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Aliko Mohammad Dangote: The Biography of the Richest Black Person in the World by Moshood Ademola Fayemiwo and Margie Marie Neal (eBook)
About the Book

The New York-based Forbes magazine had not deemed it fit to include an African south of the Sahara in its List of World’s Billionaires in its 100-year history until 2008 when the name of Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote appeared worth $3.3 billion. In 2011, Aliko’s fortune jumped to astronomical $13.8 billion, a–544 % increase in the history of wealth creation. Today, this African is the world’s richest black person worth $16.1 billion.

How did he achieve this feat? What were the sources of his wealth? How did a -56-year old half orphan, who grew up in the arid dessert of Kano, northern Nigeria, invest a- $500 loan and turn it into the largest business conglomerate in Nigeria and West Africa in 36 years?

The authors of this book were in Africa for 16 months to investigate the story of this billionaire. The book is purely an independent research and a seminal work by the authors, who managed to resist censorship during their field work, and succeeded in presenting readers Aliko Dangote’s secrets of success which aspiring business people can learn from in the life history of Aliko Dangote, especially on how to start small and grow big. This is the first and only authoritatively-researched and comprehensively-investigated biography of Aliko Mohammad Dangote, the richest black person in the world.
 

What People Are Saying About This Book:
 

This book is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys learning about how different people of all walks of life become rich and successful, and what it takes to get to the top.”—Readers Favorite Book (Starred Review), USA.

 

A compelling book about a unique personality in Africa.”—Goodreads, USA

Flawlessly written, Dangote stands out as a hallmark of excellent artisanship and knowledgeable chronicling.”—Bookplex Review of Books, Mumbai, India

I am deeply impressed by this work…I commend it to all and sundry.”—Prof. Adebowale Adefuye (PhD), Nigeria’s Ambassador in the United States, Washington, DC, USA

 

Nigerian Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the richest black person in the world, is a witness to the fact that success as a passionate entrepreneur is not limited by race, ethnicity or national origin.”—Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.-(D-IL) 2nd Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC, USA

 

In a land lacking a culture of independent biography, this is a starting point and Dangote is a promising introduction to the fascinating and still largely unmapped universe of one of the world’s richest men.”—The Huffington Post

 

Dangote has trumped long held assumptions, cultural archetypes and stereotypes, to become known as a respected business man, power broker and philanthropist.”—Hon Gloria Hyatt, Member of the British Empire (MBE), motivational speaker, education, coach and managing director, Teach Consultancy Limited, UK

This is a timely book on Aliko Dangote and the positive changes that are taking place in Africa.”—Prof. Vijay Mahajan, former Dean, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and currently John Harbin Centennial Chair of Business, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas, Austin USA

A must-read manual of success.”—The Nigerian Voice magazine, The Netherlands

This book is a compelling narrative about an exceptional African entrepreneur.” Wale Adebanwi (PhD), Associate Professor, of African American and African Studies, and author of ‘Democracy and Prebendalism in Nigeria: Critical Interpretations’, University of California, Davis, USA

From Aliko Mohammad Dangote, we see that Aliko’s life is a careful balancing act, in a country where politics by every definition of it is more than everything.”—Tolu Ogunlesi, author, writer and columnist for The Punch newspapers and winner, 2009 CNN Multi-Choice African Journalism Award, Lagos, Nigeria

In turns journalese and scholarly, this revealing book is a remarkable addition to the genre of biography which is often abused on the one hand by Africa’s influential politicians and businessman anxious to rewrite history in their favor.”—Nduka Otiono (PhD), Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of African Studies, Carleton University Ottawa, Canada

This is a highly inspirational and engaging book on the success of a rich man. The words are superb and the narrative is engaging.”—Gloria Espinoza, Adjunct Professor, Dominion University, River Forest, IL, USA

Considering that the insubstantial book culture in Nigeria and much of Africa is replete with hagiographies and vanity publications, this researched biography on Aliko Dangote by two respected authors is a most welcome replenishing of a famished bookstore. I will recommend it to my students.”—Ayo Olukotun (PhD), Professor of Politics & International Relations; author of “Repressive State and Resurgent Media under Nigeria’s Military Dictatorship,” Lead University, Ibadan, western Nigeria


I am proud of the authors and commend them for the painstaking efforts that went into this seminal work.”—Emeka Linus Emekauwa (PhD), General Manager & Professor of Mass Communications; host, “Forum on Africa and America” (Saturday 3pm-60m) program, WSHA 88.9 FM Radio, Raleigh, NC, USA

About the Authors
 

MOSHOOD ADEMOLA FAYEMIWO was a newspaper publisher/editor in Nigeria where he grew up but now lives in Chicago. He earned B.A. Education/Social Science at the University of Lagos, Nigeria; M.A. Mass Communications (Journalism & Media Studies) from the University of South Florida, Tampa and M.S Information Science, M.A in History & Literary Studies from the State University of New York. His Doctorate is in Public Policy & Administration and he is author of Who’s Who of Africans in America and four published books. He is a member of several professional organizations: Association of American University Professors (AAUP); National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ); Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ); Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE); American Association of Public Administrators etc. His forthcoming book is; Jonathan;The Squandering of Good Luck.

