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CLASSmagazine: Ogor Okoye on her new book, spiritual journey, success and love

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“My book is about a spiritual journey towards true and enduring peace, happiness and success.” Exclusive Profile Q&A with Attorney OGOR WINNIE OKOYE

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Chido/USAfrica/CLASSmagazine: Congratulations on your first book which was released in the summer

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of 2012, titled ‘Awaken and Unleash your Victor.’ Would you give a 100-word, thumbnail summary of the story to the readers of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine.

Ogor: Awakening and unleashing your Victor is a fascinating spiritual journey towards finding that path to true and enduring peace, happiness and success! It essentially puts you back into the driver’s seat of your destiny while also affirming the role of LOVE as the most powerful and positive ally in that journey! It shares important “victor-driven principles” that will get anyone to step it up in their lives! You know, life is meant to be beautiful and amazing and these principles when properly applied can rouse that Giant within and in the process help us attain our goals while also illuminating our world!

Chido: Please tell us about your motivation for writing this inspirational book.

As you know, it is a spiritual self-improvement guide-book. My motivation was simply that fundamental human longing to have more peace, more joy, true and enduring success, etc. Every one craves all of these but unfortunately they continually elude us. I suffered some personal set-backs and challenges that made me begin the journey towards the awakening experience. I was amazed at the discovery that unfolded during the journey.

The realization that I was searching for things that already existed inside of me was astounding for me. I discovered that life is really quite simple and that we choose to make it complex and in the process get complex results in form of challenging experiences and outcomes. I started applying the principles that I shared in the book to my own personal life and was quite pleased with the results that I was getting and just knew that it must be shared with the world!

Chido: In the new book, you write with emphasis, “How dare we ask for blessings like a good job, spouse, and children when we fail to share in the joys of someone else who has been visited with those blessings! God presents these things to us on a daily basis through others and gives us a chance to choose whether or not we want same for our lives.” As you know, this is an issue for some people in our immediate communities; speak to this issue.

Great question, Chido! It is a major issue not just for our community but for a lot of people! I have had people totally ignorant of this very important concept, but that is why I wrote about it in the book! People do not really understand how interconnected we all are. A pain to any person in the world affects the overall psyche of the world including our own psyche. We might not see it but ripples, same hold for blessings because of this interconnectivity of humanity.

A blessing is not just something that benefits us individually but anything that blesses another person is a blessing to us because it adds value to the universe, albeit benefitting someone else directly. The fact that we become privy to that information is not a chance occurrence either because we were meant to see and celebrate that blessing since it adds value to another person’s life. Awaken and Unleash your Victor shares some universal laws that are eternal and unchanging! Sharing in the joys and blessing of others sends a strong, affirmative and concise message to the Universe that we do not mind being visited by such blessings! In other words, our choice of reaction either signals to the Universe that we want same for our lives or that we do not wish to be visited by same! Imagine how many blessing people have repelled away from their lives in their life-time!

So, I explained in the book that people need to be extremely careful about their choice of reaction when they hear about someone else’s good fortune because they will either be attracting same or repelling same from their lives! It is such a fair and just Universe that whatever we put out their ultimately comes back to us, sometimes doubled or quadrupled. But the good news is that we are in control of how we want it to turn out for us.

Chido: You are driven and work very many parts to be and remain successful. What is success for you? What are you planning for 2013?

I am driven. . . I am!  I figure we get only one shot at this and how best to live it if not living it to our fullest potential ever. Living life in high definition is what I call it! Life really is beautiful but we fail to see that beauty because mostly go through life with our eyes closed. We always forget whose image and likeness we were fashioned after. I believe that choosing mediocrity and not living our best lives contradicts God’s plans for our lives; but when we live it fully and in harmony with the force of LOVE, we are glorifying God and affirming the divinity that resides in us!

Success for me is peace of mind with the extra topping of great relationships! I think that when we are at peace with ourselves and remain on the path demanded by this awakening experience, material success would come easier to us.

Plans for 2013, I just completed a second self-improvement book of quotes and would, God’s willing, have that out sometime early next year. A book on relationships is still in transit. Working on my non-profit geared towards empowering young women and girls to transcend societal limitations and live their best lives; hopefully, we would hit the ground running soon. There are so many things in the works right now and I am casting my net as wide as I can.

Chido: Assess the reading habits of the Nigerian and African communities.
(sad face) We do not read as much as we should. . .We need to read more!

Chido: How hard or easy is it to write, especially, a book?

I write every day. It is easy to write when I am in harmony because the inspiration flows effortlessly in that realm. It is difficult to write a line when I am out of synch. So I try my best to be as close to the path as possible. . .

