Thursday, 16 August 2018

88th birthday of Christopher Okigbo

(Born 16 August 1930, Ojoto, Biafra)
Africa’s most influential and celebrated poet
AS PART of today’s commemoration of Christopher Okigbo’s birthday, re-thinkingafrica reissues the 3-part video recording of Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe’s paper presentation to the Christopher Okigbo International Conference, Harvard University, 22 September 2007, entitled “Okigbo, the Africa state, genocide and the peoples”

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Day 330 ... Genocidist Nigeria: Where is Nnamdi Kanu? Where are Nnamdi Kanu’s parents, Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and Ugoeze Nnenne Kanu?

(Nnamdi Kanu and his loving parents)
Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

TODAY marks 11 months or 330 days since the 14 September 2017 genocidist Nigeria military, led by Fulani islamist/ jihadists under Muhammadu Buhari, stormed the home of Nnamdi Kanu’s parents at Afaraukwu-Ibeku, eastcentral Biafra. Consequently, the whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (constituted integrally in the Biafra freedom movement), and his parents, remain unknown. Scores of the Kanus’ relatives and friends were murdered during the assault and scores of others are still unaccounted for. 

Three thousand Igbo people have been murdered across Biafra since Buhari, who, in March 2015, was imposed on Nigeria as head of regime by ex-United States President Barack Hussein Obama (first African-descent president of the US republic in 233 years of existence) and ex-British Prime Minister David Cameron, embarked on this bloodiest track of phase-IV of the Igbo genocide (13 January 1970-present day) in November 2015. After eight years in the White House and 19 months since he left office, Obama now presents an abominable presidential legacy, not lost particularly on African World reckoning, of zealously supporting the Igbo genocide, foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa, executed on the ground by Nigeria, an islamist-led state, and its suzerain state Britain.

GENOCIDIST Nigeria has murdered more Africans in Biafra, southwestcentral Africa, since 1945 (Igbo pogrom in Jos, northcentral Nigeria) than the total number of Africans murdered in Africa since 1900 by all of Europe’s conqueror-powers in Africa: Britain, Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain – including the number of Africans the Germans murdered in the genocide of the Herero, Nama and Berg Damara peoples of southwest Africa, 1904-1907.  Nigeria now rates a not-too-distant second to Belgian King Leopold II’s notorious position as lead génocidaire of African peoples since the 19th century in the Leopold II/Belgian state’s genocide against Africans in the central regions of the Congo River basin, 1878-1908, murdering 13 million of them (Isidore Ndaywel è Nziem, Histoire générale du Congo: De l'héritage ancien à la République Démocratique. Paris: Duculot, 1998, p. 344).

Nigeria surely knows that it will account for the safety of Nnamdi Kanu and his parents and take full responsibility for the consequences of that savage raid on a family home.
(John Coltrane Duo, “Saturn” [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone, bells; Rashied Ali, drums; recorded: Van Geldar Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 22 February 1967)
Twitter @HerbertEkweEkwe

Friday, 10 August 2018

Biafran girls win world’s top technology contest held in the United States

(Save-a-Soul team from Regina Pacis Secondary School, Onicha, Biafra ... displays their coveted gold medals in San Jose, US, Thursday 9 August 2018: great Biafran ambassadors...)
Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

A TEAM of five teenage girls from the Regina Pacis Secondary School Onicha, southwest Biafra, has won the gold medal in the junior division finalists of the 2018 global technovation contest held in San Jose, United States.

The students are Promise Nnalue, Vivian Okoye, Adaeze Onuigbo, Jessica Osita, and Nwabuaku Ossai. Their team, Save-a-Soul, came top in the competition involving 9,000 girls from across 115 countries with their developed app, FD-Detector, which tackles fake pharmaceutical products in southwestcentral region of Africa.

