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|Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by kunz: 2:40am On Jan 02, 2007|
I have a question that i have been longing to ask anyone that can give a detailed explanation about Freemasonry.
My question is, does any one understand what the freemasonry is all about and their way of life plus the rituals they perform especially those here in Nigeria?
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by shahan(f): 9:17am On Jan 02, 2007|
First Google it up, and then gist will follow.
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by trinigirl1(f): 9:48am On Jan 11, 2007|
My father is a Freemason. You do not want to get involved with this cult. Once you do, you cannot leave.
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by islampride(m): 10:08am On Jan 16, 2007|
trini. i can now understand why ur life is taking such a dangerous dimension
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by islampride(m): 10:42am On Jan 17, 2007|
THE BESTLINE I VE EVER SEEN FROM U TRINI, U CAN NOW TRY AND GROW UP.
OK, lets go again, ur dad is a freemason, so his sin has nothing to do with u?how come we have to suffer for what someone else did?like jeus dying on the cross for our sins? isnt that god that did that an unjust god?
a word they say is enough for the wise.
hey go on ignore me, i ll stil be on ur neck till u stop ur lies against islam.
and see the fool didnt atack another's faith.
bikini totting "burn again" , get a life,
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by holyvirus(m): 12:43pm On Jan 17, 2007|
Islampride, what a waste of life. U r so deleted frm here.
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by holyvirus(m): 12:44pm On Jan 17, 2007|
Islampride, what a waste of life. U r so deleted frm here.
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by Eurphoria(f): 11:33pm On Jan 17, 2007|
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by islampride(m): 8:05am On Jan 18, 2007|
back @ y'all
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by trinigirl1(f): 12:53pm On Jan 18, 2007|
your ban expired already
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by shahan(f): 1:00pm On Jan 18, 2007|
Lol, said you had the best line ever, trini!
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by Echidime(m): 4:48pm On Mar 03, 2007|
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely recognized fraternal organization in the World. Founded in London, England in 1717, its current worldwide membership totals 3.6 million members, 1.6 million of which are in North America. With 120,000 Masons and 530 local Lodges, Ohio has one of the largest Masonic memberships of any state in the country.
As a fraternal organization, Freemasonry unites men of good character who, though of different religious, ethnic, or social backgrounds, share a belief in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of mankind.
The traditions of Freemasonry are founded upon the building of King Solomon's Temple, and its fraternal ceremonies use the working tools of the stonemasons to symbolize moral lessons and truths. For example, Masons are reminded at Lodge to "meet upon the level of equality, act by the plumb of uprightness, and part upon the square of virtue."
Like most organizations, one will get out of Freemasonry what he is able to put into it. However, membership in Freemasonry is not meant in any way to interfere with an individual's commitment to his faith, family, or occupation. Freemasonry is not and never can be a replacement for these important institutions, but rather it is a positive environment that reminds every Mason of his duty to God, his community, his family and himself.
Freemasonry provides opportunities for sincere, honest, forthright men who believe in God and desire to contribute to the improvement of their communities and themselves. Through our Masonic Fraternalism, we reaffirm our dedication and unity to become involved citizens who have a strong desire to preserve the values that have made and continue to make America great.
What are the Ceremonies?
The experience of becoming a member of a Masonic Lodge is divided into three ceremonial stages that Masons call "degrees." These three degrees are loosely based upon the journeyman system, which was used to educate Medieval craftsmen. Symbolically the degrees represent the three stages of human development: youth, manhood, and age.
The first degree of Freemasonry is the Entered Apprentice degree. It is a candidate's first experience with the ceremonies of the fraternity and like all Masonic ceremonies is a solemn and meaningful event. Though new to Freemasonry, an Entered Apprentice enjoys the title of "Brother."
The Fellow Craft degree is the second ceremony and exposes a Brother to more of the symbolism and philosophy of the fraternity. For skilled craftsmen this degree would have marked one's progress from an apprentice to a journeyman.
The Master Mason degree is the last of the Lodge ceremonies and with it a candidate becomes a full member, enjoying both the rights and responsibilities of membership.