 

MARGIE MARIE NEAL is former university professor, education consultant, and reading coach in Chicago. An alumna of State University of New York where she received B.S. in World History; M.S. in Reading from the Chicago State University, MSSED from American College of Education, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her Doctorate is in Education Organizational Leadership. She is co-author, “People Power in Africa:A Week That Changed Nigeria Forever“, and author of; “The Roles of Professional Organizations in the Effective Teaching of Reading in Chicago Public School-CPS: The IRA and IRC as Case Studies,” (forthcoming). She is president, Alternative Lifestyle Communication, DBA, Chicago.

 

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Reforming the Unreformable: Lessons from Nigeria By Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Overview

Corrupt, mismanaged, and seemingly hopeless: that’s how the international community viewed Nigeria in the early 2000s. Then Nigeria implemented a sweeping set of economic and political changes and began to reform the unreformable. This book tells the story of how a dedicated and politically committed team of reformers set out to fix a series of broken institutions, and in the process repositioned Nigeria’s economy in ways that helped create a more diversified springboard for steadier long-term growth.

The author, Harvard- and MIT-trained economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, currently Nigeria’s Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance and formerly Managing Director of the World Bank, played a crucial part in her country’s economic reforms. In Nigeria’s Debt Management Office, and later as Minister of Finance, she spearheaded negotiations with the Paris Club that led to the wiping out of $30 billion of Nigeria’s external debt, 60 percent of which was outright cancellation. Reforming the Unreformable offers an insider’s view of those debt negotiations; it also details the fight against corruption and the struggle to implement a series of macroeconomic and structural reforms.

This story of development economics in action, written from the front lines of economic reform in Africa, offers a unique perspective on the complex and uncertain global economic environment.

About the Authors

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is Nigeria’s Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance. From 2007 to 2011 she was Managing Director of the World Bank, overseeing activities in South Asia, Europe, Central Asia, and Africa.

Oskar Juhlin is Professor in the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University and founder of the Mobile Life VINN Excellence Center.

Table of Contents

  • Contents
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • 1 Setting the Stage for Reform 1
  • 2 Advancing Macroeconomic Reforms 19
  • 3 Promoting Privatization, Deregulation, and Liberalization 35
  • 4 Launching Other Structural Reforms 51
  • 5 Fighting Corruption 81
  • 6 Obtaining Debt Relief 95
  • 7 Reflections on the Reforms and Lessons for Reformers 119
  • 8 Conclusions and a Look Forward 133
  • Appendix: Figures and Tables 145
  • Notes 181
  • References 185
  • About the Author 189
  • Index 191

Endorsements

"This insider's account of the valiant attempt to reform Nigeria's economy will inspire anyone committed to changing the course of their country."—Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel laureate in Economic Sciences, 2001

"This extremely informative and thought-provoking book provides a masterful account of the interplay of technical economic management and political will constrained by vested interest in undertaking transformative reforms in developing countries. Every page speaks to the Liberian experience in microcosm. This will be required reading by the Cabinet and students in our institutions of higher learning. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala remains a courageous champion for sound economic management and performance."—Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia

"An important book which incisively reveals what the real barriers to development are, and the political constraints to removing them. Inspiring and compulsory reading for development scholars and practitioners."—James Robinson, David Florence Professor of Government, Harvard University

"Just as Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala forces open budget processes, these pages force open our eyes to the complexities of political life in Nigeria. Throughout her incarnations as the corruption cop, finance minister, tough decision maker, and managing director she has been and remains a great friend and an inspiring mentor. This is an essential guidebook for reformers everywhere."—Bono

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The Book of Joe: The Life, Wit, and (Sometimes Accidental) Wisdom of Joe Biden Hardcover by Jeff Wilser
The aviators. The Amtrak. The ice cream cones. The memes. Few politicians are as iconic, or as beloved, as Joe Biden. Now, in The Book of Joe, Biden fans will finally have the definitive look at America's favorite vice president—and what he can teach us.

Structured around key moments in Biden's life and career—and filled with Biden-isms like "That's a bunch of malarkey" and "I may be Irish, but I'm not stupid"—this blend of biography, advice, and humor will reveal the experiences that forged Joe Biden, and the lessons we can use in our own lives. Along the way, readers will also encounter fun sidebars on his love of muscle cars, his most endearing gaffes, his bromance with President Obama, and much more.

Yet beneath the memorable Biden-isms, the book will reveal an inspirational story of a man who keeps "getting back up." We need this right now. Much as Biden has come back from both professional missteps and personal heartbreaks, sometimes we all have to get back up and fight. Given Biden's reputation as a decent, plainspoken, patriotic statesman of integrity, this entertaining and practical book will be both a celebration of great political figure and an essential guide to creating the America he believes in so dearly
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My odyssey: An Autobiography By Nnamdi Azikiwe
Nnamdi Azikiwe, a well-known African elder statesman, for many years played a prominent role in the fight for the emancipation of Black Africa from colonial rule. A key figure among West African nationalists who envisaged a united Ibo people, he was the first and only President of independent Nigeria before the coup in 1966. His autobiography covers his formative years up to 1947, when, at the age of forty-five, he entered politics as the President of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons, the majority party of the Eastern region.
His odyssey begins with his boyhood in Onitsha, where he dreamed of owning a printing press, and he describes in fascinating detail his genealogy, his family background, and the traditions in which he was raised as an Ibo. He describes his early religious indoctrination in the Christian schools of Lagos and Calabar, where he first became aware of the anomalies of the colonial African societies in which an alien ruling elite imposed racial discrimination on Africans. During his secondary education, he was introduced to the writings of Marcus Garvey, the sermons of Dr. Kweygir Aggrey, and a biography of President Garfield. The messages of these men-Garvey's call for the liberation of Africa from the colonial governments, Dr. Aggrey's hope for a social rebirth and a new spiritual outlook among and toward Africans, and President Garfield's frontier spirit and willpower in the face of poverty-inspired Zik to pursue his university education in the United States in the hope that it would prepare him for leadership of the Nigerian independence movement.
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Alibaba The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark
An engrossing, insider’s account of how a teacher built one of the world’s most valuable companies—rivaling Walmart & Amazon—and forever reshaped the global economy.

