Friday, June 30, 2006

My time...

I am about to do something very unprofessional.

See since 1990 I had not missed a World Cup match, that is until this World Cup. To sort of make up for that, I promised myself that I wouldn't miss anything from the quarters onwards.

Here I am at my desk with Germany-Argentina kicking off in 20 minutes, so guess what?

I've switched off my phone (the battery ran down :D) and I am heading off for a very long lunch break see...

I know it is unfair on my colleagues (we have a lot of work o do see), but hey, the World Cup is the World Cup and can't be tampered with.

See y'all after what promises to be a great game.t

By the way, it rained lions and elephants this morning. I got some great shots of the flood in VI. Will upload them this evening depending on my state of mind after the Italy game. Forza Italia.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

The 666 senator...

According to some fellow on Nairaland (naijaflyer is his user id), the senator I who had the plate number DCLXVI whom I stood not quite 50 metres from last Friday night is Arthur Nzeribe.

He made that statement here.

I am so peeved that I was less than shouting distance from that bastard and I didn't know it! There are so many things I would have loved to tell that animal and I had a golden opportunity which I missed.

Work has been ruined for me today and probably tomorrow as well. And only God knows for how long! I need an anti-depressant...

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

from Nutter

Sir Peter Smithers, the Parliamentary Private Secretary of State in the Colonial Office from 1952 to 1959


Nutter from Nairaland asked that I clarify. The statement about Nigeria's unity was made by the above fellow, not by Nutter...

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Ghana out


Finally Ghana are on a plane home (see picture) and there is peace. If they had made the Q/Fs we would have been hearing for the next four years how much better they are than Nigeria especially if such a win had been at the expense of Brazil.

Now all that is left is for England to fall out so that all will be well with the world...

Nigerians and Internet forums

Over the last two weeks ever since I wrote this story, I have been involved in a series of arguments with other members of one of my main internet fora, Nairaland. See, when I write something that I feel would be thorny, I tend to publish it simultaneously in all associated forums.

I am a member of at least 20 different internet forums you see, but very active in two: Nairaland and Juventuz. I may have been active in Naijaryders, but I've come to see the place as full of a few really smart people, and a lot of block-heads (apologies to Henry and Amara). If you want to see me active elsewhere, then you are more likely to find me giving out Windows, Webmaster and/or Networking advice (getting help sometimes) on Computing.net or asking for Linux help on the same forum.

In my years of being a netizen (citizen of the internet) I have encountered Nigerians in various parts of the place, ranging from the early days of Cybereagles to the establishment of Nairaland. I've met a few of them personally after meeting them online. Tochukwu and Amara are two of these. I've also come to realise that while some are highly intelligent people, some are just dimwits with a lot of time (and an internet connection) on their hands. I don't know any Naija netizen who is a 419er though.

Now the main reason for writing this is because of an argument that has been raging on in Nairaland about the basis of Nigerian unity.

First things first, I think anyone who knows me would know that my stand on the unity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is firm and unshakeable. But the utterances of some members of Nairaland, notably Nutter and Afeni make me pause to think about my stand. And after due consultation (with myself and I), my stand remains intact, so I feel duty bound to say something in defense of the unity of this country lest these two characters spread their treason and sedition further.

First some background (my interpretation) of these fellows.

Nutter is a Nigerian(?), Igbo, Catholic, based in the United Kingdom. He joined Nairaland about three months ago, and has182 posts. Most of those posts (especially in the Politics thread) are very anti-Nigeria. He has a forum signature saying: Proud Catholic, proud Igbo. Hated and envied in equal measure!

I don't know how old this guy is, but from what I can see from his posts, he has been in the UK for quite a while (probably all his life) and has lost touch with the realities of the situation on the ground in Nigeria. One thing I must give to him though is that he is quite an intelligent fellow, his arguments brought out a lot in me during the webspat on whether the Igboman is or is not his enemy. But I think he has it wrong, something I would address in due course.

Afeni is a Nigerian(?), Yoruba, based in the United States. He joined Nairaland two months ago and has already made up to 2556 posts as at writing this, an average of 51 per day. Talk about someone who has a lot of time on his hands.

The child is 19 years old, and spews forth a lot of rubbish. What I've been unable to accertain i whether he is a victim of our own bad educational system (Obasanjo are you listening?) or whether he is a victim of the unequal educational system that abounds in the US depending on what 'hood' you grow up in. Whichever way, the boy is of very questionable intellect as can be seen when he goes of on a tangent raving about the origin of the Nigerian flag and its significance.

I am not going to waste any more time responding to this youngman who is of very poor educational heritage because I am at work. I am taking time out to type this because I consider it serious enough to respond to, and I also have some time to myself at the moment (I am a network engineer, and I have the network up and running very smoothly see).

