SEVEN IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT EZE NRI.

SEVEN IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT EZE NRI.

SEVEN IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT EZE NRI. Nri is the ancestral home of all Igbos. It is an ancient Igbo city-state in Anambra State. The Kingdom of Nri was a center of learning, religion, and commerce in pre-colonial times. Historians have compared the significance of Nri, at its peak, to the religious cities of Rome or Mecca. It was the seat of a powerful and imperial state that influenced much of the territories inhabited by the Igbo of Awka and Onitsha to the east; the Efik, the Ibibio, and…

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The Primacy of Culture in Fashion

The Primacy of Culture in Fashion

The Primacy of Culture in Fashion by Acho Orabuchi Some years back, I was asked to be a keynote speaker at a public school in Dallas holding its International Cultural/Fashion Carnival. At this particular school, many countries were represented, including Nigeria. The school resembled a model United Nations. Here are the excerpts of my address: Parents, teachers, students, and community leaders: Good evening! Thank you for coming. On the very morning I was asked to be the keynote speaker at the event, my immediate reaction was what am I going…

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The Only King in Igboland Forbidden from Seeing Masquerades, and Why?

The Only King in Igboland Forbidden from Seeing Masquerades, and Why?

The Only King in Igboland Forbidden from Seeing Masquerades The monarch of ancient Nri Kingdom, popularly referred to as Eze Nri, is the only king in Igboland forbidden from seeing masquerades. According to Igbo customs and traditions, as long as Eze Nri lives, he shall not behold any masquerade either within his kingdom or outside his kingdom while on duty or passing. This is because we Igbos regard masquerades as spirits. Eze Nri haven been symbolically dead and buried (before ascension to the throne) yet still apparent to ordinary eyes…

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NDI IGBO: THE WAY FORWARD

NDI IGBO: THE WAY FORWARD

NDI IGBO: THE WAY FORWARD By Chijioke Ngobili In Africa and particularly, Nigeria, gathering to make deliberations on “The way forward” can never be found an uncommon exercise. If a library is opened to take stock and record of all “The way forward” exercises engaged in by Africans and for Africans, I believe the library will be filled up before the stock-taking itself expires. The greatest problem facing Africans and the Black race is: The consistent inability to translate the deliberated “way forward” to what I call “the way onward”….

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Anambra; The Ancestral Home of the Igala

Anambra; The Ancestral Home of the Igala

Anambra; The Ancestral Home of the Igala It was Professor Anta Diop of Senegal who observed that ethnic groups often do not realize the extent to which they share kinship with the language, culture, traditions and historical socio-political structures, evolved by communities they have come to view as rivals. Indeed ethnic groups tend to see themselves as self-enclosed communities. But as an example are the Luluas of Kenya aware of their kingship with the Luluas of Senegal? By the same token how many of us in Nigeria are aware that…

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The Igbos and Her Traditional festivals

The Igbos and Her Traditional festivals

The Igbos and Her Traditional festivals Ndi Igbo: Living chiefly in eastern Nigeria are the Igbos. The Igbos are an ethnic group native to the present-day south-central and southeastern Nigeria. Geographically, the Igbo homeland is divided into two unequal sections by the Niger River– an eastern (which is the larger of the two) and a western section.The Igbo people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa. In the igbo culture, the igbo people celebrate lots and different type of festivals. below are list of 10 most popular festivals…

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Femi falana:The deployment of armed troops in Abia state and the house arrest of Mr. Kanu are illegal and unconstitutional

Femi falana:The deployment of armed troops in Abia state and the house arrest of Mr. Kanu are illegal and unconstitutional

The deployment of armed troops in Abia state and the house arrest of Mr. Kanu are illegal and unconstitutional No doubt, the Federal Government of Nigeria has the duty to maintain law and order in the country. But it is the duty which cannot be carried out outside the ambit of the law of the land. Last weekend, armed troops invaded Abia in Abia state to deal with the alleged threat of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to destabilise the country. It was…

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SEE HOW A 73 YEARS OLD FATHER OF MY FRIEND COMMITTED SUICIDE

SEE HOW A 73 YEARS OLD FATHER OF MY FRIEND COMMITTED SUICIDE

SEE HOW A 73 YEARS OLD FATHER OF MY FRIEND COMMITTED SUICIDE By Anayo M. Nwosu Friends and well wishers of Ichie Akwaraike were relieved when they learnt that he had decided to remarry four years after the death of his wife. He was so close to the wife and nearly would have died of heartache from grief few days after Imianamma, the wife died. What those who were so concerned about Akwaraike’s seemingly loneliness didn’t know was that the 73 years old man had made up his mind to…

