By Adefolarin A. Olamilekan
The book, In the Struggle, written by Comrade Ogbu Alexander Ameh and published by OJ Digital Press, centers on a character, Ojireto. The book is a reflection of the early life of Ojireto and how he came in contact with the Marxist Socialist Ideology. While the book may incite a controversy going by its title from a radical intellectual perspective, the title also serves many purposes because it can be distinguished from others like it on organization, mobilization, and revolutionary change advocacy. In that, it is written primarily for activists, labour leaders, students, women and concerned citizens who desire genuine change.
This book was written from the perspective of Marxist’s philosophy. In Karl Marx words, “philosophers have interpreted the world in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.” This quotation seems to allude to the content of this book and what it intends to achieve. From the preface, acknowledgement, dedication, revolutionary quotes, prologue, and commentary, it is loaded with insightful, salient and proactive thoughts that match the current debates of a whole new generation of activists’ position towards struggles. The author proved his worth by clarity of his application of Marxism to exploit the essence of struggle.
In the Struggle contains six chapters with thought provoking topics, cutting across socio- economic and political issues that informed the major character, Ojireto’s revolutionary struggle in life. The storyline, therefore, reflects what real life struggle encompasses. For instance, Chapter One titled “In Retrospect” exposes the early childhood experience and contradiction that goes with it, as Ojireto becomes a victim of his own society ills.
“The Odyssey” appears in Chapter Two, accounting for Ojireto’s city life and adventure in journalism. All these picture the zeal, vision and determination to succeed against all odds. It is to serve as succor in the impact of what life gives when we fail to struggle. Chapter three examines “Another Vista” placing before Ojireto a foothold in journalism career in Lagos, while his ideological horizon was being shaped through networking and contact with like minds. Chapter Four is “Revolutionary Inclination”. It details an account on Marxist socialist ideology teaching and training preoccupying Ojireto minds. This incubation of this idea strengthens his foresight in advocacy toward reawaking of Pan-Africanism consciousness among African youths.
The author’s good understanding of capitalism exposed his intellectual radicalism on the subject of struggle and confrontation demand between social classes, and the question of which class rules.”
“The Quest for Power” is in Chapter; while “The Dawn of Reality” in Chapter Six focuses on 2015 general election and the “change mantra”. The election year serves as a chance to experiment Ojireto’s political organizational skill. A grasp of the struggle concept, which is widely misrepresented and misunderstood, is necessary for the understanding of those involved or interested in taking to the streets and be able to increase and clarify their understanding of Marxism. If this book reaches a tiny fraction of like minds, it will achieve its purpose.