Prospecting your Warm Market in Network Marketing

Let’s talk about the most famous and controversial subject in network marketing prospecting: ‘Talking to your warm market (friends and family) about your network marketing business.’

Isn’t it funny that one of the first things you usually hear when you join a network marketing company is, “You will need to make up a list of 100 contacts to get your business started.”

Have you ever thought, “Why do I have to hit on my friends and family members to build a network marketing business?” If you confront your sponsor about it, you will usually hear something like this, “Well, the products we have are so great, so why would you not share them with the ones you care about?” And: “You don’t want them to miss out on this incredible financial opportunity, do you?” Or: “All we are doing is ‘sharing’ products and the opportunity.”

Sound familiar?

Well, if you just saw a great movie or ate at a fantastic restaurant, sharing would be a natural thing to do with those you care about. However, when you have a financial interest in something you recommend, the ballgame changes, and people know it. It loses it’s power and effectiveness the moment your friends realize that you are not really sharing because you care, but because you are now a rep for xyz company, and all the sudden you are just so excited about their products. Put yourself in your prospects shoes, and really think about this.

Now, I know you could really be excited about the products or the comp plan, but why is it that people seem to ONLY be excited about their new company’s product and no other products? There are many network marketing companies out there that have great products and services that assist in all sorts of areas. Why would you just recommend the products your particular company produces? And, why do you do it only AFTER you have signed up as a rep for that company, in most cases?

The answer is, you have a financial interest in getting people on the products or opportunity.

How does that look when you are out there suddenly approaching your warm market with only one particular line of products that you yourself make commission off of?

I understand that most people don’t really think of it this way, and really do want to let others know about the products and such; but think about how it looks to your friend, family member, or coworker. They now see you as “the typical network marketer who gangs up on people he knows for his own financial interest.” Even though you believe you are truly helping others, the manner in which it is done looks horribly backwards in the eyes of your so-called prospect.

Let’s stop this example and pick up another one:

Ok, let’s say that instead of making up your 100 person list and working your warm market, that you instead don’t really mention anything to the people you know.

So, you say, how will you then market the business and get people involved?

Simply by building your business using true EFFECTIVE marketing and common business sense. Instead of chasing down prospects and trying to convince them of how great your product or opportunity is, you just market to your target audience and attract people to you.

There are some that consider prospects as anyone with skin and hair (hair optional!).

That’s not true at all. Those people are SUSPECTS, and are not true PROSPECTS until they have responded to your offer and contacted YOU.

Back to our second example: So, instead of spending your time bugging your warm market, you become educated on real marketing and begin to attract people to you and generate your own high quality leads. You don’t have to worry about your ‘Why’ being big enough because you are getting results from day one and are already motivated by your own effective action.

You begin to then build a solid business attracting your true target market and achieving greater success each month in a predictable fashion. Now, as a result, your warm market now begins to come to YOU to find out what you are doing! Plus, they now see you as a true expert in your field, as opposed to their ‘crazy mlm friend’.

Why not do it this way from the beginning?

The main reason people do not take advantage of this above proven example, is simply the lack of knowledge or education on effective marketing and sales. Most of the ways people build their mlm business are based on hope and chance. They are mostly ideas that may work some of the time, but are not true business fundamentals that can be tracked each and every time.

The true ‘heavy hitters’ of the industry build their network marketing businesses totally different than the masses do. That is why most people fail; because they follow the masses and get the same old results. All the big leaders I know, ‘think outside of the box’ and become independent experts in their chosen field, while everyone else just follows the advice of everyone else and becomes a ‘follower of the followers’. That’s where that ‘cult mentality’ comes from and people begin to live inside ‘the land of xyz company’.

It’s not about your ‘why’ or your presentation or your desire to go up to a total stranger at the mall and foam at the mouth about your opportunity or your products.

It’s about educating yourself on how to achieve your desired results in an effective and leveraged way, and being willing to question the effectiveness of everything you do and think for yourself.

Success in network marketing is not a huge mystery. It is just a matter of correct education, proper skills and effective action.

Remember, the more EDUCATED you become the more EFFECTIVE you can be!

By: Scott Rogers

Network Marketing Consultant/Professional Network Marketer

Scott Rogers
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2pac’s Legacy Lives on

Selling more than 75 million records world-wide in his all-too-short career, the legend that is Tupac Shakur continues to live on today. 2Pac became the unlikely martyr of gangsta rap when he died on September 13, 2006, six days after being shot during a drive-by shooting.

