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Happy 79th Birthday to our Mother, the granddame Oyibo Odinamadu (born Jan 2, 1928)

Special to USAfrica, USAfricaonline.com,CLASSmagazine, IgboEvents,and The Black BusinessJournal

By CHIDO NWANGWU

USAfricaonline.com January 2, 2007, Houston:

My first essay for 2007 on our flagship website, USAfricaonline.com,is, deservedly, going in honor of a woman of substance, an amazon, apioneer and pillar of our community. Chief Mrs. OyiboOdinamadu, born January 2, 1928, has been an examplarymother to many, a role model for even more and a tireless fighter forhuman rights and education as a critical tool ofempowermentof women and families. 

She is the first woman to be chosen as vice presidentialcandidate in Nigeria's history (1978-1979) of a major political partyin Nigeria, the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN).

As a chronicler of history and recent African immigrantexperience here in America, proudly and happily, I bear testimony tothe fact that the grand dame Oyibo Odinamadu remains one of Africa'sforemost daughters, a progressive member of humankind, a committedmother and grandmother, author, thinker and strategist, a human beingof uncommon courage and a distinguished professional and communitybuilder. We are blessed as a community to have someone like her.

She is also the founder of the Oyibo Odinamadu Foundation,dedicated to the issues of the denial of fundamental human rights ofwomen and children, especially to the girl-child and widows.

We respect Mrs. Odinamadu's almost 55 years of distinguishedservice to the abiding interests of the Igbo nation, Nigeria, Africa,women empowerment and overall education ofhumankind.  Those facts of and an outstanding recordof service to humanity have since set her apart from the crowd andeven other leaders.

She is still very energetic and offers some of the more incisiveand insightful pieces on life and politics!

She holds a 1952 Bachelor of Arts in Education, History,Sociology, from the Lincoln University of Missouri, USA; Master ofArts in Education, Columbia University, New York, USA 1953. She isKnight of St. Christopher of the Church Of Nigeria and recipient ofthe USAfrica Heritage Mother of the Year 2005 "for leadership in thepolitical empowerment of Nigerian and African women...." awarded atthe annual event in Houston, Texas. (The 2007 event will hold May 4and 5, 2007). 

We appreciate her also for making time to write and share hervaluable experiences and unique insights into life, the Igbo contextand Nigeria with us as a member of IgboEvents,the global e-List/blog powered by USAfricaand USAfricaonline.com.

On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of persons who surfwww.USAfricaonline.com to read her views, reports and news insightsfrom others, we offer our best wishes on this her 79th birthdayto Mrs. Oyibo Odinamadu for being a frontline, unrelenting andabiding activist. She is a distinguished contributing editor ofthe USAfricaonline.com; her most critical one on the hypocrisy ofNigeria'spresident Olusegun Obasanjo's anti-corruption "actions" is on thesame  web siteat http://www.usafricaonline.com/oyibo.nigeriacorrupt1.html

Amidst all the hostile games of ethnic politics and underhandpartisan succession into 2007 Nigeria, Mrs. Odinamadu, remainsaggressively critical of retired Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo's agenda aspertains some of what she considers Gen. Obasanjo's minimizing theIgbo political and economic interests/infrastructure since 1999, asshe makes the case against the historic deprivations of the NigerDelta area and demands more for the empowerment of women. Only a fewmonths ago, I watched her make those point vigorously at theUSAfricaFORUM2005 in Houston ably moderated by Prof. B.T.O Ikegwuoha. Istill chat regularly with her on the phone and her favorite medium,the e-mail.

A few months ago, I believe, in 29th September 2006, she was atthe Queens School Enugu alumnae event in Houston, Texas. She wastheir Principal, and they were all proud of her, as most of us stillare. I walked to the high-table to meet her again; as she saw mecoming, she maternally called out, as always, "my son"....I huggedher, and we chatted briefly. She was her vibrant and gracious self.

In the history of Nigeria, those who are aware do know that Mrs.Odinamadu worked tirelessly and hard with her husband (and other Igboprofessionals/technocrats/soldiers/women/youth/elders) for thesurvival of Biafran children like me; they and made countlesspersonal sacrifices and professional efforts (from 1965-1970 and eversince...) for the goals of establishing (then unsuccessful) Republicof Biafra).  To the best of my knowledge, she has not wavered onher commitment to the past and present struggles by the Igbo nation,women empowerment and relevant pan-Africanist goals.

To you, Oyibo Odinamadu, one of Africa's preeminent Daughtersand Mothers, we honor you and appreciate you for all you representand strive for; even where  we do not agree with all you say,write or do.  As my Igbo elders would have said to a strong andpurposeful daughter like you, may your lineage endure!! HappyBirthday, Mother!


