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July 17, 2018

ODENIGBO LECTURE SERIES: HOW FAR – SO FAR

  One of the greatest philosophers that has ever lived on this planet Earth left us with a lesson that “an unexamined life is not worth living”, while the Igboman encapsulates these facts in his adage which says that “Odi mkpa ana eri ana enyo afo”. Odenigbo lecture series which was established in 1996 by His Grace Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna is 19 years old this year. So far, we have witnessed 18 lectures in the series and this year which is the 19th is to be delivered by one of us, Rev. Fr. Prof. John Obilor, a lecturer…

Umuaka Igbo Taa visit Nnorie Parish

As Umuaka Igbo Taa continue their work of re-orientating Igbo children, they visited St James Catholic Parish,Nnorie in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area where they were warmly recieved by the Parish Priest,Very,Rev Fr. Anslem Ekeh and the Parishioners. After the Mass, the president of the group  Chidi Opara – Ibeleche spoke to the children and youths, charging them to be proud to speak and live Igbo and when those in the cities return to display foreign culture, they should correct them in love and help them to feel at home. “As many of them now wish to return,we should recieve them…

2013 Odenigbo Committee Inaugurated

The Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri and founder Odenigbo lecture series has inaugurated the Committee to organize this year’s Owerri Archdiocesan Day/Odenigbo lecture. The 90-man Committee is headed by Mr. Paschal O. J. Ihemedu with Prof. Obiajulu Emejulu as Secretary. Inaugurating the Committee on Monday, June 10,  at the Assumpta Secretariat Hall Owerri, Archbishop Obinna expressed satisfaction with the progress of the lecture series, stressing that “it is yielding fruits, especially among our English-Speaking Igbo”. He recalled years when people, who addressed public gatherings in Igbo language were regarded as illiterates, saying that “today the reverse…

Irish Sister honoured for her “Save Igbo People Campaign”

-As Royal Father tasks Nigerians  over humanitarian services An Irish Reverend Sister, a septuagenarian, Mary Conchita McDonnel, has been honoured with the “Nwanne di namba” chieftaincy title by the Ihioma Community in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State. The honour was in appreciation of the thousands of lives saved in the community during the Biafra-Nigeria war through the “Save Igbo People” campaign which the Reverend Sister, who was then in her twenties mounted in Europe and America. The conferment of the title  was celebrated by the entire community  at the palace of the traditional ruler  HRH (Sir) John Nwosu,…

ACHEBE AND THE INVENTION OF AFRICAN LITERATURE (1)

came strong on the world stage with the publication of his first novel, Things Fall Apart. It is a work widely considered to have defined African literature and brought balance to world literature. This is despite the fact that there were other pioneering efforts regarding African prose by African indigenous writers. By 1933 Omenụkọ by Pita Nwana had been published, followed by the Onitsha Market Literature through which Cyprian Ekwensi published pamphlet stories like Ikolo the Wrestler and Other Ibo Tales (1947) and When Love Whispers (1948). These were before Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard (1952), which many regard as…

Let’s look at some words and their wrong use among us

When you hear that someone, especially a top politician, has dropped a “bombshell” you would automatically want to know what the big news is all about. The expression connotes an earth shaking event which is actually what an exploded bomb is. To those who must have experienced the early wars in history, crude bombs, when detonated, left their empty covers, shells or, if you like, lifeless relic or empty cases. A couple of years ago an angry war veteran, possibly from World War 1, complained in the prestigious “Letter  to the editor” column of the Times of London  that  he…