During all three ceremonies, a candidate is treated with complete respect. At no time, is he ever made to feel uncomfortable or harassed in anyway. Masonic ceremonies are a wonderful tradition shared by men such as George Washington, Harry S. Truman, Dave Thomas, and other men of integrity. These ceremonies are always conferred in such a way as to bring pride to the candidate and the members of the Lodge.
Joining a Masonic Lodge and Becoming a Master Mason
Joining a Masonic Lodge is an opportunity for qualified men to become members of the world's oldest, largest, and best known fraternal organization. The process of becoming a member is divided into stages marked by three separate ceremonies, the symbolism of which is intended to strengthen a man's commitment to his Faith, his family, and his community.
Master Masons are men from a variety of ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds who share a belief in the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God, work to improve themselves and their communities, and are an asset to all who know them. Membership in a Masonic Lodge is an honor that says a great deal about the character and personal integrity of a man.
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by Echidime(m): 4:51pm On Mar 03, 2007|
The Grand Master
The gavel raps, "Brethren, the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Honourable Alabo Tamuntonye Omubo Graham-Douglas," the warden announces, and a sea of dark suits rise in awe. The grand master himself, decked in a simple dark suit shorn of the regalia of the Masonic Lodge that had made a female photographer a bag of nerves, walks behind another warden to take his seat. That done and the post- installation banquet of Alabo Graham-Douglas as the provincial grand master of the Irish constitution of the Freemasonry was underway.
The ceremonies had actually begun the previous evening at the Golden Gate, Restaurant, Ikoyi with the pre-installation dinner for "brothers" as Masons like to call one another. Non-members were invited except women. The installation at the Masonic Lodge, Ojodu had begun at noon with the procession led by the three grand masters of the three constitutions, MC Ewen for the English Constitution, Brother Adenrele Adejumo who had a skirt on for the Scottish Constitution and Brother Meppi Ivron-Jarrett who was the outgoing master of the Irish Constitution.
There was no way any non-member could tell how the installation was done. But from the organ and hymns it, sounded like a service of any orthodox church. "You cannot be there because you are not a member", explains the octogenarian Ivron-Jarrett. "It is like a church; you don't attend committee meetings you don't belong to", he added with a chuckle. As he explained, he had been a Mason for 45 years. "As a child, I was called 'Bobo-mason' because I used to take my father's things to the Lodge".
According to him there is really no difference between Freemasonry and Christianity except for the jealousy that has tainted the average Christian, especially the Pentecostal Christian. "There is nothing strange. Freemasonry makes you become a better Christian. It teaches you to serve your God and to love your neighbour which the Church teaches. But we practise these things more and that is why there is that jealousy".
As he showed, President George Bush of America with all his self-acclaimed Pentecostal fire took his oath of office in January on the Masonic bible. The bibles are the same as Jarrett argues but in Freemasonry, it is called The Volume of the Sacred (not secret) Laws.
Freemasonry was imported into Nigeria in 1868 with the opening of the Lagos Lodge. All the three British constitutions - the English, Scottish, and Irish - are present here in Nigeria. Its members say it is anchored on three principles, of brotherly love, relief and the truth. These principles every mason must exhibit. Perhaps because of its British roots, Saturday's ceremony had some of the best minds in the country in attendance. Graham-Douglas himself was to share his Masonic experience. "As a child growing up in Port Harcourt, my first observations of the Lodge was in the company of some peer group. About 1950, we were wandering along the bushy path of what is known as Bernard Carr Street and Pott Johnson Street, when we focused our attention on Okirika Masonic Temple".
The same thoughts that assail a non-member when he encounters Freemason worried the young Tonye too ", The house where the dead and living meet, We speculated unimaginable hallucinatory fantasies about the brotherhood that in our subconscious, we became phobic and so, grew up with negative impressions of the Order". Decrying the attitude of born again Christian against members of the Order, Graham-Douglas takes consolation in the fact that Masons have not been "declared as unfit, baseless, faithless and unworthy to be received among men of honour".
