Insulting A Legend In The Name Of Religion

Pericoma Nwokoye is a legend that any Igbo who knows his onus will never toy with. Coming from Arondizuogu na Iheme, he represented and still represents the Igbo Spirituality, their sciences and arts. He might not be loved by all, but his legendary lyrics laced with mystical and ecclesiastical meanings elevate the soul of any well-meaning Igbo, and make the heart to be in consonance with its Conscious and Subconscious Minds. Pericoma is a Hero.

It is very saddening to watch a puerility called video that one Odumueje made castigating Pericoma and sending his children to the cleaners. This is not acceptable much as it is condemnable. I think, Pericoma’s children have been living their life devoid of rancour some three or four years their dad left them and all of us he means a lot to, in flesh. Except for their display of the Igbo traditions in their Arondizugu parlance, Pericoma’s children have never been seen boasting off against anybody.

I want to use this medium to say that he who ate the scrotum of a ram, has eaten a dangerous share for the Gods. When a child ate a toad, he or she will forbid eating meat forever. Odumueje has shown the way not to be a Christian. You don’t go beyond your bounds for self-serving purposes by insulting people and their aboriginal beliefs. Anyway, what pushed Odumueje to downsize the Pericomas may not be ordinary. Remember that early this year, he insulted Igbo Spirituality adherents, forcing many of their mystics to lay curses on him. Some even challenged him for a contest which he has not accepted till date.

In the Igbo ways of life, ijuru mmadu ogu does not work like magic, especially when the person whom the spell is casted on hadn’t clean hands. Such a spell will be pushing the person till he or she meets his or her Waterloo. This is without a doubt where Odumueje may be heading to. No one dances Surugede, because Surugede is the dance for the spirits. Insulting Pericoma is an insult to all of us whom he means a lot to. Sadly sad, Odumueje’s showmanship reign might have come to abrupt end by insulting Arushi Makaja.


May 7 2020.


Smelling Body…


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I had admired her over the time till I had the opportunity to come closer to her.

I mean a lady I admired so much, because her beauty was so rich for use, radiating like a million candle kindled together.

I could not behold her scintillating ebonic complexion, her toothy smile. But all these fell like a pack of card.

I will tell you that we didn’t hug, but I had the opportunity to come closer to her. That’s how my nostrils were disturbed.

It was not the era of social distancing. Well, we distanced each other as long as it lasted till that day I came closer to her, at the village square.

With all her enchanting apparel, she was the epitome of odoriferous, putrefying. It was not Body Odour (BO) to say, as we do say in Nigerian Parlance.

She was oozing unpleasant aura as a result of accumulated sweat, or she wore the same heat-soaked clothing she wore a day before.

However, she was not the only person left in this ordeal, many men and women are culprit.
Last time, I complained of a young man I boarded the bus with. Sitting by my side, he was both Mouth Odour (MO) and BO, personified.

I hid my breathe several times before I alighted from that bus. We were heading from Port Harcourt to Aba.

When I perceived the unpleasant Body Smell (BS) of this lady, all that meant things about her to me disappeared immediately.

I hadn’t the effrontery to tell her that her BS sin was a legion. I knew I ought to had told her.
But my stance was that I was disappointed in her because I had overestimated her due to how gorgeously presentable she always appeared.

It is essential that men and women devoted time in their respective homes to brush their mouth, especially the tongue.

Let some air out of your diaphragms or is it lungs, while brushing your mouth.
Use soothing soap while taking bath and learn the art of scrubbing your back, armpit, and in-between properly.

Use your clothing ones. If you were out in the morning and noticed you had sweated much and had a way to your house, rush home and refresh.

There is an extent fragrance can last on clothing no matter how strong the perfume.

Fragrance smell nice on washed clothing. Overheat on clothing makes fragrance reproduce odour.

Perhaps, the lady I am talking about overused fragrance on an unkempt body and clothing, and the effect becomes the disturbing BS.

May 10 2020.

“Blessed is the hand that giveth” What does it mean?

Often times we are inundated with the statement that the one that gives receives bountiful of blessings.
Conversely, giving is always misconstrued with money.
This is where we do not get it right most.

Much as we need money to meet the needs of the flesh, we also need care and love from people to meet the inward want which is our Subconscious Self.
Understanding the mystery of giving, there is a woman in a certain religious book who has no material thing to give when the need arose but having scrutinized her mind, she gave her Subconscious Mind to the demand.
She was later approved worthy of being the only person among the multitude that gave the best. She didn’t give out of compulsion but out of conviction.
Much as her brand of giving is proverbial to let mankind understand the frame of mind they should attain before giving, her gift has some lessons to drive us home in the spiritual world.
In this line, giving or sacrifice should not always mean celebration. One can give his or her blessings, meekness, goodwill and every other thing good to the other without the left hand seeing what the right hand has given and vis-à-vis. However, there are three steps to approach when you want to give either to your Chi or man.
There should be first Intention. The reason you are doing what you are doing be it prayer, sacrifice and the other. When the Intention is known to you, you put in your best to pay Attention on that which you are doing. The last is Purpose.
Intention and Purpose may be the same in the context of English Language but not the same in spiritual matters. Your Purpose has to be well defined either through prayer, stillness, mindfulness, meditation or the other.
Everything act of us has a vibration which only those who define their Intention, Attention and Purpose before venturing into something sees reward through introspection, dream or physical manifestation.
It is good to give only if you know how to receive your rewards in the spiritual plane.
Knowing how, gladdens the soul, which is the most integral part of man.
I wish the giver more blessings. Ihia!
May 12 2020.

Losing A Beloved One

My Precious Father: Ichie L.M Onwumere
When your beloved one transits in my part of Igbo tradition, you go about your social life in a very low key even after the person was interred. You show respect to the departed. You could call this mourning. If it were in a native compound, you don’t even play loud music or exhibit any behaviour that might send signal to onlookers that you are ‘happy’. Although, happiness might not be what you had in mind while playing your loud music, but this will automatically be misconstrued by people around that you are happy in lieu of mourning the deceased. And they may be right.
I could remember in 2015 when my precious dad departed, I nearly lost my sanity. I had thought that everything about me in this world ended with his departure. I was tired of everything about life. This tiredness even started while he was in the hospital till the day he gasped for the air last. I had thought that I wouldn’t see today, but time as they say is the healer of every problem. Anyway, my precious dad left us in flesh on March 27 2015 and was planted to the soil on May 15 2015. I truly miss him in flesh even though we still communicate.
Regrettably, this tradition of showing concern to your departed beloved one is biting the dust in the hands of (it is old school) generation. I watched a young man recently, whose father is still in the morgue, but he was busy causing traffic jam with his birthday pictures on the social media. I was agape and dumbfounded. Okay, he has his life to live? But this is the same young man, who was deafening our ears before his birthday, with how he missed his dad so much, as if he truly did, as if he was real to his make-belief mourning. Now you want us to take you serious?
Well, I know that mourning is a thing of the heart, but cutting your social life when you lost a beloved one is a sign of respect, not only to the departed but also, to the world around you, to truly take your situation with some metres of seriousness. You might call this an eye service. However, I tell you that a heart that truly lost a dear father or mother or any beloved one does not celebrate.

May 5 2020.

Chapter One: My Father’s Part Of Encouragement << From “Power of Encouragement”, a book authored by Odimegwu Onwumere

My beloved father of Blessed Memories today, Nze Lawrence Mahakwe Onwumere gifted me Think and Grow Rich authored by Napoleon Hill, and The Power of Positive Thinking authored by Norman Vincent Peale. He gave me the books because he had read them and perhaps wanted me to tap from the wealth of these books.

My Precious Father: Ichie L.M Onwumere

He patronized one of the book vendors that paraded our street in Oyigbo, Rivers State. Some of the books sold by these vendors were pirated copies. I got to find out about the piracy when I called some of them with the quest to buy books, but had always been disappointed with the magnitude of pirated works they sold. I wouldn’t know if they did the pirating themselves, or they represented any obnoxious companies that do the evil trade of pirating books as is phenomenon in Nigeria.

When I collected the books from my father, I had already nurtured ill mind to read the ‘pirated’ books. I had made great attempts to read the pirated works in the past, but it had not been easy. It takes a {mature} voracious reader to do so. Though, I had a penchant for reading. I had not trained my mind to endure the mental inertia that comes with reading pirated copies which are usually ridden with avoidable grammatical and typographical errors. So, I dumped the books in my room and forgot about them entirely.

Sometime in December, 2010, I was facing stuff, and I decided to look for the books. I looked for the books because I wanted something that could guide me into January 2011. I didn’t want to enter into 2011 with old mind. I said to myself that ‘I desire to be financially rich this year and grow up in thoughts’. I was looking for books and people that could help shape my life to attaining this feat. I resorted to the books, because nobody was there to give me the courage that I wanted.

