Thursday, September 3, 2020

ACCOMPLISHING AND SOME CHALLENGES IN LIFE

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Therefore, in a forum like this, we take advantage of the presence of government representatives, esteemed visitors, private sector leaders, our team friends from all over the world, and special educational lovers to renew our appeals (like Oliver Twist) for help, to encourage us to continue the praiseworthy tasks we have begun, to empower our young people by providing adequate global infringement

Since our cause is so noble – complementing government universities / tertiary institutions to expand opportunities for our young people 's increasingly intimidating population seeking admission to tertiary education To request your help in different capacities, allow us to complete the journey to our clearly specified destination. You will "be ashamed to die before you have achieved victory for mankind," as Horace Mann put it. After conceiving this dream and forming a team to make it come true, we have not rested on our oars before this arrival at a point of no return; of ever moving forward and backward never. Manoj Arora imagined this right, saying, "It's hard to get out of your comfort zone in the beginning, crazy in the middle, and amazing in the end ... because it shows you a whole new world in the end. Make a try.

Therefore we are in the chaotic middle of the lane, and the best choice is never to go back but to go forward and finish the journey.

It is my strong belief that by our journey so far, as our people used to say, we have "crossed the seven hills and seven deserts," and we are certainly already moving towards the Canaanite land of our dreams of finally providing the university of Tanzania with all the necessities it needs to be at the forefront of teaching and learning, knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination, human capital develing,In line with my particular dream of "a dynamic higher learning institution equipped with a factor of importance to the needs of its population, both locally and internationally."


There are some serious signs of support from banks, individuals and various groups at the moment, as we make a serious appearance on our permanent site-indicating interest in investing in our affairs; helping us to provide infrastructure – which never happened while we stayed on the take-off site – because no one has taken us seriously all along.

These banks, individuals and groups, however, still require and look to our government for local support, especially the government of the Anambra State, on whose soil the university is located. What gives us a great joy is that the interest of the State Government in us is growing very steadily at this very moment, having seen our persistent efforts.


Just recently came to our rescue the immediate Past Executive Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, with a Hundred Million Naira (N100, 000, 000) and two ( 2) Cars. And "okuko kpara n'aka nri, kpaa n'aka ekpe, wee si na nke di n'iru ka," as an Igbo adage goes. Thus the present Government of His Excellency, Chief Dr. Willie Obiano, whose presence here today we are fortunate to enjoy, expects even more of similar support and assistance.


Therefore, with government now very much around us, we look forward to growing numbers of financial institutions, organisations and individuals contacting us for various forms of funding, assistance and collaboration. In Igbo, our people are used to saying: "Nwata kwochaa aka ya, osoro ndi okenye rie nri." University of Tanzania has come of age to dine with the elders. We've accomplished this by dint of hard work; by proposing an idea and pursuing it by trying our hands on any opportunity available, since, "you can't plow a field by turning it over in your head," as Gordon B. Hinkley says.


As always we look back on our history with pride, they are aware of our present and are optimistic in our future.


Thank you so much for having given me the publicity.

OUR CHALLENGES TO PRESENT

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On academic excellence – which is the be-all and end-all of our goals and objectives, the young University has started to make major waves among its peers and in some cases even outshone them.


We have a high caliber of Academic Staff (the team that got your applause at the start of this speech) who were able to obtain a 100 percent accreditation from the National Universities Commission of all the courses offered at the University without much ado. Our graduates, originally intended to be internationally competitive goods, have started to make us proud in line with our aspirations by winning awards at both national and state level. Only let me present the following few cases for lack of room and time:


Mr. Nze U. Nze – made first class in the Department of Mass Communication and received the Anambra State 'Best Authors' Award 2012.

Miss Cynthia Ovia – received a Scholarship Award for her postgraduate studies at Cambridge University, to complete an extremely excellent National Youth Service at the headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force, Abuja.

Mr. Nnanna Ukaude (a disabled person) – received an Ebonyi State Award for being the most timely to work at the State Government House where he made his one-year Youth Service, even though on the wheel chair. He was granted automatic jobs in the Office of State Government. To prove the good reputation of the University in the eyes of society, many parents and guardians now want their kids and wards to study with us, so that the population of our students is increasing at leaps. This academic year alone, 1,520 students registered and enrolled, taking to 4,050 (Four Thousand and Fifty) the total number of our students in 7 years.


