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Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Chigachi Eke - Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai was a Jew of unusual intelligence who out reasoned Roman General Vespasian whose order it was to lay waste Jerusalem in 69 AD. Unable to unite the feuding Jews of his days against a common foe he decided to go it alone.

Firstly, he never lied to himself. He knew the end was near for Israel as only an unconditional surrender would satisfy the invader. Already the long siege had halved the population by starvation and pestilence. Every night Rome soldiers allowed the dead to be brought out for burial after which the city gates were bolted again. Anyone venturing out would be shot by Roman archers, assuming the defending Zealots failed to kill him first. Secondly, Roman policy of Pax et Securitas for loyalty is matched with war and exile for rebellion. When Nebuzaradan, acting for Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, conquered the Northern Kingdom with its capital in Samaria centuries ago, nothing was heard again of the ten tribes carried into exile. If the remaining two tribes now known as Israel were to survive Roman captivity then emphasis must shift from defending Jerusalem and the Temple to putting in place structures to sustain them in exile.

Jewish history records he risked his life sneaking out of the gates to talk to the Roman man of war. Face to face with Vespasian the sage did not beg for his own life. Neither did he ask for Jerusalem to be spared. He made three innocuous requests to the great white man. The Rabbi had asked that (1) the family of Rabbi Shimon ben Gamaliel be spared; (2) Rabbi Tzadok be given medical attention; and (3) the Sanhedrin which he, Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai, headed be spared promising to reorganize it into a mere institution of learning without political curriculum.

Strange Romans were sticklers for Rules of Engagement not limited to battle field banters with an enemy before a great slaughter. Vespasian was no exception and talking to the old Jew lifted a great load off his mind. He readily granted the wishes before riding off to Rome where the Senate summoned him to become the next Emperor. The Rabbi smuggled himself back into the city for the bloodbath he knew was coming. It would be the responsibility of Vespasian's son, Titus, to raze Jerusalem and carry off the survivals into exile. A thousand, nine hundred and seventy nine years later another old Jew, David ben Gurion, reestablished Israel in 1948 after making similar wishes before powerful white men. As it was in the beginning so shall it be in the end world without end.
This is how the Jewish historians Berel Wein and Yaakov Astor interpret Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai's action: The victory of Rome would be nullified because the line of Hillel (the line of Rabbi Shimon ben Gamaliel) would live and provide spiritual leadership for the Jewish people. By keeping the holy man Rabbi Tzadok alive, Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai relied on the principle that one righteous people can influence and protect an entire generation. Finally, by allowing the Sanhedrin to reconstitute as an academy in Yavne the Jewish people were able to survive throughout the ages.Whereas Vespasian thought he was giving him nothing, in reality he was giving him everything. Despite the destruction of country and Temple, the Jewish people emerged from the conflict with their religious leadership and religious infrastructure intact, elements that would allow them to outlast Rome, not to mention numerous other situations and tyrants in ensuing history.
With the way and manner the gentle Emeka Aseme was kidnapped and murdered alongside a pregnant woman by his own Igbo brothers, fresh bodies floating on the Ezu river, the borrow pit of Mgbirichi converted into a mass grave, Umuada Igbo ululating when abortion was legalized by the Anambra legislature only to weep when Umuulu Igbo mercifully set up baby factories where Igbo children could be born and sold rather than wasting them in abortion clinics run by Umuada Igbo, catholic priests protesting with their parishioners against the appointment of Monsignor Ebere Peter Okpalaeke as Bishop-elect of the Ahiara Diocese but retired for siesta when Moslem clerics incite Boko Haram to kill Igbos, we must concede that we are a besieged nation whose conquest is near.

In other words, the sheep-without-shepherd situation Ndigbo (Igbos are called Ndigbo which means "Igbo people" but their language is called "Igbo") find themselves in this second millennium is not dissimilar to the Jewish experience of the first century AD. Worst, they are entering the long night without bitterness because they are bitter. At the worst of time the Jew still loved his country, "If I ever forget you, Oh Jerusalem, let my right hand wither." The Masada Complex seen in him today is all about patriotism dating back 70 AD. But this cannot be said of the Igbo who vows, "If I ever set my foot there again let Amadioha kill me!" His very village evokes in him not love but anger because of the many attempts on his life.
My thinking here is to come up with measures capable of guaranteeing that Ndigbo outlast globalization, Nigeria, kidnapping, abortion of/trade in Igbo babies and ephemeral democracy. 

