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May 21, 2018

Family values declining in Igboland – Claretian Priest

Family values declining in Igboland - Claretian Priest

  The moral and ethical values and principles traditionally upheld and transmitted in Igbo society such as hardwork, honesty, prudence, self-worth, family pride, integrity, fear of God etc, are dying gradually in Igboland. A Claretian Priest, Rev. Fr. Cletus Uche cmf raised the alarm during a Retreat for Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba, Sancta Maria Sub-Council Owerri. The Lenten Retreat took place at St. Mary Claret Parish, New Owerri. Fr. Uche observed that these core values of Ndigbo are progressively being abandoned rather than being reinforced as parents are no longer interested in transmitting the values which have major…

Archbishop Obinna inaugurates 2018 Odenigbo Committee

…Appoints new Pastoral Council Chairman The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has inaugurated the Committee for this year’s Owerri Archdiocesan Day Celebration/Odenigbo Lecture. Speaking at the ceremony held at Obiri-Odenigbo (Odenigbo Pavilion), February 9, Archbishop Obinna expressed satisfaction with the progress Odenigbo lecture has made so far, especially with regards to speaking Igbo Language proudly in public gatherings. He reiterated that he conceived the idea of Odenigbo, when he was studying overseas, before he became bishop, adding that the main trust of Odenigbo was to use Igbo Language to preach the word of God to enable it…

Owerri Archdiocesan Day Celebration/Odenigbo Lecture Series, 22 years after

Odenigbo 2017

Next, Saturday, the 2nd day of September 2017, all Christ faithful in the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri will in joyful reunion with their sons, daughters, friends and well-wishers from within and outside Nigeria, gather at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri to celebrate this year’s Owerri Archdiocesan day. The Owerri Archdiocesan day is an annual festivity which primarily recalls the 1994 elevation of the Catholic Diocese of Owerri to an Archdiocese and ultimately to the status of metropolitan See within the Owerri Ecclesiastical province. Over time, the renowned Odenigbo lecture – “NkuziOhanaEze,” scripted and delivered in Igbo Language has turned out…

Show interest in Igbo Language – Priest appeals to Ndigbo

– Commends Odenigbo lecture A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Nathaniel Uzoma Opara has made a passionate appeal to ndigbo to show interest in their language. Preaching a homily at the memorial Mass for late Ezinne Georgenia Onyekwere at St. Michael’s Catholic Church Awa, Oguta LGA, Fr. Opara noted that ndigbo are giants in various languages of the world and in various disciplines but dwarfs in their own language. The Orlu Diocesan priest said indigenous language is not only effective means of communication but also a medium for technological development. He cited China, Japan, Korea, India etc as countries that…

Owerri Archdiocesan Day Celebration/Odenigbo Lectures … So far so good

Last Saturday, the 3rd day of September 2016, all Christ faithful in the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri in joyful reunion with their sons, daughters, friends and well-wishers from within and outside Nigeria, gathered at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri to celebrate this year’s Owerri Archdiocesan day which led us into the 21st edition of this event. The Owerri Archdiocesan day is an annual event which primarily recalled the 1994 elevation of the Catholic Diocese of Owerri to an Archdiocese and ultimately to the status of metropolitan See within the Owerri Ecclesiastical province. To this end, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna,…

GS IGBO: BETTER LATE THAN THE LATE

Mgbakoigba, Journal of African Studies. Vol.6 No.1. July 2016 (Edited) Abstract   The genesis of the university studies sprang from the insatiable human cravings for knowledge. The word University comes from two Latin words uni (dative case of unus), meaning “one” and versus meaning; in the direction of, towards. Universus means towards one-a whole, the whole of existing things, everything that is, the whole of reality, also a consideration of all things as forming a whole creation. The Latin suffix itas (genitive itatis), connotes a condition of being united. This is why universitas signifies a state of things united to…

Don’t allow Igbo language to die – Bishop Amatu warns! …As Bro. Nick Anokwuru joins KSM

Sir and Lady Nicholas Anokwuru (KSM) at the event ground …10 new initiates give thanks to God The Local Ordinary of Okigwe Diocese, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu celebrated a thanksgiving Mass for 10 new initiates of the Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM) at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Okigwe on Sunday 21st August, 2016. Bishop Amatu was assisted at the Mass by five clerics – Rev. Frs: Bartholomew Nnaemedo (Vicar-General) Mark Nnopu (Cathedral Admin), Livinus Iroh,  Emmanuel Obi and Chibuike Okeagu. In his homily, Bishop Amatu gave thanks to God for the initiates and their families for sacrificing their resources…

Odenigbo cultural festival has come to stay

This year’s Odenigbo lecture, our ongoing annual Igbo intellectual harvest, scripted and delivered in the language of Ndigbo holds on Saturday, September 3rd 2016 at the popular Obiri Odenigbo. The lecturer this time is non other than the world renowned Technological genius, a former minister of Mines and Power and a scholar of international repute, Professor Barth Okechukwu Nnaji. He will lecture on the theme, “OMENKA: NCHEPUTA NA MMEPUTA. The Odenigbo lecture for this year is the twenty first in the series since its inception in 1996. Let us not forget that the maiden lecturer was Nolue Emenanjo, a Professor…

