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Friday, August 24, 2012


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HOTOS: Rick Ross performing in Lagos, Nigeria

August 19, 2012
By Osagie Alonge
Rick Ross
Can I get a Rozay?!Rick Ross asked the hyped up guests at the Expo Hall of the Eko Hotel Suites where he performed his hit songs on Friday night, August 17, 2012.
The Maybach Music honcho along with his MMG disc jockey DJ Sam Sneaker left no stone unturned as he kept the energy level on a high leaving guests standing, chanting Rozay’s lyrics.
Check out some photos of Ross performing…

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Why I love Nigerian women -Rick Ross

When his 300 pounds frame touched down on Lagos soil last week, it didn’t take long for the widely-acclaimed American rapper, Rick Ross to make an impression of the most populous black city in the world. “I can feel the city already. It feels like it. My nose feels like it. People here are wonderful and I can feel the warmth all over. Even the people at the airport were great,” he gushed.
Few days before his trip, the tattoo-crazy artiste declared on Twitter, “Nigeria is rich with Oil. Generational wealth. I need some.”
For the Maybach Music Group boss, the trip to headline the inaugural edition of Summer Jam Festival was not his first to Nigeria.
The Miami born star first visited Nigeria in 2010, as one of the star performers at MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA). But this time, Rozay as he is fondly called by fans came on the bill of St. Eve Concepts, publishers of St. Eve Magazine.
Ask him what he thinks about Nigerian ladies and he doesn’t mince words. Hear the thick-bearded lyricist: “We blacks are the best. We have the best set of ladies in the world. So, Nigerian women are the same.”
Entertainment Express had a brief chat with the showbiz mogul before he hit the imposing stage of New Expo Hall, Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, to thrill anxious fans last Friday night.
Also read more about the highly anticipated concert that featured leading homegrown hip hop acts such as: Terry G, Flavour, Vector and others.

The whole nation is agog because of your visit, how do you feel right now?
I feel happy. I feel at home. It is a good thing to be loved among your people. Nigeria is home. Africa is where we all come from. This is our land and I am excited.

What are your expectations?
I have come here to entertain my hommies. I am here to have fun and let my people have a feel of me. You know after the show, have my hommies or whatever bringing me the best food. I smoke the best weed. I get the best massages. Already, I have gone on a tour to some parts of Lagos and I am excited about that. Nigeria is blessed. Nigeria is rich in oil and people. We have great people here, men and women.
Are you willing to take a Nigerian lady back to the States?
I’m single and I am enjoying life being a boss for now. But like all true bosses, one day you gotta give it up. Perhaps, then I would consider a Nigerian woman. I mean, black is black. We are all one. This is home for me. I am proud to be back home in the midst of my brothers and motherf**king sisters.
What do you like about Nigerian women?
We blacks are the best. We have the best set of ladies in the world. So, Nigerian women are the same.
If you settle down, would you like to have a Nigerian woman?
I am not going to say I feel the urge to settle down, but being a bachelor you go to sleep lonely a lot of nights, even for a boss. But I won’t say I’m ready to settle down; that ain’t even a consideration for me yet. You know what I mean? I just suck it up and then in the morning, someone’s available.

So far, how would you describe life in Nigeria?
It’s wonderful. I can feel the city already. It feels like it. My nose feels like it. People here are wonderful and I can feel the warmth all over. Even the people at the airport were great.

You have just been to some ghetto parts of Lagos, how would you compare it to the ghetto in the United States?
The ghetto life in the States is all about guns and cracks but I doubt if we have such here. I hear there are some dangerous spots here. The ghetto over there has houses but there are no such buildings here. It’s all fun all the same.

Your new album God Forgives, I don’t, how did you come about that title?
I had a lot of fun doing it, and I learnt a lot in the process, so I’m just excited it’s on the streets. It’s for the men on the street and those who hate.

What excites you the most about this album?
I’m just proud of the work. I mean, it’s like lightning in a bottle. You know what I’m saying, that’s one of the best ways to describe the new music, the concepts, the ideas — I just put a lot more into it.

What made you decide to get into film production?
I have always loved movies. After we shot the video for “Hustlin’,” a lot of people were asking me to do something. So, I was in Ireland, Paris, a lot of places that I went and it was just so surprising; I came back and we came up with the concept for M.I. YAYO which made the top 10 countdown of the ten biggest dealers in the history of my city. And then it just came up so phenomenal and groundbreaking; it’s a powerful piece to watch. I would also make a movie out of my visit to Lagos.

Many rappers adore you, do you see yourself as a role model?
I think I rep the hood. I see myself as a motivation for somebody who — you know, a young dude sitting in the house that wants to live his dream. I may not be a role model, but I most definitely could be a motivation for a lot of people in the hoods.

What would you say has kept you in the game?
Just not having no Plan B. I mean, that’s what it was. You know, once I make my mind up on something, ain’t no Plan B. Yeah.

How did you hook up with Jay-Z and the likes?
We needed to hook up. He belongs to where I belong. So once we sat down, he saw my vision, we chopped it up like bosses, so here it is.

What about Nigerian P-Square?
Those are my hommies, I love those niggas. They are good. I love their songs which was why we hooked up. There are many artistes here that I am familiar with.

How has your recent success changed you?
I get that question a lot, and other than the obvious, I don’t think it changed me a lot, you know what I mean? It might have made me more hungrier for more success — that’s with anything. You know, I tell everybody where I’m from.

Lagos rocks as Rick Ross dazzles fans
The time was 10 p.m. Friday, August 17. It was still a clear one hour gap to the 11 p.m. arrival time of the American super star rapper, Rick Ross, but the venue, Eko Hotels and Suites had already become jampacked with both human and vehicular traffic.
From the upper lounge of the Expo Centre where few journalists stood to catch a vintage view of the show, the 5, 000 capacity hall was a sea of human heads.

From the black door which was the main entrance to the other narrow door of the hall, young men and women stood glued and facing Rick Ross on stage. Despite the large crowd, more and more people pushed and shoved to come nearer the stage. Photographers, mobile phone cameras and video cameramen carried there equipment high above their heads making it look like the cameras had feet of their own.
At the main gate, the battle for entry was tough. The fervor of most of the fans was put in check at the entrance by menacing macho-looking men from K’s Security, yet few young men and ladies forced their way in.

However, the crowd waited for about an hour before the duo of Beat FM’s MC Larry D and Olisa Adibua would set the ball rolling. Obviously, the double-deck stage arrangement gave a wide floor space for performances, while the elevation housed Rick Ross’s official DJ, Zeez and DJ Jimmy Jatt at the other extreme.

Starting on a low energy, the show dragged on to slow note with performances by Dammy Krane, a new kid on the block who is signed to Tuface’s Hypertek record label, the ‘Down Low’ crooner Flowsick, Zaina and delectable Sheyi Shey. Their performances were obviously snowed under by the frightening task of setting the tone for the occasion.

As the organizers made the wait for Rick Ross worthwhile, Terry G came on stage. As usual, the dreadlocks wearing musician ‘killed’ it. He stood out from every other person that performed that night because of his zany theatrics and panache. He wowed the audience when he brought out his bell to complement his mental craze style on stage. The entire crowd simply went agog.
After the Benue born artiste left the stage, the eagerly expectant fans would again wait for some minutes before the international rap star came on stage. For a while, an upbeat tempo of adrenalin pumping music performances were dropped by known acts including self-styled ‘Kukere’ master, Iyanya, Timaya, Bovi and the South African duo of Liquid Deep.

Around some minutes to 11.p.m, the man of the moment, Rick Ross arrived in a colourful way. With Rick Ross’ arrival, the hall lit up in pink, white and orange colours. It was obvious a bigger star in status and clout had made an entrance. It was a grand entrance. Just before you could say jack, the night skyline of the Eko Hotel & Suites glowed in a grandiose carnival of colours like night skies at Christmas time.
The dramatic entry visibly brought the hall on its feet. The DJ stand which featured the well experienced and youthful disc jockey, Zeez came alive for the first time and later became very busy for the next two hours. Distinguishing of the award-winning Maybach record boss, he opened with his famous signature. “Can I get a Rozaaaay?”