ChidoNwangwu, recipient of the Journalism Excellence award(1997), is Founder and Publisher of USAfricaonline.com (firstAfrican-owned U.S.-based professional newspaper to be published onthe internet), USAfrica The Newspaper,CLASS magazineand TheBlack Business Journal. He has served as an adviserto the Mayor of Houston on international business (Africa) andappears as an analyst on CNN, VOA, NPR, CBS News, NBC and ABC newsaffiliates.This January 2, 2007 special tribute ofUSAfricaonline.com is copyrighted by Chido Nwangwu. Archiving on anyother web site or newspaper is unauthorized except with a WrittenApproval by USAfricaonline.comFounder. You are authorized to publish/post/share use onlythis web link http://www.chido.oyibo79thbday.html to this page.

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Why Bush should focus on dangers facing Nigeria's return to democracy and Obasanjo's slipperyslide. By Chido Nwangwu

DIPLOMACY Walter Carrington: African-American diplomat who put principles above self for Nigeria (USAfrica's founder Chido Nwangwu with Ambassador Carrington at the U.S. embassy, Nigeria)
OBASANJO'S FAILED 3RD TERM POWER-PLAY IS GOOD NEWS TO NIGERIANS, ABROAD AND HOME....

USAfricaonline.com data show popular, international, national commendation follow Nigeria's Senate vote which killed bill for Gen. Obasanjo's 3rd term quest, power-plays....
http://usafricaonline.com/chido.obj3rdtermfails.html


DEMOCRACY WATCH:
Senator Udoma: Why I oppose 3rd term for Obasanjo or anyone.

Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, (Nigeria's Senate Chief Whip from Akwa Ibom State, in picture) on why "in good conscience" he cannot support the  retired general Olusegun  Obasanjo's controversial and thus far unconstitutional quest to seek a third term of office as Nigeria's president (ruling since 1999). It is titled 'Why I am against third term amendment provision'


How Obasanjo's self-succession charade at his Ota Farm has turned Nigeria to an 'Animal Farm.' By USAfricaonline.com contributor Prof. Mobolaji Aluko
LITERATURE:

Why
CHINUA ACHEBE, the Eagle on the Iroko, is Africa's writer of the century.
Since 1958, Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" set a standard of artistic excellence, and more. By Douglas Killam
DEMOCRACY'S WARRIOR
Out of Africa. The cock that crows in the morning belongs to one household but his voice is the property of the neighborhood. -- Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah. An editor carries on his crusade against public corruption and press censorship in his native Nigeria and other African countries. By John Suval.
POLITICS and POLICY
African Union: Old wine in new skin?
Why Nigeria and Africa's leaders are leading us to nowhere. By Professor Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe, contributing editor of USAfricaonline.com, author of the highly-acclaimed African Literature in Defence of History: An Essay on Chinua Achebe and a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics.
NEWS INVESTIGATION: The Marc Rich Oil Deals in Nigeria
OIL in NIGERIA: Liquid Gold or Petro-Dollars Curse?
Obasanjo's Biafra and anti-Igbo battles running past 33 years. By Professor Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe, USAfricaonline.com contributing editor of USAfricaonline.com, author of the highly-acclaimed African Literature in Defence of History: An Essay on Chinua Achebe
Obasanjo's obsession with Biafra versus facts of history. By Prof. Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe
Should Africa debates begin and end at The New York Times and The Washington Post? No

Obasanjo's late wake to the Sharia crises, Court's decision and Nigeria's democracy. By Ken Okorie
Obasanjo's own challenge is to imbibe "democratic spirit and practice," By Prof. Ibiyinka Solarin
Is Obasanjo really up to Nigeria's challenge and crises? By USAfrica The Newspaper editorial board member, attorney Ken Okorie. This commentary appears courtesy of our related web site, NigeriaCentral.com
Obasanjo's late wake to the Sharia crises, Court's decision and Nigeria's democracy. By Ken Okorie

Sharia-related killings and carnage in Kaduna reenact deadly prologue to Nigeria-Biafra war of 1967. By Chido Nwangwu.
Jonas Savimbi, UNITA are "terrorists" in Africans' eyes despite Washington's "freedom fighter" toga for him. By SHANA WILLS

Nelson Mandela, Tribute to the world's political superstar and Lion of Africa  
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's burden mounts with murder charges, trials

ARINZE: Will he be the FIRST BLACK AFRICAN POPE? By Chido Nwangwu

Rtd. Gen. Babangida trip as emissary for Nigeria's Obasanjo to Sudan raises curiosity, questions about what next in power play?
110 minutes with Hakeem Olajuwon
Nigerian stabbed to death in his bathroom in Houston.
Cheryl Mills' first class defense of Clinton and her detractors' game 
It's wrong to stereotype Nigerians as Drug Dealers