THE Save-a-Soul team had travelled to the US with their teacher and mentor, Uchenna Onwuameagbu-Ugwu, and beaten the group of 12 teams’ finalists which included the US, China and Spain to clinch their gold.
(John Coltrane Quartet,  “Equinox” [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophoneMcCoy Tyner, piano; Steve Davis, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; recorded: Atlantic Studios, New York, US, 26 October 1960])
Twitter @HerbertEkweEkwe


Sunday, 29 July 2018

Titans in conversation: James Baldwin and Chinua Achebe discuss history, art, politics

(James Baldwin and Chinua Achebe: … African Atlantic discourses, University of Florida, Gainesville, 9 April 1980…)
Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

THURSDAY 2 August 2018 is the 94th birthday of James Baldwin – novelist, essayist, commentator, dramatist, arguably African America’s leading writer and intellectual during its age of freedom affirmation, 1950s-1990s. 

As part of this week’s commemoration of the birthday, re-thinkingafrica here reissues that Baldwin’s historic conversation with Chinua Achebe, Father of African Literature (University of Florida, Gainesville, 9 April 1980), originally published by brainpickings.

...Reflections on history, art, politics, brainpickings, 22 September 2014,
(, accessed 28 September 2014.
(Sam Rivers Quartet, “Ellipsis” [personnel: Rivers, tenor saxophone; Jaki Byard, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Tony Williams, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 11 December 1964])

Thursday, 26 July 2018

FWD: Boris Johnson, until recently British foreign secretary, on what he envisages will be the outcome of current negotiating British position on the Brexit talks with the European Union: “It is vassalage, satrapy, colony status for the UK” – in B Johnson, “Why we should chuck Chequers”, The Spectator, London, Saturday 28 July 2018. Fascinating! Doesn’t such a “post”-Brexit outcome already exist – the British/French-led EuroConqueror state-in-Africa or “Berlin-state”? (HE-E)

(Boris Johnson: ... vassalage ...  satrapy ...)
Marcus Roberts Septet, “Nebuchadnezzar” (personnel: Roberts, piano; Wycliffe Gordon, trombone; Wessell Anderson, alto saxophone; Herbert Harris, tenor saxophone; Chris Thomas, bass; Maurice Carnes, drums; Herlin Riley, percussion; recorded: Mastersound Studios, Astoria, New York, US,  9-10 August 1989/10 December 1989 and The Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, US, 15 December 1989)
Twitter @HerbertEkweEkwe

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

216th birthday of Alexandre Dumas

(Born 24 July 1802, Villiers-Cotterêts, France)
Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

ONE of the preeminent luminaries of French letters, prolific across genres – novels, drama, travel books, history, journalism – with classics which include The Three MusketeersThe Count of Monte CristoTwenty Years LaterThe Last CavalierGeorges
(Miles Davis Quintet featuring Sonny Stitt, “Autumn leaves” [personnel: Davis, trumpet; Stitt, tenor saxophone; Wynton Kelly, piano; Paul Chambers, bass; Jimmy Cobb, drums; recorded: live, L’Olympia, Paris, France, 11 October 1960])
Twitter @HerbertEkweEkwe

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Barack Obama, the “strongman”, history and these times

(Barack Obama: ... legacy of support for ...)
Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

THE MAIN thrust of ex-US President Barack Obama’s 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, South Africa, earlier on in the week is its focus on “democracy” in the world and ways and means to sustain it. Three excerpts from the lecture are illustrative (Barack Obama, “The Nelson Mandela Lecture”, The New Yorker, New York, 18 July 2018):

1.And, yes, democracy can be messy, and it can be slow, and it can be frustrating … For all its imperfections, real democracy best upholds the idea that government exists to serve the individual, and not the other way around. And it is the only form of government that has the possibility of making that idea real.”

2. “So, for those of us who are interested in strengthening democracy, it’s time for us to stop paying all of our attention to the world’s capitals and the centers of power, and to start focussing more on the grassroots, because that’s where democratic legitimacy comes from. Not from the top down, not from abstract theories, not just from experts, but from the bottom up. Knowing the lives of those who are struggling.”

3. “We have to stop pretending that countries that just hold an election where sometimes the winner somehow magically gets ninety per cent of the vote, because all the opposition is locked up or can’t get on TV, is a democracy. Democracy depends on strong institutions, and it’s about minority rights and checks and balances,and freedom of speech and freedom of expression and a free press, and the right to protest and petition the government, and an independent judiciary, and everybody having to follow the law.”

