Friday December 19th, 2014
Friday December 19th, 2014
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Easter: Learn to forgive, Ekweremadu urges Nigerians

  /   in Awo vs Achebe 3:29 pm   /   Comments

The Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike  Ekweremadu, has called on Nigerians to imbibe the lessons of forgiveness and love inherent in Easter.

Ekweremadu made the call in an  Easter message  issued in Abuja on Saturday  by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Uche Anichukwu.

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Chinua Achebe had nothing personal against Awolowo, others — Ike, son

  /   in Awo vs Achebe, Top Stories 12:43 am   /   Comments

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It was a big shock to many when the news came that renowned novelist and ceberated author of Things Fall Apart, Prof. Chinua Achebe, was dead. This was so as the controversy generated by his autobiography, ‘There Was a Country’, was still fresh. The book had narrated Achebe’s experience in the Biafran war, accusing some principal actors of genocide against Igbo people.

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Achebe, no father of African literature — Soyinka

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*Soyinka

As celebrated author, Chinua Achebe’s final burial rites hold this week, Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka in this exclusive interview with Sahara Reporters paid tribute to the famous author but says he(Achebe) is not the father of African literature.

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All Is Fair In War And Love?(2)

  /   in Awo vs Achebe, For the record, Top Stories 12:01 am   /   Comments

*Gowon and Ojukwu

iii) If Ojukwu had not continued to hound Major Nzeogwu and his men where Ironsi stopped, because both of them were jealous of the towering popularity of Nzeogwu and his men, Ojukwu should have given Nzeogwu a fighting unit to command in the Civil War. A pamphlet ‘The Revolution: Heroes of Change The Life and Times of Major Kaduna Nzeogwu & Who Killed Him’ by Prof. Tom Forsyth, published by Ivory Tower Publishers, Atlanta Georgia USA, said “Another strange rumour about Nzeogwu’s death, has it that although he died in the battle field, the bullet that killed him wasn’t from the enemies, but from own soldiers who were detailed to kill him … “OJUKWU’S REACTION TO COMPLICITY IN NZEOGWU’S DEATH …

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All Is Fair In War And Love? By Mazi Chike Chidolue

  /   in Awo vs Achebe, For the record, Top Stories 1:44 pm   /   Comments

Chief Obafemi Awolowo during the Biafra-Nigeria war orchestrated an old maxim-All Is Fair In War And Love – adding the hardy Awolowo blend – Starvation is a legitimate weapon of warfare! What Chief Awolowo meant was that in war, no weapon is considered dangerous. The title of this article and what follows immediately have been chosen to put the whirling controversy in proper perspective and advert the minds of Dr. (Mrs.) Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, Femi Fani Kayode, Ebenezer Babatope, the renegade/inconsistent Awoist, Dr. Fasheun and other Awolowo apologists, to the background of the reference Prof. Chinua Achebe made to Chief Awolowo in his new book: There was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra which they found ‘disappointing, nonsensical, a twist of facts and a murder of history’. From what she said, it is likely that Dr. Mrs. Awolowo-Dosunmu has read Achebe’s book, while Babatope was belching fire out of manifest ignorance since he said, “Nigerians should expect detailed, honest, factual and objective replies to the Achebe nonsense after we have copies of the book in our hands.” I, also, have not read Achebe’s new book. I will, therefore, base my contribution on what the Sun and Vanguard newspapers published.

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Igbo Coup, Biafra: Damola Awoyokun, Too Small To Be A Hercules(2)

  /   in Awo vs Achebe, For the record, Top Stories 10:15 am   /   Comments

Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Alhaji Ahmadu Bello

Zik decided never to ally with Awolowo after the carpet – crossing incident of 1951 in the Western House of Assembly at Ibadan, which prevented the NCNC from forming the government in spite of the fact that the NCNC was declared the winner of that election or as Achebe would put it “Chief Awolowo ‘stole ‘ the Government from him(ZIK) in broad daylight.” Job opportunity or who would take over from the departing British was never part of the issue at all. During the colonial era and immediately after, the Igbo relied on merit and competence for advancement and securing appointments in the public service .

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Igbo Coup, Biafra: Damola Awoyokun, Too Small To Be A Hercules

  /   in Awo vs Achebe, For the record, Top Stories 11:05 am   /   Comments

*Gowon and Ojukwu

When I read your trilogy on Biafra, published in The NEWS Magazine of 25, February, 4 and 11 March 2013, based on 21,000 pages of American Secret Files, as you claimed, I wondered whether it was the same Damola Awoyokun who wrote EINSTEIN AND THE EXPRESSWAY CHURCHES in resplendent logic and language that is writing again. To read 21,000 pages is quite a feat, even if each page contains one line only! The time needed to read 21,000 pages will certainly tend to infinity as we say in mathematics.

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Achebe/Awo controversy: Fashola blames it on FG’s information data system

  /   in Awo vs Achebe 9:17 pm   /   Comments

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GOVERNOR Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, weekend, in the United States, attributed the lack of adequate information and data system by the Federal Government to the raging tension and controversy being generated in the wake of Professor Chinua Achebe’s latest book titled: There was a country – a personal history of Biafra.