Brought up in a family of masons, the words ", endow him with a competence of thy divine wisdom that he may be better enabled to display the beauties of Godliness to the honour of thy Holy name" by the chaplain at his initiation, has guided him through the years as a Mason. In his own way, he has worked to propagate Freemasonry. He founded Irish Masonry in Abonnema, his home town in Rivers State and was at a time, a senior warden in both the Irish and Scottish orders but elected to stay on with the Irish constitution. Saturday's ceremony marked the ascent of Graham-Douglas to the very top of the Masonic Order of the Irish constitutions in Nigeria.
Graham-Douglas took the opportunity to deplore the collapse of morality in the society. "There is something fundamentally wrong with society today, basic principles of morality are defective and our youths no longer enjoy organised motivational upbringing and guidance. Social morality has declined to an unacceptable level." And as he thinks, the nation needs to learn from the Mason's "system of morality veiled in allegory and illustration.
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by Echidime(m): 4:57pm On Mar 03, 2007|
Deconstructing Nigerian Symbols of National Identity:
Kombo M. Braide (PhD)
Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
The gravity of the insults heaped on the collective intelligence of Nigerians by the subliminal symbolisms embedded in our national flag, national anthem, coat of arms, corporate logos and currencies, is unbelievable. The Nigerian psyche is being very subtly brutalised, and subordinated to the chauvinistic wet dreams of some amorphous, devious and self-deceiving indigenous colonial mafia. Those symbols of Nigeria’s national identity contain concepts that are diametrically opposite to our hopes and aspirations as a Federation.
The Nigerian Flag:
The emphasis placed here on the need for careful selection of colours for Nigeria’s national flag is not as trivial as it might seem. Serious-minded nations take their choice of flags and other national symbols very seriously. In order to better illustrate our argument and its context, we will take a hint or two from the national colours of the US of A, the UK, Russia, France and South Africa.
The American Rebellion (Revolution) was essentially designed, developed and implemented by a closely knit clique of like-minded world-acclaimed Freemasons, who understood the significance of symbols and colours in the lives and fortunes of nations and individuals. And so, on securing their independence (freedom), the founding fathers of the US of A proceeded to carve out a unique and metaphysically robust identity for their country. Their flag comprises red and white horizontal stripes (just like the Masonic banner!) and a blue patch, on the top left hand corner of the body of the flag, containing an array of five-pointed stars, equivalent in number to the number of states in that country at any point in history. Americans pledge their allegiance, all their lives, to the magical colours: red, blue and white!!
The coat of arms of the US of A is composed of an American bald-headed eagle, with its majestically widespread wings, clutches an olive branch (peace) on its right claws, and seven deadly arrows (war) on its left claw. The national motto is , "E pluribus, Unum": Out of many, One. The context of coat of arms of the US of A is dynamic: The bald-headed eagle faces the direction of the olive branch at peace time, but shifts and faces the direction of the arrows in times of war!
The Union Jack is an amalgam of the flags of the constituent ethnicities (England, Scotland and Wales) of the United Kingdom. The dominant colours of the Union Jack are red, blue and white!! In the mind of an average Briton, irrespective of his tribal origin, the unity of the Kingdom is not in doubt. They are all equal stakeholders in their flag, the Union Jack. There is something in the Union Jack for the Welsh, Scots and English.
Prior to its collapse, the egalitarian former Soviet Union had a flag that projected belligerence at first sight, with an overwhelming dominance of blood-red colour (war) all over the body of the flag. A hammer and sickle (symbolising industry and agriculture) were positioned at the top left hand corner of the flag. The inherent symbolisms of the flag of the USSR were the self-contradicting themes of war, industry and agriculture. At the collapse of the USSR, the new Russia changed gears and national symbols concurrently. The new Russian flag now consists of red, blue and white horizontal bands!!!
The French national flag is composed of red, white and blue vertical bands. The red and blue aspects of the French flag represent the (red-blooded) peasants and (blue-blooded) aristocrats of France who were perpetually at each other’s throat prior to the French Revolution. Uniting these two foes - the aristocrats (blue) and the peasants (red)- is Peace (white). The national slogan in post Revolution France is, "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité": Liberty, Equality and Brotherhood. Straight to the point !
In the bad old days, Apartheid South Africa’s flag essentially had a blue background with both the Union Jack and the Dutch national flag positioned firmly in its centre. However, with the collapse of Apartheid governance, South Africa changed gears and flag. The new South African flag now consists of red, blue, white, green and black colours.