Nutter said here that:
"During the debate for the Independence of Nigeria the view of the Secretary of State at that time, with which I agreed, was that in Nigeria we should attempt to put together a large and powerful state with ample material resources which play a leading part in the affairs of the continent and of the world. This was attractive but it involved forcing several different ethnic and cultural groups into a single political structure. In exculpation, it must be said that we did not then have the example of the collapse of Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union before our eyes. It should now be clear for all but the willfully blind to see that it is extremely dangerous to force diverse racial and social entities into a single rigid political structure."

And,

"But in retrospect, it is clear that this was a grave mistake which has cost many lives and will probably continue to do so. It should have been better to establish several smaller states in a free trade area."

Well, all that is true. The British created Nigeria purely for their own economic benefit. There is no doubting that. For crying out loud, what other motives informed the amalgamation of 250 (that's a large number) ethnic groups into one entity and then building just two rail lines (North to South-West, North to South-East) to serve this large geographical entity that is at least four times the size of Great Britain, other than economic?

Lord Lugard it should be remembered was a servant of the British crown, not the Nigerian people. So his legacy couldn't have been for us. His loyalty was to them and them he served very well.

The history of Nigeria since the 1914 amalgamation has a few instances of ethnic clashes, which have come to a head more than once, and resulted first in the progroms of 1966, then the 1967-1970 civil war.

Nutter also brings up the example of the United Kingdom which in itself is made up of component parts (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). Then he proceeds to let us know that they are all autonomous parts (or is it semi-autonomous?). But he forgets to tell us that at least they have remained as one country, even though the Irish (Catholics at least) keep saying that they want to go and join their brethren in the Republic of Ireland. The point here is that the more intelligent minds among them realise that there is strenght in unity. England, Scotland and Wales as individual countries would be nonentities in the global scheme of things (hell even as the UK, they are struggling to keep up, what more if they break up?).

Some people might want to bring up China, but it is easy to forget that China itself is not a homogenous nation. Very easy to forget that there is no such language as Chinese. We have Mandarin, Cantonese and a few others. Russia is not a homogenous nation either. Neither is the United States. The only world power that probably can lay claim to being homogenous is Japan, and even they have had their own civil wars.

But you see, these countries do not share something in common with Nigeria, that is a colonial master.

Now we look at an emerging world power, India. India was the country reffered to in the 19th century as the jewel in the crown. The crown in question being the crown of Queen Victoria, the British sovereign.

A quick history lesson for some of you: while the British began serious expansion into the area that was later to be known as Nigeria somewhere around 1861, by 1856 most of India was already under the rule of the British East India Company (equivalent to the Royal Niger Company). India like Nigeria was amalgamated by the British. India like Nigeria is named after a river (the Indus, Nigeria is the Niger). India like Nigeria is multi-ethnic. Nigeria has a mere 250 ethnic groups, India has at least 4365! Unlike Nigeria (and her neighbour Pakistan), the military stayed out of politics, so India grew.

Looking through a history of India since independence (they fought a war and became India, Pakistan and Bangladesh), looking through their history of religous and ethnic strife since 1947, and seeing that even with all that they have stayed together and are now in such a position that the United States looks at them askance, then why should we break up what we have?

Someone mentioned Liechtenstein when I asked for a landlocked country that is doing well in order to support the argument for Biafra. You only need to look at the country's population (34,521) to realise that it is incomparable to Igboland.

I could say more, but I want to move on to another issue, so I will save my ammo for the counter-arguments that would surely follow...

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Customised plate numbers

What is a customised plate number? A way of 'showing' oneself. A way of telling people that I've arrived. Where a normal license plate costs somewhere between N1500 and N5000 (minus the bribes of course) a customised license plate goes for at least N50 000.

A friend of mine once railed against the concept of plate customisation on the grounds that the person in question would be a very easy target for assasins. My response to him was hey, that's their headache. If they want a customised plate, so be it. They can worry about the assasins later. Afterall as they say, more money more problems.

In my view a customised license plate gives an insight into the mindset of the owner of the vehicle, and if you tru to figure out what he wants the world to see about him, you then get to know a lot about where the man stands and what he is all about.