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Civil War: Both Awo and Achebe were right – Muoboghare

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Prof. Muoboghare

Professor Patrick Muoboghare, a former leader of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Delta State University Abraka chapter turned Commissioner for Basic Education in Delta State, is never scared of controversies. In this interview, he bares his mind on the war of words in the aftermath of Chinua Achebe’s newest book; state police; indigenous crude oil refineries destruction; kidnapping; armed robbery; and sports. Excerpts:

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Awo vs Achebe: “We Remember Differently”, By Chimamanda Adichie

  /   in Awo vs Achebe, Top Stories 9:39 pm   /   Comments

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Chinua Achebe turns 82 this week, in this article Chimamanda Adichie celebrates the renown author and puts her voice to the raging controversy on Achebe’s book ” There Was A Country”

I have met Chinua Achebe only three times. The first, at the National Arts Club in Manhattan, I joined the admiring circle around him. A gentle-faced man in a wheelchair.

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Awolowo and the forgotten documents of the civil war, by Odia Ofeimun (4)

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This is the concluding part of Odia Ofeimun’s treatise on the Awolowo?Achebe civil war controversy. He makes useful suggestions to his Igbo brothers and sisters as well as other Nigerians on how to dump the self-righteous mentality of ‘WE AGAINST THEM”.

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Awolowo and the forgotten documents of the civil war, by Odia Ofeimun (3)

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Odia Ofeimun

Why did the plotters of the counter coup of July 1966 release Obafemi Awolowo from prison? What role did this play in whittling the position of Lt. Colonel Odumegwu Ojukwu? What did Awolowo offer Ojukwu that was outside of secession but which the latter turned down? You will read this and many more in today’s last but one series.

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Awolowo and the forgotten documents of the civil war, by Odia Ofeimun (2)

  /   in Awo vs Achebe, News 7:16 pm   /   Comments

*Gowon and Ojukwu

In this second part, you would observe views that are manifestly contradictory and would leave you with the conclusion that they can be described as products of biased minds or the display of crass ignorance – the former should suffice. The posers raised last week regarding the following are dealt with: Which book did Achebe write which captured all but a coup, of all that was happening wrongly in the country during the First Republic? Was Nnamdi Azikiwe sounded out by Igbo officers on the possibility of carrying out a coup in 1964, two years before the January 1966 coup? What was the plan of the coup makers of 1966 for Awolowo? Was Awolowo privy to what the eventual coup makers planned to do with him? What was so important about the Emmanuel Ifeajuna manuscript that Olusegun Obasanjo wanted to get to read it?

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Awolowo and the forgotten documents of the civil war, by Odia Ofeimun(1)

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The most comprehensive and almost cover-all organization of the documents of the Nigerian Civil War remains AHM Kirk-Greene’s CRISIS AND CONFLICT IN NIGERIA, A Documentary Sourcebook 1966-1970 Volume 1, and Volume 2, published by Oxford University Press London, New York and Ibadan in 1971. Volume One, according to the blurb, “describes the prelude to the war and the succession of coups from that of 15 January1966 which initially brought a military regime to power in Nigeria”.

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Achebe/Awo war: A plea for sanity –2

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“I must practice moderation and say that peace is better than the finest war in the world”, Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, 1762-1796. (VANGUARD BOOK OF QUOTATIONS p 183).

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The Achebe Controversy: Awolowo and the forgotten documents of the civil war, by Odia Ofeimun

  /   in Awo vs Achebe, Special Report 7:10 pm   /   Comments

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As the controversy created by Chinua Achebe’s new book, “THERE WAS A COUNTRY”, rages, social critic and poet, Odia Ofeimun – who has been thrown in the eye of the storm because of his first reaction which sought to exonerate Pa Obafemi Awolowo, who served as Vice Chairman to the ruling body of the Nigerian government and whom Achebe accused of war crimes because of the Nigerian government’s war-time policy which allegedly led to the starving of Igbos – presents in this piece never-before-revealed perspectives.

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The trouble with Achebe

  /   in Awo vs Achebe, From the Departure Lounge 3:34 am   /   Comments

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IF there is nothing to say, there are some people who would say, one should shut up. But, for writers, when there is nothing to say, is when they are at their best in saying nothing new.

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Achebe/Awo war: A plea for sanity –1

  /   in Awo vs Achebe, Frankly Speaking 12:11 am   /   Comments

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I wept for Nigeria when the excerpts of Chinua Achebe’s MEMOIRS, were published in Nigeria. I instinctively knew that the season of media and social lynch-mobs had started. It is one of the inevitable, but unintended consequences of that book. Wounds which were gradually healing might once again be re-opened depending on how we handle the intellectual bomb handed to us. It is my strong belief that we should defuse it; for, if we fail, the results will be disastrous beyond our wildest nightmares.

