FROM THE DESK OF THE PUBLISHER
Ezeani Sir Dr. J. Kanayo Okoye KSM, KSS
We start this note by expressing our gratitude and appreciation to the Almighty for creating us in the first instance, planting us here in Nigeria and christening us Ndigbo. And we are proud to be what the Lord has made us, warts and all.
Which is why it hurts to witness the sorry deportment of some Igbos who strive to hide their identity, and pretend to be who they are not. Regardless of its effort, the tiger cannot rid itself of the spots which are his birth marks. Whether we shy away from speaking our language, eating our foods, wearing our attire, promoting our customs, displaying our traits or projecting our essence, we cannot be anything but Igbo. Thus, we might as well settle down, thank God for His gift to us and be what in His infinite wisdom and benevolence, He has created us to be – Ndigbo.
We should therefore wake up to this reality and make the necessary effort to re-invent ourselves and march with the times. Rather than loaf and float, we should define our direction in the geopolitical horizon of the Nigerian nation, lest we continue on the slippery road to irrelevance and ultimate oblivion. Currently, various zones in th country have commenced marshalling their strategies for 2015, but not the Southeast. Our leaders cannot even agree on a regional conference now holding in other zones. In fact, one of our dear Governors indicated that while he would not endorse such a gathering or attend the meeting, he would abide by the decisions of the conference. That is, the voice of the millions of people he leads is irrelevant in the determination of their fate. What a pity!
Remember the clarion call last year by Igbo leaders that Ndigbo should accord full support to the election of President Goodluck Jonathan so as to actualize the Nigerian President of Igbo extraction come 2015, as the President had assured that he would not run for a second term. The support for President Jonathan was not only massive in Igbo land, the commitment exceeded all expectations, some said even beyond 100 percent registration. But now, while the North has vociferously proclaimed their right to the Presidency in 2015, the Igbo front has been eerily quiet. In fact, a leading Igbo advocate of the 2011 support for President Jonathan in return for the Igbo Presidency in 2015 has just proclaimed his avowed backing for the candidacy of President Jonathan in 2015. In one of our National Newspapers he was quoted as saying: the South-east region would not have any qualms with President Goodluck Jonathan if he decides to seek a second term in office in 2015….if at the end of the day he decides to run, we will support him. So, I don’t see conflict between the ambition of the Igbos and that of President Jonathan”. Which way Ndigbo?
But then all is not lost, as the Igbos cannot be ignored or wished away by anybody. Witness, for example, the national response, suspense and attention that engulfed the country during the funeral rites and internment of our great and cherished leader Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu (1933-2011) from February 27 to March 3, 2012. It was, however, quite heartwarming and satisfying to behold the togetherness, the outpouring of love and appreciation and the genuine expression of loss and reminiscence displayed by Ndigbo and indeed millions of others during the funeral ceremonies. One can safely say that this was a happening that nobody could have predicted.
From the pre-internment group and traditional mourning activities in the United Kingdom (where Ikemba passed away), to the ceremonies in the USA, Europe and the Americas, the different States of Nigeria, together with the Internment/Funeral Ceremonies in various States and Centres including Abuja, Minna, Port Harcourt and every State of the Southeast, it was a funeral and burial process never before witnessed in Nigeria. Beginning with the Requiem Mass at St. George Cathedral, London, Ikemba’s remains were flown to Abuja February 27, 2012 where he was accorded full military honours and recognition before departure the next day to Owerri. Proceeding, the corpse was taken to Aba, Enugu, Abakiliki, Awka and finally Nnewi, Ikemba’s hometown, where he was buried in his compound March 2, 2012, all with Nigerian military honour, direction and control. From the high and mighty to the lowly citizens of the country, the Nation was spellbound over the one-week celebration of the life of this unique and unforgettable Nigerian.
CIAC participated in the entire funeral process in appreciation of Ikemba as our indefatigable light and leader of rare quality and influence. CIAC was involved through personal and financial support of the Abuja Regional Planning Committee. The Centre also devoted a full page colour Condolence message in the Sun newspaper on the burial day and presented a life-size portrait of Ikemba to his family as a token expression of our appreciation of his essence to us Ndigbo.
