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Friday, February 21, 2014

Before the Americans, the Igbo were Yankees!

The greatest twin tragedy that befell the Igbo, post Biafra is in the completely misguided Obasanjo/Murtala Muhammed dictatorship. One arm of the tragedy is what these men did to the Igbo, believing falsely, they were victors, over the Igbo. The other, is that the Igbo, and this includes their philosophers, historians... poets, became infested accordingly.

The infestation resulted in a split-personality disorder they did not quite know whence it came. Today, nearly all of them are confusing the psychology of defeat with the defeat of psychology. To them, light and truth lie in the ways and shadows of the victor, even if she is a false and forged victor. That is the Igbo scholar is the very compounding of his people's tragedy, post Biafra. They brilliantly refuse, are unable or are seduced; offices, contracts and all, not to understand. Perhaps they have never heard of David Hilbert. We must know. We will know.
So what did Obasanjo and Muhammed do? Following the Murtala coup, the duo as triumphal co-Caesars marched into Igbo heartland and decided to infest us with a statutorily fixed traditional leadership, as perhaps, is Ogboni and Arewa, unsolicited. Perhaps, to them it was their duty to pass on the civilisation of the victors to the vanquished. It was akin for them, to the duty of Rome unto the barbarians, in Latinising them. And Rome, at least, had a civilisation to convey. But what exactly did a Muhammed and an Obasanjo bring to civilisation? We are personally at a loss to point to any thing. And to worsen matters they papered over things in their newly founded apocrypha; we are one Africa, one people. This was apparently the excuse upon which they staged the political and structural despoliation and robbery of Igbo land; of grafting formal kingdoms onto Igbo root and branch republicanism. That is they legislated into Igbo, their own native ways of the Ogboni and Arewa, on the internal colonialist pretext, we are one Africa, one people and that they won a war. All these of course are false and forged at best.

Yes, there is a historical fog worth clearing. First, the North and the South West did not win any Biafran war. This much, though hidden from the public, is certain and known to those who should know. For purposes of correctness of records, it was the British who won the war. It also was the British that campaigned for and triggered the war, perhaps regretting it and its outcome today.

Factually and with records of proof, the North under Yakubu Gowon had planned, purposed and carried out a generalised mass murder of the Igbo, with a purpose to flee into the autarkist Arewaist kingdom. (The revenge coup it must be put on record was a senseless reaction, to the equally senseless, selective and thuggish murder, of selective others, northerners and westerners, by Nzeogwu and company. Both are condemned and condemnable).

Then the British held the North back and convinced them that this rather is their finest hour. We shall, the British promised, bless you with the blessing of an inheritance, the like of which you couldn't have imagined. That inheritance is the current state of Nigeria as a rump of the British Empire.

It must be remembered that it was the British that advised, convinced and or bewitched Gowon that Africans were essentially sub-humans, and that it was proper in the cause of re/creating an African state, to kill and maim millions of them, the innocent, the child and the babies included. In fact, the logic of the British, which Gowon bayed for is; if one emptied by mass murder a nation-space of black peoples and secured it as a state, all is well and the world is round. Gowon became a convert and practitioner and even proselytiser. This accounts in part for the disingenuous Awolowo holy quip, that to starve the millions, the babies, the nursing mothers, fellow citizens, as to secure and prosper a mere geographical expression, is a gold standard of nation building, so long as the details are African, and perhaps non-Yoruba. And the British armed them, the coalition to fulfill this mission. And they did.

Meanwhile, it must be understood that by the time the British propped up Gowon to kill seven million, that was the British target by one account, the same British would never tolerate the killing of one European as to secure a border. If seven British citizens died it would have been a world calamity. But of putting millions of black people to death, they encouraged their good black boys? Of course the death of millions of black men and women will help whiten the nations of the world. And Gowon and company were obliging agents.

