[ Masterweb Reports: Obinna Akukwe reports ] - Genevieve Nnaji, Nigeria's most popular and sought after actress in the ever growing Nollywood industry have demonstrated over time that audacity and tenacity of hope coupled with the grace of God can bring one to an enviable place in life despite initial difficulties and stigmatic experience.
Genevieve Nnaji, going down memory lane was that single parent at the age seventeen, put in the family way by an irresponsible prince resident in Lagos, who, according to reports, denied both the pregnancy and the paternity of the lovely daughter. Reports have it that the man came crawling back years later begging for forgiveness and seeking for love from both Genevieve and the daughter he abandoned.
Genevieve Nnaji was that young girl of seventeen who after some flings of sexual immorality, discovered, about four months later that she was pregnant.
According to her interview with a news medium years back, it took her mother
seven months to discover that her daughter was pregnant. According to Genevieve
“The pregnancy was seven months gone before my Catholic mum discovered it. She
couldn’t believe it,” How can she be pregnant when she was “very careful” according to her still remain a mystery to her till date. When a test confirmed it, her parents were disappointed but stood their ground against abortion. “I didn’t feel anything. I didn’t even know till I was about four months. It was there, but I was still in shock. I didn’t believe it”. She further explained how she blamed herself thus "I think I was pretty much hard on myself then than my parents or people. I was harder on myself, really. My parents reacted the way any parent would react – disappointed. I didn’t know. My mother discovered it for me. I didn’t know anything really. She discovered
it for me and it was too late, we couldn’t do anything and we’re Catholics and
I’m glad I didn’t do anything funny really.”
Explaining why she didn't want to commit murder and fornication all at the same time, Genevieve stated that “Getting rid of the pregnancy was an alternative then, but it was too late, because not until I was four months before we discovered it and so it was not what we could do, and my dad was like, ‘it’s a child for Christ’s sake.
God knows why he wants to bring that child into life”. We are Catholics and it’s just that conscience, you do wrong once and doing another would not make the first right. So, you either correct your mistake by doing the right thing. If I was pregnant, and then have an abortion, it would have been like murder after fornication! So, that was basically wrong.”
Genevieve with the scolding, rebuke, as well as resignation to fate of her parents, was able to rise up to become a shining star in Nigeria's contemporary film industry. Genevieve rose beyond the heartbreaking disappointment of irresponsible men, taunts of friends, condemnation of close family acquaintances, and disillusioned remarks from church members, to occupy an enviable place in the annals of the entertainment industry in Nigeria. The Abor-Mbaise , Imo State born actress from a middle class parent comprising a banker dad and a teacher mum made news between 1998 and 2002 when she became the wonder girl of Nigeria's movie industry, Nollywood. Since then she has won awards both locally and internationally and is being adjudged as the most popular actress in Nigeria. She is the most celebrated actress in Nigeria and had gotten rare reviews in international magazines and news media. She is however not new to acting, having featured in the then poplar soap opera "Ripples" from when she was eight.
This is where the audacity of hope young Genevieve came in. Everyone has one sad tale or the other to tell in life. While some are self inflicted, others are as a result of the deceptions and wickedness of men. It is easy to condemn a girl put in a family way by an irresponsible randy man, not man enough to own up to responsibility. While for some it is unwanted pregnancy, for others it is a divorced marriage and yet for others it is childlessness in marriage. Rape, early widowhood also carries great disillusionment. Some have been jobless for more than usual time and everybody in the neighborhood adjudged them lazy, suspicious, idle and every act of criminality in the neighborhood was attributed to them. That in itself cases self depression and low self esteem. Some were battered in a failed marriage and everyone attributed the crashed union to them. People make mistakes in life and it is expected that the next person who cares helps the fallen to stand. However, where nobody is willing to help, one must rise up, shrug off the disappointments and look up to God for a new beginning and surely with help from above, one is assured of a glorious bounce back.
A girl I came to know of in the year around 2007 was faced with a somewhat similar situation with our own Genevieve. This girl, a graduate of University of Jos by name Glory was betrothed to a man who refused to cut off ties with old girlfriend and after traditional marital rites began, the former lady resurfaced and the new one was abandoned with eight month old pregnancy. This girl from a decent Assemblies of God Church background, after traditional marriage, did not wait for church wedding before commencing some sexual exercise which resulted in pregnancy. The man abandoned Glory, after some domestic manhandling and she was forced to live with her brother to deliver the baby. With the help of highly understanding brother and equally understanding brother’s wife, she was shielded from a taunting mother. Also with the input of understanding gospel ministers and pastors God brought around her, Glory was able to pick up her life again with her lovely daughter and moved from jobless to a petty sales girl to a clerk in a construction site to an accounts officer in a thriving Bureau De Change and Micro finance Bank. In 2012, a man from Port Harcourt came and snatched her in holy matrimony. This homely and intelligent young girl in early twenties with lots of acumen upstairs would have been rubbished by an irresponsible man .
Another Lady by name Favour lost her pastor husband few months into the marriage in 1999 or so, then she was a student of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT). Though men wrote off the young widow of about twenty years with her four month old pregnancy, she put behind the widowhood, put her trust in God and became fervent in her church activities in Winners Chapel. Her good nature attracted some young suitors from where she prayerfully chose a handsome young man who accepted her with the son from the previous marriage. Both have been happily married since 2012 with three more lovely kids. Favour has helped lots of women having challenges in their marriage to find their footings, restoring peace to broken homes. Thus the devil that wanted to destroy he destinies of Glory and Favour failed woefully.
