Sunday, 28 May 2017

83rd birthday of Betty Shabazz

(Born 28 May 1934, PinehurstGeorgia [?]/DetroitMichUS)
Outstanding freedom exponent, academic, university administrator

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Friday, 26 May 2017

91st birthday of Miles Davis

(Born 26 May 1926, Alton, Illinois, US)
Trumpeter, composer, bandleader, innovative musical genius whose First Great Quintet & Sextet (1955-1958) and Second Great Quintet (1964-1968), as well as the later independent careers of each and everyone in these ensembles – tenor saxophonists John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter, altoist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, pianists Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock, bassists Paul Chambers and Ron Carter, and drummers Jimmy Cobb and Tony Williams  – plays a critically contributing role in the phenomenal growth and transformation of jazz, African American classical music, during this historic epoch of African American freedom mission
(Miles Davis & John Coltrane, Live in Stockholm 1960“All blues”/“The theme” [personnel: Davis, trumpet; Coltrane, tenor saxophone; Wynton Kelly, piano; Paul Chambers, bass; Jimmy Cobb, drums; recorded: live, Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden, 22 March 1960])
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Thursday, 25 May 2017

FWD: Mmuo Biafra all over the place...

(O Obusonjo: “The effect of [this] singular achievement of the Air Force especially on 3 Marine Commando Division was profound. It raised morale of all service personnel...”)
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That 51 years almost to the day, Olusegun Obasanjo, a particularly fiendishly ingrained Nigeria genocidist operative would be asking for Biafrans, in some meeting in Abuja (genocidist Nigeria capital), to “be begged” (Vanguard, Lagos, Thursday 25 May 2017) not to march away, exit from genocidist Nigeria on their Biafra freedom goal begun on 29 May 1966. Extraordinary...

ON 5 JUNE 1969, génocidaire Olusegun Obasanjo, then commanding a death squad in south Biafra, ordered his air force to shoot down any Red Cross planes flying in urgently-needed relief supplies to the millions of surviving but encircled, blockaded and bombarded Igbo. Genocidist air force pilot Gbadomosi King duly carried out Obasanjo’s orders. Gbadomosi King shut down a clearly marked, incoming relief-bearing International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) DC-7 aircraft near Eket, south Biafra, with the loss of its 3-person crew.

Génocidaire Obasanjo et al will account

Génocidaire Obasanjo’s perverse satisfaction over the aftermath of this crime is grotesquely, chillingly revolting. He writes in his memoirs, appropriately entitled, My Command: “The effect of [this] singular achievement of the Air Force especially on 3 Marine Commando Division [name of the death squad Obasanjo, who subsequently becomes head of Nigeria regime for 11 years, commands] was profound. It raised morale of all service personnel, especially of the Air Force detachment concerned and the troops they supported in [my] 3 Marine Commando Division” (Olusegun Obasanjo, My Command, 1981: 79).

ALL THOSE WHO have been involved in this genocide, this foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa, including particularly génocidaire Olusegun Obasanjo, will account for their role in this crime against humanity. There are no statutes of limitation in international law for the pursuit, apprehension, prosecution, sentencing and conviction of anyone or institutions involved in genocide.

Surely, no one murders the Igbo child, the Igbo woman, the Igbo man and gets away with it. This is the punishing realisation that must have been hunting génocidaire Olusegun Obasanjo as he made his Abuja "speech" earlier today.

51 YEARS LATER, and after its murder of 3.1 million Igbo and tens of thousands more, Nigeria genocidists must quickly come to terms with the following testament: the Igbo have exited genocidist Nigeria – for ever.
(New York Art Quartet plays “Mohawk”, a composition by Charlie Parker [personnel:  John Tchicai, alto saxophone; Roswell Rudd, trombone; Reggie Workman, bass; Milford Graves, drums; recorded: Nippon Phonogram, New York, US, 16 July 1965]) 

68th birthday of Jamaica Kincaid

(Born 25 May 1949, St John’s, Antigua)
Versatile novelist (especially Annie John [1985], A small place [1988], Lucy [1990], Mr Potter [2002], See now then [2014]), essayist (especially in the New Yorker, 1976-1996), academic