Your charismatic husband’s name is Victor, I guess you artfully worked his name into the title of your book; didn’t you? LOL….

I love my Bubu!!! He is the most supportive partner anyone could ask for. He is in fact my biggest cheer-leader! But, I swear to you, the title was not about him really. My son is also Victor, Jr. When I started applying the principles that I shared in the book and saw them working in my life and in my relationships with exact precision, I concluded that a champion giant resided within me and “Victor” seemed like the best name for it and it did not hurt at all that I am also married to a “Victor”. . .lol

Who are your mentors, favorite artistes and writers?
My parents are amazing role models to me! I love and adore Oprah Winfrey, I think she has positively impacted this world much more than anyone else that I know in the last century! I love the Dalai Lamar too! I cry whenever I listen to him talk. He is just an epitome of peace and harmonious living.

Whitney Houston was unparalleled at her best! I still love Celine Dion!
My favorite writers are Maryanne Williamson, Rhonda Bryne, Dale Carnegie, I mostly read inspirational books.

Tell me a brief bio-sketch/profile of you.
I am a mom first, wife, attorney and counselor at law, author, blogger, lover of LOVE, happy bunny, optimist, inspirational and motivational coach/speaker, multitasker extraodinaire, health and fitness enthusiast, entrepreneur, lover of life!

What’s on your top 5 music playlist, ever?
I listen to anything that has a powerful, positive or inspirational message irrespective of the genre! I play it all. . J

One wish…
A kinder and more loving world!

 

WHY I CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND WORKS OF NELSON MANDELA. By Chido Nwangwu  https://usafricaonline.com/2010/07/15/mandela-why-i-celebrate-his-life-works-by-chido-nwangwu/

Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, USAfricaonline.com and the Nigeria360 e-group. https://usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/ : IF any of the Nigerian President’s 100 advisers has the polite courage for the extraordinary task of reminding His Excellency of his foremost, sworn, constitutional obligation to the national interest about security and safety of Nigerians and all who sojourn in Nigeria, please whisper clearly to Mr. President that I said, respectfully: Nigerians, at home and abroad, are still concerned and afraid for living in what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. FULL text of commentary at USAfricaonline.com https://usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/

USAfrica: Awolowo’s Starvation Policy against Biafrans and the Igbo requires apology not attacks on Achebe. By Francis Adewale.

 

Why Chinua Achebe, the Eagle on the Iroko, is Africa’s writer of the century. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com https://usafricaonline.com/chido.achebebest.html

 

How and Why Romney beat Obama in first presidential debate. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica. https://usafricaonline.com/2012/10/03/how-and-why-romney-beat-obama-in-first-presidential-debate-by-chido-nwangwu/

Jonathan’s Boko Haram problem and firing of Ringim. By Chido Nwangwu
https://usafricaonline.com/2012/01/25/jonathans-boko-haram-problem-and-firing-of-ringim-by-chido-nwangwu/

Related insight: USAfrica’s October 17, 2001 special report/alert: Nigeria’s bin-Laden cheerleaders could ignite religious war, destabilize Africa. By USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwuhttps://usafricaonline.com/chido.binladennigeria.html

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=USAfrica+Chido+Nwangwu+al-qaeda+terrrorism+nigeria&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

https://usafricaonline.com/tag/al-qaeda/

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USAfrica: As Egypt’s corrupter-in-chief Mubarak slides into history’s dustbin.  By Chido Nwangwuhttps://usafricaonline.com/2011/01/30/chido-nwangwu-as-egypt-corrupter-in-chief-mubarak-slides-into-historys-dustbin-egyptians-not-waiting-for-obama-and-united-nations/

Related and prior reporting on the Jos crises on USAfrica, click here: https://usafricaonline.com/2011/08/16/10-killed-in-renewed-violence-near-jos/

News archives related to Jos, here https://usafricaonline.com/?s=jos

310 killed by Nigeria’s ‘talibans’ in Bauchi, Yobe n Maiduguri; crises escalate. USAfricaonline.com  on  July 28, 2009. www.usafricaonline.com/chido.ngrtalibans09.html

http://www.groundreport.com/World/310-killed-by-Nigerias-talibans-in-Bauchi-Yobe-n-M/2904584

Trump looks foolish and crazy screaming about Obama’s birth certificates, college records and Muslim connection. By Raynard Jackson

310 killed by Nigeria’s ‘talibans’ in Bauchi, Yobe n Maiduguri; crises escalate. USAfricaonline.com  on  July 28, 2009.

www.usafricaonline.com/chido.ngrtalibans09.html

Why Chinua Achebe, the Eagle on the Iroko, is Africa’s writer of the century. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com https://usafricaonline.com/chido.achebebest.html