From that unique opening, it was a roller-coaster of performances from the Rick Ross collection including fresh songs from his latest album with tracks such as: ‘Blowing money fast’, ‘Hustlin’, ‘Hold me back’, ‘I’m not a star’ and ’The boss’.The highpoint of the two-hour performance included songs he recorded with other acts like DJ Khaled, T-Pain, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown. The show climaxed when the huge rapper told the crowd how much he was happy to be in Nigeria after which he sang the ‘One Nation’ song which got the audience jumping and screaming for more. Obviously, it was over. Rick Ross had performed 13 songs in a single night.

Meanwhile, the low point of the show occurred with occasional technical hiccups from the sound system. The organizers also made a grave mistake of bringing Flavour, Vector and Eva after Rozay’s performance as they performed to an almost empty hall.
Indeed, it was a night heaven blazed. A night of stars from all walks of life. People from government, business, diplomatic circles, foreign dignitaries and of course, artistes, were all at the show.

Rick Ross – Profile of an entertainer
Born January 28, 1977, rapper William Roberts is best known by his hip-hop stage name, Rick Ross. These days, this self-proclaimed “Boss” – who stands more than six feet tall and weighs in at over 300 pounds – is living large and enjoying immense success, but don’t mistake his laid-back Southern demeanor for any lack of effort.

Growing up in Carol City, a lower-class, predominantly African-American suburb of Miami, Florida, the city Rick Ross knew was nothing like the glamorous South Beach we see on television — it was “a real hardcore place,” he has acknowledged. Even as a teenager, however, Rick Ross had the kind of drive that set him apart from the pack. He had big dreams, and he planned to accomplish them by any means necessary — a fact that led him to dabble in drug dealing and rapping as well as playing football.
In fact, he received a scholarship to play football at Albany State in Georgia, and it appeared that this might even open the door to an NFL contract, but after two weeks, Rick Ross realized that a career in sports ultimately wasn’t for him, so he left the programme.

Soon after his return from college, Rick Ross hooked up with childhood friends Elric “E-Class” Prince and Alex “Gucci Pucci” Bethune and signed to their management company, Poe Boy Entertainment, and he’s been hustling ever since. He appeared on the albums and mixtapes of other hometown artistes like Trina and Trick Daddy, making a name for himself in the local music scene long before coming out with his solo work. He eventually signed a joint deal with Trick Daddy’s Slip N’ Slide label, which has been under the Def Jam umbrella since 2007.

Rick Ross’ debut album, Port of Miami, was released in August 2006, and sold 187,000 copies in its first week, launching it straight to the top of the charts. A remix of the lead single,“Hustlin’,” by Jay Z and Young Jeezy drew even more attention to this Miami phenomenon, who dominated hip-hop playlists through much of 2007.

March 2008 marks the release of Rick Ross’ latest album, Trilla, as well as his documentary, M.I. YAYO, which looks at the top 10 drug dealers in Miami’s history.Though his past four solo albums have debuted at #1, in the past year Ross’ stock has risen faster than ever. The arrival of his instant-classic mixtape ‘Rich Forever’ – a self-released behemoth that some are calling the best rap of the year thusfar –and the constant barrage of new material, features and online contents that he and his MMG cohorts flood the streets with daily, has taken Ross to a new level.



Boko Haram: Yoruba move against incursion of sect into S/West •S/West impregnable for terrorists - Gani Adams

altTHE Yoruba Unity Forum (YUF), the umbrella body for all Yoruba sons and daughters, has moved against possible incursion of the dreaded Boko Haram sect into the South-West region of the country.

Rising from its general meeting, on Thursday, at the Efunyela Hall, in Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State, the forum bemoaned the state of insecurity across the country in general and Yorubaland in particular.

The meeting, in a seven-paragraph communique jointly signed by its coordinators, Bishop Bolanle Gbonigi and Senator Femi Okurounmu, noted that efforts should be put in place to ensure that the zone was not caught unawares.

"The meeting examined seriously the security situation in Yorubaland, the possibility of Boko Haram incursion into the zone and took proactive steps to ensure the zone is not caught unprepared," the communique stated.

The meeting also promised to find means of bringing prominent sons and daughters of the Yoruba nation, who have not identified with the mission of the forum to the fold.

The meeting, held under the leadership of the matriarch of the Awolowo dynasty, Chief (Mrs) HID Awolowo, had in attendance, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade; Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu (retd); deputy governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Alli Onanusi; former governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande; former deputy governor, Lagos State, Chief (Mrs) Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele and former Head of Service of the Federation, Professor Oladipo Afolabi.

Others are, former judge of the Court of Hague, Prince Bola Ajibola; former National Chairman of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa; former Minister of Health, Professor Adenike Grange; Chief (Mrs) Iyabo Anisulowo and traditional rulers from Osun State,  among others.

The meeting also endorsed and ratified the report on the visit of the forum's delegation to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, while the draft constitution of the Southern Nigeria People's Assembly was distributed to members.

The communique reads in part: "The meeting was convened primarily to report on the visit of the forum's delegation from South-South and the South-East and where they jointly set up the Southern Nigeria People's Assembly.

"The meeting unanimously endorsed the report of the Uyo meeting and ratified the decision of the meeting.

"The draft constitution of the Southern Nigeria People's Assembly was distributed to members for detailed study and comments , along with the earlier distributed draft of the contribution of the Yoruba Unity Forum. These constitutions will be ratified at the future meetings after accommodating the various submissions and comments on them."

Earlier in a welcome address, the convener, Chief (Mrs) Awolowo, stressed that the unity of the Yoruba nation was necessary for the progress and development of the race in all spheres, adding that the security of the zone is a joint responsibility.

“Without mincing words, the insecurity in the nation horrifies an average Nigerian. When you go in and out of your home, it is apprehension about widespread insecurity that ceases your heart.

“A lot of bombings go on unabated in the northern part of the country and we pray it will not get to the South-West here. This is why we called this meeting. The Yoruba must unite against this terrible trend of insecurity. It is a collective responsibility,” she said.

Just as deliberations on the spreading activities of the Boko Haram sect began, a cleric in attendance, Reverend (Dr) Justus Latunji, intimated the gathering to what he said was a revelation from God that the deadly sect had perfected plans to strike in the South-West in October.

The cleric charged the six governors in the region to beef up security in their states, while urging the residents and the people of the region to pray fervently to avert the spread of the bombings and killings to the region.

However, the national coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Chief Gani Adams, who attended the meeting, allayed the fear of Boko Haram striking in the region.