Yesterday night I went get U from her office. While I was waiting outside, this sleek black Mercedes Coupe pulled up and dropped someone. What caught my attention wasn't the car (it is a very fine car by the way), but the plate number. The curiosity in me made me walk up to the discharged person, and the following conversation ensued:

Me: Good evening.
Person: Good evening.
Me: Don't be offended, but I have a question to ask you.
Person: Shoot.
Me: Who is that that dropped you?
Person: I can't tell you that.
Me: Did you notice his plate number?
Person: No, what was it.
Me: ....
Person: So?
Me: Do you know what that means in Latin (Roman numerals actually)?
Person: No.
Me: ...
Person: Shit! I always guessed something was wrong with that man.
Me: So can you tell me who he is?
Person: No, I really can't. All I can tell you is that he is a senator in Abuja.
Me: Hmm, that's interesting.
Person: Na wa o.
Me: Thanks anyway, have a nice night.
Person: Yes, have a nice weekend. But I thought you wanted to price me.
Me: No, I'm married.
Person: That's a shame. You look like you need me.
Me: No not at all, nice meeting you anyway.
Person: You for still try sha.

That ended the conversation.

For those who are wondering, the plate number in question was in Roman script that is Roman numerals: DCLXVI.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Software wars: Microsoft vs FOSS

Back in 1998, Microshaft (Microsoft to some of you) was the undisputed king on the world stage as far as computing was concerned. We all had to pay thru our noses to get anything.



Today, the situation is improving...


I wonder what will happen in the next few years. But it must be noted that Microshaft is fighting back seriously...

Will write more on this in the next few hours...

By the way, FOSS means Free and Open Source Software

Thursday, June 22, 2006

...more 419ers

I once talked about someone I know personally being nabbed by the EFCC for 419.

I am beginning to question myself as to what may be wrong with my hometown (Benin City for those of you who don't know). Let me make one thing clear; as far as I am concerned, a man's hometown is where he was born, so although I am of the Igbo stock, as are my parents, in my humble opinion, my father comes from Uromi, while my mum is from Kano. Their parents come from Ojoto, Asaba, Umuaji and Ugbomwanta respectively.

Having gotten that out of the way (had to make that clarification because there are people out there who think and say that I am not Igbo), I want to draw your attention to a growing number of websites out on the net that are devoted to the practice of scam baiting.

Scam baiting is the practice of pretending interest in a fraudulent scheme in order to manipulate a scammer. The purpose of scam baiting might be to waste the scammers' time, embarrass them, cause them to reveal information which can be passed on to legal authorities in the hope that they will be prosecuted, get them to spend money, or simply to amuse the baiter.

Among the more popular scam baiting sites out there are the 419 eater, 419 legal, artists against 419 and the scam baiter.

There are some who claim that scam baiting is racist, since many of the targets are black Africans, nay, Nigerians. But it should be known that baiters target scammers from different countries all over the world, not just Africa although it is fair to say that most of their activity is targeted at Nigerians. (I think Russia is third behind Naija and Gambia, not sure though.)

This writer thinks though that baiters have little control over who sends them scam offers, and to be fair, which of my readers with an email box (including Nigerians) has not receieved that email from Maryam Abacha?

Some people have attempted to do some serious research into scam baiting (maybe they should start offering it as a university course, and this article states that:
"There have been attempts to examine the work of scam baiters at various times. A person posting on message boards under the pseudonym "whistleblower", who claimed to be a regular scam baiter, attracted criticism for engaging in an activity known as "badgering" (which involves pretending to be a scammer and actively "baiting" scam baiters). This person allegedly uncovered instances of what amounted to extreme racism by various baiters, and published the results of these investigations on scam baiting forums along with corresponding IP information. This investigation was criticised heavily, most pertinently by those who were opposed, under any circumstances, to a baiter or baiters wasting the time of other baiters. This debate is not likely to be resolved, with the person or persons known as "whistleblower" stating that scambaiting requires some form of regulation."

Chippla wrote an article about 419 not too long ago, and I like to think that his article was influenced by the link I sent him (and all you good people) about the idiot who called himself Nigerian mafia. What bollocks!

419 is not unique to Nigeria. The scam also originates from a number of other African nations, and increasingly from Western European nations with sizeable Nigerian communities. In Nigeria, most of those who are involved in this crime happen to be of the Igbo ethnic group. The word "mugu" is used to describe those gullible enough to fall for the scams. While I am uncertain about the origin of the word (which is also used in Nigerian Pidgin English), the best translation I could give for it is: "a big fool and a total blockhead."

The harm which the perpetrators of 419 have caused to legitimate businesses in Nigeria is immense. According to this Wikipedia article "legitimate Nigerian businesses are…finding their e-mails increasingly fail to reach their targets, due to people and companies setting their e-mail clients to automatically mark all mail containing the words 'Nigeria' and 'Nigerian' or coming from Nigerian IP addresses as spam, or even delete it out of hand."
Why am I writing this? Why did I say that I am beginning to question my hometown? I know this fellow!

Ngozi moves on...

Is Olusegun Obasanjo grooming his rock star finance minister for higher office? If he’s not, why Wednesday’s surprise cabinet reshuffle?


