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Monday, June 11, 2012


By Temple Chima Ubochi ( - Bonn Germany

Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient (Aristotle)
The Colonies . . . are yet babes that cannot live without sucking the breasts of their mother-Cities. . . .
(James Harrington)
One is easily fooled by that which one loves.
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
(George Orwell)
Though thy face is glossed with specious art thou retainest the cunning fox beneath thy vapid breast.
The smooth speeches of the wicked are full of treachery.
He carries a stone in one hand, and offers bread with the other.
With one hand he put a penny in the urn of poverty, and with the other took a shilling out.
(Robert Pollok)
They fool me to the top of my bent.--I will come by and by.
(William Shakespeare)

Before the advent of colonialism, Traditional African Societies were self sufficient; there was no out-of-hand wants, needs and nobody went hungry. The societies then were communalistic in outlook; nobody was left on his or her own. The societies produced enough food and gave enough services to its citizens. Each one of them then (society) took care of and maintained its territory as it deemed fit. One of the things obtained in Traditional African Societies and infact still obtainable in few communities uptill now was/is: When a mother has no garri ( for instance) to prepare for her family, she will borrow some cups of garri from another woman in the village, which she will repay back when she processes her cassava into garri. The women used to have thrift (a savings and loan association) where they contribute money according to their abilities; from there, every one of them having financial problem can borrow money. The contribution is shared at the end of a period and each woman gets according to her contribution. There was also trade by barter; where a woman exchanges her farm produce for other food items and vice versa. Age Grades and Peer Groups were prevalent in Traditional African Societies and helped their members whenever the need arises; they helped their members in building houses, turn-by-turn farming, serving guests whenever one of their own had marriage or any other ceremonies, they helped in chastising and correcting their wayward member(s), infact their roles then can´t be overemphasised. These made life much easier then than what is obtainable now.