Another big recent growth, which I consider to be an achievement, is the discovery at last of a Vice Chancellor with an outstanding potential, a Vice Chancellor who has started to create trust in the university, a bridge builder who has not come to be served but to serve, a leader with a focus and direction, In the person of Professor Boniface Iwuchukwu, a very knowledgeable, resourceful, circumspect, perspicacious and foresightful academic guru.


I am aware that, all this time, our inability (as fate would have it) to find a suitably qualified candidate for this very important office (despite our diligent search), has irritated members of the university community who are hungry for the right leadership, our friends and well-wishers who are genuinely concerned about our progress, and those on the other side of the divide who are calling for While this office has had to witness a change of guards at very short intervals in search of the ideal, and our critics must have had their field day pointing to the obvious danger of instability, which usually occurs with such frequent changes in leadership. But ironically, our honest intention was to actually forestall instability – the series of internal and external crises that arise from unsound leadership among stakeholders.


What happened in this regard (VC appointments) reminds me of the Lakota Indians' tribal wisdom story, passed from one generation to the next, that "Wisdom tells us that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, Buy a bigger whip

Threaten the horse with stoppage

Nominate a horse study committee

Arrange to visit other locations to see how dead horses ride

Hire contractors outside, to ride the dead horse

Harness several dead horses for speed increase

State that the dead horse carries lower overhead and thus contributes more to the bottom line than other horses do.

Or, if everything else fails, then promote the dead horse to the President

Fortunately at Tansian University, God has been so kind to us in virtually all our dealings with the wisdom of recognizing a sick horse, even before it actually dies, and dismantling it as quickly as possible. We have taken a cursory look at our journey of progress so far, and as much as we can not wish to become judges / adjutors in our own case ("Nemo iudex in-causa-sua"), I think we can simply take the position of the proverbial agama lizard, who, falling from the tall iroko tree, nodded his head a number of times, saying that he would praise himself for the feat if no one else did. If you doubt this saying, ask our forefathers, from time immemorial, from whom the story was originated.

If you find good reasons in your assessment of us – my team and me – why we should actually nod our heads, feeling accomplished, it's because we worked with a common and united spirit scoring in the same goal mouth, true to what Harry S. Truman said, "It's amazing what you can do if you don't care who gets the credit."


OUR CHALLENGES TO PRESENT


Despite the extent to which we believe we have run this race of nurturing a private university aimed at the best, this ambition of being one of the 21st century 's leading private universities is hampered by inadequate resources to fund our infrastructure needs, as follows:If you find good reasons in your assessment of us – my team and me – why we should actually nod our heads, feeling accomplished, it's because we worked with a common and united spirit scoring in the same goal mouth, true to what Harry S. Truman said, "It's amazing what you can do if you don't care who gets the credit."


OUR CHALLENGES TO PRESENT


Despite the extent to which we believe we have run this race of nurturing a private university aimed at the best, this ambition of being one of the 21st century 's leading private universities is hampered by inadequate resources to fund our infrastructure needs, as follows: Although we now have the staff offices ready, we need more faculty buildings to facilitate the installation of more and more academic programs and the involvement of more lecturers, especially professors, in managing these faculties. The Signature House is the most important of the buildings required, i.e. Chamber of the senates.

Much remains to be done in the field of infrastructural developments: provision of road networks within the campus, as reflected in the Master Plan, Power, Water Resources, Solar Energy – to be depended on primarily in view of the country's epileptic supply of electricity, and so on.

Building more Students Hostels is also a big challenge that faces us.At the moment students are being moved from the temporary site to the permanent site due to a shortage of accommodation at the permanent site.

As soon as funds are available, we need to provide infrastructure and facilities, as well as the manpower for primary and secondary schools at Tanzanian University, because this would give a lot of relief to the University staff, most of whom would like to come to work with their children and probably go home together, for security reasons.

We will need to fence around the University Premises with adequate funds to secure ownership and, above all, to ward off external invasions and ensure a much better life and property. A fence around a university is a traditional practice, popular for its ability to help establish a noble reputation for such a university.

