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May 27, 2018

Supporting Vocation Boom in Igboland

You can predict the future of the church when you look at the young people in the church today. Young people being the hope of tomorrow are, indeed, the hope of missions. Pope Francis pointed out clearly in his message on World Missions  Sunday 2017 that it all rests with the youth. The Pope noted that the person of Jesus Christ and the good news he proclaimed have also continued to attract many young people, who seek ways to put themselves with courage and enthusiasm at the service of humanity. However, it is a fact that the West is experiencing…

THE INVASION OF IGBOLAND BY NIGERIAN ARMY – A RIDICULOUS MISSION

The Invasion of Igboland by Nigerian Army – A Ridiculous Mission

Nathaniel I. NDIOKWERE  Preamble NIGERIA NOT A ZOO, BUT A JUNGLE You come to the above conclusion, without much reflection when you consider absurdities that one finds “Only in Nigeria!”. Just one example: “NIGERIA’S UNITY IS NOT NEGOTIABLE!” And this testament was written and signed by two people, BUHARI and OJUKWU, and this time the venue was not ABURI, in GHANA, but in KATSINA, NORTHERN NIGERIA! The implication of this two-man agreement is that anyone that tampers with the sacred accord, the testament, must be ruthlessly deal with! Wow! Recently, Philip Omenukwa, a young Nigerian writer, in a fine article…

Owerri Archdiocese marks 36th anniversary of dedication of Assumpta Cathedral

There was a low-key anniversary celebration at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri to mark the 36 years of the dedication of the iconic church edifice, Monday November 13. Archbishop Anthony J.V. Obinna while introducing the Mass apologized for the choice of lowering the key of fun and merriment that should characterized the event. He however expressed optimism that next year’s celebration would take a better dimension. Speaking further, the Archbishop who was flanked at the Mass by Rev. Frs: Gerard Onyekwere and Alphonsus Oha, Cathedral Administrator and Archdiocesan Secretary/Chancellor respectively, recalled that it was on the same day in 1980…

The Osu-caste System: The unfortunate apartheid in Igboland

Among the obnoxious, outrageous and devastating traditions and beliefs in lgboland is the ‘Osu-casste system’ which has in different places both in the past and present becomes a key of disunity, humiliation, infringements and isolation in the places where they are practiced. Osu-caste system according to Okafor J.N, is an ideology of class domination that incorporates the beliefs that a particular class of people is to be disinherited and excluded from association, with others, either because they are themselves victims of ritual offering or they are descended from those who were victims. (Okafor, J.N., The Challenge of Osu Caste System…

Supreme Court upholds right of female child to inherit properties in Igboland

The Supreme Court has voided the Igbo law and custom, which forbid a female from inheriting her late father’s estate, on the grounds that it is discriminatory and conflicts with the provision of the constitution.   The court held that the practice conflicted with section 42(1)(a) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution. The judgment was on the appeal marked: SC.224/2004 filed by Mrs. Lois Chituru Ukeje (wife of the late Lazarus Ogbonna Ukeje) and their son, Enyinnaya Lazarus Ukeje against Mrs. Cladys Ada Ukeje (the deceased’s daughter). Cladys had sued the deceased’s wife and son before the Lagos High Court,…

Soyinka blasts Buhari over Herdsmen’s havoc

 • Senate to probe killings   •More reactions, condemnations trail attacks  NOBEL Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari over his reaction to the Fulani herdsmen attacks and killings across the country. He said it was short of expectation. The latest in the orgy of violence, bloodbath and killings by suspected Fulani herdsmen occurred on Monday at Nimbo community in Enugu. Buhari who had been serially slammed for refusing to move against the marauding herdsmen, finally broke his silence on Wednesday when he said the circle of violence would be a thing of the past within the next 18…

Archbishop Obinna takes Anti-Discrimination campaign to US …Calls for Reconfiliation