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

As we begin the countdown to Year 51 commemoration of the launch of the Igbo genocide by Britain and Nigeria on Monday 29 May 2017, a reminder of those three engraved words that encapsulate the very unlikely outcome of this most gruesome and devastating studiously premeditated slaughtering of a people not seen in Africa since the 19th century: Igbo people survived

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Igbo survived

IT IS INDEED an extraordinary survival story of history that someone that goes by the name Obiageli, Nkechi, Chinyere, Ifeoma, Amaechi, Nwakaego, Ngozi, Chinelo, Ada, Uzo, Chibundu, Nkemdilim, Chukwuka, Okwuonicha, Chikwendu, Ogonna, Nwafo, Ikechukwu, Onwuatuegwu, Chukwuemeka, Onyekachi, Nnadozie, Okonkwo, Chido, Okafo, Chikwendu, Nkeiiru, Ifeyinwa, Nkemakolam, Ikenga, Uchendu, Okennwa, Nwaoyiri, Okonta, Ukpabi, Amaka, Ofokaaja, Nnamdi, Mbazulike, Chukwuma, Kanayo, Ndukaeze, Chidi, Kamene, Nneka, Onyeka, Osita, Kalu, Ifekandu, Obioma, Chioma, Ndubuisi…  actually walks the face of the earth, today, having survived this programmed sentence of death by Anglo-Nigeria genocidists beginning on 29 May 1966 and through to 12 January 1970. The genocidists murdered the grisly total of 3.1 million Igbo or 25 per cent of this nation
s population during the period.

None of the lead génocidaires of this genocide – Harold Wilson, Benjamin Adekunle, Olusegun Obasanjo, Obafemi Awolowo, Allison Ayida, Ibrahim Haruna, Tony Enaharo, Yakubu Danjuma, Yakubu Gowon, Jeremiah Useni, Oluwole Rotimi… – reckoned in their dire prognosis of the outcome of the 44 months of Igbo slaughtering that they directed and executed that the Igbo stood a chance of surviving. Harold Wilson, then British prime minister who chiefly coordinated the genocide from the comfort of his offices and residence at 10 Downing Street, London, 3000 miles away from Biafra, had notoriously set the pace for his fellows on what he saw as the future of the Igbo when he informed Clyde Ferguson, the United States state department special coordinator for relief to Biafra, that he, Harold Wilson, “would accept a half million dead Biafrans if that was what it took” Nigeria to destroy the Igbo resistance to the genocide (Roger MorrisUncertain Greatness: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy, 1977: 122). 

BY SURVIVING the genocide, the Igbo have not only dramatically repudiated this vile Wilsonian logic of Igbo mass slaughter, but they are poised today, 51 years later, as the Biafra freedom movement has grown inexorably, to resume the interrupted construction of their beloved state of Biafra – the Land of the Rising Sun.
And those that create out of the holocaust of their own inheritance anything more than a convenient self-made tomb shall be known as ‘Survivors’ (single sentence liner note on Keith JarrettThe Survivors’ Suite1976)
(Keith Jarrett’s American QuartetThe Survivors’ Suite {beginning and conclusion} [personnel: Jarrett, piano, soprano saxophone, bass recorder, celeste, drums; Dewey Redman, tenor saxophone, percussion; Charlie Haden, bass; Paul Motian, drums, percussion; recorded: Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg, Germany, {?} April 1976])
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85th birthday of Adu Boahen

(Born 24 May 1932, Osiem, Ghana)
One of Africa’s preeminent historians
(Jackie McLean Sextet, “Appointment in Ghana” [personnel: McLean, alto saxophone; Blue Mitchell, trumpet; Tina Brooks, tenor saxophone; Kenny Drew, piano; Paul Chambers, bass; Art Taylor, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 1 September 1960])
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80th birthday of Archie Shepp

(Born 24 May 1937, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US)
Tenor saxophonist, composer, bandleader, unrelenting freedom exponent, academic
(Archie Shepp Sextet, “Syeeda’s song flute” [personnel: Shepp, tenor saxophone; Alan Shorter, fluegelhorn; Roswell Rudd, trombone; John Tchicai, alto saxophone; Reggie Workman, bass; Charles Moffett, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 10 August 1964])
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