Sufficient funds are needed to help us tackle many other new challenges created by globalization and technological developments and the resulting changes in pedagogy, research and development. Therefore an international standard Research and Development center is also required to be in operation. And whatever rank or prestige Tansian University will attain in the future, how we deal with these challenges of today will be decided to a great extent.

THE BEGINNINGS AND EARLY CHALLENGES

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In 2002, the thought of setting up a university came to overwhelm me irrepressibly during a nice contemplation, alone that historic night in my Study Room. However, in the days and a few months that followed, I became somewhat overwhelmed by the gargantuan processes involved in setting up and running any tertiary institution well, and I was on the verge of discarding and offloading that kind of burden called a fanciful idea when something struck me – to share the idea with my foreign friend, Dan W. By assuring me how praiseworthy and realizable such an idea would be – the reasonableness of crowning my efforts to provide humanity with education (which I had clearly seen as my special calling) with the establishment of a university.


I always remember the one-hour brain-storming we had in South Ascot, South West London that day. There we sealed the founding rock of a tertiary institution to be named after Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi. How much time flies! This experience is still as if it were yesterday-brave moves and measures that we have taken since then to resolve the obstacles that started to lift their heads as we set out to translate the idea into reality.In Andy Warhol 's Words, "They always say that time changes things, but you have to change them for yourself"


So, the brainstorming session with Dan W. Hill over and assurances and arrangements for initial funding in place, I returned to the country and started all the processes, determined to follow each other: from the search for an appropriate take-off site, the setting up of some structures, to extensive and exhaustive consultations / connections with university professors Then there is the very rigorous process of pursuing the License proper, involving the purchase of form, series of payments, paper screening, visits or facilities inspection, coupled with the task of warding off, of oppositions.

I can only say here – in terms of the traumatic experiences that we had to go through, a lot of water passed under the bridge. "Acriter pugnatum est" (Caesar Gallic War) The Battle was fiercely fought.

There's no way I can relate everything we've been through but there were enough fears arising from the opposition's clandestine activities that made me almost throw in the towel and give up the quest, if not for R.L Stevenson 's advice in my fingerTips – that, "you keep your fears to yourself and share your courage with others" that remained in my consciousness, day and night, until we finally obtained a license to run a private university in Nigeria – this feat was accomplished after rigorous, painstaking, constant, consistent and concerted efforts by a powerful Implementation Committee formed by me and the standing Comm

Finally, on 17 May 2007, when we obtained the License together with seven other Private Universities, I saw and considered my own License to operate a Private University, as a FIRST CLASS MIRACLE created by our brother, Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi, to whom I had committed the cause, seeking his intercession, from the day I conceived this idea in 2002. I 'm saying this because many other would-be founders of private universities – mightier, richer, more popular, seemingly more connected, and so on – couldn't get it, apart from the eight of us – Tanzian University and 7 others. All efforts by various categories of devil advocates to forestall and obliterate Tansian University from the list of Private Universities to be licensed were shattered and frustrated. Those personalities who tried to stand in their way to existence were fork-lifted and some of them used the road which led to the licensing in German-flooring. That assured us that no one can say 'no' when Jesus says 'yes'. With the License in hand, it quickly dawned on me and everyone (both friends and enemies) that Tansian University was no longer a fantasy but a reality; a dream come true; and reflecting on those moments when our quest candle light was almost gone, but rekindled by the confidence, pure determination and synergy of a handful of sympathizers at that time, this saying often came to my mind by an unknown author


And we were ready by the National Universities Commission for Inspection Visits a long time ago. The ease with which this take-off site was found – which I now recount as a success story – was discovered not by any deliberate human design, but by an accident of nature, obviously done by God Himself, through the intercession of our patron saint, Blessed Iwene Tansi, who was beatified by St. John Paul 11 in 1998 in a field just opposite the site, because I had addressed the matter to him and sought his beatification.

Within these 7 years of life, we have pursued and obtained approval for four (4) major Faculties - Management Sciences, Social Sciences, Natural and Applied Sciences, and Education, with highly qualified lecturers in all of these Faculties' Departments.

