IGBO: PAD A girl initiative

<SUNBIGHT>~Akụkọ~Nkwo~25th Septemba, 2022 @ 06:97 CAT

Akụkọ sitere n’aka Chima Onyekachi

Obiọ Akpor, Ugwuocha mbipụta ọzọ nke PHILANTROPIC INITIATIVE of a Rivers State blogger “Ikwerre Boy” ka ekwuputala.

Ihe ngosi “PAD A GIRL” nke onye nta akụkọ paramilitary cum Entertainment haziri  kwesịrị ime na abalị 28th Septemba, 2022 n’ofe steeti Riverine.

PAD A GIRL INITIATIVE bụ inyere ụmụ agbọghọ nọ n’ụlọ akwụkwọ praịmarị na sekọndịrị anya maka oge ịhụ nsọ ha na njikwa ya site n’onyinye nke nsọ nsọ nsọ.

Maka nkwado/mmekọrịta, lelee akwụkwọ ozi dị n’okpuru.

ENLIGHTENMENT: September Blues 4

By Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko

<SUNBIGHT>~Enlightenment~Eke~6th September, 2022 @ 10:46 CAT

SEPTEMBER BLUES
Season four

Enugu, Enugu – MANY members of the Igbo political class are yet to come to terms with the new reality: That the format that sustained their relevance, over the years, has suddenly become obsolete, with the huge awareness and consciousness amongst the younger generation Ndigbo.
They simply have to reset, not refresh nor reboot their operating app, but total resetting.

Tragedy is, many of them, are still unaware that times have changed so drastically, that the old format has become incompatible and therefore inoperative with the present situation.


Many are still living in the past.

It used to be, first make the big bucks by any means, then get introduced to General Hassan, Brigadier Ali, or Alhaji Aliyu.
Hustle up to IBB, OBJ, and other former heads of state, pledge loyalty to all the influential leaders from other parts of the country, seek friendship with the DGs of all the Security and Intelligence agencies, get to know the IG, service chiefs and some Northern traditional rulers and you are good to go.

They are the owners of Nigeria, your duty is to cosy up to them and become their favourite Igbo politician.


Next you bribe your way up the party ladder, seek the approval and support of the important political leaders, and that’s it.


The masses are completely unimportant in the equation, the youths are only good enough to be used as party thugs. The interested women, will be coopted as cheers leaders. And the game is set.


As long as the powerful party leaders are in your pocket, you bulldoze your way through the primaries and the election proper, and boom, you have emerged as one of the eternal leaders of Ndigbo.


The real desires of the Igbo civil servants, traders, students, farmers, businessmen, artisans and the general public are unimportant in the equation.


They are forced by circumstances, to become permanent onlookers and spectators, except for those amongst them, who choose to become “otinkpu”, in order to survive. Those ones become active members of political structures of Chief A, B,Or C., just to feed their children.
And the beat goes on.

For instance, between 1999 to 2015, for sixteen years, a green coloured building in Wuse called WADATA HOUSE, decided Igbo Senators, Representatives and Igbo Governors.


Strange but true.


Men and women of integrity would campaign all over the communities, present their agenda for seeking political office to the public, involve their professional colleagues, clerics, traditional rulers, organisations and opinion leaders.


They will earn and win the support of the people, but suddenly, WADATA HOUSE, will send a few party men from Abuja, to supervise another renegade primary in another hotel somewhere.


At the end of the day, the secret primaries held by the favourite of WADATA HOUSE will be accepted and approved, while the authentic primary is cancelled.


WADATA HOUSE has just picked your Senator for you. You have no choice and you have no stake in the matter.


Judges at the election petition tribunals, also decide your leaders for you. The people’s choice or decision, doesn’t matter at all. And you can’t do anything about that.


Over time, a vicious predatory political class emerged over our people.


All they had to do was master the game and they emerged as leaders, period.
Amongst them, the good, the bad and the ugly.

The leadership recruitment process, allows compradors and carpet baggers to manipulate their friendship and loyalty to certain external forces, and parade as pretenders.


Fixation on political relevance, which they achieve quite easily, blinds them to the truth: THAT THE DAY THE HELPLESS ILL TREATED MASSES WILL BUILD CRITICAL MASS UNDER WHATEVER GUISE, THE REGION WILL UNDOUBTEDLY EXPERIENCE SEISMIC GYRATIONS.


These politicians who are always too willing to trade away collective group interest, for self advancement, by far outnumber the ones amongst them, with conscience. And that is the stark reality why millions of ordinary people dream of freedom from the horrific condition we all are in.