In espousing new solution my first impulse is to enquire why this epoch which found a relative fertile ground even in the desert, producing the Dangotes, somehow got sick in Igboland. How come that a people who produced Louse Philippe Odumegwu-Ojukwu are now saddled with lazy bones who murder and blackmail when they're not blaming their dead ancestors for their lackluster performance, how come? When you configure the Igbo man today the picture that readily comes to mind is that of a criminal caught up by nemesis, for what crime? There is a total lack of feelings for his plight. Any attempt at salvaging him must be an exercise in behavioral pathology in understanding his problems which include:
(1) The excessive anger in his heart that tends to frighten friends while reducing him to a predictable opponent before foes. I attribute this to the war crimes he suffered under the Yakubu Gowon government.
(2) His dabbling into global business still trapped in his petty trader mindset. The newly arrived Asian who understands expansion and warehousing has taken over benching him as a security.
(3) The collapse of his family while he idles away abroad. Prolonged separation plays havoc on his lonely wife who must be human, "Person body no be firewood." Fragmentation also makes it possible for his daughter to be sequestrated for commercial baby breeding.

When you carefully reflect on the above you begin to understand why Ndigbo are sliding down the slippery path in tranquility. A people could be destroyed in peace and prosperity and victorious under evil and adversity. South African blacks who underwent the worst kind of evil were triumphant under Apartheid sticking to their culture. Their defeat came with freedom when the black family was destroyed. Under the influence of Steve Bantu Biko's Black Consciousness Movement, Soweto School children burnt down the country in June 1976 than being taught in the white man's language called Afrikaans. But under Thabo Mbeki's democracy thirty years later the succeeding generation rooted for white homosexuality while pouring scorn on Comrade Jacob Zuma for practicing African polygamy. In "Thekwane" the young Xhosa musician called Zahara today warns: "Umuntu ongazi laphumakhona ngekazi la ayakhona/Indake Zulu iyangilandela…./Steve Biko uyangilandela." ("A person who does not know where he's coming from will not know where he's going to/Indake Zulu (African god) is following me…. /Steve Biko is following me"). Likewise, the greatest harm was done us in times of peace and the evidence is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, report warning that Igbo could die by 2025.

Here, then, is a disturbing omission.
For a language spoken by 40 million people to suddenly die on its home soil while its speakers continue to live is to admit that such speakers were not master of their own fate. The implication is that such language had become a burden to be done away with for another that truly empowers them if they were to be socially relevant. Yoruba is not in danger not because Yorubas love it more but because those who speak it are privileged in corporate Nigeria. Again, to say that Igbo could die while failing to admit that Igbos were equally at risk is faulty reasoning. Igbo is in danger because Igbos are an endangered people. Hausa is not on the extinction list because there is no Hausa Holocaust.

The United Nations, UN, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon must closely scrutinize the reports of his own United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR. The demographics of West African refugees of the past forty three years will show that Igbos top the list worldwide for the very fact that they are victims of state sponsored genocide. The Biafran/Nigerian war did not end in 1970. It persists. Now, the wicked thing about war in general is its corruption of moral. This happens when women are forced to compromise if only to save their starving children from its pangs. The moment an invader sleeps with the local women, by rape or consent, he has truly conquered the land. Are women not the custodian of morality? Their corruption, by token of same logic, becomes the worst. At some point in our recent history an event, or the lack of, altered the psychological makeup of the Igbo woman. This brash wheeler-dealer is not the same species that fought the British at Aba in 1929. Call a spade a spade, ho-ha!