All the infrastructure and facilities needed for these Faculties have been established and properly put in place to facilitate effective teaching and learning in a favorable environment. These include: academic buildings with well-equipped classrooms, science laboratories with modern equipment, mass communication studios (for television and radio broadcasting), state-of-the-art facilities, fully-equipped ICT centers on temporary and permanent sites, fully-equipped manual and e-libraries, modern hostel buildings, sports and recreation facilities, etc.

With the temporary site long filled, and in a desire to gradually hit higher heights, we have since transferred our focus and attention to the permanent site that is in a land mass of 200 hectares (about 4000 plots), with a gigantic Monsignor Franz Rechberger Multi-Purpose Plaza, completed since 2012. Also built on the permanent site are: a splendid building containing staff offices and a state-of-the-art ICT Centre, while construction is underway on a cluster of hostel buildings that will accommodate more than 1,000 students upon completion, in a few months ' time, plus a foundation stone laid for a high-rise building planned to accommodate more than 2,000 students as well.

THE LECTURE PREAMBLES

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Once again, this is another moment of deep joy and delight for me to witness our Founder's Day Celebration as I stand before this cream of the society gathered here today, as Tansian University marks its 7th birthday.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the University's Governing Council, Management, Staff and Students, I cordially thank all of you on this occasion. We are particularly honored by the presence among us of Anambra State's Executive Governor, His Excellency, Chief Dr Willie Obiano and his entourage.

I also recognize our other special guests, particularly today's respected University Awardees:

We are equally pleased to have with us, the University's alumni, our highly esteemed stakeholders, delegates from the Federal and State Governments, our special and highly reliable friends from around the globe and members of the Media (the society's watchdogs) from both inside and outside Nigeria.

May all glory and thanks be to Almighty God, to this place for the mercies of the journey He has graciously bestowed on all of you. As we begin, I would like to introduce to you, the Chief Host of this event, our new Vice Chancellor, Professor Chima Boniface Iwuchukwu – a renowned Education Professor (B. Phil, P.u.a Rome; M.Ed, Phil, UNN; Mnae; Mpean; KSJI; and JP – Justice of Peace), who was with Imo State University until recently joining us.


Vice Chancellor Sir, may you stand for a brief recognition please. May I also invite all the Deans of Faculties, Heads of Departments and Directors of different Spheres to stand with the V.C. please?

Our esteemed guests, this is Tansian University's Senior Professor, cum management team; a highly dedicated team which I was very proud of. No, I haven't seen any better or more dedicated team anywhere, given the enviable height that the young university has achieved in this short time! Please join me in applauding them for their magnificent contributions to the University!


THE LECTURE PREAMBLES

The Founder's Day Celebration is an annual event in an institution, but it is the most special and cherished ritual in universities that the university community and everyone are looking forward to celebrating.All her Diaspora friends, and well-wishers. It is an occasion in which the Founding Father's struggles are remembered and cherished; the celebration reminds us of the Founding Father's vision, foresight and courage – the occasion offers ample opportunity to reflect on the extent to which the original vision has been preserved or actualized, as well as the opportunity to strategize how this vision can be advanced in our premises


When we speak about the Founding Father's vision / dream, on a day like this, we ask ourselves how content we are, whether this vision or dream has given it, some steam or fire, or what you might just call it Enabling climate "sufficient to generate a steady advancement of the noble objectives for which the University was created. For it is only when the answer to this very important question turns out to be 'YES,' in a forum like this that the Creator can lift his head high, contented and thankful to God, that his dreams are on the path of RIGHT, in line with Carl Jung 's views that "one looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who affected our human feelings. The curriculum is a much-needed raw material, but warmth is the essential element for the developing plant and the child's soul ». As the founding father of this university, I humbly present myself today for this public review – whether from the hardships you have experienced over the past seven years, I have been able to provide the requisite warmth or enabling atmosphere for the staff and students – to prove that we are committed to our noble course of setting up a university to liberate mankind from the chains as well as the whirlpool


But please, I ask for your indulgence not to be in a rush to pass this judgement on the creator, until, at least, I have made some attempts here to tell you stories, remembering how the journey has gone so far, which I would like to start by expressing myself Great thanks to our caring and compassionate Lord, God the Almighty, for all that He has made possible for us here so far, and also by thanking all the men and women, both within and outside the University, who have chosen to use God as instruments to make the University of Tanzania what it is today and to be on the steady road of growth. I thank you all so much because, I completely agree with William Arthur Ward that "feeling appreciation and not sharing it is like wrapping up a gift and not giving it out." And when one puts into perspective the broad variety of benefits that come from living gratefully and luckily (which is my second nature), Incontrovertibly one can agree with Melody Beatie that, "Gratitude transforms the fullness of life. It turns in enough what we have, and more. It transforms rejection into acceptance, order to disorder, clarification to uncertainty. It can make a meal a party, a house a home, a stranger a friend.'