The coming of the Europeans changed all that. First, came the so-called missionaries as a prelude to colonialism. Bismarck put it succinctly clear by saying that "the missionaries preceded the colonialists" and that the missionaries came with the Bible in their left hands and exploited the people with their right hands. The missionaries were fraudulent in their attitudes, deceitful in their preaching, they stole in the name of God; it didn't take Africans long to discover they exploitative tendencies, but, not until the damages have been done.
The Europeans said that they came to civilise the "bush people" and to convert the "heathens"; that they brought Enlightenment and Christianity to hitherto backward people. That was a stupid saying from the Europeans. What the Europeans brought about whether through slavery, missionary enterprises or colonialism were mainly pains to the Africans, Africans were never "backward" before the advent of the Europeans, infact, African societies were better organised than the European societies prior to the advent of the Europeans to Africa. The African societies were almost crime-free as any body caught in crime will be ostracised and that shame served as a deterrent to would be crime-committers. The African gods were then very powerful, in that they never wasted time in striking any offender dead; the gods used then thunder as one of the agents of death to evil doers, the society was then cleanse of evils, people were saying the truth knowing fully well that they will incur the wrath of the gods when they become economical with the truth. Now, the African gods are no longer powerful like before, infact the Europeans came and stole some of the African gods and artefacts with the connivance of some Africans who helped them neutralised the powers of those gods before they took them away. Go to museums in New York, London, Berlin, Paris etc, you will see some of those stolen gods and artefacts in form of wooden carvings or sculptures.
The Africans gods are no long powerful as they were, bad people have weakened the hitherto vengeful African gods; in those olden days, the gods were appeased with goats, fowls and most of the sacrifices to them were made with these animals and they worked well for the good of the societies, but, now as people have gotten greedy, so seem some of the gods too; goats and fowls are no longer being accepted by them as sacrificial animals. Those gods are now being appeased only with human blood and human beings are being used for sacrifices and rituals and the gods have allowed the evil ones to hold the societies to ransom. "Civilization" led the people that are supposed to serve the gods to abandon them and Traditional African cultures like masquerade and Age grade initiation ceremonies are almost extinct, save for the few communities that seldom hold them. Having said the above, let me make it very clear that there is only one omnipotent, omnipresence and omniscience God that supersedes all other gods.
Think of the physical and psychological damages slave trade wrought on African and Africans; slavery took an estimated 30 million Africans (mostly the best) away from the continent and that was when the underdevelopment of Africa started, because, those that Africa was robbed of, were the strongest and the most intelligent. When slave trade was abolished, the Europeans decided to continue enslaving the Africans through other means. Then came colonialism, then the hitherto existing African societies that were self-sufficient and well organised, lost all that. The colonialists created townships and cities and people were forced to leave the rural life they know too well and were happy with, for the unknown and uncertain township life, to work for the colonial masters. The African people started losing their identity and self respect. The life in townships brought in hardship to those that were forced to move into them, in that they were forced to be "on the own" without relations to help carry-on the burden of life.
The insatiable appetite for wealth and the inequalities brought about by the Europeans made the society to be un-caring again, different from what was obtained in Traditional African Societies. Now, a person would like to own the whole village or town so that others will be "worshipping" him. Now, everybody is just like an island, on his or her own; some people now are even happy when their neighbours are suffering or are having problems. Gone are the days of love, gone are the days of happiness the way we all once knew. The only thing that can emancipate us is to bring back the love and happiness we once shared or else we will continue losing our sense of direction and our humanness will continue diminishing. What good is a life without happiness, what good is wealth without satisfaction and peace of mind? The Europeans brought useless style of living to Africa; what have suits, ties, women wearing trousers and frying their hairs in the name of perming etc got to do with enlightenment? African culture is being allowed to die, In Europe, you have the carnivals, they brought to us the churches, but, they are not attending their imposing churches, you see most of them in churches only during christmas services.
Some of us are displaying wealth in public glare, but, have failed to secretly visit the motherless babies homes, orphanages, homes for the less privileged, to make donations. Some of us are throwing food away into the dustbins after getting our stomachs filled to the brim, but, forgot that around us are people and most importantly, children that are going hungry for days that would have been grateful to get something to eat from us. At least, we can save those food we waste, cook as we can eat and give out the remaining to those around us not having anything to eat for days. Africans weren't so uncaring before.
The Igbo Organisation I belong to, the Nigeria Igbo Congress Bonn (, made donations to some motherless babies homes in Anambra State last December (just a follow up to the ones we made not too long ago to motherless babies homes in Aba, Orlu and Awka and flood victims in Mozambique). We sent the gifts through our Chairman who went home then and according to him, he was told at one of the motherless babies' homes that the children there haven't eaten anything for almost a week because of no food(s). Come to think of it, children who are not more than six years of age going hungry for days in Nigeria where many people are conspicuously displaying wealth or money as if it is easier to lay hands on the Naira than to get "toilet papers". There is madness in the air in Nigeria. Some of us attend occasions and launching ceremonies to display our wealth so as to be the talk of the town, but, will not give a kobo to those going to bed on empty stomachs.
Now the role of the community and the family in raising up a child has been compromised. What is
obtained in Europe and America is that the state has taken over the role of the family and is not playing it well; because, the state can't be at every family at the same time and can't handle peculiar family's problems with a general solution. That informs the problems the European and American societies are having where a greater percentage of their youths are wayward and delinquent. In Traditional African Societies, every adult member of a village has the right to admonish a wayward kid anywhere and anytime without incurring the wraths of the parents; infact there is a saying that "a child belongs to all and should be raised by all". But, in Europe and North America, kids have gone nuclear up to the extent of calling the Police for their parents whenever they are admonished for wrong behaviour(s); when a mother or a father flogs a child to correct him or her, the child in western world has the right to call a police for the parents and they might lose the custody of that child, if that persists. Parents that correct their kid with a little smack on the buttock seem to love that child and doesn't want that kid to go astray (a corrective measure), but, the western societies see it differently. That has made parents to be relenting in the efforts to raise-up their children the way they want them to be and that's one of the reasons why the society is in decay. Few African societies (big cities) have started towing the western societies´ line in this regard.
In summary, the African societies prior to the coming of the Europeans were such that rejoicing and sorrowing were shared things; when a member of a community or village had cause to rejoice, the whole village shared in his joy and when a member was in sorrow, the people shared in his pains also. The Europeans brought about the senseless pursuit of wealth now an in-thing in African societies and the classification of the people of a society into classes based on how much wealth each person has. What the Europeans did during the slave era was to decimate the African population by taking away millions of Africans. During colonialism, what they did was to cart away African natural resources to power their industrial revolution (using forced African free labour). The African resources stolen by trick by the Europeans are what helped developed their societies.
The European created artificial countries; they lumped together societies or people that had nothing in common (different cultures, religions or outlooks) and called them countries just for their selfish conveniences. That was how Nigeria and almost all the African countries were created and that's why we have been unable to function as a country. Prior to 1914, the northern and southern parts of what is today Nigeria had nothing in common, but, was amalgamated by the Brits without first of all working out how those different societies can live together peacefully. That blunder has been tormenting and haunting us till this minute. This makes it more imperative that a constitutional conference must be called to discuss how Nigeria can move forward; at this point, there is no hope that Nigeria will make it through as a nation unless an urgent action(s) is being initiated to make all have a sense of belonging in it.
The colonialists instituted exploitation as a state policy and the post-colonial African leaders have been carrying it out till this day. When the colonialists gave false political independence (they withheld the economic independence) to the African countries they created, they initiated neo-colonialism; using the African heads of government and the multi-national corporations in exploiting the people for their selfish ends. That's why the Europeans have hands in choosing African leaders that will serve their interests, that's why the multi-national oil companies are only interested in exploration of oil and do cart away the profits to their home countries without caring about the environmental hazards they are subjecting the people of the areas where oil is being explored, to. That's why African raw materials, such as palm oil and kernels, cocoa, groundnut etc are bought by the Europeans at give-away prices, they (Europeans) ship those produces to their factories and bring them back to us as finished products at exorbitant prices. These are colonialism by other means. The African societies haven't been what it used to be since the Europeans´ onslaught on them. Some of us would have loved the African societies as it was vis-à-vis what they are today.