With less than a year to go, Obasanjo has appointed Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as his new foreign minister. She will leave the day-to-day running of the finance ministry to her deputy, Esther Nenadi Usman to become Nigeria’s chief diplomat.


But even as foreign minister, Okonjo-Iweala will still be the de-facto economy minister, as she’ll continue to chair the powerful Economic Team of the president. This all means that Okonjo-Iweala is now the go to gal. She’ll be the face of Nigeria’s position on Darfur, Zimbabwe, the border dispute with Cameroon as well as Nigeria’s growing relationship with China. She’ll continue to control fiscal policy as well as Nigeria’s relations with the IMF and the World Bank. Friends, it’s Okonjo-Iweala time. Never in Nigeria’s history has a single cabinet official controlled both economic and foreign policy. And never in Nigeria’s history has a woman held this much power.

So here’s the question: Could Mrs. Iweala be the one for 2007? My gut tells me that she probably won’t survive as a presidential candidate in Nigeria’s treacherous political terrain, though I’d love to see a smart woman like her run in an open election that’s based on ideas. My gut also tells me that the old man, Obasanjo probably wants her on the ticket as Vice President, in order to have continuity for his “reforms.” Now this may be what we should look out for.


Stole this post in its entirety from Elisha. He really should blog more...

..am I bitching?

http://allafrica.com/stories/200606210512.html

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

90/10

This was in my email this morning...

Discover the 90/10 Principle. It will change your life (at least the way you react to situations). What is this principle?

10% of life is made up of what happens to you. 90% of life is decided by how you react. What does this mean?

We really have no control over 10% of what happens to us. We cannot stop the car from breaking down. The plane will be late arriving, which throws our whole schedule off. A driver may cut us off in traffic. We have no control over this 10%. The other 90% is different. You determine the other 90%.

How? By your reaction.

You cannot control a red light., but you can control your reaction. Don't let people fool you; YOU can control how you react. Let's use an example.

You are eating breakfast with your family. Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You have no control over what just happened. What happens next will be determined by how you react. You curse.

You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the cup over. She breaks down in tears. After scolding her, you turn to your spouse and criticize her for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle follows. You storm upstairs and change your shirt. Back downstairs, you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish breakfast and get ready for school. She misses the bus. Your spouse must leave immediately for work.

You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school. Because you are late, you drive 40 miles an hour in a 30 mph speed limit. After a 15-minute delay and throwing $60 traffic fine away, you arrive at school. Your daughter runs into the building without saying goodbye. After arriving at the office 20 minutes late, you find you forgot your briefcase.Your day has started terrible. As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse. You look forward to coming home, When you arrive home, you find small wedge in your relationship with your spouse and daughter.

Why? Because of how you reacted in the morning. Why did you have a bad day?

A) Did the coffee cause it?

B) Did your daughter cause it?

C) Did the policeman cause it?

D) Did you cause it?

The answer is " D".

You had no control over what happened with the coffee.How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day. Here is what could have and should have happened.

Coffee splashes over you. Your daughter is about to cry. You gently say, "It's ok honey, you just need, to be more careful next time".Grabbing a towel you rush upstairs. After grabbing a new shirt and your briefcase, you come back down in time to look through the window and see your child getting on the bus. She turns and waves. You arrive 5 minutes early and cheerfully greet the staff. Your boss comments on how good the day you are having.

Notice the difference?

Two different scenarios. Both started the same. Both ended different.Why?

Because of how you REACTED.

You really do not have any control over 10% of what happens. The other 90% was determined by your reaction.

Here are some ways to apply the 90/10 principle.

If someone says something negative about you, don't be a sponge. Let the attack roll off like water on glass. You don't have to let the negative comment affect you! React properly and it will not ruin your day. A wrong reaction could result in losing a friend, being fired, getting stressed out etc.

How do you react if someone cuts you off in traffic? Do you lose your temper? Pound on the steering wheel? A friend of mine had the steering wheel fall off) Do you curse? Does your blood pressure skyrocket? Do you try and bump them?

WHO CARES if you arrive ten seconds later at work? Why let the cars ruin your drive? Remember the 90/10 principle, and do not worry about it.

You are told you lost your job. Why lose sleep and get irritated? It will work out. Use your worrying energy and time into finding another job. The plane is late; it is going to mangle your schedule for the day.Why take out your frustration on the flight attendant? She has no control over what is going on. Use your time to study, get to know the other passenger. Why get stressed out? It will just make things worse.