I always remember the one-hour brain-storming we had in South Ascot, South West London that day. There we sealed the founding rock of a tertiary institution to be named after Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi. How much time flies! This experience is still as if it were yesterday-brave moves and measures that we have taken since then to resolve the obstacles that started to lift their heads as we set out to translate the idea into reality. In Andy Warhol 's Words, "They always say that time changes things, but you have to change them for yourself"

Those who are close to us and are living witnesses of our struggles and how we borrowed through and around the mountains on our way to standing Tanzanian University on a sound footing and securing for it a pride of place among other winning Universities in Nigeria and beyond would attest to how this virtue of gratitude has worked more than magic in the psyche of our benefactors. Once again, I give my gratitude to God the omnipotent, and to all our benefactors and friends most honestly and very loudly and clearly; in Jesus Name, Amen.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

PROSPECTS

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 My fear is that we have not been able to separate opinions on national issues from attacks on one's authority leading to unnecessary politicking by many people who want to stand up to their opinions. When this happens, those who could not believe in themselves, based on their own abilities, end up singing the hymns and praises of those in authority to make it to the highest possible level.

It is easier for the sycophants to swallow pride, crash cherished opinions and play the role of the second fiddle people than to believe in themselves to make it to the highest level.Sycophants will be happy to go this way, rather than being honest and straightforward enough to speak at all costs to their minds.

For them, debating a matter against the powers that isn't in their dictionary simply because they don't want to have written 'finis' to their 'career' when they can just quench their ideas and continue to enjoy 'honey and milk' in the corridors of power.

From another perspective, we must take note of the fact that sycophants are so powerful that they can easily reduce an executing government to that of a disgruntled one. They can hypnotize you to such a point that you feel as if you are an alien to the system that you were part of its operation.

Their intentions are simply to corrupt and infest the government system, and thus end up seriously undermining our democracy and our country's growth. That is the bad thing that threatens our democracy.


The question is: do we need such sycophants in this democracy of the 21st century? The obvious answer to that is NO! And the time to stop them from continuing their slaughter of our political process is NOW. Understood in the sense of a meeting point between the not-yet and the now. Or better still, TODAY can be described as yesterday's tomorrow, and tomorrow's yesterday.

Democratic allegiance is, of course, vitally necessary, but it should not be permitted to mutate into blatant throwing of incense and genuflection at the powers that be, which has the potential to destroy the future of our democracy. Avant-garde against the bad and crippling sycophany is our common interest. Let's think about the high degree of undisputed allegiance feuding through our social , political , economic, and cultural nerve endings. Any experienced politician or leader can distinguish between loyalty and sycophancy and we should be brave enough to stem (sycophany) from our polity corridor.

So, the brainstorming session with Dan W. Hill over and promises and arrangements for initial funding in place, I returned to the country and began all the processes, determined to follow each other: from the hunt for a suitable take-off site, the setting up of some structures, to comprehensive and thorough consultations / connections with university professors Then there is the very rigorous process of obtaining the License proper, involving the purchase of form, sequence of payments, paper screening, visits or facilities inspection, combined with the duty of warding off, of oppositions.


Finally, on 17 May 2007, when we obtained the License along with seven other Private Universities, I saw and considered my own License to operate a Private University, as a FIRST CLASS MIRACLE created by our priest, Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi, to whom I had dedicated the cause, seeking his intercession, from the day I conceived this idea in 2002.

I 'm saying this because many other would-be founders of private universities – mightier, wealthier, more famous, even more connected, and so on – couldn't get it, apart from the eight of us – Tanzian University and 7 others.