In just a decade and half Jack Ma, a man from modest beginnings who started out as an English teacher, founded and built Alibaba into one of the world’s largest companies, an e-commerce empire on which hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers depend. Alibaba’s $25 billion IPO in 2014 was the largest global IPO ever. A Rockefeller of his age who is courted by CEOs and Presidents around the world, Jack is an icon for China’s booming private sector and the gatekeeper to hundreds of millions of middle class consumers.

Duncan Clark first met Jack in 1999 in the small apartment where Jack founded Alibaba. Granted unprecedented access to a wealth of new material including exclusive interviews, Clark draws on his own experience as an early advisor to Alibaba and two decades in China chronicling the Internet’s impact on the country to create an authoritative, compelling narrative account of Alibaba’s rise.

How did Jack overcome his humble origins and early failures to achieve massive success with Alibaba? How did he outsmart rival entrepreneurs from China and Silicon Valley? Can Alibaba maintain its 80% market share? As it forges ahead into finance and entertainment, are there limits to Alibaba’s ambitions? How does the Chinese government view its rise? Will Alibaba expand further overseas, including in the U.S.?

Clark tells Alibaba’s tale in the context of China’s momentous economic and social changes, illuminating an unlikely corporate titan as never before.
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JP CLARK - A VOYAGE By Femi Osofisan (Hardback)

The definitive biography of “the main animating force of African poetry” 

JP Clark: A Voyage is the definitive biography of Clark by Femi Osofisan, himself one of Nigeria’s most accomplished playwrights. It chronicles the life and career of the man John Pepper Clark – Bekederemo, from his remarkable childhood to his emergence in the 60s among the best and brightest of Nigerian literature. For the first time, JP breaks his silence about the controversial position he took during Nigeria’s Civil War and discusses his relationship with Soyinka and Achebe.

Generally regarded as the most lyrical of the poets of his generation for his simple, down to earth, visual and descriptive imagery, which makes his poems among the most memorable, JP Clark is perhaps the most underrated of Nigeria’s literary giants: Achebe, Soyinka and Okigbo, being the others.

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Young Mandela By David James Smith
Nelson Mandela has been mythologised as a flawless hero of the liberation struggle. But how exactly did his early life shape the triumphs to come? 
 
This book goes behind the myth to find the man who people have forgotten or never knew - Young Mandela, the committed freedom fighter, who left his wife and children behind to go on the run from the police in the early 1960s. 
 
But his historic achievements came at a heavy price and David James Smith graphically describes the emotional turmoil Mandela left in his wake.
 
After meticulous research, and taking a lead from Mandela's trusted circle, the author discovers much that is new, surprising, and sometimes shocking that will enhance our understanding of the world's elder statesman. For the first time, we have evidence of a specific personal motivation for Mandela's fight against apartheid, and this book sheds light on the significant extent to which Mandela relied on white activists - a part of South African history the ANC has ignored or tried to bury. 
 
Sanctified, lionised, it turns out that Mandela is a human being after all, only too aware of his flaws and shortcomings.
 
With unique access to people and papers, culminating in a meeting with Mandela himself, Smith has written the single most important contribution to our knowledge of this global icon. 
 
About the Author
 
David James Smith was born in 1956 and has been a journalist all his working life. He writes for the Sunday Times Magazine.
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Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage By Richard Stengel
We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela, who recently celebrated his ninety-first birthday, is the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. He liber-ated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped unite oppressor and oppressed in a way that had never been done before. 
Now Richard Stengel, the editor of "Time "maga-zine, has distilled countless hours of intimate conver-sation with Mandela into fifteen essential life lessons. For nearly three years, including the critical period when Mandela moved South Africa toward the first democratic elections in its history, Stengel collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography and traveled with him everywhere. Eating with him, watching him campaign, hearing him think out loud, Stengel came to know all the different sides of this complex man and became a cherished friend and colleague. 
In "Mandela's Way, "Stengel recounts the moments in which "the grandfather of South Africa" was tested and shares the wisdom he learned: why courage is more than the absence of fear, why we should keep our rivals close, why the answer is not always either/or but often "both," how important it is for each of us to find something away from the world that gives us pleasure and satisfaction--our own garden. Woven into these life lessons are remarkable stories--of Mandela's child-hood as the protege of a tribal king, of his early days as a freedom fighter, of the twenty-seven-year imprison-ment that could not break him, and of his new and fulfilling marriage at the age of eighty. 
This compact book is profoundly inspiring. It captures the spirit of this extraordinary man--warrior, martyr, husband, statesman, and moral leader--and spurs us to look within ourselves, reconsider the things we take for granted, and contemplate the legacy we'll leave behind.
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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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Vindication Of A General By Lt Gen (Dr) IR Bamaiyi (rtd)
Fighting for Justice

How do we know who we really are unless we’re tested? Would you fight for what you believe in even if it could lead to your demise?

As a boy, I had dreamed of being a soldier, but when I grew up and enlisted I found it was not what I had imagined. Where I had envisioned camaraderie, honor, and respect, I found secrets, lies, and backstabbing. I found corruption where there should have been cooperation, and, worst of all, malice where only valor should have thrived. I became caught up in a series of attempts to overthrow the government—and became a target myself because I knew too much.

Most of all I learned that it is only in humility that we find peace. When we begin to think we are better than another man, that is the point at which our downfall begins.

About the Author

Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Ishaya
RiziWadtareBamaiyi (rtd.) was born in Stench village, Nigeria. He graduated from Bida Teachers College and joined the Nigerian army in 1967 as aspecial-enlistmentrecruit. He went to the Nigerian Defense Academy as a corporal and commanded seven different infantry battalions, four brigades, and the Lagos Garrison before being appointedchiefof army staff in 1996. He served under the military administration of late Gen. Sani Abacha and was on December 10,1999charged with attempted murder of Guardian Newspaper Publisher, Alex Ibru. He was charged alongside former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to Gen Abacha, Maj. Hamza al-Mustapha, and others by the Lagos State Government. Bamaiyi was, however, discharged and acquitted on April 2,2008of any wrongdoing in the saga, after eight years in detention.
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Nelson Mandela: Portrait of an Extraordinary Man By Richard Stengel
Inspirational wisdom from the world's greatest moral leader.
 
Written by the co-author of international bestseller Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela: Portrait of an Extraordinary Man presents fifteen powerful lessons on life and leadership based on the life and work of Nelson Mandela, whose fight against apartheid in South Africa has become an enduring example of resistance against injustice and oppression. A recipient of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, Mandela is a man who truly changed the course of world history and is arguably the most inspirational figure of the past century.
 
Stengel spent almost three years with Mandela working on his bestselling autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, and through that process became a close friend. Written with the blessing of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, to which the author will donate a percentage of his royalties, Nelson Mandela: Portrait of an Extraordinary Man is an inspirational book of wisdom that will encourage people of all ages to look within themselves to improve their lives, to reconsider the things they take for granted, and to think about the legacy they leave behind. 
 
About the Author
 
Richard Stengel is the managing editor of Time Magazine. He spent two years collaborating with Nelson Mandela on Mandela's bestselling and critically acclaimed autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. He has written for many publications, including The New Yorker and New York Times and is also the author of January Sun: One Day, Three Lives, A South African Town and You're too Kind: A Brief History of Flattery. Mandela is godfather to his two sons and introduced him to his wife.
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No Easy Walk to Freedom Speeches, Letters and Other Writings By Nelson Mandela
'There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountain tops of our desires.'
 
After twenty-seven years in prison, Nelson Mandela finally walked free in February 1990. This collection of his articles, speeches, letters from underground, and the transcripts from his trials, vividly demonstrates the charisma and determination of a towering figure in the struggle for racial equality in South Africa. Now in a new edition, Now Easy Walk to Freedom is both a vital historical document and a chronicle of the life and thoughts of one of the greatest campaigners for freedom the world has known.
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Mandela: The Authorised Biography By Anthony Sampson
In 1975, imprisoned for life on Robben Island, Nelson Mandela covertly wrote his autobiography. After painstaking months the text was smuggled out--and was promptly quashed by the African National Congress. In his later Long Walk to Freedom Mandela politely expresses "surprise" at this. Sampson reveals that Joe Slovo suppressed the book for not giving enough prominence to Communists. This revelation is remarkable--the ANC could have made much mileage from the book at a time of low fortune--yet Sampson does not follow up. There is too often a sense of eggshells lightly walked upon.
 
Mandela improves as the prisoner's release approaches. Sampson sharply exposes the machinations of those undermining the ANC's struggle. The CIA knew of the Third Force years before the ANC, yet said nothing. Right-wing governments attacked "Mandela the Communist", preferring to promote Inkhata's Buthelezi, at that time secretly and violently colluding with de Klerk's apartheid regime. Against the small-minded figures of Reagan, Thatcher and Kohl it is Mandela who emerges here a giant. South Africa won her freedom through Mandela: his strength of character and willingness to forgive helped push a country into an alternative future, avoiding the racial civil war almost all predicted. Yet he and his kin paid an awful price. Sampson draws a painful, clear picture of a disintegrating family: dislocation from children; the terrible effects of the war on Winnie, and her increasingly erratic, later murderous behaviour; Mandela's own aching loneliness. It is in capturing Madiba, the ultimate public figure, at his most intense and private, that Sampson's Mandela succeeds best. --Chris Woods
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Mandela : A Biography By Martin Meredith
Nelson Mandela stands out as one of the most admired political figures of the twentieth century. It was his leadership and moral courage above all that helped to deliver a peaceful end to apartheid in South Africa after years of racial division and violence and to establish a fledgling democracy there. Martin Meredith's vivid portrayal of this towering leader was originally acclaimed as 'an exemplary work of biography: instructive, illuminating, as well as felicitously written' (Kirkus Reviews), providing 'new insights on the man and his time' (Washington Post). Now Meredith has revisited and significantly updated his biography to incorporate a decade of additional perspective and hindsight on the man and his legacy and to examine how far his hopes for the new South Africa have been realised. Published as South Africa celebrates 100 years since its founding and hosts the 2010 World Cup, Mandela is the most thorough and up-to-date account available of the life of its most revered hero. 
 