That is the victory of Gowon or the North and the South West was the victory of agents, was a victory bequeathed to them by the British. This it is worthy to remark explains in part the inability of these victors, so called, to run Nigeria. Their inheritance, despite pretenses, is simply greater than them. It is just similar to the issue of a minor, who in coming into inheritance squanders it all, like he would have his set of toys. Africans are our junior or kindergarten brothers, the white man says and Gowonic-Nigeria looks like a solid proof.
It is this mix-up of agent, as principal, that has colluded with earlier European prejudices to misinterpret Igbo history. Suddenly, grossly uninformed citizens of Nigeria from the North and the South West came about the regrettable lie that Igbo had no empires in the past. It is important that we remark that they were not speaking as if this was fact. No they were speaking as if the fact represented all the truth there is or could be. So their report was not just quantitative, it was a qualitative and judgmental error.

Yes, it was largely people, like Femi Fani-Kayode that told the empty tale of fury and nonsense. And one never bothered, after all these men were legendary for their lack of mental coherence. Additionally, that one won a war does not make one, a man of the superior culture. Genghis Khan overran much of the Islamic/Chinese kingdom of his time and Rome overran both Athens and Jerusalem. Even if this is lost to Igbo historians and poets, we repeat; the throne is not a faculty.

So when winners form a church and set up a chapel deifying power and victory, then the end is nigh. The duty of good men is to roll back the evil church and its preachments. And that is, we must never allow power to philosophize, or the philosopher to be armed in aid of logic.
That was why when we read a columnist, snooper, in whom we are well pleased, go along similar claims we were truly alarmed. Has the philosopher been seduced by induction into his age? He writes almost as elegy; "not known to have built great empires in the immediate past, the Igbo ...." Perhaps, to foreclose on further errors we have to speak out.

Now the question is as follows. Is there an iron law that every society that was well-achieved built empires? Of course, the answer is no. There was no Jewish empire in all their history. And no peoples or nations have bequeathed more to mankind than the Jews and the Greeks. The Greeks too never built an empire. Macedonians were never Attic, or even Greek. At best they were questionable and outlier Greeks, indeed barbarians, or as Yoruba may have said are okes. Being Attic or Greek is an idea and is not just a matter of provenance.
Of course, it is not in any way imaginable that a Diogenes, a Socrates, a Plato would have lent themselves to the self-debasement of being thugs, and of wanting to dominate or rule over others outside their consent. These men were the first cosmopolitans.

It is true Aristotle lent and rented out himself to the thug, Alexander of Macedonia, but this was in direct contradiction to the advice and will of his superior and master Plato. Of course Aristotle is pure Greek. But the same Aristotle is notorious as a careerist. In fact, Plato, we may all recall, foresaw this and dismissed him as a foal, the ingrate who would kick even his mother to death, if only to prosper his least career gain.

It is in this light of centres of scholarship, of cultural fertilities, of the Jerusalem of Christ, of the Athens of Diogenes, that the achievements of the Igbo need to be understood and never be slighted or reported mournfully, as those who allegedly built no empires. Who ever needed an empire, save a Caesar and his court jesters?
That is historically, the Igbo missed nothing and have lost nothing in not allegedly having built an empire or ran tyrannical systems. Our institutional belief in the inherent equality of men before Ofo is and has been before old Europe fled to institute such in America, and become Yankees. It is a global standard everybody is returning to; the nobility first envisioned and practiced by the Igbo. We should be congratulated for our prescience and not belittled. And the best is to expect others, either consciously or otherwise to turn up Yankee Americans or Oru-Igbo whichever of the two synonyms they choose.
We will give one further example of pre-pilgrim fathers, Yankee vision of the Igbo. For many Igbo, the Oru are the Igbo who live by the banks or across the banks. Yet this characterisation is meaningless. In fact, the underlay of Oru in Igbo cosmology is that Oru is a world, the new world which the Igbo constructed as a cultural EPZ.
So Oru was a free land, a kind of America, where peoples unfettered by the burdens of being Igbo, may reach out to new visions and vistas, attend to and interact with brave new others. In that sense, Oru is what America is to the old Europe. Oru was the new but exotic world for high cultural experimentation and re-export, back to the Igbo heartland. Just as America has prospered Europe by the experimentations, that was to be possible only in the new world, Oru was set up by the Igbo to filter in choices that are to prosper and enrich Ndi-Igbo in a new composite world of Oru na Igbo. This is similar to what you have in America/the new world, and Europe/the old world, which together constitute the West or their own Oru na Igbo. That is to say Igbo were Yankees again before Americans.

