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August 30, 2006

Hip Hip Hurray!: Igbo Language Now Compulsory in Igbo Schools!

by Odo Akaji (United Kingdom) ---

Chukwu gọzie asụsụ Igbo

Mee k'ọ na-agawanye n’iru

Wepụta ndi ga-ede akwụkwọ

Ndi g'ede ihe gat'ụtọ

Mee k' anyị si otu a mụta

Ihụ asụsụ anyị n'anya ~~ Mazi F.C. Ogbalu July 20, 1949

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August 27, 2006

Professor V.C. Ike in Conversation with Professor Osmond Enekwe, Uduma Kalu, and Alvan Ewuzie

Interview Series Prof. Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike by the Chinua Achebe Foundation (New York, USA) --- Professor Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike is one of Africa’s leading writers and intellectuals. He was born in eastern Nigeria and educated at the University of Ibadan, and at Stanford University in the USA. As an educator, Ike has contributed to the intellectual and cultural development of Africa in important administrative positions at Nigerian universities and at UNESCO, and as a professor at the University of Jos. His novels include Toads for Supper (1965), which is set....

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August 08, 2006

Professor Bede N. Okigbo in Conversation with Professor Ossie Enekwe, Uduma Kalu and Alvan Ewuzie

Interview Series Prof. Bede Okigbo by the Chinua Achebe Foundation (New York, USA) --- Professor Bede N. Okigbo is the renowned agronomist and retired Director of the World Agricultural Institute in Japan, former Director of the United Nations Institute for Agricultural Research in Africa, Accra, Ghana, and the former Deputy Director-General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan, Nigeria. He is widely regarded as Africa’s leading ....

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August 05, 2006

Re: Thomas Osuji's "Revisiting Chinua Achebe's Okonkwo Character"

by Odo Akaji (United Kingdom) ---

What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires -- desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way. ~~~ Bertrand Russell

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July 24, 2006

Mrs. Oyibo Odinamadu in Conversation with Obi Nwakanma -2

Interview Series Mrs. Oyibo Odinamadu by the Chinua Achebe Foundation (New York, USA) --- Mrs. Oyibo Odinamadu, an icon of politics, civil rights and the women’s movement, made a name for herself as a leader of various women’s organizations and as a public servant in Nigeria. She was especially active in the founding of the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) and was president of the Eastern Nigeria council from 1958 until she joined active partisan politics in....

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July 16, 2006

The Achebe Colloquium #1A of 5: A Celebration of Excellence in Science and Medicine

Achebe Colloquium Achebe Colloquium 1A by the Chinua Achebe Foundation (New York, USA) --- Rigorous intellectual discussions with renowned experts of “the younger generation”, tackling the challenges facing Nigeria in Science and Medicine, Business and Entertainment, Politics, Law and Human Rrights, Art and Literature, and Education.

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July 10, 2006

Mrs. Oyibo Odinamadu in Conversation with Obi Nwakanma -1

Interview Series Mrs. Oyibo Odinamadu by the Chinua Achebe Foundation (New York, USA) --- Mrs. Oyibo Odinamadu, an icon of politics, civil rights and the women’s movement, made a name for herself as a leader of various women’s organizations and as a public servant in Nigeria. She was especially active in the founding of the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) and was president of the Eastern Nigeria council from 1958 until she joined active partisan politics in....

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June 24, 2006

Chief M.T. MBU in Conversation with Maxim Uzoatu and Paul Odili

Interview Series by the Chinua Achebe Foundation (New York, USA) --- MBU, Matthew Tawo - Lawyer, Politician, Diplomat, and a permanent fixture in Nigerian political affairs for more than fifty years - is a political giant. Chief Mbu was born on November 20, 1929, in Okundi, Cross River State. He received his early education at Okundi Primary School from 1937 to 1940. He also....