About the Author
 
Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer and historian who has written extensively on Africa and its recent history. He is the author of many books including The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence; Mugabe: Power, Plunder, and the Struggle for Zimbabwe, and Mandela: A Biography. He lives near Oxford.
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The Obamas: The Untold Story of an African Family By Peter Firstbrook
Peter Firstbrook spent many months in Kenya researching the history of Barack Obama's family. Peter is the only person to have traced Obama's roots from the present back through more than twenty generations, thanks to the Luo tribe's remarkable oral tradition.

Seen though the eyes of the Obama family this will be the story of an African dynasty going back over 400 years. It is a truly astonishing drama culminating in the inauguration of Barack Obama on 20 January 2009, watched by Obama's African family on a flickering television clustered under a group of trees in the twilight of Kobama village in Kenya. A very special hundred or so men, women and children amongst billions all around the world who viewed the momentous event of the swearing in of the first black President of the United States.

This book establishes the early ancestry of the Obama family in the Alego region, telling the story of farmers and fishermen, of love and tribal warfare, of families lost and found. It traces the Obama roots from famous tribal warriors in the seventeenth century to the first encounters with the white man in the early 1900s; generation by generation we follow the family through colonial rule and the fight for Kenyan independence, including the Mau Mau and the relationship of Barack Obama's father with President Kenyatta.

This is a book about a family whose destiny is unknown to them. It is a true testament to the belief that any person can make their mark in the world no matter how humble their origins.

