Rains Dig-up The Many Lies Of Orji In Ariaria

By Odimegwu Onwumere

The rains are here again bringing to public glare the many mendacities of Governor Theodore Ahamefule Orji government of Abia State, concerning the once ubiquitous Ariaria International Market in Aba area of the state.

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The market has become a gloominess of itself losing its once allure of international presence. It has not only lost its international quality, but, to a large extent its local quality, as traders find it scratchy trading in the market anymore, due to surging flooding that covers the entire market when it rains, damaging goods and property worth millions of naira.

The dilapidated environment of the market is ever ready to pull down tears from even the eyes of a stonehearted person, except the governor. When this writer visited the market for first hand information, it was wailing and gnashing of teeth by not only the traders, but, also, those who came from far and near to buy one item or the other in the market.

It’s imperative to declare that the governor does not understand the importance of the market to Ndigbo and, the world at large. Therefore, he is bent on using multiple dishonesties in responding to the plight of the traders and buyers in the market.

The ghastly catastrophe of the government is that it has refused to eschew greed, self-centeredness. It does not do the right thing! There is no pliable roads in the market except those Nigerians have read in the newspapers that the state government has told the world that it has built in the market, which in reality does not correspond with the reality on ground.

It is all living jokes in and out of the market, unlike what the Governor Akpabios of Akwa Ibom State would have done using a matching contractor like Julius Berger to do a fantastic work in the market, if Ariaria were to be in Akwa Ibom State. Rather, all that Governor T.A Orji and his cluster of ballyhoos know about is to collect levies and taxes from the afflicted people in the market, without having anything to show for the victims’ hard-earned money.

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In 2012, the Abia State Government through its now fired, barefaced and shamefaced Chief Press Secretary, Ugochukwu Emezue made bogus claims of how the government had prepared to revamp the market and, contracts amounting to millions of money awarded to contractors in making sure that the market enjoyed enabling environment.

But, all of that are today known as story that was dished out for the dogs.The Abia State Government had told the world through the garrulous Emezue thus: “Definitely, the hallmark of this administration is sincerity of purpose. Anybody working for the state government is working towards one goal – to take Abia State to the next level. This is something that has not been in place before.

“The economic importance of the Ariaria Market remains the fact that it is the place traders go to buy and sell and if you look at some of the things that are being done in Aba, you will discover that the Market has an overwhelming economic importance within the South East and by extension Nigeria…”

The state government through Emezue also had confirmed that the problem with the market is neither with the traders nor with the buyers, as it said: “The traders here are skilled and have been providing employment for youths in the area. For us, that place is a hub of economic activities in the state…”

With what is happening in the market today in term of environmental decay, it is necessary to state that the Gov. T.A Orji government had lied through Emezue, saying: “The state government is trying to make sure that whoever comes here (Ariaria Market) is comfortable and at the end of the day the state benefits”.

It is on record that this market which started its commercial activities in 1976 has not experienced the menace of environmental woes as it is experiencing in this government. It’s not the belief of the founders of the market that traders would be experiencing its current fate, which was what they suffered in a market its name was given as Aba Ikoha Market, which gutted fire enhancing traders to relocate to Ariaria.

With over 30, 000 stores, Ariaria now suffers congestion to its brim. The government hardly remembers that it had said through Emezue that “When you have accessible roads it makes it possible for people to come this place to transact their businesses under a favourable condition. If the place is not accessible who will come to patronize your goods?”

Apart from the gullies and flooding in the market, another heartbreaking side of findings is that many of the traders are gearing up to relocate to perceived favourable neighbouring states like Akwa Ibom, Cross Rivers, Rivers, even Cameroun. One trader told this writer that, “Cameroonians were before major buyers of leather products, particularly shoes manufactured in the market, but they are no more again today, as the numbers of Cameroonians that come to the market are insignificant. If at all any still comes!”

It was renowned through a source that the government of Gov. T.A Orji had mapped out a sum supposedly to be in the tone of N50million and awarded the contract for the construction of seven internal roads in the market. Yet, there are drainage and road problems in the market, making the roads impenetrable as the rains are here.

