Wits Corner

Degrees of Madness

By Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma Madness is a mental disease by which someone exhibits the sense of abnormality. The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English defines madness as “very stupid behavior that could be dangerous.” In other words, anyone who acts stupidly or foolishly is mad. Therefore, if someone says ‘stupid boy, stupid man, stupid woman or stupid girl’ it means ...

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Daddy Primary

By Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma Even though years have run by, I still remember vividly my junior primary school days at Our Lady of Fatima Boys’ Primary School Jos in Plateau State. There was a dark huge boy with monkey face in our primary 2A. We considered him too old to be in our class. Thus we welcomed him with ...

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His name is Delegate

By Fr Pat. Amobi Chukwuma Between the Old and New Testaments, there was a priest of God called Zechariah. He was an upright man of God. He married a good woman whose name was Elizabeth. Unfortunately, they were barren till old age. One day, it was his turn to offer incense in the temple before the Holy of Holies. The ...

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Thinking Faculty

By Fr Pat. Amobi Chukwuma I went round the Universities in Nigeria looking for the Thinking Faculty in order to apply for admission. I am highly interested in the course. I began my enquiry from the Federal Universities down to the State Universities. I did not find any. Then I searched through the private universities situated in the nooks and ...

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Arrant Nonsense

By Fr. Pat. Amobi Chukwuma My journey to the priesthood took me to Bigard Memorial Seminary, Philosophy Campus (now St. Joseph’s Major Seminary) Ikot Ekpene in Akwa Ibom State in 1984. I studied Philosophy for four years. Philosophy is simply defined as the study of wisdom. We began from the known to the unknown. We studied Logic, Ethics, Epistemology, Anthropology, ...

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Compare and Contrast

By Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma During my school days, I rarely dabbled into any examination question that says, “Compare and contrast.” After leaving school for so many years now, the question has resonated in my medulla oblongata as I am ageing to the point of no return. Indeed, nothing happens for nothing. The frog does not run in the daytime ...

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The Concept of Sleeping-Muruanya

By Rev. Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma During the Nigeria-Biafra civil war, there was a popular slogan in the Biafran side known as “onye ndi ilo gbara gburugburu na-eche ndu ya nche.” This means that anyone surrounded by enemies must be very alert always. Sleeping is a natural process of bodily and psychological rest, which involves closure of the two eyes ...

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It is finished

By Rev Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma These three simple words are very powerful and symbolic. It is the sentence of all sentences. It is the mother of all grammatical constructions. It is simple but heavy. It is both philosophical and theological. If you dissect it, many layers would be discovered. The language is both divine and human. The first word ...

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Sweet Mother vis-à-vis Bitter Mother

By Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma The opposite of mother is father. The opposite of sweet is bitter. Are all mothers sweet? As far as I am concerned, my own mother Chinyere Chukwuma is sweet. Many years ago, Prince Nico Mbarga sang in pigin English: “Sweet mother, I no go forget you for dey suffer wey you suffer for me yeah. ...

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EASTER WITH MIXED FEELINGS

By Fr Pat Amobi Chukwuma A zealous young male hawk went to market and bought five cups of parboiled breadfruit to quench hunger. On reaching home, he asked his mother to cook it for him. It is the nature of breadfruit to sink in quantity after cooking. But the young hawk was ignorant of it. The caring mother heartily did ...

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