Brash as it may seem, but quite frankly, the Nigerian flag is one of the most uninspiring, unimaginative and lifeless national flags ever flown in the world. It is completely devoid of aesthetics, context, impact or meaning. Green-White-Green: Agriculture-Peace-Agriculture. Big deal. Fantastic! And so, what? What arrant tripe! How more tasteless, unrepresentative, un-original and un-serious can a flag be?
There are indications of affinity and consistency with religious symbolism in the choice of green as a dominant colour on the Nigerian flag. And by the way, the dominant colours (green and white) on the Nigerian flag are also the dominant colours of:
The banner of the Sokoto Sultanate.
The flags of the Kingdom Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Islamic Republic of Libya and a host of similar ‘theocentric’ nations of the Islamo-Semitic kind.
The banner and head bands of Jihadist processions and Mujahideen (Holy Warriors) like the PLO and Al Qaeda.
Wittingly or not, at the subliminal level of perception, the choice of our national colours, at independence, subverted our hopes and aspirations as Nigerians, with brazen dishonesty and callous impunity. What exactly is unique about "AGRICULTURE" and "PEACE", apart from the ironic fact that they are in short supply in Nigeria? What, in our history, justifies our overt alignment with universally recognised quasi-feudal tendencies and/or theocratic symbolism? With whose permission did the Sokoto Sultanate metamorphose into the (so-called) Federal Republic of Nigeria? What are the intellectual and creative credentials of the designers of our national symbols: flag; coat of arms, national anthems, currencies etc? Who gave them the authority to impose their palpable lack of imagination, taste and purpose, on each and everyone of us?
Generally speaking, the dominant colours of the flags of most industrialised countries are red (or orange), and/or blue and/or white. For most under-developed (Third World) countries, particularly African countries, the dominant colours of their flags are green and/or black and/or red (or yellow). In a sense, this observation generates a kind of Chicken & Egg Paradox: The choice of national colours dictates the developmental status of a nation. The developmental status of a country determines its choice of colours. Nations align themselves (subconsciously) in a manner consistent with their national colours. Wrong colours produce wrong nations. Wrong nations choose wrong colours!! Unfortunately for Nigerians, our so-called founding fathers, some of who did not believe that Nigeria would be "ripe" for independence by 1956, probably deliberately chose to impose the wrong colours on Nigeria, and this is seriously dragging Nigerians, and everything about Nigeria, down.
Metaphysically speaking, we have been very reckless with our choice of national colours. Definitely, we must jettison the colour green from any proposed alternative to the current Nigerian flag. Other variants of this insane fixation for the colour green include, the Green Eagles, the N20 and N100 notes; the Green Revolution; the dome of the National Assembly Building, the green berets and neck bands of the Nigerian Mobile Police Force (our own local Mujahideen?), etc.
The Nigerian Coat of Arms:
The major features of the Nigerian coat of arms are:
An apparently docile, yet watchful, Red Eagle (or is it a hawk?) perched on top of a shield.
A shield that overtly symbolises Nigeria.
Two white horses.
A banner with the national motto.
The Nigerian Red Eagle pervades the consciousness of Nigerians. This Red Eagle appears on (top of) the crests of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, NDA, Nigerian Police, Custom Service, Prison Service, Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, and so on, and so forth, ad nauseam.
Incidentally, the original logo of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) consisted basically of an owl (with wide spread wings), superimposed on a caution sign. But immediately after the founding team of the FRSC left, the ubiquitous and placid Red Eagle was quickly positioned firmly (on top) the owl!, Haba!!!!!
Notice also that this same eagle is on the coat of arms of most Arab countries. This kind of eagle is definitely different from the eagle on the coat of arms of say, the US of A, or Germany or some former Eastern bloc European nations. The Nigerian Red Eagle is of the same breed as the eagles on most Arab coats of arms. They look alike: seemingly passive, yet predatory. They are together in the comity of eagles.