Need to revive school quiz competitions stressed

– As primary schools in Isiala Mbano end pilot contests No fewer than sixty-four primary schools participated in a three-month long systematic league quiz competition organized for primary schools in Isiala Mbano LGA. The exercise, which is projected to capture all the LGA’s in Imo State, is a private-sector driven intervention initiative aimed at providing the missing link in current educational development curriculum. Organised by a non-government charity organization, Disabilities Awareness Welfare Development and Rights Initiative (DAWDRIN), the programme, at the end of preliminaries, saw 30 schools qualified for the second round, with eleven (11) schools subsequently making it to…

Biafran supporters disrupt Gov Okorocha’s Chatham House address

Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha’s speech at the Royal Institute of International Affairs – Chatham House London – was on Wednesday held up for over thirty minutes by a lone pro-Biafran agitator, who had to be wrestled out of the venue after initially holding up the event for more than twenty minutes. The drama began seconds after the governor had been introduced by the occasion’s chair, Dame Sally Keeble. Unknown to both the governor’s entourage of about 10 and the organizers, two protesters were among the audience and as soon as Okorocha took to the podium and even before…

Owerri Archdiocesan Day Celebration/Odenigbo Lectures

On The Way To Fulfilment By Rev. Fr. George Nwachulwu On the 5th day of September 2015, Christ faithful in the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri will in joyful reunion with their sons, daughters, friends and well wishers from within and outside the metropolitan, gather at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri to celebrate this year’s Owerri Archdiocesan day. The two day celebration kicks off on Friday September 4th with cultural entertainment. It will be rounded off on Saturday with a thanksgiving Mass, fund raising and Odenigbo lecture. This year’s fiesta is unique in several ways, (1) It forms an integral part of…

Imo Assembly to conduct business in Igbo

  Henceforth, the Imo State House of Assembly will strictly conduct its legislative businesses in Igbo Language on special days set aside for such. Information reaching our News Desk indicate that this is a deliberate policy by the State Law makers to protect, preserve and promote the Language. Members of the House will on such days be required to dress in Igbo Traditional attire only before stepping in Igbo into the hallowed chambers. According to our source, the new speakers, Rt. Hon. Dr. Acho Ihim is worried not only about the seeming apathy towards intergenerational transmission of Igbo Language, but…

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…

Suwakwa Igbo, Biko – It’s ‘Chioma’ not ‘Chaaoma’

Since I attended Odenigbo and heard those shocking revelations about how Igbo people are unwittingly destroying their language, I have been acting like a badly-trained policeman and forcing everyone around me to speak Igbo, especially if they are Igbo in the first place. I’m now more protective of our mother tongue and have no patience with anyone doing anything contrary. That’s why I’m sharing this experience I had in London, recently, at a naming ceremony organized by an Igbo family and attended by 99 per cent Igbos. I will compare it with a similar ceremony in the Caribbean held by…

Only Igbo Governors can save Igbo Language – Prof. Pita Ejiofo

The life and death of Igbo Language have been placed squarely on the shoulders of Governors in Igbo land.  If they continue in their present posture, showing non-interest in their own mother tongue, then in no distant future, Ndigbo will sing non-adimitis to their own language. Prof. Pita Ejiofo gave this warning while delivering the 2013 Odenigbo lecture tagged Óganihu Igbo: Onodu Asusu Igbo”. He called on Igbo Governors to convoke a meeting of Ndigbo in Enugu to discuss the fate of Igbo language, whether they want Igbo language to survive or to die a natural death. “Igbo language is…

Neglect of Igbo Language worse than Defeat of Biafra – Odenigbo Lecturer

Another disaster is on the verge of be falling ndigbo. The tragedy worse than the defeat of Biafra is about to happen in our generation. The impending doom is the threat of imminent death of Igbo Language. Already Igbo Language  is in a critical condition today. These were part of the lamentations of Prof. Pita Ejiofo while delivering this year’s Odenigbo lecture, at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, Sept 7. He spoke on Oganihu Igbo: Onodu Asusu Igbo. (Igbo Progressive Welfare: Where does the Igbo Language stand?) Prof Ejiofo noted that at the moment, Igbo Language is in a serious…

Odenigbo: Obinna harps on Igbo progressive welfare – demands repeal of abortion laws

Odenigbo lecture series has not only brought joy and dignity to lovers of Igbo Language, it has helped us to “Recover Igbo- African Confidence”. The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri expressed this view during a Press Conference held August 30 this year’s on Odenigbo lecture and Imo Abortion Laws. Throwing light on the choice of  this year’s topic: Oganihu Igbo: Onodu Asusu Igbo, which he translated as: “Igbo Progressive Welfare: Where does the Igbo Language stand?, the Archbishop said, “Since God in Christ is concerned with the progressive welfare of humanity and the world at large, it…