Tony Momoh
Prince Tony Momoh, the journalist par excellence, a bibliotherapist and cultural engineer is the 165th child of Momoh the first. He is the third of the four children his mother had for Momoh the first and his mother was the junior of the three groups into which the Momoh Household of 45 wives and 245 children were organised.

Spiritual Essays – Introduction


Let me introduce this work to you myself. It is a collation of some of the presentations I have made in the last 30 years in form of lectures, booklets and interviews. One thing they all have in common is that they address the spiritual dimension of life, an area which we have been brought up to be suspicious of or even deny the existence of. It is like a shadow denying the existence of the one that cast it, the one that it is a reflection of. I decided to present them in one volume because I believe that the challenges of this 21st century are so many that as many as those who have anything to say now should do so and be proved right or wrong by time which must be the witness of everything we do. For too long have we sought solutions to problems in the wrong places. You cannot tackle a shadow to look for answers to problems originating from the substance. You cannot look for material answers to problems that are spiritual. And since man is the author of problems he wants to solve, and man is not a native of this earth, he must look for answers from his point of origin, the spiritual, because what we see as problems are the downloading to us, the reaping, of what we uploaded from us, what we sowed.

In these 16 essays, I invite you to be part of a journey in search for answers to six key questions you must ask yourself – Where in creation am I? Who or what am I and where did I come from? What am I doing here or what am I here to do? Who sent me here and why? Am I alone or I am part of a whole? In all these, what is the place of the religion I practise? In answering these questions, it is obvious that we are aliens on this earth and that what we are and are here to do must be a preoccupation in our entire life both here on earth and the beyond. The first chapter is therefore rightly titled Aliens on Earth because although we are IN this world of which this earth is part, we are not OF this world.

Having established the species of man which is spirit, the journey continues with looking at the pictures the various religions and beliefs have given us about creation; how it came into being. Is it the earth we are on that is the reference point in the creation stories in the Bible and the Qur’an, the two major religions we embrace? The structure of creation, comprising the spiritual and its material manifestation, does not show, in the vast and volume of information available to us today, that our earth is the creation that the different pictures handed over to us reflect. The second chapter, Our Earth and the Earth, therefore locates us on where we are in the creation story. So, armed with a picture of a map showing landmarks from the highest Heights of the Spiritual World to the deepest Depths of the Material World, we can claim that the big bang and evolution theories of creation are split pictures that contain elements of the truth.

In chapter 3, Reflections on Religion and Women, I examine the split species that is male and female, man and woman. The way we have treated the female, the woman of an equal-armed cross, in which roles are defined and there is thus no room for hybrids, is shown in the different prisms through which tradition and the religions see and place woman. When I published a booklet of this theme but with the title Women in Chains, I had this relationship in mind, one which man took advantage of, and which woman contributed to through crass ignorance of her role more as a priestess of the Light than the baby factory and sex sport she had been reduced to in history. It is clear from this chapter that woman is on a higher rung of the spiritual ladder than man and moderates the downloading of radiations for nourishment of the sphere where she is at post. But how much of this is known and appreciated by one who fights for equality with one lower on the rung of the ladder and with whom equality is vigorously sought? In the structure of a car, woman is the fuel and man is the engine. Any attempt by one to take the place of the other will dislocate the manifestation of life where both should know their work and do it.

In Chapter 4, I made submissions on Culture when I was invited so to do by the committee that handled this sector during the Vision 2010 project. This most serious attempt we had made in our history by producing material on everything to do with our past, our present and our expectations of the future was later derided by President Olusegun Obasanjo who said he had written off the project because it was pioneered by Abacha, a man he said had no sight and could therefore not have had any vision. But from what we are seriously attending to here, it is obvious that physical blindness, being sight, cannot deny spiritual seeing, which is visioning. Because man is spirit, there must be a way of behaviour demanded of the human spirit as a species in creation; and ways of behaviour demanded of all other beings that populate creation; the different races on earth, ethnic groups, communities et al, all of them not distancing themselves from the way settled for man in creation. The works of prophets and called ones over the ages were meant to give us the diet we were ripe for in the journey through creation. The chapters on How Much Humanity is in the Skin Colour; Many Levels of Seeing; Traditional Institutions and their place on the evolution of man in history; and Enlightened National Development are all different approaches to looking at the spiritual dimension that should focus everything we do. For every volition of the human spirit is a spiritual volition for which it must bear responsibility. How funny it is therefore for people to curse others because of what is happening to them when in fact they are the authors of their fate! Little wonder then that those who are always seeing enemies in their lives instead of prayerfully accepting what comes their way and being thankful to the Most High for an opportunity to experience, discover that changes in them are for the worse. Why? Because they are raining curses on themselves, as the sowers of seeds that have borne fruits for the reaping. And they are the sowers, sowing as individuals, as groups, even as races.

Chapter 9 addresses part of the disorders the human body experiences while on earth, disorders which we have always traced to the shadow, not the one who casts the shadow, the essence. Not that the essence can suffer any disability outside ignorance of its role in the order of things. But there are bodily disorders which we address more from the perspective of effects than the perspective of causes. Cancer is one of those most deadly of disorders. If there is no physical explanation for its cause, why can we not listen to explanations of the cause of the material manifestation as seen from the outside-of-here dimension? Won’t that spiritual explanation of that material cause help researches in this field? It is that picture that was flown at the forum where cancer awareness and control was organized and I had the privilege of giving the keynote address.