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BUHARI AND EGWU EKE PART 2

BUHARI AND EGWU EKE PART 2

-BUHARI AND EGWU EKE PART 2 President Muhammadu Buhari is set to militarise the South East again with his Part 2 of Operation Python Dance- Egwu Eke2. It kicks off September 15 – October 14, 2017. Let everyone be on the alert. Is it not ironical that despite the endless provocations by Security Agencies, particularly in the maiming and killings of armless and harmless South East youths, the region remains non-volatile? Is it not ironical that the North which by now should be militarised to nip any uprising against Ndigbo…

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THE ULTIMATUM GIVEN BY NIGER DELTA TO HAUSA/FULANI IS IN TANDEM WITH THE BIAFRA STRUGGLE

THE ULTIMATUM GIVEN BY NIGER DELTA TO HAUSA/FULANI IS IN TANDEM WITH THE BIAFRA STRUGGLE

– THE ULTIMATUM GIVEN BY NIGER DELTA TO HAUSA/FULANI IS IN TANDEM WITH THE BIAFRA STRUGGLE I had to find a way to reach out to you all because my attention was drawn to concocted falsehood from those that claim they speak for Niger Delta and Ijaw. My brother brought a malicious and destructive account of the ultimatum to my notice. Some persons resident in and indigenous to our region are working hard to avoid our inevitable unity prior to secession. No one or group has the right to speak for…

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WHY OTHER NIGERIAN TRIBES ARE SURPRISED AT THE CRIES OF MARGINALIZATION BY IGBOS

WHY OTHER NIGERIAN TRIBES ARE SURPRISED AT THE CRIES OF MARGINALIZATION BY IGBOS

WHY OTHER NIGERIAN TRIBES ARE SURPRISED AT THE CRIES OF MARGINALIZATION BY IGBOS By Anayo M. Nwosu The young Theophilus Obafemi Awolowo was transfixed as he watched Nnamdi Azikiwe, a fellow African speak so eloquently and so impactful at a rally in 1940. Awolowo suddenly realized that his secondary school education at Baptist Boys’ High School (BBHS), Abeokuta and the further training at Wesley College, Ibadan were not enough. The young Awolowo no longer regarded as sufficient his correspondent studies’ degree in Commerce from University of London. All he wanted…

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‘I don’t accept Facebook friend request from people with All English names’ – Afikpo Chic

‘I don’t accept Facebook friend request from people with All English names’ –  Afikpo Chic

‘I don’t accept Facebook friend request from people with All English names’ – Ebonyi lawmaker, Maria Ude Nwachi, says The popular lawmaker of the Ebonyi state House of Assembly gave three reasons why she unfollows people on Facebook. See the reasons below… Early Morning Confession: What are your top reasons for unfriending people on Facebook? Mine are: 1. They write in shortword, which I hate with a passion, as I know the damage the shortword scourge has done to many Nigerians. Once I see the person a few times on…

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Rochas Okorocha of Imo State is a Big Shame! By Tobenna Obiano

Rochas Okorocha of Imo State is a Big Shame! By Tobenna Obiano

Rochas Okorocha of Imo State is a Big Shame! By Tobenna Obiano Gov. Rochas Okorocha is a big disgrace to ndi-Igbo, a monumental failure in leadership and one of the worse set of individuals who ordinarily shouldn’t have come anywhere close to position of power, but here he is, a terrible failure. In the last few hours, I have been seeing and reading many disturbing posts and videos, which to me seemed like an Owerri Runover, a dictatorial approach, a forceful and hateful style and yes, the shooting was more like…

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This Is Why I Fight For Women – Emeka Ugwuonye

This Is Why I Fight For Women – Emeka Ugwuonye

This Is Why I Fight For Women – Popular Enugu Human Rights Lawyer Emeka Ugwuonye of Due Process Advocate (DPA) has explained his reason for always standing up for women In a lengthy message the popular Enugu born lawyer revealed that he lost his father and his widowed mother single handedly raised him and his six siblings. He wrote: WHY I FIGHT FOR WOMEN: YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS AND BEAR IT IN MIND ALWAYS: I was raised by a widow. Ebemma is her nickname. I was the first child. Growing…