2pac’s young life and career began in relatively normal fashion. He did well in school, stayed out of trouble and was interested in acting, music and entertainment. Before he could graduate from high school, Shakur’s family moved to Marin City, CA, when he was 17 years old. Over the next few years, 2pac lived on the streets and began hustling. Eventually, he met Shock-G, the leader of Digital Underground. The Oakland-based crew decided to hire him as a dancer and roadie, and as he toured with the group, he worked on his own material.

At the onset of his career, it didn’t appear that he would emerge as one of the definitive rappers of the ’90s — he started out as a second-string rapper and dancer for Digital Underground, joining only after they had already landed their biggest hit. 2Pac made his first recorded appearance on the group’s spring 1991 record, This Is an EP Release, and he also appeared on their second album, Sons of the P. The following year, he released his own debut, 2Pacalypse Now. The album became a word-of-mouth hit, as “Brenda’s Got a Baby” reached the R&B Top 30 and the record went gold.

His escalating outlaw reputation helped his 1995 album Me Against the World enter the charts at number one, and it also opened him up to charges of exploitation. Signing with Death Row Records in late 1995, 2Pac released the double-album All Eyez on Me in the spring of 1996, and the record, as well as its hit single “California Love,” confirmed his superstar status.

Although Shakur was selling records and earning praise for his music and acting, he began having serious altercations with the law (prior to becoming a recording artist, he had no police record). He was arrested in 1992 after he was involved in a fight that culminated with a stray bullet killing a six-year-old bystander; the charges were later dismissed. 2Pac was filming Menace II Society in the summer of 1993 when he assaulted director Allen Hughes; he was sentenced to 15 days in jail in early 1994.

2pac was shot just after seeing the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon fight at the MGM Grand. As he was leaving the hotel, 2Pac got into a fight with an unnamed young black man. It has been suggested that this was the cause of the drive-by shooting, and it has also been suggested that Knight’s ties to the mob and to gangs were the reason; another theory is that the Notorious B.I.G. arranged the shooting as retaliation for 2Pac’s comments that he slept with Biggie’s wife, Faith Evans. Either way, Shakur was shot four times and was admitted to University of Nevada Medical Center. He died six days later.

The music of 2pac continues to live on today. He is remembered as a true innovator, who would stop at nothing to get his views heard and his message across.

Cameron Morrison
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The NBA And The Community

The National Basketball League has some excellent players on its teams. They train well, play well, and interact well. The players not only do these things well, but they also give to the community. NBACARES is a wonderful program that allows youths in need of role models and other types of assistance to receive this help directly from the professional basketball players. The players go out into communities and seek out young people in need. They hand-deliver gifts to children who would otherwise not have a Christmas, provide housing for families with children, as well as provide many other services to those in need.

NBACARES has also created a program to promote literacy in children, called ‘Read to Achieve.’ The program encourages youngsters to learn to love reading by having many types of community events, and also teaching adults to read to their children. They host fundraising events, which help to raise money for books and computers for local schools, and equipment for recreation centers.

NBA players not only participate in NBACARES, but some of them even have their own foundations. These foundations provide grant money for numerous non-profit businesses, which give to the community.

Children, as well as adults think it’s great that NBA players take time out of their extremely busy schedules in order to help those in need. Kids look up to the players as role models, and some players even ‘adopt’ certain youngsters, and become their personal ‘big brother’ and mentor. This is a really great thing, too, because some children have no one to look to for support. They may be an only child, or either their parents are too busy trying to work in order to make ends meet and may not have time to devote to their child. That’s why the mentoring is so important. Children need attention and guidance from a person who they trust, and what better role model could there be than a famous NBA player. This can help a child stay out of trouble, such as gangs and hanging out with the wrong crowd. It also helps to build children’s self-esteem, therefore, enabling them to excel in school, and anything else positive that they wish to pursue.

Thank you National Basketball Players, for caring enough about our youths to help to enrich and improve their lives!

Peter Gilbert
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L.A. Gang Wars

For gang members in South Central Los Angeles, the “hood” is a brutal war zone, where streets are defended, often to the death.