In contrast, a sad situation confronted me as I was stepping out of a commercial bank in, Abuja sometime around 2011. A girl who in my estimate cannot be more than 16 years of age and carrying a baby which appears slightly above one year plus accosted me. Both the girl and the baby looked unkept, tardy and distressed. This girl asked me for financial assistance so that she can go back to Umuahia , in Abia State and beg her parents to accept her back since her efforts to relocate with her Akure born runaway boyfriend had failed. This girl whose parent according to what she told me, were staunch Christians, was impregnated by an Akure man who came to Umuahia to do a sub-contract job with a firm. This man denied the pregnancy and as the contract was over he absconded from Umuahia. The parents of the girl were informed months later that the man currently owns and drives a taxi in Abuja and they threw their daughter and the son out of the house , asking her to locate the boy’s father and marry him . According to her brief narrative, she came to Abuja to
seek for her son’s father turned taxi driver but the man refused to be seen. All her efforts to locate him met brick walls and the man who should help locate the runaway friend was playing hide and seek, probably on the instructions of the taxi driver.
Having been toyed by her man's friends for some weeks, sleeping in dangerous
places with a baby boy,the distraught girl decided to go back to Umuahia and in her own words '' beg my father and mother to forgive and accept me back''. I assisted her with some thousands of naira and she embarrassingly knelt down on the kerb on a busy Gwarimpa Estate road in thanksgiving for my kind gesture, not minding that
passers by were equally embarrassed. I hastily disappeared from the scene,
pondering over her impoverished and pitiable her situation that a few thousands
of naira could bring such relief.
The world is full of mistakes, and people fall into all manners of traps that bring
regrets, embarrassments, denials and stigmatization. The devil uses such to
keep lots of people in bondage, destroys destinies and ushers in life of regrets.
Irresponsible men, women, cultures, norms, government and policies have brought
untoward embarrassment, pain, sorrow and damages to people but one must decide
not to allow such blur a glorious future.
The Bible states “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”( Philippians 3:13-14 ) I counsel those who found themselves in any situation that has brought some form of embarrassment, pain, depression, shame and stigmatization to take the advice of the Scripture, ask for forgiveness, forgive oneself, forget the past and move on with life. Parents, friends, family members, church members and colleagues must not hesitate to help out after initial corrective outbursts. All dogs eat shit, but the dog that carries shit in the mouth
is easily identified as the shit consumer, so says a Biafra proverb, therefore, beyond the compulsory initial condemnations, where necessary, those at the receiving end of irresponsible men, women and cultural practices needs all the support they can get. Where the support is not coming, the affected must not condemn self. Jesus said to that adulterous woman''Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more"( John 8:11) and that should be our attitude.
Genevieve Nnaji is a classic example of how a young girl refused to give up in
herself, and with the support of disciplined but understanding parents, was able to overcome a painful past and forge on unto glory. She is the face of hope from hopeless situations. She overcame psychological, emotional and intellectual trauma to land herself a glorious future. Genevieve had shown that with God on one's side and with audacity of hope, a great testimony could come out of life's worst depressing moment.
Obinna Akukwe ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Genevieve Nnaji
[ Masterweb Reports: Pastor Ike Dike reports ] - As a Clergy, I will always view things in the context of the Bible. As most commentators have acknowledged, the Bible still remains a comprehensive trove of information and guide for people who need guidance, especially in spiritualism and political strategies. One would start wondering what the Bible has to do with political power. Yes, experts have posited that politics is all about acquisition and use of power. On a thorough scrutiny, you will find accurate accounts of power rumbles and intrigues in the Bible.
Though most of these accounts are about theocratic power, you will agree with me that power is power and always has to do with human beings.
In Israel of Bible times, the story of Saul is a known one. He was little known and at a point was only known and referred to as the son of Kish. Saul did not campaign or carry ballot boxes, he was divinely selected and anointed.
His disobedience in commandments from God put him into a huge disfavor. Saul’s early days were colorful. He was noted for rare achievements and almost annihilated a practice that opposed true spiritualism and the worship of God. During his time, idolatry and sorcery carried death sentences. He went as far as killing all witches and wizards to ensure the undivided worship of God.
When he lost face with God, he became desperate and wanted a divination on an impending war. As posited above, earlier in his reign, he killed all the witches but one survived and practiced in secrecy, fully aware of the dangerous consequences. Saul was desperate and subscribed to the services of a witch in the suburb of En-dor.
This is like some of our present politicians do. They involve in policy somersaults and extreme hypocrisy. Quite like a dog eating its vomit.
Saul went to En-dor and got a divination that gave him a shock that nearly killed him before going to the war front. In Saul’s words in Samuel Chapter 28, verse 15, ‘I am in sore straits as the Philistines are fighting against me, and God himself has departed from me and has answered me no more, either by means of the prophets or by dreams….’
Our politicians are desperate today, they take back their vomits and sign new deals most of the time on the enemy’s terms.
The above could be likened to one senator in Abia. This senator has legislated for more than two terms in Abuja and wants the governorship crown desperately. The zoning policy strictly adopted by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia is in line with the party policy as enshrined in the constitution. This is equally in line with the staunch stand of the equity-loving Governor, Chief T. A. Orji. Governor Orji for many times has favorably campaigned for power shift to the Southern Senatorial Zone of Abia, but this shift doesn’t favour the senator and the senator is now carousing with a strange bedfellow. This is like riding the back of the tiger which as has been portrayed in numerous stories spell doom for the rider. The tiger by nature is voracious and carnivorous. Our rider will certainly end in the voracious belly of the tiger if caution is cast to the wind.
Power is nobody’s permanent right, life is not that way. There are times when people should withdraw and reflect. There are so many political options and positions but our senator doesn’t think of these. Some reasonable and concerned voters in Abia see it as fatal ambition.
The electorate should watch out. The chief consultant of this senator who happens to be a former governor has never delivered. He has volunteered his media outfit to the use of my senator in focus. He hardly respects conventions and sees everything through the colour of money. His mercantilist mentality is compulsive to the extent that he gains from any enterprise. It doesn’t matter who is involved whether it is the church or ten-year-olds.
Senator please, for your own sake and your family, be careful, nothing lasts forever. Please be grateful to God for the much he has done for you all these years.
Do not go to the witch at En-dor, remember Saul and his family, this piece may be prophetic. Your move is like a medical doctor consulting a quack or native doctor.
Pastor Ike Dike, Divine People’s Assembly.
*Photo Caption - As seen.
[ Masterweb Reports: Valentine Obienyem reports ] -
Myths and legends, no matter our views about them, play important role in the explanation of phenomena, especially the inexplicable ones. The origin of some words in human vocabulary could be traced to myths and legends. Think of worlds such as “Pyrrhic Victory,” “Achilles’ heel,” “pandora box,” “Hobson’s choice,” “swords of Damocles,” etc. But are we not digressing? What, some will ask, is the relationship between August and the recall of ageless myths.
It should be noted that months of the year have their own peculiar myths that seek to explain their etymology. It is with greatest reluctant that one is venturing into this explanation, convinced that some shallow Christians will be tempted to reject these months as having pagan connotations. January, for example, is said to be named for Janus , god of doorways and beginnings. March, research says, represents the god of war, mars.
August! August! August! This is the eight of the Gregorian Calender now in general use. It has thirty-one days. It corresponds, historians say, to the sixth month of the early Roman Republic calender, called sixtilis until 8BC, when it was renamed in honour of Augustus Caesar, the then Emperor of Rome. Augustus, in turn, is a Latin adjective derived from the verb augere (to make greater), and the word carries the connotations of majesty and grandeur, still associated with the month.
August is an important month as testify by diverse events that had taken -still take –place in that month. Important Catholic holy day of Obligation, the feast of the Assumption, is celebrated on August 15. August 14 was the month in which the great powers declared war on one another in World War 1. The United State of America dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 9Little boy and fat man). In our local scene, many important events in Nigeria occur in August. Some parts of the country have already started experiencing a brake in rainfall, otherwise called “August brake.” Have you pondered on why August is used to describe important and cherished visitors/events? Hence we talk about August event, August visitor, August this and that.
August is particularly dear to the Igbos because it symbolizes fertility. The beginning of the harvesting season, when farmers reap the rewards of their hardwork, made manifest by the fertility of the earth. This explains why New Yam Festival, among most Igbo towns, take place in that month-August. Plans are on top gear, I am told, to have a single date for the new yam celebration among the Igbos. August, again, is seriously being considered.
August, in another sense, signifies unity and community development. Just like the farmer gathers the produce of his farm together, Igbos, including their womenfolk, try to gather themselves together for the purposes of renewing the bonds of unity. Disputes are settled among women. Serious breach of discipline and familial duties are sanctioned with the aim of discouraging such in future. Fines are imposed on recalcitrant ones even as well-behaved ones are encourage. These, in a nutshell, explain the reasons behind August meeting, which Igbo women highly cherish and look forward to every year.
But like most human ideas that were primarily borne out of the need to enhance civilization, the concept of “August meeting” is fast fallen into disrepute that one is tempted to re-baptise it “August crisis.” Truly, the crisis that “August meeting” engenders rages on to a degree painfully “unmendable”.
We may find it hard to believe, but it is true, that women do the unthinkable in the name of preparing for “August meeting.” Outrageous things, only metaphysically explicable, are often associated with that day due, proximately, to power tussle. Very soon, as happens every year, stories will be told of husbands who get into trouble with their wives for being unable to provide them with the necessary equipage – new cars, expensive cloths, designers handbags and shoes, headgears, etc - needed for August show off. Some women, are even foolish enough to travel home for “August meeting” in defiance of their husbands. Stories abound of such women whose husbands asked to stay back as punishment for their disobedience. The Irony of the entire thing is that these women travel longingly for August meeting not because of their “utility value” but to display the latest fashion in town and to make the frightened to talk about them.
Here a woman who had participated in many of these meetings takes us behind the scenes and into the daily characteristics of these meetings. “Honestly, we do not achieve much as we are supposed to. To women, it is principally a time to show off. Watching what some women wear to the meeting, you cannot but believe that they are showcases of their husbands prosperity. This urge to outclass one another in gorgeous accoutrements was the reason why women now attend in uniform. Even at that, shoes, rings, hair do , bangles, other jewels are still seen as opportunities to ‘outclass” one another.”
Noticeable is the fact that the more gorgeously dressed women are often the ones that contribute least to the meeting . Only to be feared at long range, any close interaction with them, the woman that took us behind the scene continues, “shows that what they lack in intellectual power is what they actively seek to conceal by external posturings.”
Originally, August represented majesty and grandeur. It is about those acts that are truly ennobling. One of the greatest exemplifications of the month is encapsulated in the Igbo women annual “August meeting.” Conceived as a forum to enhance the greatness of Igbo nation, the concept is gradually being corrupted due to what can easily be referred to as worldliness and the misplacement of value. Let us all join hands in advising our women go back to the ideals of “August meeting “ for the greater glory of Igbo nation and humanity.
Valentine Obienyem reports.
*Photo Caption - Valentine Obienyem (Author of article).
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. James C. Agazie reports ] - The blaming and tongue lashing the Israelis are receiving seem to be well meaning but extremely misplaced. Why must Israel be made sacrificial lambs when Hamas were relentlessly “na acho okwu” ( looking for troubles)? The score is almost 2,000 dead Gazans to 75 dead Israelis. It makes sense to discourage Boko Haram from messing with the Federal Republic of Nigerian because when the bullying turns around and becomes a thrashing, running to the International Court of Justice would be ineffectual.
