Friday, 23 February 2018

80th birthday of Ishmael Reed

(Born 22 February 1938, Chattanooga, Tenn, US)
PROLIFIC poet, essayist, novelist, pianist, composer, academic
(John Coltrane Quartet, “My favorite things” [personnel: Coltrane, soprano saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; recorded: live, Comblain-la-Tour, Hamoir, Belgium, RTBF radio & television network, 1 August 1965])

150th birthday of WEB Du Bois

(Born 23 February 1868, Great Barrington, Mass, US)
Sociologist, historian, African peoples-centred scholar, freedom activist extrordinairetowering public intellectual – decades before “public intellectual” becomes in vogue
(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])
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Sunday, 18 February 2018

200th birthday of Frederick Douglass

(Born c14 February 1818, Talbot county, MD, US)
ONE of the most outstanding intellectuals of his age – author of the classic Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass (1845) and other publications, orator, expansive traveller, indefatigable exponent of African American freedom
(Thelonious Monk Quartet, “Misterioso” [personnel: Monk, piano; , Johnny Griffin, tenor saxophone; Ahmed Abdul-Malik, bass; Roy Haynes, drums; recorded: live, Five Spot Café, New York, US, 7 August 1958])

87th birthday of Toni Morrison

(Born 18 February 1931, Lorain, Ohio, US)

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

ONE of the African World’s and US’s preeminent intellectuals novelist, academic, essayist, editor, commentator, librettistwinner of 1992 Nobel prize for literature
Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another (Toni Morrison)

“If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it” (Toni Morrison) 
(Wynton Marsalis Septet, “Black codes from the underground” [personnel: Marsalis, trumpet; Wycliffe Gordon, trombone; Wes Anderson, alto saxophone; Todd Williams, tenor saxophone; Marcus Roberts, piano; Reginald Veal, bass; Herlin Riley, drums; recorded: Berlin Jazzfest, Germany 3 November 1989])
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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Oxfam and the 12 January 2010 Haiti earthquake

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

OXFAM, the British-based charity organisation, responds to the 12 January 2010 Haiti earthquake with its own earthquake unleashed most expansively in Haiti (see largely unprintable press reports on the subject that make for depressing reading, carried extensively by multimedia services)...
(Jackie McLean Quintet, “Hipnosis” [personnel: McLean, alto saxophone; Grachan Moncur III, trombone; LaMont Johnson, piano; Scott Holt, bass; Billy Higgins, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 3 February 1967])
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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

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 five months or 150 days since the 14 September 2017 genocidist Nigeria military, led by Hausa-Fulani/islamist jihadists, 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.

GENOCIDIST Nigeria, this most beastly and serially kakistocratic and notoriously most vividly anti-African state ever emplaced in Africa, surely knows that it will account for the safety of Nnamdi Kanu and his parents and take full responsibility of the consequences of that savage raid on a family home.
(John Coltrane Quartet, “Consequences” – 4th movement in First Meditations {for Quartet} [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jonesdrums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 2 November 1965])

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Monday, 12 February 2018

African peoples and nations ... Post-(European)conquest Africa? Post-(Arab/islamist)conquest Africa? ... African peoples and nations – epoch of restoration-of-independence

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

AFRICAN peoples and nations ... Arab/islamist conquest and enslavement and occupation of north, northcentral, northeast, east Africa, 7th century CE-21st century CE ... European World enslavement, conquest, occupation of Africa, 15th century CE-20th century CE ... post-(Arab/islamist)conquest Africa? post-(European)conquest Africa? ... Epoch of restoration-of-independence
(Sonny Rollins Sextet, “Misterioso” {composer: Thelonious Monk} [personnel: Rollins, tenor saxophone, J J Johnson, trombone; Monk, piano; Horace Silver, piano; Paul Chambers, bass; Art Blakey, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, US, 14 April 1957])

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Mmuo Biafra closes in: First modern Britons are Africans ... A hundred years on, DNA analysis on the 10,000-year-old so-called Cheddar skeleton from Somerset, south England, projects its stunning results...

