abraham_isaacNde ife… quite scary how Abraham “a man who was willing to question authority and refute the superstitions of worshiping material objects” spawned  Christian Abrahamism/Monotheism, which then goes on to preach & practice the same exclusivity & dogmatism that the author does so much hand-wringing about.

People invoking Abrahamic beliefs & practices as an example to follow – in this day & age that too – should do a little more introspection by stepping outside of their framework (indoctrination?) on why it is that in practice, it has led to the most intolerant practices observed on the global scale over the past 2000+ years.

While at it, they should also question the idea of “one person, one religion” – again a serious Abrahamic truth claim – and why it is that Eastern thought & other non-Abrahamic thought never foisted this insider/outsider distinction on people, societies, & cultures.

While at it, why do revealed religions discredit a traditional religious community ? The answer will show the glaring faultlines of Western Abrahamic thought which is divisive at it’s core, rending the human being from his/her organic connection to Earth & organic community/family, by seductive visions of an “otherworldly” artificial “community in God/Church”

Otito Nile Diri Chineke!

Yagazie!

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racismNde Ife…I heard something that I pray that I shall never hear again. An African business owner who owns an African gourmet store indicated that she desperately needed staff so I found her an African American employee. She proceeded to advise me that she does not employ African Americans. She prefers to employ only white American employees because black employees cannot be trusted. I was so shocked I had to compose myself. Surely she is at liberty to hire whoever she wants, but where does any African person come up with such asinine nonsense? Why would a successful person in the position to help the African American community choose not to? How can any African business person say that knowing fully well that the African American community could use her help? Why does she expect African Americans to support her business but she cannot support them??

Sadly this is the second time I have heard this. The other lady I heard it from was African American.

Take a good look! Some racists look like you and me. The difference is that they hate their own!

Otito Nile Diri Chineke!

Yagazie!

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candlesNde Ife…A young woman called me to advise me that she wished to commit suicide because life is so difficult for her and she wanted to end it all. She hated the way she looked, her family was dysfunctional and she simply could not manage her life anymore. She has tried the crisis center but they always preached religious precepts that she believes are lies and it made her angrier. She wanted to try Chiism because her cousin though we might help.

I started by advising her that the one spirit Chineke  who makes sure she has breath, and continues to inhale and exhale each day must think she was special for her to continue to have that gift. It is a gift that even the most functional, richest and brightest people may not always have because they die and must continue on their journey toward the renewal of their spirit. She still has the opportunity to do some things while she still has breath.

Focusing on our looks and what people think about our condition in life is frankly the real reason why we suffer. I shall continue to work with this young woman as she begins to change her mindset about herself and the relevance of the opinion of others. It is never who likes you that matters. What matters is how good you feel about yourself so that you can see the way clear to like other people too!

May Chineke’s grace light your way today!

Otito Nile Diri Chinke!

Yagazie!

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IGBOS, AFRICAN AMERICANS AND THE JEWISH QUESTION

Untitled-1 copyMany Igbo of Nigeria may not appreciate this commentary. However, there is an Igbo proverb that reminds us that “the enemy will tell you to shoo the flies on your wound while friends tell you how to cure the wound so the flies go away.” Take it or leave it, but I am a friend.

The most powerful tool in the hands of an oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. Unfortunately, the chains of slavery are off the ankles but transferred to the mind. This has been so painfully obvious over many years, and is getting worse. Many Igbo people are the by-product of colonialism and the mental oppression that is its modus operandi. They are oppressed each and everyday by a news media at home and in America that feed them negativity about themselves and Africans in Diaspora, of which the religious and academic institutions are the greatest tools.

First, the religious institutions and their Holy books tell them for instance that the people of Israel are chosen people of God while Africans are descendants of Hamitic nations who deliberately rendered themselves devoid of all saving knowledge of the One True God.‘It is observed that Ham and his family, were the only far travelers and stragglers into unknown countries searching, exploring and sitting down in the same: as also it is said of his family that what country whatsoever the Children of Ham happened to possess there began both the ignorance of true godliness” Consequently, to these particular people the Africans no matter where they come from, are ungodly bring ungodliness.

William Strachey added to these words in 1612 the following indictment, accusing Ham’s posterity of instigating ‘…the Ignorance of the true worship of God…the inventions of Heathenism and adoration of false Gods, and the Devil…’ (Hodgen p. 262,). This messaging affects how many Igbos view themselves, making them not want to associate with others who are of the same ilk and instead search to become one with those perceived as holier than they, even when they are being abused and ridiculed, as in the push for Jewish ancestry.

Secondly, the educational institutions focus on Eurocentric processes that remove African relevant information and promote Eurocentrism. Those who wish to promote African centered thinking are rejected and ridiculed.

The attempts by many African Americans to become  members of the Nigerian community requires  association  with individuals who do not have the negative mindset that I have described. You can spot them immediately because they will beat you down with why they must OBEY the Holy Book that tells them that God made them less!

It is equally important to note that there are African Americans who engage in similar behavior, believing the hogwash they hear about Africans as  419 perpetrators and devoid of knowledge of self and God. I have personally met African Americans with very negative view of Africans and want nothing to do with us. Many are so anti African that hey find African things frightening. I gave a Christian pastor the Igbo Chalk Paste Charger as a gift and she threw it away because she thought it may be evil while at the same time trying to put oil on me while uttering gibberish as in possession by the “Holy Ghost!”

There are very progressive Igbo people who have regurgitated the Kool-Aid, and do not share this misinformation about Igbo Jewish ancestry and who embrace Diasporan Africans, and likewise African Americans who embrace their African ancestry.

We just need to find each other.