That is, historically, the Igbo missed nothing and have lost nothing in not allegedly having built an empire or ran tyrannical systems. Our institutional belief in the inherent equality of men before Ofo, is and has been before old Europe fled to institute such in America and become Yankees. It is a global standard everybody is returning to; the nobility first envisioned and practised by the Igbo. We should be congratulated for our prescience and not belittled. And the best is to expect others, either consciously or otherwise to turn up Yankee Americans or Oru-Igbo, whichever of the two synonyms they choose.

We will give one further example of pre-pilgrim fathers, Yankee vision of the Igbo. For many Igbo, the Oru are the Igbo who live by the banks or across the banks. Yet this characterisation is meaningless. In fact, the underlay of Oru in Igbo cosmology is that Oru is a world, the new world, which the Igbo constructed as a cultural EPZ.

So, Oru was a free land, a kind of America, where peoples unfettered by the burdens of being Igbo, may reach out to new visions and vistas, attend to and interact with brave new others. In that sense Oru is what America is to the old Europe. Oru was the new but exotic world for high cultural experimentation and re-export, back to the Igbo heartland. Just as America has prospered Europe by the experimentations, that was to be possible only in the new world, Oru was set up by the Igbo to filter in choices that are to prosper and enrich Ndi-Igbo in a new composite world of Oru na Igbo. This is similar to what you have in America/the new world, and Europe/the old world, which together constitute the West or their own Oru na Igbo. That is to say Igbo were Yankees again before Americans.

All this may sound exotic even to several Igbo scholars. But their disabilities are known and not peculiar to them. It is the problem of province-bounded scholars, coming against the ingrained orthography or halo of metropolitan powers. These powers come in the guise of curriculum administrators of the present stock of "world knowledge". These administrators, it is worthy to note, are the men who fix what is to be known, and even more importantly how it is to be known.

Now, the first great step of all colonists is to disparage the underwriting culture of their client nations or provinces. It is upon this trickery that colonised peoples are administratively grouped as barbarians, or taunted as inferior cultures. And it appears "self-evident", even if false, after all you have been defeated. The book Orientalism by the Arab-American sociologist, Edward Said, is worthy of your time dear reader.

And examples abound in history, cataloguing the ways of the empire in distorting the existential credibility of the conquered. That is why every translation and transmission of originary or generative concepts, words or categories from the province, is studiedly diminished or belittled. It is in this light that one has to appreciate the why and how there was no mention of Christ by imperial educators, historians, poets, dramatists, thugs... fools in Rome or their agents in Palestine. In fact, they so diminished and belittled the Christ phenomenon in their imaginations, it may never have existed. This is the key to not reporting or historicising Christ by Rome. To them, Christ was just another jester and His message, if so dignified, is all humour, not worthy of the attention of conquering and mighty Rome. And to recall that the Jews never had an empire, what barbarians, the Romans will charge in further derision. Is this too far from the unjust levy on the Igbo that they failed in an examination they never took, that they failed to fabricate an empire when the Ofo specifically canvasses, even rules against it? Wholesomely put, we don't need kings and empires, we already have Ofo.

So, the colonialists, external or his internal cousins are set on a mission, which is to translate, perhaps, truncate Igbo language and concepts say, into forced English on one hand, and to run Igbo history say, as if it was created to be an imitation of the thuggish history of colonial or conquering masters. It was, to give a classic example, like trying to interpret the bible as if it was a parchment of Ovid or Virgil; or portray that Moses was a Jewish Romulus. The assumption here is that the metropolitan language and history are supreme and contain all human experiences. This is, of course, false. And Ezra Pound was quick to tell us so. He writes; "the sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language and no single language is capable of expressing all forms and degrees of human comprehension." As it is for language, so also it is for experiences and for histories one can easily conjecture.

So, in a sense, the hierarchal positioning or perception of contact-societies may have to be altered for translations or comparisons to be truly meaningful. To aid in this, the British translator and theoretician, Arthur Waley, made the distinctions; (1) of philological translation, that is translation, corresponding to what the originals meant to the age in which they were created, and (2) of literary translation, that is translation, as the originals are currently interpreted. We must add a third, and we call it sociological or brace translation. And that third is translation, as it could have evolved in meaning, if its host or producing society was equal to the other metropolitan communities. That is, it is to be a translation in which it is supposed that English say, was a language in use in a parallel universe that, perhaps, never colonised the Igbo, say.

But a more practical way of sociological translation is to translate, say Igbo into English (as if the Igbo were the imperial powers and why not, at least, even if only imaginatively). If you do, what you will get is a revelation. Why? It is because there is always the diffidence that robs the unwary province-struck scholar and stops him from knowing that he and not Rome could be the cosmopolitan, the Attic, the Greek. What Rome, the imperial capital, may be, is metropolitan. Being cosmopolitan is any man's game. That is why Christ came. The greatest man, who ever was, really was the son of a provincial carpenter, whose peoples never built a Coliseum. And Christ never left Palestine, a Roman backwater region. And Christ never visited or knew Rome, the Abuja or Washington of his day. And Christ didn't have to. In fact, it is our game and gain that Christ never did. Yet he, not Caesar, was the most cosmopolitan of men. In fact, to be Caesar, to be empire, is to be only metropolitan (slime) and hardly more.

If one thought of it further, one could like the constitutional lawyers ask, what are the intentions of the Igbo fathers say, in founding Oru, in preferring and running a Switzerland-style web-loose federation, presciently? Are there clues and hints, as embedded in her extant, especially organic records, like proverbs, fables, tales, histories and above all patterns of re/migration? What would Oru have grown to be, if we imagined a world where the intercourse or rape by the British overlords of our maidenly Igbo, did not lead to the abortion of our development, from its internally guided rhythms and trajectories? These are the important and vital steps to institute if we are to recover the existential glory that our fathers founded and purposed for us.

Perhaps, this is the hour to put it on notice that the greatest, the finest works of human imagination, were all under the auspices and inspiration of anti-empire sentiments. The Bible/New Testament, Tao, Ofo and E=MC2. Of the last or of its consequences, Einstein himself specifically confirmed, he wouldn't have ventured, were it not to stop Kaiser, sorry Hitler.

And it should be reminded all of us that the Igbo, through Ofo, has provided two of the profoundest Cartesian or working coordinates, perhaps, working graces, if you liked, ever. They are in: Eziokwu bu ndu and Ikuku bu ndu. The two defining coordinates translate; truth is the breath of life and freedom is the breath of life. With these two holy testaments, a people can achieve anything, anywhere and anytime. And we can confess we are beneficiaries of this, as is Chinua Achebe. Things Fall Apart is a quintessential production of Ofo, just like our brace theory of Minorities as Competitive Overlords. All that is needed is to join as one with the two, and you three shall be made a trinity, shall be made a generative whole. Whether in religion or in mathematics, the power of trinity or generative wholeness, if properly understood and deployed is unstoppable. It is what led the Americans unto being the greatest power on earth. It is the secret of Jewish genius. It is open and free to Igbo and Oru, to Jews and goyim. The point is, don't believe; appropriate it. It works. Its flipside is the terrific reminder that he who lies, dies, whether it is in Ofo or in Christ.

Perhaps, what we should be doing now is to abolish, repackage and return to sender, to OBJ and Murtala, all these traditional rulers and their princes they infested Igbo land with. May be, their own people will need them. What Igbo need now or needed in the past, as never before, are not kings and princes or empires. What the Igbo need now, are physicists, mathematicians, philologists, historians, computer geeks, etc., if only to make or win the race to produce the black, or if you liked the Igbo bomb, maka ndi uta. So, let the victors keep their Rome and allow us our Jerusalem; let them keep their Emirate or Oyo Empires and we preserve, are preserved and prosper in our Ofo na Ogu. We are sufficient and well pleased in these and no parties need be troubled. Yes, that we are one country, may be a new fangled religion, Gowon et al. But that we are one people, one culture, is pure apocrypha. And we need not worship by these lies. Or we die.

On a final note on empires or lack of empire-type historical credits, we close with this quotation, obviously Christian, but to be better read as metaphor. Sinners shall never find rest; the righteous do not need it. Ahiazuwa.

Minorities as Competitive Overlords, by Jimanze Ego-Alowes

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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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