Private initiative, free market forces, and more democratization are Keys to prosperity in Africa

HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY
How far, how deep will Nigeria's human rights commission go?
Johnnie Cochran will soon learn that defending Abacha's loot is not as simple as his O.J Simpson's case. By Chido Nwangwu

TRIBUTE
A KING FOR ALL TIMES: Why Martin Luther King's legacy and vision are relevant into 21st century. By Chido Nwangwu





Lindhs' Mandela comparison is foolish and scandalous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Osama bin-Laden's goons threaten Nigeria and Africa's stability. By Chido Nwangwu

DEMOCRACY DEBATE
CNN International debate on Nigeria's democracy livecast on CNN. It involved Nigeria's Information Minister Prof. Jerry Gana, Prof. Salih Booker and USAfricaonline.com Publisher Chido Nwangwu. Transcripts are available on the CNN International site.


Nollywood superstar
Zack Orji wins the 'USAfrica International Actor of the Year 2006'
USAfrica The Newspaper voted the "Best Community Newspaper" in the 4th largest city in the U.S., Houston. It is in the Best of Houston 2001 special as chosen by the editors and readers of the Houston Press, reflecting their poll and annual rankings.

Tragedy of Ige's murder is its déjà vu for the Yoruba southwest and rest of Nigeria. By Ken Okorie
What has Africa to do with September 11 terror? By Chido Nwangwu
Should Africa debates begin and end at The New York Times and The Washington Post? No
NEWS INSIGHT
CNN, Obasanjo and Nigeria's struggles with democracy.
Why Obasanjo's government should respect
CNN and Freedom of the press in Nigeria.
Jonas Savimbi, UNITA are "terrorists" in Africans' eyes despite Washington's "freedom fighter" toga for him. By SHANA WILLS


Lifestyle
Sex, Women and (Hu)Woman Rights. By Chika Unigwe

Africa suffers the scourge of the virus. This life and pain of Kgomotso Mahlangu, a five-month-old AIDS patient (above) in a hospital in the Kalafong township near Pretoria, South Africa, on October 26, 1999, brings a certain, frightening reality to the sweeping and devastating destruction of human beings who form the core of any definition of a country's future, its national security, actual and potential economic development and internal markets.
22 million Africans HIV-infected, ill with AIDS while African leaders ignore disaster-in-waiting

What has Africa to do with September 11 terror? By Chido Nwangwu
Africans reported dead in terrorist attack at WTC
September 11 terror and the ghost of things to come....
Will religious conflicts be the time-bomb for Nigeria's latest transition to civilian rule?
Bola Ige's murder another danger signal for Nigeria's nascent democracy.

In a special report a few hours after the history-making nomination, USAfricaonline.com Founder and Publisher Chido Nwangwu places Powell within the trajectory of history and into his unfolding clout and relevance in an essay titled 'Why Colin Powell brings gravitas, credibility and star power to Bush presidency.'

AFRICA AND THE U.S. ELECTIONS
Beyond U.S. electoral shenanigans, rewards and dynamics of a democratic republic hold lessons for African politics.
CONTINENTAL AGENDA
Bush's position on Africa is "ill-advised." The position stated by Republican presidential aspirant and Governor of Texas, George Bush where he said that "Africa will not be an area of priority" in his presidency has been questioned by USAfricaonline.com Publisher Chido Nwangwu. He added that Bush's "pre-election position was neither validated by the economic exchanges nor geo-strategic interests of our two continents."

These views were stated during an interview CNN's anchor Bernard Shaw and senior analyst Jeff Greenfield had with Mr. Nwangwu on Saturday November 18, 2000 during a special edition of 'Inside Politics 2000.'
Nwangwu, adviser to the Mayor of Houston (the 4th largest city in the U.S., and immigrant home to thousands of Africans) argued further that "the issues of the heritage interests of 35 million African-Americans in Africa, the volume and value of oil business between between the U.S and Nigeria and the horrendous AIDS crisis in Africa do not lend any basis for Governor Bush's ill-advised position which removes Africa from fair consideration" were he to be elected president.
By Al Johnson




Apple announces Titanium, "killer apps" and other ground-breaking products for 2001. iTunes makes a record 500,000 downloads.
Steve Jobs extends
digital magic

USAfrica The Newspaper voted the "Best Community Newspaper" in the 4th largest city in the U.S., Houston. It is in the Best of Houston 2001 special as chosen by the editors and readers of the Houston Press, reflecting their poll and annual rankings.