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  • YOU MUST SET FORTH AT DAWN: A MEMOIR by Wole Soyinka ()
    Mr. Soyinka, masterfully uses his life as a running commentary for the state of political affairs in Nigeria since 1960. While the book does speak on a lot of serious issues there are many moments of hilarity such as when W.H Auden passes him off as an African Prince and the quest to recover an acient mask that led Mr. Soyinka to Brazil.

    You Must Set Forth at Dawn is a book full of revelations, which in actuality brings into public glare the political animal in Soyinka and the extent to which he was steeped in national politics, which may led some political leaders to see him as meddlesome.  While his dalliance with Biafra earned him a prison term and resulted in his book, The Man Died” he maintained some questionable affinity to General Babangida and loathed General Abacha. Indeed, it was said, that it was Soyinka who gave Gen. Abacha the moniker “deaf and dumb.”

    Mr. Soyinka's style tends to be a little heavy on grammar but overall it is a great book, one that you will love to have bought.
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  • Aké: The Years of Childhood: Wole Soyinka’s Memoir ()
    Aké, the first volume of Nigerian Nobel prize winner Wole Soyinka's (possibly slightly fictionalized) autobiography, is the first book of his I've read. For most authors, an autobiography is probably not the best place to start; most of the time, I want a reason to care about what the author has done before getting into his life story.

    In this case, though, it doesn't disappoint at all. Aké chronicles young Wole's childhood up to about 11 years of age, and given that he was born in 1934, that's a fairly tumultuous time. While the world war rages somewhere just beyond the horizon, Nigeria is somewhere in between the old ways and the new ones, stuck between old tribal kingdoms and the new world, the old religion and Christianity, the old language and English, still ruled by the British but beginning to find a new identity of its own - which isn't an easy process, as shown by the occasional sobering flash-forward to Nigeria in the early 80s.

    Ake tells the story of Wole Soyinka's first eleven years as a child (1934–1945), a period that coincides with major historical events in Nigeria, and around the world – World War II and the famous Women's Uprising in Egbaland, an event in which the author played the role of a courier.

    Told, of course, with the benefit of hindsight, the story of Ake is rich, and the wit is bold and blithe. His touching and vivid evocation of the colourful sights, sounds, and aromas of the world that shaped him is lyrical, laced with humour and adorned with the sheer delight of a child's-eye view.

    This account contains invaluable and delightful vignettes of some of the individuals and events which were to shape the future political and human rights activist, and Nobel Laureate.

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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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