“This is a public gathering and we do not want to reveal our strategies here. But we can assure you that the South-West is impregnable for Boko Haram. Those of you who are elders will recall that the Yoruba people, in history, were never overrun in any battle. OPC is battle-ready for Boko Haram.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Bayo Adebowale’s newly- published book, AFRICAN MELODY, (A Poetic Exposition of the African Essence) combines sweet melody with harsh melody, melody of expectation with melody of hope, for the African Continent. The 144 page book, containing a total of 61 poems, takes readers on a poetic excursion through the socio-cultural history of a Continent at the focus of global attention.
Nature and landscape in the book receive close scrutiny, as much as a number of selected political and historical events in the life of Africans on the Continent, and Africans in the Diaspora. (e.g slave trade, colonialism, coup d’etat, poverty, class distinction famine, racism, genocide, etc.)The poet adulates the achievements of the heroes and heroines of the land, while despots who smear the Continent’s beautiful garment with mud, receive castigation and several knocks on the head.
Sweet melody reverberates right from the beginning of the book, as readers encounter ‘motionless crocodiles basking under the blazing afternoon sun, at the magnificent swimming pool of Limpopo’ (p.12); ‘termites milling protectively round their Queen in the palatial fortress, inside the kingdom of the giant anthill’ (p.86); ‘photographs of brown-grass savannah teeming with spotted long-necked giraffes  journeying on the express road of the mind in the open horizon of Pategi’(p.19) ; ’ the receding evening sun sitting down on the busy bay of Lake Chad, immobile like a fat market woman transacting business.’(p.6)
Harsh melody, in one other section of the book, exposes Africa as ‘an ailing giant walking with the limbs of a stegomyia and nursing a pulsating numbness in the region of his left leg’(p.53). The ancestral land here has become ‘an elephant crippled by a snare; an antelope caught in a trap; an impala extricating from a tightening noose; a puff adder with his stomach swollen by an undigested rodent; and an earthworm dancing the dance of death in a lake of salt.’(p.59-60)
Melody of hope resounds in the book with the arrival of notable icons – African role models like Shaka –‘ the black pugilist of the unconquered land of the rugged Zulu nation’(p.14); Kwegyir –‘ the amiable Goldcoast whiz kid who at school chanted multiplication table with ease and acted Daniel in the Lion’s Den with dexterity’(p.21); Makeba – ‘the cool evening nightingale perching on the African bamboo, dishing out symphonies of pleasant solo tunes in mezzo-soprano octave to a listening universe’(p.84); Luthuli – ‘the blooming banana rhizome on the bank of the roaring River Orange’ (p.10); Ali –‘ the buzzing bee with a deadly sting, the graceful butterfly floating in the openness of the blue sky’(p.110); and Mandela, ‘who trod, unscathed, the narrow freedom road, strewn with pricks and pains, thistles and bristles.’(p.98) and Barrack Obama – ‘the long African broom, sweeping the New World horizon incredibly clean and penny – bright… the arrow head of mighty Luo spear shooting staright to target’ (p.124).
In Bayo Adebowale’s AFRICAN MELODY, it is music all the way; Music ‘touching the incore of our heart; jerking us to alertness; and stimulating in us, wonder and incredulity’… Music,’ soft as the murmur of the dove at dawn, pervading our days with delight, in cadences of joyful bubbles; and music, harsh as the monotonous tap on the blacksmith’s anvil permeating our nights with grief, in sequences of sad gurgles.’ (p.23)
The inclusion of a Classified Index in this brand new book is unique, so also is the full-colour display of imaginative photographs {nine of them}, supplied with highly creative captions by the poet, for readers delight. Adebowale’s AFRICAN MELODY indeed is a ‘deeply-researched and competently – crafted work of art.’
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Blacked out Through Whitewash
by S. E. Suzar
If this pre-released abridged version is not at your local African bookstore, because the need is critical, it may be copied and distributed -- especially to those you care about -- to help them wake up! Have at least 10 copies made doubleside if possible and give (or sell) to 10 people. If 100 people did this and their 10-friends each did the same and so on for just 5 generations, there will TEN MILLION people exposed to this vital information that can make a vital difference! (100x10 = 1,000x10 = 10,000x10 = 100,000x10 = 1,000,000x10 = 10,000,000!) Sections may also be copied as long as credit is given to the book or author. A great place to make your copies is Kinko's Copies -- so named after the kinky hair of the Lebanese founder! The published, unabridged version of this work may not be copied. If the quality of your xeroxed copy is faded, a clear copy (or even the book) may be available at some African book stores.
Part I: Exposing the Greatest Coverups in "His-Story"
You probably already know that Christ was a Black man....
.... according to the Bible, called the "Lamb" of God, with kinky hair compared with lamb's wool, feet the color of burnt brass (Rev. 1:14,15) and a likeness resembling jasper and sardine stone (sard/sardonyx), which are commonly "brownish" stones. (Rev. 4:3). ALL the earliest pictures and statues of Christ depict him as Black. In the catacombs of Rome where images of Jesus appear for the first time, black paintings and statues of Christ, the Madonna, Apostles and Biblical characters still survive from early Christian worship. The most sacred icons of the Catholic Church and also, prominent cathedrals in Europe are the Black Madonna and Christ child. In the British Museum, a gold coin struck in the time of the Roman emperor Justinian II, shows Christ with tightly curled, wooly hair. J.A. Rogers reports in Sex and Race Vol.1, p.292 that the Cambridge Encyclopedia Co. says that this coin places beyond doubt "the fact that Jesus Christ was a Negro." How many white Christians in America would remain Christians if they knew the truth about Jesus? William Mosely supplies additional evidence in What Color Was Jesus?
Like Christ, ALL founders of world religions on ALL continents were BLACK and "woolly" haired, including the earliest gods.
Buddha was Black, that's why his woolly hair is always shown in small tight curls, pepper corn style or corn rows. Early sculptures of him clearly reveal his Aficoid features ...wide nose and full lips. So was Zaha of Japan, Fu-Hsi of China, Tyr of Scandinavia, Quetzalcoatl of Mexico, Sommonacom of Siam and Isis of Egypt and Rome. Krishna of India was "blue-black," in fact his means black, or the Black One! (see dictionary). He is always portrayed with blue or blue-black skin. Mohammed, founder of Islam was also 'bluish' in color with 'frizzy' hair. His grandfather was "black as the night." Moses was Black according to Mohammedan tradition and early portraits. His hand would turn white, then back to his "other flesh" when God wished to give him a sign. (Ex. 4:6,7). Lao Tse of Taosim was "a divine incarnation ...born of a virgin black in complexion and as beautiful as jasper." (Thorton: History of China Vol.1) The chief title of Osiris, the greatest of Egyptian gods means "Lord of the Perfect Black." He was also called "The Great Black," similar to Krishna. The chief title of Zeus, greatest of the Greek gods was "Ethiops" which means "burnt faced." Early statues of gods in India have Africoid features and woolly or locked hair. The name of the Mexican god Ixtliton means "blacked faced." In fact, many ancient Mexican gods are portrayed jet black with Africoid features. Once banned, The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors, by Kersey Graves reveals remarkable knowledge on this subject, along with Anacalypis by Godfrey Higgins and African Origins of the Major World Religions by Amon Saakana, ed. Many Bible stories are borrowed from ancient Egypt, Sumer and India, as documented in John Jackson's Christianity Before Christ.
Nappy hair is 'divine' -- the choice of God!
Like Christ, "His son" and all the founders of world religions, God Himself has kinky, nappy hair -- according to the Bible, where God or the "Ancient of Days" is described as having "hair like the pure wool." (Dan. 7:9) The Power that causes galaxies to spiral, and planets and atoms to spin; that causes the double helix spiral of the DNA molecules -this same spiraling power causes spiraling hair... otherwise known as NAPPY, kinky, curly, frizzy, wavy, WOOLLY hair! The words, SPIN, SPIRAL, and SPIRITUAL have common roots! The Supreme Power spins; spirals; it is spiritual. It moves or spirals the universe! The entire universe dances in spirals and rotations; everything in it reflects the "SPIRaling, SPIRitual" essence out of which it is made! The "SPIRal," especially the Golden Spiral, is simultaneously the most profound motion and design in the universe -- built into all lifeforms, from seashells to man, to spiraling nappy hair! Your blood spirals through your veins! Plants spiral up from the soil! And nappy hair spirals out from the hair roots! Ball your hand into a fist and slowly extend each finger and you will see for yourself how the tip of each finger opens in a golden spiral path! Straight-haired people also have a spiral on their heads, visible as a whorl pattern with its center in the back of the head, where their straight hair grows out slanting in the whorl's direction. Wooly haired people have both, the whorl pattern and the individually spiraling strands of helixal, coiled, spring-like, nappy hair ... the choice of the gods!
Did Jesus have dredlocks?
