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Belongingness as an essential component of human nature

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Man (in the sense in which it includes woman of course) has been characterised in different ways by philosophers since antiquity. For example, man is said to be a homo faber, res cogitans, homo economicus, homo politicus, and homo sapiens. These definitions signpost the capacities and potentialities of human beings, which implies, as the French existentialist philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre pointed out, that a human being “can be what he is, and what he is not.”

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christmas

Coming back from America

The title of this essay is adapted from a classic comic movie I watched several years ago entitled Coming to America. In it, the lead actor, Eddie Murphy, played the role of Akeem, a young prince from Zamunda, an African country, who went to America for the first time in search of true love. The main theme of the movie is that, despite the uncertainties and conflicts that arise when a man and a woman from different cultural backgrounds meet and fall in love, true love would eventually prevail. Now, in this essay, I will summarise my experiences as a first time visitor to the United States, where I spent the last Christmas and New Year holidays.

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A critical phenomenology of Christmas (3)

The Christian religion in its early form is the work and expression of the Christian church. But we cannot say that, speaking of Jesus as an individual man, we know that he explicitly intended to found the Christian church.” Now that we have looked at Christmas and the views of some scholars concerning the status and historicity of Jesus, let us harvest the main fruits of our discourse.

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President Muhammadu Buhari

What has changed since Buhari became President? (4)

The on-going protests in the South-East requires creative handling by the federal government, governors of states that comprise the zone and Igbo leaders of thought to avoid unnecessary escalation of the situation. But the arrogant, insensitive, and threatening comments by a few military officers and cowardly hasty condemnation by some prominent Ndigbo are disingenuous, because both sides are trivialising the key issues of marginalisation, exclusion and alienation raised by the Biafran agitators, which lie at the heart of the troublesome unresolved “national question”.

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President Muhammadu Buhari

What has changed since Buhari became President? (3)

Meanwhile, the National Assembly, the Judiciary, the Army, the Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, the Nigerian Communications Commission, the EFCC and several critical agencies of the federal government, are in the hands of Northerners also. Certainly, the President cannot dictate the leadership of the federal legislature and the judiciary.

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Okorocha-Buhari

What has changed since Buhari became President? (2)

The gullible average Nigerian conflates ‘change’ with ‘progress’ or ‘positive transformation,’ without realising that the objective processes which lead to change are dependent on the blending of several variables and that positive or progressive change is quite different from mere change. Ordinarily, change in itself is an inherent feature of reality at all levels of being. But progressive change, which is value-impregnated, is utilitarian and consequentialist in character, since it signposts a transition from one state of being to another judged to be beneficial for a certain purpose determined by an individual or group. Hence, there are different ways of perceiving and interpreting change, which means that any interpretation of change is an invitation for deliberation and possible disagreement.

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Unilag

The University of Lagos…in deed and in truth! (2)

Mr. Baruwa and especially the girl he allegedly raped deserve to be pitied because they might be, in different ways, victims of warped psychology and epistemology of sex from childhood which tend to obstruct cultivation of healthy sexual relationships between man and woman devoid of the mumbo-jumbo of religious superstition. Thus, there should be a paradigm-shift away from narrow-minded and obscurantist attitude towards sex to a more open, rational-scientific understanding of sexuality.

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Unilag

The University of Lagos…in deed and in truth!

Mr. Baruwa, according to those who have met him personally, looks cool and calm, someone who cannot hurt a fly, not to talk of raping someone – if, indeed, he actually committed the crime. Of course, appearance can be deceptive; a wolf sometimes camouflages its true colour with sheep’s clothing. Interestingly, Baruwa is not a stranger to the family of the girl he allegedly raped: in fact, there is information that he brought her to campus that day from Iyana Ipaja.

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