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April 15, 2006

Archbishop AJV Obinna in Conversation with Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye

Interview Series by the Chinua Achebe Foundation --- Dr. Anthony J.V. Obinna, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, is one of Africa’s foremost theologians and scholars. Born on June 26, 1946 in Emekuku (near Owerri), and educated at St. Peter Claver Seminary, Okpala (near Aba)

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January 24, 2006

Obasanjo's Historic Visit to Amichi

by Oyibo E. Odinamadu (Mrs.) (Raleigh, North Carolina) --- Must Ndi Igbo be sycophantic towards those in positions of power, no matter how much they have contributed towards the genocidal activities against Ndi Igbo? Must Ndi Igbo be sycophantic towards the people who have, by their continued negative and oppressive stance in their performances while in the office, have underscored those attitudes directly against Ndi Igbo? These people towards whom Ndi Igbo cower, may actually be inwardly scared stiff and trembling at the mere mention or sight of Ndi Igbo.

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January 20, 2006

The Achebe Colloquium: In Celebration of Nigerian Excellence

by The Chinua Achebe Foundation: The Achebe Colloquium: In Celebration of Nigerian Excellence


1A: A Celebration of Excellence in Science and Medicine

Introduction 2: Achebe Colloquium: In Celebration of Nigerian Excellence

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December 05, 2005

Chinua Achebe Foundation Interview Series

by The Chinua Achebe Foundation: the Complete list of Interviews
...Continued at the Chinua Achebe Foundation Blog
28) Professor Babatunde (Babs) Fafunwa in Conversation with Toluwanimi Olujimi and Professor Okey Ndibe
27) Professor Bolanle Awe in Conversation with Toluwanimi Olujimi
26) Archbishop AJV Obinna in Conversation with Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye

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October 10, 2005

Ozodi Osuji Lectures on Nigeria's Politics: 1-30

by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- Here is the list of “ The Ozodi Thomas Osuji Lectures on the 45 anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence.”

1) Introduction: Why Study Politics?
2) Nigeria’s Political Culture
3) Nigeria’s Political Socialization
4) Political Ideologies and Nigeria
5) Nigeria and Capitalist Political Economy

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September 19, 2005

Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu in Conversation with Pini Jason

by Pini Jason (Chinua Achebe Foundation) --- Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu had a conversation with Pini Jason a columnist for Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper, Associate Editor of New African, London (1987-2004), author of A Familiar Road, and publisher/Editor-in-Chief of The Examiner newspaper. Mr. Jason has several years of experience in major Nigerian newspapers as well as international publications. The full interview is published in the BNW Magazine. Click here to continue reading Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu in Conversation with Pini Jason.

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September 07, 2005

WIC: "World Igbo Congress'" 11th Annual Jamboree in Los Angeles, California: Of Winners, Losers, and the Demise of Igbo Culture

by Nnamdi N. Nwuda (Upland, California) --- Before the abominable "cha cha cha Igbo Kwenu!" many of the women could be heard demanding to be given the Kola Nut. Some of the women were being addressed as "Chiefs," even though they had no husbands that anyone could see. Tufiakwa!

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September 05, 2005

Igbo Underbelly Exposed in Los Angeles: Ken Nnamani Lambastes WIC and Igbo Diaspora for Reducing Nd'Igbo to a Basement People

by Ambrose Ehirim (BNW News, Los Angeles, CA) --- More than 400 Igbo men, women and children from all walks of life packed into the basement of Los Angeles Airport Hilton Hotel Saturday night to participate in the annual convention of the Igbo Diaspora organization, WIC (“World Igbo Congress”). This year's convention, one of the rowdiest and most unproductive ever, will be remembered as the forum where WIC exposed Igbo underbelly to the world and created a vivid metaphor of Nd'Igbo as a basement people.

