Nna Amadioha, god of our forefathers and foremothers: We come before you with clear consciences, unburdened hearts and clean hands.
We pray that you help us to remember that good judgement and good character is more valuable than any amount of money or power, and that with your help, we can work to develop both.
We humbly ask that we may never turn a blind eye to injustice, for we know that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. May we work to right what has been wronged, and fix what has been spoiled.
Give us the wisdom to know the right thing to do, and the courage to actually do it. Unbind our lips so we may speak the truth in this world of illusions.
May your lightning strike fear in the hearts of those who do evil, and your thunder remind us of the collective power we have inside us.
Ya Gazie! (May we prosper)
We honor and greet Our Chi (God within us)
We honor and greet Chineke (Creative aspect of God)
We honor and greet Ani (Earth Mother)
We honor and greet Igwe (Sky Father)
We honor all the Alusi who stand around to guide and guard us
We honor the Alusi of the four points, Eke, Orie, Afo, Nkwo
We pray they never abandon us or get weary of us
We pray we are always able to access them
We honor and greet our sacred ancestors
We call upon the ones who lived and died for our freedoms
We pray their memories will not be forgotten
We pray they forgive us for forgetting them a lot of the time
We pray they remain with us for the healing of our homes,
communities, and the planet
We greet the elemental life in the four elements of fire, air,
water and earth
We offer thanks for their efforts in healing the planet
We pray we can learn to work with them in healing our planet
We pray for all humanity, all plant life, all animal life and in fact
all matter to awaken
We pray for heaven and earth to meet and dance in perfect
Now and forever more
– Nwaonishe Ezenwanyi from Conversations with the African Gods