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ZUCKERBERG, THE NIGERIA MERCENARY AND THE STRUGGLE FOR EMANCIPATION OF BIAFRANS FROM OPPRESSION AND SUBJUGATION: A CRITICAL EXAMINATION

ZUCKERBERG, THE NIGERIA MERCENARY AND THE STRUGGLE FOR EMANCIPATION OF BIAFRANS FROM OPPRESSION AND SUBJUGATION: A CRITICAL EXAMINATION

ZUCKERBERG, THE NIGERIA MERCENARY AND THE STRUGGLE FOR EMANCIPATION OF BIAFRANS FROM OPPRESSION AND SUBJUGATION: A CRITICAL EXAMINATION Once more, brothers and sisters in the struggle, it feels so, so good to be back. Today, beloved family, I am propelled by divinity to avert my mind to the nasty role played by the handlers of this communication platform, facebook, in our quest for freedom. The handlers of facebook, I make bold to say, have misconducted themselves severally and become the clandestine, or masked, agents of the oppressive and destructive enclave…

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Osinbajo and The Powers He Wielded as Acting President – Segun Adeniyi

Osinbajo and The Powers He Wielded as Acting President – Segun Adeniyi

Osinbajo exercised the powers at his disposal Now that Buhari has returned (to the disappointment of many), I can bet that the campaign will not stop. It is a case of “return and resign” not “return or resign”. Why should Buhari resign? He is too sick to lead Nigeria, I am told, and since Nigeria is bigger than him, he should put the country’s interest first and just resign and return to Daura, his hometown, for goodness sake. His sickness, I am further told, has stalled the progress of Nigeria….

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Traditional Practise and Church Doctrine, Which Favours ALL.

Traditional Practise and Church Doctrine, Which Favours ALL.

I KNOW SOME PEOPLE WHO PROCURED NATIVE PROTECTION DEVICES THAT ARE ACTIVE EVEN WHILE INSIDE THE CHURC If the gunmen that invaded St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Ozubulu and killed a score of worshippers had attempted such dastardly act at St. Peter Claver’s Catholic Otolo Nnewi around late 1970s or early 1980s, the casualty figure would have been far less than reported. If the assailants had ventured to strike those seated in the front pew or seats in my local church in the period I had mentioned, only a few victims,…

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One Hundred Days And Still Posing For Pictures, FFK

One Hundred Days And Still Posing For Pictures, FFK

  President Muhammadu Buhari has been away from our shores for over 100 days in a stretch treating an undisclosed and mysterious illness in far-away London. Since May 29th 2015 when he was sworn into office as President he has spent 350 of his over 740 days in power abroad treating the same strange ailment. Those that demand that he should “resume or resign” are being attacked and brutalised by security forces and agents of the state. The Buhari government is a murderous contraption that has no respect for human…

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ANAMBRA 2017: HOW PDP CAN APPEASE ANAMBRA SOUTH TO WIN THE NOVEMBER 18 GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION

ANAMBRA 2017: HOW PDP CAN APPEASE ANAMBRA SOUTH TO WIN THE NOVEMBER 18 GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION

  It’s barely two week to the primary elections of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that would see a standard-bearer emerge from among the about seven aspirants who are said to have purchased the party’s nomination form and successfully screened ahead of the November 18, 2017, Anambra State Governorship Election. As at Monday, August 14, 2017, the following contenders were said to have purchased their nomination forms and successfully screened to contest the party’s primary election. 1. Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah- Anambra South 2. Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze- Anambra North…

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The Ozubulu Catastrophe and Governor Obiano’s Deft hand

The Ozubulu Catastrophe and Governor Obiano’s Deft hand

  When news of the terrible development hit the Awka seat of power early that morning, many scenarios taxed the imagination. Nothing of the sort had previously happened in Igbo history. There was a bizarre angle to it, of course, that was of tremendous import: Anambra State, reputed to be an oasis of safety and security, peace and placidity in tumultuous Nigeria had taken a vicious bang on the jugular. Who had done the violent action? To what end? Since it is often the case that “when it hits, it…

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Three Years on, Umahi and Dankwambo are gods! – by Tobenna Obiano.

Three Years on, Umahi and Dankwambo are gods! – by Tobenna Obiano.