I find it hard to sympathize with Hamas, a party that insists that the “only way we can co-exist with our neighbors is that Israel must be obliterated.” When you make such threats, be ready to back it up with power, not just empty lips. I have sense enough to avoid getting in a boxing ring with Mike Tyson without expecting a knock out in Round One. I might be able to knock down skeletons like ifekanku or Emma Okafor, or even Paul Oranika. I would shy away from ukwu osisi Onyeagba and ozodimgba Onukwuli, though I might be nimble and faster.
Weren’t violent Hamas firing missiles into Israel’s cities? Who were sneaking into Israel through secret tunnels to abduct Jews, murder Jews, and position suicide bombers in search of 72 virgins? Why must pesky troublemakers be crying “wolf” when bullying turns to massive thrashing consisting of kicks in the butts and “dombe” to the groins. Chimoo, atamaja ! A thrashing is defined as a defeat, beating, trouncing, pasting, whipping, battering, spanking, or simply winning. That a female British MP resigned from the cabinet to protest the thrashing ocho okwu Hamas received doesn’t impress me one bit.
My son did a quick research to find out that one does not just mess with Israel for the heck of it. Because the nation of Israel is surrounded by mostly hostile Arab nations that find Israeli existence as intolerable as ebola virus in the human body and because Hamas would like the ground to open up to receive Israel in its bowels, the Jews have learned to be well prepared mgbe okwu g’ada. Israel has the best offensive and defensive weaponry. Israel is advanced in security, spying and nuclear technology. To the Jews, self-preservation is the first law of survival in today’s world. Ndigbo should learn some bitter lessons from Ndi Jews about self-preservation and survival for you never know what tomorrow would bring.
Dr. James C. Agazie ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Hamas fighters
[ Masterweb Reports: Sulay B. Conteh reports ] - His Excellency Victor Bockarie Foh, the Ambassador designate to Beijing, China, is on the run from the brutal killings of the rampaging Ebola Virus Disease he personally participated in clandestinely importing from the remoteness of Uganda to the opposition stronghold in Kailahun District, Eastern Sierra Leone. Foh was recently in town (Freetown) in preparation to lead the doomed high-profile entourage of His Excellency President Dr. Earnest Bai Koroma to the Historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington. When, however, it became apparently clear that President Koroma will be banished from attending the historic summit, Foh hurriedly ran back to his post in Beijing in fear that China too could consider passing travel bands on Sierra Leoneans in the extreme precaution of preventing any inter-continental spread of the lethal Ebola Virus Disease.
Because of his close tie with the President, Foh bulldozed Multi-Kamara from the ambassadorial post in Beijing. Lest you do not know who this character is, we must hasten to say that Mr. Multi-Kamara was the most efficient Ambassador that APC Earnest Koroma has so far sent to Beijing. We call President Koroma APC Koroma because he is now doing thing which not even Stevens ventured to do. APC Koroma is now fast painting Red (APC Party Color) every state property, including state helicopters, offices, furniture, coat of arm, etc., etc. To get back to our story, all the predecessors and now the successor to Mr. Multi-Kamara have proven to be hardened criminals and naked thieves. Evidences abound regarding the series of criminal activities these anti-development and unpatriotic Ambassadors were and are still engaged in under their diplomatic portfolios. It is only Mr. Multi-Kamara who has stood out lofty in terms of decency of office conduct and he has always been patriotic and true to the development of Sierra Leone. Ex-Ambassador Multi-Kamara truly has a solid trait of late President Kabbah who solidly worked not on party lines, but solely on national interests. It is this decent and fine man who the character-stained Foh bulldozed from the ambassadorial posting in Beijing.
Ex-Ambassador AKK disgraced himself in a nagging rape case, Ex-Ambassador Fornah followed suit by disgracing himself in epic money extortions from the Chinese Businesses and Ex-Ambassador Koroma engulfed himself in blind greed/tribalism of illiterate magnitude. Ex-Ambassador Koroma was so much so into greed that he was even pushing for replacement of Ex-Ambassador Fornah with the Chinese born citizen (Harry) as Deputy Ambassador. It was only Ex-Ambassador Multi-Kamara with his abled admin officer, Mr. Minnah, who truly engaged himself in building the right structures for resourcefully win-win engagements with the Sierra Leone Diaspora and the Chinese community. Ex-Ambassador Multi-Kamara was on the finishing touches of putting the this lofty structures in place that was supposed to recognize the role of the Sierra Leone Diaspora in attracting productive Chinese investment to Sierra Leone. This was not only patriotic, also heroic and truly new in APC rule! Why all this was being put in place, Baimba, the Info Attaché, was steadily playing his usual politics of backbiting in venomous tribalism and nepotism.
It was this investment which attracted Victor Foh the Fox to go all the way to bulldoze his way into China and axed this fine diplomat in the name of Mr. Multi-Kamara. Foh has now systematically dismantled that beautiful structure that took so much effort and commitment to put in place. With his takeover, things has gotten so much so rotten in the Embassy that physical fights, assaults and nepotistic infightings now occur on almost monthly basis. Things have grown so far worse that the local staff members have started calling it quits. Those, mostly women, who choose to stay must do so on a coercing consent of becoming a concubine of Ambassador Foh the Fox.
Before then, Ambassador Foh the Spider Fox used to shuttle on almost monthly basis between Beijing and Freetown, running special presidential errands in Freetown while at the same time holding onto his ambassadorial post in Beijing. Victor Foh has been the Spider Fox in the river between, not daring to risk losing anything on the political fronts at home and abroad. Now that the Ebola Virus Disease he deliberately transmitted on purpose is on rampage and brutally killing across the country, Foh has hurriedly run back to his posting in China and quietly hiding in the Embassy Premises. The Ebola Virus Disease in town now confuses Foh and bands him from risking going to Sierra Leone. But this again implies that Foh will no more have the privilege of manipulating things in his favor as he has always done before. Quite well knowing what APC is and is capable of doing, Foh might soon be bulldozed in the same manner he has always bulldozed others like his predecessor, Ex-Ambassador Multi-Kamara.