Another trader interviewed lamented that the market was better of when it was beforehand governed by Aba North Local Government Area of the state, before the state government decided to take it over with allegation that the Aba North Local Government Area was incapable of managing the market adequately.

Not even a committee that was set up by the Abia State Government through the State Ministry of Commerce has lived up to the expectation of manning the roads and drainages in the market. The management board seemingly headed by one Chief Francis Duru assigned with the work of “collecting revenues accruable to the market for the purposes of maintaining standard there” was unable to “bring about a turnaround in the physical development, revenue generation and standardization of the Market in no distant time.”

Duru reportedly had said when his committee was assigned with the job that, he was very happy with the governor of the state. Duru had also believed that with the government supposedly handing over the leadership of the market to the traders of the market, there would be improvement in the infrastructure reconstruction, rehabilitation and reformation of the market.

He apparently had said: “My government will buy three compressor tractors that will be in charge of refuse disposal, three tippers that will be going round the market to collect refuse so as to ensure that the market remains clean at all times.

“We have started the scooping of all the gutters and drainages and I believe that by the time we finish the construction of the roads, this market will regain its lost glory in the state and beyond. I will specially thank the Governor because of the timely intervention on the issue of road in the market…”

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

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Most Fathers Are Just Husbands

By Odimegwu Onwumere

Not all husbands are fathers. That a man gave birth to a child legitimately or illegitimately does not make him a father. The man could be awesome, he could have all the aspects that are associated with men, but he is not a father; he could acquire all the property and money in the world, yet he is not a father.

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As a child, you wouldn’t understand your father better till you are of the age of wisdom and reasoning. At that toddler’s age all you do is look up to your father, who commands you and gives you assignments to do, but without any sense of direction of where he wants you to be in life.

Many homes are like this! He allows you to just grow-up and succeed the way your peers are succeeding or do things the way of your peers. Whether good or bad, he does not care to know; all he wants to hear or know is that you have succeeded at last.

In his estimation he has the belief that your future depends on you. Even when he is financially rich, he prefers the money in his hands at the moment than your future, because the future he knows is just the immediate.

Some might say that this is just sheer ignorance or wickedness, but whatever it is. He finds it hard to spend the money even when you are hitting your head on the ground that he should help you to higher school after your primary or perhaps secondary school, which you were the mock of the time in your class, because of the molestations you did not enjoy due to the incessant fees you were unable to pay, the patch-patch school wears you wore to school and all that.

He will not even send you to go learn handiwork or trade. Yet, you love him as a kid. But when you are of age and begin to remember where you are supposed to be had it been that he assisted you when your peers were being assisted by their fathers, that childhood love you had for him would begin to dwindle, would begin to wane, would begin to vanish and, whether you have a father, it would not be waxing passionately in your heart, as it used to wax when you were a kid.

The politics he played in raising you up would begin to glare in your own eyes, in your memory and, most times you are depressed, because you trusted your father, because that religion or that culture and tradition indoctrinated in you to love and reverence your father.

It was per second sermon that you do just that, but it was not per week or month or year sermon to your father that he should not provoke his children to anger.

As you are growing and he is aging, your love for him (out of anger) would begin to grow old, while his love for you would begin to grow very strong, because he is realizing the mistakes he had made. He wants love now; the same love he did not show to you as a kid. The house you lived in with him was like a military quarter.

In those days, you get the beating you deserved and you did not deserve per second from him. When you remember your house while with your peers, you would not like to come back to your house, you would want to commit suicide, you would want to disown your father, and you would want to elope… You are always troubled, you are always angry and all that.

Your mother is the submissive mother who cannot ‘challenge’ the husband, which is not rather bad. Your mother is only bent just on advise that he assists his children. But he is the man of the house, who does not want to be challenged, who does not want to hear the contrary voice of his children to his; what he says is final and no one challenges it, no one dares.

Yes, he only remembers that he is your father when you have started to succeed in life, begin to make money and marry and went to higher school and begin to do those things that were his responsibilities he blatantly shied away from, you see him coming closer to you and making boasts among his peers of how he ‘trained’ his son to become who he has become.