The black background of the shield on the Nigerian coat of arms also depicts the Rivers Niger and Benue (confluence inclusive), flowing straight down southwards: North, East and West are clearly depicted; There is no Niger Delta; No Atlantic Ocean. No Gulf of Guinea. No Bight of Benin. No Bight of Biafra. The land mass of the shield’s North is smaller than those of either the shield’s West or the shield’s East. Reality turned upside-down.
.As for those two white horses, God only knows… Why horses? Whose horses?
The most current motto of the Federal republic of Nigeria is "Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress". What a mindless collection of bogus and vague abstract nouns! One is yet to see a federation on this planet that repeatedly fixates its being, as Nigeria, with the nebulous notions of "UNITY", "indivisibility" and paranoid anxiety about its "CORPORATE EXISTENCE", while at the same time, deliberately overheats its polity, in thought, words and deed, with ethnic acrimony.
Faith, by the way, happens to be what most Nigerian citizens do not have in their country. Their leaders ensure.
Nigeria has not known any peace or progress since "Peace and Progress" were smuggled into our coat of arms by General Olusegun Obasanjo, during his first term as Head of State of Nigeria.
(Please Note Well: Between 1976 and 1979, citizen Olusegun Obasanjo served his first term as Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 1985 to 1995 defined citizen Ibrahim Babangida’s first and second terms as President, Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, while 1999 to 2003 defines citizen Olusegun Obasanjo’s second and final term as Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.)
While we are still on the subject, let us digress and ponder:
Why is it that ONLY Nigerians refer to their Heads of State as President, (and) Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces?
Do we need to be continually reminded that the control of ultimate political power in Nigeria goes hand-in-hand with the control of military power?
Why did some senior military officers base the acceptability of an elected Presidential candidate on their perception of his suitability or otherwise of being their Commander-in-Chief?
Is the President of the US of A not a Commander-in-Chief? Is the President of Russia not a Commander-in-Chief? Is Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, not a Commander-in-Chief and Defender of the Faithful (of the Anglican Communion?
Do we need to be reminded that our (poor and militarily impotent) country indeed has a Commander-in-Chief of an army built on a foundation of colonial errand boy mentality, rank indiscipline, Machiavellian mindset, overt anti-intellectualism and obsolete weaponry, in this age of laser-guided, computer-assisted, cave-bursting saturation bombing!? What manner of scatter-brained banana republic military elitism are we nurturing in Nigeria?
Must our Presidents, Vice Presidents, Governors, Deputy Governors and their respective spouses be referred to as their Excellencies, even when our ambassadors and OPEC representatives are also called their Excellencies?
Do the citizens of the US of A refer to their President as His Excellency, President, (and) Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of the United States of America, Mr. George W. Bush? (What a mouth full!)
Why must our Head of State still make televised state broadcasts with BOTH the Nigerian national flag and the colours of the Armed Forces of Nigeria at the background, long after his former Supreme Military Council (SMC), long after Babangida’s Armed Forces Ruling Council (AFRC) and long after Abacha’s Provisional Ruling Council (PRC)?
Indeed, at the symbolic level, Nigeria is completely surrounded by the trappings of military and feudal authority: a falcon and two durbar horses. Obviously, some funny kind of war is being waged by our compatriots without our knowledge. Why?
The Nigerian National Anthem:
The original national anthem of the Federation of Nigeria at independence ("Nigeria, We hail thee, " was smuggled out, in place of the new national anthem ("Arise! O Compatriots…" by the Federal Military Government under General Olusegun Obasanjo, during his first term as Head of State, (and) Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a quarter of a century ago. The reasons given then were not only bereft of logic, they were downright fraudulent. We were told that the UNCONSTITUTIONAL replacement of our national anthem was imperative, just because the old national anthem contained such phrases as "our own dear native land" and "though tribe and tongue may defer". And so, without consultation, without a referendum about the desirability or otherwise of the need for a change, without any serious competition to seek an alternative to our national anthem, a replacement was forced down our throats by military fiat. Just like that!
