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Monday, December 7, 2015

If proof was ever required, then this is one: Architecture is destiny

MANY years ago, we were members of a seminar class led by Dr. Uter Gide, a French professor. He was teaching us Things Fall Apart, written by Professor Chinua Achebe. Before then we had considered ourselves some kind of authorities on the works of Achebe. And now the French professor gave us a shellshock, something we escaped from in Biafra. It came in the form of a question: Why is Things Fall Apartso successful, such a global hit?

Of course, there was no shortage of suggestions. And there were nearly as many as there were attentive seminar students. But for the French professor, it was in the architecture. Achebe's genius, to quote him, was his uncanny sense of the deployment of (s)pace and movement. So, Things Fall Apart supplies you the illusion it is a pond, a series of ponds. 

Yet on stepping in you feel it is a great flowing river, leading you away to the untapped, and deepest of oceans. In a sense, it reads like a group of themed short stories and also an integral novel. Within this dichotomy, you can mine a universe he held. Genius, the professor continued, was in created differences, potential differences, pressed to yield their treasures. This is the internal secret and logic ofThings Fall Apart. This is the point at which that great work of Achebe falls together, he concluded, with a wry, an all-knowing smile, only the French can forge.

Of course, Things Fall Apart was not the only subject on the curriculum. The French professor also taught us about Feudal Societyby Professor Marc Bloch. Generally, it is held that Feudal Society is one of the half a dozen greatest historical works since Thucydides completed his masterpiece.

What is impossible to imagine is how Professor Bloch managed an unbelievable super abundance, an ocean-load of data, philosophy, literatures, insights and more into a mere volume. The miracle again, said the professor, was in architecture.

Jimenez, he called out, perhaps, thinking I have Spanish ancestry, architecture is destiny and the rest is in emptiness. Jimenez, our destiny is in our architectures and how we mine emptiness for gold, for treasures. Jimenez, now the difference between hell and heaven despite popular ignorance is not in the crowdedness of hell and spatial freedom of paradise. No, the difference is in their architectures. Hell is a default architecture driven to consume and destroy its producer inputs, which may be citizens. Paradise is designed, sites and services, to grow and prosper her habitués, her producer agents. So in hell, the world and or its world, in spite of whatever heroic efforts fail and are doomed to fail. But in paradise even the least effort is given the greatest leverage and things thus of their own come into glory. It is all in architecture, Jimenez. To be in hell is to get the architecture wrong. It is not so much as to have sinned (as Adeboye may canvass). The sinning is in lack of creative and or architectural gifts or genius (perhaps, that is why Madubuko, Oyedepo Inc., all preacher-architects, must make interesting characters).

(As a rule, kids in Ajegunle are more cantankerous than their Ikoyi counterparts, yet have one common humanity. The difference is not in their father's wealth, stolen or otherwise. It is architecture. Face-me, I Face-you architecture is a default training ground for aggression, for coup makers, for thuggery etc.)
Jimenez, without architecture, all non-simple, non-linear systems, not excluding human societies turn into chaos. They additionally take charge and will be converting effort into load. So, even if the sheriff ever did good, even for himself, it would self-degrade into evil and abscess for all, for the system.

And nothing proves this better than the foretold failures of APC and Buhari. The point is that Nigeria as an architectural or architected chaos, is simply put, not governable. The fault is in its architectures. It thus will be easier to govern and organise hell than Abuja, Lagos or Nigeria. And to organise hell at all, you needed the genius of Satan. Yet the guys tinkering at things in Abuja are human, all too human. Things are thus destined to crash like Nigeria's Stock Exchange after Soludo, the economic sheriff came and sold us naked into the financial cold.

That is why it is funny when you see rather intelligent people adorn Awolowo, Bello, Zik, Okpara, etc. with special haloes. It is as if they are suggesting that these folks are from some strange planet, or that some other gods created them. The point is that these guys worked wonders under an architecture created by the British. Now, the British did not just come with Maxim guns. The Brits are a civilisation, heirs to the glories of Greece. That is following the Attic way, the architecture the British bequeathed us was not just creative, it was civilisational and civilising. It was what gave the bounce and leverage to whatever it was that the founding fathers, so-called, ever did. It was what made them the rightly guided caliphs, or the just heirs as it were.