Now you know the 90-10 principle. Apply it and you will be amazed at the results. You will lose nothing if you try it. The 90-10 principle is incredible. Very few know and apply this principle. The result? Millions of people are suffering from undeserved stress, trials, problems and heartache.We all must understand and apply the 90/10 principle. It CAN change your life!!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

KDE komes into my life

What you are seeing above is a picture of my new desktop. Yes, today I joined the ranks of KDE users.

KDE is one of the X-Window environments that is used in Linux. Like the interphase for the Mac OS X, its proponents tout it as a very beautiful (I whole-heartedly agree) environment.

I had been agonising about the switch for a while because while on the one hand I was very content with the functionality of the Gnome environment, I was always tripped by the beauty of Windows XP, and when I finally saw the Mac environment in action at PC Outlet, I knew it was just a matter of time before I had to do something about my ugly Gnome desktop.

I did my research on KDE, and while most people say KDE is resource hungry, I finally took the bull by the horns and downloaded the thing. So far I must say I haven't been disappointed.

I installed KDE 3.5 on my system (as opposed to installing Kubuntu). The summary of the features of KDE 3.5 are:
Better overall performance, enhanced support for desktop interoperability standards, and increased compatibility with Web standards
New applications and utilities for messaging, graphics, games, personal productivity, and accessibility
Usability improvements in menus, tool bars, dialogs, and control panels
Cleaner default appearance, new icons, and updated artwork
Almost 10,000 bug reports resolved and some 2000 feature requests implemented
Developers get better KDE API documentation, new language bindings, new versions of the development tools, and UML support.

It is also touted as being more stable than any other desktop environment. Let's see how it goes...

The final word...?

My last word (?) on this issue. I think it is time to move on, since we have all agreed to disagree, with a lot of name calling involved. But the truth is that depending on what might be said, I may feel obliged to come and set things straight.

This was posted on my blog:

I am not Igbo nor a Nigerian.

I work in the development industry - mostly in the education sector. One of the major problems we are facing is the high drop out rate of boys in relation to girls in the Eastern part of the country. In the Northern part, trying to educate girls is a problem. In the south there seems to be a balance.

Many development agencies and local NGOs realise that each part of the
country require different strategy. In the past most development education funding use to go to educating the girl-child, especially in the north. but increasingly we are realising that a major problem is brewing in the east of retaining boys in school. Now this is not about ethnic aboslutism, it is the reality on the ground that all Nigerians need to address and come up with solutions. Everytime, we go up to the east especially in Anambra and Abia state, they tell us that most guys are interested in trading because they know that it is through economic empowerment that they will be able to find security and for the Biafra situation not to repeat itself. Don't know how true this is, but the reality is there are more girls going through schooling than boys. We may not feel the effect now, but we will feel in ten to twenty years time.

I worked in Jamaica previously where there was a higher portion of women in university than men. This mean that more and more women are occupying key position in industry and politics. At the same time we were able to map this rise in girl education and empowerment with the increasing rise in violent against women. This violence cuts across the class divide.

Instead of attacking Chxta, lets actually look at whats on the ground and begin to find solutions. Certainly, many development organisations are looking for ways and strategies to get boys back into school. Perhaps how to do so could provide a productive topic for discussion on this blog, especially since there are some Igbos commenting.


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Posted by Anonymous to Chxta's World at 6/20/2006 11:52:32 AM

Hi...

the storm continues. Looks like I'm owning them though. I think this is one battle I want to fight.

The over-reliance on sentiment in putting arguments across in this country instead of sound intellectual reasoning is sickening.

Read it all here...

This Seun boy sef!



Seun Osewa, administrator of Nairaland. Wetin dey do the guy sef? Cheap paraga?

Some disturbing pictures...

Saw some disturbing pix on Aba boy's blog...




The topic that refuses to die...

Or am I being the myopic one?

Bialegend wrote this, and was challenged here by texazzpete. This was my reply. Now some hours later, I am still expecting a response. None so far...

Monday, June 19, 2006

FIFA hypocrisy

FIFA tie-breaker rules for Germany 2006 as seen on Livescore.com

(1) Goal difference in all the group matches.


(2) Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches.


(3) Greater number of points obtained in the matches between the teams in question.


(4) Goal difference resulting from the matches between the teams in question (if more than two teams finish equal after applying above criteria).


(5) Greater number of goals scored in the matches between the teams in question (if more than two teams finish equal after applying above criteria).


(6) A drawing of lots by the Organising Committee.

My question is why is there no head to head here?

More on Igbo people

I have been vilified by a section of the Igbo people for daring to speak my mind on our education or is it lack of it? Some of the more interesting comments can be found here. Someone even called me to ask me (in an accent that would make Orji Uzor Kalu a proud master of the Queen's English) not to set foot anywhere near Onitsha. Thanks for that call Mr. Ikechukwu Anizor, so let me ask this question: What would be taking me to that place at this point in time when the place is on fire in the first place?