Sorry, if you do not want to set your eyes on him at this period that providence is making you to succeed, you would see your mother coming to plead on his behalf for you to forgive him; your mother he severally molested and scolded when she was advising him that he should assist his children.

And if you harden your heart, you would hear your mother preaching that ‘Jesus forgave all the people that offended Him’ as if your father was not the first to preach Jesus to you but preferred to draw the shoddy line he seemed was the best in raising you up, as if Jesus was from your village, your town.

The memory of how your father treated you keeps living with you. If you do not begin to read books that could expunge the scars from your heart, mind and life you could be volatile and unloving all your life, you could hate humanity all your life, because you did not experience love in your immediate home, you did not know that which were supposed to be the responsibilities of a father.

All that you grew up seeing was a man who was always scolding you and barking at you without any sense of friendship existing between you and him. You have never had any discussion with him as a father. He is not your enemy and not your friend. Most times you tried to relate with him, ended up in fierce reprisals and reprimands.

Conversely, for those of you who are suffering or have suffered in the hands this type of father, Jonathan Safran Foer gives you hope in ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ thus: He promised us that everything would be okay. I was a child, but I knew that everything would not be okay. That did not make my father a liar. It made him my father.

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

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When Propaganda Represents Governance In Nigeria

By Odimegwu Onwumere

It was George Orwell who was credited as saying that the most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history. And, in [Undated 1948 “Democratic Party” speech], John F. Kennedy reportedly said that no matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as truth.

To my understanding, there are too many propagandas that are being used in the Nigeria’s democracy and, they are christened governance. The country is not in actual sense in a war that it can be said that it is propagating the theory of Winston Churchill, which is: In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.

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I think the greatest threat to governance in Nigeria is the bombardment of rightist propaganda depicting lies as honest, praiseworthy, and nationalistic. Like one Criss Jami would say, I have noticed that in our government the leaders misplace pity for compassion, flattery for love, propaganda for knowledge, tension for peace, gossip for news, and auto-tune for singing. These are the popular cultures everywhere today: One group citing hatred against the other, and a person citing hatred against the other, just like that.

It is not certain in our country who would represent these persons that Aldous Huxley mentioned and had used hyper note to explain: It is possible to argue that the really influential book is not that which converts ten millions of casual readers, but rather that which converts the very few who, at any given moment, succeed in seizing power. Marx and Sorel have been influential in the modern world, not so much because they were best-sellers (Sorel in particular was not at all a widely read author), but because among their few readers were two men, called respectively Lenin and Mussolini.

All there are in this country are people with stereotyped mindset to outwit, outsmart and outdo the other fellow for the greedy reason of politics. Jarod Kintz warns against such conspiracy of fake and fake theorists and explorers who make name through bogus claims, saying, conspiracy theorists like to claim NASA’s moon landing was faked. Well of course it was! But the biggest conspiracy of all is the Columbus landed in the new world in the late 15th century. There is no new world. It simply doesn’t exist. And Amerigo Vespucci? He was a character out of Walt Disney’s diary.

As if Adolf Hitler was addressing the Nigerian democratic government of today when he said that but the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.

This is not the case with Nigeria leaders. They are of the view that propaganda yields success and without it a government cannot run. Today, many of the citizens do not trust the government owing to the too many discovered brazen lies and rude behaviours of the leaders. The citizens see every comment by the leaders as lies, because the politicians first started using lies in their promises to the citizens in place of truth. It is a monstrous regiment, indeed!

Terry Pratchett in ‘Monstrous Regiment’ admonishes thus: Anyway, why would you trust anything written down? She certainly didn’t trust “Mothers of Borogravia!” and that was from the government. And if you couldn’t trust the government, who could you trust? Very nearly everyone, come to think of it…

I’m yet to see any correlation between the Nigerian leaders with the much touted principles of democracy. As if he was referring to Nigerian leaders, but however be said to be a metaphor of what Nigeria represents today, Henry A. Wallace said that the obvious types of American fascists are dealt with on the air and in the press.

Wallace continued, these demagogues and stooges are fronts for others. Dangerous as these people may be, they are not so significant as thousands of other people who have never been mentioned. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information.