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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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Water Must Flow Uphill:Adventures in university administration By Roger Makanjuola
This is a riveting story of triumph against all odds and tragedies, all in an ivory tower. The Author, once the Chief Medical Director of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex and Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife has told a gripping story in his compelling memoirs. The style and honesty in which it was told makes it a very revelatory and poignant read. The story is set against a determination to succeed. Spanning a period of about 15years, the book gives an incisive insight into the challenges of managing tertiary institutions, most of which are still relevant today. It is an account of enormous energy, sincere and creative efforts, unalloyed commitment and love.
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WS: A Life in Full
A "photo-biography" of Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka
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Early Achebe By Bernth Lindfors
Early Achebe deals with the essays, stories, and groundbreaking novels Chinua Achebe published between 1951 and 1966 during the first phase of the writer s long and distinguished literary career. Lindfors, a longstanding and renowned scholar and critic of African literature, demonstrates vividly the pervasive influence the subject s early writing had not only on fellow Nigerian authors but also on teachers and critics of African literature both on the continent and abroad. The book concludes with a previously unpublished lecture by Achebe titled The Writer and the African Revolution delivered at The University of Texas at Austin in November 1969, followed by Achebe s responses to questions he was asked by students, faculty, and townspeople at the time. Bernth Lindfors the major sleuth of African literature has struck gold again. The goldmine reveals a decidedly comic Achebe in his early work, segueing to his more serious writing, the result of the tragedy of Biafra. Few writers want to see their earliest scribbling brought back into full light or photos from long ago reproduced. Credit must go to both Chinua Achebe and Bernth Lindfors for resuscitating these important materials. Charles R. Larson, Author of The Emergence of African Fiction and The Ordeal of the African Writer If anybody else outside Africa has been helpful in making to use Chinua Achebe's words about Ulli Beier Africans to see themselves through the freshness of their own vision, it is Bernth Lindfors. With its fondness for the excavating detail, the vernacular elegance of its style, and the unremitting respect and admiration for his subject's integrity as a writer, Early Achebe both enfolds and simulates Achebe's reciprocal pedagogy in all its stylistic and global width. Raoul J. Granqvist, Professor Emeritus of English Literature, Umeå University, Sweden A coherent critical groundwork and an important contribution to African literary history, Lindfors s Early Achebe is a unique starting-point for a deeper understanding of the cultural contexts, esthetic roots, thematic commitments, and stylistic features of not only Achebe s fiction but also his poetry and essays. Chukwuma Azuonye, Professor of African Literature, University of Massachusetts, Boston As one of the pioneers of African literature criticism and editor of the monumental bibliographical series Black African Literature in English, Bernth Lindfors has made contributions to African literature that are always exciting and full of relevance. His latest book, Early Achebe, which contains Chinua Achebe's earliest writings going back to his undergraduate days at University College, Ibadan, and Lindfors's own earliest essays on Achebe, is a gift of love to students and teachers of Achebe's works, and a necessary addition to the ever-growing body of commentaries in the field of Achebe studies. ... Early Achebe is, thus, an important and opportune work; it could not have been issued a moment too soon. Emmanuel Obiechina Associate Fellow, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University, and Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters
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Telling It As It Is: The Autobiography of Chief Ayo Adebanjo
The 18-chapter autobiography, ‘Telling It As It Is’ is a compelling, frank narrative of politics and life spanning nine decades, seamlessly combining the author’s personal and political narrative in a very relatable, thoughtful, yet witty style.
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Our Fathers’ Land : Including Reminiscences On The Nigerian Civil War By Titus Okereke
Titus Okereke treats us to a world worth living in his book, Our Fathers’ Land – Including Reminiscences on the Nigerian Civil War. This is the first book of its class, an autobiographic tale well told, to come out of an alumnus of the old University College, Ibadan, from a graduate of the early sixties, 1960-1964.
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Footprints Of An Iconic Diplomat By Chief Emeka Anyaoku
Not surprisingly, the volume of written material on chief Emeka Anyaoku is considerable. Yet, a common thread runs through all of them - each publication gives insight into the unimpeachable character of the man; This publication, Footprints of an Iconic Diplomat, is no different. it's only distinction being that it presents a largely pictorial version of the Emeka Anyaoku narrative; that it portrays a fullness of life, depth of purpose and breadth of impact that few can lay claim to; that it personalises the well-used phrase, a picture is worth more than a thousand words. Indeed, this pictorial biography like its name, speaks to the extensive footprints in both the literal and figurative sense, of Nigeria's and certainly one of Africa's most respected diplomatic icons.
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One Step Ahead: Life As A Spy, Detective and Anti-Graft Czar by Farida Waziri
“It is the story of a young girl’s journey through life, from being a Catholic girl to a Muslim; from being born of a Tiv family in Benue to becoming a matriarch in Tangale family from Gombe; from a police officer who was the best recruit in 1967 to becoming Assistant Inspector General of Police, who also became a lawyer. Along the way, there were assassination attempts, face-off with cranks and officials in foreign lands, thrust and parry with criminals and personal tragedies of losing loved ones, particularly husband and daughter within one year. “I have written this book, not as a rejoinder to past polemics or false accusations and fabrications against my personality by individuals, groups or institutions. I have simply put the story of my life together to fill some gaps in the history of the country.”
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The War Against Counterfeit Medicine My Story By Dora Nkem Akunyili
There is a general agreement that piracy; counterfeiting and passing off are unfair. However, there is often surreptitious - or even open - sympathy for, say, those who purchase counterfeit designer fashions or the latest technical gadgets. The pirate is even sometimes represented as a daring evil hero. In this book, Prof. Dora Nkem Akunyili, Director General of Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, presents a unique study of a global phenomenon in which law-breaking and profiteering prevail at the cost of human health and life - and of the ways in which this can be fought by appropriate legislation, regulation and enforcement.
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Shehu Shagari: Beckoned to Serve: An Autobiography By Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari
Shehu Shagari was the first democratically elected Executive President of the Federa Republic of Nigeria. His autobiography shared his experience from early childhood through his period as president in 1979-1983, and beyond. Born the son of a village chief, he became a school teacher, political activist and committed democrat and nationalist. His story is told within the context of the transition from colonial rule to independence and the struggle to build a stable country with democratic institutions and values. Detained by Babangida, all Shagari's personal documents were destroyed, and this reconstruction has been aided by academics, and former ministers and advisers.
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Arrest the Music: Fela and His Rebel Acts and Politics
A lively study of the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and a persuasive interpretation of the social context, instrumentation, lyrics, visual art, and people through which he produced his music.
Arrest the Music! is a lively musical study of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, one of Africa’s most recognizable, popular, and controversial musicians. The flamboyant originator of the "Afrobeat" sound and self-proclaimed voice of the voiceless, Fela used music, sharp-tongued lyrics, and derisive humor to challenge the shortcomings of Nigerian and postcolonial African states. Looking at the social context, instrumentation, lyrics, visual art, people, and organizations through which Fela produced his music, Tejumola Olaniyan offers a wider, more suggestive perspective on Fela and his impact on listeners in all parts of the world.
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Moment of Truth: The Compelling Story of Pastor Tunde Bakare
Tunde Bakare is a Nigerian Prophetic-Apostolic pastor. He has received national and international attention for his televangelism, which has sometimes been critical of the Nigerian government. He presides over Global Apostolic Impact Network (GAIN) - a network of churches, ministries and kingdom businesses committed to advancing the Kingdom of God on earth. Dr. Bakare is also the President of Latter Rain Ministries, Inc. (Church Development Center) in Atlanta, GA, USA.
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Ajayi Crowther: The Triumphs and Travails of a Legend By Femi Osofisan
SAMUEL AJAYI CROWTHER was born in 1809 in the little village of Osogun, now in the southwestern state of Oyo in Nigeria. Captured by slave-raiders in 1821, he was freed by British war ships and settled in Freetown. There, he became educated, was baptized, and the first student enrolled at the famous Fourah Bay College. He became a priest of the Anglican Church, was posted to Abeokuta along with others to start the mission there and, having participated in some expeditions up the Niger River, was eventually appointed as the first black Bishop for West Africa...Ajayi Crowther was initially commissioned by The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Nigeria, City of David Parish, and is one of Osofisan’s most recent plays
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I'll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle's dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.
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In the Blink of an Eye: By EUGENIA ABU
In the Blink of an Eye is a tapestry of life itself, evoking memories of times past, re¬visited in today's climes. Social justice, love for humankind, need for resilience, and interviews with achievers to lift our spirits, are the threads that run through this beautiful book, woven carefully by the author with wit and elegant language to make the reader feel at home. Using language at its brilliant best, Eugenia Abu brings us to tears in tributes, gives us joy in humour and looks us in the face in dealing with social issues. Eight chapters of non-stop enchantment take us . through a tease of men, gender .advocacy, literary reviews, personal joys and tragedies; re-uniting us with our inner souls and mirroring the society for the good of all of us. There is unparalleled Nigerianness, history and intellectual rigour. Then there are quotations to enlighten, and wisdom from far¬flung places, as well as critical analyses of national and world issues.
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Who Really Is General Muhammadu Buhari? By Professor Tam David-West
I have over time written a lot about General Buhari. This includes two formal works: “Who Really Is General Muhammadu Buhari?” and “The Sixteen ‘Sins’ of General Muhammadu Buhari.” The first was launched publicly at The Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island on March 9, 2009. The second book was launched in Kaduna (29 July, 2010) and Port Harcourt (14 March, 2011). Both events were crowd-pullers. I must mention that General Buhari was kept in the dark about both projects. I only informed him some two weeks to the launching. I don’t have to consult him to tell the truth about him.
 - Professor Tam David-West
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In the radiance of the sage: The life and times of HID Awolowo By Dr Wale Adebanwi