(First Brit: ... Secrets of the 10,000 year old man, The Natural History Museum, London)
Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

Henry Bodkin, in the Daily Telegraph (London, Wednesday 7 February 2018), writes on the outcome of the Natural History Museum’s DNA studies on the 10,000-year-old Cheddar skeleton from Somerset, south England (, accessed 7 February 2018
(John Coltrane QuartetGiant steps” [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone; Tommy Flannagan, piano; Paul Chambers, bass; Art Taylor, drums; recorded: Atlantic Studios, New York, US, 4-5 May/2 December 1959])

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

94th birthday of Pius Okigbo

(Born 6 February 1924, Ojoto, Biafra)
RENOWNED economistbrother of celebrated poet Christopher Okigbo and cousin of distinguished agronomist Bede Okigboeconomic advisor to the Biafra resistance government during the Igbo genocide (phases I-III) perpetrated by Nigeria and its suzerain state Britain, 29 May 1966-12 January 1970, when both genocidist states murder 3.1 million Igbo people or 25 per cent of this nation’s population
(Sonny Rollins Quintet, “Decision” [personnel: Rollins, tenor saxophone, Donald Byrd, trumpet; Wynton Kelly, piano; Gene Ramey, bass; Max Roach, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, US, 16 December 1956])

73rd birthday of Bob Marley

(Born 6 February 1945, Nine Mile, Jamaica)
ICONIC musician who with fellow Jamaican artists Peter ToshBunny Wailers and others, beginning in the 1960s, transform reggae into a driving global music genre of social justice and change – “Exodus”  classic composition (link below) is the freedom anthem worldwide including, particularly, the great people of Biafra whose own subjugating monster Babylon registered in the lyrics is the lair of annihilative savagery called genocidist Nigeria“.../Uh! Open your eyes and look within,/Are you satisfied (with the life youre living)? Uh!/We know where were going, uh!/We know where were from./Were leaving Babylon,/Were going to our ... land/.../Move! Move! Move! Move! Move! Move! Move!/...” 
(Bob Marley & the Wailers, “Exodus” [musicians and performers: Marley, lead vocal, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion; Aston “Family Man” Barrett, fender bass, guitar, percussion; Carlton Barrett,  drums, percussion; Tyrone Downie, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals; Alvin “Seeco” Paterson, percussion; Julian (Junior) Marvin, lead guitar; I Threes (Rita MarleyMarcia GriffithsJudy Mowatt), backing vocals; recorded: Harry J studio, Kingston, Jamaica, 1976 & Island Studio, London, England, January-April 1977]) 
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120th birthday of Melvin Tolson

(Born 6 February 1898, Moberly, Missouri, US)
AWARD-WINNING prodigiously creative poet, playwright, essayist and academic whose works include Rendezvous with America ([poetry] 1944), The Fire in the Flint ([play] 1952), Libretto for the Republic of Liberia ([poetry] 1953), Harlem Gallery, Book 1, the Curator ([poetry] 1965) and A Gallery of Harlem Portraits ([poetry] 1979) and whose mentoring and training of the celebrated Wiley College (Marshall, Texas) students’ debating society in the 1930s is the focus of the film The Great Debaters (2007), directed by Denzel Washington who also plays Melvin Tolson’s character
(John Coltrane Quartet, “My favorite things” [personnel: Coltrane, soprano saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; recorded: live, Comblain-la-Tour, Hamoir, Belgium, RTBF radio & television network, 1 August 1965])

Sunday, 4 February 2018

105th birthday of Rosa Parks

(Born 4 February 1913, Tuskegee, Ala, US)
EMINENT African American freedom movement exponent – appositely reminds the world, including the great people of Biafra currently resisting the expansive stretch of annihilative savagery from genocidist Nigeria: “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right
(Thelonious Monk Quartet, “Bolivar blues” [personnel: Monk, piano; Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone; John Ore, bass; Frankie Dunlop, drums; recorded: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, US, 31 October 1962])
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Saturday, 3 February 2018

86th birthday of Stuart Hall

(Born 3 February 1932, Kingston, