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Does Orji Kalu Know How To Spell?

Abia elders challenge Kalu to spelling contest

By Chinyere Okoye, 02.25.2008

Monday, February 25, 2008

Can Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia State, successfully spell “leadership series” – the title of the column he purportedly writes in a newspaper? Will Kalu do well in the Spelling Bee competition organised by the Lagos State government for its secondary school students?

Abia Elders’ Forum, a pressure group, has challenged the former governor to a televised spelling contest with a promise to pay him N100,000 for every word he spells correctly and another N100,000 for the one he knows the meaning.

In a statement signed by Hon. Uchenna Kalu, the Forum accused Kalu of being anti-intellectual.

“It is ironic that it is Orji Kalu's latest gimmickry of being a newspaper columnist which has awakened interest in his character, or indeed lack of it. The column stunt is, of course, part of his anti-intellectualism, which delights in deriding scholarship, whenever he can. The reasoning here is to show that there's nothing special about the writing of columns: Anyone can do it,” the Forum said.

The Forum said Kalu “is not the writer of the so-called column, to which he appends his name. We know who the ghost-writers are; some of them [are] doubling as Kalu's attack dogs… We in the Abia Elders Forum challenge him to a simple test: If he can spell five words, chosen randomly from each of two of his columns, and give their meanings correctly, we shall give him N1million. That works out at N100,000.00 per word, and ought to be attractive enough to even a self-proclaimed ‘billionaire’…”

If Orji Kalu was willing, said the Forum, the test should be organised on TV. “If you are ready, we shall pay the amount to any appropriate account nominated… We are sure that the whole world will soon see that Orji Kalu cannot even spell, not to mention giving the correct meanings of word taken from a column which he pretends to have written,” it said.

The Abia elders also accused Kalu of appropriating a national honour to himself.

“As everyone knows, Orji Kalu appropriated the National Honour of ‘Member of the Order of the Niger, MON’. The MON was added to his official photograph from 1999, and is still there. In his first term, 1999-2003, his name could not be announced without the mention of the MON.

“Then in 2003, it was discovered that Orji Uzor Kalu was never awarded any national honour by anyone. He had simply taken the honour. When confronted with the criminal appropriation of a National Honour, he turned around and claimed that his own MON was not a National Honour, but was derived from an Igbochieftaincy title of “Mmadu Oha Nile”, meaning “man of the people”. He never said who gave the title and when it was given. He has continued to parade himself as an MON,” the Forum alleged.

Source: http://odili.net/news/source/2008/feb/25/212.html (This Day Newspaper 25 02 08)

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This belongs in the jokes section

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this poster and the abia state elders'forum are as useless as this topic.

what has spelling words has to do with his business life? if u know he does not know how to spell his name, why did u let him be ur gov? was spelling a criteria for occupying any office in nigeria?

prof. iwu who cld spell every word and even form his own did not bring in any positive thing into our system so what is the need for all these useless knowledges.

@poster,

get urself another topic and make sure is not abt how orji uzor kalu drives car or how he behaves in the toilet.

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Please let Kalu be, provided the piece reflects his thougts.

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With the Personal computer,do you need to spell well these days?

You have the spellcheck ti do the job for you.

Henry Ford was not that educated, but isnt he one of the greatest?

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Really? He can't write? is he Chinua Achebe? running his mouth and contradicting himself is not the same as not being able to spell. Abeg that spelling issue is dumb

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this kalu guy must be joking. if he did write this bollocks of a column then he's nothing but a bloody hyprocrite.

@romeo, yes you saw him on hardtalk make a complete fool of himself, right? shouting all over the studio contradicting himself on all the issues discussed. i even saw him on haney's show running his mouth talking trash about policies. he dunno nothing about policies and neither can he write too.

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A lot of silly people in here!!

I saw him in BBC Hardtalk last year and he spoke very well, The real illiterates are the Abia Elders for bringing up such a nursery school idea. And how is Orji Kalu's ability to spell or not going to help the people of Abia state? Our elders must stop being so dumb

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I have to be careful to aviod sack abeg, Una no go kill me with laugh

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Orji Uzor Kalu's political enemies at work again. Dont beleive everthing that comes from the so called Abia elders forum or all you read here.

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Well, Kalu has been fond of throwing such challenges to others. I expect him to rise to this occasion, even tho the very challenge itself seems a big insult.

Actually, Orji Uzor's command of the English language improved tremendously while he was in office. if u heard him speak in 2000 and heard him in 2007 or today, U'd surely agree with this. not forgetting also, his famed university career at ABSU while in office as executive governor.

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Simply incredible.

When will Nigeria and Nigerians wake up from their slumber and realise that it is better to stop these idiots and let the WHOLE nation progress than to think only of personal aggrandisement? The reason such a man is able to perpetuate such nonsense is the fact that those who should team up to stop the nonsense are hoping to reap something from that nonsense.

Giving me a spell check please

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Kai!!! this is so embarrassing!!!

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Our country is doomed.

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my goodness. cant believe this

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