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Spider-man 3 Games Review

Based on Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Columbia Pictures’ upcoming feature film, Spider-Man 3 allows players to experience the actions of heroic red-suited Spider-Man and, for the first time ever, his darker, more mysterious black-suited persona. Set in a larger, dynamic, free-roaming New York City, the game gives players the freedom to choose their own gameplay experience through multiple movie-based and original storylines, fully integrated city missions and performance rewards including improved speed, combat maneuvers and agility. In Spider-Man 3, players draw upon Spider-Man’s completely revamped combat abilities as they protect the city and defeat nemeses using expanded aerial fighting, finishing moves and dynamic webbing during missions and epic boss battles.

 

Features

  • Welcome to the dark side – Fans control the legendary black-suit, which magnifies Spider-Man’s strength, agility and durability. The game features its own Black-Suited Spider-Man gameplay mechanics which allow players to switch between the two suits at will. The black-suit makes Spider-Man more powerful and aggressive, but there is a price to pay by wearing it for too long which affects the game’s City Satisfaction Index and the overall look and feel of the city Spider-Man has sworn to protect.
  • Conquest mode – In this PSP exclusive feature, players are challenged with completing missions and fighting crime before morning breaks. If good enough, a player will be rewarded handsomely with Hero Points, which allow them to upgrade and customize their Spider-Man skills.
  • Let freedom ring – For the first time ever, players can experience a fully realized, free-roaming New York City on the PSP. Players decide how to proceed through the game and set their own goals. Should Spider-Man follow a plot twist, switch to an alternate storyline, fight off crime waves that threaten the city or explore vast towering skyscrapers and subterranean sewers and subways?
  • Spider-Man is growing up – Gamers can customize Spider-Man the way they want. Fighting crime and earning Hero Points will allow gamers to upgrade and customize Spider-Man’s web moves, swing skills, and amazing melee combos.
  • Don’t let the city go to the dogs – Four vicious gangs have laid claim to the boroughs of New York and must be taken down. As Spider-Man brings these criminals to justice, the City Satisfaction Index will increase in that section of town and city life will return to normal. If he doesn’t, the streets will turn to chaos. These super thugs won’t go down without a fight though. Their advanced AI will surround Spider-Man, grapple him, call in reinforcements, and do everything they can to retake their territory.
  • Super Villains galore – Fans experience multi-stage, dynamic boss battles against movie villains, such as Venom, Sandman and New Goblin, as well as a host of legendary comic book foes who all take advantage of their environments, their minions, and the large-scale destruction that their superpowers cause in trying to defeat Spider-Man.
  • Features two bonus villains in the PSP version: Morbius and Shriek.

 

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Coachella Motorcycle Accident Lawyer’s Top Ten Things You Least Expect to See Reported in the Press After a Motorcycle Accident

1. That you’re a member of a radical motorcycle gang you’ve never heard of.

 

2. That you ride with a motorcycle gang formed in a prison you never knew existed.

 

3. That you wrote a popular 60′s song that motorcycle gangs are fond of.

 

4. That your typical attire includes chains.

 

5. That you have tattoos in places you can’t imagine a tattoo.

 

6. That you own a pack of wild dogs.

 

7. That your little motor scooter is actually a souped up Hog.

 

8. That you have always run with the wrong crowd.

 

9. That you were arrested as a Vietnam war protester, even though you were born after the war began.

 

10. That you’re thinking of running for Governor.

 

Here are ten actual tips of advice from a motorcycle accident lawyer to follow if you have been in an accident. You can also learn more about how to handle a personal injury in Coachella, or any city, by calling the Law Offices of R. Sebastian Gibson at any of the numbers which can be found on our website at http://www.SebastianGibsonLaw.com  and learning how we can assist you.

 

Obviously, if you have had an accident, and you are reading all of this advice, it’s probably been at least a few days since the accident. However, if it’s only been a few hours or if you ever have another accident, here’s what you should do the next time from the start.

 

First, take a look around and determine if you or anyone, are hurt. If so, taking steps like trying to prevent further injury or loss of blood are the most important thing you can do. Even if some other driver caused you to be injured, it’s just good manners to help the other driver if they are hurt. They may even be so thankful that they admit their fault to you. The worst thing you can do is get angry or start a fight.

