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Friday, September 11, 2015

Ifeanyi Ubah thrills Ndi-Igbo in America

ON the occasion of the 21st World Igbo Congress Convention in Detroit, Michigan on September 3-6, Chief/ Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, who was the keynote speaker thrilled the audience both during the plenary session and the gala night with a scintillating and passionate address that was intermittently interrupted by thunderous applauses. Indeed, Ubah roused and captivated the interest of the audience with his mannerism and substance of his speech, which many conventioneers nodded in agreement. With his unbridled passion for a strong and cohesive Igbo nation, Ubah beckoned Ndi-Igbo in the Diaspora and Nigeria to eschew bitterness and build up each other.

At the same time, he used the opportunity to admonish those individuals who find it worthy to pant and grow seeds of discord and perennial division among their people. Stressing the need for the roadmap for the future of Ndi-Igbo, Ubah emphasized on the need for impenetrable unity among Ndi-Igbo both in the Diaspora and in Nigeria. Despite pockets of division among Ndi- Igbo, he said that we are strong and progressive people who were created in the image of God. He stressed that we have to tell the story of our successes in various fields. According to Ubah, it is essentially important for us to tell our own story and not let others define us as a people. "We are a resilient people capable of achieving successes under harsh conditions," he said.

Chief Ubah used the occasion to advocate for a regional development scheme in the southeast zone. He challenged the governors in the area to work collaboratively and diligently to embark on the concept of regional development so that economic wellbeing of the people will be enhanced. Ubah also challenged the people in the Diaspora to do more to develop their region. He said that the development of the region, and Nigeria in general, rests with the people in the Diaspora because of their intellect and enormous experience various fields. "You have the expertise to transform Nigeria," Ubah said pointing at the audience.

Dr. Ubah pledged his unwavering support for the administration of World Igbo Congress (WIC) under the chairmanship of Joe Nze Eto. Dr. Ubah said he will continue to support WIC and pleaded with other Igbo wealthy people to support WIC, which he sees as a source of hope for Ndi-Igbo everywhere. To buttress his point, he pledged $500,000 to World Igbo Congress toward the Regional Medical Center of Excellence (RMCE) project.

Reflecting on the convention, Chief Sabi Vince Nweke, the chairman of National WIC Convention Planning Committee narrated his excitement about the success of the convention in Detroit. He began, "I am pleased with the outcome of the convention and I am happy that the Anambra State government sent a powerful delegation, which it has always done." "We have some good dignitaries who came and added color to the event," Nweke continued. "Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah agreed to sponsor the convention bags and banner for the next three years and that was a great accomplishment because we have never had that before;
Chief Ubah really wants World Igbo Congress to be global, to bring every Igbo person to congregate, for example in Israel and he will fund it," Nweke shared. "This is a challenge to every wealthy Igbo man to emulate or partner with Ubah for his vision to build a truly thriving Igbo nation," Sabi added. "I want to take this opportunity to thank and commend the Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano for his support by sending a delegation headed by the SSG, Prof. Solomon Chukwulobelu; I want to thank the former governor of Anambra State for sending three of his former commissioners to represent him; and I thank Sen. Hope Uzodinma, who sent two representatives to the convention," Nweke expressed.
Dr. Ikenna Duru, president of Igbo Cultural Association of Michigan (ICAM) succinctly expressed his joy about the outcome of their hard work to ensure the success of the convention as the host affiliate president. He said, "I believe that the WIC convention was very successful considering all the activities that went on, including the active participation of successful Igbo leaders and professionals, who took time to be involved in the event.
It gives me joy to see the way and manner our people have committed to the enhancement of the social, economic, and political power of our people and pledged to expend resources and time to achieve the goal."

Other people also characterized the convention as substantive, successful, and fulfilling. According to Atty. Cordelia Nwokocha, "The World Igbo Congress convention was very successful. We raised a lot of positive points and Ala-Igbo was represented well especially the Anambra delegation. Chief/Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, CEO of Capital Oil was an ebullient keynote speaker. The Regional Medical Center of Excellence is now within reach for the benefit of Ala-Igbo. Yes, WIC can be better if we all get involved and not stand on the sideline."

The success of the convention was echoed by a first-time conventioneer, Dr. Stephen Uche, a professor of public health. He said, "The convention excited me because this was the first time I participated in WIC convention. Contrary to what I have been reading about WIC, this convention brought to me the realities, visions, and missions that abound in WIC. I am now fully determined to be part of World Igbo Congress because I saw a leadership that has purpose and vision for Ndi-Igbo.

The convention experienced high turnout of quality people, who were energized to pursue the collective Igbo interests devoid of personal aggrandizement."
Similarly, another first-timer, Akudee Ngozi Duru said, "This is my first time of attending World Igbo Congress convention and I am highly impressed with the caliber of people in attendance and the quality of deliberations. More importantly, I am excited that we are able to come together for the interest of our people. I implore everyone to come together and be focused and support WIC."
Dr. C. Morgan Onwenu opined, "In a nutshell WIC convention turned out to be what it should be. The Igbo around the globe came to the convention to discuss Igbo agenda, as well as the way forward for WIC.

We were able to identify some of the challenges facing WIC during the course of the convention. The Igbo who attended the convention provided possible solutions to the challenges. We had prominent Igbo sons and daughters around the globe who attended the convention, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah who was the sponsor of the event delivered the keynote address."

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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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