My Ideal Lady

By Odimegwu Onwumere

I was attracted to fleshy, aesthetic black and busty ladies as a young man. Albeit, don’t misconstrue me: I was not into women.

Mercy Johnson (A renowned Nigerian Actress)

Those who knew me would attest to this. Reading and writing took that period of my life when I was supposed to voyage in the sea of exploration of women.

But giving an example of the type of ladies that I liked, was Mercy Johnson. Then-again, in truth, there was something about Johnson’s characterisation on TV, which words have eluded me, to explain.

Her type was the bomb in my subconscious eyes. Conversely, beyond attraction, my fantasy then seems ridiculous today that I cannot be around any lady simple because she is pretty. What I saw then and called attraction, many things attract me today.

They are beyond people with university degrees, money, height, beauty and so many others. Then, I was much engulfed in the power of a glance.

Although, love begins when two persons are attracted to each. But love also disappears when the same persons disbelieve each other after the attraction.

This is the reason we most often do not return attraction to what attract us. Those beauty, bustiness, aesthetic black could disappear in my eyes with someone with a slender grasp on grammar, with sexy look without brains, with religious mindset without spirituality, with God without an atom of Godliness, with University management degrees without a knowledge of how to mange a home, and so on.

If I had come closer to a person of Mercy Johnson’s nature-given ‘wherewithal’ then, maybe, I would have been lost to some quantifiable, external beauty, but not having something deep down and something absolute.

It is better to love when certain undefinable something directs you. Let magnetism be the power that attracts you in a relationship, not some fantasy like I had when I was a young man.

Odimegwu Onwumere is a Poet, Writer and Media Consultant based in Rivers State. E-mail: apoet_25@yahoo.com

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It Is Dangerous Co-existing In Nigeria When The Fulani Make Everything A Threat

By Odimegwu Onwumere

I developed fever on July 5 2018. It was because of news from Enugu.

The news was about a cow or so that got lost or so, and the Fulani herdsmen mandated the section of Enugu where the cow(s) was missing to pay them the sum of N2m. Out of the said money, I learned that the Enugu people were able to raise 600k for the Fulani herdsmen in order to avert attack on them as has been wont of the Fulani people in the recent times.

This is intimidation taken too far by the Fulani just for the reason that Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, who is a Fulani, is the President of the country. They did not even address the issue in a court of competent jurisdiction. Imagine! This is also intimidation taken too far for the Fulani to say on the newspapers of Sunday, July 1 2018, that all the lands across the country belong to them. I’m not happy about this: For the Fulani to be taking prejudice as stubbornness. Indeed, crass stubbornness.

While the Fulani have been sending out messages worse than kill people, kill pregnant women, kill children in many parts of the country just for the purpose of grazing, just for the purpose that they want their cows to graze, newspapers few days ago reported the presidency as saying that the native peoples across the country should give the Fulani lands in order to quell the incessant attacks on people by the Fulani.

This is odoriferous of a presidency that sees ethnic bigotry to be superior to the country’s Constitution. This is psychosis. Now, you wonder why Nigeria just exists as one country only in books and not in the hearts of the peoples of Nigeria. On that Sunday, the Fulani said that they will stop at nothing till they realize or actualise the proposed ranches for them across the country.

Their mindset is that if the Federal Government could support farmers why not give herdsmen ranches. Imagine where a business that was supposed to be an individual affair has been causing lives in Nigeria and the presidency was water-in-mouth to caution these herdsmen who have turned a once lucrative business into terrorism. You now understand where my fever lies.

It is sad that the Fulani are controlling Nigeria by the fear they have been infusing in different villages and towns through messing up with the people’s lives and property. All that the government of Buhari would give as hope to us, the victims, is that he would bring the perpetrators to book. Yet, we are yet to see any book where any Fulani culprit name has been written. They are rather released unconditionally when eventually arrested or conscripted into the Nigerian Army.

The truth is that while they continue to kill for their cows to graze, they cannot turn other Nigerians into a piece of wood to do what they wanted. There will be no room for them to get other Nigerians by the balls for their lucre purpose of making Nigerians’ hearts and minds to follow their grazing proposals. Nigeria is not District Thirteen, where some renegades took their victims’ children and sacrificed them and nothing happened. When the victims lifted a finger, every last one of them was extirpated.

What many Nigerians had expected from Buhari was to re-echo his stance of “Baboon and Chimpanzee’s blood” would soak in the ocean if Fulani herdsmen continue to disturb the peace and serenity of Nigerians. For where! Rather, he would prefer cows having a colony instead of human beings from the Biafra extraction having independence. Imagine this!

It is very sad that other Nigerians are now living at the mercy of the Fulani and no one knows when this evil will end. It is sad that other Nigerians are now living living in the ugly climate of hate and intimidation, created by the noisy Fulani who were supposed to inspire other Nigerians to embrace their husbandry but preferred to intimidate other Nigerians for the agenda of grabbing their lands.

It is dangerous in Nigeria when the Fulani make everything a threat. For instance, before Buhari succeeded in the 2015 presidential elections, he was all threat and nepotistic for the reason that he failed in other presidential elections he contested.

The Fulani make everything a burden of self-importance. They are like the narcissist, according to a Criss Jami in the work ― Killosophy ― who “reconstructs his own law of gravity which states that all things and all creatures must adhere to his personal satisfaction, but when they do not, the pain is far more intense than it is for one who is free from the clamors of ‘I’.”