 

Second, make sure everyone is safe from being injured further. If you are in the middle of traffic, and you are dizzy, sit down away from traffic. If your vehicle is a traffic hazard and you have accident warning devices like flares or triangles, put them out on the road to warn other drivers and get away from the car. Let the police an other emergency personnel investigate the scene with the vehicles in place and move them more safely at a later point.

 

Third, call the police. Accident reports are extremely helpful if the police will do such a report. Let the police know you are injured immediately. Answer the police questions honestly. But if you are dazed or confused, let them know you need medical treatment and answer only what you feel sure about. Remember, your statements can and will be used against you if you admit fault, and it will be too late and too fishy to later say you didn’t know what you were saying at the scene. Police know that your best recollection is immediately after an accident.

 

Fourth, get the other driver’s information including their names, addresses, driver’s license numbers, make and model of their vehicles, license plate numbers, and their insurance company name and policy number. If there are witnesses, get their names, addresses and telephone numbers as well. If the other driver makes any admissions of fault, write those down as well.

 

Fifth, if you have a camera on your cell phone or in the car and you aren’t too injured, take some photos of the vehicles and the scene. If you can’t do it right away, do it after you are released from the hospital.

Sixth, if you are hurt, obtain medical treatment. Don’t decline the ambulance or hospital examination to save your insurance company money or to be stoic. Take your valuables out of your car if you can and get checked out at the hospital. If you are not hurt, don’t get treatment you don’t need. However, remember, after an accident, you may feel a rush of adrenaline that causes you to only start feeling symptoms of pain a few hours later. If you have a health plan that requires you to obtain permission first, call them and find out where you are allowed to seek treatment.

 

Seventh, call a good motorcycle accident attorney as soon as you have had your initial treatment, so the lawyer can gather other important evidence and prevent the insurance company from taking advantage of you and obtaining such things as recorded statements that you feel fine, when many of your symptoms have yet to manifest themselves. A good motorcycle accident attorney can save you from making a great deal of mistakes and can shoulder much of the hassle of knowing what to do about car repairs, car rentals, medical treatment, witness statements and the like. If you think you will save money by not having an lawyer, think again. A good motorcycle accident attorney can almost always obtain much higher settlements, obtain reductions of medical bills and insurance liens and prevent you from making costly mistakes. Also, most motorcycle accident lawyers advance costs of obtaining police reports, medical records and the like and are paid and reimbursed for these costs only out of any settlement.

 

Eight, you will need to report the accident to your insurance company, but since they will want to take a recorded statement from you, just like any other driver’s insurance company, it’s good advice to retain an attorney first. And if the other driver did not have insurance, remember that it is your own insurance company that will be your adversary. You will also need to report the accident to the Department of Motor Vehicles and your lawyer can give you the form for this.

 

Ninth, do not agree to settle your claim privately with the person at fault for the accident. This almost never works out to your advantage. Don’t agree not to call the police. Police reports that determine the fault for an accident are golden. Your agreement to not involve the police only affords an opportunity for the other driver to change his story and blame you when the police will no longer investigate the accident.

 

Tenth, don’t pay a traffic ticket without a fight if you weren’t at fault or agree to accept a small payment for your vehicle repairs without knowing that the amount will in fact cover the cost of all the repairs.

 

If you’ve had a motorcycle accident in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio, Coachella, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Thermal, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms or anywhere in Southern California, we have the knowledge and resources to be your Coachella Motorcycle Accident Lawyer and your Palm Desert Motorcycle Accident Attorney. Be sure to hire a California law firm with auto, motorcycle, truck, bicycle, pedestrian, car, bus, train, boat and airplane accident experience, wrongful death experience and insurance law expertise who can ensure you are properly represented and get the compensation you deserve.

 

If you have a personal injury legal matter, a dog bite or if you’ve lost a loved one in a wrongful death accident, call the Law Offices of R. Sebastian Gibson, or visit our website at http://www.SebastianGibsonLaw.com  and learn how we can assist you.

R. Sebastian Gibson

Belt (clothing)

A belt is a flexible band, typically made of leather or heavy cloth, and worn around the waist. A belt supports trousers or other articles of clothing, and it serves for style and decoration.

bc t-shirtsBelts have been documented both for male and female clothing since the Bronze Age. Both sexes used them off and on, depending on the current fashion, but it was a rarity in female fashion with the exception of the early Middle Ages, late 17th century Mantua, and skirt/blouse combinations between 1900 and 1910. Art Nouveau belt buckles are now collector’s items.

