”The tragedy of being called ODOGWU; A title not meant for EFULEFU nor merited by IFEAJUNA’s.”
The tragedy of being called ODOGWU; A title not meant for EFULEFU nor merited by IFEAJUNA’s.
“Biafrans’ spine got broken before 30th of May 1967. Their veins got ruptured but their heart never stopped beating.”
The Igbo’s would say; ‘Odogwu aburo guy name,’ which means literally, “Greatness is not a Nickname,” neither is it just given to anybody on a random.” This is a name coined out from the very true unstoppable spirit of resilience that is upon every average Igbo son of the soil. It is inherent in them. It is beyond their free will; thus, they are simply adorned from the mother soil to be great. The 1966 anti-Igbo pogrom couldn’t have stopped that spirit despite how Yakubu Gowon and his cohorts Vehemently tried to exterminate the Igbo Nation. The 1966 Nigerian Biafran Civil war couldn’t have stopped that spirit either, despite how scattered and devastated their financial capacity was shut off after the war.
Even when 20 pounds for each of all acquisitions no matter what you have was used against their affluence, yet that spirit wasn’t too shallow to be ravaged by hatred, war, persecution, and death.
They all strived and struggled virtually with nothing. They all struggled from scratch to victory because the obvious definition of “Odogwu” was marked upon their head and all-round their girt.
Many times on several occasions have their innocence been bruised by the head of the Cobra, their homes destroyed and lives ravaged by the dance and operation of the pythons, yet they survived it, and still, they are thriving.
The struggle they have been subdued to was their pantheon, they worshipped it like the demigod of Obosi, more than the priest of Okija shrine, because “Odogwu Aburo Guy name,” yet they championed their Fate, fought the civil war, reduced into nothingness, and yet still standing.
Despite how hard the “Nigerian Jury” tried to bruise their head, they rise ten feet tall.
However, their struggles and the tragedies they have experienced have made a remarkable impact on their spirit and in the spirit of “No Victor, No Vanquish” they will always be called ODOGWU, a title that IFEAJUNA’s will never understand.
Therefore, if they ever call you Odogwu, wave back because this struggle is the very instinct that guides us all.
AUTHOR : Isaacoed Buchi Jamie