  In life, I have a leading principle, the magical five D’s: Drive, Discipline, Determination, Dedication and the last D, which ought to be avoided at all cost, Distractions. Those guide my path and channel all negative energy into positivity and when close friend and associates refer to me very kindly as a peak-performer, I tell them about my magical D’s. Those guide me and has helped me in life journey beyond bounds. Thank me later, now you know! I’m a detribalized Nigerian. I stand for rights. I don’t care…

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VENEZUELA, TRUMP’S NEW THEATRE OF WAR: WHEN COLOUR REVOLUTIONS ARE NOT SO COLOURFUL. 

VENEZUELA, TRUMP’S NEW THEATRE OF WAR: WHEN COLOUR REVOLUTIONS ARE NOT SO COLOURFUL. 

    The current crisis in Venezuela has reached what some analysts describe as a “defining moment”, more or less influenced by the standoff between the government of President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition.   Venezuela is split into Pro government protesters known as “Chavistas”, the name given to the followers of the socialist policies of the late President Hugo Chavez, and anti government dissidents made up mainly by members of the opposition(who control the national assembly) who cannot wait to see an end to the 18 years in power…

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NIGERIA AND THE PROSPECTS OF WAR 

NIGERIA AND THE PROSPECTS OF WAR 

  UNDERSTAND YOUR CHOICES. WHEN THE HATE SPEECHES MATURE TO FULL BLOWN WAR, NOTE THE FOLLOWING ABOUT THE PEOPLE YOU KNOW AND LOVE.👇   1. Males between 14 and 45 years of age will be bearing arms directly – whether or not they like it. About half of them will die within the first year of conflict. At least 30% of females in this age range will be raped and probably killed.   2. The bulk of 0- to 13-year-olds will grow up as orphans. 10% will be killed in…

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PDP UMBRELLA IS TOO BIG TO ACCOMMODATE EVERYBODY – RT. HON. ENGR. ALPHONSUS GERALD IRONA

PDP UMBRELLA IS TOO BIG TO ACCOMMODATE EVERYBODY – RT. HON. ENGR. ALPHONSUS GERALD IRONA

  …CONGRATULATES SEN. MAKARFI LED NATIONAL EXCO, CHIEF CHARLES EZEKWEM LED STATE EXCOS AND AUTHENTIC CHAIRMAN HON. FRED OPIAH LED LOCAL GOVERNMENT EXCOS. Following the Supreme Court judgment yesterday, which ended the protracted crises that had engulfed the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, a Chieftain of the party, Rt. Hon. Engr Alphonsus Gerald Irona has congratulated the Senator Ahmed Markarfi and Chief Charles Ezekwem and Hon. Fred Opiah over the victory, as he described the judiciary “the last hope of the common man”. According to the judgment, Markarfi has been confirmed…

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OP-UNEDITED: Nnamdi Kanu And The Unenlightened Yoruba Youths

OP-UNEDITED: Nnamdi Kanu And The Unenlightened Yoruba Youths

In the course of our forceful coexistence, heartbreaking events had occurred among all ethnic groups in the contraption called Nigeria and the most disheartening or devastating was the extermination of Biafrans through starvation by the Nigerian establishment controlled by Hausa/Fulani on one side and Yoruba whose leader worked as the de facto president on the other 1967-70. As a student of history with a double degree in politics and international relations, the emotion I expressed towards the Jewish children and women exterminated across various camps by Hitler popularly regarded as…

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Hushpuppi vs Phyno and others

Hushpuppi vs Phyno and others

While I was away, I followed Ray Hushpuppi on Instagram. The quintessential Lagos/Malaysian big boy every Nigerian youngster wants to be like. Hushpuppi spends money with pornographic exuberance. He’s made most of these Nigerian artistes young people thought were rich look small and insignificant when he bounces into a Gucci shop in Paris with wads of cash. He’s even given a VIP section pass and champagne while his orders are wrapped in a Versace shop. Rented PJs, trips to Greek Islands and to the French Riviera, those vacays you’ve always…

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Maximizing The Onitsha Rivers/Seaport Complex

Maximizing The Onitsha Rivers/Seaport Complex

Construction of the Onitsha river/seaport complex in Onitsha, the economic hub of Anambra state, Southeastern by the federal government commenced in the early 1980s. It lies on the east bank of the iconic river Niger, West Africa’s longest river and the third longest river in Africa after the Niger and the Congo rivers respectively. It was officially commissioned in 2012 by the Goodluck Jonathan government. It is approximately 100miles [150km] from the Atlantic ocean. Due to it’s strategic location, it has the potential to be the busiest seaport in the…

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