Below is my reply...

It is funny how people just type in replies without even reading what was written thoroughly,

I quote from my post when I say: Chinedu now operates out of VI.

I also quote this: Nowadays (for quite a number of years now), the Igbo have on the average just been sending their daughters to school. Their sons should be in the market learning how to feed the family. The keyphrase in that paragraph is on the average.

That phrase implies that most, and I repeat and stand on that most Igbo boys my age are not interested in academic education.

Someone here went to my blog and must have noticed a reply by someone who knows me well enough to know that I was almost a victim of that myself.

Yes, in my final year in the university I was more interested in buying and selling computers than in schooling. And that is a problem among my people.

Yes, I am Igbo. (Last Christmas when I went to the villa, one of all these Nnewi boys heard me talking about going abroad for a Masters, laughed, shook his head and said "ndi umu akuo"! He drives an E-class, so as far as he is concerned he has arrived.
)

It is very easy to bring up the Soludos and Okonjo-Iwealas when you need them in an argument, and forget the Chris Ubas. Chris Uba is the man whom almost every guy at New Market or Ariaria Market is looking up to. When last did any one of you get to the East for a real look?

We always find it easy to point fingers at the Hausas but forget that their elite at the very least cater for the masses in a way they were instructed by their religion. Igbo culture has a problem (and I am not afraid to state it). I am the first son of my father. In other cultures (and I grew up among three other Nigerian cultures) that would give me a certain degree of respect. Among the Igbos, it confers me nothing. If any one of my junior brothers comes in with a lot of money tomorrow, he regardless of the source would become the pride of my clan. That attitude in itself fuels the blatant pursuit of material gain that we see among the Igbos.

Answer these questions: what part of Naija has the worst roads? what part of Naija has the worst infrastructure? what part of Naija does Arthur Nzeribe come from?

Let us not be sentimental. Let us pull our people forward.

One more thing. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is from Aniocha in Delta State. Isn't it funny that we don't acknowledge those people as Igbo, but bring up their names when there is something major and we need to call names? (Austin Okocha for example).

I could go on and on, but is there really a point?

Someone called me the other day and called me a traitor. Because I spoke what I perceive to be the truth! What bollocks.

My loyalty is not to Igboland. My loyalty is to Nigeria. Shoot me if you don't like that.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Igboman is his own worst enemy...

For the first time in a long time I was at Otigba yesterday. To say that I am extremely unhappy about the state of things there would be an understatement.

For those who may not know, Otigba otherwise known as Computer Village is the area bounded by Kodesoh Street, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Oba Akran Way and Agege Motor Road. Some years ago I'd have proudly said that this was Nigeria's answer to Silicon Valley. There was a time that if you couldn't get something computer related in Otigba, then you definitely couldn't get it anywhere else in Nigeria. Software, hardware, freeware, OEMs, pirated stuff, there was nothing that you couldn't get at the beloved Computer Village.

Then the Igbo merchants moved in...

I spent a sizeable portion of yesterday roving around the place and didn't find a simple UPS adapter. The implication of my failure to find that adapter is that I have to cut wires to get some systems in the office to work. That is crappy.

But what saddened me the most is that the fellows that I used to roll with back in the day before I left for Abuja have all moved on. Sunny the guy who could get you any software is no more at his stand in front of Citizen's Bank, Erimona has closed his shop and left, Chinedu now operates out of VI, Tony is no longer there, ditto Epa. The only person whom I recognised from way back that remains (and she has relocated to an even smaller shop) is Gbemi. I asked her what was wrong, and she said it point blank: they couldn't cope with the competition presented by these Igbo dudes. They go to Taiwan and buy cheap stuff, then come back here and sell at rates that they (the computer litereate people in the yard) can't even begin to cope with. The only people who have survived from back in the day are Balogtek, Gafunk and Kavex, simply because they already had a defined clientelle of corporate customers or else they like Silicon Concepts and Pragmatic would have closed shop at Otigba and moved on.

The depressing thing is that these Igbo merchants don't know anything about what they are selling. They have no clue. I walked into a shop and picked up an accessory and the young man there couldn't even speak English. I was forced to switch to Igbo, and even then was shocked to find that he couldn't even tell me jack about basic information on the stuff he was selling. Does it work with operating systems other than Windows? What are the minimum systems requirements? Is it USB 1.1 or USB 2.O? The young man didn't know, and worse didn't give a damn. As far as he was concerned, "ha na ru oru", and that was what mattered. How pathetic!

