Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Sunday, 17 May 2020
- Verb - Ngwaa
- Conjunction - Njiko
The Major Functions of MA in Igbo grammar
- “Ma” plays the role of verb in Igbo grammar. In this function, MA follows all the rules of Igbo verb grammar, in terms of tense, mood and voices.
- A mara ya ụra - S/he was slapped
- Ọ ma(ra) nke bu Eziokwu - S/he knows the truth.
- Anyi matara ebumunuche ya - We discovered his intentions.
- Ụka mabidoro ọrụ tata - Today is a holiday of obligation.
- I matara onye kwụrụ ihe a? - Do you know who said this?
- Words to words
- Phrases to phrases, and
- Clauses to clauses.
- Ha kpọrọ oke ma ọkụkọ - They called (everybody) both rats and chickens.
- Ma ndi ụkwụ ma ndi nta biara ebe a - Both the old and the young cane here.
- Achọrọ m ima ma o kwuru eziokwu — I want to whether he said the truth or not.
- Ha ga-abia ma oge ruo - They will come when it will be time or when the time comes
- Unu kpọrọ ya ma ọbiaghi — You called him, but he didn’t come.
Friday, 15 May 2020
Where youths bury their misery in the light
Carried in the wings of the mighty Dionysus
They entertain all the emotions including lapsus
Flowing freely - birds carried by a Dionysian music
Clasping each other like on a bottle of an Aphrodisiac tonic
For the hope they once had have vanished like a water vapour
When the country was beating by the cabals to a state of stupor
Leaving the youths to run away or gradually rot in disappointment
As the old cargoes are regularly recycled without a single achievement
Thursday, 14 May 2020
’The wait is over for Pope Benedict XVI’s many Twitter followers, and they have been quick to respond to the much-anticipated first tweet from his personal account Wednesday morning. Using the handle @Pontifex—meaning “bridge builder” in Latin—he posted: “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.”
“Wow! Is this true?! Pope Benedict XVI has started tweeting! Welcome Your Holiness! I’m grateful for your blessing! Follow him!” by @Joyful_Minoz.“Our Pope Benedict XVI has a twitter account! Coolest pope in history!” by @alexaSaclao.“Brilliant that @Pontifex tweets in 8 languages simultaneously incl. Arabic …: Truly pioneering,” said @gsurya.
“@Pontifex is answering his own tweets now. That’s not really how it works, Your Holiness.” Others even jokingly cautioned him, “RT @Pontifex thou shall not covet your neighbor’s Twitter followers.”
“Of course the world will not be saved by tweets but among a billion baptized Catholics and among the seven billion people of the world; several million people will be able to feel the Pope is closer in this way too, hearing him say a word for them, a spark of wisdom to bear in their minds and hearts and to share with their twitter friends,” he wrote. “A new service of the Gospel.”
Tuesday, 12 May 2020
Sunday, 10 May 2020
Friday, 8 May 2020
We recommend Fr Louis, as well as the entire oblate family, to your prayers.
Tuesday, 5 May 2020
“On May 4, 2020, the Superior General received the unanimous consent of the Council for the appointment of Fr. Ferdinand OWONO NDIH, O.M.I as Provincial of the Province of Cameroon for a first term.”
Thursday, 30 April 2020
1. A Change in Fraternity and Sorority
2. An Upgrade (update) in MissionWe have been doing the mission in traditional ways for ages. And, I often hear people say, it has always been this or that way, but the good news is that it can no longer be the same. Unfortunately, many missionaries are still waiting for the confinement to end to go back to their normal life. But that’s an illusion as nothing stopped even though our church buildings are closed. The mission is not those pastoral activities we engage in, those are missionary activities. The mission is the mandate we received from Christ and his Church. The mission is why we are sent out, and every means we take to realize those missions are missionary activities. So, the Church just changed its form as many families gather around the Word of God on their own or around their radio or television posts. All those who think that the temporary suspension of their (traditional) missionary activities is a hindrance to the mission is dreaming. The mission is still ongoing, and the inactivity is a sign of lack of creativity and not a suspension of the mission in itself.
