My people say that; when we see an old woman stop her dance to point again and again in the same direction, we can be sure that somewhere there something happened long ago which touched the roots of her life. Something is happening in
Obama – a child of a Kenyan father and white mother – is a minority in
What can be said of Nidigbo in the present day
What we need is a person with the attitude, message and charm like Obama. Someone the rest of Nigerians can have faith in so that we can together develop wings in order to fly. How much is Ndigbo and Nigerians willing to pay in order to fly? How much are we willing to sacrifice in order to chart a new course for the present generation and posterity? My answer is everything. How do we respond?
The more I think of it, the more I believe that Igbo politicians while carving a niche for themselves have to at the same time be all embracing, responsive and most importantly have to rise above being ethnic champions in Nigerian political arena. Indira Gandi said that, “I suppose that leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people”. As Obama is getting along with Americans – the young, the old, lacks and whites alike; what can be said of Ndigbo? Do Ndigbo in politics have the unique qualities that has made Obama what he is today in American politics? Do they have the vision? Are those with the vision too scared to venture into politics?
Vision according to Vaclav Havel is not enough but has to be combined with venture. If Obama at his age and experience is running for the office of president in US, why can’t the likes of Okonjo Iwuala, Soludo and the “latent” Obama’s of Ndigbo run for public offices in the Local Councils, States and
This present darkness that is gradually eating up the heart of Ndigbo and
No more this present controversy on who is the leader of Ndigbo or Ohaneze that don’t even have grass root support or recognition in Igbo nation. No more “iti mkpu” (Sycophancy) for Ndigbo that cannot inspire, give hope, epitomize change and purposeful leadership for the rest of Nigerians.
“To change without journeying is to be a chameleon. To journey and be transformed is to be a pilgrim”. – Mark Nepo. The journey of restoration has to start with a sea-change in thinking. Ndigbo and in fact Nigerians have journeyed and the time for transformation is now. If anything, Obama has taught us that the common man in the street is yearning for change and seeking a new dimension only that most times, they don’t have the candidate that will lead them to the Promised Land. The Yar’Aduas, Atikus, Buharis, Ubahs and Kalus of the present day
The lessons from Obama to Ndigbo are that transformation is inspired by good leadership; that leadership is not so much about techniques as it is about opening of hearts. Let one of the things the Obamas of Ndigbo should start doing be the opening up of their hearts, the hearts of Ndigbo and Nigerians as a way of inspiring this change.
There is not going to be a breathless moment of silence among God’s creation for Ndigbo to wake up. It will not take the closure of Alaba International market,