L -R: Bishop Edward Braxton, Bishop Robert Baker and Archbishop AJV Obinna at the conference The Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace, Anthony J. V Obinna, has put his foot down against all forms of hatred, enmity and discrimination toward other persons, as he took his campaign for justice and equality under God to the United States of America. Archbishop Obinna was invited recently to give a talk in a symposium on race relations. In his opening remarks at the conference with the theme: Black + White in America: how deep the divide? The chief convener Most Rev Robert Baker, Bishop…

The Task Ahead For Igbo Intellectuals (4)

lgbo culture is undergoing rapid and profound transformation. I am however not too sure that this transformation is for the better. Our culture is not only about mmonwu and our colourful dresses. It is not only about our funeral rites and marriage ceremonies (already deformed beyond recognition in many parts of Igboland). It is not only about our beautiful, vibrant dances and appetizing dishes. Our culture is also about the way we grow our crops and preserve our food; the way we organize our social life and manage tension. Our culture is also about the way we educate our children….

The Task Ahead For Igbo Intellectuals (2)

Akwukwo na-aso uso; m ‘0 na-a fia aru na mmuta. Onye welu ntasi-obi, oga-amuta akwukwo; m ‘obulu na nne ya na nna ya nwee ego! Most Rev. Onah   Yet, the question remains: Is education, especially higher education, still worth the trouble for our people? If material wealth was all we needed in life, then higher education would not be the shortest and best route to it. But, as Aristotle rightly observed, people do not usually seek wealth for its own sake, but rather for other things which they hope that wealth would make possible, namely, “better life” — to…

CHRISTIAN BURIAL IN IGBOLAND: Appraisal and Recommendation

(The questions posed by Rev. Fr. Christian Eze Cmf in The Leader of February 14,2016, p.4 over Christian burial in Igboland is answered in my 1996 Laity Week lecture.) For everything there Is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die Eccl 3:1-2. In traditional Igbo society, death was seen as a terrible phenomenon which must not be contemplated. Indeed, the Igbo people would rather live out life so much that they never found time to think about death, hence the Igbo name Igboecheonwu (the Igbo never think…

The Assassination of Rev. Fr. Denis Osuagwu CMF … Caused by lack of faith in God

  I got a call last night (16th August) informing me about the death of Rev. Fr. Denis Osuagwu CMF, and it really saddened me. The caller told me to goggle his facebook and get some more details of the incident. As I did I actually saw his body lying full length on the ground soaked with blood. According  to reports, he was dragged out from his car on a part road to his school, and shot dead. The killers left without taking anything from his car. He was wearing a white shirt and a black pair of trousers when…

Nothing like royal blood – Archbishop Obinna

  Those who arrogate some superiority to themselves and who believe that they have royal blood in their veins have been advised to perish the thought because no human being has royal blood. The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri gave this advice in a homily at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri penultimate Sunday. Archbishop Obinna said those who say they have royal blood are merely pretending because only Jesus Christ has royal blood; the rest of us have ordinary blood. “They are pretending to have royal blood; it’s mere fiction; or just to allow things to move on,”…

THE GENESIS OF “IRI JI” FESTIVAL IN MBAISE

  The most important farm crop in Igboland over the years is the yam. In precolonial times the Uhianjoku was regarded as the goddess of farm productivity exemplified in the yam and cocoyam as the major farm crops. Uhianjoku was worshiped as a deity and homage was paid to this deity by the elders in appreciation of the role ascribed to her by our ancestors in sustaining farm productivity. Uhianjoku has presently been modernized as Ahiajoku an acronym for bounty intellectual harvest of the Igbos East of the Niger. The Ahiajoku Lecture series therefore, has its roots from the Mbaise…