We are particularly grateful to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for his personal and total commitment to and support of the entire funeral programme. The President not only delegated the Vice-President to represent the Federal Government during the national funeral ceremony at Enugu, on March 1st, he was physically present during the interment at Ezeigbo’s Compound. CIAC, Ndigbo and Nigerians in general wish to also appreciate the various State Governors, leaders of National and State Assemblies, the Judiciary, various National, State and Local Government members, as well as traditional leaders and the millions of people who attended or in different ways contributed to the success of this special and memorable event. And to further register our gratitude, CIAC plans to publish a compendium of the national and world views and response to the man – Ikemba Nnewi, Ezeigbo Gburugburu – to reflect on his life, exploits and place in the history of the Nigerian Nation. Our Newspaper tribute is reproduced elsewhere in this ODINALA issue.
Another noteworthy encounter of the year was my meeting in Los Angeles (Carson), California, USA, in January 2012, with representatives of Association of Nze, Ozo and Chiefs in USA (ANOCUSA), who are in the vanguard of promoting Igbo culture and essence. Relatively new, the association is a further manifestation and worldwide awareness and renaissance among Ndigbo who appear to have come to the shock realization of the state of our accelerating irrelevance at home and abroad. With aims and objectives similar to CIAC’s, ANOCUSA agreed to cooperate and work jointly with CIAC and to draft the terms of association between the parties. The Association further indicated its intention to promote and support as well as provide materials and papers for CIAC’s ODINALA publications. CIAC would, in turn, promote and fully participate in ANOCUSA’s planned Inauguration and Induction Ceremony scheduled for July 28, 2012 in Inglewood, California.
In line with its program for the year, CIAC, in collaboration with Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Abuja, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture (MOUA) Umudike, and National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), Umudike, organized a 2-day May 3-4, 2012, Seminar on the Resuscitation of Endangered Indigenous Food Plants of Nigeria’s South East Ecological Zone, at Zodiac Hotel, Enugu. Some 10 papers were presented by eminent Professors and Professionals from Research institutions and the field, who identified the numerous nutritional, indigenous and native plant species which we have neglected and abandoned in preference for imported processed foods that have condemned many to early deaths through numerous debilitating illnesses and diseases. As detailed herein in ODINALA and outlined in the Seminar Communiqué, several resolutions were reached including support for more research on improved plants strains, synergizing with various State agric programs, establishing gene banks of traditional food and medicinal plants, campaign to eat what we produce, establishment of relevant nurseries and plantations, and raising awareness among stakeholders. It is now planned to take results of the research and field work to the people for practical application and actual species conservation. Some Universities have also agreed to donate land for nurseries towards the preservation and propagation of various plant species particularly those severely endangered or at the brink of extinction.
As usual, the magazine presents various topics and subject areas. The cover story on Facial Scarification by Prof. E.C. Orji, delves into the ancient custom and form of recognizing dignity among some Igbo communities. Tattooing, which is the distinguishing element of the process, is quite painful; thus overcoming the pain is a manifestation that the inductee is truly a man who must be accorded the highest respect in the Community.
The Seminar on Endangered Indigenous Food Plants, earlier outlined, is described under Special Reports. Adiba Chuks Okeoma visits the Igbo Cultural Event celebrated on Igbo Day of September 29, a date set aside by Ndigbo the world over to take pride in their uniqueness as a people and a nation. He zeroes in on the celebration at Abuja covering both Igbo Day (September 29) and Anambra Day (November 12), 2011. The ceremonies were extraordinarily colourful and truly a pride for Ndigbo as attested by all who attended. The Special Reports section also features Prof. Pita Ejiofor’s Igbo Language in Trouble, a lecture delivered at Abuja entirely in Igbo on the numerous challenges facing our Language. Prof also listed seven reasons that have laid the language prostrate on a death bed.
Ndigbo and Economic Nationalism by Chiemeka Iwuoha chronicles, under Features, the various traits and habits in our culture and enterprise that undermine our essence. Ndigbo have swung from one extreme that Ndigbo have no kings to the other extreme where everyone, particularly in foreign lands, swaggers around in red cap pretending to be Eze Ndigbo in one Community or the other. Ali Ibrahim in Ndigbo and the Lost Ark of Covenant, in this first of two entries, draws our attention to how the British colonialists forcefully captured and repatriated Habba Ark of Covenant from Agulu, Anambra State to Great Britain. It was believed that this act spurned the Second World War on Britain and cost them millions of lives.