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I am an Igbo, I was born an Igbo, I live the life of an Igbo, I come from Igbo, I speak Igbo, I like to be Igbo, I like to dress in Igbo, I eat Igbo food, my heritage, culture and tradition is Igbo, my parents are Igbo.

Am sorry I cannot help it if you hate my lineage. Am sorry I cannot help it if you detest Igbo, am sorry I cannot help it if you hate me because am Igbo. Igbo is who I am, my name is Igbo and I must die an Igbo.

You see Igbo as a threat, why? You call Igbo rapist, criminals, ritualist, prostitutes, kidnappers. You attribute all negative vices to represent Igbo? Why do you do that? You do because you feel threatened that Igbo might outrun the rest of the tribes. Why do you hate Igbo and despise us? You do that because we are creative, enlightened, hardworking, industrious, genius, intelligent, smart, rich, beautiful and amazing. But its difficult for you to admit it because you feel jealous of my race.

Igbo do not own politics, Igbo do not control the economy neither do we control the natural resources and the common wealth of the nation. You do, we don't and yet, despite the fact that you own everything, we still remain one indispensable race that has outshined the other race in all ramifications.

You fear us because you want to exterminate and annihilate our race, you deny us many things and yet we are stronger, richer and mightier. You fear us because we are everywhere. You fear us because no matter how rural a place might be, when Igbo steps in, they turn it into a Paradise. We have our own resources, which lies in resourcefulness, we do not bother you and your control over the polity, but yet when we cough you and the other race begin to shiver.

Am proud being an Igbo, am proud of my heritage and culture. Igbo means high class, Igbo means independence, Igbo means hard work and strength, Igbo means riches, Igbo means resourcefulness, Igbo means self belonging, Igbo means self esteem, Igbo means pride, Igbo means swag.

Udo diri unu umunnem.
# IgboAmaka
# AnyiBuNdiMmeri

Michael Ezeaka

This is beautiful poetry ...

In response to Alaba Ajibola, the Babcock Lecturer Hate Speech against Igbos.


In Igboland women live apart from their husbands and neither cook for them nor enter their husband's quarters when they are in their period. They are seen as unclean. Even up till today such practice is still applicable in some parts of Igboland especially by the traditionalists. Before a woman can enter the palace of Obi of Onitsha, she will be asked if she is in her period, if yes, she will be asked to stay out.

