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Tuesday, June 11, 2013


By Michael Nnebe (

Whenever Apostle Paul wants to attack his fellow Jews for their transgressions, he would first give his credentials as a Jew, a Pharisee, and one who studied under Gamaliel. In the same fashion I wish to state that I am an Awka man, kpomkwem! Both my parents, grandparents, and great grandparents were all from Awka, and I have traced my ancestry going back a thousand two hundred years to Nnebeuzo compound at Agulu Umana, in Eziagu local government area of Enugu State. Every four years we go through these routine noise-making, agitating for an Igbo presidency in the next cycle of Presidential election. A few political Igbo heavy weights will make their pronouncements, Ohaneze will concur, and MASSOP will threaten hell fire if this is not accomplished. Uchu gbakwa oru ma oshikete! Yoruba people will read these headlines and shake their collective heads saying, Otio, omo Okoro don begin again o. The Hausas will read the same thing and say, these Nyamiri people sef, wetin make them think say we go let them rule this country.

As sad as these comments may be, the truth is that neither the Yorubas nor the Hausas or indeed any other tribe in Nigeria represent a serious impediment to the aspirations of the Igbos in Nigeria. Our number one obstacle to the Presidency is the Igbo man himself. We have too many chiefs and hardly any Indians in Igboland, and the adage "Igbo enwe eze" is not a misnomer. We truly do not have a unified voice through any organization or individual, and often our politicians are among the finest in Nigeria that money can buy. This Igbo enwe eze mentality has made it impossible for us to unify ourselves under a single candidate in any Presidential election in Nigeria. When Ekwueme came out in 1999, save for the contrary wish of the military, he was arguably the best chance for an Igbo man to attain the highest seat of democratic power in Nigeria.

The Igbos failed to stand with him. After many lobbying and cajoling most other Igbos dropped out to give Ekwueme the maximum chance of success. But, of course, one Igbo man, Jim Nwobodo refused to step down for him and went against him all the way. But Jim did not constitute a serious challenge to Ekwueme. What really made me cry as an Igbo man was on the day of the primaries in Jos when I counted six full fledged Igbo governors (including Odili) as they cast their votes for Obasanjo. Only Mbadinuju, the governor of Anambra state voted for Alex Ekwueme. Well, the rest is now history. I do not think that people's votes should be based on tribe, and I would forgive any man that voted his conscience, but we all know that conscience had nothing to do with what transpired in Jos in 1999. After Babangida's train of cash arrived from Mina, Solomon Lar was financially persuaded to postpone the primaries until nearly three thousand radical delegates (majority of who were ekwueme's supporters) were disqualified. The Igbo governors became the next in line to be bamboozled with money until they towed the finely defined line drawn by Babangida himself.

In early 2003 the Igbos held a historic all Igbo meeting at Okpara Square in Enugu. The only thing in the agenda was how to achieve an Igbo presidency in 2003. This meeting became crucial after the Housas have signalled that they will not back Obasanjo in2003. At this point Governor Orji Uzor Kalu was already in a daily war of words against Obasanjo, and he often fired at the man in Aso Rock with such reckless abandon that I was beginning to think that Orji was probably backed by the CIA or MI5 or Mossad. But he wasn't. Orji Kalu was just a courageous Igbo man, if only he meant well for the Igbos or even his own Abia State, but he didn't. He gave such a rousing speech at Okpara Square that when he finished he was carried shoulder high by Igbo youths who sand and screamed that Orji was the news Igbo face. Akuko! The gist of his speech was that the Igbos will no longer tolerate any Igbo politician that attempts to sabotage the Igbo dream of making an Igbo man the President of Nigeria in 2003.

As Orji spoke at Okpara Square, one of my friends in America was being recruited by Otumba Johnson Fashawe on behalf of Obasanjo to replace Orji as governor of Abia State. A few months after this scheme became known to Orji, and the seriousness of it, he ran to Aso Rock, knelt down for Baba and pleaded for all his sins to be forgiven. Surely he must have sworn to some oath because the PDP primaries took place just a few months after the all Igbo event in Enugu, and Abia State was the first state called to vote, and Orji Uzor Kalu again voted for Obasanjo even as Ekwueme's name was there on the ballot. Not only him, all the other Igbo governors again voted for Obasanjo. Now, even if they had concluded that Obasanjo would win, at least they could have made a statement in line with our agreement at Okpara Square and voted for Ekwueme.

Today Orji Uzor Kalu is once again making rounds across Igbo land and beyond, agitating for an Igbo President come 2015. Many other Igbo leaders including Ohaneze have all spoken on the need for an Igbo President in 2015. Well, the impulse to dream has been beaten out of me by my various experiences in the affairs of Igbo politics. The truth is that most of these bozos out there may not even win their own wards in a free and fair election yet they go about pulling wools over our collective Igbo eyes. Some of them have agendas to become Vice President so they canvass for our support, which presumably they will hand over to one Hausa man that will make them their running mate. Igbo politicians are failing their people in the most alarming way. Since Ekwueme, one Igbo politician in my opinion has emerged unblemished and with a reasonable potential, but like all Igbo politicians he has now squandered all those goodwill because he made one unpardonable mistake.