Through Igbo in Fading Shadows, Ikenna Emewu, championing his ethnic interests, documents the various ways Ndigbo have continued to shoot themselves in the foot. The Southeast, for example, has seen three Igbo Aviation Ministers, but the region is the only zone in Nigeria without an international airport, while Ndigbo are the most nationally and internationally travelled ethnic group of the country. While we are compiling materials on Masquerades, a short expose is outlined under Masks among Ndigbo. Related to this, Chike Aniakor and Herbert Cole describe the Igbo Maiden Masks which are an integral part of mask festivals in Igbo land. CIAC again appeals for support towards the documentation and publication of our book on Masquerades, a step we believe is necessary to checkmate the looming loss of this Igbo cultural identity.
Addressing People and Towns, Egnr. Edward Ihemebiri outlines the alternative Traditional Multi-Door Courthouse which offers a dispute resolution alternative through out-of-court settlement of conflicts. The cases are handled by an assembly of title holders and respected elders. Usually their judgment is final and enforced by the age grade of the guilty.
Our icon is Senator Uche Chukwumerije, currently representing Abia North Senatorial constituency in the National Assembly. The Senator was the Biafra Director of Information and Propaganda, journalist with the Daily Times and Publisher of Afriscope magazine. He was openly against the campaign for the elongation of the President’s tenure to a third term. Throughout his career in public life, he has been a vociferous fighter for the rights of the ordinary man and has advocated that, if necessary, Ndigbo should engage the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) to ensure that the President of the Nation in 2015 is an Igbo. Senator Uche has, through his actions, endeared himself to the people of Abia and Ndigbo in general.
In continuation of his Series, Maazi Chinedu Agbo, lists 20 Igbo proverbs, their literal translation, as well as their meanings, drawn from Ekwe Kuo, the Igbo classic publication on proverbs. The author further charges that efforts be directed towards our gaining a foothold on DSTV programs where Yoruba and Hausa are waxing strong, and Igbo is conspicuously absent.
This edition also presents the conclusion of ODINALA interview with Prof. Ihechukwu Madubuike. In his characteristic flow, the Prof leads us through the burning issues of marriage and death in Igbo land. He comments on encouragement and support for our long neglected indigenous Igbo technology, and believes there can be no prosperity in Igbo land without peace and harmony. Prof. Madubuike further clamours support for the use and activate promotion of Igbo language in all aspects of our life. For him, our language must not be allowed to die, hence his mission through the Igbo Language Academy (ILA) to make Igbo the language of communication among Ndigbo, the instrument of analyzing our world and culture and the language that will preserve our civilization for good.
ODINALA 4 concludes with the usual themes under Photo Fiesta, Igbo Word Search, Readers’ Reaction and CIAC Agenda – this time for 2012.
We again invite our readers, clientele and supporters to enjoy the package. As in the past, we look forward to your reaction and comment, and your literal and financial contribution to this effort in anyway possible. The challenge is immense and daunting, but we are optimistic and believe that together we shall survive and even expand and grow.
Bianu ka anyi jikoo aka maka na Ndigbo no na nsogbu. (Let us work together because the Igbos are in trouble)
God’s guidance, Amen.
Ozi si n’ Oche Odeakwụkwọ ma bụrụkwa Onyeisi nnyocha ihe e dere.
Anyị na-amalite ozi a site n’ igosiputa afọ ojuju anyị n’ebe Chukwu ji ike niile maka ike anyị na mbu, kụnye anyị ebe a na Naịjirịa ma baa anyị Ndigbo. Ma anyị nwere ngala na anyị bụ ihe Chukwu mere anyị, ma ndị ọma ma ndị ọjọọ.
