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6 Sep
Oye Iverenta: The Culture of the Ugwulangwu People

Ugwulangwu is located in Ọhaọzara Local Government Area of Ebọnyị State. The neighboring towns are Ọkpọsị, Ụkawụ, Oshiri and Ndịagụ Okofịa close to Idembịa in Ezza South Local Government Area.
They have a slogan or kind of title: "ekpụ ji nnyakara abọ". You know what is abọ. You know what is ji. Ekpụ ji is like a tiny yam. Nnyakara is verb meaning "tear". Small yam that tears abọ into pieces. Abọ is a kind of iron basket used to carry yam or goat.
This shows they are powerful people. If you look down on them, they will show you pepper.

There is a festival they called "Oye Iverenta" or "Oye Nzụnaa". Oye is a dialectal variant of "Orie" which is an Igbo market day.
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6 Sep
He was killed by his brothers, claiming to be freedom fighters.

Who?

He had the highest plastic and stainless shop in Eke Ọkpọsị. An Ezza man living in Ọnịcha Igboeze that you will not even know he's not from Ọnịcha. This guy started from nothing and became something.
He bought a big truck which he used to convey his goods from one place to the other. He had the biggest shop in Eke Ọkpọsị and every other markets in Ọhaọzara.

Monday was sit-at-home. He received a call and was told that sit-at-home had been cancelled.
He was told to go and supply goods.

On that very Monday, he left Ọnịcha-Igboeze with his 6 Ụmụ boyi only for them to be intercepted by some hooligans claiming to be enforcing the order and fighting for freedom.

What happened?
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6 Sep
Nigerian Prophetic Writer who saw Lekki Tollgate Incident before it Happened.

On 25th January 2020, three authors met in Warri. Osi Mac came from Australia. Gloria Ogo and I were based in Nigeria. It was a great outing. We talked about many things. We flexed.
Osi Mac wanted to use Heineken drought to finish my constitution. We talked about our books and painted Warri red.

Gloria told me about an idea she conceived. She felt they might be a time Nigerian youths would begin to ask question.
This might result to bloodshed by the uniform men. She's thinking of calling her next book: "Bullets for Supper". I laughed and then told her she's dreaming. At the same time, I told her that writers are dreamers. She must put her thoughts into writing.
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4 Sep
The day I was flogged by a masquerade eeh, ahụrụ m ndị mmụọ nwere isi asaa.

I was that inquisitive second year undergraduate student of the University of Nigeria Nsụka. I had began to write for some publishing companies in Nigeria and made small money to buy lady's
tuke tuke motorcycle. I remembered going to Obolo Afọ to buy the motorcycle then.

Why did I buy the motorcycle?

To tour all the Nsụka, everywhere; know how they do things, their culture and what have you. I know Igboetiti very well, Obolo Afọ and its environs, Enugwu-Ezike
(Ụmụogbo, Ụmụopu, Ogrute, Ikpuịga, Amechala, Inyi, etc); Ovoko (Ụmụjiọha, Ulunya, Ụmụmgbabe, Amechara, Amegụ, etc); Opi Egụ and Opi Ụnọ, Imilike Egụ and Imilike Ụnọ, Iheaka and Iheakpụ, Ịbagwa Aka na Ịbagwa Anị, Edem Enu and Edem Anị, Okpuje,
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4 Sep
I went to this restaurant to enjoy myself maka na mmadụ abụghị ewu. People were many. I stood waiting for my turn. Standing beside me was this tall guy, as tall as biblical Goliath. I couldn't even reach his belt. Intimidating ogologo. The type the Igbo say:
"nwa m toro ogologo abụghị na o toola". I was even saying, nke a o toro like this, ọ ga-enwekwa sense? Let me not conclude. It is still morning.

He wore eyeglasses, popping his eyes like Professor Anyaka.

Then, a beautiful fair-lady walked into the restaurant.
With my eagle-eyes, I saw diamond rock, dragging her fingers with her. Mainly looking at her, she is somebody's wife. No go area. I admired her fine face and focused.

Focus.

Focus.

Focus on the food. Food is the goal. Any other distraction, hoellllly gooossss, faya yaya yaya.
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3 Sep
New Igbo Course Alert!!!

"Day-to-day Conversations in Igbo Language".

This course is prepared for those who want urgent communication in Igbo. Those who wouldn't want to undergo the educational processes of Primary School course, Secondary School Course, Advanced and
Comprehensive Igbo Course will find this useful.

The course is prepared for All Levels: children and adults. Everyday conversations in Igbo stem from the useful verbs, geography, weather, travels, school, church and everything life related.
The aim is within a few moment, students will be fit in communicative Igbo. You can also take this course with others in the website. We are working on bringing variations for different choices so that you will be equipped with everything Igbo.
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2 Sep
Our boys whom we sent to the Universities to study are now living in hotels doing Yahoo, defrauding people. They are not studying. They are sorting. Bribing lecturers for pass. They only come into the campus with convoy once in a while to show off. Guess what?
Some lecturers are even worshipping them.