It was Think and Grow Rich that I first sought where I kept it in the room. This was because the title depicted the true situation I was at that time: I needed to think and grow rich, even though I had been thinking before the book came.

When I found the book where I kept it and started reading, I found out that I could not drop it, no matter the numerous blunders pirates had made of the book. I found myself deep-rooted in the book. Think and Grow Rich reminds me of what one of my mentors told me that Americans call “Unputdownable”. Although, I wouldn’t know if Chief Amby Njoku had read Think and Grow Rich, but we once had a discussion where he referenced the word.

It is not always easy to read works where full stops, comas and all that come, in-between sentences, instead of appearing where they were designated. This was what pirates made of the Think and Grow Rich I was reading. But I discovered that the more I avoided the errors and gobbledygook in the reading, the more interesting the book became.

I am not here to review Hill’s book, as I did to the Carson’s. However, I must say that as I was reading Hill, I found out that I was not only growing rich in the real sense of money, but also was growing rich in the general sense of growing rich – physically and spiritually. Think and Grow Rich opened my eyes than many of the spiritual books that I had read did.

This book compelled me to ask: Does it mean that after the compilation of the Bible, the Christian God stopped talking? As the world was told, and I grew up with this, that the Bible is the only true word of God, but I see God (please God here is not the personified God in religious books of the world) speaking through Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich. I said this loud to myself and hence disagreed to believe that the Bible is the only book and word of God. After reading Think and Grow Rich, I was forced to look for where I kept The Power of Positive Thinking.

It is very hard for people to be convinced or to disbelieve what they have grown up to believe in for years

In The Power of Positive Thinking I found out that it is a biblical connotation of Peale, but Think and Grow Rich is a work of direct inspiration from ‘God’, even when Hill sounds metaphysical than religious in the book.

As I finished reading the two books, the desire and quest to read more of what we call in Nigeria – Motivational and Inspirational books – was born. It was as a result of a burning desire to be inspired the more that necessitated coming across Gifted Hands. And Ben Carson didn’t betray me.

My father might not know how much I have benefited and have been encouraged by his gift of the two books. After reading Hill, Peale and Carson, I have come to know encouragement in different ways as follows:

  1. There is direct encouragement.
  2. There is encouragement that leads to destruction.
  3. There is encouragement that leads to success.
  4. Encouragement doesn’t only foreshadow success.
  5. Encouragement could portend failure.
  6. There is an encouragement that leads to positivity
  7. There is an encouragement that leads to negativity.
  8. Encouragement is dicey.
  9. Encouragement should always be positive, and not negative.

I wouldn’t like to sound a publicist of the many wonderful Motivational and Inspirational books that my ‘Father’s encouragement’ made me to read. These books have exposed me to the realities of life. I would rather be a publicist to saying that what my father could not do as Sonya Carson did to Ben, my father did through a gift of books, without him knowing this. This was, in my understanding, due to variations in orientation and tradition. I have found out that Westerners talk to their children, but Africans scold their children. However, what is important is that what I could not get from my father verbally, I got from his gift of books. As you read further, I have the belief that you will read the Power of Encouragement in the lines of the stories as you go ahead reading.

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Note From The Author Of “POWER OF ENCOURAGEMENT” {Book)

Odimegwu Onwumere (Author)

There is encouragement in every discouragement.

The birth of this motivational book started after I read Gifted Hands authored by Ben Carson, a globally renowned neurosurgeon of African-American ancestry.

Gifted Hands covers Carson’s years of childhood, his trials and travails as an African-American kid of a single mother in a patriarchal, ‘white’ dominated society as well as his successes and uncommon feats he achieved in his professional life.

Gifted Hands is the story of a ghetto boy that later became a renowned international neurosurgeon.

I bought the book on January 24, 2011 and started writing Power of Encouragement on April 6, 2011.

After reading Gifted Hands, I was inspired by Carson’s efforts. I believed that, if Ben Carson could pass through all the hurdles of life he mentions in his book and eventually became a prominent person in the society, I, too, can change my world. Thus, I started writing.

At some point, I started hesitating. I wouldn’t understand why. Later, it felt like I was unfair to humanity if I don’t continue to write. This was as a result of the magnanimous encouragement I got from the book – Gifted Hands. The book expresses the embodiment in the power and benefits of encouragement.