Nke kpatara oji ewute ịhụ ọnọdụ ụgbọ nwamkpi nke ụfọdụ Ndigbo ndị gbasiri mbọike izo njirimara ha, ma megherie ịbụ onye ha abụghị. N’ agbanyeghi mbọ ya, Agụ agaghị ehichapụnwu ntụpọ ya nke bụ ebumpụtaụwa ya. Ọbụrụgodu na anyị ewere ihere ghapụ ịsụ asụsụ anyị, iri nri anyị,iki ekike anyị, ịkwalite omenala anyị, igosipụta agwa anyị maọbụ igosipụta nke anyị na-eme, anyị agaghị abụ ihe ọbụla kama Igbo. N’ ụzọ dịetu a, anyị nwekwara ike kpakọọ onwe anyị, kelee Chukwu maka onyinye o nyere anyị, ma bụrụ ihe O ji amamihe ya na-enweghi ọgwụgwụ na obiọma ya, kee anyị ka anyị bụrụ – Ndigbo.
anyị ga-ekuliriri ma gbaa mbọ kwesiri iji kegharịa onwe anyị ma na-agakọ n’ oge kama ise n’ elu, anyị ga-akọwa ọnọdụ anyị na nkewa mpaghara ọchịchị nke obodo Naịjirịa, ewepu ya, anyịana-agawanye n’ ụzọ na-amị amị nke abaghị uru na nke amaghị ihe na-eme.
Ugbu a, ọtụtụ mpaghara n’ obodo amalitela iweputa atụmaatụ ha maka 2015, mana ọbụghị ndị South east. Ndi isi anyị enweghi ike ikwekọrịta na ọgbakọ keogbe a na-eme ugbua na mpaghara ndị ọzọ niile. Kaosiladị, out n’ ime ndị ezi Gọvanọ anyị, ekwuputala na ebe ọ gahị akwado ụdị ọgbakọ ahụ maọbụ gaa ọgbakọ ahụ, ọ ga-esonye na mkpebi niile nke ọgbakọ ahụ. Nke pụtara na olu nke nde mmadụ ọ na-achị, abaghị uru ọbụla na iji mata akara aka ha. Kedu ụdị ihere a?
Cheta ozi ndị ndu Igbo ziri na-afọ gara aga, ka Ndigbo nye nhọpụta onyeisi ala Goodluck Jonathan ezi nkwado iji nweta onyeisi ala Naịjirịa sitere ala Igbo n’ afọ 2015,dịka onyeisi ala si kwuputala na ya agaghị azọ nhọpụta nke ugboro abụọ. Nkwado nke onyeisi ala Jonathan abụghị naanị na onye ọbụla pụtara n’ ala Igbo, uchu etinyere karịrị ihe a tụrụ anya,ụfọdụ sịrị na ndabanye aha karịrị pacent 100. Ma ugbua, dịka ndị ugwu ji out olu na olu ike na-ekwupụta ikike ha n’ ọkwa onyeisi ala na2015, ndị ndu Igbo anọrọ nwayọọ na-atụ egwu. kaosiladị, onye ndu Igbo so kwadoo Onyeisi ala Jonathan na 2011,ekwuputala nkwado ya ịhọpụta Onyeisi ala Jonathan na 2015. N’ out akwụkwọ ọgụgụ ala anyị, e kwuru ihe o kwuru dịka: “mpaghara south east na Onyeisi ala Goodluck Jonathan agaghị enwe nsogbu ọbụla ma ọbụrụ na o kpebie ịchị nke ugboro abụọ na 2015……..ọbụrụ na o mechaa kpebie ịzọ, anyị ga-akwado ya. Yamere, ahụghị m nsogbu ọbụla n’ etiti olileanya Ndigbo na nke Onyeisi ala Jonathan.” Kedu ụzọ Ndigbo?
Mana ihe niile efuchabeghi, n’ ihi na mmadụ ọbụla agaghị eleferenwu Ndigbo anya: iji maatụ, hụrụ nzaghachi keala, nkoweobielu na ịdị uchu juputara obodo mgbe a na-akwa na ime mmeme nke nnukwu onye ndu ahụrụ n’ anya Dim Chukwuemeka Ọdụmegwu –Ojukwu (1933-2011) malite Februwarị 27 ruo Maachị 3, 2012. Ọ bụ ihe obi aṅụrị na afọ ojuju ịhụ ịdịkọ n’ otu, ngosipụta ịhụnanya Ezigbo.