3. A Reevaluation of the Quality of our Lives
4. A Spiritual Revival EraMany people have discovered within this time of Covid19 that there are so many things that do not depend on us. Scientists, for example, are still struggling to find a solution to our collective enemy. Some rediscovered that there are so many forms of spiritual encounter. While some just discovered that they can as well, organize a formal family prayer session, others found other new ways of worshiping or deepening their spirituality through modern communication methods.
Saturday, 25 April 2020
Si tu allumes en te réveillant ton abat-jour
Ou tu te lèves avant que la nuit entre en grève
En suivant des anciens horaires des élèves
Même si les jours ne sont plus les mêmes
Depuis que Covid19 a prolongé le carême
Nous précipitant sur nos tables de dessin
Pour revoir comment maîtriser cet assassin
Ma journée commence avec une méditation
Suivie par la lecture de poésie et la contemplation
Avant de descendre pour notre prière des laudes
Qui s’achève avec une boisson bien chaude
Mais nos jours ne doivent pas suivre le même chemin
Certains prendront évidemment une grâce matinale
Alors que d’autres pensent même déjà au lendemain
Mais prenons la vie un jour à la fois, je vous dirai en final
Écoutez votre corps quand il vous parle de ses peines
Car ceci fera bien à votre journée et ça veut la peine
D’accepter des fois qu’on n’a pas toujours la maîtrise
Ni de notre corps ni de ses besoins ainsi que ses crises
Friday, 24 April 2020
But remain in your street we hear them say
In Lagos and in New York we share a space
But do not forget, your street is the shit-hole
Agreements are signed every year
But the poor have no clause in them
Bilateral and mutual they say they are
But nothing was done for the good of all
The powerful each year play their pun
Agreement, accord, pact and resolution
All encased in mutuality and multilateralism
But at the end, we are left to rot alive like moles
Today they say is the World Multilateral Day
Expected to promote Diplomacy for Peace
But what indeed is peace if not the good of the rich
And an occasion, on the shoulder of the poor to tap
But with the arrival of Covid19, the crowned virus
Should the world continue to play the hide and seek
While Wuhan is now at the back of Madrid and Milan
And can a Nairobi taxi driver survive while New York burns?
“It is not enough to proclaim the virtues of multilateralism; we must continue to show its added value. International cooperation must adapt to changing times.”
- Anthónio Gutierrez, UN Secretery-General
Thursday, 23 April 2020
That such awesome day
Will pass under our nose
Without great fanfare?
How can we ignore you?
Our World Book Day
A successful love story
Of the quill and the papyrus
But for a tiny crowned virus
Who, in Wuhan, started a coup d’état
Initially, like a hide and seek
Before sending us into our holes
But I must gently doff my cap
For whoever invented books
Or the World Book Day, For,
Our undying memory is the book.
Wednesday, 22 April 2020
My mind stubbornly plays one of its many tricks
Wandering freely among the voices of the wind
The snapping and crackling on our wooden house
And listening to the voice on our zoom meditation
The time says we are deep into the springtime
But Khiona has once proven not to be different
From our own Amadioha and his brother Shango
Who are not respecters of neither time nor season
Tshiuetin has once visited our village with his force
And Khiona on her wings vested on a drowsy white
A spring morning it ought to have been or so I thought
But absent are the birds that our courtyard, pay morn visit
Their shrinking dirge that piteously wails the dying winter
Has been quieted by this goddess riding at the Tshiuetin’s back
And the long-quarantined humans are inside biting their nails
And wondering if they are dreaming or having some spring crisis
Zut! come back to the house you, wandering spirit
Return to your virus-imposed morn meditation routine
Take time to concentrate on the voice of your virtual guide
Enjoy your cherished newly discovered virtual spiritual exercises
And allow the Mother Earth to speak to us humans on her Day
Together with the crowned virus they remind us of our real place
Copyright: Alisonomi2020, Earth Day 2020
Khiona : The Greek goddess of snow, daughter of Boreas, god of the North Wind and Winter, and sister of Zethes and Calais. She is depicted as a goddess in the series, although in some myths she is visualized as a snow nymph.
Amadioha : He is the God of thunder and lightning in Igbo mythology. Among all his attributes are the role of assuring that justice is rendered in the society as well as being the God of love peace and unity. These and many other reasons make him to occupy an important role in the pantheon of Igbo Gods.