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VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwuhttp://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn

USAfrica: As Egypt’s corrupter-in-chief Mubarak slides into history’s dustbin.  By Chido Nwangwuhttps://usafricaonline.com/2011/01/30/chido-nwangwu-as-egypt-corrupter-in-chief-mubarak-slides-into-historys-dustbin-egyptians-not-waiting-for-obama-and-united-nations/

Tunisia, Egypt . . . Is Nigeria next? By Prof. Rosaire Ifedi           https://usafricaonline.com/2011/02/13/tunisia-egypt-is-nigeria-next-by-prof-rosaire-ifedi/

In the light of an icon, my mentor Stanley Macebuh (1942-2010)By Chido Nwangwu  https://usafricaonline.com/2011/03/07/stanley-macebuh-tribute-by-chido-nwangwu/  

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• Nigeria’s bin-Laden cheerleaders could ignite religious war, destabilize Africa. By USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwuhttps://usafricaonline.com/chido.binladennigeria.html http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=USAfrica+Chido+Nwangwu+al-qaeda+terrrorism+nigeria&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 https://usafricaonline.com/tag/al-qaeda/ 310 killed by Nigeria’s ‘talibans’ in Bauchi, Yobe n Maiduguri; crises escalate. USAfricaonline.com  on  July 28, 2009. www.usafricaonline.com/chido.ngrtalibans09.html http://www.groundreport.com/World/310-killed-by-Nigerias-talibans-in-Bauchi-Yobe-n-M/2904584

Jonathan’s Boko Haram problem and firing of Ringim. By Chido Nwangwu https://usafricaonline.com/2012/01/25/jonathans-boko-haram-problem-and-firing-of-ringim-by-chido-nwangwu/

Related and prior reporting on the Jos crises on USAfrica, click here: https://usafricaonline.com/2011/08/16/10-killed-in-renewed-violence-near-jos/

News archives related to Jos, here https://usafricaonline.com/?s=jos 310 killed by Nigeria’s ‘talibans’ in Bauchi, Yobe n Maiduguri; crises escalate. USAfricaonline.com  on  July 28, 2009. www.usafricaonline.com/chido.ngrtalibans09.html http://www.groundreport.com/World/310-killed-by-Nigerias-talibans-in-Bauchi-Yobe-n-M/2904584

 

Trump looks foolish and crazy screaming about Obama’s birth certificates, college records and Muslim connection. By Raynard Jackson

Why Chinua Achebe, the Eagle on the Iroko, is Africa’s writer of the century. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com https://usafricaonline.com/chido.achebebest.html

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In the light of an icon, my mentor Stanley Macebuh (1942-2010). By Chido Nwangwu  https://usafricaonline.com/2011/03/07/stanley-macebuh-tribute-by-chido-nwangwu/

The greatest Igbo ODUMEGWU OJUKWU’s great farewell in Aba. By Chido Nwangwu   https://usafricaonline.com/2012/02/28/the-greatest-igbo-odumegwu-ojukwu-farewell-in-aba-by-chido-nwangwu

USAfrica: Ikemba ODUMEGWU OJUKWU’s farewell in Aba, today February 28, 2012, reflected a fitting tribute, historically meaningful celebration, proper regard and deserving appreciation of the greatest Igbo, in my opinion, to have ever lived (like him or hate him).

I SALUTE Aba (aka Enyimba city), the robust and fearless town I was born, bred and raised, for giving the Ikemba, our Ochiagha, Gburugburu, Oka oburu uzo, dike na ndu ma n’onwu, mgbadike anyi, a hero’s farewell.

To the Ikemba, may your valiant soul rest in peace and dignity.

We will, and I, Chido Nwangwu, will never forget to continue to tell my generation and the next about your towering courage through tempest and thunder; through sorrow, pain, tears, blood…. •Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica multimedia networks, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; and recipient of several journalism and public policy awards, was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn.

News: At Ojukwu memorial in Dallas Texas, USAfrica’s Chido Nwangwu challenges the Igbo nation to say never again like Jews.

Ojukwu trouble and Ikemba titles. By Chido Nwangwu

• For seasoned insights and breaking news on these issues, log on to USAfricaonline.com and USAfrica powered e-groups including Nigeria360 at yahoogroups and USAfrica at googlegroups. Follow us at Facebook.com/USAfricaChido and Twitter.com/Chido247

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USAfrica: Buhari to debate Atiku, Moghalu on January 19; rising Sowore not listed

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As the countdown to the February 2019 presidential elections in Africa’s most populated country continues, Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) have announced the “names of political parties” that they have pre-qualified to participate in the 2019 vice presidential and presidential debates.