In the militarain periods, particularly the later half of the 19th century and up until the first World War, the belt was strictly a decorative part of the uniform, particularly among officers. In the armed forces of Prussia, Crimea, and other Eastern European nations, it was common for officers to wear extremely tight, wide belts around the waist, on the outside of the uniform. These tightly cinched belts served to draw in the waist and give the wearer a trim physique, emphasizing wide shoulders and a pouting chest. Often the belt served only to emphasize a waist made small by a corset worn under the uniform, a practice which was common especially during the Crimean Wars and was often noted by soldiers from the Western front. Political cartoonists of the day often portrayed the tight waist-cinching of soldiers to comedic effect, and some cartoons survive showing officers being corsetted by their inferiors, a practice which surely was uncomfortable but deemed to be necessary and imposing.

In modern times, men started wearing belts in the 1920s, as trouser waists fell to a lower, natural line. Before the 1920s, belts served mostly a decorative purpose, and were associated with the military. Today it is common for men to wear a belt with their trousers; women tend to wear them for more decorative functions.

Since the mid 1990s, the practice of sagging has been popular at times among young men and boys. This fashion trend consists of wearing the trousers very low on the hips, often exposing the underwear and buttocks of the wearer. This urban style, which has roots tracing to prison gangs[1]and the prohibition of belts in prison, due to their use as weapons and devices for suicide) has remained popular into the 21st century, particularly among pubescent boys. A belt may or may not be worn with this style – if a belt is used, it is cinched tightly at the mid-buttock region, with the effect that the trousers of the wearer are being held up by genitalia underneath. Many public schools now enforce belt-wearing, often only for the male population, and requiring the belts to be worn tightly at waist level with a tucked-in shirt.

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How Does The Real Estate Flipper Get A Loan

Today I am still perplexed at how easily real estate flippers got away with false appraisals on overvalued land.

Step1
The banks loaned too much based on the true value of the underlying collateral and the seller’s walked with the excess cash (often repeating the process as buyer then seller in the next cycle).

Step2
In the simple case the lending bank has a strong interest in checking the accuracy of the appraisal (or hiring its own reliable appraiser) before loaning money on a land purchase and taking back a mortgage. Some argue that structured finance dilutes everyone’s incentive to check for fraud. The argument notes that the bank sells the paper to a special purpose vehicle (SPV) and the SPV sell securities to investors.

Step3
The risk of fraud is borne by the investors who do not or cannot check on the validity of any appraisals. The investors rely on rating agencies to rate the default risk and the rating agencies are operating under conflicts because they are paid by the SPV and get consulting fees from the SPV. The bank (and the originating broker) and the SPV no longer care because they take fees and pass on the risk.

Step4
The investors end up holding the bag. The argument seems overly simplistic. Most SPVs sell tranches and the lowest tranche, the so-called equity tranche, is not rated and very risky. Those who buy the equity, usually hedge funds, have an increased risk of loan defaults and should therefore have an increased incentive to monitor the quality of the loans.

Indeed, one could argue that the equity buyers and a stronger incentive than a bank that does not sell the paper to check on the default risk in the loans because the hedge funds took more risk with each default. There were long time rumors in the market of real estate flipping. Why did the hedge funds not check out the rumors, or at least price the equity to account for the rumors? Moreover, many of the same banks that passed on the risk to the SPV then bought SPV securities in their own hedge funds (and those funds are now in distress). Why did the banks not have the proper incentive, when purchasing back the paper, to make sure the paper that went to the SPVs they invested in was sound? In short, I continue to be baffled by stories of easy money (made even by gangs of thugs) on real estate flipping that overvalued land in the appraisals.

sunshine01
http://www.articlesbase.com/real-estate-articles/how-does-the-real-estate-flipper-get-a-loan-700446.html

Worlds Most Dangerous Gang

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EZE IGBO OF IRELAND: A BREACH OF ETIQUETTE

EZE IGBO OF IRELAND: A BREACH OF ETIQUETTE By Chris Okafor

The delay in publication of this article barely five months after the shamble coronation of Mr. Mathew Emeka Ezeani as the King of Igbo in Ireland was to give much room for reactions which has been consistent in the media over past few months.

