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African Metaphysics and Theocracy: A Case Study of Theocratic Politics in Ogba Land, Rivers State, Nigeria  [PDF]
Uche A. Dike
Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2013.31A013
Abstract: The modus operandi of this paper is centered on governance and the metaphysical forces in Ogba Land. In other words the main focus of the article is that theocracy is concomitant with Ogba metaphysics. The salient points discussed include Maduabuchi Dukor’s reflection on African cosmic environment as posited in Dukor’s four great works on African philosophy. Others include Jewish theocratic tradition, Islamic theocratic tradition and Ogba theocracy and metaphysics in the light of Dukor’s philosophy. The researcher adopted the literature approach to achieve the aforementioned objectives.

African Culture of Communication in the Global Village: The Experience of Ogba People in Rivers State Nigeria  [PDF]
Uche A. Dike
Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2013.31A020

The contemporary world today has evolved into a global village. This civilization owes its existence to fast means of communication systems. Thus the global world is knighted into one political economy. Distances are reached under seconds. Notwithstanding the fast means of communication gadgets in our time, African traditional means of communication has survived the test of time. What then has been the connection of Africa traditional means of communication and politics? The answer to this question, specifically as operative in Ogba land is the main thrust of this paper. The issues in discourse includes communication and the socio-political sphere, the town crier and Ogba socio-political culture using the literature approach.