Jesus was a Nazarite: a vow of Nazarites was to never cut his hair but "let the locks of the hair of his head grow." (Nm. 6:2,5, Lv. 19:27; 21:5) The word Nazarite is from nazar, meaning unshorn. Wooly nappy hair, if simply washed and dried but never combed or brushed, will naturally entwine into long locks as it grows. Samson, the most famous example of locked hair, had seven locks. (Jg. 13:5, 16:17,19)
Hair is really antennae which can receive and transmit energy! A Rastafarian explains that dredlocks are a quality of Black people; they "are high-tension wires," which transmits divine energy and inspiration from Jah [God], the creator, to Rasta, the mirror." (Nicholas/Sparrow: Rastafari -- A Way of Life) As Blacks awaken to true self-knowledge and self-acceptance this brings, the negative racist conditioning with respect to their natural spiraling, nappy hair as "bad" and straighter hair as "good" will cease!
Ancient Egypt was a Black African Civilization. The word itself means Black!
The ancient Egyptians called themselves Kam or Kam-Au (Black people/ Black God-people), and their country Kamit (or Khemit), both meaning land of the Blacks and the Black Land. The word Egypt is derived from the Greek word Aigyptos (or Aiguptos) which means Black! Europe's first historian, Herodotus said "the Egyptians, Colchians, and Ethiopians have thick lips, broad nose, woolly hair and they are of burnt skin." Egyptian civilization evolved from the Ethiopians. The Bible equates Ham (Africans) with Egypt. (Ps.78:51; 105:23, 27; 106:21, 22) The Black identity of Egyptian mummies is proven by their high melanin content. Also, Egyptians made wigs from sheep wool to match their woolly hair! A superb summary of the first Egyptians, their culture and achievements is documented in Legrand Clegg's video Egypt During the Golden Age. Other great works include Gerald Massey's scholarly Egypt, Light of the World, and James Brunson's Predynastic Egypt. A powerful synthesis of the esoteric sciences of ancient Egypt, India and Canaan, is presented in Metu Neter by Ra Un Nefer Amen.
Whites blew off the Africoid nose of the Sphinx! -- and destroyed much ancient Africoid art.
Carved from a single rock, the Sphinx was a portrait of the Black Pharaoh Khafre (Cephren). The blatant, undeniable evidence of Black African achievement, blew off the Africoid nose and part of the lips with cannon fire! Reporting on the "riddle" of the racial identity of the ancient Egyptians, Count C. Volney, a distinguished French scholar who visited Egypt in the late 1700s, wrote with astonishment "...when I visited the Sphinx, its appearance gave me the key to the riddle. Beholding that head typically Negro in all its features..." He later added "...the Egyptians were true Negroes of the same type as all native-born Africans." The Sphinx's broad nose and full lips are evident in an early drawing of the Sphinx as it was found in the 19th century.
The willful and systematic destruction of Africoid art has also occurred in the Americas, Asia and India: Inscriptions and hieroglyphics are defaced or bleached, noses are shot off or chiseled down, confusing nomenclatures are pasted over the evidence, photos are taken from misleading angles or filters, and some evidence is outright destroyed. In temples and monuments of beauty and durability where destruction was less desirable than claiming the achievements as their own, Europeans replaced the African inscriptions with new ones which credited themselves for the achievement.
Western (white) civilization is founded on a Black African civilization.
You may recall being taught in school that Western (white) civilization is founded upon the ancient Greek civilization which seemed to suddenly appear. What European historians are trying to hide or deny is that the Greek civilization was primarily the offspring of the advanced Black African civilization of ancient Egypt which preceded it by thousands of years. Even Greek legends relate that Egyptian and Phoenician conquerors ruled all or parts of Greece until the 14th or 15th century B.C. Books about Western civilization's African origins include Cheikh Anta Diop: The African Origin of Civilization -- Myth or Reality and Martin Bernal: Black Athena Vol. 1, 2.
So-called Greek philosophy is stolen Egyptian philosophy!
The Greek plagiarism of Egyptian science, philosophy and religion is well documented by George James in Stolen Legacy. Egypt was the greatest educational center in the ancient world. Black Egyptians educated the Greeks. Black Egyptian priests taught the best minds of Europe; Plato, Thales, Aristotle, Democritus, Anaximander, Solon and others. A surviving sculpture of Socrates shows that he was an African, as was Aesop of Aesop's fables. And historians wrote that such great lawgivers as Lykourgos studied in Egypt and brought back the legal and political basis for the West's politics.
The earliest Greek and Roman gods were all Black, including the Trojan heroes!
The early Greek-Roman gods and goddesses such as Apollo, Zeus, Hercules, Athena, Venus, were all Black, being renditions of the Black Egyptian gods. The historian Herodotus himself wrote that "the names of nearly all the gods came to Greece from Egypt." The Aeneid, like the Illiad, Odyssey and all the other great epics of the world, is a poetic story dealing with Black people! Aeneas, the Trojan hero of Virgil's Aeneid, was in direct descent from Dardanus, the African founder of Troy.
Africans gave us Math, Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry! -including the Arabic Numbers! Africans also originated the world's first known universities.
The falsely credited Pythagoras and Euclid learned their knowledge from Egypt's "Sacred Mystery Schools," which were the first universities known to man (with branches in other parts of the world, including China!) Estimated by computer analysis to have approached a mile in length, the temple-university of Luxor housed an elite faculty of priest-professors and catered to some 80,000 students at all grade levels! Temples were at the center of religion, politics and education. The Ethiopians and Egyptians originated Mathematics and Trigonometry. The African Moors originated Algebra and developed Trigonometry into a science. The word Algebra is derived from "Al-Jabr wa'l Muqabala," the title of the first textbook on the subject. From the name of the Black author, "Al-Khowarizmi" we get the word algorithm (a math procedure). The Arabic numbers we use today came from he ancient Arab people who were originally Black Africans! -- and many of them still are!
Chemistry and the word itself is from Black Egypt. And where would the world be without PAPER and ALPHABET? Africans gave us both! The words Chemistry/Alchemy (see page 8) are from the word Kam or Khem, the name which the ancient Egyptians called themselves which means BLACK. Africans invented paper and paper-making. Paper was made from papyrus, hence the name. Before this, writing was done on stone tablets. The alphabet used by Western civilization originates from the Black Phoenicians who copied the principles from the Africans of the Nile Valley.
The real 'Father of Medicine' was the African multi-genius Imhotep of ancient Egypt, not Hippocrates who lived 2000 years later. Imhotep brought the knowledge of medicine to Greece and Rome. He was a world famous physician, architect, high priest, diplomat, economist, poet, philosopher, sage, magician, astronomer, engineer, and designer of the Step Pyramid of Sakkara. He was so revered that he was deified while still living and worshipped as the Great God of Medicine. The Greeks renamed him Aesclepios, the God of Healing. The phrase "drink and be merry..." is traced to him. The symbol of the medical profession, the caduceus (a winged staff entwined by two serpents), was the insignia found on his temples. Imhotep temples in fact were the first hospitals known to man! Stolen from Africa, his many volumes are at Karl Marx University in Leipzig, Germany. "From Egypt we have the earliest medical books, the first observatory for anatomy -- human and comparative -- the first experiments in surgery and pharmacy, the first use of splints and bandages, compresses and other appliances, and the first anatomical and medical vocabulary, and an extensive one at that." (S. Glanvile: The Legacy of Egypt p.196) European medicine is founded on the works of Imhotep and Black Muslims, Avicenna and Rhazes. For rich details, see Llaila O. Afrika: African Holistic Health.
This race of black men... is the very race to which we owe our arts, our sciences, and even the use of speech!" -- wrote the amazed, distinguished French scholar, Count C. Volney in 1787. Later he wrote Ruins of Empires, a book which so delighted scholars of the day that it was translated into English with a 'special edition' for the racist Americans, in which the following quotation was left out: "There are a people, now forgotten, discovered, while others were yet barbarians, the elements of the arts and sciences. A race of men rejected now for their black skin and woolly hair founded, on the study of the laws of Nature, those civil and religious systems which still govern the universe."
* The name by which whites are known -- Caucasian -- originated from Africans -- and is from Caucasus, which is derived from the Ethiopian words "Caer Cush Aur." (Bryant's Ancient Mythology Vol. III, p.158 [1807]). Ancient African civilizations were flourished while Europeans were living as barbarians in the caves of the Caucasus mountains.
* Whites stole the word "Aryan" from the Sanskrit language of India's Blacks where it meant noble cultivator or the holy.
* Europe is named after the Black Phoenician princess, Europa! (see dictionary) -who was kidnapped by Black Zeus.
* "Slave" is from "Slav." So many Slavic people of Europe were enslaved that the word "Slav" came to mean "slave."
* Paris is named after the Egyptian goddess, Isis! -from an early temple of Isis (Pari Isidos). At the site of this temple is the Cathedral of Notre Dame; the Grande Dame referred to Isis herself!