As we explained the last time, Foh bought the Ebola Virus from Uganda and took it to Freetown. The Virus Serum was then taken to the border town in Koindu where an innocent nurse was given the Virus Serum to inject an innocent pregnant woman who later died. The nurse later traveled to Daru where she died of the Ebola Virus Disease. Of course before both the pregnant woman and the woman nurse died, they had already transmitted the Ebola Virus Disease to so many other innocent people. That is actually how everything started in Sierra Leone. Any other alternative explanation is just a worthless political excuse with no solid basis.
But could it ever happen for His Excellence President Dr. Earnest Bai Koroma to see common wisdom in reinstating Ex-Ambassador Multi-Kamara, things will once again start working in the desired way for the Sierra Leone Diaspora and the Chinese Community. It could also be in the interest for APC Koroma to reinstate Ex-Ambassador to his post if he wants a quiet rule in the last two years of his presidency. Ex-Ambassador Multi-Kamara is so far the only diplomat who has displayed the needed charisma and acumen to engage all Sierra Leoneans (at home and in the Diaspora) in resourceful co-operations with the alien countries under his authority. So in the best interest of Sierra Leone, we advise President Koroma to, as a matter of urgency, withdraw Foh and reinstate Multi-Kamara into the ambassadorial post in Beijing. Foh is best fitted for the post of Chairman of the Consortium of Advisers to the President or a similar thing around the State House. Foh is persistently embarrassing Sierra Leone in China by rampaging and begging around and sometimes even coercing the Chinese Businesses to pay zakats into his personal Bank Accounts.
To Victor Foh, this is all what it means to be an ambassadorial diplomat. One has to overload his pockets or you stand to be awkwardly judged by history. This is in sharp contrast with what this fine man, Mr. Multi-Kamara thinks. To Mr. Multi-Kamara, one has to serve the people and nation without favor for cultural, social, political, religious or gender affiliations, lest history judges you awkwardly. Clearly so, Mr. Multi-Kamara is not only a man of the people, but also a man of the nation. This is the kind of diplomat President Koroma needs now in his last two years in office, to boost his image and standing in the international community.
God Bless Sierra Leone!
Sulay B. Conteh ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Map of Sierra Leone
[ Masterweb Reports: Sulay B. Conteh reports ] - When the international community passes a travel band on you because of an endemic disease like Ebola, then you will want to start to look from within for changes that can boost your standing amongst your own people. Outbreaks of endemic, epidemic or even pandemic diseases like Ebola are in fact not suppose to be if and only if a leadership cares even a little bit about the wellbeing of its own citizenry. It is now scientifically proven that there is a high probability that the outbreak of Ebola, per se, is not very much unrelated with war. Ebola started in Uganda along River Ebola after years of war in that region. It then spread over to Congo, Rwanda and Sudan, all of which countries have been or are still engaged in catastrophic wars. Neighboring countries like Kenya and Tanzania, which have relative peace and stability because of good governance, are yet to report a case of the Ebola Virus Disease. The Ebola Virus then jumped over scores of countries to only surface in Eastern Sierra Leone and Southern Liberia, the regions where the years of barbaric rebel wars started in the two countries.
So could Ebola be a variant of the Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) related to the extreme exhaustion due to war? If this could be proven to be the case, then there is the urgent need to seek redress of the causes of war. Of course in especially Africa, this could not be unrelated with unbearably long periods of bad governance. The case in Sierra Leone epitomizes how persistent bad governance can create the conditions for war and the outbreak of killer endemic diseases like Ebola. When you mention the word APC in Sierra Leone, then it is implicitly understood that you are associating like-minded people who are power-hungry and excessively use state resources, laws and power to enrich themselves at the expense of the masses. This is the party (APC) that has governed Sierra Leone for over 80 per cent of the period since independence from our British Colonial Bosses on April 27, 1961.
In developing countries and especially in Africa, politics is solely a game of exclusion and often time elimination. The dictatorial leaders, some of whom are brought to power under murky democratic elections like in Sierra Leone, rule by unscrupulously using the organs of power such as hostile laws, the police and the army to suppress and eliminate valiant opposition voices. The APC Party has repeatedly used this excessive power to keep itself in power from the time of its inception to now, to which Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh is living witness. Things climaxed in 1991 when the Sierra Leone public gauged that enough is enough and decided to rule their own fate by taking up arms against the then Momoh-led APC Government, to which Ambassador Ominy Golly is a living witness. Today again, the Koroma-led APC is fast setting the stage for a repeat of the 1991 rebellion.
However, things could be swiftly reversed if the International Community could strengthen the stance taken by the U.S. Government to band the leaders of developing countries with killer epidemic outbreaks like Ebola from all international travels. This is because it has been scientifically proven that over 90 per cent of all such killer diseases occur due to deplorable standard of living. Naturally, nobody wants to live in deplorable conditions. This implies that such inhuman conditions are only forced onto the people through long periods of persistent bad governance. Thus international travel bands s a result of the outbreak of disease epidemic are politically, socially and above all morally justifiable.
When the governments of epidemic disease countries are band from all international travels, then it will become imperative for them to put the people first and adopt sound people-oriented governance. To all such governments and people, international travel bands will be perceived as a strong disapproval of the rule and government by the international community. With this perception, all such leaders and governments are either compelled to invest into their respective countries or are brought down by internal/local resistance. Note that human resources is the most valuable resources of a country. A healthy country is a productive country because it is only a healthy country which can make full use of its human resources.
The people in the Third World deserve no less governance than he people in the First World. So we hope that the developed world in the West and East will use this instrument and all its variants to control the developing world in the South. May the whole world be free at long last from the shackles of dictatorship, misuse and abuse!