Leviticus 15: 19-20
When a woman has her monthly period, she remains unclean, anyone who touches her or anything she has sat on becomes unclean.

An Igbo man's ancestral heritage, called “Ana Obi” is not sellable, elders will not permit this. If this is somehow done due to the influence of the West the person is considered a fool and is ostracized by the community.

1 Kings 21:3
I inherited this vineyard from my ancestors, and the Lord forbid that I should sell it, said Naboth.

Igbos have practiced the taking of a late brother's wife into marriage after she had been widowed until the white men came. Now it is rarely done but except in very rural villages.

Deuteronomy 25:5
A widow of a dead man is not to be married outside the family; it is the duty of the dead man's brother to marry her.

In Igboland, there is a unique form of apprenticeship in which either a male family member or a community member will spend six (6) years (usually in their teens to their adulthood) working for another family. And on the seventh year, the head of the host household, who is usually the older man who brought the apprentice into his household, will establish (Igbo: idu uno) the apprentice
by either setting up a business for him or giving money or tools by which to make a living.

Exodus 21:2
If you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve you for six years. In the seventh year he is to be set free without having to pay you anything.

In Igboland , the yam is very important as it is their staple crop. There are celebrations such as the New yam festival (Igbo: Iri Ji) which are held for the harvesting of the yam. New Yam festival (Igbo: Iri ji) is celebrated annually to secure a good harvest of the staple crop. In the olden days it is an abomination for one to eat a new harvest before the festival. It's a tradition that you give the gods of the land first as a thanksgiving.

Deuteronomy 16:9
Count 7 weeks from the time that you begin to harvest the crops, and celebrate the harvest festival to honor the lord your God, by bringing him a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing he has given you. Celebrate in the Lord's presence together with your children, servants, foreigners. Be sure that you obey my command, said the Lord.

In Igboland it's a tradition that the male children are circumcised on the 8th day. This tradition is still practiced till date.

Leviticus 12:3
On the eighth day, the child shall be circumcised.

In Igboland, there is a practice known as "ile omugwo ". After a woman has given birth to a child, a very close and experienced relative of hers, in most cases her mother is required by tradition to come spend time with her and her husband. During which she is to do all the work of the wife, while the new mom's only assignment to the baby will be to breastfeed. This goes on for a month or more. In the Igbo old tradition, at this time, the new mom lives apart from her husband, would not cook or enter his quarters.

Leviticus 12:1-4
For seven days after a woman gives birth, she is ritually unclean as she is during her monthly period. It will be 33 days until she is ritually clean from the loss of blood; she is not to touch anything that is holy.


The Igbo tribe is in a serious problem and danger of extinction for the following reasons:

50% of Igbos are born outside Igbo land. Meaning that those children are not likely to live and work in Igbo land and cannot speak Igbo language but foreign language (Yoruba, Hausa, French, English).

40% of Igbos girls between the age of 25 & 45 are single with no hope of marriage because 35% of Igbo boys live overseas and they have all married white ladies.

75% of Igbo youths leave Igbo land every year in search of opportunities in Yoruba, Hausa land or overseas.

85 % of Igbos have family houses and own investments outside Igbo land. They strongly believe in one Nigeria but failed to know that NO Yoruba or Hausa man has a family house or investment in Igbo land.

Igbos are the only people who believe that living outside their land is an achievement.

Igbos are the only tribe that celebrate their tradition outside their land e.g. Eze Ndi Igbo, Igbo Village in America and this is because they have family homes in foreign lands.

Igbos have failed to know that the children you have outside Igbo land especially overseas will never think of living in Igbo land. So what happens to the properties you are building for them when you are gone?

Igbos are the only tribe who see their land as a place to visit or a tourist site than a place to work and live.

Igbos are the only tribe who instead of promoting and appreciating their culture through movies and documentaries they have sought to ridicule it by portraying rituals, killings, wickedness, love for money and other social vices which were not originally inherent in our culture thereby cursing more harm than actually promoting their culture.

Igbos are the only people who without hesitation believe their history and description when it is told or written by an enemy or a foreigner. E.g. that you do not love yourselves or that you love money.