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August 25, 2005

Igbo Diaspora, Leadership, and the Igbo Tragedy (2): WIC's Conventions of the Deaf and Dumb

by Ambrose Ehirim (Los Angeles, California) --- Jimmy Asiegbu has been doing running the errands with much energy and excitement; and there’s no doubt he has been up to something with that new PR job of his, which also provided him the opportunity to sell phone cards, conference tickets. And what have you, all lumped together as promotion of the upcoming picnic at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton.
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August 08, 2005

Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu in Conversation with Nnaemeka Ikpeze and Nduka Otiono, Part 2

by Prof. Nnaemeka Ikpeze and Nduka Otiono --- (Chinua Achebe Foundation) Dim C. Odumegwu-Ojukwu recently had a conversation with Prof. Nnaemeka Ikpeze and Nduka Otiono. The full interview is published in the BNW Magazine. Click here to read Part 2 of Dim. C. Odumegwu-Ojukwu in Conversation with Prof. Nnaemeka Ikpeze and Nduka Otiono.

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August 05, 2005

Developing Political Leadership in AlaIgbo

by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- Until the twentieth century, Igbos did not have written literature. Therefore, observers of Igbos do not have a body of literature to examine, and from which to draw conclusions about them. This lack is even more pronounced in the area of leadership. There simply is no known body of writing on Igbo political leadership that an observer can take a hard look at, and from which he makes statements on Igbo political leadership. Click here to continue reading Developing Political Leadership in AlaIgbo

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July 26, 2005

Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu in Conversation with Nnaemeka Ikpeze and Nduka Otiono, Part 1

by Prof. Nnaemeka Ikpeze and Nduka Otiono --- (Chinua Achebe Foundation) Dim C. Odumegwu-Ojukwu recently had a conversation with Prof. Nnaemeka Ikpeze and Nduka Otiono. The full interview is published in the BNW Magazine. Click here to read Dim. C. Odumegwu-Ojukwu in Conversation with Prof. Nnaemeka Ikpeze and Nduka Otiono.

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June 09, 2005

Igbo Diaspora, Leadership, and the Igbo Tragedy

by Ambrose Ehirim --- What is Igbo Diaspora leadership? Who are these Igbo leaders in Diaspora and how does one measure their leadership roles in Igbo nation? Where are they and where can they be found?

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May 30, 2005

Francis Ellah in Conversation with Prof. Ossie Enekwe and Nduka Otiono

by Ossie Enekwe and Nduka Otiono --- (Chinua Achebe Foundation) Chief Francis Ellah the Eze Nwadei Ogbuehi of Ogba recently had a conversation with Prof. Ossie Enekwe and Nduka Otiono. Chief Francis Ellah is a graduate of the University of London (University College, Ibadan), and a highly regarded elder statesman with outstanding political credentials, Chief Ellah is a former Second Republic Senator; a former Secretary to the Rivers State Government and Head of Service. The full interview is published in the BNW Magazine. Click here to read Senator Francis Ellah in Conversation with Prof. Ossie Enekwe and Nduka Otiono.

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May 03, 2005

Obasanjo’s War Kite – Igbo on the Brink

by Peter Opara --- When Matthew Olusegun Okikiolahan Aremu Et Cetera Obasanjo commenced his National Distraction Talk-Shop (not about the illegality of his Three Monkey Regime and his 419 election) a couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article entitled – Agarachaa Must Come Back – to Aburi.

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April 24, 2005

Census as the Little Known Fact that Keeps the Igbo Nation in Perpetual Bondage in Nigeria

by Ikechi P. Ihejirika --- It is no longer news that the Nigerian Government is going ahead with the census this year despite the controversy the government has created by removing ethnicity and religion from the data the enumerators will collect. According to THISDAY report of April 17, 2005, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) claims that the Sultan of Sokoto and some other Northern Nigerian emirs met Obasanjo and persuaded him to remove religion and ethnicity from the census.

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April 07, 2005

A Rejoinder and Commentary on some Issues Observed from Newspaper Reports of the 2004 Aka Ikenga-Ohanaeze Retreat at Asaba

Oyibo E. Odinamadu (Mrs.) recently wrote a six-part review of Igbo society, language, leadership, and more. The article is entitled "A Rejoinder and Commentary on some Issues Observed from Newspaper Reports of the 2004 Aka Ikenga-Ohanaeze Retreat at Asaba." In this entry, we introduce our readers to Mrs. Odinamadu's six-part review published at Biafra Nigeria World Writer's Block.