The heroes and people of the Bible were primarily Black African people. Moses was an Egyptian priest whose hand turned white under special circumstances. (Ex. 4:6,7) Black Samson had dredlocks. Solomon declares "I am black" as does Job; "My skin is black..." (Sol. 1:6, Job 30:30) Simon was a Canaanite. (Mt. 10:4) Paul is mistaken for an "Egyptian." (Acts 21:37-39) The early church fathers, persecuted Christians and martyred saints were also Black, such as St. Barbara -- a female saint after which Santa Barbara city is named, St. Augustine, St. Maurice, Clement of Alexandria and five popes, including St. Peter! (Rogers: Nature Knows No Color-line) For details; McCray: The Black Presence in the Bible. Dunston: The Black Man in the Old Testament and its World; and Barashango: God, The Bible and The Black Man's Destiny.
Seeking to further discredit African legacy, white historians try to displace Egypt from Africa by classifying it as part of Asia, but the ancient people of West Asia were also Black! The original people of West Asia were the Sumerians, who called themselves the "Black-Heads." They founded the rich Black cultures of Mesopatamia which included the ancient Babylonians, Chaldeans, Canaanites, Phoenicians and Elamites (original Persians). Cush or Nubia means Ethiopia. The Biblical table of nations (Gen. 10) tells us that Cush and Canaan were brothers (sons of Ham), and that Sumer (Shina) is descended from Cush. Old Testament compilers assign Ham (father of Africans) to Egypt, Canaan, Cush and Phut (Libya). The Bible refers to Egypt as Ham. (Ps. 78:51; 105:23, 27; 106;21,22)
The original Biblical Jews were a Black African people.
The original Jews in Africa 2000 years ago were a Black African people as an ethnic group. (Massey: Egypt Light of the Word p.501) Many of them still are Black, in northern Africa such as the Falasha Jews of Ethiopia. A New York Times editorial (3/2/84) described them as "a lost tribe that has kept its identity for more than 2,000 years in a remote corner of Africa." Abraham, ancestor of the Hebrews, was from Chaldea; the ancient Chaldeans were Black. In fact, Africa takes it name from Ophren, a son of Abraham by his wife, Keturah (Whiston: The Life and Works of Flavius Josephus p.50) Like Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the lineage of Ethiopian Emperor, Haile Selassie also goes back to Judah -- through Solomon/Queen of Sheba and King David. Roman historian Tacitus wrote that many of his time believed that the Jews "were a race of Ethiopian origin." The Bible classifies the Ethiopians and Jews together, "Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the Lord." (Amos 9:7) Black Paul is mistaken for an "Egyptian" and declares himself to be a "Jew." (Acts 21:37-39, 22: 2,3) That the Jews got their language, religion and culture from the Canaanites and Sumerians through Babylon, is well documented by historians. The original ancient Hebrew alphabet was identical to that of the Phoenicians. "Semitic languages" are really dialectical variants of African languages.
The word Semite is from semi which means half. Half what? Half BLACK! (mulatto!) Semite refers to the descendants of Shem, one of Noah's sons. The word originates from the Latin prefix semi which means half. "half Black and half white... therefore Black (since Black is genetically dominant)" points out Dr. Cress Welsing. Historian Cheikh Anta Diop also points out that the "Semitic" arises in the 4th millennia B.C. from crossbreeding between Black inhabitants of the holy land and white northern invaders. While many Semites (such as Jews and gypsies) have mixed so much with whites that they've forgotten or deny their African roots, racism (white supremacy) will never let them forget this no matter how light-skinned they become, as proved by Hitler, who mandated their destruction because they were classified by whites as "non-white" people originating in Africa. The very word gypsy means "out of Egypt."
African Americans are largely descendants of the original Black Jews! The original Biblical Jews were Black African people who were ruthlessly persecuted by the white man (Romans). The prophet Jesus was a Black Jew who was born during this time. The Roman-Jewish War in 66 A.D. marked the peak of this persecution and the end of the original Black Jews (Hebrew-Israelites) as a nation. As predicted by Jesus, in this war Jerusalem was overthrown, the Temple was destroyed and the Black Hebrews were scattered. (Mat. 24:15-21, Luke 21: 5,6, 20-24) The loss of life was appalling. So many Hebrews were slain that the whole lake of Galilee was red with blood and covered with corpses. The noted historian, Josephus estimated that one million one hundred thousand perished in the siege of Jerusalem alone, reports Hugh Schonfield in his book The Passover Plot p.192-195, which describes this massive genocide.
* Seeking to escape destruction, millions of original Black Biblical Jews fled into AFRICA!
* Centuries later, their descendants were captured and sold into slavery in the Americas! Ella Hughley's remarkable booklet The Truth About Black Biblical Hebrew-Israelites exposes and summarizes important details of this suppressed subject. She writes "Many of the Israelites... who managed to escape their persecutors during the Roman-Jewish War subsequently migrated to West Africa, and 16,000 years later their descendants were captured and brought to America in chains by cruel slave-traders." She quotes the noted Jewish historian, Josephus from his book The Great Roman-Jewish War: 66-70, where he writes about this Jewish dispersion and captivity. "General Vaspasian and his son Caesar Titus fought against the Jews. Millions of Jews fled into Africa, among other places, fleeing from Roman persecution and starvation during the siege." In African Origins of Major Wester Religions p.75, Dr. Yusef ben-Jochannan writes "there were many Hebrew (Jewish) tribes that were of indigenous African origin, These African Jews were caught in a rebellion in Cyrene ... during 115 C.E. This rebellion also marked the beginning of a mass Jewish migration southward into Sudan of West Africa." Arab historian, Ibn Battuta writes of finding Jews scattered across North and West Africa during his travels. The Hebrewisms of numerous tribes, especially in West Africa is well documented.
If the original Jews were Black, where did white Jews come from? There are two main types of white Jews; the Edomites and the Khazars. Edomites are the descendants of Esau, who was born ruddy (red) and hairy according to the Bible. (Gen. 25:25) This describes the "white" man; he is red (all shades) and hairy. Esau was the albino, fraternal twin brother of Jacob, the father of the original Black Israelites. The white Edomites and Black Israelites were constantly in strife against one another. In fact, the Edomites fought the Black Jews in the Roman-Jewish War. At a later period in history, the Edomites (Idumeans) were conquered and forced to become "Jews." The European Khazars became "Jews" in 740 A.D. (see below) Neither groups are descended from the house of Israel! Khazars make up over 90% of the so-called "Jews!" (Hatonn)
The world's best kept secret? Hugley writes "These groups... [Khazars esp., plus Edomites and other ethnic groups] make up modern Jewry today. Although the black Hebrew-Israelites are the real descendants of ancient Israel, this truth is not known by many and it is 'the world's best kept secret.' Because of slavery and scattering, the Hebrew-Israelites are not known to the world as true Israel... Some scholars, teachers and ministers teach that God has completely cast them away, but God said, 'I have chosen thee, and have not cast thee away.' (Isa. 41:9, last part.) [& Rm. ch.11] Although the children of Israel went into captivity, a remnant has returned as was predicted. The prophecy of Ezekiel 37th chapter tells of the spiritual resurrection of the people of Israel, who will be perpetually betrothed to their God in truth and in righteousness." There are numerous Black-Hebrew congregations in America. "Temple Bethel" is the largest & oldest (in Belleville, VA).
"Jews" were a heavy part of the African slave trade in the America! Compiled from Jewish documents, The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews by the Nation of Islam reveals the vast Jewish involvement in the Atlantic slave trade. "Jews" were also major slave sellers during the Middle Ages. (Van Sertima: African Presence in Early Europe p.161) These "Jewish" slave-sellers were probably not "real Jews" at all but Khazars. (see below)
Counterfeit Jews: the hated, white "Khazars" who have usurped the real Jews! ... Historians are now recognizing that the majority of eastern so-called "Jews" are actually "Khazars" and have NO Semitic roots whatsoever! The Khazars are impostors: well-suppressed knowledge is emerging about this war-like tribe of whites that rose to power in Eastern Europe and were hated by the other whites they conquered due to there severe, exploitative treatment of them. The Khazars all converted to Judaism as a political ploy during the Middle Ages. It appears that they learned all they could from the real Hebrews before usurping them, selling them into slavery (or killing them) and taking over in their place, -- using the corrupted form of Judaism to hide behind while continuing their treachery right into modern times. Much of Europe's historical hate for "Jews" is hate for the ruthless Khazars who continued to be hated in spite of becoming "Jews." In fact, the word "Jew" originated during the 1700s to label them! (Hatonn: p.3, 17) Counterfeit Blessings -- The Anti-Christ by Any Name: Khazars by G.C. Hatonn, exposes that the Khazars are the real "anti-Semites" who have labeled themselves as Zionists and "Jews" to deceive the world in furthering their own plans for global and political conquest. (See pages 22-24 in this document) In the 13th Tribe. Arthur Koesler traces the history of the Khazars and their rise to power.