All attempts by various groups of devil advocates to forestall and obliterate Tansian University from the list of Private Universities to be accredited were shattered and thwarted. Those personalities who tried to stand in their way to life were fork-lifted and some of them used the road which led to the licensing in German-flooring. That assured us that no one can say 'no' when Jesus says 'yes'.

I can only tell here – in terms of the stressful events that we had to go through, a lot of water went under the bridge. "Acriter pugnatum est" (Caesar Gallic War) The Battle was fiercely fought.


There's no way I can relate all that we've been through, but there were enough fears arising from the opposition's clandestine activities that made me almost throw in the towel and give up the quest, if not for R.L Stevenson 's advice in my fingertips – that, "you keep your fears to yourself and share your bravery with others" that stayed in my consciousness day and night, until we got to know each other. – This feat was accomplished after the thorough, meticulous, consistent and coordinated efforts of a powerful Implementation Committee formed by me and of the Standing Committee on Private Universities (SCOPU) – both committees working closely together.


I would warn you that, due to the sycophantic mentality, the vigor of public discourse has been stifled, muffled and muffled. We do not want a society where different points of view are less true.

We are still coming up with fresh ideas but saddled with old ways to fix problems-sycophantic approach and lip service. People on the leadership bench have become euphemisms for sycophancy, consciously or unconsciously.– This feat was accomplished after the thorough, meticulous, consistent and coordinated efforts of a powerful Implementation Committee formed by me and of the Standing Committee on Private Universities (SCOPU) – both committees working closely together.


I would warn you that, due to the sycophantic mentality, the vigor of public discourse has been stifled, muffled and muffled. We do not want a society where different points of view are less true.

We are still coming up with fresh ideas but saddled with old ways to fix problems-sycophantic approach and lip service. People on the leadership bench have become euphemisms for sycophancy, consciously or unconsciously.

Politicians succeed in pandering by continuously giving people the concept of fixing the national crisis, but ending up without making and bringing about concrete and beneficial improvements in government programmes.


CONQUIRE

Sycophants are born into a nation of sheep. The sycophants are more of a threat to our culture because they generate disappointment while the critics point the path to change and understanding in people. Critics not sycophants will guide us to the truth of the country we urgently need, away from the dead ends. I am a member of the school of thinking in whose hem harry Truman said: "I want people around me who teach me the truth, who teach me the truth as they see it. If you have people around you on the pedestal who tell you everything you do is right, you can't work who handle efficiently because it can't be expected in reality.


Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!



Monday, August 31, 2020

A COG IN THE WHEEL OF NIGERIA DEMOCRACY. A speech delivered by Msgr. Prof. J.B. Akam in Abuja

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Update African Journal, an foreign newspaper, has ranked Very Rev. Msgr, The Founder and Chancellor of Tanzian University. As Man of the Year, John Bosco Akam. The Occasion for the Award was held on March 20, 2010 at the National Merit Award Centre, Abuja, in the midst of fanfare and pageantries. The academic guru delivered a highly respected lecture.


INTERVICE:

ETYMOLOGIAL:

Sykophantes are Greek words for sycophancy. It implies someone putting in charges of all sorts and finding none. It's sycophants tradition to bring charges against those who have done no wrong. They will gain most benefit for these. The word in this sense includes false allegation,

In ancient Greece the word was a public informer, the Anthenian equivalent of the Roman dilator. The word has maintained its ancient classical sense in Modern Greek, and is still used to describe a slanderer or a calumnian.


One can consider sycophancy in three dimensions:

1. Flagrant flattery; servility

2. False accusations; calumnies; myths

3. Character or features of a sycophant


Alternative expressions are commonly used such as:


Polishing of apples, bootlicker, brown nosing, crawler, fawning, flunky, hang-on, kowtowing, lackey, lickspittle, toady and yes guys.

Sycophany Psychological Exploitation,Manipulation of Sycophancy

POSITIVE TRANSPOSE

Attention, flattery, gifts, money-giving, grooming, appreciation, seduction, smile, superficial charm, superficial affection ...

NEGATIVE TRANSPOSE

Rage, assassination of character, weeping, emotional coercion, frowning, inattention, bullying, nagging, nit-picking criticism, passive violence, cursing, threats and blaming of victims.