Our teenage sons are now driving Benz in the university. They are now the latest boys in campus.
The houses our sons are living in the university are now flats and duplexes as against the self-contained we used to know.
Well furnished and more beautiful compare to room of some state governors.

Our sons are all married in the university but single at home. Girls crawl around them... living with them, cooking for them, doing all sort of things with them...
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31 Aug
Some Igbo words with the same morphological shapes but different in pronunciations and meanings.

Igbo is a tonal language. With tones, you can ascertain different meanings of words although they have the same shape.

Ígwé= sky
Ígwé= King
Ìgwè= crowd
Ígwé= grind
Ígwè= metal
Ákwà= clothes
Àkwà=Bed
Àkwá=Egg
Ákwá=Cry

Èké - Market day
Éké- Python
Ékè- To share
Èké - To tie
Éké= Create

Ísí - Head
Ísì - Cook
Ísī- Smell
Ìsì- Blindness
Ị́sị́ - To say

Ègó = buy
Égō = money

íké =power/strength
íkè= to tie
íkē = buttocks
àkpà= bag
àkpá= discuss (àkpá nkata= having discussion)

I paused.

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31 Aug
There is nothing like bastard in Igbo Culture.

You know a people and their worldview through language. You check their prism through language. Anything that doesn't have a name in the given language doesn't exist in that cultural worldview.
Anything you lack your brains to find name for it in Igbo doesn't exist in Igbo worldview. Such an example is bastard.

There is no word for bastard in Igbo language.

When a woman get a child out of wedlock, the child belongs to her father pending when the
guy who scored the goal pays her bride price or when another man decides to marry her and do what is called ị lụkọrọ nwa. Culturally, the child belongs to the step father only if the man accepts. It is a matter of choice. But in a case where the step father refuses,
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3 Aug
This was my hand holding a recorder as I was interviewing some elders behind Oji Anya Lere Cultural Dance Group, Amasịrị some years ago. Those cap on their head represent different age grade. I will be writing extensively about age grade system and how it's represented by cap
in some part of Igbo land. The ones with normal cap in this picture are between 45-75 years. The man in a different cap is between 75-95. There are cap for 95-105, 105—

You dare not wear this cap in this community for fashion sake. You can't try it. Dem never born you.
This is not about being rich, you must be initiated into an age grade before and such culture must be respected.

This is the way I toured Igbo communities even yours. The day I will describe your village for you e go shock you. I did this immediately and after my NYSC.
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3 Aug
As the world was asleep, my new and first published book on Igbo grammar is out. It will be available for the public for purchase on Thursday— a day after tomorrow.

With your phone and computer or any gadget, you can carry your Igbo textbook anywhere you go without struggling
to carry paperbook.

This book is prepared for all—begineers and advanced level one. I have everyone in mind when writing it. You can start from here and get there. It is a guide on best way to write and speak Igbo.
Beautiful thing— this is a bilingual textbook unlike every other textbook written only in Igbo, this takes in recognition none Igbo— learners and teachers of Igbo as foreign language and second language.
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2 Aug
Nobody is talking about ofe Uturukpa/nturukpa again? How far nah?

All man focus on ọha.

Ọkpọsị call ọha soup— ove oko.

Ofe is ove in Ọkpọsị dialect.

Ọkpọsị dialect share to some extent similar dialectal feature with some Anambra dialect especially those using "V
Ihe in Ọkpọsị is ive (something)

I have noticed much sentential similarities between the Ọkpọsị dialect and Ogbunka in Orumba, when I visited there.

Anywhere I go, l listen to people while they speak. I love it when people speak to me in their dialect.
If you speak Nsụka through the nose I understand it. I know the differences between Nsụka dialect within the speech communities.

Anyhow you speak a dialect of IGBO I can understand it.
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2 Aug
I love you= Ahụrụ m gị n'anya; ị dị m n'obi.

I like you = ihe gị masịrị m; enwere m mmasị na gị/ enwere m mmasị n'ebe ị nọ.

I like you so much= ihe gị masịrị m nke ukwuu; enwere m mmasị na gị nke ukwuu; enwere m mmasị n'ebe ị nọ nke ukwuu.
I missed you= anya gị na-eme m; obi gị na-eme m.

Truth is, each language has a way of expressing a thought, feeling, idea and emotions and it must not be directly as a foreign language you are juxtaposing it with.
You don't validate an authenticity of a language with another because one of the constant characteristics of language is uniqueness.

Igbo language is an expressive language. The problem most people who don't know how language works, have, is that they expect every English word
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1 Aug
Differences between "Izu" and "Izu Ụka" in Igbo Language.

Of course the Igbo word for "week" is "izu". You should also note that the Igbo calender is quite different from the Gregorian calender the English use.