Hear Wallace again, with a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.

The sad side of the conspiracy theory in Nigeria is that even the so-called elites are barefacedly liars. Hear this in ‘Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda’ by Noam Chomsky who warns against such people: State propaganda, when supported by the educated classes and when no deviation is permitted from it, can have a big effect. It was a lesson learned by Hitler and many others, and it has been pursued to this day.

In ‘A Farewell to Arms’, Ernest Hemingway weeps that we did not say anything, we were always embarrassed by the words sacred, glorious, and sacrifice and the expression in vain; we had heard them, sometimes standing in the rain almost out of earshot, so that only the shouted words came through, and had read them on proclamations that were slapped up by billposters over other proclamations, now for a long time, and we had seen nothing sacred, and the things that were glorious had no glory and the sacrifices were like the stock yards at Chicago if nothing was done with the meat except to buy it.

Unlike the views of John F. Kennedy, Chrystine Oksana however gives us hope in ‘Safe Passage to Healing: A Guide for Survivors of Ritual Abuse’ and devises methods through which we can surmount.

Oksana says, violators cannot live with the truth: survivors cannot live without it. There are those who still, once again, are poised to invalidate and deny us. If we don’t assert our truth, it may again be relegated to fantasy. But the truth won’t go away. It will keep surfacing until it is recognized.

Truth will outlast any campaigns mounted against it, no matter how mighty, clever, or long. It is invincible. It’s only a matter of which generation is willing to face it and, in so doing, protect future generations from ritual abuse.

And I ask where that generation is in Nigeria.

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

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Women Fight Climate Change Through Agricultural Output

By Odimegwu Onwumere

Women farmers and environmentalists in Nigeria are doing everything possible to control the effects of climate change on agriculture.

In a two-day awakening seminar arranged by the Women Environmental Programme, WEP, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Environment for Extension Service Officers held in Makurdi, Benue State capital recently, the Executive Director WEP, Mrs. Priscilla Achakpa ostensibly decried that Nigeria was in to lose about $500 billion to climate change by 2020.

At the meeting where Achakpa was stood-in-for by Mr. George Akor, a Director in the Programme, her fears were that the country was headed to trouble if best approach is not taken to inform farmers at all levels, especially the rural women farmers, about the challenging menaces of climate change.

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Gender Issue

Statistics show that women farmers produce 28 per cent less than men in the Northern Nigeria. It is therefore the idea of many stakeholders in the agricultural and climate change management that the country must implement policies that would favour gender subject, as the lack of women in key areas has not brought about the needed result.

They judged that since the effect of climate change is global, it can easily be tackled headlong if women are given enough room to contribute ideas and frameworks to the fight. They suggested that governments at all levels in the country are not properly putting all measures in place to avoid shortsighted economic development of farmers and women’s industrial expansion.

Environmentalist Greg Odogwu had held that upon all the odds, Nigerian women are not relenting in the battle to save the environment. He made the revelation in ‘Climate change and women’.

“Nigeria is among the nations where the women battle to save the environment and entrench sustainable development. Many women are initiating laudable environmental projects and green lifestyle concepts,” he said.

Professionals are of the view that Nigerian women farmers are weathering all the challenges to their lives and livelihoods to perform. They stem from the brunt of climate change such as floods, droughts, harsh weather, and waning agricultural production.

 

Challenges

“The population of Nigeria is growing rapidly. This has made food supply to be grossly inadequate to feed the growing population. This has led to malnutrition, increased rates of morbidity and mortality among the vulnerable groups – infants, toddlers and pre-school children.

 

“In Nigeria there is mass movement of people from rural to urban areas in search of more lucrative jobs,” said Imonikebe, Bridget Uyoyou, Home Economics Unit, Vocational Education Department, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria.

 

While women are toiling the most to produce household food, deforestation has become a predominant challenge in agriculture. Crops, water sources, and natural resources are becoming scarce. And women are traditionally responsible for the management of these resources and, they are suffering the-largest-part.

Despite clear challenges, Ms. Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, World Bank Country Director for Nigeria said, Nigerian women are making progress in the agriculture sector, pointing out that women produce 16 per cent less in value terms than men per hectare of cultivated land, adding that the overall figure masks regional differences.