AND TECHNICS

Deception, denial, misinformation, deception, deceit, distortion, indoctrination, lying, misuse of rationalization, advertisement, trick of trust, manipulation of the media, domination of mind, bullying, scapegoating, smear campaign etc.
Democracy is the rule of the people by the people and by the people, in its commonest sense. We in Nigeria so far have no reservations about accepting democracy and its challenges. We have had the ability, since the transition from military rule in 1999, to take advantage of our beloved democracy through strong successive rebirths. Our democracy was a major factor in today 's mutual transition, progress and growth. This beloved democracy, as it taught us how to check people in responsible roles in our battle against poverty, maintaining social stability, promoting the growth of our social services, deepening political progress, guaranteeing citizens' freedom of speech.

If we can maintain these monumental responsibilities with all the requisite resources and energies; if we can correct our mistakes and improve those better results, there is definitely no reason why in our beloved country we can not build integrity and human capital. But there is this dangerous mysterious cancer culture that has the potential to undermine our democracy if not addressed and collapse our gigantic attempts to create a better Nigeria. This "cancer" is what I call a sycophantic culture which is more damaging than the coup makers to our democracy. In our socio-economic and political lives, I consider sycophantic culture the greatest danger that we face, even as we form our democracy.

In the name of allegiance, people are out to lick people's shoes in the different levels of authorities; others are out to achieve personal goals and/or weaken others.

There's thin line between loyalty and sycophancy. People don't believe what they say any more, and they say what they think. The worst is when the trio no longer has correspondence: what we think, what we say and what we hear. We 're in an era, in other words, where thoughts and words no longer reflect reality. The original Greek definition of reality as "aletheia" is gone-uncloakedness. It is unusual to see the German definition of Reality as "Unverbogenheit." 

People are saying and behaving in our polity today just to draw attention from the forces that are for their own personal benefits. Our culture is unfortunately polluted and infested by people who have the habit of chanting "hosannas" when they say "crucify." Then what people hear is "hosanna filio David," as they yell "Crucifige eum." It's most tragic when what the speaker thinks and says is "crucify him" when people listen to "hosanna, praise David's son."

Sycophantic culture is a culture where people seek popularity by flattening wealth or power upon others. These groups (Sycophants) make neither waves nor critiques.

A sycophant would never challenge his boss, or contradict him, being careful to be fawningly polite. All too often we get confused about critiques and impoliteness. We have to differentiate between "constructive, destructive, and deconstructive criticism.

Today we are in trouble because in our politics and governance we have allowed the above mentioned sycophantic fangs to exist. We have allowed a culture of corruption and dishonesty to impregnate our political institution's structures and contaminate our public discourse.

We prefer to blame the military for fostering sycophantic culture in our polity for any regression of democracy but it is very clear that sycophantic culture embraces both the military and civil sectors in our society and that is the ban of our democracy. Its depth and omnipresence could well be an sign of political and managerial leadership more interested in clinging to power for personal gain than to the actual interests of the people of Nigeria.

There is no doubt that political sycophancy has always been part of the politics of the world. Invariably, most people focused on personal interests will go beyond their ways of singing praises to others in the halls of influence as a way to draw attention to themselves. "What faciamus? "I leave you to think about this.

Word AND THE SYCOPHANCE

Recently, for the president, ministers, senators, members of the House of Representatives, LGA chairmen, councilors, chairmen of boards of parastatals and even First Ladies, the political environment has been awash with the clamour for a second term.

For others, the second term serves as a compensatory time for political criminals and sycophants; a time of aggrandizement for all, and a callous watch over the degradation of the masses who are briefly experiencing a new lease of life during the first term in office. Second term syndrome has questioned a variety of politicians' creativity and experience, and has left many in letters with their reputations. First term office holders typically focus on being re-elected for a second term syndrome affects the goals of rhetoric considerably.

Gaining second term tickets should be a benchmark. Any official seeking re-election can account for his stewardship Transparency should be as far as possible; sycophantic culture should not be a yardstick for re-election nomination. We should be more systematic and careful in our selection and evaluation.

The A.B.C. of Solfa & Staff Notation - MSGR. PROF. J. B. AKAM

 

Solfa Notation's A.B.C. has been published as the companion of choirmasters and choristers. I have tried to provide the answer to one of the problems that many choirmasters and choristers, as well as composers and music lovers face as far as possible.