Carson intimates in his book that if a person is a pauper today does not mean the person will remain a pauper through life. What the person simply needs to climb to the peak include quality character, desire, focus and perseverance. And Ben Carson achieved the outlined, due to the power of encouragement his mother never deprived him of. In his moments of despair, his mother never failed to encourage him, saying he can make it in life, if others made it.

Carson’s problems began after the father left for another woman, leaving a family of three – Ben, his elder brother, Curtis, and his mother, Sonya, to their fate. Ben is barely eight years old, Curtis is ten years old, and this is in 1959, when America was still grappling with obvious racism and racial segregation.

Sonya does everything within her reach to dissuade her children not to know why she parted ways with her husband. At some point in life, Ben understood what played between his parents. It is this time he understood that his father was philandering – the reason he left home.

Sonya’s self-discipline for not letting his two sons understand the cause of her problem with the husband is not explained in the book. But, I understand that she never wanted to discourage their young minds with the shame-faced story of their father’s promiscuity. She kept it a secret, so that her children will grow to achieve their dreams.

The Carsons went through difficult times as their father abandoned them. Sonya even became a guest of the psychiatrists. It is caused by the heavy load of depression she walks with every day. But she kept this secret from her children, perhaps not to discourage them. She refused to wear pity as a garb, nor adorn herself in the Pashuma of the wounded as many women in her situation would do. She believed that predicaments in life were subject to surmount. She groomed her children to see themselves as men, even when their ages show they are kids.

Sonya did all kinds of menial jobs the world could relegate to the background in order to keep her ‘abandoned’ family running. Little did the majority American ‘whites’ paid attention to them, because they are African ‘blacks’. Racism is fad, but Sonya never restrained from encouraging Ben. She tells him that a man should not be judged by what he wears or the colour of his skin.

“We don’t always get what we want of life,” Pg35. Sonya tries to make Ben see reason why he has to wear the pants she bought for him, which he rejected. He rejected the pants due to societal influence. This happened when he was in the school and wanted to fit in the In-group. In Nigerian parlance, this group is called – The Big Boys – in school.

Sonya devices a means of not allowing Ben despair; she memorizes poems and quotes. She often recites them to him. Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” and a poem, “You Have Yourself to Blame” are the often quoted poems to Ben.

Ben writes: “The bottom line was that we have only ourselves to blame. We create our own destiny by the way we do things. We have to take advantage of opportunity and be responsible for our choices.” – Pg 63. This was said when he realized that he is declining in his studies. He was 13years old as at the time. Upon his academic mishap, his mother never scolded him. She encourages him that he is the best brain she had ever seen in the world. She continued to encourage him till opportunities to go to college came.

These opportunities show that when one is determined to succeed in an endeavour, many other opportunities will come. In the case where the opportunities are more than one, there is every tendency that one of the opportunities could come as a solvent – like scholarship. The other could be where the person has to dress his or her bed before he or she could sleep on it.

The fate of Ben shows that one should always follow what is prior to his or her heart, and not follow accidental opportunities that come our path because, we could be heading to the worst or even against our innate talents. It is not always good that we throw our innate dreams away, and chase frivolities.

As Ben rose from his academic slumber and stood high academically, he said that different high schools were sending their representatives to recruit him. His experience in meeting with the representatives from Harvard and Yale, Ben writes: “Few of us get enough experience at feeling special and important, and I was no exception.” – Pg 68.

His mother advised him never to neglect people he came across, no matter how lowly placed they are. This explains what many people in the society think especially those who feel they are privileged.

“…People are just people. Their income or position in life doesn’t make them better or worse than anyone else.” – Ben explains that his mother taught him not to neglect people.

Though I have been a writer for decades, I was emboldened by Sonya’s never-waning spirit which made Ben achieved a lot: “From inner-city kid to Renowned Neurosurgeon.” – Back page.

Sonya’s power of encouragement has made Ben to be known, not only in the medical world, but also around the world through his breakthroughs of hope in neurosurgery, where all hope was lost. She has not only encouraged her son, but I, and every person who has read Gifted Hands. Therefore, I urge you to read with the purpose to achieve from this book, and not just reading as an ‘ordinary’ literature book. Like I mentioned earlier, I was inspired by Sonya’s words of encouragement to Ben, and I also encouraged myself with the benefits of the encouragements from his mother. The following are the lessons I have learnt from Ben:

1. Be persistent and make consistency your future, without yielding to failures.
2. There is always someone out there who would genuinely give you hope.
3. Try even the cheapest or hardest positive thing around you; it could be the direction to your long yearned career.
4. All you need is the basics to grow, but where you have no one to give you the financial basics, try and depend on books to grow. Learn how the wealthy and rich ones got rich.