Bido na otu nkwado akwamozu Ojukwu na United Kingdom (Ebe Ikemba noro nwu) wee ruo na mmemme ya na USA, Europe na mba America, Steetii di iche iche na Naijiria jikoro aka onu na mmemme akwamozu n’obodo di iche iche nke gunyere Abuja, Minna, Port Harcourt na Steeti niile di n’ala Igbo. N’ezia, O bu akwamozu nke ahutubeghi na Naijiria. Site n’uka onye nwuru anwu nke emere na ulo uka St. George na London, ozu Ikemba batara Abuja mgbe onwa Februari din a mkpuru abali iri abuo na asaa nke afo 2012, ebe enyere ya nkwanyere ugwu ndi soja n’uju ya tupu ohapu echi ya were gaba Owerri. Ozu ya mesiara gaba Aba, Enugu, Abakiliki, Awka nakwa Nnewi, bu obodo ya ebe elili ya n’mkpuru ubochi abuo n’onwa Machi, 2012. Site na nnukwu mmadu wee rue na obere juputara na anuri otu izu uka mmemme akwamozu nwa afo Naijiria a adighi nchezo.
CIAC sonyere n’ihe mmemme akwamozu ya iji were gosiputa Ikemba dika oku Ndigbo na onye ndu puru iche . CIAC kwadoro n’udi ego ndi otu Abuja huru maka akwamozu Ojukwu. CIAC na nkwado ha, were otu ibe akwukwo na Sun Newspapa iji were ziputa mwute ha ubochi ana-akwa Ojukwu; biakwa bunye ezinulo Ojukwu enyo Ikemba ejiri aka were se dika onyinye afo ofifo mbo Ojukwu gbaara Ndigbo.
N’uzo puru iche, anyi nwere afo ojuju n’ebe onyeisi ala anyi no maka oke mbo ogbara n’akwamozu Ojukwu. Na agbanyeghi nziga onyeisi ala zigara osota onyeisi ala bu Namadi Sambo k’onochite anya goomenti etiti n’akwamozu Ojukwu n’Enugu, ya onwe ya biakwara sonye n’akwamozu n’ogige be Ojukwu.CIAC, Ndigbo na umu afo Naijiria bufere ukpa ekele ha n’ebe ndi Govano no, ndi omebe iwu obodo, nzuko oka iwu, gomenti okpuru ochichi ga, ndi ochichi obodo ga, nakwa ndi niile sonyere n’akwamozu Ojukwu. Iji ziputa afo ojuju, CIAC n’akwadobe ibiputa akwukwo gbasatara echiche ndi mmadu n’ebe Ikemba Nnewi, Ezeigbo Gburugburu no nke ga eleba anya na ndu, ike okpara, nakwa otutu ihe ndi ozo gbasara nwa amadi a. Anyi biputaghariri akwukwo ozi mnwute anyi maka onwu Ojukwu na ODINALA a, nke ebiputara n’akwukwo Sun newspaper.
Ihe obi omiko ozokwa nke afo a bu nnoko mu na ndi ogbako Nze na Ozo (ANOCUSA) na Los Angeles (Carson), California, USA, n’onwa Jenuari 2012, ndi nwere mmasi ikwado omenala na ihe gbasara Ndigbo. Ogbako a bu nke puru iche n’ikpalite mmuo Ndigbo, ndi choputagoro na ha n’efu efu. ANOCUSA ndi echiche ha di ka nke CIAC, ekwela nkwa isonye otu CIAC nyuko mmamiri onu k’owere gbaa ufufu. CIAC n’aka nke ha, ga-enyekwa aka ikwalitekwa otu di otu a, biakwa nonyekwara ha na ihe mmemme ha nke aga-eme mgbe onwa Julai ga-adi na mkpuru ubochi iri abuo na asato nke afo 2012 na Inglewood, California.