The creative and intellectual limitations of the designers, producers and directors of the new national anthem are graphically displayed in the tempo, rhythm and lyrics of the anthem. The tempo of the new national anthem of Nigeria is very similar to the tempo of a typical Nigerian village school brass band of the 1950s: staccato! The rhythm of the new Nigerian national anthem is a cross between pre-1960s Kokoma music and the kind of martial music played by a standard Nigerian Police band on a parade ground, on a rainy day, in honour of the departed souls of World War I veterans. When played alongside most other national anthems, especially in diplomatic circles, and during airport reception formalities for visiting Heads of State, the new Nigerian national anthem is simply comic relief.
The new national anthem of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is one of the several bye-products of institutionalised mediocrity in contemporary Nigeria: Typically, half-baked ideas are championed by intellectual dwarfs, who painstakingly mentor, chaperon and propel their pet ideas to unimaginable heights, and then proceed to brandish, with rabid impunity, such rooster-eyed contraptions as their very own earth-shattering contributions to Nigerians and humanity at large.
The lyrics of the new Nigerian national anthem, unlike those of the original national anthem, are very macho and militaristic:
"Arise! O compatriots, Nigeria’s call obey. To serve our fatherland. With love and strength and faith. The labours of our heroes past (presumably Nigerian Civil War heroes!) shall never be in vain. To serve with heart and might. One nation bound in freedom, peace and UNITY."
Contrast these with the lyrics of the original national anthem:
"Nigeria, we hail thee, our own dear native land. Though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand. Nigerians all are proud to serve our sovereign motherland."
The original Nigerian national anthem was simply true to itself:
O Yes! Nigeria is our NATIVE LAND. We hail our own dear native land. No apologies.
Obviously, our ethnicities and languages differ, but we are reminded by that anthem that, despite our primordial differences, we are brothers!
Nigerians should be PROUD to serve their SOVEREIGN motherland, and not forced to "Arise!", "obey", and "serve" their FATHERLAND (grudgingly) with "strength" and "might", "bound in unity." It is not surprising that most Nigerians, including those clowns of the long military interregnum of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s (C-in-Cs, Milgovs and Milads, who terrorised civil servants and public officers with the dread of loss of jobs on condition of reciting the new national anthem), do not know the lyrics, particularly of the second stanza, of their new national anthem!
The Nigerian Currencies:
The denominations of currency notes in Nigeria are as characterised in the table below:
Major Symbolic Features And Remarks
Five Naira (N5)
Dominant colour: Violet
Portrait of Alhaji (Sir) Tafawa Balewa, Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1960 ~ 1966).
Assassinated in office.
Ten naira (N10)
Dominant colour: Orange/Red
Portrait of Dr. Alvan Ikoku, private educationist.
Twenty Naira N(20)
Dominant colour: Green.
Portrait of General Murtala Mohammed, active mutineer in the July 1966 revenge coup d’etat, G.O.C. 2nd Division of the Nigerian Army when the Central Bank of Nigeria, Benin City, was looted, and also when Asaba underwent ethic cleansing, following the entry of his troops into those cities during the Nigerian Civil War, Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1975 ~ 1976).
Assassinated in office.
Fifty Naira (N50)
Dominant colour: Blue.
Portrait of three male Africans (Nigerians?) dressed in the stereotypical costumes of the three major contenders for political , economic, and military dominance in the Nigerian power space. There is also a portrait of an African woman whose ethnicity is indeterminate.
These portraits are set against a background of the map of Nigeria. The ubiquitous (Nigerian) eagle makes a seemingly phantom appearance on the N50 note
One hundred Naira (N100)
Dominant colour: Brownish red
Portrait of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Leader of the Action Group (AG) and Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), 1st Premier of Western Nigeria, and presidential aspirant in the first and second republics.
Frustrated out of national political relevance in later life.
Two hundred Naira (N200)
Dominant colour: Green)
Portrait of Alhaji (Sir) Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto, Leader of the Northern People’s Congress (NPC), First Premier of Northern Nigeria.
Assassinated in office.
Five hundred Naira N500)
Dominant colour: Burgundy and Indigo.
Portrait of Dr. (Sir) Nnamdi Azikiwe, Leader of the National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC), First Premier of Eastern Nigeria, First Governor-General of the Federation of Nigeria, First Senate President of the Federation of Nigeria, First ceremonial President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and presidential aspirant in the first and second republics. Owelle of Onitsha,
Frustrated out of national political relevance in later life.
