Hego, Shego and Paradoxes

 

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If you haven’t been lost under a rock with no internet, chances are you have heard of the male ego. That little voice in the mind of the average man that tells him he is the best thing since sliced bread and all creatures of the earth must agree to this and worship at his feet. After all, he was crafted in God’s own image and everything else is just art for art sake or company for his comfort. The man wants to hear that he is the most brilliant being on the planet, he expects his word to be law and any act of challenge is impunity with a semblance to treason. You get the picture. Continue reading “Hego, Shego and Paradoxes”

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Home: Colour, Language and Identity

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With a name like William Moore to accompany my light skin in a society where identity is based on paternal ancestral roots, the role of colour and language in identity has always been a part of my life — even if I couldn’t always understand it. For me, the notion of identity went from being something I had never even thought about to becoming a mini life crisis as I grew into adulthood. Born in East Nigeria to a mixed-race father and a black mother, my skin colour had always marked me out as early as I could remember. Even as my age races for thirty, memories of my childhood being dragged along Onitsha Main-market to the sound of traders calling out from their stalls never fade. Continue reading “Home: Colour, Language and Identity”

Culture

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My primary school teacher described it best when she told us that culture can be defined as a people’s way of life. It is very common that culture is mistaken for tradition and it isn’t difficult to see why this happens. A more expansive definition of culture would describe it as the manifestation of the collective ideas held by a group of people. Tradition on the other hand is only a vehicle to transcend this culture from one generation to the other. The problem with most societies is that so much respect is granted to tradition that we end up making the culture it propagates static instead of being dynamic. To compound this problem we often assign a mentality of no-question-asked towards traditions and the culture they propagate. Hardly do we stop to consider the origins of the culture we live in or contemplate that the creators of this culture were humans no different from us and probably less knowledgeable or exposed to the world as we are today. Continue reading “Culture”

Religion

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Of all the topics to write about, religion stands by far the most sensitive in Nigeria because we tend to become very sentimental over this subject. Unfortunately for us there is no other subject that requires our rational attention as much as this because the issue at hand here forms the basic layout of our belief system. That being said, I would like to invite you to a little thought experiment. Think about ten Christians you know personally. Then think about ten Muslims you know as well. If you know ten people belonging to any other faith or different school of thought including agnostics, deists, and atheists, think about them too. Now rank the general decency of these people as a group from one to ten with all bias aside. Continue reading “Religion”

Colonization

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Africa will continue to feel the effects of Western colonization until the world is united by one global culture. Expecting any different would be wishful thinking for time travel to undo the past. No one can say for certain how the world would have turned out without colonization. Sure we can imagine Africa organized into tribe nations, but can we really put this in perspective with modern civilization? The problem with African civilization is the challenge of disposing of our differences to be able to work with unity. It is this same problem that allowed for the concept of divide and conquer, the subject of how united we were in the first place is subject for another book. Borrowing a story from the bible I would like to illustrate with the Tower of Babel. One could argue that a people without technology to build even an elevator couldn’t possibly build anything close to the skies. And with the airplane and even space exploration, it is common knowledge that no God lives in the sky as we know it. All this taken into account, let us examine the essence of that story and what we can learn from it. The story goes that the people of Babel were made to speak different languages because God saw that if humans worked together, there was nothing we could not accomplish. I have heard someone accuse God for being a bringer of division over this passage but this isn’t about man or God’s role in the story nor is it about the logical plausibility of such an event. It is about the recognition of the human capacity to progress when working in cooperation with each other with understanding and communication. Continue reading “Colonization”