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Chudi Okoye

Jazz Scatting and Speaking in Tongues

Speaking in tongue can be abused as fraudulent pantomime, but like jazz scatting it has deep cultural roots as a way to elevate the mind beyond the clutter of temporal existence to commune with the gods. By Chudi Okoye I must...

Nigeria Records a Sharp New Increase in Covid-19 Cases

By Chudi Okoye As the global spate of coronavirus cases begins to show a slight decline (for now), Africa is seeing something of a reverse trend with considerable - though still globally insignificant - increases in the number of cases....

African Americans vs. Africans in America: A Smoldering Tension

A curious yet highly explainable tension persists between native born African Americans and immigrant Africans in America. At its simplest, the tension manifests as mutual antagonism between the seemingly resentful indigenes and the apparently disdainful immigrants. But the tension...

US Presidential Aspirant, Joe Biden, Speaks On Police Murder of Black Man, George Floyd

By Chudi Okoye https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6FFyauVqK8&t=1s Presumptive Democratic Party nominee for the 2020 US presidential election, Joe Biden, delivered a speech on June 2, 2020, addressing the brutal murder of an African-American man, Mr George Floyd, by the police in the Powderhorn community...

Awka Cultural Festival Successfully Concluded, Despite Coronavirus Concerns

The grand finale of the Awka cultural festival, Egwu Imoka, took place amid an unfolding coronavirus surge in Nigeria. The finale closed out a three-day cultural splurge that kindled a month of fitful festivities enacted as Awka community mulled...

Awka Town Celebrates Day 2 of the 2020 Egwu Imoka Festival in Grand Style But Measured Tone

The second-day event of the grand Awka cultural festival, Egwu Imoka, commenced amid ambient uncertainties but it passed off without incident and even ended up, by the accounting of its adherents, an undiluted success. This, despite the prohibitive stance...

Nigeria and US at Loggerheads Over Fate of AfDB President

The United States government demands an independent investigation of the president of the African Development Bank – a former Nigerian minister – who was charged with gross misconduct but was cleared in an internal investigation of the bank. Nigeria...

Egwu Imoka 2020: Day 1 of Festival Marked Amid Covid-19 Restrictions

By Chudi Okoye The 2020 edition of the traditional Awka festival, Egwu Imoka, has commenced. Day 1 of the three-day carnival, a cardinal event in Awka cultural calendar, took place as planned on May 25, 2020. There had been some uncertainty...

Egwu Imoka 2020 and the Spectacle of Contending Powers in Awka

An Awka flagship cultural event, Egwu Imoka, is suspended by the Anambra State government amid renewed fears of coronavirus contagion. Official representatives of the town applaud the suspension, advocating only the merest spiritual observances. But worshippers of the Imoka...

Happy Birthday, Gen. and Mrs. Madiebo!

By Chudi Okoye Double birthday celebrations are being held for Major General (Rtd.) Alexander A. Madiebo who turned 88 on April 29, 2020, and his wife, Mrs. Regina Ifeyinwa Madiebo, who turned 90 today, April 30, 2020. General Madiebo had had...

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