Whilst women are also said to be fighting climate change which has become the most serious environmental threat, they are also making sure they farm to fight against hunger, malnutrition, disease and poverty in the society, through their impact on agricultural output.

“Although, 35 per cent of women are employed in the agriculture sector, and 44 per cent of the country’s female headed households are involved in agriculture activities, only 18 per cent of rural plots are managed by female farmers,” said Ms. Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly.

Solution

“Boosting women’s agricultural productivity in Nigeria will require not only giving women access to land, but more critically improved access to finance as well as valuable information,” said Ms. Marie-Nelly.

This disclosure was contained in a research done by the World Bank and the Federal Government, which came as an answer to the suggestions that came out of the Gender Policy Dialogue, organized in 2012 in conjunction with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). The breach in production between male and female land administrators, according to sources, remains noticeable at the national level and should also be manifest in some parts of the country.

Bridget Uyoyou identified that the constraints to rural women’s participation in food production, as poverty, low crop yield and difficulty in acquiring loan needed to be addressed through the cooperation of the rural women farmers, community and the government. According to her, the most urgent and effective area that need attention is the area of food storage and processing.

Markus Goldstein, Gender Practice Leader, World Bank, added: “The full potential of Nigerian female farmers will only be tapped if their common challenges and different experiences across regions and social groups are fully acknowledged by agriculture programmes.”

Odimegwu Onwumere, contributed this piece from Rivers State, Nigeria.

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Orji Uzor Kalu: A Lover of Humanity @ 54

By Odimegwu Onwumere

 

It is another special day for a former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu as he circles 54 on April 21, 2014. It is always a day of fun and happiness for the dude and millions of his followership across the world. It is a day that many people are happy that a man like Kalu was born.

 

He has been brightening the faces of many by making sure they achieve their nature-given purposes in life. His birthday is a day that is as special as Kalu is.

 

This year’s birthday celebration of Kalu reminds the human-race of the day the Igbere-born politician and reputable international business mogul was sent to be a blessing to the world 54 years ago. Since then, his luck and stars have not ceased to shine. No matter all the daunting challenges that follow mankind, Kalu continues to unveil the good things that his fate had for him.

 

He is becoming experienced day by day, weathering all the storms that are associated with politicians and businessmen of his ilk. Today, it is the prayer of his followership, saying that the happiness and joy he makes them to pick-out, shall not be in dearth where he is.

 

Kalu is a special man and, majority of the people are attesting to this. He has had awesome birthdays’ celebrations. But this year’s own sends a message of hope, love and unity across all divides of human endeavours and environments.

Being a man with the miraculous wand to everything, his birthday is outstanding. Although, a very humble personality, Kalu sets magical standards anywhere he went. He loves his new age and is grooming the younger ones who would take over from him, whenever he retires hale and hearty to his Igbere-Bende country home.

He had a day like that at heart and he has been preparing for it, with the hope to give accommodation to more thousands of people. And this could be the reason he has built in his Neya’s Camp 400 rooms and is still building. He has hope beyond business and politics. He wants people around him and to live and be with him.

As a man who builds bridge across all divides of humanity, his birthday has always been as important as he is. His birthday is not like that of 18 year old that wakes up as early as 4.30 in preparation for the event. Rather, the atmosphere has woken up by 12am to start the birthday celebration of Kalu.

Over a week today, Kalu has been traveling on courtesy visits to all the parts of the country to cheer the civilization in those areas up. Melodies and classics are being played in many quarters for him, from Zamfara to Zambia, from Abia to Abuja, from Lagos to Lokoja. It is Kalu everywhere! But in all this, he is bent on the observance of the Lent Season, being an untiring Christian.

Like Kalu would say, people are his best friends and he likes inviting people home. But this time around, the reverse is the case: People are inviting Kalu to come and celebrate his birthday with them. The call is deafening! It is the same in Africa as it is in Europe, USA and Asia.

