Idi Amin was sick. He sought to be officially addressed as “ His excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal, Al Hadji, Doctor, Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO,MC, Lord of All the beasts of the Earth and fishes of the seas and conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in general and Uganda in particular, the life and death of Uganda.Read More
That Anglican church, that was my church in the late 70s and 80s had prayer sessions on Wednesday mornings. And the congregation more than once, had to do more than praying. Shrills and wails of the “mother of the parish” were familiar to some and when they pierced the serenity of the sanctuary , even fervent prayers had to be aborted.Read More
One religious crisis , throats will be slit and thousands will perish.
Nigeria. The supposedly pious will zealously and sanctimoniously disembowel pregnant women and disgorge fetuses. Some innocent non indigenes of the wrong faith will have to choose between dying by the knife or drowning in a well. Hopes and livelihoods will disappear. Many, fortunate, will run hundreds of kilometers to the safety of their hometowns .
Chibok was a monumental national disaster. Cold horror instigated by religious extremism and lecherousness, savagely delivered. But that was not all. The other sacrilege was the presidency’s baffling indifference to that monstrosity .Read More
The pogrom was on in the north and Igbos were being hounded and slaughtered indiscriminately . Many of the Yoruba elite read opportunity into the disturbances.. And Lagos, home to many Igbos, convulsed with hatred for the Igbo.Read More
The Igbo man’s shrewdness and foresightedness is the envy of many. With a keen sense of competition and a culture that greatly rewards industry, the Igbo man seeks success wherever it can be found. And the Igbo is not just one of the most dispersed groups in the world but also one of the most successful. And while they are reputed for outstanding commercial instincts they can match any other African ethnic group in their aptitude for learning and academic achievements and excellence in sports and other professional endeavours.Read More
The Bible says that on that day of judgment , there shall be gnashing of teeth. Some will embrace weeping and wailing and mourning seeking to soothe their troubled souls. March 28 is a judgment day without the crushing unforgiving finality of the biblical last day.Read More
By Ugoji Egbujo When two elephants fight, the grass , they say , suffers. And many ordinary Nigerians , downtrodden and dispossessed, may thus be rightly apprehensive of not just the menace posed by the attitude of the elephants we have in the PDP and the APC but by the enormity of the storm that
By Ugoji Egbujo Live and let live. Let the kite perch and let the Eagle perch. Blood is thick. Be your brother’s keeper. Never abandon a brother. Igbo maxims. So why does the Osu caste system still exist in many Igbo communities? Discrimination hurts , bruises, crushes. And it must hurt even more deeply when
By Ugoji Egbujo ‘Shoki’ has invaded the church and nearly every dance step is infected including choir members’. But Shoki, like skelewu before it, is perhaps harmless. Materialism, opportunism and vain glory have taken front pews and chased spirituality to the back benches, and that is trouble. Pre-occupation with prosperity and instantaneous gratifications and miracles
In 2003 we had elections and I happened to be in Orodo, my home town. I opted to observe rather than vote. The polling booth beside my house was quiet and all seemed to be going well until two young men ‘swooped’ on the officials with cutlasses and snatched the ballot box.Read More
A tree does not make a forest and the forest that APC must be , must consist of all sorts of trees.
However, as they say, when the head is rotten then the fish is rotten. Buhari’s performance, if elected , will depend on his personal attributes , the men around him and the institutions they are able to foster but much more on the mission he elects to undertake. He must have a clear mission.