BATTLELINES: ADVENTURES IN JOURNALISM AND POLITICS By Olusegun Osoba

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    Here’s a fascinating account of highlights of Olusegun Osoba’s life story. From his boyish pranks in the railway town of Osogbo, to the inner city of Lagos, where he attended secondary school and began his career as a journalist, to his sojourn in Ilorin and Ibadan, it is a journey driven by vision and enterprise. From his entry into the world of ideas-politics of Obafemi Awolowo’s Unity Party of Nigeria to his days in the Social Democratic Party’s politics of his hometown, Abeokuta and home-state of Ogun to the confounding intrigues on the national stage, the book takes the reader into the promise of the All Peoples Congress and Osoba’s stimulating world of networks and contacts.

    From the divine deliverance from the evil plots of the Abacha dictatorship to the governance of Ogun State, it is an absorbing account of how his life as a pressman, politician, and statesman intertwines with people in different places. It is a book that unearths Osoba as he has never been before. It is as much a story of love, hope, and achievement as it is a narrative of human foibles, of jealousies, persecutions, and setbacks. It is a chronicle of plots and betrayals, of high-mindedness and pettiness; documentation of history with revealing insights. It is an unusual account told by an engaging reporter. Racy and exciting, it is a book you will not put down in a hurry.

    Close encounters with death
    Growing up/Lagos life
    Good times, bad times at the Daily Times
    Lessons from the Civil War
    The Herald years
    Crusading journalism at the Sketch
    Second sojourn at the Times
    The Customs lady who stole my heart
    Awo, our unforgettable hero
    Awolowo and his team
    Large-hearted M.K.O Abiola
    The annulment of June 12 elections
    The unkindest cut
    Dark days under Abacha
    Governance and resource management
    Obasanjo, Ogun state, and the 2003 elections
    Official torment in Ogun state
    The emergence of All Progressive Congress
    Epilogue
    Addendum
    Index
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