Emeka Ezeani has continuously insisted that he have the support of his people to be crowned the Eze Igbo of Ireland which chronicled the various interviews I had with prominent Igbo men and women here in West of Ireland. The results of that interview demonstrated, to a large extent, a proportionate disapproval of anyone parading and masquerading himself as the King of Igbo in Ireland. However, I could not agree more than one Mr. Obomas assertion in Metro Earean that Igbos has no King and that anybody placing himself as one is doing so without the mandate of real igbos.

While the persistent controversies surrounding the coronation in Dublin continued, a number of unanswered questions keep cropping up my mind: How did it all started? Were the igbos in Ireland really insecure that it is the like of Emeka Ezeani and Steve Orji would give them the required security? What constitutional right does Joe Achuzia as secretary-general of Ohaneze possessed to coronate anybody as a King? Does the igbos have a similar King in England, United States or elsewhere? Do they have the Oba, Awujale or the Oni of Yorubas in Ireland, England or United states? Is there anything like the Emirs of Hausas anywhere in Diasporas? Is there any correlation between Eze in Igbo language to that of Oba, Alafin or Awujale in Yoruba race or that of Emir in Hausa? Is the King in Igboland by hereditary or by election? I am sure that all the parties involved in these scuffle would answer these questions unless they are only out to fool themselves.

That scuffle for meaningless Eze Igbo in Ireland represent a true reflection and extension of what is akin to the igbos in Nigeria today which can only explain why an Igboman can never be the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. You know why? The trust and unity are not there. You need to be trusted in order for somebody to trust you.

By writing this article, I know that some sycophants and hypocrites would respond negatively as the truth is always bitter, until the Igbos put their axe together and stop chasing shadows; they will continue to remain where they are.  Politically, everybody is shouting marginalization yet the igbos are busy fabricating and conferring non existent title to themselves. Mr A sees Mr B as inferior and would stop at nothing to thwart his bid to exalted post in Nigeria. An average igboman would rather prefer to play second fiddle rather than see his own brother on the throne.

The theatrical manners under which the said coronation was carried was indeed a huge and significant mockery to all Igbo nation which further portrays the total lack of respect for traditional institutions and values. It is a comic that represent Nigeria Movies Industry continuous exposure on how the title of Igwe or Eze could be gotten cheaply in Igboland.

It is, indeed, true that Igbo has no King (igbo enwe Eze). I grew up in Ogwashi-Uku in the 70s and 80s and even before and after the arrival of Police and to these days, our monarch and traditional ruler remains respected and that respect is total. The same applied to the Benin, the Yorubas, the Hausas race and all the ethnic groups in Nigeria. It is perhaps only in Igboland that someone could easily and without justifiable reasons unseat or overthrow the Igwe or the Eze of a particular community or possibly fashion his own Eze.  I want to go home and pay some homage to my King and if possible sit with him and discuss some viable ways that I can contribute to the development of my town not the opposite.

Most associations in Ireland started as far back as 2005 when the Irish government extended their unequivocal magnanimity to give residential permits to most migrants prior to the parentage of Irish Born Child. Majorities of these ethnic groups involved in these meetings have one formidable aims and objectives: to know one another and to promote and project any matter affecting them in a very good light. Depending on the size of the said ethnic group, majority of which have branches in some of the 26 counties in Republic of Ireland. In most cases, they organize themselves and have an overall President of that association despite the President that must have existed in various cities or counties.  They have no single need to arrogate or derogate the overall sacred title of their ethnicity back home in Nigeria.

The monopolistic involvement of the almighty Ohaneze Ndigbo is beyond comprehension. Does the general secretary of Aniferefe or Arewa have the moral or the constitutional right to crown someone abroad or even in Nigeria as an Emir or Oba, Oni or Awujale? And by the way, who are the Ohanezes?