Of all the personalities depicted on Nigerian naira denominations of currency notes, Alvan Ikoku was the only one that (1) was not assassinated, or (2) was not frustrated out of national relevance, or (3) was not a politician (military or civilian), or (4) was not a champion of ethnic or regional or religious politics. The rest of them had one or a combination of the above attributes.
All of the seven denominations of naira notes have some strange Arabic inscriptions on them. We have been duly enlightened by some unrepentant Nigerian apologists of Arab colonial mentality that those inscriptions are just harmless indicators of the value of the respective denominations, in Arabic script, supposedly for the benefit of non-Roman script-literate, but Arabic script-literate Nigerians. When did it become so obligatory for government to communicate to Nigerians in English, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo and Arabic, as a matter of policy? Incidentally, the logo of the Nigerian Army also has some strange Arabic scribbles, whose meaning is lost to those of them who are Arabic script-illiterate. Furthermore, the general background graphic designs of all Nigerian naira notes are overtly "Arewa" calligraphic symbolisms of pre-colonial Northern Nigerian art. Why?
When one couples the underlying implications of the contents and contexts of our national flag, coat of arms, national anthem and national currencies, a very depressing scenario emerges: a very dangerous scenario in which Nigerians are being and subliminally seduced to accept a rather simplistic philosophy of benign feudalism, cultural anthrax, evasive political myopia, and deep-rooted economic diarrhoea.
Certainly, the inappropriateness of Nigeria’s national symbols contributes very adversely to the nation’s fortunes and worldview. In essence, the Nigerian flag, coat of arms, national anthem and naira notes are symbols of belligerence, siege mentality and internal colonisation.
We propose a complete review of the contents and impacts of Nigeria’s national symbols for the better, without any further delay. For a start, the Nigerian flag and coat of arms must be change with maximum despatch. Any useful suggestions?
We solicit and look forward to the active contribution of the Nigerian cerberliterati in this quest.
(To be continued.)
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by Echidime(m): 4:59pm On Mar 03, 2007|
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|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by hannydarl(f): 8:04pm On Jun 25, 2007|
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|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by Echidime(m): 10:49pm On Jun 26, 2007|
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|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by hannydarl(f): 2:13pm On Jun 28, 2007|
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|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by Horus(m): 12:10pm On Jul 01, 2007|
Of the many symbols in freemasonry, none are more important than the compass and the square. Since the 18th century, this has been accepted as “the” freemason emblem. Sometimes you may see it with a letter “G” in the middle. To many American freemasons, the emblem is not complete without this letter. This is not so in other countries, in other languages God does not start with the letter “G” neither does geometry.
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by dot2002(m): 2:33pm On Aug 12, 2008|
the all seeing eye of Egypt what ever name you want to give it (new world) order. You better join up quick, after all they don't drink blood or part-take in SinParties. Just the control of world affairs and 'demonetization' of power. All the big companies in the world must have this symbol in one way or another. Good Bliss
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by Yotan: 1:09am On Nov 02, 2010|
@Echidime , PLEASE HELP ME HOW CAN I BECOME A FREEMASON MEMBER, I AM VERY SERIOUS I AM READY AND WILLING TO BECOME A FULL TIME MEMBER, THIS IS MY EMAIL, JACKPETTERSON@YAHOO.COM, PLZ REPLY ME TRU MY EMAIL, PLEASE Echidime I WILL BE WAITING EAGERLY FOR YOUR REPLY
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by babaearly(m): 8:49am On Nov 02, 2010|
So up yet so below. Black is white, White is Black. Thats Freemasonry
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by pkasso(m): 5:29pm On Dec 06, 2010|
@babaearly,don't you ever get tired of occultism.at least give your life to christ.
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by sunniy: 11:39am On Sep 12, 2011|
wether u like it or not freemasonry is a diabolic-in more precised way satanic organization.
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by PhatBooty(f): 2:57pm On Sep 13, 2011|
@forum,what is the difference between freemason and amorc?
|Re: Have You Ever Heard Of Freemasonry? by PAGAN9JA(m): 4:25pm On Sep 13, 2011|
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