The big boys actually see nothing wrong with the game they have been playing since 1999 with the future and destiny of the people.


They trust and depend fully on their reliable format that hasn’t failed them yet.


The belief that power resides in a political region, up North and to be accepted and approved by the owners of Nigeria, remain the key to political relevance down here. All you have to do is remain compliant to the unwritten and undiscussed wishes of the master.


Maybe fool your people that you truly care for them by glibly mouthing all the things you know they’d like to hear, and of course do “sarka” once in a while, giving out grinding machines, motor bikes, Keke Napeps, sewing machines etc.


Look no further wondering why the agitation overwhelmed them.They didn’t know how to handle it. Don’t blame them. It was beyond their scope.


The Igbo question isn’t something they are interested in. Resolving it, won’t profit him personally.


He hardly thinks about it. His worry is just to remain relevant in the system and maybe move up the ladder.


Risking his political career articulating lasting solution to the Igbo question, is unattractive to him. Moreover he will be offending the owners of Nigeria, who he is eternally afraid could mark him out and that’s it.

Next time you are wondering why the masses of my region, including those who do not fully agree with the modus operandi of the agitators, are all sitting at home every Monday, know it that they are sending a message to the political class.
YOU ARE NOT OUR LEADERS IN WHOM WE ARE WELL PLEASED.

Until the region’s political leaders realize what time it is, that it is time to act urgently by driving the reconstruction of the polity and enthroning without delay, true federalism and devolution of power, they may still remain in their separate world far away from the people they claim to lead.


There’s only one way to reconnect to the people: Find out where it hurts them and address it.


The people are enlightened enough to know that times have changed. The old format of ignoring their issues and achieving relevance by licking the boots of external power brokers, have long expired.


The obstinate ones will discover rather shockingly that times have truly changed. The people are awake and they are angry.

To be CONTINUED.■

40 Students, Faculty Members In US Declare Igbo Ancestry

<SUNBIGHT>~USA~Orie~1st July,2022 @ 10:16 WAT~Leadership

Global, US – No fewer than 40 students and faculty members from Morehouse College Glee Club in Atlanta, United States of America, USA, have taken Igbo names.

They took the names on Wednesday and also declared their ancestry to the Igbos of Southeastern Nigeria.

During the event, the students narrated how they traced their Igbo ancestral roots through DNA tests.

Performing the ceremony, the traditional ruler of Ibagwa-Aka community in Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area of Enugu State, HRH, Igwe Hyacinth Eze, in conjunction with the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, commended the reunion of the Igbo-Americans with their ancestral brothers.

The traditional ruler stated that he was also happy because of the spiritual, cultural and economic exchanges which would happen as a result of the reunion.

He pledged that he was willing to provide lands for those that are willing to live in his community.

Also, the president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu State chapter, Prof. Fredrick Eze, said the reunion would help in the development of Igbo communities.

In a remark, the public affairs officer, United States Consulate General, Lagos, Stephen Ibelli, explained that the club came to Nigeria to mark the 50th anniversary of its first visit to Nigeria in 1972.

He said the club would tour Abuja, Enugu and Lagos States to strengthen US-Nigeria cultural ties through music, arts and film.

Some of the students of the Morehouse College Glee Club described their visit as an opportunity to connect with their African roots.■

ABS, AWKACCIMA Hold National Summit On Igbo Apprenticeship (Igba boi)

<SUNBIGHT>~Biafra~Afo~12th March,2022 @ 08:40 WAT

THE Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, says the Igbo apprenticeship scheme ‘igba boi’ has become the most popular indigenous Nigerian economic institution, globally recognized as the world’s largest business incubator.

The Vice President stated this during the maiden annual National Summit on Igbo Apprenticeship Scheme, organized by Anambra Broadcasting Service in collaboration with the Awka Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, AWKACCIMA, in Awka.

Professor Osibanjo who joined virtually, said the scheme has the full potential to do for the Nigerian economy what similar apprenticeship schemes have done in many parts of the world especially in Germany and India, while describing the event as apt and timely.

Commending the organizers of the event, Prof. Osibanjo expressed hope that the summit will improve the growth and possibilities for the Igbo apprenticeship scheme.

With the theme of the summit Repositioning The Igbo Apprenticeship Scheme For Sustainable Economic Development, the Keynote speaker and Chairman, United Nigeria Airlines, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo recommended that the scheme should be institutionalized.

Dr. Obiora made a case that ‘Ikwado Ogalanya’ should replace the name ‘Igba boi’ and the concept of ‘Apprenticepreneurship’ adopted, adding that the event is apt, following the recent rise in drug abuse, get -rich – quick syndrome and other social vices the youths indulge in.

