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Awoism: Select Themes on the Complex Ideology of Chief Obafemi Awolowo By Akin Omoboriowo
Select Theme on the Complex Ideology of Chief Obafemi Awolowo By Akin Omoboriowo
Chief Obafemi Awolowo: The Political Moses is a story of a man who dedicated the entirety of his life to serve humanity and the development of mankind. The Author makes use of the noun Moses to depict the tiresome journey of an activist who fought rigorously alongside others to gain independence for his people. The fact that his ambition to be president of Nigeria was foiled is in itself a matter of discussion transcending the Nigerian political debate till now. As late Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu once said “Awolowo, the Best President Nigeria never had”.

The book investigates the celebrated treasonable felony of 1962; bringing into focus the case hearings and the political unrest of the period, party system and political parties in Nigeria, Nigeria electoral processes from Pre-colonial era to the fourth republic, review of political prisoners around the world, and making succinct recommendations for Nigeria electoral processes.

Chief Obafemi Awolowo: the political Moses unravels a political betrayer by major party members of Action Group likening this to the betrayal of Jesus Christ by Judas Iscariots. It is a must read book for researchers, students of political science and law, lecturers, and anybody that aspires to be great.

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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.

Awo or Zik: Who Won the 1951 Western Nigeria Election By Alhaji Ganiyu Dawodu
Alhaji Ganiyu Dawodu is a consummate grassroots politician of the Awolowo Political School of Thought whose hallmark is discipline, service, integrity and loyalty. Educated in Nigeria, he was organizing secretary of the Action Group, Lagos Zone, 1958-1962. He was later an elected councilor and Lagos State Commissioner, holding various portfolios, including Agriculture, Health and Social Welfare, or Sport and Social Development, and Local Government and Community Development.
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Obafemi Awolowo Lessons in Leadership and Legacy by Tunde Oseni (Ph.D.)
This book is well-written by scholars of diverse perspectives. It cuts across politics, economics, law, sociology, ideology and leadership. The collection focuses on the ideas and ideals of OBAFEMI AWOLOWO, the First Premier of Western Nigeria, ex-Federal Commissioner of Finance and Vice-Chairman, Federal Executive Council, philosopher-king, erudite scholar, lawyer, writer, thinker, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, politician and presidential candidate. In essence, the treatise engages the readers with critical reflections on the lessons of leadership and legacy of the popular sage. Topics treated and areas covered include the following:

Envisioning National Progress

Building on the Legacy of Obafemi Awolowo Obafemi Awolowo

Mental Magnitude and Charismatic Legitimation Personified Awolowo’s Leadership Spirit Awoism as a Legacy

A Party Ideology Perspective The Awo-Akintola Historic Feud:

A Contemporary Interrogation The Change Mantra

Learning from Awo’s Legacies Awoism as an African Social Thought and Legacy Between Memory and Heritage

Obafemi Awolowo as a Political Prisoner in Calabar Awo and Mandela: Contrasts and Comparisons

Tactics and Principles Awo’s Quotes Tributes
Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of Remo: the local politics of a Nigerian nationalist
This book examines the evolution of a distinctive Yoruba community, Remo, and the central role played in this process by the Remo-born nationalist and Yoruba leader Obafemi Awolowo (1909–87). Based on a subtle analysis of local-level politics, this book argues that traditional and modern participatory structures play an important role both in Yoruba politics and in the African postcolonial state. At the same time, its focus on Awolowo makes an important contribution to the scholarly debate on one of Nigeria’s most important politicians
Awo, on the trail of a titan: essays in celebration of the Obafemi Awolowo centennial
“… his trajectory was providentially placed in a nation that , more than any other developing country, needed him most, a space of  both human and material  resources that was singularly  fitted to his massive capabilities, and this , sadly, was denied.” … Wole  Soyinka.
Chief  Obafemi  Awolowo, Nigeria  statesman  and one – time premier of Nigeria’s Western Region, spent most of his  life analyzing problems that beset the  country as well as suggesting  viable solutions to them . As politician and head of government,  he set a pace of development that should by now have taken Nigeria to an enviable position among the world’s  leading  economies, if the whole country had followed his example. In 1987 when he died,  Nigeria was still groping in the dark and reeling under the yoke of military rule; and now in 2009, the country merely drifts on.
In this book celebrating the centennial of his birth , many scholar examine the record of this great African philosopher, politician and leader, and show that his thoughts and methods – especially his emphasis on the development of individual man –contain the remedy for Nigeria’s, nay Africa’s, underdevelopment.


Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Prologue: for Obafemi Awolowo / Niyi Osundare
  • Forward: a guru for all times and all places / Wole Soyinka
  • Founding philosophy / Obafemi Awolowo Foundation
  • Acknowledgement / Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu
  • pt. I: Obafemi Awolowo as Leader
  • Obafemi Awolowo: politician, prophet philosopher and patriot / Akinjide Osuntokun
  • The essence of the Awolowo phenomenon / Itse Sagay
  • The quintessential Awo / Wale Adebanwi
  • Obafemi Awolowo and the golden era of the Yoruba / Segun Gbadegesin
  • Awo as a humanist / Sam A. Aluko
  • Remembering Awo: reminiscences / Mvendaga Jibo
  • Obafemi Awolowo: reflections of a native son / Richard Joseph
  • pt. II: Obafemi Awolowo's legacy for Nigeria
  • Fundamental essentials of the Awolowo heritage / Banji Akintoye
  • Obafemi Awolowo's development legacy / David O. Oke
  • Resuscitating Awo's development legacy / David O. Oke
  • Awo and te Opticom idea / Akin L. Mabogunje
  • pt. III: Footprints on the sands of time
  • Awoism, the Awoist and Awology / Francis I. Ogunmodede
  • Rebuilding the Nigerian educational system for the 21st century / Anya O. Anya
  • Awo on minorities and revenue allocation / Obaro Ikieme
  • Awolowo and culture / Ropo Sekoni
  • In the fraternity of the pen: Obafemi Awolowo as a journalist / Olatunji Dare
  • pt. IV: Awolowo in and through history
  • The titan and the titanic / Asebayo Williams
  • A corporate profile: Odu'a Investment Company Ltd.
  • Index.
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. Chief Obafemi Oyeniyi Awolowo took an interest in his country’s well-being and transformed the economy of Nigeria.  AWO Unfinished Greatness presents to us a disciplined, yet stylish man who was dedicated to God and his country. The book covers Awolowo’s career from 1947 to 1987 and answers our most pressing questions: What did Awolowo do for Nigeria? What part did he play in the civil war? What was the cause of the tension between Awolowo and the Igbo people?

Ogunsanwo briefly narrates Awolowo’s beginning years; his experience as the son of a farmer and the sudden change that his father’s death effected in his young life. Despite the challenges he faced, Awolowo finished his education and was called to the bar in 1946. Ogunsanwo skips forward from there and focuses on the pertinent years of Awolowo’s life, the years during which he became one of Nigeria’s founding fathers.

Perhaps I speak for myself, but it was ethereal to read about people like Awolowo, Herbert Macauley, Ahmadu Bello; names that I am familiar with because I often drive on those streets. The book was a living breathing time machine and allowed the reader to step into an era that is long gone.

Were you aware that Awolowo loved sports? He showed his commitment by approving the building of the impressive Liberty Stadium. Did you know he was the first gender-sensitive leader in Nigeria? Or that he brought the first television network to Nigeria’s doorstep? In this book, Awolowo becomes more than just a political leader but a man of passion, vision and conscience. It is worth reading the Awo Unfinished Greatness in order to put a character to the familiar face (after all his face is plastered on our currency).

In 1979, Awolowo was asked,

 “Who takes over if you drop dead?” He replied: “I don’t know. What I know is that people will meet and select someone with outstanding discipline in a peaceful and orderly manner. There should be no problem about a successor. When I was in jail, the party went on all the same…”

Awolowo may not have known who would take over from him, but he made sure  his legacy was so great that you cannot but compare all his successors to his governance. Ogunsanwo does Awolowo justice with his words and the biography is simple, seamless and a pleasure to read.

My Early Life By Obafemi Awolowo
The book is an autobiography of the late sage and Yoruba leader, Chief Obafemi Awolowo of blessed memory.The author chronicled his early life from childhood in Ikenne, a town in current Ogun State, Nigeria, to the date when he was called to the bar as a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

Between these periods, the young Awolowo had attended several schools , been a domestic servant to four masters, gathered firewood for sale to settle his school fees and also worked as labourer in farms since he was determined to be great in life whatever it took him.

Later, he was a pupil teacher, stenographer, college clerk, newspaper reporter, money-lender, produce buyer, transporter, trade unionist, food contractor and letter writer.Much later, he became an emerging politician.

Having gone through the thick and thin at different phases of his life,a well rounded Awolowo, even before death, was referred to as a sage as he often had solutions to most human problems.

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AWO: The Last Conversation By Moses Akin Makinde
Oral history has an exalted and treasured place in African tradition. Hence, when oral history transforms to written history, the end product is inevitably invaluable.  If a testimonial to that effect was ever needed, Moses Akin Makinde’s book, AWO: The Last Conversation provides one with its niche, form and philosophical utility.
AWO – The Autobiography Of Chief Obafemi Awolowo
Chief Obafemi Awolowo (1909-1987) was the leader of Nigeria's Action Group party and the first indigenous Premier of Western Nigeria. He campaigned heavily for developmental change and implemented free primary education and child healthcare policies across the Western Region. Awolowo began work on this autobiography in 1957, at a time when Nigeria's request for self-government had been refused. The work was completed in 1960, the year Nigeria gained its long-awaited independence. Accordingly, this autobiography is dedicated to a 'new and free Nigeria', with the trust that its people will enjoy 'a more abundant life'. This determined, self-made leader here describes his youth, education and politics. He writes of his hope that this tale of stubborn perseverance can become 'a source of inspiration' in itself, and indeed, this account will fascinate anyone with an interest in Africa, the history and politics of Western Nigeria, or a love of insightful political autobiography.
Ọbafẹmi Awolọwọ: The End of an Era? : Selected Papers from the National Conference on "Obafemi Awolowo

Selected Papers from the National Conference on "Obafemi Awolowo, the End of an Era?" : Held at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife from 4th to 8th October, 1987

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