Monday, 14 August 2017

88th birthday of Richard Ihetu, aka Dick Tiger

(Born 14 August 1929, Ubahu, Biafra)
ILLUSTRIOUS world middleweight and light-heavyweight boxing champion of the mid-1960s, Biafran ambassadeur extraordinaire during the Igbo genocide perpetrated  jointly by Nigeria and Britain, 29 May 1966-12 January 1970, when 3.1 million Igbo or 25 per cent of this nation’s population are slaughtered, proclaims, solemnly, to the world at the time: “Without Biafra, the championship title is no good to me. Without Biafra, my title is nothing” Dick Tiger’s is an impressive legacy that resonates most profoundly on the current phase of the Biafra freedom movement focused on liberating Biafra from 47 years of the genocidist Nigeria occupation
(Andrew Hill Nonet, “Yesterday’s tomorrow” [personnel: Hill, piano; Dizzy Reece, trumpet; Woody Shaw, trumpet; Howard Johnson, tuba; Julian Priester, trombone; Robert Northern, french horn; Joe Farrell, reeds; Ron Carter, bass; Lenny White, drums; recorded:  Van Gelder Studio, Englewood, Cliffs, NJ, US, 14 November 1969])

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