He said that to reposition‘Igba boi’ as apprenticepreneurship, that the youths who hold the future of Igbo nation must begin to restore those time-honored values which saw the forebears become great entrepreneurs.

Earlier in his speech, the Convener of the national summit and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra Broadcasting Service, ABS, Dr. Uche Nworah and the President of AWKACCIMA, Mrs Caroline Ajuora, said the event is to bring to the fore at this time, the Igbo apprenticeship scheme which could be repositioned to help Nigeria battle various issues including unemployment, banditry, and ethnic agitations among others.

In his speech, the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda represented by Mr. Victor Ugwu, commended ABS and AWKACCIMA for the programme, which according to him, serves as a new beginning for repositioning and expanding the laudable scheme for greater improvement of Nigerians economy.

Some of the panelist including the Chief Executive Officer of Komworld Cinemas Mr. Kene Mkparu, the Director, Emeka Anyaoku Institute for International Studies and Diplomacy Unizik, Professor Au Nonyelu, Convener, Ogbako Umunna Nze Akachukwu Nwankpo, Head of Mass communication Department, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Igbariam, Professor Angela Nwanmmuo, and Chairman Folio Group, Fidelis Anosike, among others gave their suggestions.

Some of the participants, including Chief Innocent Chialu from Awkuzu and Chief Theophilus Ikenwa from Ideani, commended the organizers of the event saying it will play significant role in the lives of the youths.

The event featured award presentation to Dr. Obiora Okonkwo as a pillar of Igba boi, and United Bank of African for being a proud sponsor of the national summit and other proud sponsors.■

[Culled from Emmanuel CHIGBATA// ABS News]

Hollywood Actor Forest Whitaker Traces Ancestry to Igbo

<SUNBIGHT>~U.S~Nkwo~5th February,2022.

Forest Whitaker in his chieftaincy regalia

AMERICAN Actor, Forest Whitaker who has traced his ancestral roots to old Eastern Nigeria and received the traditional chieftaincy title of Nwannedinamba of Nkwerre (meaning “Brother in a Foreign Land”.

He said; “I am proud of my Nigerian Igboland lineage. I have Nigerian blood flowing in my veins. I am from Nkwerre community in Imo State, which is why I visit Nigeria three times every year. Nigeria is my home and Africa my root”.

Whitaker had a DNA test which confirmed his mother had Akan ancestry and his father was of Igbo descent. He feels great whenever he plays a Black role in movies as that reminds him of his rich African heritage.

The UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation who vowed to train Nollywood film producers, actors on how to create bloc-buster movies, studied Acting at the University of Southern California

He has also won the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, British Academy Film Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.■

[Courtesy: UmunnaTV]

Mmuo di n’ani: The gods of the Land and the gods in Heaven

<SUNBIGHT >~African Tradition~Afor!~4th February,2022

As a man of 80 plus years, I am closer to my ancestors than most. I am also closer to their history than many younger than I am. In today’s article, I will talk about that history particularly as it relates to the religion of those closest to me, my religion, our culture and heritage. These are things that go as far back as millions of years particularly in many African countries and are basically anchored on evolution which in essence explains that humans and all the other inhabitants on planet Earth evolved from the Land. The land is not called Mother Earth for no reason, examples exist in some villages in my hometown where worship of the land is still very much practiced, some worship the water or some special stone in my beloved ethnic group.

In the Igbo land, we have Ala also known as Ani, Ana & Ale in numerous dialects; a female god that represents the earth, fertility, creativity and morality. We also have many other gods like:

Amadioha: This is the most popular god in Igbo-land thanks to our film, music, arts and the entire entertainment industry. He is the god of thunder & lightening very similar to Sango of the Yoruba’s.

Ikenga: This is the god of strength and war as its name literally means “Place of Strength.” It is a horned deity and is one of the most powerful and respected gods in Igbo-land.

Agwu Nsi: This is the god of health and divination. This god is one of the basic theological concepts, used in explaining good and bad, health and sickness, poverty and wealth in Igbo land.

Igwekala: This is the name of a popular god, which visited every 4 years as a masquerade around the December period.

Anyanwu: This is the goddess of the sun. As exist in almost all ancient religions and traditions, there is always a deity in respect of the sun.

Njoku ji : This is the guardian deity of yam in Igbo-land. (Yes, yams) Yams hold a very important place in Igbo culture and history. It was a standard of measuring wealth and riches back in the day. In fact, my name ‘Jibunoh’ literally translates to house of Yams, so permit my extra fondness for this particular god. In many parts of Igbo-land, rituals were made in honour of the goddess of yams, also known as Ifejioku.

