"The moment we [Africans] lost our languages was also the moment we lost our bodies, our gold, diamonds, copper, coffee, tea." - Ngugi wa Thiong'o

11 May 2017

Battered, But Resilient: The Citizens of Nigeria

Lord Byron, a British Poet, once wrote; “though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen.” He didn’t love his countrymen because, in his thinking, they didn’t understand him, especially when Lady Caroline Lamb described him as “mad, bad and dangerous to know”.

But in my own case, I love my countrymen; I do not love my country. I do not love my country because Nigeria as a country can only be described as “mad, bad and dangerous to [live in]”. Some people may question the difference between a country and countrymen? In this instance, Nigeria is a country controlled by a few people – the oppressors – they are the country. While the oppressed are the countrymen.

12 March 2017

Blasphemy: an unforgivable sin unlike Adultery - Apostle Suleiman on my mind

In 2005, while having my lunch at a cafeteria in Umuahia, Abia state, Nigeria, a well dressed young man approached me. He informed me that he had a message from God to me. Okay, let me hear the message. He introduced himself as a Pastor, and that God told him to tell me to provide some money to develop his ministry. After recovering from disbelief, I managed to ask him, what do I call that money, investment? He replied, you can call it that. Oh sorry brother, I don’t do that kind of investment.

Before he could add another word, I reminded him that the only time Jesus got angry, as reported by the bible, was when he saw some people trading in his father's house. Thus investing in your ministry may be construed as trading in God's house, which may be counted as blasphemy to me – using the name of God in vain.

6 March 2017

The Messiah in President Donald Trump as seen by Igbo people of Nigeria

As I was driving down to the dentist with my young son, he suddenly shouted; “OH; Daddy, I have given him a bloody nose; I punched his face very hard…. Hahaha! For a moment I couldn’t workout what he was saying, but he was doing something on his iPad. So I asked him; who did you give a bloody nose? He answered Trump. Which Trump? He replied Donald Trump, the American president. He saw the surprise on my face and he added; it’s only a game - “Punch the Trump”.

I furthered the discussion by asking him why he punched Trump so hard to give him a bloody nose. He told me because he doesn’t like Donald Trump. In fact, “nobody in my class (primary 2) likes him”, he added. I immediately reasoned that some parents have been feeding their children with a lot of negative things about president Trump.