I was very much elated about the Aka Ikenga-Ohaneze Retreat of 29th-30th October 2004, at Asaba. When I read of the Assembly’s discussions, especially about their concern on the decline of the Igbo Language and what should be done to revive and revitalize it, I was deeply touched. I was so moved because I knew that they had touched on the heart of the matter. At the same time, I was grieved for the fact that the people who would make the reviving and the revitalization happen, precisely the Igbo Elite, are not really that much interested in the language as they should be. If they were, things would have been going on quite differently with the language. ~~~ Oyibo E. Odinamadu (Mrs.)

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April 05, 2005

Remembering Pope John Paul II

by Uzochukwu J. Njoku --- Pope John Paul II died at 21.37 (central European time) on Saturday 2nd April 2005. He lived for almost 85 years and ruled the Catholic Church for almost 27 years. His life and death has become the focus of many. Media houses have already started series of discussions on the times and legacies of John Paul both to the Catholic Church and to the world at large. This essay is meant to contribute to the debates concerning John Paul II.

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April 03, 2005

Igbo Musicians: Their Plight and Frustrations

In the month of March, 2000, I wrote an article of intention entilted 'Wither the Igbo Musicians,' which was widely published in the pages of most newspapers in Nigeria. I was moved by the frustration of fellow musicians who hail from across the Niger in the East. I was touched by the treatment musicians from across the Niger were getting both in Lagos and abroad. When I was the de-facto Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, Christy Essien Igbokwe was the National President.

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March 23, 2005

Ahiajoku Introduction

From the Ahiajoku Home Page --- The Ahiajoku lecture and the Ahagotu Colloquium demand equal attention and respect. They are a pan- Igbo celebration and should rank as the greatest celebrations in the Igbo festive calendar. The Ahiajoku should no longer be an Imo affair in terms of funding, publicity and celebration. More....

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March 07, 2005

Dr. Okechukwu Ikejiani in Conversation with Cyril Ibe, Professor Chieka Ifemesia, and the Committee of Intellectuals

by Cyril Ibe, Professor Chieka Ifemesia, and the Committee of Intellectuals (Chinua Achebe Foundation) --- Dr. Okechukwu Ikejiani had a conversation with radio host/journalist Cyril Ibe at Ikejiani's home in Ottawa, Canada, on January 15, 2005. Research questions from Cyril Ibe, Professor Chieka Ifemesia and the Committee of Intellectuals. The full interview is published in the BNW Magazine. Click here to continue reading Dr. Okechukwu Ikejiani in Conversation with Cyril Ibe, Professor Chieka Ifemesia, and the Committee of Intellectuals.

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January 24, 2005

Welcome to Igbo Blog

Welcome to Igbo Blog @ IgboNet. Igbo Blog is a Blogging Community for Nd'Igbo of Africa. If you would like to create a weblog account, contact Igbo Heritage Foundation by e-mail at ihf @igbonet.com.

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January 04, 2005

The Mythology of Igbo Names

by Uche Nworah

I am now used to getting quaint reactions from people, whenever I tell them my name, it does not matter if they are Igbos or not. Their typical reaction is usually some kind of contorted facial exclamation, indicating surprise that even a man will bear the name, uche.

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October 30, 2004

The Rise and Shine of Igbo Women

by UCHE NWORAH ---

When do we hear of women who, starting out of obscurity, boldly claim respect on account of their great abilities or daring virtues? Where are they to be found? ~~~ MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT (1759 – 1797)

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September 26, 2004

Maka Odi Mma Ndi Igbo

by Uche Nworah --- Igbo kwenu! Kwenu! Ndi Igbo Kwezuo nu!

Ụmụ okoro na ụmụ agbọghọ, ndi ikom na ndi inyom, ndi ichie na ndi nze na ọzọ di ichi iche, oke ụnụ efu kwa na ụnụ o! Nke onye chiri, ya zaa o!

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