It gives me fever that when I read about Fulani, all that I see are burden, ego, fear, intimidation, narcissism, pain, paranoia, self-centeredness, threat. Why? I am horror-struck.

It is time the Fulani stopped stressing the commonness of heroes. This is a democracy, not Fulanicracy. They should stop oppressing others and call such greatness. Fulani herdsmen’s lucre for cow colony is a perfect sign of mental unhealthiness.

The Fulani should understand that those they have killed for their cows to graze, or those they have killed for the purpose of land-grabbing, were the true heroes because they preferred to die instead of feel inferior to the Fulani ideal. Many other Nigerians who prefer essences to ideals such as cows’ colony or land-grapping being the Fulani proposals across the country, are ready to die instead of give in to this Satanic agenda.

Other Nigerians will prefer to die for democracy, egalitarianism, equality, essence, glory, greatness, instead of buying in the inferiority, intimidation, jealousy, mediocrity market, that the Fulani want to sell across the country. This is not 1600 century. This is the 21st century when the future of the world is in digital technology, not in the parochial ideal such as open grazing.

However, a Fyodor Dostoyevsky captures this Fulani neurosis in “…Tyranny is a habit, it has its own organic life, it develops finally into a disease. The habit can kill and coarsen the very best man or woman to the level of a beast. Blood and power intoxicate… the return of the human dignity, repentance and regeneration becomes almost impossible.”

It therefore behoove the Fulani to proof Nigerians wrong that it is dangerous in Nigeria when the Fulani make everything a threat.

• Odimegwu Onwumere is a multiple awards-winning journalist based in Rivers State, Nigeria. He can be reached via apoet_25@yahoo.com

Something Dirty

BEYOND RELIGION AND CULTURE: Many things in this world seem dirty but are very potent. Like the saying goes, S*X IS DIRTY, yet… Who can avoid it? Even the cooked beans we eat looks like feaces yet it is one potent sources of protein. The Bible Jesus spat on the ground, then moulded some sand and placed on a blind’s eyes. The act looks dirty. But it was the only potent ways to heal the blind by him. There was the case of some one who was asked to jump seven times in the water. It looks dirty. But what happened? The afflicted was healed. Many things in this world look dirty but they are very potent. So, stop looking at the Igbo deities and shrines from the dirty aspect. Mind you, Jesus was born in the sheep’s tent when many were asking if anything good will come from Nazareth. Today, he is Supreme to his followers. The Igbo cultures and traditions and spirituality have had many good things come out of them. In them the Universal Intelligence is reverenced the natural way. No artificiality that has modernised the paths to be connected in the spirit.
-Odimegwu Onwumere is a Poet, Writer and Media Consultant based in Rivers State.

Herdsboy Suckling Cow’s Breast

BEYOND RELIGION AND CULTURE: Riding on my bike along the Enugu-PH Expressway within the Obuzor, Asa area recently, I could not behold the sight of a small Fulani herds-boy hitting, pressing and licking the breast of his cow. I had heard of such but thought it was one of the denigrating stories always heard from persons who are not from a certain tribe till that day. Buttressing this point, some other tribes would say that Ndigbo love money so much, as if those pointing the accusing fingers on the Igbo burn their own money and sleep in the bed year in and year out. This is one of such flying denigrating stories often heard against a people. When I saw the boy, I was frozen in amazement. I tried to console myself believing it was the Fulani culture to drink or lick the breast of a living and moving cow. I cannot imagine the Igbo licking the breast of their goats or dogs or pigs all in the name of culture. I have not heard of this in Igbo land no matter the hunger. Not even during the period of ethnic cleansing launched on Biafra by the Nigerian forces between 1967-70 that the Igbo could do that. I’m not sure of the health benefits of licking cow’s breast but really sure of the eyesore and mind-sore. I cannot imagine a people that blatantly do scenes with their cows, with owls, with bats, with cats, and others like when a sane person is sleeping with a woman. I freeze cold while in the boiling water. I feel irritated doing this press and would be awestruck conducting a research on this because it is so irritating that some persons could dress up as cows.
-Odimegwu Onwumere is a Poet, Writer and Media Consultant. He publishes the http://www.ooreporters.com

{poem} They Spoke Our Mind

By Odimegwu Onwumere

They spoke our mind,
Them that cross carpeted
From a lost hope
Hoping to rebuild their new hope.
They moved in anger
Leaving the angrymaker alone
Who now justifies his shame
In a shenanigan’s speech
Sewing and drawing self pity
But we knew his garb is hypocrisy.
They cross carpeted within
Looking for respite
When many of us are drowning
In Mediterranean Sea
For want of new lease of life
From shenaniganism he calls leadership.
A town isn’t finished
When their king is finished
But when the people are finished.
Their genuflection shows a finished one
Who now does hurried and senseless speech
Thinking he would heal our wounds
He inflicted but we know better – we
They spoke their mind.

(c) Odimegwu Onwumere
July 25 2018.

Their Fight Yet To Start

By Odimegwu Onwumere

Adam had shame before Eve,
Not Adams with autocratic voice,
Clattering like the one from Daura
That learned undemocratic tenets
Now leading a democratic country
With scorpions and arrows
Humiliating institutions ought
To checkmate him.
Their fight is yet to start
With thunder rehearsing its sound
To unleash to a country
Being led by vultures and jackals
Throwing Aso Rock at us.
Their fight is yet to start.
We are just hearing their voice
Yet to see blood and wounds
Then would our tears dry.
We, they have hypnotised
With failed promises
And undemocratic principles.

(c) Odimegwu Onwumere
July 25 2018.