God Bless The World!
Sulay B. Conteh ( Email: email@example.com ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Doctors treating Ebola patient
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - They say the colonialist conquered Africa by the means of gunpowder from Arabia/Asia and germs. Hygiene was not a virtue in Europe. The Queen of England is famed to have said she only had a bathe once a month, “whether she needed it or not.” King James’ custom was to have his bathe only once a year. [Ref] So it was in Europe.
A bathroom was not a natural property of a home and till date, we find in England that bathrooms are recent extensions of many homes, being added later. The relevance of this is the relationship between moral hygiene and disease. Europe had the worst plagues in recent human history. The Bubonic plagues... the plagues in the dark eras. These plagues wiped out much of the population of Europe, most especially its men; indeed it was plagues and wars that led to the feminist culture and women in the work environment, because with the death of so many workers, women were forced to work to assist the European economy. The plagues were directly related to filth in Europe. The colonialist picked up soap and bathing habits from his exploits to Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Fast-forward to 2014. Africa is plagued by HIV and plagued today by Ebola. Africa has become the bastion of sorry health problems in addition to other inabilities. What is the commonly attributed source of Ebola (if we deny any biological warfare intentional dissemination), it is from bush meat. In Africa many of us love to eat these wild animals. Baboons, Gorilla’s, snakes and what have you. Nothing will stop us from biting in to the juicy strands of these animals, spicily roasted. And these animals remain the reservoir of Ebola.
When we study HIV, we see similar simple cultural behaviors that can diminish HIV rates in Africa. Circumcision which is not only a monotheistic habit in Judea-Christianity and Islam but dates back to Kemetic practices of ancient Nubian Egypt; this simple practice of cutting off the foreskin of the male penis reduces the risk of HIV infection by as much as 60% from scientific studies. The cheapest methods of eliminating health problems is prevention. And much invaluable prevention is in religious and cultural doctrine.
In the western world today, they have invested in perfecting expensive methods of curtailing outbreaks and treating diseases. To Africa’s shame, our leaders have been hopeless; hopelessly embezzling all the capital that African states should have used to advance its health-care system; and while they have spent time dancing and swallowing billions of dollars for the state, diseases, crime, terror and other crises have not waited but have advanced as much as modern innovation has permitted. While African leaders today do elaborate opening ceremonies when they build ordinary roads and establish train networks, the world has advanced in leaps and bounds in disease management and also in type of deadly germs.
Ebola has plagued Africa for 4 decades. Africa has no hope of dealing with it and waits for the west to look into our problem for us. Our leaders invest nothing into directing the proper healthcare preventive measures which are cheap to establish or in investing in and sponsoring appropriate research into more complex levels of disease management. We embrace the cultural dangers and advanced risk habits from Europe, but are denied the associated health and social wealth checks they have. African leaders and government cabal ‘business’ tycoons have the most private jets in the world, but the people have the least health-care expenditure per capita, per person – less than $100/year/person in Africa compared to more than $8000 in the US.
We call to Europe to help. We run to France, to America to set up regional collaborations among us to tackle terror; we run to them to decide how we must manage Ebola.
It is to our shame in Africa; and it’s not just our leaders whose heads should be in the ground, but us all.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Map of Africa
[ Masterweb Reports: Dimgba C. Ikwuegbu reports ] - Recently, former Aba North elected Chairman, Ikwechegh Alex, granted an interview titled ‘Orji has put Abia in national political grid!’. From all indications, Alex was merely trying to launder his image if he has any.
There is this Igbo analogy that goes this way. You pulled your gun at me, pulled the trigger and it did not shoot, because there was no bullet and I was not killed. Now you weep profusely, telling me that you are sorry. What if the gun exploded and blew the head off me? Crocodile ties!
The other scenario is that of a cowboy in a Western. Remember Westerns, sometime the most popular films of the forties fifties and all. This cowboy heard a gunshot. He fell off the horse and hid in-between two narrow walls, panting and shaky. He actually had a gun but didn’t return fire. When the heat was over, he cleaned his dusty jacket and emerged from his hiding, boasting how he returned fire. He thought that nobody saw him in his hiding place but somebody did and just touched the muzzle of his cold gun to prove his lies.
All the above fit Alex the smart Alec. Alex Ikwechegh got into council through the maneuver of his uncle and mentor, Orji Uzor Kalu. While Chairman of Aba North Local Government Area, one of the richest Local Governments with high revenue profile, he was the greatest debtor. He refused upon all entreaties to pay Local Government workers. In Unconfirmed stories that loomed larger than life, he was known to elope to South Africa, spend his holidays in the company of Nolly Wood stars he drenched with money meant for sweating, LGA Staff while he drowned in Champagnes and the best of South African wines.
Families of malnourished workers under him in the council, went to bed hungry. Dependent relatives died in hospitals due to no care, children of some couldn’t go back to school because Alex did not pay, but in the interview, he employed the usual style of Nigerian politicians who think that they can always change history by mere telling new stories in glossy magazines, newspapers and badly written biographies. Alex is a beautiful piece of fakery.
He was the youngest of the chairmen and was expected to be closer to the people, especially the youths but he took to the ostrich strategy and was credited with the saying that ‘T.A. Orji shouldn’t bother him about salaries of workers but should mind his business. If he feels so aggrieved that he should use the state fund to pay. That after all, they derived their powers from one source.’
In the interview in Business Day newspaper of Friday, August, 1, 2014, Page 43, South-south /South-east news page, he reeled off so many funny and shameless niceties about the Governor and Abia State. Hear him, “The Governor is saving lives. Civil servants no longer embark on strike, as their salaries are paid and on time. I remember when the global economic recession hit us at Aba North, when we couldn’t even pay salaries. In fact, about 85 percent of local government areas could not pay salaries at that time. The governor used part of state funds to assist us. I don’t know how he did it, but he ended up clearing those salary arrears.
