Nigeria: Ndi Igbo Facebook page promotes mental enslavement
By Kevin Onuma,
InformAfrica – Ndi Igbo Facebook page by Igboist.com is suppose to be an informative page for news, media, and hopefully Igbo teachings but rather – it promotes mental enslavement of the Igbo people of Nigeria online – using religious tactics.
Information on Ndi Igbo “About” Facebook page states that “SINCE 2009: Your One-Stop Forum For News, Opinion, Politics, Info, Humour, Entertainment etc. NO ONE DOES IT LIKE US.” However, majority of the post the administrators of this page dish out to subscribers on a regularly basis is always about mind-enslaving religious beliefs, hereby promoting the worshiping and total submission to imaginary images.
The only few things of interest I observed on Ndi Igbo Facebook page is politically related news about Nigeria or influential news about the Igbo people in the country or abroad. Including stories or questions from random people demanding commentary and/or opinions from page subscribers. The authenticity of this stories I speak of are definitely questionable and are mostly fake, or biased.
I blame Facebook for introducing the “talking about this” feature into pages. This I believe is the root cause of this mental enslavement massively promoted on several Facebook pages. How is that so?
Let’s take the Igbo people for instance: In this modern age, majority of the Igbo people follow or practice the Christian religion; while other Igbos are pretty much atheists – whom don’t believe in the existence of superior gods but rather believe in themselves and their spiritual/physical abilities, including the possibilities of every living thing around them; being realistic.
Now, when you look through the profile information on majority of Igbos on Facebook, their religious views are often stated as “Christian“. The page owners of Ndi Igbo FB page are very much aware of this, whom are also “christ followers” of course. They know that posting bible quotes, jesus images, and any other religiously deceptive images, etc., will draw the attention of’ and influence the Igbo people on Facebook to comment, like, tag, and share; hence increasing their “talking about this“, which is the reason for massively posting such contents in the very first place.
With Facebook launching the “talking about this” feature, page owners are systematically forced to update their pages more frequently than ever before. The more Facebook pages dish out constant updates or contents, the more users that are subscribed to the page are engaged (such as visiting the page more often, liking, sharing, tagging, and commenting more often). This increases more activities on the social networking platform and Facebook capitalize on this by serving more ad impressions, earning more advertisement dollars.
The only benefit page owners get by increasingly posting more on their respective pages is increase in “how many people talking about this“. The less you post on your Facebook page, the lesser people will be “talking about this”. As a result of this, page owners on Facebook are systematically forced to post more often on their pages or no one will be talking about them. Yes, Facebook does evil with the “talking about this”.
Now, in order for Facebook page owners to increase how many people talking about them, they go looking for random contents that most people would likely relate to – this is where Ndi Igbo Facebook page saw the opportunity to use religious contents to
engage mentally enslave the Igbo people.
Today, Monday the 29th of October 2012 at about 8am EST I took snapshots of some of the contents shared on Ndi Igbo Facebook page and Twitter page, and as you can see below – the page is not about informing the Igbo people but rather enslaving them mentally using religious images, bible quotes, and sayings which are nothing but misconceptions.
As you can see in the above image, Ndi Igbo Facebook page is dubiously campaigning for likes, tags, and shares using mind slaving religious tactics. How is the post informative or helpful? Is it not contrary to the page’s mission as stated in their “About” section? But guess what? Only shallow minded people will do exactly as the page owners commands.
Once again, as you can see Ndi Igbo Facebook page promotes religious slavery of the Igbo people in order to increase “how many people talking about this” by calling for page likes, shares, tags, and so forth. Is this informative? How is this page “Your One-Stop Forum For News, Opinion, Politics, Info, Humour, Entertainment etc.”? As stated on their mission?
I went further to take a look at the website for Ndi Igbo Facebook page which is www.igboist.com and what I discovered was shocking, actually the website is flagged as harmful and puts the Igbo people in bad light. Take a look for yourself in the next image below:
Websites such as www.igboist.com flagged as “Attack Pages” try to install programs that steal private information , use your computer to attack others or damage your system. Further more, some attack websites intentionally distribute harmful software, but many are compromised without the knowledge or permission of their owners.
On one of the mentally enslaving posts on Ndi Igbo Facebook page today, I took the initiative to challenge the page owners to desist from promoting such mental enslavement of my people. Below is a comment I made on one of the page’s post:
Ndi Igbo can you stop promoting the mental enslavement of our people to white images or imaginary gods? This is sickening, you guys do this simply to increase how many people “talking about this”. Is this suppose to be a religious page or an informative one? Help our people remember their history, help them build self-confidence in themselves and not that of imaginary images. Provide them information/resources on how to balance their lives between the positive and negative which are natural forces on the face of the earth since beginning of time. Teach my people knowledge not religious misconceptions. Pls stop the mental enslavement of my people!
Followed by this other comment directing my Igbo people to an informative page on Facebook:
Anyone who is tired of the mental enslavement Ndi Igbo FB page is promoting – switch to African History & Spirituality for some true teaching of Africa’s history, mental freedom, and real motivation. https://www.facebook.com/AfricanHistorySpirituality
In another post where Ndi Igbo Facebook page asked for 10,000 likes for god’s mercy and grace are responded wit the following message:
Like I mentioned earlier, this Ndi Igbo FB page is hardly of any good merely looking at how it promotes mental slavery using religious tactics. Believe it or not, the true purpose of the page owner sharing religious, jesus, or god images and quotes is to increase their “talking about this”. Ever since I “Liked” this page I haven’t learned anything about Igbo culture, tradition, or history. How is this page of any good to anyone – who only promotes mental enslavement? Anyone who is tired of the mental enslavement Ndi Igbo FB page is promoting – switch to African History & Spirituality or any other true motivational page on FB for some true teaching of Africa’s history, mental freedom, and real motivation. https://www.facebook.com/AfricanHistorySpirituality
In conclusion, I’m not really against anyone practicing whatever religion they chose to practice but I’m against the mental enslavement of my people; be it Igbos, Nigerians, or Africans as a whole. Religion should be about promoting physical and mental wellness of the people; not the worshiping of any gods, images, or imaginary being whatsoever. I deem Christianity a bad religion due to their false beliefs and/or bible fairy tale teachings, including Judaism, and Islam – they are all mentally enslaving, threatens peace, and destroys mankind.
Further more, I joined the Ndi Igbo Facebook page hoping to learn more about my Igbo culture (which every African living in diaspora should be willing to learn, i.e; their culture), but within days of me “Liking” the page I was shocked at the rate of bible quotes, white jesus images, heaven images, pope images, etc the page was frequently dishing out. At one point, I thought I had accidentally subscribed to a religious Facebook page – which is the case with Ndi Igbo’s FB page.
Nigerian Christians are fond of saying “without god they are nothing“, or “they won’t be living without god or jesus“. Only if this so-called shallow Christians know what life is truly about, they wouldn’t make such statements. My African people, FREE YOUR MIND from all this white religion you barely know anything about. Good day!
P.S: I just found an alternative Facebook page for Igbo community online, it is called “Igbo Ndi Oma“. Their mission states the following: “IGBO NDI OMA is a page created to foster the peace and unity of Ndi Igbo worldwide. It’s a non-political page with the aim of dissemination of news and information to all concerned Nigerians.”
Though I’m new on the Facebook page, I quickly browse through most of their posts in the past weeks and I can say that it’s a good Facebook page with constant news and informative updates about Nigeria and the Igbo people, no wonder it’s called Igbo ndi oma – which means the good people of Igbo in English. Any Igbo person(s) online should endeavor to check out the page.