What happens when a man has son(s)? His dream is for his son(s) to follow in his footsteps. When the light dims and life fades, it is a man’s hope that his son(s) shall walk in his footsteps and move his dreams just a little ways further than he did. My brother Nchuaja Udee Onyioha is the second son in a family of six girls and 4 boys. Whereas my 2 other brothers (we lost our youngest brother) whom I love dearly have followed a business path, Udee has joined me in the quest to uphold our father’s dream of presenting Chiism to the world.
As the Nchuaja (High Chief Priest) of Chiism, Udee has devoted majority of his life promoting, speaking in all media forums information about Chiism. Udee has fought to bring attention to the world, the plight of African people who appear confused, weakened mentally and frightened. For years to avoid suffering and even death, these Africans have adapted to the customs of the guests on Africa’s shores and now thousands of years later, find that people of African descent willingly accept and embrace the cultural traditions of these guests.
Udee has worked hard to focus attention to the fact that Africans have become collectively materially-oriented; prefer a European standard of physical aestheticism; do not value their own educational precepts; tend to believe whatever the guests tell us; view with suspicion their own indigenous and diasporas scholars, who in many cases, have spent their lives traveling and researching African history and culture, delight in being sanctioned and awarded by the guests. He brings awareness of the dismantling of modalities such as pouring libations to the ancestors, drumming rituals and meditative practices now considered heathenish.
Udee believes that African acceptance of racism, crime, sexual perversion, disrespect of the female, spousal abuse, child abuse, ecological abuse, drug addiction, homelessness, disease and war as “normal” experiences of advancing civilization must stop. To bring awareness and admit that African civilization, which at one time knew none of these horrendous situations, had evidently something good about it that should be studied and reviewed is his life’s calling. As the late Dr. Bobby Wright said, we have the psychological disease of “mentacide.” In other words, we have been mentally murdered. The original beauty of Africa is seen as ugly and vile, while the original patterns of those who long ago left the Motherland only to return with new patterns of behavior, are seen as exhibiting the proper mode of thought and behavior.
Udee is our father’s son, working tirelessly to create a better reality for the African people. It is not the name that a man calls himself that makes him stand out in the archives of historical relevance. It is the name that humanity ascribes to him to demonstrate their appreciation of a life lived in service to others.
I am so proud to have him on our team!
Oke Nchuaja, Dr. Uwa Onyioha Osimiri