heroes Square, New Owerri. All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), in co-operation with Ministry of Commerce, Imo State Government and EHF (Owerri Municipal) Co-operative Union, has hatched a summit that will grant a new ...

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Potpourri (6)

By Mac Odu Still on pardon for Alamieyeseigha General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) may have been a Maradona. He has enough nostalgia about his two-party decree not to want to identify with a glaring diminution of integrity imported by the ‘pardon’ of a felon who actually hurt people of his constituency so deep when they needed some comfort from Odi ...

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Potpourri (5)

The social cost of looting Let us reason like children without preconceived notions here. That is what Nigerian leaders should really be to start appreciating the futility of corruption. Using the latest Maina case as a focus, let us somberly examine the social cost of denying a large number of retirees their entitlement through the wicked act of making free ...

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