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July 17, 2018

One family, three officers: The Igbo in US Army

  Recently, the Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri acknowledged various achievements of Ndigbo living in various parts of Europe and America, including those born overseas, who he described as FBI (Foreign Born Igbos). He mentioned an Igbo family who migrated to America, where they had children, three of who are medical doctors. Now, there is another family resident in USA, who has produced three full-fledged officers for the US Army. They are the Odocha family. L-R: Lt Chioma Odocha, Lt. Tochi Odocha and Capt. Kelechi Odocha, all children of Dr. & Mrs. Harold Okay Odocha, from Mbaise, Imo State….

Pope Francis decries US gay club massacre, prays for victims

Pope Francis is shaken and saddened by the ‘homicidal folly and senseless hatred’ that has left at least 50 people dead in an attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, USA. This is contained in a statement released  by the Holy See Press Office Director, Father Federico Lombardi SJ, on the Orlando massacre which has been described as the worst mass shooting in American history. The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation,…

Confiliating Americans: Recti-valuing One Another (2)

A Theology and Practice of Reconfiliation By+ Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna Archbishop of Owerri Full text of lecture Archbishop Obinna delivered at Beeson Divinity School on the Campus of Sanford University, Birmingham, Alabama USA recently. The Archbishop was invited to give a talk at the conference with the theme: Black+ White in America: How deep the divide?   A Fresh Delight – A Preface In the summer of the year 2003 I had the joy of speaking to a broad American Audience in Charleston, South Carolina, thanks to the kind invitation of the Most Rev. Robert J. Baker, Bishop…

Okigwe diocese ordains 19 priests – As Bishop Amatu alerts the faithful on impostor ”Catholic Priest operating in the Diocese.

Most Rev. Dr. Solomon A. Amatu, Bishop of Okigwe flanked with the newly ordained priest shortly after the Holy Mass. Thousand of Catholic faithful in Okigwe Diocese and their friends from parts of Nigeria and beyond, Saturday 26th September 2015, converged on the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception (Podium) Okigwe to witness the sacredotal Ordination of nineteen (19) Deacons as priests. The Local Ordinary of Okigwe, Most Rev. Solomon A. Amatu was the ordaining prelate and assisted by the hierarchy of the Diocesan Presbyterium including the Diocesan chancellor/Secretary, Rev. Fr. Prof. Simon Anaynwu, the Vicar General, Rev. Fr. Dr. Cajethan Ehiem,…

Owerri Yankees call for unity among Politicians

WITHOUT UNITY, it will be impossible for an Owerri man or woman to emerge as Governor in Imo-State in 2015. For this reason, Owerri sons and daughters in the United States os America are calling on politicians to stop fighting and come together.   Participants at the 14th The World Owerri Peoples Congress (WOPC) held in Nashville, Tennessee, sent a strong message to the warring politicians to lay down their sword, in the interest of Nde Owere. Speaking specifically to the All progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) but not excluding the other political parties, the WOPC said the war must stop…

True Picture Of An International Student In America

It is almost the dream of every African youth today to have a taste of the white man’s country. Be it Europe, America or anywhere, the young African merely wants to feel like she/he is overseas. The reason is not far fetched and could reside in the individual, the economic situation in Africa and the apparent fun that characterizes life outside Africa. Most African youth only succeed in securing student’s F1 visa to study abroad, and so they move. I know that some of our elders and founding fathers like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Julius Nyerere, Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkuruma, Uhuru Kenyata,…

India Orders U.S to Shut down commercial activities at embassy bowling alley, gym

In the latest squabble over its diplomat’s arrest, India ordered the United States to shut down “commercial activities” at a recreational facility at the American Embassy in New Delhi. The U.S. Embassy should halt the activities at the property by January 16, an Indian external affairs official said Thursday. The property houses a bowling alley, swimming pool and gym. The multipurpose club in the embassy compound was used by nondiplomats, Indian officials said, accusing the U.S. of contravening an article of the Vienna Convention. Tensions have escalated between New Delhi and Washington over the treatment of an Indian diplomat arrested…

How corruption is “killing” Nigeria – US Consul General

Corruption is a scourge that undermines virtually everything that could move Nigeria towards a brighter economic future as it hinders economic growth and investment This was the statement of Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins, United States Consul General to Nigeria.  According to the diplomat who bared his mind Wednesday, during an interactive session with the civil society at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), corruption diverts financial resources, as well as from building roads and bridges, curtailing the development of infrastructure that is needed to make the country more competitive. The Consul General said that corruption drains the federal treasury of…

Obama cancels talks with Putin ahead of G-20 summit

President Barack Obama formally canceled a much-discussed visit to Moscow next month for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing a lack of progress in bilateral relations since Putin regained the presidency a year ago. Obama will still attend a G-20 summit in St. Petersburg in early September, but now will go to Sweden beforehand instead of stopping in Moscow to meet with Putin, the White House announced. “Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia Summit in early…

Ibeme-Mbano gets another Priest – Rev. Fr. Innocent Eziefule

St Ita’s Parish Ibeme-Isiala Mbano, Sunday 23rd June 2013, hosted yet another of her own, Rev. Fr. Innocent Ugochukwu Eziefule on the occasion of his first Holy Mass, having been ordained Catholic Priest on 8th June 2013 by Most. Rev. Michael D. Pfeifer (O.M.I) Bishop of San Angelo Texas USA. Introducing the Mass, the Parish Vicar Very. Rev. Fr. Felix Okonkwo declared the day blessed as their newly ordained son was fully loaded with fresh  anointing to bless his people in his first holy Mass and thanked an indigenous priests of Ibeme working in the USA, Fr. Romanus Akamike for…