This brings me to something that bothers me a lot about my ethnic group. I once heard a story of a man who was willing to sponsor a bright young chap up until whatever level of education the boy desired. But the boy's father refused. As far as he was concerned, the boy would be better off going to Jalingo (of all places!) to join his uncle in his shop. Last Christmas when I went to the villa, one of all these Nnewi boys heard me talking about going abroad for a Masters, laughed, shook his head and said "ndi umu akuo"! He drives an E-class, so as far as he is concerned he has arrived.

Nowadays (for quite a number of years now), the Igbo have on the average just been sending their daughters to school. Their sons should be in the market learning how to feed the family.

That is bullshit. The effects would not show now. We will all be around to see it in the next 30 years when Igbos become politically irrelevant. A lot of Igbo girls marry men from other ethnic groups because their kinsmen can't match up to them or connect with them on an intellectual level. An even larger number are opting to stay single because they can't find intelligent Igbo men anymore.

The Igboman is doing himself more harm than good by cutting out education. So says Chxta. Anyone with a contrary opinion, I dare you to air it.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I was almost beaten up for speaking my mind!

I almost got lynched yesterday. Why? Because I made the mistake of celebrating when Andrea Pirlo dispatched that goal seeking missile at the Ghanaian goal. People around me couldn't understand why I was supporting some white men over our 'African brothers'.

Well, let me state something about me. I am in love with Italy. I have been in love with Juventus for about two decades now ever since I first saw the great Paolo Rossi in the famous black and white. And naturally, when he turned out in the blue of his country, I followed. I remember shedding tears profusely when Claudio Cannigia disvirgined the Italian goal in the semi finals of Italia 90. That is the depth of my love for the Italian national side.

Anyone who knows me well would also know that it is on only one occassion in my life that I haven't supported Italy in a football match, and that was July 5 1994. No prizes for guessing who they played that day.

So to all you who say I should have supported Ghana last night (Idemudia Ubaku as an example), I say a big shove it up where the sun don't shine. Forza Italia.

One more thing. I don't understand this crap of African brotherhood in football. For crying out loud if I see a white guy beating up a black guy on the street, I would fight for and with my African brother, no questions asked. But in football terms, they ain't Naija. No other 'African' team is the Super Eagles. I celebrated loudly when Senegal were dispatched by Turkey four years ago. I did a makossa when Argentina took a two goal lead against Cote d'Ivoire a few days back. I was hoping that Pedro Pauleta would have the sense to stake a claim for the golden boot against Angola (my beef for them is special), but the idiot didn't have the sense to do so. Like I earlier stated, I almost got lynched yesterday. I would gladly shout rape, rape when France are raping Togo.

I WANT ALL THE FIVE CAF TEAMS TO FALL OUT IN THE FIRST ROUND OF GERMANY 2006.

I'd rather see Kazakhstan win the World Cup in my lifetime than have Cameroon or Senegal get their grubby hands on it before the Super Eagles. If it ain't Naija, it ain't the same thing as Naija. Up Eagles.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Which X-man are you?

Can this be true?

You Are Wolverine

Small but fierce, you're a great fighter.
Watch out! You are often you're own greatest enemy.

Powers: Adamantium claws, keen senses, the ability to heal quickly

The expansion of 419...

Victor Dongo was a classmate of mine back in Uni. I always liked him for his fortright views on issues and his very straight (sometimes too rigid) personality. To be honest though, he had/has one thing that still gets on my nerves, he is very pushy. But we all can't be the same can we...?

This is an email I got from him this morning:

Scotland is a very peaceful country. The countryside view is breathtaking. It is known to have some of the best golfcourses around the world. Everyone here is hardworking and respectful. A very rich country indeed with high standard of living. Racism here is a highly criminal offence. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to be part of the society.

Well it seems all that is about to change now because of the Nigerian factor. Before now, 419 use to go like this: My name is Dr. Kasim, I am the head of Central Bank of South Africa. Govt left the sum of $50million in my care. In the name of God, please help me relocate this money and you will have 30% for your contribution...blab bla bla. The good thing about this is that most people care less about these mails except the very greedy ones. Now, NIgerians here are harvesting the details of not just ordinary scottish citizens but scottish government officials for 419 mails to be sent around the world. The papers are screaming loud about it and the way it is going,their altitude may eventually change because it is the very policy makers they are using for the scam( see attachment)

Let me give you a very classical picture of how Nigerians are turning this place upside down. FOr every product you buy, you have the right to make a return within 30days and have full payments back. Well, this my Nigerian buddy decided to abuse the system. He bought a HP printer to print all his notes( over 4 bundles of A4 paper sheets). Emptied the cartridge in the printer and returned it back to where got it and told them that he has changed his mind over the purchase. They gave him back his money in full. But the point about this confession is how much Nigerians can abuse opportunities...and how long can these go undetected?

