Monday, 25 December 2017

97th birthday of Michael Okpara

(Born 25 December 1920, Umuahia, Biafra)
Physician and irrepressible advocate of harnessing Africa’s vast agricultural resource potential as launch base to embark on far-reaching societal transformation, head of pre-military junta 15 January 1966 east region Nigeria government then home to Africa’s most resourceful and dynamic economy en route to emerging as a major manufacturing and industrial power in its own right but for the catastrophe of the Igbo genocide, 29 May 1966-12 January, when the quintessentially indolent and anti-African Hausa-Fulani/islamist-led Nigeria and its suzerain state Britain murdered 3.1 million Igbo people in this foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa; 51 years on, the Biafra freedom movement, on the cusp of the restoration of Biafra sovereignty, can’t wait to resume the construction of the state and societal transformative project of the Michael Okpara legacy and its consequential impact on the African World and the rest of the globe
(Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe)
(Booker Little Sextet, “We speak” [personnel: Little, trumpet; Julian Priester, trombone; Eric Dolphy, alto saxophone; Don Friedman, piano; Art Davis, bass; Max Roach, drums; recorded: Nola’s Penthouse Studios, New York, 17 March 1961])
Twitter @HerbertEkweEkwe

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