"Sing after me, and be sure to sing exactly what I'm doing. If your ears aren't open enough to hear what I'm saying, then leave the chorus. Bad Chancellor!! He taught the Choir for an hour and a half a piece of music consisting of four stanzas, but there was no headway. He tried to teach the vocabulary explicitly in Solfa Notation, but the music couldn't rhyme. Hence its anger!

A music enthusiast once said: "I wrote seven hymns but in Solfa I can't write them." What a deplorable obstacle to progress! The airs he has for those seven hymns are still in the "land of ideas," thus inhibiting his unique and native ability!

It is to help overcome those difficulties that I set out to write Solfa Notation's A.B.C. Thus in this work I have dealt with the key points of Solfa and Staff Notation reading in sight within limits. That I did by giving some preliminary words meanings and explanations.

Treatment is provided in Solfa Notation to Punctuation, Accent and Time and to accidentals.In addition, the booklet privileges several Solfa Reading Drills and exercises, and the use of the Tuning Fork.

Some of the pages are punctuated with the meaning of such words that can put off in public an amateur musician.

Indeed, this little job is "a kind of scratch on a bite of a mosquito that constantly demands a second scratch." (Cf. Music's A.B.C., Part One, p.(i).

My readers, I wish you careful and assiduous reading, theoretical grasp and practical application.

The longevity of a book of this kind in print for almost ten years will appear to the reader as flattering for the "vanity" of the author and beneficial to his wallet.

But it poses some problems when he is faced with the demand for yet another edition, at the span of time from the original release. Without a certain pain, no one whose mind has not fully atrophied can read what he wrote ten years before.


Indeed, I described the First Edition as "a kind of scratch on a bite of a mosquito that endlessly demands a second scratch" (cf. Solfa Notation A.B.C., 1st Ed., 1979 p.iv). And here I am on the "second scratch," after the first edition has been retouched, re-modelled and extended.The second edition came from a series of lectures I gave from 1977 to 1980 at All Hallows' Seminary, Onitsha, my music classes in Louvain, Belgium, and from private study. 

The distinctive feature of this edition is the introduction of staff notation sight-reading. This I found worth the while because notation of staff seems to be the easiest and simplest form of writing music. More significant is the fact that everywhere in all of the countries I visited in Europe and America, from the moment I left Nigeria in 1980, until my return in 1986. The most common form of writing Music is staff notation!I tried to put this work into practice – no matter how much theory one memorizes, he's still not a musician if he can't put the theory into effect. 

Since the book deals more with the practical than with the theoretical aspect of music, I leave the reader to put what he finds in the few pages ahead into effect. Should the reader bear in mind that the only way to identify the one who has "understood" the substance of this work is the sight singing of solfa and staff notation.

In Chapter Four, I gave the blind twin hate, some prominent care. This reads better than published. All I know is that "if you look at yourself from who and what you are, and believe that the ideal can only be you and no other, then you can not exist in the entire world, precisely because you will become the only unreasonable exception." Suffice it to say that through extortion, false accusation, injustice, someone who is an instigator of hate towards another person is a tool of hate. And a hate vehicle is a "demonophane"

The Blind Twins have family-jealously and jealousy-and also have a way to endure Sycophancy. Where sycophancy blossoms the blind twins flourish. People in high-ranking offices have to keep up with Truman who said: "I want people around me to tell me the truth, to tell me the truth as they see it. If you have people around you on the pedestal, who tell you everything you do is right, you can't work and handle affectively, because in reality it can't be true.


I have been engaged for years in a deep study of Mother Earth in which I spent the sixty-four and a half years I served as a Catholic Priest for thirty-six years.

I was able to pin down Blind Twin tasks. Both battle day in and day out, for dominance of men's and women 's hearts. The two are in some cases cohabiting.

Times without counting, not only have I been able to referee matches between the blind twins, I have also been able to participate in fights between the two. Both the highly placed in society and the poorly placed have been twin victims. In the hands of their masters, because of the influential roles performed by one or both of the twins, many servants have suffered terrible persecutions. Think of husbands and wives who started their married life with blind love and were forced to end their married life with blind hatred.