Repositioning Traditional Rulership in Imo State for more relevance

Traditional ruler is a person in position of leadership in his community and whose authority is derived and passed down from political, social and cultural heritage of his community to ensure a viable order.  Any government that ignores this institution is bound to have problems.  In the Northern and Western Nigeria for instance, the position of the Sultan, Emir, Oba, Baale, Etsu, Oni, Alafin etc., cannot and must not be ignored.  Similarly the position of Eze, Obi and Igwe must be respected.  One big problem facing the leadership of Imo State is the proliferation of  Autonomous Communities/new Traditional Rulers. In…

The Osu Caste System in Igboland – A challenge to the Igbo Christian Intellectual (1)

Nobody living today in Igbo land of Eastern Nigeria can claim to be a living witness to the origin of the Osu Caste System in Igbo land, an ugly dichotomy that tends to make some people inferior before their ilk, although in some Igbo communities like Ngwa, osu does not exist as everybody is nwa afo, son of the soil. Osu by traditional definition is somebody offered as sacrifice to or dedicated to a god or an idol (Ozo Evuruaja 1975).  Another variety of the caste is Ume, which means predicament or bad destiny.  Ohu is a man owned by…

Igboland, hope of Christianity in Nigeria – Fr. Nkwocha

-As Provincial CMO meets in Owerri Christian Fathers in Igboland have been reminded that the hope of Christianity in Nigeria lies in their hands and should therefore hold on tenaciously to this faith and handover same to their children undiluted. The Administrator of Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, Rev. Fr. Andrew Nkwocha gave this reminder at the Mass which kick-started the meeting of the Catholic Men Organization (CMO), Owerri Ecclesiastical Province held at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, Thursday, March 27, 2014. In his homily, Fr. Nkwocha, who represented Archbishop Anthony Obinna said Christians are suffering serious persecution in many parts of…

IGBO ISSUES AT THE NATIONAL CONFAB (3)

REPRODUCTION OF DR SAM MADUGBA’S SUBMISSION TO IGBO GOVERNORS/ELDERS FOR GUIDANCE FOR OBASANJO’S CONFAB, FEBRUARY 1, 2005   The Igbo Stand on General Nigeria Wrongs Igbo delegates should adopt the following stands on each of the above listed 16 wrongs against the Nigerian people by Nigeria. 1.       Type of Democracy: We should go for Parliamentary Democracy where the Prime-minister will be a member of the parliament elected by his colleagues and so controllable. He could even answer president. There should be no such position as ceremonial president or the like. The Parliamentary Democracy should start from 2015 after the Igbos…

Addressing the Kidnapping Problem In Nigeria (1)

KIDNAPPING NOW A LUCRATIVE BUSINESS IN NIGERIA? Nigerians who must visit their fatherland for obvious reasons, like burial of loved ones or spend Christmas vacation in the village are always gripped with fear as mere thought of landing in the village for a few days to spend time with families and neighbors scares them.  They don’t even believe that better security can be assured in the big cities of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Onitsha, Kano, Kaduna, Ibadan, Benin, or Owerri. One could be kidnapped by hoodlums or young terrorists. Those who find themselves in the Northern states of the nation…

Justice Not Sympathy for Imo State Pensioners

Recently the democratically elected government of Imo State declared that with effect from April 2013 retired civil servants will be paid pension only at the Community Government Council offices of their home communities where the traditional rulers are to identify them as genuine pensioners. The general meaning of this directive is that government gazettes of appointments, promotions and retirements of these pensioners as well as the series of biometric capturing exercises held since 2006 are unreliable records until they are confirmed by traditional rulers who have no records to verify the claims of the pensioners. No wonder that in its…

Eze Desmond Ogugua: Igbos won’t run away again

As tension mounts in the North, opinion is divided whether thousands of Igbos living there should return or not. Those who have loved ones in the danger zones are sending a strong “come-back-quick” message to them. They recall the slaughtering of Igbos in the north, prior to the civil war, and although the situation now is somewhat different, they fear history may repeat itself. But the hardliners urging people to “stay” base their position on the poverty and unemployment situation is the East, which is dangerously high. However, there is a strong and powerful voice also urging Igbos in the…