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Commentary: Peter Enahoro Peter Pan tells it all about Nigeria

Nigeria and Africa’s foremost and respected journalist, Peter Enahoro “Peter Pan,” finally came out with his long awaited ‘autobiography,’ a 750  page treaties. The book is his personal account and reflections on the crisis of leadership in Nigeria, garnered over 50 years as a journalist in Nigeria and Africa, both as editor (and later Administrator) of The Daily Times and publisher of Africa Now Magazine.

The book, with its curious title, Then Spoke The Thunder, is published by an English publisher, Broadmind Communications and its Nigerian affiliate, Napmind Communications Limited. It was launched at the Nigerian Institute for International Affairs, Victoria Island, Lagos, yesterday under the Chairmanship of the Nigerian industrialist and corporate guru, Chief (Dr) Molade Okoya-Thomas OFR, FCNA, KSS. The launch was attended by other prominent Nigerians, academicians, professionals and journalists of varying generations and Peter Enahoro’s contemporaries and friends.

The list of attendees include dignitaries as Igwe Dr Alex Nwokedi, former Head of Public Relations, NNPC; Dr. Bazuaye, who represented Chief Fajemirokun; Chief Bayo Akinnola, Lisa of Ondo Kindom; Professor (Ambassador) George Obiozo; Professor Itsey Sagay; Alhaji U. Saro; Senator Udo Udoma, representatives of Peter Enahoro’s former school, Government College Ugbelli and others too numerous to mention.

The book, which publication was supported by Guarantee Trust Bank, whose Managing Director, Chief Tayo Aderinokun, personally attended, was published by a London-based publisher, Broadmind Communications Limited, whose directors include Nigerian born English solicitors, Bruce Ighalo, Kolawole Idowu and Patrick Okonmah. Apart from their main practice located in the heart of London, they recently opened offices of their firm, Kola Fitzpatrick Law Partnership, in Abuja and Lagos, but also affiliate offices in Los Angeles and Windsor, Ontario Canada.

Commending their efforts for a job well done, the Chairman of the occasion, Chief Dr. Okoya-Thomas, lamented the visionless leadership in Nigeria over the years, which he said compels talented Nigerian professionals to seek greener pastures abroad instead of plying their trade in Nigeria.

Then Spoke the Thunder, which is also to be launched at Abuja on December 7, 2009, will hit the book stands on that day.


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