The Executive Secretary of the NEDG, Eddie Emesiri, listed the parties as the following: Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Young Progressives Party (YPP).

The Presidential debate will hold on Saturday, January 19, 2019 while the VP debate will be in Abuja on Friday, December 14, 2018.

President Buhari, a retired army general who does not warm up to contrary even if helpful views, USAfrica notes, will have the opportunity of counterpoint exchanges with his 2015 former ally Atiku Abubakar, and especially from the  former deputy Governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank Prof. Kingsley Moghalu. 

Significantly, the debate excludes Omoyele Sowore, the activist-journalist and young candidate who is among the top canvassers and most travelled candidates (inside and outside Nigeria) in search of votes. By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica [Houston] and USAfricaonline.com

https://usafricaonline.com/2018/05/19/usafrica-why-saharareporters-sowores-disrupt-the-nigerian-system-message-is-gaining-momentum-by-chido-nwangwu/

 

 

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Global Terrorism Index ranks Nigeria, Somalia and Egypt among the worst hit.

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The Global Terrorism Index for 2018 has been released by the Institute for Economics and Peace, which recorded 3 African countries of Nigeria, Somalia  and Egypt among the worst hit. Iraq’s almost daily blasts placed it at the top, followed by Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria, and Pakistan. 

The GTI found that “the global impact from terrorism is on the decline, it also shows that terrorism is still widespread, and even getting worse in some regions.”

The United States is at number 20. 

The Index ranked 138 countries based on the severity of terror attacks throughout 2017, and found that “The total number of deaths fell by 27 percent between 2016 and 2017, with the largest falls occurring in Iraq and Syria. The overall trend of a decline in the number of deaths caused by acts of terror reflects the increased emphasis placed on countering terrorism around the world since the surge in violence in 2013.”

“In the Maghreb and Sahel regions of Northern Africa, there has been a resurgence of terrorist activity in the past two years, most notably of al-Qa’ida. As of March 2018 there were more than 9,000 members of terrorist groups active in the region, mostly concentrated in Libya and Algeria,” it noted.

The GTI assessed the total global economic impact of terrorism at almost $52 billion.

USAfricaonline.com notes that the attacks by Nigeria’s Boko Haram and its affiliates mainly in the north east and exponential rise in the violence unleashed by the Fulani herdsmen negatively affected the country. By Chido Nwangwu @Chido247

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Nigerian army posts Trump video to justify shooting muslim Shiites

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Nigeria’s army (has) posted a video of US President Donald Trump saying soldiers would shoot migrants throwing stones to justify opening fire on a Shiite group (last) week.

In the video, Trump warns that soldiers deployed to the Mexican border could shoot Central American migrants who throw stones at them while attempting to cross illegally.

“We’re not going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” said Trump in remarks made on Thursday.

“I told them (troops) consider it (a rock) a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexican military and police, I say consider it a rifle.”

Nigeria’s defence spokesman John Agim told AFP that the army posted the video in response to criticism that its security forces had acted unlawfully.

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) said 49 of its members were killed after the army and police fired live bullets at crowds who marched near and in the capital Abuja. The army’s official death toll was six.

Amnesty International said Wednesday it had “strong evidence” that police and soldiers used automatic weapons against IMN members and killed about 45 people in an “unconscionable use of deadly force by soldiers and police”.

The United States embassy in Nigeria said Thursday it was “concerned” and called for an investigation.

“The video was posted in reaction to the Amnesty International report accusing the army of using weapons against pacifist Shiite protesters…. Not only did they use stones but they were carrying petrol bombs, machetes and knives, so yes, we consider them as being armed,” said Agim.

“We intervened only because the IMN members are trying to harm our people, they are always meeting us…at security check points and trying to provoke us, they even burned a police vehicle.”

Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, is almost evenly split between a mostly Muslim north — which is predominantly Sunni — and a largely Christian south.

Experts have warned the government that a heavy-handed response to the group risks sparking conflict in a volatile region where poverty is widespread.

IMN leader Ibrahim Zakzaky has been in custody since 2015, when an army crackdown killed 300 of his supporters who were buried in mass graves, according to rights groups.

Zakzaky is facing a culpable homicide charge in connection with the 2015 violence. He remains in jail despite a court order granting him bail.

On Thursday, 120 of 400 IMN members arrested by police on Monday were  charged with “rioting, disturbance of public peace and causing hurt,” said a court official in Abuja on Friday.

According to court documents seen by AFP, the IMN members had been ordered to disperse but they “refused and started throwing stones at the police officers and other members of the public and thereby caused them bodily harm”.

All the suspects pleaded not guilty and were granted bail with the court hearing to resume on December 5.

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