Odimegwu Onwumere
April 19 2011.

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Power of Encouragement {Book}


The author takes one on a journey of love, forgiveness and reconciliation to epic, spirituality and self-realization to exhuming hidden truths and buried lies.

Anyone reading the “Power of Encouragement” by Odimegwu Onwumere has to first disabuse his or her mind in order to attain from this wealth of knowledge laced as a book.

The author was inspired by an African-American renowned neurosurgeon’s book – “Gifted Hands”. This neurosurgeon is no other person than Dr. Ben Carson.

While “Power of Encouragement” neither holds the views of Dr. Carson nor the ‘Gifted Hands’, it is however a treatise, which in four parts, centers on the magical effect encouragement can have on mankind. Whereas the work was inspired by Carson’s Gifted Hands, Onwumere goes on to lend his own quota in making the world a better place.

He begins by explaining what encouragement is and what encouragement is not and how he got encouragement from the pages of the books gifted to him by his father and how these books have helped him to have a better view of what life is all about at a very crucial point of his life as a young man.

In the quest to provide encouragement to his readers, Onwumere takes time to explore certain topical issues which serve as promoters or encumbrance of encouragement especially in the African context. For example, he alludes to the actions and inaction of the European slave masters and imperialists who driven by selfishness, materialism and inordinate gain, plundered and raped the African continent both physically, economically, mentally, politically and religiously. Thus making it seem that the only accepted worldview is the Eurocentric worldview.

The religion and traditions of Africa were presented as being impotent and lacking in substance by the imperialists. The result today is churches and mosques peopled by persons with the darkest hearts. There are Christians who profess Christianity by name but are in no way Christ-like in the type of lives they lead. There are Mosques which serve as breeding ground for the worst ethno-religious jingoists. There is the Nigerian national constitution which recognises three religions on paper but in reality chooses to work with just two. In effect, there are Africans without a moral compass, an Africa without a model – a stranded Africa that continues to wallow in the marshes of misery and poverty while being endowed with all that is needed to push her to Olympian heights.

Odimegwu Onwumere yearns for a return to the African way. He perceives it as the only true way by which Africa can move forward. He bemoans the loss of Africans’ cultural identity and encourages his readers to make conscious efforts towards a cultural revival and revolution. He goes on to shed light on forgiveness, describing it as one way by which mankind can move forward.

Unforgiveness, according to him, is described as a cankerworm which is gradually eating up mankind. He points out the need to not just forgive one another, but true forgiveness ought to start from within the individual. For it is only when we learn to forgive ourselves and eschew self guilt from our minds that we can achieve true forgiveness.

He bemoans the state of insecurity in the country and the preventable wanton loss of lives and properties by pointing out verifiable incidences that occurred in recent years, such as kidnappings and murder of journalists, preventable fire incidents on our roads etc. As a writer, his passion for writing is brought to the fore as he sees writing as a more effective tool of warfare than weapons. He envisages a world where inks and pens will take the place of guns, mortars, tanks and other weapons of warfare which have brought nothing but sorrow, blood and tears.

He goes ahead to mention some of his personal experiences which have been a source of encouragement to him. He mentions some noteworthy individuals in the society whose good and bad deeds served as encouragement for him and also calls on his readers to pick from these persons and experiences, virtues that are worthy of emulation.

Finally, Odimegwu Onwumere leads us to a catharsis. A purgation of the mind by leading Africans on some pertinent reflections of the borrowed life they live of which they know not what tomorrow brings. He asks the question which everyone avoids – “what if we are told today is our last day”? For him he’ll have no qualms because he has done his best with life. He goes on to encourage each and every one of his readers to pursue a life worthy of emulation, while admitting life as being difficult and hard to maneuver, he urges all not to trample on others, but to live and let live, by encouraging one another, helping each other, reaching out to one another in fellowship.

Indeed Power Of Encouragement is a book filled with encouragement and rare truths which everyone must endeavour to read religiously.

—- Ikocha U.G, English Studies.



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