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August 17, 2018

The hypocrisy of over adulating great men

The recent deaths of Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Solomon Lar of Nigeria opened a floodgate of over adulation of the two great men by people who are the direct opposites of Mandela and Lar. From admirable President Obama of the United State to the worst selfish and corrupt leaders in Nigeria, torrents of halleluiah of Mandela and Lar rent the air waves and print media. It was quite nauseating to listen and read the sycophantic outpouring from most unpatriotic selfish and corrupt leaders shouting loudest about the qualities which set Mandela and Lar apart from their compeers. They…

‘Why Mandela was Angry with Nigeria’

“It is better to help a friend pay his fine, than tell a lie to help him cover a crime.” – Nigerian proverb. It was literally a life-long ambition, and I used every opportunity to meet the old man in person. I was finally in a position to press buttons and call old friends to render favors, and in early 2007 I succeeded. I was told I could see Mandela for only 30 minutes at his home, but I needed to get there one hour earlier. Colleagues I had leaned on were skeptical that I would see him despite the…

The Mandela Spirit and challenges of Familyhood in Africa (1)

As October 1 draws near

I have settled down to read and reflect on the multiplicity of eulogies, sermons and encomiums that have been pouring out in honour of the greatest African or if I may say, world hero of our time, the late Nelson Rolihlahla Madiba Dalibhunga Mandela since the announcement of his death by President Jacob Zuma of South Africa on Thursday, December 5. There is nothing else that could be said of a legend that has not been said or written  deservedly about Mandela. And like Funke Egbemode wrote in her column of Sunday Sun, titled, “Madiba’s living lessons”, “I have ……

South Africa’s Mandela returns home after long hospital stay

Anti-apartheid leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela returned to his home on Sunday where he will continue to receive intensive care after three months in hospital with a lung ailment. Mandela, 95, had spent 87 days in a Pretoria hospital after he was rushed there in early June suffering from a recurring infection of the lungs, a legacy of the nearly three decades he spent in jail under apartheid. “Madiba’s condition remains critical and is at times unstable. Nevertheless, his team of doctors are convinced that he will receive the same level of intensive care at his Houghton…

KSJI: Borromeo Commandery, Ehime Fetes the poor

Members of Knights of St. John’s International (565), Borromeo Commandery, Ehime Mbano, Imo state gave succor to the poor and seminarians on Saturday 18th May, 2013. Prelude to the event, Rev. Fr. Anthony Dieme celebrated a Mass. In his homily, Fr. Dieme postulated that Christ urged Peter to feed his lamb if he loves him. It was thereafter that Christ told Peter the type of horrible death that will befall him. According to the priest, when Peter saw John passing by, he enquired from Christ what will be the fate of John and Jesus responded that he should leaveJohn alone….