Now, coup adventurers came and thought that muscles can make up for brains, that all that the thug required were good intentions. To summarise, all they did was to destroy that "Parthenon'', the near divine architecture that civilises and makes of us achievers.
So, these coup makers thought that the state was like a tuber of yam, to cut and be scrambled for. And they cut the great tuber into pieces without any overarching strategy. All what was important to these coup-makers and coup-made Generals was that they stole the most slices of yam and other tubers; local governments, senatorial seats, states, etc. for their own states, peoples and religions. And Nigeria as a political space became anti-creatively, anti-architecturally unbalanced, unhinged and thus ungovernable.

The lesson is that there will never be a time when guns may replace brains or muscles be passed off as genius. A soldier in fatigues is not a god. A soldier with a gun is not a genus of any special kinds at all. The men who are nearest to the deities are the philologists, the mathematicians, the historians and the logicians. In a word, it's the men of the faculties, not the barracks, no matter their bleeding hearts. Even to bleed is then a sign of immaturity, a sign that the man's hearts need further intensive-care observations. So, how can he who is to be saved come to save another?

So, those who are agonising that Buhari and APC are spending four or 4000 days or just anything in-between junketing the universe, that they have failed their promise to pay N5000, that the usual fuel queues are back are missing the point. With the architecture of power Buhari inherited and which he has consolidated, he has castrated himself and his party. He cannot any further consummate power. Nigeria in his hands, like hell, will only be self-destructive.

In the end, it is quite brilliant of Buhari to be sojourning abroad rather than stay at home and be overwhelmed by the problems that are as ancient as Gowon and Nzeogwu, which though in a greed and grab for unitary powers he is intensifying.
Anyway, there is now only one way out. It is to go in the way of the French professor or of the book, Things Fall Apart. That is the only way we can hold things together in Nigeria. And we can assure if we are able to create a masterpiece - nations, at least, great nations, are architectural masterpieces, of power and not just geographic artifices; America is, so also is Singapore and the rest. Biafra too was and that accounts for why we did great and mighty deeds under her - then Nigeria will begin to mint great men like the Awolowos for the West, the Okparas in the East and the Bellos of the North.

Meanwhile, the smartest thing to do is to tighten your seat belt. You are in for the bumpiest ride ever, a one chance ride, on the political hit and run highways that is Nigeria. Ahiazuwa.
RE: Knowledge is also in being less ignorant

Dear Jimanze, you have to forgive people for not challenging Ben Bruce for his unfortunate analysis on which part, the South or North, depends more on the other; for some reasons. The first is that only research-bend minds like you read more than one newspaper on daily basis and at whatever cost. Let us ignore the economic aspect, which cedes many Nigerians from such an 'excessive' practice. Other reason is when a man of Bruce's clout goofs on logic, for reasons best known to him, great minds ignore it and go on with life. Bruce must be in his seventies or close to it, to know that, prior to independence, the three major regions were dependent on agriculture for revenue generation to run their affairs. None was specifically dependent on the other for survival. Jimanze, please, forgive his logic. Let it be rested on his right of expression. Ahiazuwa, as you would conclude on such worrisome issues.
Lai Ashadele. 07067677806

Dear Sir, Re: Knowledge is also in being less ignorant. I read your above titled piece in the Daily Sun of Thursday, November 12. While I commend you for your insight, I totally disagree that Senator Ben Bruce spoke out of ignorance. I have traversed the length and breadth of this country, especially the North and can say without any fear of contradiction that the senator was spot on. I have also always believed like the senator said that indeed, Nigerians need one another. It is not enough for us here in the South to grandstand about oil, as if that is the only resource that makes nations great. 
Peter Nwokolo, 08063194911

Dear Sir, your piece today on The Turf Game is another classical Ahiazuwa; yours truly has become less ignorant too. You just won a disciple. More ink to your pen. 
M. O. 08064018215

Dear Oga, for me, you remain an enigma. I read you as often as I can get your writing. Ben Bruce should be pitied. It is sad that most of them who purportedly lead the South East and South South have warped 'education'. Most times, the Ariaria trader is more intuitive and wiser than the things that 'lead' us. 

Dear Sir, You would have ended today's excellent piece with Ahiazuwa because ahia zuru azu. Men, you are deep. Thanks. 

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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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