Oke Dibia, Uwa Onyioha Osimiri

Reference

Hodgen, M. (1971). Early Anthropology in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

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untitled-51Nde Ife… Today fear nothing seen and unseen. Anyi anaghi aso mba… We are not afraid of anyone or nation. Right where we are Chineke is…this we claim as our divine inheritance. Chineke’s wisdom and presence is in everything we see and feel and as transcribed by ancient wisdom. Chineke is in all and all are for our own good. use wisely and with respect. Feel your power, love it and live it!

Idayi!

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OBASI OHA TRACS

tumblr_m6ymsacbih1qga40to1_500Obasi Oha Tracs,

Nde Ife…Chineke is working overtime today. Yes indeed! Why? Well, when people gave up yesterday, they woke up today with renewed vigor! When they thought it was impossible, they listened to their hearts and kept it moving! When they thought they were never going to win, they realized that winning is a mindset…they changed their minds! Chineke never trusts people who do not trust their own capacity to win.

Chineke blesses those who leave the path uncluttered with self doubt, insincerity, confusion and other disingenuous mess.

Chineke is working overtime for you today because you opened the way for your blessings to flow! We know because we see the glow in you today!

Otito Nile Diri Chineke!

Yagazie!

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The Asaba Massacres: Nigerian-Biafran War

The Asaba Massacres: Nigerian-Biafran War.

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OBASI OHA TRACS~~~~TOLERANCE!

in-the-practice-of-toleranceNde Ife(Children of the light)…There are no religions that cannot heal no matter their perspective, if their charge is to heal. Chiists, Christian, Muslim, Hindu Buddhists, etc., all can heal with kind words and good deeds. Every religious expression if practiced with the intent to do good can heal. We are all connected to the Divine Source of goodness who has a different name in different tongues. So before you say bad things about someone else’s spirituality, just remember that it means to them what yours means to you.

Biri ka m biri… live and let live. Live it, speak it and BE IT!!!

Otito Nile Diri Chineke!

 

Yagazie!

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images (1)Nde ife (Children of the light)… there is an Igbo word called Muo. Muo is your spirit energy or your Chi. It is so powerful that the Igbo ascribe spiritual power to it. It is such a powerful component of our being that some are reluctant to speak of it. It is that powerful connection to Divine Mind Chineke’s…Chi(Divine Father) Eke(Divine Mother) Grace. As soon as we begin to separate that which cannot be separated, our well being begin to suffer and deteriorate. We share this thing called life with forces and energies that we cannot explain fully through human terms.

As soon as we begin to harness our powerful Chi and understand that we already have the energy that support a positive relationship with Divine Mind., we should begin to appreciate each other because the same Divine Energy exists in us all. And if we have a different opinion with other people, even those we consider “primitive”, we must appreciate that Spirit is managing their affairs just differently!

Today, recognize the Muo or Chi in you, and when you see your neighbor, nod your head in recognition that they too are walking in Grace.

Otito Nile Diri Chineke

Yagazie!

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14802693-3d-people--human-character--person-hanging-from-a-cliff--3d-render-illustrationOff the Cliff!

A friend was discussing a concern about how we are relating to each other as individuals, collectively and as a Community in America and Diaspora. This is my response to her concern:

I was reading a chapter by Wade W. Nobles on Ancient Egyptian (Kemetic, Black) Thought and The Development of African (Black) Psychology. In relating our actions to our deeper psychological and spiritual centers, Dr. Nobles (1986) stated, “in order to overcome the dangerous limitations and misinterpretations associated with this dilemma, one must attempt to seek out and utilize the techniques of thinking practiced by the ancients. The ancient African technique of thinking depended upon a fuller and richer integration of Mind, Body and Spirit” (p. 101). The problem we have today is that we are thinking too much with the body, less with the mind and we are almost totally devoid of Spirit. Consequently, “the natural consciousness of Black people has been forced to relate to a reality defined by the broken cultural prerequisites of the dominant culture. Such a situation is tantamount to Black people living in an insane environment. That is, it is insane for our people (in America, Africa or Diaspora), where national consciousness understands the interdependence and harmonious aspects with a reality which is based on independence (selfishness) and conflict (competition) in the universe” (Nobles, 1986, p. 111). I wonder how long its going to take us to understand that “who we are and our view of “self” to be contingent upon the existence of and interconnectedness with others (The Oneness of Being).” It is imperative that we begin to re-integrate Mind, Body and Spirit so that our thinking will allow us to remember and understand that our individual existence is at the level of the family or peoplehood. The longer we fail to realize that our peoplehood is the source of our being and definition; the longer we engage and demonstrate the mental disorder of (1) “alien-self disorder” wherein our thoughts and actions are characterized by an active “rejection” of ourselves and our natural and/or ethnic dispositions; and (2) an “anti-self disorder” wherein our thoughts and actions are characterized by an overwhelming identification with the dominant/oppressive alien social group and the adoption of an active hostility to one’s group of origin and other self destructive disorders” (Nobles, 1986, p. 113). In America we were brought into a “broken system” of American Slavery and most of what we learned came from this “broken system.” It was the traditional African metaphysical/spiritual aspects of our ancestors that bandaged that broken system–grudgingly forcing some humanity to those who enslaved us. And much of Africa suffers from the co-dependent effects of the Tri-Angular Slave Trade and Colonialism. But every generation that becomes more removed from those traditional metaphysical/spiritual African (Kemetic, Black) roots allows the wound to become re-infected worse than before. And we are forgetting how to integrate our thinking with Mind, Body and Spirit!

Oke Nchuaja Ikenna Osimiri
Global Faith Ministries of Chiism (Godianism)
Reference: Karenga, M., Carruthers, J. (1986). Selected Papers of the Association For the Study of Classical African Civilizations–Conference Proceedings 1984-1985, Kemet and the African Worldview. University of Sankore Press, Los Angeles.

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