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Chinua Achebe, Biafra and the travesties of war (2)

  /   in Awo vs Achebe, Is'haq Modibbo Kawu 2:29 am   /   Comments

Chinua Achebe

It has taken 42 years for Nigeria’s (and Africa’s) greatest writer, Chinua Achebe, to produce a book of the tremendous passion as his personal recollection of Biafra. It couldn’t have been less controversial! More fundamental is his re-engagement with our country. His old passion to see it develop is embedded in the final words of the book

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Much ado about Achebe on Awo (2)

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WAR is not a piece of cake. If you want to fight you better be ready. Biafra was neither ready nor equipped for the secession bid.

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Igbo in Lagos urge caution over Achebe’s comments on Awo

  /   in Awo vs Achebe, News 12:20 am   /   Comments

LAGOS—Ndigbo Lagos have condemned the controversies generated by the comments of Professor Chinua Achebe, in his new book, describing it as unnecessary.

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Chinua Achebe: The lynch mob comes Out

  /   in Awo vs Achebe, The Orbit 12:20 am   /   Comments

Chinua Achebe

Publication, this past week, of Chinua Achebe’s memoir of Biafra, There Was A Country, had the Awoist camp up in arms. The Awoists – followers and defenders of the legacy of Chief Awolowo- have expended a lot of verbal grapes on the person of Chinua Achebe. It felt like a dangerous mob unleashed on one of the world’s most important cultural icons. All Achebe did was tell the truth about Awo.

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Achebe vs Awo: It’s sad and distressing – Ayo Adebanjo

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Adebanjo

I am sad and distressed that a literary giant and an elder statesman such as Professor Chinua Achebe should be credited with the statement attributed to him in his latest book on the Nigerian Civil War at this time in Nigeria’s political history, over 40 years after.

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Achebe is bias against Yorubas – Pa Fasoranti

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However, for the Yoruba leader, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti exonerated Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the pogrom and genocide that led to the killing of millions of Igbos during the civil war. He told Ishola Balogun that what Nigeria needs at the moment is how to consolidate on her unity which is currently under threat.

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Furore over Achebe’s Biafran memoir

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For many years, renowned writer, Professor Chinua Achebe was in search of a vehicle to convey the anguish of the Nigerian civil war. Today, the godfather of African literature whose pen boot is lace with controversy, conveys his personal memoir of the Biafran Nigerian civil war in his latest work, “There Was A Country.” Since the publication of the work, litany of criticisms have continued to trail issues raised in the book.

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Achebe: Sheath your anachronistic swords, Okwadike, Dr Ezeife

  /   in Awo vs Achebe, Features 11:30 pm   /   Comments

Among the Yoruba and the Igbo, the wise course, today, is realization-reconciliation-peace and solidarity. Yet ancient gladiators are itching to bring back yesterday. It is not just a matter of allowing sleeping dogs to lie. It is a matter of political maturity and wisdom. How should we react to historical facts which are out of alignment with our current aspirations? There are many such facts:

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Questions Achebe must answer – Fasehun

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The factional leader of Odua Peoples’ Congress (OPC) Dr. Frederick Fasehun flays Professor Chinua Achebe for attempting to exhume the dark days of the civil war to bear on the Igbo. He, however, advised the Igbos to jettison anybody without hesitation who is trying to remind them of their sordid past.

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Awolowo believes in one Nigeria – Shettima

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The continuing perceived marginalisation of the Igbos should be blamed on the people. The National President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Alhaji Yerima Shittima declared that Professor Achebe’s recent publication, ‘There was a Country,’ at this time, is a further threat to a country like Nigeria that is bogged down with imminent disintegration.

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Awolowo, Achebe controversy unnecessary – Ndigbo Lagos

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UMBRELLA body of Igbo living in Lagos, the Ndigbo Lagos, has described as unnecessary the flickering controversies trailing Professor Chinua Achebe’s comments in his new book, “There was a country,” that late Chief Obafemi Awolowo was part of General Yakubu Gowon’s cabinet that initiated pogrom and genocide as a policy that killed millions of Igbos especially children during the civil war.

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Civil War: We’ve no cause to regret what we did – Gowon

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Gen. Gowon

Nigerian Head of State, who prosecuted the civil war, General Yakubu Gowon, has absolved his regime and late Chief Obafemi Awolowo of accusations by Professor Chinua Achebe, in his new book, “There was a country,” that they pursued sub-human policies that killed Biafrans especially children during the war, which has been described as pogrom and genocide against the Igbo.

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There Was A Country : Achebe’s journey in time…

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There Was A Country… A Personal History of Biafra by world literary icon, Chinua Achebe is no doubt, another tour de force from the master story teller, who in 1958 through the publication of his classic narrative; Things Fall Apart inaugurated the birth of what is today known as African literature. Besides being the mother and midwife of modern African literature according African American novelist, Michael Thelwel, Achebe is also an important essayist, poet, social commentator and cultural archivist.

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Here they come again: The jingoists, the cynics and the sadists

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Every anniversary day of Nigeria‘s Independence is generally regarded as a day when Nigerians have absolute freedom to comment on the progress or otherwise, of their country. It is that day in which the President of the country reviews the events of the past year and assures the nation of good life ahead. The President‘s address to the nation is usually awaited for by all Nigerians and comments are thus made by different people, according to their mood, political standing and predilections.

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