N’usoro oru ha nke afo a, CIAC nakwa ndi Raw Materials Research na Development Kansul Abuja, Mahadum Oru ubi Michael Okpara, Umudike, nakwa ndi National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike jikoro aka onu were chikoba Semina mkpuru ubochi abuo n’onwa ato wee ruo n’ano nke onwa Mee, 2012 nke ha kporo Iwechighata Nri na Mkpuru osisi Ndigbo n’ala mmuo nke mpaghara odida anyanwu Naijiria. N’ulo nkwari Zodiac di n’Enugu ka anoro chikoba ya. Ihe dika akwukwo iri di iche iche bu nke ndi oka mmuta maara nke ekwe na-aku di iche iche ziputara na ya. Ha ziputara udiri nri na mkpuru osisi di iche iche ndi nke anyi legharagoro anya n’ihi mmasi anyi ebe nri ndi ocha di; bu nke dulagoro otutu Ndigbo ala mmuo site n’otutu oria di iche iche. Dika esiri kowa ya ka odoo anya n’akwukwo ODINALA a nakwa na nziputa kominike nke ya bu Semina, enwere otutu nkwenye na ihe ga aga-eme nke gunyere ikwado udiri Semina di otu a. Otutu Mahadum ekwela nkwa iweta ala ebe aga aku mkpuru osisi diga iche iche ndi nke n’ala mmuo n’udi ichekwaba ha.
Akwukwo a ziputara isiokwu di iche iche. N’isiokwu e jiri biputa akwukwo a, nke akporo Igbu ichi nke onye oka mmuta Edward Orji, elebara anya n’ime Odinala mgbe ochie ejiri eziputa nkwanye ugwu n’ala Igbo. Nkapu aru bu nke bu isi sekpu nti na ya bu ihe Odinala n’eziokwu bu nke na-afu oke ufu. Ekwenyere na onye riri ya bu aru ufu n’ezie etozuola ihe eji nwoke eme, onye aga na-akwanyeziri ugwu puru iche n’obodo.
Adiba Chuks Okeoma gara njem n’ihe Mmemme Ndigbo nke e mere ubochi Ndigbo n’Abuja mgbe onwa Septemba di na mkpuru abali iri abuo n’iteghete. Ya bu mmemme bu opuru iche n’onwe ya, biakwa buru ebube Ndigbo. N’ime akwukwo a, eziputakwara nkuzi onye oka mmuta Pita Ejiofor kuziri n’Abuja nke okporo – Asusu Igbo Nokwa na Nsogbu. Onye oka mmuta a ziputara uzo ihe asaa mere asusu Igbo jiri noro n’akwa oria.
Ndigbo na mmasị Mwube Akụnaụba, nke Chiemeka Iwuoha gosikwara udiri akparamagwa Ndigbo nke gosiri ndi anyi bu. Ndigbo bu ndi ikuku n’ebughari – n’otu aka dika ndi enweghi eze, n’aka ozo, onye obula n’ime ha tumadi n’ala bekee na-atuchaghari n’ime okpu mmee ka aga-asi n’obu ya bu Eze Ndigbo kpomkwem. Ali Ibrahim n’akwukwo ya nke okporo Ndigbo N’igbe ỌgbỤgba NdỤ Furu Efu gosiputara otu ndi mba Britain siri were aka ike were zuru ma buga Igbe ogbugbandu Habba ndi Agulu na Mba Britain. Ekwenyere n’obu ya bu akparamagwa butere agha mba uwa nke abuona mba Britain nke riri isi puku puru puku ndi be ha.
Site na Igbo NỌ N’ Enyunyo NchabỌỌ, Ikenna Emewu site na mmasi agburu ya, ziputara uzo di iche iche Ndigbo si agba onwe ha mgba. Iji maa atu, Ndigbo eritela erere ibu Minista na-ahu maka ugbo elu, mana ha bu nani agburu n’enwebeghi ogige ugboelu mba uwa; na-agbanyeghi na ha onwe ha bu ndi kacha eme njem ugbo elu. Ka anyi na achikoba ihe di iche iche gbasara mmanwu, eziputaturu ntakiri ihe gbasara mmanwu na Mmuo N’etiti Ndigbo nke Chike Aniakor na Herbert Cole. Ha kowara Agbogho Mmuo dika otu n’ime ihe mmemme mmanwu n’ala Igbo. CIAC n’ariozi nkwado iji were biputa akwukwo ha gbasara mmanwu n’uju ya nke anyi kwenyere n’oga-eme ka udiri Odinala Ndigbo di otu a ghara ila mmuo.