From such sweet talk and sensible nonsense, it is obvious that Alex is planning to come back to PDP. He claims to be a member of PDP, maybe in Abuja for I am sure that he is not in Igbere, his home place. Alex equally claims to have followers whom he will galvanize into action to work for PDP or campaign for T.A. Orji in the senatorial bid. Two questions are enough to unveil the feignings of Alex. Where has he been? How many years have passed since he lay low like the proverbial bedbug waiting for the heat to cool off? Hogwash! Lies and damn lies.
Alex has no followers except phantom objects and mannequins he bought in South Africa for his large wardrobe, aftermath of his reckless shoppings in his uncountable trips. He should first apologize to the workers, especially those who died waiting for Alex to pay.
We are waiting for Ikwechegh in Igbere. NULGE is watching with keen interest.
This is one insult we would repudiate as Abia labour would not be intimidated with his connections, or ignore his gargantuan misdeeds and his shameless displays of wealth that were squeezed from the Local Government workers he refused to pay.
There is no point asking if am angry. Yes I am not only angry, I am bitter and will show this any day I see Alex’s photos on posters. Alex should be told that the ballot box is back and votes count in Abia. No dirty rubber stamps and promotion of scoundrels into authority.
Ikwuegbu reports from Aba LGA, Abia State.
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. Peregrino Brimah reports ] - On April 26th, in the first days after the abduction of 234 girls from Chibok, we sent a formal letter to the president of Nigeria, requesting executive authorization for us civilians to bear arms and engage the Boko Haram terrorists [Letter: http://ends.ng/?p=864]. It is now three months and the Jonathan government has avoided responding to our request while failing to control the Boko Haram menace.
We are ready to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency. Hundreds of hunters have in suit, been waiting for the approval of the government to go into Sambisa forest on a rescue and exterminate mission. We are in constant communication with these hunters and with the Civilian-JTF, a force of over 30,000 brave Nigerians who are ready and on stand-by, awaiting the approval from the presidency to take the fight back to Boko Haram and avenge their abducted brothers and sisters and killed and maimed parents, children, friends and relatives. Thousands of Nigerians from across the nation, including ex-military men have also since indicated their readiness to join this mission to sack the forests of Borno of all remnants of the terrorist aberration, while rescuing the thousands of girls and boys abducted over the past 5 years.
As the Nigerian military copes with compromise, sabotage and inevitable, related, desertions of its soldiers, Nigeria desperately needs the civilian patriotic response to terror. We are willing and able to go ahead and at no cost to tax payers – with our contributions and promises from international groups and gun lobbies, we will finance our mission and arm ourselves to capacity to decimate Boko Haram within just three months by God’s mighty grace.
We have carefully drawn out an operating plan to cordon, and strangulate the terrorists, taking advantage of affordable modern devices and tools of warfare. We will combine heart with intelligence and the justified desire for revenge of the victims – we the people of the entire nation. Towards this end, we will implore on the military to temporarily evacuate areas of conflict because we cannot any longer afford to have more military weapons, tanks and APC’s be delivered through military carelessness to the terrorists. We will wipe them out while ensuring they lack the ability to regroup and re-arm as provided by the current failed military strategy.
Civilian patriots are proving their value in Iraq’s similar crisis right now. We ask all well meaning Nigerians and global observers to press the Jonathan administration to immediately approve of our request for the right to obtain and bear arms and engage Boko Haram to finally bring a complete end to the insurgency destroying life and farming in the north of Nigeria.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah, ( Email: email@example.com ); Chairman, Every Nigerian Do Something (ENDS)-Website http://ENDS.ng reports.
*Photo Caption - Members of Northern hunters and Civilian-JTF
[ Masterweb Reports: Dr. James C. Agazie reports ] - Are Ndigbo chosen? When I wrote the essay entitled Igbos Are Nigeria’s Chosen People in 2012, it created not a small consternation. Some Igbos smiled, while Yorubas, alarmed, rushed to downgrade the argument, as Yorubas always do and always will. The purpose of that essay was to make Nigerians in general and Yorubas in particular even more appreciative and willing to accept the prospect that perhaps there could never be a Nigeria without Ndigbo. Ndigbo chose to do the jobs Nigeria had left undone owing to inadequate wits and lethargy. Who could deny the contributions of Ndigbo and who can dispute the fact that Nigeria would have been as undeveloped and barren as Borno State had Igbos not answered the divine call? There was a time in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and up till the 90’s in villages scattered around Nigeria when and where Igbo men, including my late Dad, jumped into pits to mix mud, sand, and water using bare feet as pestles. They molded sun-baked bricks with which they built churches and schools. Where would Nigeria be today without these illustrious Ndigbo pioneers? To fail to appreciate the sacrifices of these pioneers is to show ingratitude of the most daring proportion. Though Nigeria and Nigerians would prefer we keep quiet and tell Igbos to “stop complaining,” we shall continue to cry from housetops and on decrepit platforms: “Ndigbo were, are, and shall be the backbone of Nigeria.”
Are Ndigbo dispensable? Would Nigeria be anything other than a nonentity if Ndiigbo decide to leave enmasse? Nonentity is an empty set consisting of nary a member. It is defined as something that does not exist or exists only in the imagination, such as a person or thing of no consequence, little importance, or minimal significance. The Igbos of Nigeria are a beleaguered people living within a beleaguered nation. A nation is beleaguered if its citizens feel stressed, under pressure, harassed, fraught, care worn , struggling, besieged, or under attack. These are experiences Ndigbo are too well familiar with during the muslim-orchestrated pogroms and Awolowo-sponsored war of genocide. The Igbos are an enviable commodity, an indispensable product that Nigeria cannot do without. Indispensability is the quality of something that you can’t possibly do without. For example, air is indispensable in that you’ll be dead if you happen to be without it for a moment. Like the air, Ndiigbo is critical, vital, essential, necessary, requisite, obligatory, central, or very crucial to the health of Nigeria.