Chapter 10 is an adjustment to the work I did in 1980 when we lost a colleague in the Daily Times and the need to anchor the perspectives to life and death on him arose. If the serious question of life and death should be as routine as any other subject because the condition for being born into here is that we must die, then the light-heartedness introduced into the discussion, especially the diary section, should be understandable. This formed the first part of the presentation. Many questions were asked in a letter someone wrote to me and the answers given were all under lock and key for 27 years before I revisited the manuscript and had it published. In answering the questions therefore, there is discussion of subtopics like the sources of my drawing, our problems today, the world we know, gifts of the human body, the body as a garment, the power of God, death and birth, man’s word and God’s Law, knowledge as power and the bells of justice. The source of information is less important here than the truth of the situation explained.The problem we have on earth, and it will be with us until the cleansing this earth must be subjected to for recognitions of our origin that will re-establish our living on the planet emerges, is that we still ask the question whether Jesus was the Son of God or he was a nobody from the house of Joseph the carpenter. The answer must therefore determine whether to believe His mission of salvation or reject it. Very soon, much sooner than we think, we shall know whether we are creatures bound by Law or the Creator who has been, is and must remain the Law-Giver whether we accept it or not.

Chapter 11, Must We Today Eat Up Our Tomorrow, was a letter I wrote to Chief Earnest Shonekan when he was head of the interim government set up in 1993 but which saw President Babangida still in office until August 27 of that year. The need to publish this letter, for the first time, arose because of the debate going on in respect of what amounts to subsidy on the oil we consume. The question is whether we must die because of a political distraction or we should have trained our people to accept the sacrifices that developments demand. But what sacrifices can we ask people to make when more than half of our budget is spent or political officeholders who ought to be attending to official duties part-time?

The chapter, In The Name of God, almost missed this collation until someone reminded me of the reception it had when I spoke on the subject-matter at the Yakubu Gowon Centre forum at the Nigerian Institute of International affairs in Lagos in February, 1993. At that forum, I did hope I was not stepping on too many sensitive toes when I said that reference to IN THE NAME OF GOD “is not a reference in which all Nigerians consciously or unconsciously vibrate together on a particular wavelength that is objectively identifiable through, for want of a more practical word, intuitive sensing…” I pleaded that the implication of what I said was that “it is not the priest or the Imam that mouths the words IN THE NAME OF GOD that necessarily opens up a way to the Heights, to Luminous Realms; mouthing of the words IN THE NAME OF GOD may well throw open the gates to Hell where the mouthing lacks the ingredients of the invocation’s make-up. ..” The truth is that if you want to call Abuja and the number you dial is Port Harcourt, the answer will come from Port Harcourt even if you expected it from Abuja. It is no different with spiritual matters. If your heart is dark and you mouth that Holy Name, your call will be directed downwards, into the Depths where it will register with Satan, the king of the depths.

The next four chapters, Letter to My Son; One Man Who Inspired Me, The Birth of Obama, and Between Speeches and Prayers, round off the collation. Letter to My Son is like the appendix to my work, Experiment With Disintegration, which chronicled the June 12 election saga and the fall-outs. I was so upset by what our leaders were doing that I had to report our generation to those who were born in 1993 and would be 30 years old by the year 2024, and old enough to judge our generation by what they find in the Nigeria of 2024, in the hope that we would still be in one piece. I pleaded not guilty to our national indiscretions and said the facts recorded in the book constituted the proof of evidence. The dramatis personae were listed by name in the letter and it was my hope that they would retrace their steps before they spent eight years in office, which was the maximum tenure for the executives at the federal and state levels. In the month the book was published, in November 1993,they were all out of power, expelled by Abacha who also dissolved all the legislative houses and political institutions. The One Man Who Inspired Me was a piece I wrote because a young lady whose father had pzassed on wept that in spite of what the dad had done, no one came around to mourn him. My write-up, published in many newspapers, told the story of a man and his values. He was my hero not because he had material wealth to throw around but because he gave me inspiration that made me begin to bear the name, Tony Momoh. The Birth of Obama, speaks volumes of age and its many meanings; and the final chapter, Between Speeches and Prayers, is an indictment of prayers which, in our degeneracy we have reduced to speeches hauled at God.

As has been shown early in this introduction, many people are suspicious, even on edge, when they hear anything to do with spirit and the spiritual. The fault is as much with those who explain what they know little about and us who are sold on concepts that time has shown to be little understood. For more than 30 years, as I have said, I have in my lectures and writings, sought to draw a line between what is material and what is spiritual, two consistencies that are alien one to the other. For the first time, in this collection, therefore I bring together some of the many subjects on which I reflected the spiritual dimension to enliven mundane issues. The electrifying effect on the outcome is evident in the offering. Two appendices are included as a bonus to you for examining this work and taking up the challenge that ignorance has imposed on our preoccupation with the horizontal dimension in pushing for solutions that demand a vertical perspective. They are the piece on Eating to Live and not Living to Eat; and the place of water in curing diseases.

Your examination of this invaluable work will give you an idea of the ideal gift you can acquire for those you love because it is a gift that must change their lives for ever.



April, 2009


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