Everywhere, the song is Kalu. But the dude prefers to be in prayers in a tiny environment where he plays and jokes with kids and shares experience with the young at heart on this occasion. He has not printed cards or went to radio or TV to announce his birthday, but people he does and doesn’t know are taking care of that, because he means a lot of positivity to many people.

Everyone dreams of having a brother, father, uncle, nephew, friend like Kalu. He reminds people of the special moments that human beings must share and enjoy. At every point in time, Kalu is happy, humble and humane and asking people to eschew worry from their lives. He has always admonished people that he was once a very poor man, but had to surmount that dreadful position through a dint of hard work, through courage, resilience and assiduousness.

What Kalu has been achieving within the last one year is what some states in African countries cannot achieve in three years. His many weeks trip to Europe has seen to the formation of business ventures and merges with leading business firms across the world. He has also been delivering one lecture in one institutions or the other across the world.

Such trips have seen to the establishment of and, amalgamation with Bende Export Ltd, Gsc France, Belcarbon Belgium, Florasen Bruxelles and Matro Anterwarp in Belgium, amongst others. He has attracted over 50 business opportunities in and outside the country within the last one year, hence providing employment opportunities for job seekers and professionals and sundry.

One of his tours ended with the visit of Ben Bronfman (Grammy & Oscar nominee 2013/2014), the son of the Billionaire Edger Bronfman Jr. to Dr. Kalu in North London; with Kalu Ugwuomo (Analyst and Business Development Global Thermostat New York); Robert Miguel Lavia, (Chief Investment Officer Veremonte) and; Ben Kalu, (CEO Bende EXIM LTD).

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One of such institutions he had delivered lectures at in the past one year is the Georgetown University, with the paper titled: “Nigeria’s Opportunity to be Africa’s Capital by 2020.” The lecture, without doubt, attracted de crème de la crème across the world and they attested to the fact that Kalu is not only rich in pocket but also in head.

Students, graduate students, experts, journalists, etc. have not stopped researching on Kalu. He is an institution and the world after him would continue to learn about him. But upon all these, Kalu has said that he wants to go back to Aba, the land where he grew up, apart from his Igbere country home.

It is natural to do so, while all and sundry should wish him a healthy future to fulfill all that he has planned to bequeath to the world.

Happy Birthday, Emetu Mba Ahu Dike Ndigbo!

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

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Prolific Nigerian Writer Wins Award In UK

Odimegwu Onwumere Wins African Achievers International Awards

I knew that I’m an Achiever because I’m a Believer of possibilities. With a dint of hard work and assiduousness to duty, I also knew that I would accomplish. I believe in what I can do so much. This was why I was given the African Achievers International Awards, AFIA, for my journalistic works in far away London.

According to the info provided by the awarders, AfIA is managed by African Achievers International a Company registered in England and Wales and Kenya with a certificate of Compliance with links in a number of countries around the world. It is also a subsidiary program of NILE African Development [NAD] a Charity registered in England and Wales and Kenya.

This award was for the 2012 categories of the AFIA awards. I’m delighted that my writing inputs are being recognized by persons and groups.

Thanks….

OOwriter

Odimegwu Onwumere

More Pastors Might Die At Igbo Funerals

By Odimegwu Onwumere

Whatever the sons of late Pa Oji Okoko are saying, the in-thing is that they disappointed their father in death no matter who they said it was that persuaded them, against his wish that Christian burial should not be conducted for him, having been a strong Igbo tradition spiritualist.

Okoko came from Asaga-Ohafia, Abia State. Saturday Sun, April 12 2014, informed the world that a so-called Pastor Okipet Odum, a native of the village was contracted with money to officiate the burial of the deceased and he slumped in the process and died.

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This happened after about two pastors who were called to officiate the funeral declined. One of them gave excuse that his wife put to bed on the day of the burial; the other said that since Okoko was a traditionalist, his members should bury him.

Several attempts were made at different hospitals to revive Odum, yet he was gone. Perhaps, to defend the family name or to continue to deceive the world that the Igbo spirituality is impotent, the sons of late Pa Okoko and a traditional ruler in the village are hence telling the world that the ill-fate that befell Odum was not as a result that they went against their father’s wish, but that Odum was hypertensive and could have died as a result of that.