Ethnophilosophy and Public Morality in an African Tribe  [PDF]
Uche A. Dike
Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) , 2015, DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2015.53020
Abstract: The paper is a field research work delving into the ethnophilosophy of Ogba religion. Its focal point is on the people’ worldview, as it pertains to life, public morality, value and Adamic sins in Ogba Land Rivers State, Nigeria. It posits that the natural or physical world is an extension of the supernatural or the spiritual and must be understood in that sense if a valid explanation about Ogba people’ vision of life must be sufficiently compatible with their cosmology. In the area of public morality, the ethnophilosophy of Ogba people is holistic and integrated. Thus, anti social behaviours or abominations known as Adamic sins in this paper are viewed as disruptive of public order and morality. In this wise the people’s weltanschauung provided value essence as a foundation for existence. Hence, inviolable sanctity of human life and good moral character ranked to be the highest value in Ogba Land.
African Theocracy: A Panacea to Niger Delta Youth Restiveness  [PDF]
Uche A. Dike
Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) , 2015, DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2015.54026
Abstract: The paper is a research work on various social problems dominant in the Niger Delta. It focuses on youth restiveness and Ogba people system of traditional rulership referred to as Ogba theocracy in this paper. Its highlights is that this form of government could be used as a means of quelling Adamic sins represented in this context as youth restiveness. It pointed out some of the causative factors to Niger Delta problems. They include economic, political, oil industry, resource control, indiscipline, gangsterism etc. as major issues to Niger Delta constraints.
Enwere Dike,Uche CC Nwogwugwu
International Journal of Economics and Research , 2012,
Abstract: The natural environment has attracted heightened academic and policy interest since the end of the 1980s. This paper reviews the literature to provide deeper insights on the nature of environmental resources, that component element, and their essential economic characteristics. Current literature explicitly emphasizes two points. First, many environmental resources are renewable resources and have the futures of public goods-accessible to all at no change-with the result that such resources are open to over-exploitation to the point of extinction in many cases, which have social costs. Second, environmental resources constitute natural capital and should be admitted as a component of national capital stock, which gave rise to the notion of sustainable development whose essential argument is that current economic development should be made to be compatible with investment in environmental resources for future generations
Grasscutter (Thyonomys Swinderianus) Husbandry in Nigeria: A Review of The Potentialities, Opportunities and Challenges
Owen, O. J.,Dike, U. A.
Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries , 2012,
Abstract: Domestication of grasscutter is a relatively novel practice in Nigeria with its potentialities, challenges and opportunities. This study was a review of grasscutter husbandry in Nigeria. The major aim was to assess the potentialities, opportunities and challenges of this aspect of farming in Nigeria. As revealed by the study, the potentialities of grasscutter rearing are that grasscutter farming has social acceptability, good meat quality of high biological value (high protein and low fat), inexpensive feeds and amenability to captive rearing, good litter size and short generation interval. Despite the challenges of domestication of grasscutter, non-steady supply of the meat, air pollution and ecological devastation as a result of bush burning to hunt cane-rats and threat of extinction of grasscutter; the domestication and production of grasscutter is another dimension in the livestock industry that has the potential to ensure regular and sustainable animal production in the nation.
Japanese Quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) Husbandry: A means of Increasing Animal Protein Base in Developing Countries
Owen, O. J.,Dike, U. A.
Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries , 2013,
Abstract: Raising Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) for food can be regarded as another dimension of poultry farming as a result of increase demand for animal protein in Nigeria. The major aim of this review is to examine the challenges, potentialities and opportunities of quail production in Nigeria. This study reveals among other things that quail husbandry was introduced in Nigeria in order to expand the domestic chicken production through meat and eggs. It highlighted other unique qualities of Japanese quail over other species of poultry to include fast growth, resistant to many diseases than domestic fowl, less expensive to rear, early maturity with short gestation and generation intervals. It further reveals that they have high fecundity and their meat and eggs are renowned for their high quality protein, high biological value and low calorific contents, making it a choice product for hypertension prone individuals. Despite the challenge of high cost of concentrates, non-readily available market, inadequate knowledge and information about the advantages of eating quail meat coupled with high proportion of spoilt eggs due to infertility and embryonic mortalities in hatcheries, the Japanese quail has the potential to serve as an excellent and affordable source of animal protein in Nigeria.
Quality Assessment of Common Instant Noodles Sold in Nigeria Markets  [PDF]
Chukwuebuka T. Onyema, Uche E. Ekpunobi, Augustina A. Edowube, Stanley Odinma, Chinweotito E. Sokwaibe
American Journal of Analytical Chemistry (AJAC) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/ajac.2014.517124
Abstract: Proximate and heavy metal analysis of five instant noodles samples was carried out using standard analytical methods. The proximate analysis showed the presence of moisture content (3.65% - 7.80%), ash content (1.11% - 5.50%), fat content (13.64% - 18.69%), crude protein content (0.167% - 0.202%), crude fibre content (1.00% - 9.25%) and carbohydrate content (63.68% - 79.72%). All essential elements (Fe and Zn) investigated in the noodle samples occurred within the threshold limit of WHO, (2003) standard (10.00 - 50.00 mg/kg and 5.000 - 22.000 mg/kg) while the heavy metals (Cd, Cr, Mn, Ni and Pd) in some samples occurred at levels relatively above the minimum tolerable limit of WHO, (2003). Hence, caution should be taken in the successive consumption of these noodles to avoid diseases associated with the over time accumulation of these heavy metals especially in samples where they appeared in relatively high amount.
Laboratory Scale Bioremediation of Petroleum Hydrocarbon – Polluted Mangrove Swamps in the Niger Delta Using Cow Dung
Orji, F. A.,Ibiene, A. A.,Dike, E. N.
Malaysian Journal of Microbiology , 2012,
Abstract: Aims: The aim of the study was to carry-out laboratory–scale bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbon polluted mangrove swamps using cow dung as source of limiting of nutrients.Methodology and Results: In a 70 days study, the cow dung treated polluted soil had its total culturable hydrocarbon utilising bacterial/fungi, heterotrophic bacterial and fungal counts increased progressively from the 28th day to the 70th day. The control set- up showed very slight increment in its microbial growth. Alkaline pH was observed in all the treatments and control during the study period. The conductivity values of cow dung decreased progressively. In the cow dung treatment option, the nitrate concentration decreased from 35.44 mg/kg to 14.28 mg/kg. Phosphate concentration of cow dung option decreased from 25.41 mg/kg to 9.31mg/kg. The control had the nitrate decreased from 8.42 mg/kg to 6.98 mg/kg. Percentage total organic carbon (% TOC) in the cow dung option decreased from 4.06% to 0.96%. Control experiment had the % TOC decreased from 3.32% to 2.99%. Studies using Gas chromatographic analyses showed that 0%, 49.88%, and 69.85% of Total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) were lost at zero hour, 28th day and 70th day respectively in the cow dung option. In addition, in the control experimental set-up, 0%, 7.14% and 13.42% of TPH were lost at zero hour, 28th day and 70th day respectively.Conclusion, significance and impact of study: The use of organic nutrient sources such as cow dung has shown good promises in bioremediation of crude oil impacted Mangrove Swamps in the Niger Delta. The next line of action is to transfer the technology to pilot scale study.
Atheism and Humanism in a Globalized World: The Igbo Experience  [PDF]
Chizaram Onyekwere, Oliver Uche
Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2013.31A015

Obnoxious labels are derogatory terms which speak extensively on the ignorant dispositions of scholars who either rush into faulty conclusions, or have prior decisions to promote class distinction through the uncomplimentary colours they paint of what others hold as divine, spiritual, and transcendental. For such derogatory terms to gain wide audience in a globalized age explain the frame of mind of discordant voices which have been based on arm-chair scholarship. The thrust of this article therefore, is to use Igbo experience to explore the problems of atheism and humanism in a globalized world. The exploratory research will help adopt cultural centred approach in analyzing the dichotomy between the various philosophical view points on God, spirits and man’s religious belief system in Igbo land in particular and Africa in general. It is hoped that the analyses of the challenges posed by atheism and humanism in a globalized world will balance ideas, views, attitudes and behaviour that will reposition Igbo religious beliefs, values and practices in line with the proposed theistic humanism associated with Igbo culture in particular and African culture in general. This will breach the persisted conflict between the sacred and the secular pointing to a dynamic and progressive Igbo culture.

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