Saturday, August 11, 2012


home needs your help

A home needs your help

August 10, 2012 by Agency Reporter 1 Comment

Late Adenuga and the twins she raised

A few shining souls hear the summons of God, voices issuing assignations. Others hear nothing, but in pursuit of the things they hold dear, quietly fulfilling a calling.

Ige Idris rises at dawn. Indeed, he must. There are dozens of children to be washed, clothed, fed and ferried to school, and, alongside his sister Joy, he oversees the process. In the evenings, the children eat dinner, clown around, do lessons and school work, watch TV, pray and go to bed. Come morning the day repeats itself, with slight variations. It has been so for many years. Ige and Joy Idris cannot oversleep, take the day off, or go on holiday. They are in their twenties and they run an orphanage.

Oyiza Orphanage was established by their mother, Dr. Oyiza Adenuga, a woman so extraordinary that, five years after her death, she is still remembered and mourned by the huge numbers of people whose lives she has impacted. Adenuga once found a mad woman wandering on the streets with children in tow. She took the woman in and cared for her and her children. When she found abandoned and malnourished twin babies she took them in and nursed them to robust health. She ran a maternity centre for two decades, with services so cheap they were virtually free. Because she was always taking in abandoned children and orphans the suggestion was made that she formally establish a home for them. And she did, using her own home.

Adenuga passed away in 2007 at the age of 45, leaving behind two devastated children, and an orphanage that was home to more than 40 kids.

Ige and Joy quietly stepped into their mother’s shoes, and responsibility for the orphans in the home fell on their young shoulders. Indeed, both postponed their education so they could take care of the orphans each lovingly calls “My kids.”

It is a huge task they have undertaken, and though they do not have sponsors or a regular cash inflow, they have made a success of it; the children are happy and quite a few of them are overweight. They have care-givers rotating 24-hour shifts. All the kids but the two youngest are in primary and secondary schools.

“It’s not easy at all,” brother and sister admit. “It’s God that has been helping us.”

It doesn’t end there. The orphanage not only takes in vulnerable and abandoned children, Ige Idris helps lost children as well, tracing their families in Ibadan, where the orphanage is located, and sometimes in towns and villages far from the state. A child was once brought into the centre by the police. He looked to be about five years old. He was found wandering and sleeping on the streets. He was covered in scars and deep, healed knife wounds. He was bathed, fed, clothed and sheltered at the orphanage. Ige along with a police officer at Iyaganku police station tried to find the boy’s family. He succeeded in locating the street where they lived. It turned out the boy’s father was a homeless thug and he was responsible for the child’s scars. Residents recounted how he once tried to cripple him so he would stop moving about.

“It’s terrible,” says Ige. “We see these things all the time. I don’t understand how people could do such things to their own children. Sometimes we find babies so new-born their placenta would still be attached to their bellies. I would bury the placenta.”

Besides running the orphanage and tracing families of lost children, Ige and Joy run around looking for funds to keep the orphanage afloat. They have no stable financial support and their responsibilities are enormous.

He says, “My sister and I, we get nothing out of this. But we love our kids, and we love what we do. And we sleep peacefully.”

([To support Joy and Ige Idris in their life’s work, please give to: Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB)

A/C: Oyiza Orphanage, A/c No: 0029952815

Ige can be contacted on 08039650114 & 08059558467.

Joy can be contacted on 08038095964 & 08052237525

Email: hey@oyizaorphanage.org

August 10th, 2012 / 1 Comment

tumor marker August 10, 2012 at 6:08 am

I wonder why pple don’t comment on good things. If it were the routine bomb blasts we would be reading vituperations of an erratic presidential administration by now.

Friday, August 10, 2012


from crusisenigeria.com
Rating: 1.0/10 (1 vote cast)

By Obinna Odenigbo
A taxi driver, Mr Imeh Usuah on Thursday received an award from the National Orientation Agency (NOA) for returning N18 million, about $120,000, left in his car by a passenger.
Governor Babatunnde Fashola of Lagos State will also receive N30,000 from the agency for stopping soldiers driving on the dedicated lane for Bus Rapid Transport (BRT).
Mr. Mike Omeri, Director General of the agency, said these in Abuja while giving the award of N30,000 to Usuah for his honesty and patriotism by returning N18 million to the rightful owner.
The taxi driver was also given an award for his courage to do the right thing when most people would have seen the money as a way to enrich themselves.
Source: www.pmnewsnigeria.com
Rating: 1.0/10 (1 vote cast)