Nevertheless, it is so sad that in Igboland today, majority of the people have been brainwashed to believe that the potency of the Igbo traditional belief-system is just in words and not in action. They ascribe the Igbo spirits to ‘familiar spirits’, using the teaching of the rapacious former colonial masters and mistresses for their nincompoop assertions and claims.

The thing is that more pastors might die at Igbo funeral grounds if the Igbo belief-systems are not respected and given back their place in Igbo activities. An older friend and fraternal brother Sidney Davis, a scholar from Kittery Point, Maine, would say that the only thing he is careful about is the TRUTH. You can kill him, but you can’t kill the TRUTH. He goes further to say about the imperialistic of the alien religions and their intolerance on Africa, in the following terms:

This is nothing but the zapping of the African mind as a result of the religious imperialism of “the Book” religions. In this case it is from Islam and its holy book, the Koran, whose foreign imposition into Africa generally and West Africa in particular, has resulted in this type of religious “tribalism” that has been reinforced by European colonialism in its creation of Nigeria.

The same can be said with regard to the Igbo that they too have been zapped out of their minds as a result of the religious imperialism of “the Book” religions. In their case, it is from Christianity and its holy book, the Bible, whose foreign imposition into Biafra/Igboland has resulted in this same type of religious “tribalism” that has been reinforced by the efforts of the European colonial missionaries and the British colonizing agents in its creation of Nigeria in their strategy of “divide and conquer”.

As long as the Igbo remain enslaved and colonized by foreign religious imperialism, to think that the Igbo ancestors came out of somebody’s holy book, instead of the Igbo ancestors on the ground and Igbo ancestral shrines, the Igbo will remain victims resulting from the zapping of the African mind by these anti-African religious ideas, instead of embracing Ndigbo’s own African Spirituality.

And to add salt to injury, we now have to deal with some Nigerian/Igbo who, think their ancestors are Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and who, want to identify themselves as Jews/Hebrews/Israelite/Zionists! All of these come from self-hatred, driven by demonism. The Islamists demonize the Christians, and the Christians, demonize the Jews and, they all demonize each other and, all of them together demonize African culture, tradition and spirituality such as Ifa/Afa/Odinani/Omenala. Now, we worship YHVH, Jesus and Allah instead, of the God of OUR ancestors: Chineke/Chukwu Abia Ama. The zapping of the African mind is a TERRIBLE thing!

It is sad how a people could think that their ancestors are not powerful, but that one Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in far Middle-east are effective and trustworthy and are the ‘chosen’ ones more than their own ancestors. These pastors and reverend fathers and their marooned followership have so far made ridicule of the Igbo history as if the people had no history before the coming of Europeans, as if the Igbo history started with the coming of the Europeans.

They call the Igbo spirituality idolatry. We forgive them because they were taught by their European oppressors to so be doing. The Europeans who debased all that the Igbo had that were working for them in order to implant the impotent and rascal European ways of life and their spirituality?

This writer had said in his article (Pirated Spirituality) that there are fake forms of spirituality everywhere in Igbo-land in the form of religion. (Igbo here represents Africa). Fake spiritualities have been carried on for many years and the practitioners think they are modern days’ traditions they cannot eschew.

The presupposition that spirits or their agents from the water are unfriendly is such propaganda that mankind in Igboland has suffered for ages. In what many call baptism today is a ritual that predated the biblical Jesus that connects mankind to water. Remember that human being is made up of 70% of water. Even, apart from the christened water initiation called baptism, in some traditions people were/are taken to water for cleansing as a form of initiation to make them formidable. Some parts of Igbo call such ‘baptism’ ibo ebi or itu anya. And those who partook in this are even the most kindhearted people on earth than what we can see in the Middle-east religionists.

In our ancient Igbo community, it’s an abomination for warriors to kill women and children in an inter-community war. Any man who cut the head of a woman in the invaded community and brought it home, his own head would be cut-off and used in re-charging the Ikoro. But today, the era supposed to be for Christians and Muslims, it is an eyesore and mindsore that the wars being fought in many parts of the world, hapless women and children are the most targeted. Most times, they are raped and abused and humiliated and, the perpetrators christened such bestial and unscrupulous acts “weapon of war”.