Shango : He is the Yoruba God of thunder and lightning. Living in the sky he hurls thunderstones to earth, killing those who offend him or setting their houses afire.
Tuesday, 21 April 2020
Et les pauvres humains se disaient très forts
Ayant selon eux inventé de grands appareils
Et toutes sortes d’armes de guerre et de grands avions
Capables de les transporter aisément sur la lune
Ils se disaient même presque prêts à aller sur mars
Et des nations se mesureraient sur des frivolités
Certains de la capacité de leurs armes nucléaires
Et les uns se disaient prêts à oblitérer les autres
Se vantant de la capacité de leurs têtes nucléaires
Et l’amitié comme l’inimitié, autour de ces ordures
Se créait et se faisait comme si l’on possédait l’univers
Alors qu’on passait le temps à former l’armée de l’espace
On a tous oublié notre vraie place sur la face de l’univers
Et on investissait des milliards de dollars sur l’arsenal de destruction
Et les chars et les avions de chasse se modifiaient au jour le jour
Pendant que nos centres hospitaliers et des cliniques s’appauvrissaient
Et l’argent pour la recherche s’émiettait silencieusement année après année
Et boum, du fin fond du monde, le coronavirus s’est manifesté
D’une ville peu connue est sorti ce virus à l’apparence impériale
Qui voyage librement d’une de nos grandes métropoles à l’autre
Et en oiseau de mauvais orgue, il traine la mort sur son passage
Et dénonce l’hypocrisie de nos nations et nos civilisations arides
Nous enfermant dans nos maisons alors que des animaux rôdent dans nos villes
Copyright : Alisonomi2020
Saturday, 18 April 2020
A muse came to my humble abode
Seeking after a scribbling quill
I wouldn’t have allowed her me seduced
But if poetry obeys the laws of prophesy
What power does the poet really possess
Let it be known these are not my words
But of a muse that rides, day and night
Around the shores of our fatherland
The muse said something I’m afraid to say
That if indeed Master Coro was not around
Our panjandrum, the Mallam wouldn’t have died
You might not understand, this isn’t easy to say
But I now fully comprehend why our misleaders
Never trusted our own uncomfortable sick beds
And as before master Coro graced our blessed shores
The doors of the metropolis were to our jefes ajar
So, often and on they rented their doctors and beds
But since he decided to among us pitch his tent
All the metropolitan hospitals have closed their doors
Forcing our princes to rent the beds of our dying homes
Friday, 17 April 2020
But you should never allow fear to dominate you. This is because when you are overpowered by fear, you cannot even comfortably live. So, when you are afraid, take time to recollect yourself; ask yourself why you are really afraid.
For example, we are all afraid of Covid19. But it’s not the fear of Coronavirus that terrorizes us. It’s the fear of contracting the disease, the fear of being killed by the disease or seeing our beloved ones killed by it. So, the fear of this virus permits us to protect ourselves as fear is an expression of our survival instinct.
Sometimes, we say that bears are fearless animals but on the contrary, they are very fearful. When a bear meets an intruder, the bear might just appear to ignore him or her. It will generally continue its way. But if ever the bear is with the cubs and it fears that the life of the cubs is in danger, it will attack the intruder. So, why does the bear attack the intruder at this point? It’s not because bears are ruthless animals, it’s rather because of the fear of losing the cubs.
Maybe we should learn from the mother bear. We should not be afraid of every troubled water. We should only be afraid of those elements or situations that constitute a danger for ourselves, our neighbors and our future. But we should never allow ourselves to be dominated by fear.
On another hand, Jesus was sometimes afraid. We can never say that enough. When he went with his disciples to Gethsemane, he was so afraid that he said, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.’ But what did he do? He turned to his father in prayer. So, when you are afraid, what can you do? Do exactly like Jesus! Turn to God in prayer; ask him to protect you. Ask that his will be done in your life, because his will, will always be for your good, for your well-being and your success in life.
So, when you are face to face with fear, stand your ground, think of the present moment; what can you do, what are you expected to do, and why should you do that? For if we take time to think well, we will understand that we are not afraid of what frightens us, but the consequences of what frightens us. It’s the consequences of Covid19; the consequences of this or that act; the consequences of this or that thing, that frightens us. So, being afraid is very important as it forces us to reconsider every one of our actions.