Thursday, August 02, 2012


from punch newspaper,nigeria

Far from a diminished Presidency

President Goodluck Jonathan
The Punch columnist, Sabella Abidde’s Jonathan’s diminishing Presidency (Wednesday July 4, 2012), is typical of the massive anti-Jonathan hysteria currently trending in both the orthodox and the social media. A pattern has developed over the past year of heaping blame upon the President for any and every perception of things not being exactly as they should be. Strikingly, the critics often get it horribly wrong on the question of exactly how things are. How does one’s ridicule of the state of play of any situation hold water when that one’s notion of either the state or the play is altogether unfounded?
Let us begin from Abidde. This US-based Nigerian is not a run-of-the-mill columnist. He is a university teacher. He is at home with the norms of socio-political commentary. He has the nuances of the application of lexis and semantics at his fingertips. Based on what I have read from him, there is no question that he has little difficulty siding with the truth. His Unravelling the Ojukwu Mystique, published in The PUNCH of Wednesday November 30, 2011 was so poignant that I contacted Abidde and obtained permission to add the article to the list of contributions in General of the People’s Army, my book of tribute to Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu.
Now, when someone of Abidde’s pedigree gets his assessment of his country’s First Citizen so fundamentally wrong, it leads to a critical question. What is responsible for his aberrant assessment of President Goodluck Jonathan? The answer is simple. Jonathan is the victim of a partisan press and political blackmail. He comes from a geographical part of the country not ‘meant’ to govern. Not only that, he counts among his implacable political opponents, controllers of critical segments of the nation’s media. The bile from these “nattering nabobs of negativism”, as former American vice-president, Spiro T. Agnew, would have called them, has had a severe knock-on effect on the ranking of the President by the public.
There is an important point to make. Democracy guarantees the freedom of speech. This allows partisan politicians the leverage to score zero to their opponents who, if assessed judiciously, should be accorded heroic status. There is no mortal danger in this because the jostle for media supremacy – a central ploy for vote-garnering – is an essential aspect of the democratic spirit, it being assumed that a political leader savagely criticised should have the wherewithal to counter the flak trained in their direction. The problem starts when outright falsehood, severe exaggerations and outlandish speculations are forced down the gullet of the entity and subsequently ventilated as the truth by knowledgeable people like Abidde.
In ten paragraphs and about a thousand words, Abidde could not muster words and could not muster sentences to support his thesis of a “diminished” Jonathan Presidency. Sure, neither dialecticism nor empiricism has been extirpated from discourse. If someone wishing to be taken seriously pronounces something to be black, the imperative of argument demands of him a demonstration of the blackness. Facts cannot be allowed to be thrown around like the confetti of opinion. Besides, there is something known as comparative analysis.  That wasn’t exactly what Abidde was up to when he uncharacteristically mounted the partisan hobbyhorse to throw up names such as Harry S. Truman, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Barack Obama. Nor did his submission lift itself out of the miserable by his mention of such former Nigerian leaders as Yakubu Gowon, Ibrahim Babangida, Sani Abacha and Olusegun Obasanjo.
American political circumstances are unrelated to the Nigerian experience. Not only that, Roosevelt was in office for 12 years,  Truman for eight years, while Obama has been in office for four years. But President Jonathan has been in office only for a year. Gowon ran a dictatorship for nine years, Babangida ran an eight-year dictatorship, Abacha’s “cold and iron age” was through five years while Obasanjo’s first coming was a dictatorship; his second coming, an imperial Presidency. Why should these dictators be called up in the assessment of a stickler for democratic tenets who has been in office for only a year? And – key point – Jonathan is facing the problem of homegrown terrorism, something that never confronted a previous American or Nigerian leader.
The United States, Israel and many European countries face the danger of terrorism. Yet, serious as the danger certainly is, these countries face a brand of terrorism brewed essentially from outside their borders. On the contrary, Nigerian terrorism is brewed and perpetrated from within its borders by those who promised on his inauguration that they would make Jonathan’s tenure ungovernable. Acknowledging that this blight of terrorism was previously unknown, and aware that the security architecture for fighting it is only being developed, it is logical to expect that Jonathan’s traducers should acknowledge the deleterious impact which terrorism is having on governance. Sadly, that is not the case.
Terrorists are killing fellow Nigerians by the hundreds. Businesses and business opportunities are being systematically crippled. A good chunk of the national budget, money that should otherwise go into areas of concrete development, are being channelled into making Nigeria safe and stable for the citizens as well as welcoming to investors. It is to President Jonathan’s credit that he is battling the scotched-earth policy and practices of the terrorists with calm and measured response. His successes in this area will be guaranteed by the willingness and readiness of all sections of the country and all classes of the citizens to assist his government.
Unfortunately, a lot of those who should lend a hand to the salvation of Nigeria are busy shielding themselves behind tinted windows, while tossing canisters of unwarranted criticism in all directions. In engaging in this dangerous pastime, they assume that their lot in an unravelled Nigeria would be a grand ringside view of a chaos consuming others. That’s delusion par excellence. This delusion is also apparent in the media where commentators preclude precision and empiricism from their criticism. The proper way to criticise is by pinpointing errors of governance and positing options for salvage operations, not by following Abidde, whose grounds for diminishing Jonathan’s Presidency boils down to an undemonstrated perception of the current administration not being better than those of past military juntas!
If gold rusts, what will iron do? What is to be expected of bloggers when our educated commentators revel in displaying astonishing misapprehension of the trajectory of Nigerian political development? The negative agenda setting of partisan press obviously explains the din in uncritical quarters about the actual quality of the government in Abuja today. Otherwise, it should command adulation that President Jonathan has improved on the quality of our elections. This does not support Abidde’s suggestion that the President is self-immolating. For decades, the Apapa ports and the roads around them were clogged up. It took Jonathan’s direct intervention and directives for the roads around the ports to be cleared of traffic logjams and for the period of clearing goods at the ports to be reduced from 39 days to 48 hours. This does not support Abidde’s claim that the President’s actions reek of doubt and mediocrity. For decades, the matter of fertiliser for Nigerian farmers ran on the wheels of scandalous corruption. In one fell swoop, Jonathan cleared the Augean stable by extricating government out of fertiliser supplies. This negates Abidde’s position that Jonathan’s actions are framed by second-guessing and controversy. Why does Abidde believe that it is positive to announce that “the economy is in a shambles” without any evidence to support his charge? In agreeing that the “President did not cause many of the problems we now face”, Abidde did not point out the ones Jonathan created, nor did he explain how he expected the President to solve in 12 months problems that have existed and exacerbated since the amalgamation.
Jonathan is probably the most underrated leader Nigeria ever had. This is partly due to his understated personality – which is not a negative attribute in politics, and partly down to the blackmail and negative agenda setting of partisan press. Yet, I have a sense that, in the ultimate, “The mouth used to call a woman barren, will also be employed to put the vital question: Woman, how are your kids?”
•Iloegbunam, Editor of PM Review, Abuja, wrote in via iloegbunam@hotmail.com

    • Clifford July 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm
      I do sincerely love my country men but I hate their impatience.
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  • Jackie July 31, 2012 at 3:32 am
  • Rigid July 31, 2012 at 4:17 am
    Some of u people here are just being foolish beyond reason. The question now is dis, when did dis spate of terror attacks started? Has Nigeria ever experienced such as dis? Why is it happening now, ever since Jonathan became d President? Who are dose responsible? Dere re more questions dan answers.
    • Occupy NASS July 31, 2012 at 9:52 am
      The question the citizens are asking is: what is GEJ doing to flush them (Boko Haram) out? We know that the “PULL HIM DOWN” conspiracy is on. Hence, no need to treat them with kid glows.
      At this point some level of unpopular decision and actions that are necessary should be employed to secure the country.
      Also, do you think the president is making good choice of words to handle the situation on ground? The GEJ has several times sounded as though he doesn’t feel the pain of the common man. These and many others are making both the opposition party and the “PULL HIM DOWN” party succeeding in their mission.
      • Clifford July 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm
        Good Talk.
  • Adeoye David Ayobami July 31, 2012 at 5:29 am
    First,I thank the writer of this article.We are on the same page.He’s made his points,regardless of the torrent of criticisms from anti-GEJ critics.Was it not that same Sabella Abidde who wrote “am not and have never been a Journalist” in his article titled,Journalism in Contemporary Nigeria?Again,was it not the same Sabella Abidde who wrote “nothing about human life is pre-destined” in his article titled,David Mark and ….?Sabella Abidde is known for his imbalance articles.He hates truths.

    • vc Utomi July 31, 2012 at 7:26 am
      Your opinion to this debate is about the best I have read. I am Hoover a supporter of GEJ because I have the conviction that his later days in office will justify our votes. Patience is a virtue that I believe we should all accord him at this time
    • Occupy NASS July 31, 2012 at 10:00 am
      @ Henry,
      Good questions and a piece of advice to my brother Iloegbunam.
  • Jtoni July 31, 2012 at 5:46 am
    You hate both Jonathan and internal enemy Abide because they are both Ijaws
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  • Aity July 31, 2012 at 7:37 am
    I hav neva seen a more unreasonable comments lik the ones on dis page. Hw is GEj a failure? In d mist of dis kind of insecurity, wat do u want the man to do? Instead of journalist lik Abide to uncover the real cause of dis terrorist attack on nigerians or atleast bring to d public knowlegde d pple sponsoring it, he is busy trying to smare d image of his country’s leader. To what end or wats in it for him?