Idemmili : The goddess of the ocean & the seas. It is believed to have found the idemmili community in Anambra state.

Ogbunabali : I don’t think this list will be complete without a god of death. The literal meaning of his name is “the one that kills at night.” He is known as the death deity.

In Yoruba land, there are at least 401 recognized Orisha, or gods, in the Yoruba pantheon. Many of these Orisha are localized ancestral spirits or nature gods and are worshiped in relatively small areas. But some of the most popularly worshipped and revered ones are these 4 listed below:

Sango: Sango is one of the ancestral fathers and Orishas of the Yoruba, Caribbean and some Latin American people. He is the highly reverenced god of Thunder.

Ogun: The god of iron, war and the chase. He is pre-eminently the patron divinity of blacksmiths, hunters, warriors, drivers and all who deal in iron.

Esu: The god of natural justice and messenger of Orunmila (the god of divination and oracles). He is also an adviser and friend of Obatala.

Osun: She is a river goddess of water, purity, fertility, love, and sensuality meaning that she rules over the sweet waters of the world, the brooks, lakes, rivers, seas and oceans.

The Hausa land also has it’s very rich and interesting traditional religion, I however do not have a deep knowledge about the Hausa religion except for what I read or have discussed with some of my friends, but thanks to Google I was able to come up a few. They are Jato – a disreputable spirit, Kuri – chief god of the pagan Hausas, Mai-Ja-Chikki and Dan Jigo

All these gods have a long line of history rooted in the land, interestingly; these gods all have a shared history of being humans at some point and walking on land.

You may be wondering where I am going with all these, pray stay with me, I am as I earlier said telling you about the religion closest to me and my ancestors.

The benefits of the land, soil, earth are so important because the air we breathe, food we eat and the water we drink all come from the land.  The land will be our last resting place for our mortal bodies. Plant earth is also the only planet in the entire solar system that has and supports life.  The climate change crisis experienced today, the strong winds and extremely hot temperatures, erupting volcanoes, uncontrollable floods and fire, desert storms, sand dunes and cases of encroachment, tornadoes  and hurricanes, earthquakes and massive mud slides; all come as a direct result of the little or no respect accorded to the land.

Then, there is the Almighty God in Heaven, The Alpha and The Omega, The Omnipotent, the Omniscience spirit that sees and controls everything including the land. He gives life and takes it as well, he holds the absolute power to judge and will determine who goes where. Many of my friends serve and worship God, the God aligned with the coming of Christ over 2000 years ago.  It matters little to them that the birthplace of Christ was Israel and yet the Jews did not and still do not accept the doctrines and teaching of Christ. Or that their early knowledge of God in heaven and Christ come from teachings of foreigners.

Oftentimes, I catch myself wondering why we chose foreigners’ religion over ours. According to history, everyone killed for their religion, why was ours then termed barbaric, demonic and if the birthplace of Christianity is yet to accept the religion, what convinced us to accept it?

Why was our reverence for the land deemed backwards and our objects described as fetish? Are they any different from rosaries and crosses? Why was our regard for sacred lands, forests and shrines seen as ignorant yet we were taxed to build homes for their God and call it a church? Our backwards, barbaric and demonic reference for the land and its inhabitants pleased mother earth because her trees were left alone, most of her animals were either worshipped or only killed as needed and the rest of her children could roam around within their own habitants almost freely. 

We sacrificed our gods for foreigners and in so doing our culture and tradition instead of allowing them evolve naturally.

This is not an altar call for Njoku ji. Woe betides me to say do away with God. Rather, this is a plea for the Earth who is much closer to us than most others and has given us everything. If we can’t worship her, we can at least take better care of her.■

[Courtesy: The Sun]

Haiti traces root to Igboland

<SUNBIGHT>~Haiti~Nkwo~24th January,2022.

PEOPLE OF Haiti trace root to Igboland.

PEOPLFRof Haiti trace root to Igboland.A delegation of Haitians led by Senator Moise Jean- Charles were in Enugu today to declare that they originated from Igboland, they were warmly received by Governor Ugwuanyi.

We need more of our brothers from Jamaica and Equatorial Guinea.■

[African Report Files]

Nollywood Actress Uzor Osimkpa lambastes COZA Pastor

<SUNBIGHT> ~ Nollywood ~ Religion ~ 6th January, 2022.

Report by Okwuchi Nneuwa

POPULAR nollywood actress, Uzor Osimkpa took a swipe at Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) for describing the Igbos as stingy towards church donations.

The COZA pastor in a recent sermon at his Abuja church has alleged that the Igbo people fund it difficult to donate money to the church because of how long they spend to make the money.