A marked people are ever wary and Ndigbo cannot be an exception. Such group responds to their condition by defiantly holding fast to their culture, like South African blacks of the '70s cited above; or deliberately wearing the mask of what WEB du Bois calls "patent defence," like Jews of the Middle Ages. Patent defence involves encouraging their children to learn other people's language while discouraging them from speaking their own because it carries a stigma. It involves using the newspaper to publicly denounce and curse their own race while praising members of the master/superior race if only to advance economically. It involves, also, living two-life where they pretend to be morons while their real selves are mentally imprisoned as a way of staying out of physical prison. Wycliffe Jean captures this ambivalence in "Diallo," "Have you ever died/Only so you can live?"

Only after analyzing the reports of the UNHCR and talking to psychologists on how oppressed people behave would the esteemed Secretary General be in a position to understand why Igbo is on the extinction list and Angas spoken by a quarter of a million people is not. I mean, Ndigbo could not have given up on their language without a life and death reason. They stopped speaking it to remain alive as speaking it killed them, eminent Prof. Innocent Eleazu of Asusuigbo Teta Association International please take note. It logically follows that removing the hazard associated with speaking it is the best medicine a genuinely concerned UN can administer. Start by looking into the social condition of its speakers in the period 1966 till date.

I return to the subject matter, namely, how Ndigbo can survive the present actors and their ghastly prescriptions. The complexity of our situation is such that Ndigbo have no foundation, institutional or ideological, to build a future on. The Japanese domesticated Western technology with their language. Americans have their vast territory and the freedom to make mistakes. A strong leadership ushered Indians into the nuclear club. The English have their Anglican church that does not take orders from any pope. But Ndigbo have neither their language, territory, freedom nor indigenous church. We are a dislocated people perpetually responding to others as we have no cultural compass. The resultant disorientation makes it impossible for you and I to conceptualise a national faith which is the building block of every civilization.

This is where we admit the wisdom of Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai as it reflects our own unheeded existential philosophy. Ndigbo believe death can never wipe out a people; what wipes out a people is stupidity. A "prudent" race will survive a disaster that claims a "foolish" one, in other words. An extended interpretation means that a cautious people under attack will endure while a reckless one will destroy itself even without an attack. Are Igbos prudent or foolish kidnapping and killing their greats whose opinions are respected at the UN, World Bank and world capitals? Will Ndigbo endure or perish aborting their unborn and selling the born? Our indigenous belief meets the Rabbi's half way as both agree that common sense can nullify any catastrophe in the life of a nation. How then do we apply this to the Igbo condition?

Every person is imbued with qualities natural to him. Likewise, every given group is known for a particular preference. Ndigbo have certain negative/positive traits peculiar to them. To transcend we must carefully filter out our negatives while emphasizing our strong points. I list these positives as our (1) spread or Diapora (2) imitativeness or creativity, and (3) industry or entrepreneurship. These qualities constitute the Igbo quiddity; being activities Ndigbo love doing without compulsion or prompting. Based on newspaper reports, I profiled ten Igbos caught doing serious crimes as well as those who legitimately achieved milestones by examining the interplay of these positives in their circumstances.
The Igbo with attributes 2 and 3 less 1 is dangerous. He kidnaps at home.
The Igbo with attributes 1 and 2 less 3 is redundant. He peddles drugs abroad.
The Igbo with all three attributes is resilient. He is resourceful at home and abroad.

Logically, therefore, if Ndigbo must see the light of tomorrow care must be taken that all three attributes are working simultaneously for them. Nos. 2 and 3 must be encouraged wherever No. 1 takes them to. It simply means establishing more Igbo markets at home and abroad, in particular, since commerce is their second nature.

For the umpteenth time I call on Igbo governors to intervene in the economic live of Ndigbo by using state fund to build Igbo markets overseas. China and India are doing just that. When they build their shopping plazas they lease only to their citizens who are then launched into the mainstream of their host country's economy. Lift the siege by creating the enabling environment for Igbos to carry out legitimate business and these talks about drug trafficking, defrauding others, kidnapping and trade in Igbo babies will stop. Any Igbo who is economically self-reliant in Berlin, Miami, Prague, Ikeduru, Johannesburg, Sidney, Dakar, etc, constitutes that "righteous people" to influence and protect the entire generation.

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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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