Ken Nnamani was arguably the last Nigerian that put a stop to Obasanjo's wish to remain in power indefinitely. What he did as the Senate President gained him my personal respect and admiration. Nigerians all over loved him for standing firm when he could have collected any number of billions he wished for to allow Obasanjo his way. I thought, here is one Igbo man that if he remains unblemished and tries somehow to stay relevant, could one day become the first Igbo President. But Igbos are often impatient, and when he pitched his tent with Babangida to run as his running mate in 2011, it became the very end of him politically. He could still be appointed to any post within PDP or even be made a minister, but in my opinion he has lost that abundant goodwill of majority of Nigerians in a Presidential contest.

To ask or even demand for Igbo unity is not asking for the impossible. In 2011 we saw how five Hausas came out in pursuit of their presidential ambitions within PDP. At the end of the day, they all submitted themselves to the Arewa Consultative Forum, who formed a panel to decide which of the candidates would be allowed to represent the North. Even the high and mighty like Babangida himself was humble enough to bow out for Atiku as recommended by the panel. This can never happen in Igbo land, but we will make the loudest noise in our agitation for an Igbo President. Noise alone cannot grant any people their collective wishes.

The Igbos have this collective habit of not honouring their own. Ojukwu was largely forgotten in a rented house at Independence Layout Enugu until a few years before he died. Thanks to Bianca's insistence that those who benefited from him politically should put their money where their mouth is, and finally Casa Bianca was built at the GRA for him. Upon his death we spent hundreds of millions between the Federal Government and the Southeast Governors to give him a heroic burial. Who in Igbo land has ever considered Achebe in spite of his worldwide fame, now that he is dead we will most likely spend a lot to give him a heroic burial. Perhaps we are waiting for Ekwueme to die before we begin to recognize him. We may have to wait a very long time, for this is a man that has found favour in the eyes of the Lord, and may be with us for a long while. While we still have him, we should begin to immortalize him. I have not seen a single significant monument or institution in Igbo land named after him.

And here is another kicker, I have never really taken time to study the claims of Igbo Jewish heritage and there is no biological or archaeological evidence to draw me to a favourable conclusion. But the behaviour of Igbos are not that different from that of the Jews. President Jonathan told us that he is an Igbo man. We don't have to take his word for it. But the man bears two Igbo names (Ebele, and Azikiwe) and we know that upwards of 40% of people from the South South are Igbos. From Delta to Rivers and every state in between, there are many Igbos and many more married to Igbos. I don't know the history of the President personally, but have we as Igbos researched it to find out if indeed he had any Igbo roots? Many Igbos have ruled out such possibility of his genuine Igboness. Rather like the Jews who ruled out Christ saying, "Has anything good ever come out of Nazareth?" Today Igbos are busy scheming with the Hausas to pull down possibly one of their own in 2015.

Is it then possible that like the Jews, the Messiah the Igbos have been waiting for is now sitting in Aso Rock and yet we did not know it, but instead conspiring to hand his head to Pontius Pilate. I am neither a fan nor a sycophant for Jonathan and nobody in Nigeria can pay me enough to write things other than what I believe, but a close examination reveals that this man has been quietly doing several things for the Igbos that no other Nigerian President has done before him. Every one of them from Gowon had promised to build a second River Niger bridge at Onitsha and never delivered. Jonathan went there once as President, promised, and now provided the money in this year's budget to start building it this year. Others have promised to dredge the River Niger, Jonathan has now finished the dredging, build and commissioned a Warf at Onitsha. For more than twenty years they have been promising to make Enugu an international airport, Yar'adua made it one but did not fund the upgrades until Jonathan came and funded it, and now you can fly directly from anywhere in the world into Enugu. And how fitting that Ojukwu's air ambulance was the first international flight in and out of Enugu. For the first time since the war, an Igbo man is now the highest ranking military man in Nigeria. I can go on endlessly while my brothers are out there in Mina and Taraba searching for a Northern replacement for Jonathan, all in the guise for an Igbo President.

Sometimes they make it appear as if this presidency thing is all there is to be. Why is it that I did not see a single Igbo person in the latest Forbes list of richest Africans that included 12 Nigerians? The Jews have never been President in America yet they control everything from Wall Street to Hollywood. Even the Presidency itself is controlled by the Jews, for no American President would deer go against the wishes of that tiny nation of Israel. My brothers, that is real power, and those are the sort of powers we should be striving for in Nigeria, but until we have such powers, and are better united than we are currently, until Abia State stops evicting other Igbo civil servants in Abia, and Enugu stop making other Igbos feel like they don't belong there, etc, etc, our Presidential ambitions would remain only a pipe dream. 

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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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