He had stated “The Igbo believe in God. It takes God for an Igbo guy to give. They have a large heart but -they believe you shouldn’t work their mind.

No Church with a Yoruba pastor takes more Igbo songs than COZA. Hustle is a c*rze! Are you a hustler? Some people find it hard to give because they hustled to get that money. In the name of Jesus, hustle has ceased in your life.”

In response via her verified Instagram account, the actress described the pastor as a “serial rapist and murderer of character of reputation”.

She further stated that “the Igbos are the most open handed to their brothers and community, church circuits and parishes, and prefers to take their love and money home”.■

Read her post below:

Did you know about the Igbo People of Jamaica?

<SUNBIGHT> – Igbo people were taken in relatively high numbers to Jamaica as slaves, so it’s no surprise that there’s some Igbo language in the Jamaican Patois language.

The “Red Ibo” or “Red Eboe” was used to refer to the Igbo slaves in Jamaica because of their light skin. Igbo slaves were distinguished physically by their fair or “yellow” skin tones, a stereotype which persists to present-day Nigeria. Today, in Jamaica, “red eboe” is used to describe people with light skin tones with African features.

Originating primarily from the Bight of Biafra in West Africa, Igbo people were taken in relatively high numbers to Jamaica as slaves, between 1790 and 1809 during the transatlantic slave trade. Besides Virginia, Jamaica was the second most common disembarkation point for slave ships arriving from Biafra.

During this period, the culture and language of the Igbos diffused into the Jamaican culture. One of the major results of this diffusion is the infusion of some Igbo words into the Jamaican Patois.

Some of these words include:

Unu– You people

Ima osu (Jamaica) Imu oso (Igbo)- to hiss by sucking your teeth

Akara (Jamaica) Akàrà (Igbo)– bean cake

Soso (Jamaica) Sọsọ (Igbo)- only

Also, the yam festival, Jonkonnu, in Jamaica, was introduced by the Igbos. In Nigeria, it is simply called the New Yam Festival. Jonkonnu is a masquerade festival held in Jamaica which is attributed to the Njoku Ji or “yam-spirit cult”, Okonko and Ekpe of the Igbo. Natives also allege that the Ibu Town is named after the Ibo slaves.

The Igbo also influenced the culture with actions such as “sucking-teeth” coming from the Igbo “ima osu” and “cutting-eye” from Igbo “iro anya”.

According to the Guardian, “From Jamaica’s history, the Igbos influenced the culture, music, the pouring of libation, the “ibo” style, idioms, language and way of life of the Jamaicans. The Jamaicans are so akin to the ways of the Igbos such that it is not uncommon to see Jamaicans watch Igbo Nollywood movies. Some of their rural areas take after the Igbo’s in Eastern Nigeria.”

We cannot talk about Igbo slave history without talking about Olaudah Equiano, a freed Igbo slave who became literate and was one of the first to document his experiences in a book. He became an official and was very instrumental in maintaining law and order among the Igbos in Jamaica during the 1776 Mosquito Shore Scheme. He is also regarded as being one of the campaigners of the abolition of slave trade.

From history, Igbo slaves were known to resist enslavement rather than revolt. Many accounts showed that the slaves committed suicide because they believed after death, they would return to their native land. This suicide made most slave traders sceptical of having them as slaves.

One of the most popular resistances is the Igbo Landing, where about 75 slaves took over their boat and matched back into the water singing and chanting in Igbo. This was in Georgia.

In Jamaica, however, 250 Igbo men conspired to kill every white man in the land with the Black River Rebellion plot. When they failed, their epic song for freedom rang high:

“Oh me good friend, Mr Wilberforce, make we free! God Almighty thank ye! God Almighty thank ye!

God Almighty, make we free! Buckra in this country no make we free: What Negro for to do? What Negro for to do?

Take force by force! Take force by force!To be sure! to be sure! to be sure!”

“Buckra” was a term introduced by Igbo and Efik slaves in Jamaica to refer to white slave owners and overseers.■

[Courtesy: Adaobi ONYEAKAGBU/ Pulse ng]

JUST IN: VETERAN RAPPER MR RAW ESCAPES DEATH

Injured Mr RAW

              JUST IN: MR RAW ESCAPES DEATH

■ Veteran African/ Igbo rapper, Okechukwu Edwards Ukeje also known as MR RAW has miraculously escaped death few moments ago in Abuja, the capital territory of Nigeria. 

It was reported that a reckless driver collided into the artiste’s vehicle. 

Sunbight Media wishes Mr. Raw a quick recovery.