A friend told us of the history of Ikenga – the Igbo God of commerce and industry. This history is not told to the Igbo generation of today because of church. On revealing this important part in the Igbo etymology, we have suggested that not only Igbo Language but also, Igbo Studies should be inculcated into the Igbo curricula, so that our history would not be forever buried, just as the Europeans and their agents in Nigeria want.

The friend said that Ikenga is the cultus-extension of the Ngwu deity. In communities with high-Ozo title holders (Nnukwu Ozo/Oba/Ide), there must be Ikenga orders within them. The institution is interlinked with the Ozo title system, unless where dismantled. Even in ancient Okigwe and Nkwere, the cultus was also associated with highly accomplished black-smith specialists, just as in the Enugu case.

It is generally recognized as a high-order in the Ozo system. The Ozo Ikenga is the original warrior elite (Ochiagha, Okwoagha, Ulum, Olumba, Odogwu etc) of the accomplished level, who must have climbed from entry warrior/wrestling titles such as: Di-Ota, Di-Ube, Di-Mgba, Okwaube, Di-Ogu. You will need to visit, these six places: Enugwu Ukwu, Ohafia, Ajali, the Ojebogene clan in Igbo-Etiti-Enugu and Nkwere in Imo.

Notable ancient Ikenga traditions in these parts of Igboland. Of course, Nri still claims to be purveyor of every single cultural stream ever revealed in Igbo culture. But we know better. With these stories, however, there are no single sources, unless you want to gather all into an Ikenga mythopoeia anthology, which is a fit-calling, Nwa-Ikenga.

The friend said that he was saying this because Ikenga was one of the major divine teachings that were given to our Egede ancestors originally in Afa poetry (Odu – also a source-prophecy oracle), which are condensed ancient myths and sciences, as you know.

The images of Ikenga and other such deities were encoded much more later on. The original Ikenga was the Ngwu tree – given as the son of Ojeluputangwu, who we now call Jupiter. For some communities with very strong Ikenga traditions, those six are remaining portals to that knowledge — from his experiences. As far as the original lineage, you would have to go to Afa oracle for direct message from the ancestors.

Another precious friend of mine told me that Mandela once said that nobody was born with hatred, but grew up hating people. And assuming he starts to tell his new born children that anything European and American is evil, so they will grow up believing same (just as Europeans had taught our Igbo people to hate Igbo cultures and traditions and call them demons). He cried that it is unfortunate that African “leaders” are not living up to the challenges to expunge the continent of all the brainwashing Europe and America deposited on the continent in the cause of colonialism.

While many people are being re-integrated and getting back to their roots, these pirated religions and their adherents find it somewhat very hard to be re-rooted in Igboland simple because their fathers and mothers abandoned their aboriginal spiritualities for the pirated ones. The pirated religions and their religionists do not have reverence for their blood-ancestors but for their book-ancestors whom they were spoon-fed to believe are saints and angels to the chagrin of their blood-ancestors who were supposed to be their spiritual ancestors and not those they read from books they venerate and are ready to spray blood for.

How long shall the people continue to wallow in abject non-challant attitude in not cherishing their original spiritual heritages, rather they prefer to estrange them and destroy the society thinking from the blues when their society would be genuine again as it were in the days of their forebears.

Values have died among the peoples, because they no longer appreciate their traditions and cultures, but are ever ready to cast aspersions on them, even when the traditions of the religions they now hold dearly are damn connected to things worse than they had imagined were the reasons for abandoning their forefathers’ ways of life.

These fake religions and their religionists mock their traditional people who for example, talk and sing under the rains, but prefer to go to far land to pray and cry before a wailing wall. And they call it the height of their spirituality, when what they do is the height of ignorance full of mockery.

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But till the people re-root theirselves to their ancestors, ancient-culture, ancient-wisdom, beliefs, cultural-history, esoteric-wisdom, free-thinking, magical-thinking, mysticism, primitive-spirituality, forefathers-psychology of freedom and self-expression, the Igbo would continue to totter.

Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Writer, writes from Rivers State.

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