I really wonder what will if things like this continue to happen.

Friday, June 09, 2006

How I was born

Couldn't resist putting this one up....

DADDY! HOW WAS I BORN?" Junior asks his dad!!!

His dad, who is a software engineer sighs and replies, "Ah, my son, I guess one day you would have to find out anyway!"

"Well, I saw your Mom and I first got together in a chat room on MSN. Then I set up a date via e-mail with your mom and we met at a cyber-cafe. We sneaked into a secluded room, where your mother agreed to a download from my hard drive. As soon as I was ready to upload, we discovered that neither one of us had used a firewall, but it was too late to hit the delete button."

"Six weeks later your mom sent me an instant message saying that her operating system was showing signs of unauthorized program activity from a self extracting file which had implanted in her BIOS. Then nine months later a little Pop-Up appeared and said:


You've Got Male

...and so the madness begins




For the first time in years I shall not be watching all the World Cup matches, but I intend to get as much as I can. Since there is no Naija in this tourney, FORZA ITALIA!!!

When I am freer in the afternoon, I shall analyse the groups and make my predictions.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Going to work...



Going to work Julius Berger style. This was snapped this morning. I can't wait for the day JB would send workers to work like this in Germany...

Friday, June 02, 2006

...interesting

http://www.nairaland.com/img/NaijaMafia.mp3

The fight in Ajah!!!

That until there is no longer first class
And second class citizens of any nation
Until the colour of a man's skin (read ethnic group in the case of Naija)
Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes
Me say war ---Bob Marley

Like many residents of Ajah and beyond, the early part of yesterday was spent at home listening to the music made by guns instead of on the road to work. That was the rude awakening we had yesterday.

The gun battle between 'indigenes'of Ajah and thugs loyal to Chief Fatai Olumegbon lasted for over an hour (0630 to 0745) before the police deemed it fit to come and intervene so we could go to work.

I am not taking sides in this issue, but having interviewed a few people concerning this crisis, I think it is imperative that the issue must be brought to the consciousness of Nigerians. I find it disappointing and annoying that this piece of news hasn't even made the headlines in any of the major newspapers in the country (that was the reason I waited 24 hours before writing).

Now, the crux of the matter is this: Chief Olumegbon, a Lagos Island high chief has laid claim to being overlord of the Ajah area, a claim hotly disputed by the 'indigenes'. He has begun the construction of a 'palace' not too far from Ajah bus stop and has started doling out large sums of money to the resident area boys to support his cause.

The 'indigenes' took the case to court, and the verdict is due next week or therabouts. Feelers coming in from the court indicate that Olumegbon would loose the case, so he has decided to take matters into his own hands by declaring war on the indigenes. People have died since this started, yesterday's was not the first gun battle, but it was the first to occur in the early morning, and the first that didn't include large scale looting of the shops at the market. After Friday night's gun battle, Ajah market has been more or less closed, so there was nothing to loot.

This behaviour by the Olumegbon faction is endemic in our society. Olumegbon is in the good books of the Oba of Lagos, and is rumored to have the support of the state governor. The result: he can do whatever he likes, and get away with it. Reminds me of Chris Uba back in Anambra.

You see, it is the opinion of this writer that should we continue like this, that is with this overlord mentality that a lot of our 'big boys' seem to possess, then Naija would end up as a lot of fiefdoms, controlled by people like Olumegbon and Uba. Those who have ears let them hear. Tinubu please put a stop to this fighting before it gets out of hand.

Having talked about the immediate issue, I'd also like to talk about one that has worried me for a very long time, the 'indigene'-settler dichotomy we have in this country. Please refer to the line from Bob Marley's song War where he refered to first class and second class citizens of a nation. We have been running that bull shit in Naija for a long time now, and without any apologies, I lay the blame squarely at the feet of the great Obafemi Awolowo. Had he not initiated the carpet crossing in the Western House of Parliament when he was defeated by Nnamdi Azikiwe, I would probably be able to run for Edo State governor today.

I was born and brought up in Benin City see, and I feel more comfortable when people around me are speaking either Edo or Pidgin, than when they are speaking Igbo (which I tend to stammer through anyway). But because of that stupid 'indigene'-settler stuff which we have running in this country, I'd have to travel many miles eastward if I want to become involved in politics, to a place where I don't really know the issues because I don't live there.

Isn't it funny that Nigerians would go to the US, the UK, Canada, Ireland or wherever to have children so that such kids could lay claim to being citizens of such countries, but in our own country, a man born and bred in Kano would be told to go back to Warri to contest an election simply because his grandfather came from there. That is stupidity. My boss just walked in, so I'm logging off. To be continued...