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  • A Swamp full of Dollars By Michael Peel ()
    A Swamp full of Dollars by Michael Peel - was one of the books in focus in the 2011 Garden City Literary Festival.

    Peel introduces readers to Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta with an uncommon insight. This is made possible by his interaction with the key actors in the country’s oil saga.

    It was a time of intense debate as is expected when the Niger Delta is the topic for discussion. While some felt strongly that a non-violent approach to resolving conflicts could bring long-lasting solutions, others felt that violence was necessary. Chibuzor Eferebo, a book club member said ‘Violence is the language of the unheard’.

    In his contribution, Prof. Allagoa shared wisdom when he pointed out that there were different approaches to seeking solutions to agitation, as shown by Ken Saro-wiwa and Asari Dokubo.

    We should attempt to understand those who choose the path of violence while realising that we have gone past the era where violence was needed as a tool for change.

     He said it is necessary to acknowledge the anger that the current situations raises in us and perhaps write about it, as some people have done, but after that, it is important to have hope for a better future.

    The moderator, Mrs Uduak Bassey, concluded by reminding attendees of the importance of oiling the wheel of change by deciding to do our best, in our little corners devoid of corruption, which is the crux of the Niger Delta situation.

    In time, we will have the Nigeria of our dreams.

    Nigeria like Russia is a petrochemical hegemon within its part of the world. Both countries have populations of 140 million people each and dismal records on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index. Nigeria has however had to cope with oil-related insurgencies that have left many thinking the discovery of oil more of a curse than a blessing.

    Journalist Michael Peel paints a powerful picture of how oil shaped Nigeria’s history; its development, the civil war, the military era and the current 4thRepublic. The book also quibbles about a future that could play out sooner than later. It is an interesting read and a fair appraisal of Nigeria’s prospects as the country approaches its Centenary in 2014.

    A Swamp Full of Dollars is luridly eye-opening.
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  • Ibrahim Babangida: The Military, Politics and Power in Nigeria By Dan Agbese ()
    In a country where the art of writing life history has been bastardised to serve selfish political interests, the author of a new biography or autography is a suspect, especially with the 2015 presidential election around the corner. So, when this reviewer got a copy of Dan Agbese’s latest work on the former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida; Ibrahim Babangida: The Military, Politics and Power in Nigeria, his first impulse was to find out if it was actually a biography or just another hagiography.
    He rushed to the chapters dealing with issues like the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election widely believed to have been won by Chief MKO Abiola, the controversial Structural Adjustment Programme, Dele Giwa’s murder, etc. He compared the author’s analyses on the topics with his fiery comments on the same issues in the Newswatch magazine in the ’80s and ’90s to see if there were contradictions that would suggest he is an emergency biographer trying to repackage Babangida.
    But Agbese’s perspective in this book proves to be quite consistent with his previous viewpoint: IBB is a tragic hero. The 433-page book comprising eighteen chapters is a classical case study of a leader who started out with the noble aim of bettering his country but got swept off by the whirlwind of his personal ambition and parochial considerations just when his noble dream was about to be realized.
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  • Power, Politics and Death By Olusegun Adeniyi ()
    If you follow the political scene in Nigeria closely you’d know that there are some secrets hidden from even Wikileaks! Power, Politics and Death, an exciting new book by Olusegun Adeniyi, provides an insider’s account of the late President Yar’Adua—the man and the president—as never told before.

    Adeniyi, spokesman for the late president, tells of President Yar’Adua’s time in office in a manner that is both honest and heartfelt, going past the rumours and speculation that surrounded his administration and his health to deliver the truth. He also exposes the power tussles and intrigue that go on behind the scenes, in the corridors of power. Power, Politics and Death is sure to change the way you think of Nigerian politics and the late President Yar’Adua.
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  • My Watch – A Memoir by Olusegun Obasanjo (3 Vols) ()
    "During his watch, a watchman has no sleep and no respite."
    - Olusegun Obasanjo

    Following in the steps of his previous memoirs, My Command and Not My Will, Olusegun Obasanjo's My Watch is more than the story of the Obasanjo presidency told by the man himself. It is a memoir of a lifetime spent in service to country, of a man who has been destined with the watch, with the vigilance, with the responsibility to his people to speak up and speak out.

    My Watch spans large expanses of time, from the pre-colonial Owu history, to early Abeokuta and the last throes of an independent city state at turn-of-the-century colonial Nigeria, to the early life of its author, his civil war experience, his stewardship of the transitional government of 1976-1979, the interregnum, his second appearance on the national scene as a civilian president on Nigeria's return to democracy in 1999, the completion of the first civilian-civilian transfer of government in Nigeria's history that inaugurated the Yar'Adua presidency and signalled the end of Obasanjo's tenure in office, and the years hence.

    Presented in three volumes, this exquisitely narrated memoir, in turns intensely personal and broadly nationalistic and international, completes a trilogy of autobiographies—My Command, Not My Will, and My Watch—told by this sojourner of Nigerian and world history.
     

    Book Info

    Publisher: Kachifo Limited under its Prestige Imprint
    Year of first release: 2014
    Planned release date: November 2014
    The book is presented as a three-volume boxset in hardcase and paperback editions. The book is trimmed at 150x235mm, portrait. The page counts are 506, 672, and 400 pages respectively for Volumes 1, 2, and 3. We present a well-designed, illustrated in full colour where relevant, and factual memoir written by the man himself.

    Author's Bio

    Olusegun Obasanjo, soldier, statesman, author and farmer, born on Ifo Market Day in Ibogun-Olaogun in what was then Abeokuta Province of 1930s colonial Nigeria, joined the Nigerian Army in 1958. He served in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the Congo between 1960-1961 and rose to become the General Officer Commanding the 3 Marine Commando Division of the Nigerian Army, which ended the 30-month Nigerian Civil War.