  • Metu July 31, 2012 at 7:52 am
    If d writer was paid to write this article, so were d writers of d anti-GEJ articles paid to write too. Article well written.
  • Goldlink July 31, 2012 at 7:57 am
    When Obasanjo, was the president, everybody was critising him, right, left and centre. Put every body on this blog, who have not seen anything good about Jonathan, because they have got no access to the resources of the state, in power they would fail
    • Occupy NASS July 31, 2012 at 10:08 am
      @ Paul,
      At the moment GEJ is scoring very low not up to 30%. But one thing is sure; he has more three years to redeem his image. I hope that some of us that are doing “CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM” will make him to face the task ahead of him and utilize the remaining years to redeem his image.
      Hence, I will rather not use the word “WORST”. This is because I can’t remember the legacy IBB and ABACHA left in office, when it comes to infrastructure and the utilization of our oil money.
      So let’s continue our “CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM” and wait to 2015.
      We must occupy by 2015
  • Isi girl July 31, 2012 at 9:01 am
    “Only a fool who will pronounce judgement after hearing one side of a story.” Considering this article, jonathan’s critics will softing their pedal and redefine their stance again. Indeed there is no nigeria’s government that had experienced terrorism before jonathan came into power, and the one year plus he has just spent in power is like hell. So, the president need us like we need him. And we all should support him in this difficult time to make him succeed.
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  • G-Luck July 31, 2012 at 9:49 am
    Kudos my dear friend. U wrote it exactly the way I would’ve written.
    I started following politics from IBB’s regime. He was so criticized that we felt he was responsible for all our problems. They often said things were better during the collonial erea, others would often say before the war. Elderly people around me are use to the phrase ‘when we were kids’. Abacha came as a ‘devil’, it was even said that his sins lead to his sudden death. We were happy to welcome OBJ but he became our enermy after a while. His critics sad he doesnt respect rule of law. Changing and changing senate presidents with his powers, impeaching and planting governors, even attempted to establish himself in a third term, not forgetting PTDF ATIKU vs OBJ. We prayed for his exit. He gave us his ‘humble unpopular son’ Yar’adua. Yar’adua declared asset we appluaded him, after a while we said the fulani man was to slow, sick and dying, which he finally did. I remember reading an articule franktalk on Sunnewspaper titled; ‘A Letter to my Brother Yaradua’ asking him to speed up actions. Now people compare Jonathan with past presidents and say he is the worst. Some say the prefer OBJ, others say IBB, Buhari a friend even mentioned Abacha the other day. I begin to wonder why Nigerians forget things so fast. Pls Jonathan maynot be the best Nigerian to govern us but I can assure you he is better than all these people I mentioned here. Let us support him by doing our part. He will be remembered when he leaves office
  • just d truth July 31, 2012 at 10:21 am
    Gudluck haters shld go to hell, he is still naija best president take or leave it
  • Mee July 31, 2012 at 10:56 am
    The more u mock the president the more the pressure of wrath of scorn overshadow you. Be hopeful and u will be vindicated.
  • mussolini July 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm
  • Mzilikazi:Niger-Delta-Warrior July 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm
    All who say rubbish about our man GEJ should go to hell especially these stupid Yoruba loud mouths.
    Faccking cowards and layabouts
  • redeem naija unit July 31, 2012 at 1:10 pm
    jona is weak. abidde is right with his assessments, jona did not clear the port access roads, fashola did, and jona n okonjo came to thank him.
  • Conscience July 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm
    GEJ said a single term tenure would help Nigeria, they invented the name “clueless” for him, now barely 12 months later the same mob is clamouring for a single 5 year tenure for all executives. QUESTION; with the benefit of hindsight, who’s really clueless now? I believe this President will move faster with his agenda if Nigerians’ll abandon this dumb group-think/follow-the-leader syndrome, employ more of constructive criticism and support a man who’s fate is indirectly tied to theirs whether they like it or not.
  • charlio July 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    Very well stated; could not have been better written. Facts and expressions splendid. You have made a day for me Mr Illogbunam and Punch online!
  • effizzy July 31, 2012 at 3:42 pm
    You guys want him to fight corruption and risk getting impeached or toppled or even killed.
    You forget he is surrounded by LEGISLOOTERS, stinky Governors and PDP stalwarts.
  • Ebere July 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm
    @effizzy, I like your talk, Don’t main them”if is them what will them do,when All the criminal in North and west is with him in the Office,I Wonder if this so call oil is in the West or North by now so call Nigeria,will not be one,Since them be eating from another person table,Have any body from Niger delta become any thing in Nigeria befor?,Why this people will not close their Nonsense Mouth, What happing the head of House of Assembly,What did him do,When His men is on top,If you people like or not GEJ is coming back or your people will go your Way,If you like call him any thing is in your porket,One thing that you can not stand befor him in your life and talk to him,Evil people
  • U&I July 31, 2012 at 6:26 pm
    Most of the people criticising this write-up and GEJ cannot even rule their homes well but have the gots to rule and direct how to rule on this platform.
    The truth is that no govt. Is upheld until it is out of power, I bet u the mouth never says one thing only, ur mouths will surely make a u-turn when the time is ripe. I DONT NEED TO JUSTIFY THIS.
    GEJ stay focused ur way can never be everybodies way follow ur path u are not like pudendal nerve in human buttocks.
    These imbecile will not perform better than u under these same conditions.
  • Henry K Aderibigbe July 31, 2012 at 6:47 pm
    I hold firmly the opposite view to my name sake. I became a graduate in the year of our independence and saw how Nigeria went from bad worse politically speaking. I believe Jonathan is SAYING NO BUSINESS AS USUAL IN THIS REGIME. No president will ever fight CORRUPTION and receive Public Applause simultaneously Jonathan knows THAT. I, HENRY K. give him Credit for THE EXPOSED SUBSIDY SCAM. Nigerians GRANTED him FOUR YEARS in the first instant.It’s not fair to judge him before 2015!
  • Nick July 31, 2012 at 7:00 pm
    One of the things I like most about democracy is the promise of freedom of speech. People should be free to express their views and to have those views tabled for public scrutiny. This author has attempted to elbow aside the views of people who have expressed concerns about Jonathan’s performance in office. However, he presents his own contrary view as gospel. Yet, he would like to call himself a democrat. America’s experience is not Nigeria’s experience. Yet, he finds words in Spiro T. Agnew to make his agonizing point. Yellow!
  • Tony Parkes July 31, 2012 at 7:10 pm
    So GEJ is not responsible or accountable. When GEJ put himself up to become president of our nation, we all had no expectations ? Did he say to us during his campaign that as he did not create the problems facing the country, he should not be laboured with finding and fixing the problem.
    Can the writer please list 5 campaign pledges that GEJ has fulfilled or 5 areas/aspects of our lives which has improved since GEJ taking power.
    What is quite shameful about GEJ to many Nigerians is that GEJ has been a deputy governor, acting governor , vice president, acting president and now president yet his government bad tenureship is incompetent and lacking. Every aspect of our lives and civil society is being destroyed and decimated under GEJ watch.
    Who should we hold responsible ? The people that voter for him, or those running riot in the country, or the long line of poor and underperforming politicians in the country.
    Please let us know your choice.
  • Otitokoro (bitter truth) July 31, 2012 at 8:00 pm
    Nigerians should understand, the spillover problems of the past regimes are what Jonathan is just fighting now. IBB and Obasanjo ( the so called tough guys) for eight years of rule landed you guys in deeper shit. Now comes the not so tough who is trying to solve your problems you would not even wait for a year before you crucify him. You can shout all you want, attitude change is what you need and support this president to ensure good governance for Nigeria. Let me ask you? who is the saint that you all are waiting for to solve the collective problems of Nigeria? Everyone need to think and find solutions to common problems in your state and neighborhoods instead we are too deeply divided to offer a reasonable solution to the problems confronting the country. We fight ourselves, and kill ourselves over who controls the national cake. Some even say that presidency is their birthright! what a shame! Nigeria,s problem is everybody problem, and we should work together with the government to bring about positive changes to Nigeria.
    When you talk about USA and other advanced nations, you need to see how everyone obeys the laws without being coerced to do so, inventions are developed by individuals supported by the private organisations and the government to find solutions to common problems. private institution provide loans for educations and grants from the government are made available for anybody who wishes to pursue their dreams. Infrastructure and policing is the business of local, state and federal government. Security of lives is everybody’s business. people provide useful information to the police to do their job. These are the kinds of things we should be collectively working together to achieve while we all act as watchdog to make sure our national wealth is not siphoned by the greedy and corrupt politicians. WE MUST DEMAND PERFORMANCE and we must change our ” get rich at all cost attitude” perhaps this would lead our nation out of the woods. Think positive about Nigeria. God bless Nigeria.
  • Bassey July 31, 2012 at 10:32 pm
    You have well said it. How do they want a man to repair the thing they took so many years to spoil in one day? Wether they like it or not Jonathan must rule and he must succeed by the special grace of God.

  • CJ August 1, 2012 at 9:27 am
    It amazes me how Nigerians forget so easily. Virtually the whole country rose in unison to demand that Jonathan be made acting President in the heat of the Yar’adua ailment. Jonathan received an overwhelming mandate of the people to become President. He had an enormous political capital in his hands because people saw him as departure from the old generation plus he is a PHD holder. In all of these, no one said he was being supported because he is from the minority nor was the press, which kept all of these in the front burner accused of partisanship.
    However, now that the President has clearly shown that he is incapable of steering the ship of the Nigerian state through the troubled waters nor realizing the dream of the ordinary people for a decent living, virtually every voice is against his presidency. It does not have anything to do with being from the minority. Neither does it have to do with a partisan press. He has failed the people woefully and the people are angry. If the people were to vote again on whether or not he should continue n the office, their choice is pretty obvious.
    I might excuse Iloegbunam for passing the blame to the press. Evidently, living in Abuja, he is not affected by increasing hunger, insecurity, unemployment and most of all, he is disconnected from the masses. That is why he thinks the press is the problem. In fact, the press is not capturing the mood of the people correctly. Public opinion against him is much worse than the press is reporting.
    Finally, there is always a reason why things cannot be done. Iloegbunam does not need to give us these reasons because Mr. President already has them in excess. But we did not elect him to find reasons why the country cannot move forward. Instead, he vied and was chosen to find solutions to the many problems we already know. But if now feels overwhelmed, he is still at liberty to throw in the towel and let another person try. Shikena.