OBAMA alerts his audience on those individuals and social forces which he feels pose or constitute sources of obstacles to the growth or strengthening of “democracy” across the world. These include (a) the “autocrat”, (b) “strongman politics”, (c) “right-wing billionaires” and (d) “populist movements”.

AS I read this speech, that profound rumination on history a decade ago by Aimé Césaire (poet and philosopher) weighed heavily on my thoughts. Césaire had told interviewer Annick Thebia Melson in 2008 that “[h]istory is always dangerous, the world of history is a risky world; but it is up to us at any given moment to establish and readjust the hierarchy of dangers” (“The liberating power of words: An interview with Poet Aimé Césaire”, The Journal of Pan-African Studies, Vol. 2, No 4, June 2008, p. 7). It is indeed in the very course to construct and “readjust” this “hierarchy of dangers” by focussing solely on Africa here that I will respond to Obama’s lecture. 
(Aimé Césaire: [h]istory is always dangerous...)
ARGUABLY the most expressively covered and discussed news item in the United States presently is on special counsel Robert Mueller and team’s work investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US elections. An investigation of this calibre is deemed vital by the Americans because any such purported interference in this election, particularly from a foreign power, would undoubtedly have had negative impact and consequences on the course of democracy in the United States, very much in the overarching context sketched above by Obama.

Yet no such investigations are underway to probe those hardly disguised meddling-in-elections/“elections”/referendum by none other than the ex-President Barack Obama US government itself in the following seven countries between 2009 and 2016: HondurasMacedoniaBritainEgyptKenyaIsraelNigeria.

Dreadful legacy of support for Igbo genocide and imposition and invasions of states in Africa or quintessential disarticulation of grounds for democracy

APART from Nigeria where Obama, first African-descent elected president after 233 years of the founding of the US republic, imposed Muhammadu Buhari, an islamist/jihadist and one of the vilest Nigerian genocidist operatives during these 52 years of the ongoing Igbo genocide, as head of Nigeria regime in March 2015 (this imposition was carried out with then British prime minister David Cameron whose country is a co-genocidist state in this crime), his administration’s robust interferences in elections in the other six states in the group, including the June 2016 British referendum on Brexit, were spectacularly a failure.

BESIDES the Buhari-imposition catastrophe during which the Buhari-led Nigeria military and its Boko Haram and Fulani militia adjunct forces have murdered 3000 Igbo people in Biafra, Barack Obama intervened elsewhere in African politics:

1. supported the 2010 French military invasion of Côte d’Ivoire , ordered by President Nicolas Sarkozy (one of the most openly racist French political leaders in the contemporary era who made his views on Africans explicit, on record, in his notorious “The tragedy of Africa is that the African has not fully entered into history-speech at Dakar’s Cheikh Anta Diop University in July 2007 [see “The unofficial English translation of Sarkozy’s speech”, africaResource, 13 October 2007]), in which 2300 Africans were ruthlessly murdered and the Laurent Gbagbo regime in Abidjan overthrown and replaced by a personage more acceptable to French strategic and economic interests in the country

2. was part of the 2011 US-Britain-France (Obama & Cameron & Sarkozy) tripartite military invasion of Libya during which head of regime Muammar Gaddafi was murdered as well as some members of his family in addition to some influential officials of his regime, hundreds of other Libyans also murdered during the operations, and several Libyan cities and infrastructure destroyed

3. supported French military invasion of Central African Republic, ordered by President François Hollande (2013)

4. supported French military invasion of Mali, ordered by François Hollande (2013)

QUESTION: Which of the four sources of obstacles to “democracy” raised in Obama’s Johannesburg lecture and quoted above (a, b, c, d) explains or identifies Barack Obama’s own vast range of operation in disrupting the cause and course of democracy in Africa whilst in office as the 44th president of the United States? Just one? A couple? More than a couple? None?
(Sonny Rollins Quartet, “Dance of the reed pipes” [personnel: Rollins, tenor saxophone; Don Cherry, pocket trumpet; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Billy Higgins, drums; recorded: live, Village Gate, New York, US, 27-30 July 1962])
Twitter @HerbertEkweEkwe