    After the war, Obasanjo resumed his duties as the commander of the Nigerian Army Corps of Engineers. He was appointed Federal Commissioner (Minister) for Works in the Gowon Administration, and was appointed Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters—thus becoming the number 2 man in the government hierarchy—after the change of government in 1975.

    Obasanjo served as Head of State of the Federal Military Government and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces from 1976-1979 following the assassination of General Murtala Muhammed in a failed putsch. He handed over to a civilian regime in 1979 and retired to private life of farming. As a statesman he was called upon by the international community, in one instance to serve as co-chair of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons' Group constituted to work on negotiated settlement for the ending of the South African Apartheid policy in 1985. He was also a candidate for the office of Secretary-General of the United Nations in 1991.

    Olusegun Obasanjo, a fearless critic of bad government in Africa and particularly in Nigeria, was jailed after the "phantom coup" trial in 1995 by the Abacha Military Regime. He emerged from prison in 1998 and became a candidate for the presidency in the run-up to the military handover to a democratic civilian administration. He won the election and was sworn-in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigerian on May 29 1999.

    He stepped down from the presidency in 2007 at the end of his second term and returned to his farm. He still serves the international community in several capacities. He is currently the chief promoter of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.

    Olusegun Obasanjo has authored several books, significant amongst them, My Command, about his experiences in the Nigerian Civil War; Not My Will, about his service to the nation as Military Head of State; This Animal Called Man, a philosophical reflection on the nature of man written during his time as a political prisoner; and Nzeogwu, about his friend and key figure in the January 1966 coup. This book, My Watch, his latest memoir, promises to join the other books as odes to a life of service to God, humanity and country.

    Table of Contents
     
    VOLUME 1: My Watch - Early Life and the Military
    Introduction
     
    Part I: Early Life
    1)         Ifo Market Day

    1. The Owus in Yorubaland
    2. The Family
    3. Village Life
    4. From Village to City
    5. The City of Abeokuta
    6. Ibadan- The Oluyole City
     
    Part II: Military Career and Administration

    1. Teshie - The Beginning of a Career
    2. From Dream to Reality: Going to the UK
    3. Close to Active Military Operation
    4. Returning Home
    5. Kaduna-The Cosmopolitan City of Crocodiles
    6. The Congo
    7. From Infantry to Corps of Engineers
    8. Assuming Command of Engineers Unit
    9. The Indian Staff College Course
    10. The First Coup And Its Aftermath
    11. Ibadan On Military Assignment
    12. The Nigerian Civil War
    13. The Royal College of Defence Studies
    14. First Step Into Government
    15. The Third Coup
     
    Part III: Life After Military Administration

    1. The Inter-regnum
    2. Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group on South Africa
    3. The Race to the 38th Floor
    4. National Unity Organisation of Nigeria (NUON)
    5. My Arrest: The Abacha Saga
    6. The Prison Experience
     
     
    VOLUME 2: My Watch - Political and Public Affairs
                                       
    Part IV: Second Coming – Politics & Political Affairs

    1. Entry Into Politics
    2. Political Consultations and Convention
    3. Campaigns and the Elections
    4. Planning & Preparation for Governance
    5. Beginning of Governance
    6. Constitution Amendments
    7. The External Dimensions
    8. Atiku and US Justice Entanglement
    9. Succession, Transition and Exit
     
    Part V: Second Coming - Governance

    1. Credo and Orientation
    1. Credo
    2. Worship
    3. Death of Stella
    1. Judicial Commission
    1. Investigation of Human Rights Violations – Oputa Panel
    1. Conflict Resolutions
    1. Bakassi
    2. Militancy in the Niger Delta
    3. Internal Conflicts
    4. Regional Conflicts and Relations
    1. Fuel, Energy & Power Reforms
    1. Fuel Shortage
    2. Oil & Gas, Local Content, Marginal Fields
    3. Power & Energy
    1. Economic Reforms
    1. Transportation
    2. Privatisation
    3. Agriculture & Presidential Initiatives
    4. Tourism
    5. Debt Relief
    6. Needs & Vision 2020
    1. Financial Management Reforms
    1. Fighting Corruption
    2. Wage Increase
    3. Monetisation
    4. Contributory Pension Scheme
    5. Recovery of Looted Funds
    6. Price Intelligence Unit
    7. Banking Reform
    1. Social Welfare Services Reforms
    1. National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS
    2. Polio Immunisation
    3. National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC
    4. Millennium Development Goals, MDGs
    5. Universal Basic Education, UBE
    6. Housing and Urban Development
    7. Census 2006
    1. Civil Service Reforms
    1. Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA
    2. Local Government Councils
    3. e-Government
    4. SERVICOM
    1. Administrative Enhancement
    1. Independent Policy Group, IPG
    2. Informal Inner Circle in Governance  (Kitchen Cabinet)
    3. Honorary Presidential Advisory Councils & Other Committees
    4. Executive-Legislative Relations
    5. Visits to States
    6. Improving the National Image
    7. Stated Goals and Proven Performance
     
    VOLUME 3: My Watch -Now and Then
     
    Part VI: Now and Thereafter

    1. Stand Up and Look
    2. Critical Assessment of Yar’Adua Administration
    3. Special Envoy of UN Secretary-General in DRC and Great Lakes Region
    4. To Be Or Not To Be: Jonathan
    5. The Presidential Library
    6. The Nigeria Centenary
    7. The Media and The Critics
    8. Global Events, Involvement in Note-Worthy Organisations and Leaders
    9. Elections Observations
    10. The Missed, the Missing and the Lost Chances
    11. From Now To...
    12. Epilogue
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