No one thought our ancestors how to count days, weeks,
months and years, they had their own system. In their subconscious minds, they knew that once the moon is full, month has come to an end. That time, children would be happy. They would gather in the village square or people's compound for egwu ọnwa (moonlight plays).
They would stage all kinds of games, have the elders engage them on folktales. Children would chant. Do gwam gwam gwam, okwuntabire and others.

What the English man called month, centuries before they came, our people knew it as "ọnwa". Ọnwa is "moon".
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1 Aug
There are many reasons you will never get exact direct meanings of some Igbo lexicons in English, no matter how you try, you can only give explanation which will not be exactly the way it's in Igbo.

Igbo language is spiritual. You may not understand this.
It draws you to a certain level of consciousness and deep thinking. On the other hand, Igbo language is philosophical.

Certain words are left like that. K.ill yourself, you can't translate them even the equivalent translation will not be the same.
See our proverbs. You must bite your tongue trying to translate them. Even when you translate the Igbo proverbs, they are no longer deep. It will float like nylon thrown on the river. The nucleus will be zapped.

Most Igbo words cannot & will never have enough English equivalent
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29 Jul
Remember, next week Thursday, a week today, what I have been working for will be unveiled. My Igbo learning website.

The content go shock you. All of you who want to learn Igbo from the scratch and those who want to perfect their writing and communicative Igbo,
I got your back this time.

Our e-commerce platform too to shop audiobooks in Igbo and ebooks will be available. Our Igbo lessons are bilingual.

We speak Igbo and explain in English. We got it right this time having foreign learners and second learners students in mind.
Each course has study materials attached to them as well. I have not been replying DMs, please forgive me. I am not snubbing you or feeling too big. I will reply everything. I don't sleep. I don't rest. I work round the clock to ensure this is possible.
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29 Jul
Now let us talk about history & migration. There are many reasons I don't believe in state. I don't confine my Igboness to mere geographical and political boundary called state. That's why when some ask me where I come from I tell them Igbo land. State has limited us as a people.
Take for instance, someone from Igboụzọ (Ibuza) will be claiming Delta Igbo or not Igbo at all because they are in Delta not knowing that the progenitor of Igboụzọ was from Isuama Igbo (now Imo State).
A man from Ọgwashị-Ukwu mightl be claiming Delta and not Igbo not knowing the progenitor was from Nshi (the original name of Nri)

Do you know that Ọrọfịa in Anambra State were descendants of Ọhafịa in Abịa State? Do you know that Ezza-Mpụ in Aninri Enugwu State migrated
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28 Jul
"Ugezu J. Ugezu Think" should rethink over what he dishes out as Igbo culture and history in Nollywood. He should know better the damages some of of his "think" are doing on true identity of ndị Igbo.

This is not me calling him out, but I respect him a lot and again,
I must tell him the truth. "Amanatọ Kingdom, eze nwaanyị fighting eze mmụọ, Prince and Princess of Ogudu Kingdom, gods of our land and heir apparent to the throne" was never and is never part of us as ndị Igbo.
True Igbo dibịas are not what nollywood are projecting neither are their shrines look as useless as what the nollywood project.

Igbo Film makers in nollywood are not doing well when it comes to selling our culture to the world. They lack proper research.
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28 Jul
There is nothing complicated in any aspect of Igbo culture but wrong narratives sold and passed down over the years is complicated. The kind of narrative you don't want to expunge from your mind is the real complication.

Every culture at a time has its importance to the people.
Culture is dynamic. Sticking to some even when it's not important to the time is a sheer ignorance and arụrụala.

You are dating someone, doing selima nkuli nkuli with someone, when it's time to marry the person you will remember he/she is osu. Who is fooling who?
Are you not osu by blood via mmekwe? Some even have babies before talking about osu.

Enough of the hypocrisy.

Ụnụ hapụ that thing. Forget "our culture our culture". Culture is a people. Culture is what people makes it to be.

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28 Jul
Whether osu is an outcast, downcast, podcast, whatever cast it is...I don't care, people should stop already to segregate one another. We should educate ourselves so that we can educate our children. Our fathers took from their fathers who took from their fathers and the
segregation still linger mostly out of ignorance and cultural unawareness.

For me to bring it out is not because I want to paint us black, but because I know that some people still ask that stupid question when meeting a lady or a guy.
I am talking about 21st century you go on a date with someone who should be a university graduate or whatever, he or she will ask you:

"Are you an osu?"

This is no.nsense

There are many ways one could become an osu in the past. This comes to the question:

Who is an osu?
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28 Jul
Anytime you are watching African Magic epic, see everything there as a normal entertainment if you can, they don't depict any atom of Igbo cultural history. Their story on ọgbanje is wack. Is it dibịa? Is it other cultural belief system?
It hurts me the more that because of money, it is still our people, killing our own history without any proper research. Those producers and film makers are Igbo. The same storyline centers on massive cultural and historical destruction.
Some months ago, I was consulted by a film production company based in New York. They came across my profile on the internet and sent me email.

We worked together on some aspect of Igbo cultural festivals they want to include in their upcoming movie.
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