Njinia Edward Ihemebiri ziputara Ụzọ ọzọ E si Edoziri Ndi Mmadu Ikpe n’agaghi ulo ikpe. O bu ogbako ndi chiri echichi na ndi okenye n’eleba anya n’ime nsogbu obodo di iche iche. Onye ha mara ikpe enweghi mgbagha di ya bu nke ndi otu ogbo obodo na-eme otu ha siri ma ya bu ikpe.
Onye puru iche anyi bu Seneto Uche Chukwumerije, onye nke n’anochite anya ndi owuwa anyanwu okpuru ochichi Abia n’ulo omebe iwu Abuja. O bu onye nta akụkọ na “Daily Times”, na onye mbipụta akwụkwọ nke “Afriscope Magazine”. O kwuwapụtara n’ọha megide ịhụ na-eweliri oge onyeisi ala ga-achị ka ọ bụrụ ugboro atọ. Na ndụ ya niile dịka onye na-ejere ọha ozi,ọ bụ onye ọgụ na-ekwuputa uche ya n’ ọha maka ihe ruru mmadụ nkiti ma kwadokwa, ma ọbụrụ na ọ dị mkpa, ka Ndigbo sonye na otu na-ahụ maka nnwere onwe nke Biafra, a kpọrọ (MASSOB) n’ aha ịchafụ, iji hụ na onyeisi ala na 2015 bụ onye Igbo. Seneto Uche, esitela n’akparamagwa ya, mee ka amara ya amara n’ebe ndị Abịa na Ndigbo niile nọ.
N’ ịga n’ ihu na nkega ya, Maazị Chinedu Agbo, deturu ilu Igbo iri abuo, ntụgharị nkiti ha, nakwazi nghọta uche ha bụ nke o wetara na Ekwe Kụọ, akwụkwọ Igbo bụ ịgba n’ ilu. Odee ahụ gara n’ ihu kọwaa na-aga agba mbọ chee ihu na inweta ọnọdụ na mmeme DSTV ebe Yoruba na Awụsa na-akpasị ike ike, ma anaghị anọchite Igbo.
Agba nke a gosipụtakwara mmechi ajụjụ ọnụ ỌDỊNALA nke Prof. Ihechukwu Madụbụike. Na njirimara ya, Prof. dubanyere anyị n’ isiokwu na-agba ọkụ bụ Alụmdi na Nwunye na Ọnwụ n’ ala Igbo. O kwukwara okwu agbanume na ịkwalite tekụnụzụ amala Igbo elefeere anya ogologo oge, ma kwenye na-agaghị enwe agamnihu n’ ala Igbo ma ewepụ udo na ịdịkọnotu. Prof. Madụbụike gakwara n’ ihu kọwapụta nkwado maka itinye n’ ọrụ na ịkwalite asụsụ Igbo na ngalaba niile nke ndụ anyị. N’ onwe ya, agaghị ahapụ asụsụ anyị ka ọ nwụọ, nke a butere mbunuche ya site na “Igbo Language Academy”(ILA) iji mee Igbo asụsụ nzirita ozi n’ etiti Ndigbo, ngwaọrụ a ga-eji kọwapụta ụwa anyị na omenala na asụsụ ahụ ga-echekwaba mmepe anyị maka ọdịmma.
ỌDỊNALA 4 ji isiokwu na-adịbu n’ okpuru “Photo Fiesta”, nchọcha okwu Igbo, akparamagwa ọgụụ na Ajenda CIAC – nke 2012, wee mechie. Ọzọkwa, anyị akpọkuo ndi ọgụụ anyị, na ndi nkwado anyị ka ha nwee aṅụrị na ngwugwu nke a. Dịka ọ na-adịbu, anyị na-elegara anya ịhụ akparamagwa ụnụ na okwu ụnụ ga-atụnye, na okwu ọnụ na ego ụnụ ga-atụnye na mbọ a n’ụzọ ọbụla enwere ike. Akamgba ahụ buru ibu ma na-agwụkwa ike, ma anyị nwere olileanya ma kwenye na ejikọọ ọnụ, anyị ga-emeri ma bawanye ma too.
Bịanụ ka anyị jikọọ aka maka na Ndigbo nọ na nsogbu.
Nchekwa Chukwu Iseee.