Are Ndigbo desirable? It is reasonable to expect Nigerians to weigh the importance of Ndigbo impartially sans jealousy to determine the significant contributions Ndiigbo have made to the development of their country. It also is reasonable to expect Nigeria to be careful of its actions toward Ndigbo to ensure the nation desists from treating its Igbo citizenry with disdain and in ways that are surreptitious, secretive, stealthy, or sly. We believe that Nigeria can survive without oil. Will the country continue being Nigeria when Igbos become extinct or simply decide to leave? Nigeria was one fine country when there was no oil and coal was the mainstay of development. Nigerians cannot equate Igbos with crude oil as Governor Fashola probably thinks. Fashola of Lagos State brags that Lagos is the only state that can survive if crude oil supply- the mainstay of Nigeria economy-is shut down. The governor said:
“A life without tax is a lie. If they shut down on oil, this is the only state that can survive. Everything that we have done in the past six years was funded by our taxes, Since I became governor, I have not made any tax law, only implementing the existinglaws ontaxation.” Read more: http://www.punchng.com/news/only-lagos-can-survive-without-oil-fashola/
Can Ndigho break Nigeria? This is not to burst Governor Fashola’s bubble or to belittle his achievements, nor is it an attempt to riddle Lagos State with proverbial bullets. But who pays the taxes with which Fashola governs Lagos? It is very reasonable to assume that the bulk of Governor Fashola’s tax burden falls heavily on the shoulders of Ndiigbo millionaires, merchants, and importers who are responsible for a significant portion of Lagos State’s do-this-and-that. Igbos pay heavy fees and penalties for use of Tin Can seaports. Forbid the flow of Ndigbo talents to Lagos State and see Governor Fashola’s tax base dwindle and perhaps grind to a screeching halt when his NdIgbo tax payers decide to wash their hands off like spurned lovers. Take Igbos out of Lagos and watch Fashola’s structure fall like a pack of cards and eventually disintegrate as sandy mansions at the approach of a wave dashing on the shore. Let’s say arguendo (for the sake of argument) that Fashola can successfully take the Igbos out of Lagos as boko harans are attempting to run Ndigbo out of Northern Nigeria. Can Fashola, boko harans or any jealous group take Lagos and Northern Nigeria out of Ndigbo? I ask this question with a tongue in cheek.
Can Lagos be Lagos without Ndigbo? Why are Fashola and the Yorubas incensed when someone described Lagos as “no-man’s land”? What was Lagos before the advent of adventuresome Ndigbo? If Governor Fashola’s Lagos could do without Ndigbo and crude oil from Igbo-occupied Nigeria’s oil wells, what will be the size of Nigeria’s GNP disbursed to Lagos State if no oil is sold to Lagosians? Can Fashola raise enough taxes to feed the children of Lagos for a single day? You can see how silly Governor Fashola’s boast sounds when you treat a piece of Nigeria as your father’s bona-fide property. “I have not made any tax law,” Big Man Fashola brags, indicating he is the executive and legislative bodies all rolled up in one. Such are the antics of megalomaniacs who enjoy wielding naked power over other people and always want more of it.
Are Ndigbo a landmark? Ndiigbo is a Nigerian landmark. A thing is a landmark if it is a marker, familiar sight, point of attraction, signpost, pointer, or milestone. Igbos have been all these and more. Ask Governor Fashola and he’ll tell you his experiences moving the landmark surreptitiously, clandestinely, stealthily, underhandedly in the middle of the night. Who would be the conscience of a nation long steeped in all that spells doomsday? A doomsday is time in the future when some people believe that the world will end. Who would give their bodies as easy targets for Muslim snipers? The Igbos of Nigeria have been targets for Governor Fashola’s mid-night deportation schemes and boko haram incendiary. In ancient Israel, an animal characterized as sacrificial lamb was let go off (nay,chased out of) the camp as an object that bore the sins of the nation and on whom the blame for the people’s real and imagined transgression/corruption was laid. Who have served Nigeria as its “sin offering?” The Igbos, of course. The British and Americans have already predicted that Nigerian would cease to exist by 2015. The disintegration of Nigeria, we say, will be a reality if the Igbos are chased out by envious neighbors. Nigeria would continue to thrive so long as Ndigbo are given unfettered opportunities to do what they are good at, and, that is, keep the engine of development running.
In his essay Nigeria Doom For Without Ndi Igbo, Elder Statesman and First Republic Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi posits that Nigeria without Ndiigbo would be doomed. He narrates:
“In any town in Nigeria, take away the indigenous natives, the next highest population are the Igbos. There is no town in Nigeria you don’t find the Igbos. In every hamlet in Nigeria, they are there. It is said that if you go to any place in Nigeria and you don’t find an Igbo man, go away because that place is not habitable.
They are always there, as wine tappers, vulcanisers, traders and all that but the political leaders of this era have not learnt to galvanize and mobilize them. Ndi Igbo, if they decide to bring this country to a halt for 24 hours, they can do that. If we say, let every Igbo man close his shop, let every Igbo transporter take his vehicles off the road, let every Igbo teacher withdraw from the classroom, this country will come to a halt”. Read more: http://www.nigerianelitesforum.com/ng/my-nigeria/34836-nigeria-doom-for-without-ndi-igbo-amaechi.html#ixzz2hBmup6B7
The logical conclusion is that Nigeria without Ndigbo would as uninhabitable as Mars is at the present time.
Dr. James C. Agazie ( Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ) reports.
*Photo Caption - Map of Igboland (homeland of Ndigbo of Nigeria )