Igbos are the ONLY largest tribe on earth who fought for their independence and failed to achieve their freedom after 40 years.

Igbos are the only tribe who fails to honour their brave heroes and heroines especially the innocent children starved to death during the Biafran war.

Igbos are the only tribe who embraced their enemy after a bloody civil war and subsequently become slaves.

Igbos do not find it necessary to teach their own version of history to their children.

Igbos fight for marginalisation in Nigeria but has no collective strength or teeth to bite.

Igbos how long are you going to fight for your relevance in Nigeria?

How long are you going to fight for a functional airport, rail networks and other structural establishments that underpin sustainable development?

How long are you prepared to wait for your enemy to guide you to your destiny?

Oh Igbos!
Where are your leaders?

Unfortunately, none of them live and work in Igbo land. If you wish to save the future of your children, your identity, your generation and your race then you need freedom and that freedom is Biafra.

Ukpana Okpoko gburu bu nti chiri ya!

By Chime Eze

The Igbo: We die for causes, not for personalities

Written by Emeka Maduewesi

~on fb. 28th September, 2016.

The Igbo will never die for anyone. We will not even riot for anyone. But the Igbo will die for any cause they believe in because the Igbo have a true sense of justice and a determination to obtain it.

The Igbo will not riot because one of their own lost an election. Operation Wetie was the Western response to a massively rigged 1965 election. The Yoruba doused fellow Yorubas in petrol and burnt them alife. Properties were burnt with occupants. The Igbo will never do this.

In 1983, the Yoruba went on a rampage again over the massive rigging by NPN. Lifes were lost and properties destroyed. The riots were over personalities.

Contrast that with Anambra State where Chief Emeka Ojukwu was rigged out by his own NPN, who also rigged out Chief Jim Nwobodo. The Igbo did not protest because the goat's head is still in the goat's bag.

In the North, ba muso was the battle cry when Sultan Dasuki was imposed on the Sokoto Caliphate. The riot and protest lasted for days and crippled economic activities.

The Igbo will riot over issues and causes. The Aba Women Riot was over Tax. The Enugu coal mine riot was about conditions of service. The Ekumeku Uprising was over British colonialization.

Those of "Ekumeku" ancestry - Umu Eze Chima and Umu Nri - were at the forefront of the struggles for Nigerian independence, with people like Dr. A A Nwafor Orizu and Chief Osita Agwuna serving prison terms. Any struggles the parents could not conclude is continued by the children by other means.

The Biafran war was a response to the genocide. The war in fact was brought upon us. The battlefield was Eastern Region. The war ended in 1970 but the issues and causes were not resolved. That is where we are today.

The Igbo will also jointly rise to fight evil in their midst. They did it in Onitsha in the 1980's, Owerri in the 90's, and with Bakkassi in the 2000.

The Igbo will not die for any man. But the Igbo will stand by any man who symbolizes their cause and their pursuit of justice. Even if the man dies, the struggle continues, and like the Ekumeku warriors, the children will pick up the baton from their parents.

This is the Igbo I know, the Igbo I am, and the Igbo we are. This is my story. Feel free to tell yours.


"My boy, may you live to your full potential, ascend to a dizzy height as is possible for anyone of your political description in your era to rise. May you be acknowledged world-wide as you rise as an eagle atop trees, float among the clouds, preside over the affairs of fellow men.... as leaders of all countries pour into Nigeria to breathe into her ear.

But then, Chuba, if it is not the tradition of our people that elders are roundly insulted by young men of the world, as you have unjustly done to me, may your reign come to an abrupt and shattering close. As you look ahead, Chuba, as you see the horizon, dedicating a great marble palace that is the envy of the world, toasted by the most powerful men in the land, may the great big hand snatch it away from you. Just as you look forward to hosting the world’s most powerful leader and shaking his hands, as you begin to smell the recognition and leadership of the Igbo people, may the crown fall off your head and your political head fall off your shoulders.

None of my words will come to pass, Chuba, until you have risen to the very height of your power and glory and health, but then you will be hounded and humiliated and disgraced out of office, your credibility and your name in tatters forever...”


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