They are regarded generally as a child of circumstance, the socio-cultural organisation began to be seen by Igbo people as a veritable platform for common position and common action. Ohaneze became, as it were, a rallying point for the protection and promotion of certain core values which Igbo people hold dearly: respect for truth, respect for culture and standards and the preservation of all of this. This, again, is not entirely true. Comrade Uchenna Madu, Director of Information, MASSOB has this to say about Ohanaeze:“ Who are the Ohanaeze people and what do they stand for? Do you mean those people that hold meetings of Ndiigbo and speak English language all the way? Is it the Ohanaeze that some of the leaders go to look for contract in Aso Rock? Is it the Ohanaeze that cannot have one voice and speak for Ndiigbo? When they hold meetings, some of them would go to Aso Rock to tell them all that happened? When the North are together fighting for the Hausa-Fulani, the Yoruba and the Niger Delta are gaining political mileage and winning all the amenities for their people, our own Ohanaeze would keep mum and watch the emperors in Aso Rock infiltrate their ranks, create disunity and sentence servitudes.

This is the Ohaneze Ndigbo and so one can see from above definition that it therefore became obvious from their self serving activities that some of the mischief makers who cannot go to Abuja to secure contract always found haven to come to Ireland to cause confusion like coronation.

Ohaneze cannot be compared to Arewa Consultative Forum or Yoruba Aniferefe. These groups are socio-cutural groups in Nigeria, they disagree to agree and at all point in time, they have without doubt, presented a common front to the benefit of their people.

The Lagos State government last week, apparently disturbed by people claiming to be Eze Igbo (King of Igbo) has placed an indefinite ban on anybody parading himself as the king of Igbos in the state. Over the years, its proliferation in Lagos became a controversial issue in which more than one person laid claim to the title in the same local government.

In some parts of the state, for instance in Mushin area of Lagos, about three people claimed to be the Eze-Ndigbo. Likewise in Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government, the struggle is on for the position between two people

The South-East council of traditional rulers termed the Eze-Ndigbo phenomenon which is being struggled for, as a corruption of a monarchical system of the Ezeship in parts of Igboland and an abuse of culture and traditions.

There are similarities between Eze Ndi Igbo in all part of Nigeria and that of Ireland. The people who got less than €1.00 cap that one can easily buy in the street of Lagos, place it on their heads and lay claim to be the King of Igbo are self-centre individuals that are only interested in using the title for their selfish end. This can explain why the Lagos State government placed a ban on it as they do not truly represent the interest of the igbos.

In contrast, I think I am beginning to get sick of certain phrase which is continuously being used in Nigerian media. The same has surfaced in Ireland in case of the struggle for Eze Igbo of Ireland between Emeka Ezeani, Steve Orji and their gangs. To be honest, I don`t understand who is a successful lawyer and who is a successful businessman and by the way, is there any criteria to measure one success in particular profession? There is a huge different between a successful man in Nigeria and in Ireland.  Chief Gani  Fawehimi is an erudite and successful lawyer. Beyond endless and celebrated cases he has won in Nigeria federation, he publishes weekly law reports, the same applied to the late legal luminary, F.R.A Williams. Festus Keyamo is young dynamic lawyer whose rising profile in law continues to soar in Nigeria today: he doesn`t need to brag about it.

In Nigeria, arm robbers, drug peddlers, fraudsters, pimps and prostitutes and ritual killers are all classified as businessmen and women and like a reoccurring decimal, the media continue to refer them as businessmen and women even when their real profession is obvious. This is sentimental and praise singer sort of journalism. Should we have something like a successful fraudster or successful ritual killer rather than bending and twisting what one is known for? When you are engaged in one of the above nefarious activities in Nigeria and succeed, you automatically become successful, wherever you go, the crowd would follow, when you cough, about 20 people would answer you; Sir and even when you appeared in a party invited or not, everybody would bow and prostrate for you. The houses or cars you have is bought through your ill gotten wealth as there is no finance or hire purchase facilities in Nigeria.

Compare to non nationals or Nigerians in Ireland, the moment the council gave you an affordable house or you managed  to save €15,000 to acquire property through mortgage which is extended to 35yrs, your next bus stop is a car shop; you pick a car made in 2009 and extend the finance to the next 6yrs, then you have finally arrived. For one, if I am involve in legitimate or illegitimate business in Ireland and have the gut to raise between €350,000 to €400,000 cash to pay for particular property or alternatively raised €30,000 to buy a car cash, I will, without doubt leave myself wide open to series of investigation by the authority on where I got the money from.This is the way it works here.

I enjoyed reading Nigeria papers in Ireland but I think that this successful this and successful that would have to stop. According to one of my friends, if you have money; na for your pocket.

Chris Okafor

Chris Okafor