The outstanding biography of HID Awolowo as presented by Dr. Wale Adebanwi follows reality as it shapes a narrative in the meaning of a constructive life. Though Ikenne is home and in its soil is where the placenta of Miss Hannah Idowu Dideolu was buried and to that city her life, times, and eventual demise revolves; places like Ibadan, Ikeja, and Apapa also feature in this story of many hills.

The book of nine chapters (excluding the epilogue and prologue) opens when the subject is a grown woman and the following chapter presents her as a woman growing up in different cities.  As you well know, most cities are confluences of history, politics, commerce, religion and other concerns of life that help (re)shape the lives of natives and residents who call the place home.  To really know a person or a collective, a researcher must open the innards of the various spaces and places that gave birth to, and nurtured the person and the group she identifies with. This preposition is not too far from DmitiriKalugin’s injunction that “[a] particular challenge for the poetics of biography is the peculiar character of the constitution of the biographical subject. It evolves through the interaction between textual strategies and the realm of social facts such as the workings of institutions, models of behavior, notions of success and recognition, etc.” None of these elements as enunciated by Kalugin is absent in In the Radiance of the Sage.

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AWUJALE
THAT every man has a story to tell is a notorious fact. The Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba S.K. Adetona has now told his own in an autobiography, Awujale (275 pp) which was launched in Ijebu Ode on Saturday, June 26, 2010 to coincide with his 50th coronation anniversary. The Oba rejected a commissioned biography about ten years ago, saying “I knew it was not my story”. And then one night he had a dream, and “I saw the book, my book with the title and the various chapters, I woke up in the morning and I started to write the book. Here is the book”, the Awujale is quoted as saying. If this is a way of whetting the readers’ appetite, I think it is quite smart.

The Awujale of Ijebuland is one of those few obas in his category whose opinions are respected because they can be trusted to be forthright even when they are wrong. He gives the impression in this book that only he, and a few of his friends including the Oba of Benin, Erediauwa II, the Akija of Ikija, Oba Adekoya, and Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi III have demonstrated exemplary integrity in the face of pressures. This may be debatable but the truth is that since 1960 when the present Awujale ascended the throne of his forefathers, so much has happened to discredit the traditional institution.

Many traditional rulers have become notorious for their lack of decorum, victims of the politicization of the traditional institution, the collapse of values, and the transition from a tradition to modernity, and of course, their own hubris. As recently as last month, one oba in Akure, one fellow formerly known as the Deji of Akure, threw his crown into the gutter when he went to the home of an estranged wife to take the law into his own hands and behaved like a thug. There have been reports of traditional rulers who have been found to be patrons of armed robbery gangs, traditional rulers who were caught pants down with the wives of their subjects or were struck down by thunderbolt, what the Yorubas call magun, that is “don’t climb,” a traditional voodoo method of eliminating male adulterers. In his account, Oba Adetona offers additional instances of traditional rulers turning themselves into “boys” under military rule, and of the same so-called highnesses and royal majesties betraying their people in order to be accepted by the politicians or soldiers in power. Awujale is a strong defender of the traditional institution and its continuing relevance, and of the need to modernize it and for its principal figures to be upright.
You can read more about the review of this book from HERE
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Path of Destiny: An Autobiography By Jimoh Mosobalaje Oyawoye
I am descended from four major Yoruba royal families. Through my father, I am descended from Ajase-po royal family on the one part and Offa royal family on the other. Through my mother, from Ila Orangun and Ikirun royal families. Importantly, Ila was the Head of the Igbomina as Offa was the Head of the Ibolo. I have thus been blessed to have descended from four Yoruba dynasties.

Intuitively, I see myself as an avatar of a sort; embodying all the virtues and nuances of these royal blood. Easily, this story of my life could carry the title: Alade Merin, but my journey through life has been inexplicably tied to several other factors that have overshadowed my royal beginnings. There is a slice of my life that is far more profound or do I say, that has remained vivid as it flickers in my subconscious. A chance meeting with that great American poet, Robert Frost while doing my Ph.D in the U.K. and even earlier before, my encounter with his most prominent poem The Road Not Taken (as an undergraduate in the U.S.A.), which purportedly ponders on the choices we make, or refuse to make, as we wade through the seas of life, provided a veritable interpretation of my life. In this wise, this memoir is a PATH OF DESTINY.

In this compelling and forthcoming account of his life, Professor Oyawoye demonstrates the values and principles - loyalty to his family, friends, and community; a strict adherence to professional integrity and excellence - which have made him respected and highly admired among his peers, his immediate community and the nation at large.
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Gandhi - An Autobiography: Or The Story Of My Experiments With Truth
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in Western India in 1869. He was educated in London and later travelled to South Africa, where he experienced racism and took up the rights of Indians, instituting his first campaign of passive resistance. In 1915 he returned to British-controlled India, bringing to a country in the throes of independence his commitment to non-violent change, and his belief always in the power of truth. Under Gandhi's lead, millions of protesters would engage in mass campaigns of civil disobedience, seeking change through ahimsa, or non-violence. For Gandhi, the long path towards Indian independence would lead to imprisonment and hardship, yet he never once forgot the principles of truth and non-violence so dear to him. Written in the 1920s, Gandhi's autobiography tells of his struggles and his inspirations; a powerful and enduring statement of an extraordinary life.
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Memoir of Mixed Blessings By Theophilus Oluwole Akindele - HardBack
The memoirs of Theophilus Oluwole Akindele tell the story of a man whose life took many interesting twists and turns to bring him to the pinnacle of the telecommunication industry in Nigeria. …he joined the Colonial Civil Service as a principal telecommunications engineer in charge of the Lagos territory. He rose through the ranks to become Director-General of Communications. Akindele’s account of key events in the political history of Nigeria, being close friends with Ademulegun, Ironsi, and Ogundipe in particular, bring new insights to the turbulent events of the first republic and the subsequent military regimes (Aguyi-Ironsi, Gowon and Murtala Mohammed’s). His role in telecommunication during the civil war gives us fresh insight into important events of that period. Most interesting, however, was the battle of wills that occurred, when he was pitted against Murtala Mohammed, over the signing of the ITT/Radio Corporation of Nigeria contract. This saga eventually cost him his job and could be said to be one of the factors that precipitated the coup of 1976.
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A Profile of Courage By Major General Paul Chabri Tarfa
A Profile of Courage is the memoir of Paul Chabri Tarfa, retired Major General of the Nigerian Army. In lucid prose, he recounts his upbringing in Garkida, his choice of a career in the Army, his role in frustrating the January 15, 1966 coup at the Federal Guards, Lagos, and his active participation in the military through the Civil War, coups and counter-coups until his retirement in 1988. Revised in view of restating his truth to today’s Nigeria, A Profile in Courage channels the lives of Birma Bata, Usman Vidau, Paul Tarfa himself, Yakubu Gowon, T. Y. Danjuma, Ahmadu Kurfi and many others faced with decisions requiring courage in times of extreme emergency.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul Chabri Tarfa was born in Garkida, Adamawa State of Nigeria, in 1941. A member of NMTC Course 5, he was commissioned into the Nigerian Army as a Second Lieutenant in October, 1963, and retired as a Major General in January 1988. General Tarfa has served in many units, including in the UN Peacekeeping forces in Congo, at the elite Federal Guards (now Brigade of Guards), as Provost Marshal of the Corp of the Military Police (MP) and as Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy.
A career Infantry officer, his actions at the Federal Guards in 1966 led to the frustration of the January 15 military coup; he served as Battalion Commander during the Nigerian Civil War and was military administrator of Oyo State from July 1978 to October 1979.
Following his retirement, he was appointed MD/CEO of the Nigerian Railway Corporation and later headed a nine-man panel to reorganize and restructure the Nigerian Customs and Excise. An avid golfer, General Paul Tarfa lives in Kaduna where he enjoys the company of his grandchildren and works on his poultry and citrus farm. He holds the traditional title of Yeriman Garkida.
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Emeka By Frederick Forsyth
Biafran war. Anioma, the Igbo homeland west of the River Niger, was for long absent in the accounts on the civil war; yet, the Anioma like their Igbo kith and kin east of the River Niger (who led the Biafran revolution and fought the Nigerian federal government from 1967 to 1970) were as involved militarily and otherwise as Biafrans in the confrontation with the federal government all through that period of crisis. In analyzing Anioma women war-time roles, the book draws largely on interviews with women who survived the war, some of whom were adults during the crisis and others who were children at the time.
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Olusegun Obasanjo The Presidential Legacy 1999 - 2007 vol. 1 & vol. 2 By Ladipo Akinkugbe
Writing about the Obasanjo years compels rather more than the Presidential Legacy. These two volumes focus on what he found on the table as he came in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and what he left on that table in 2007.
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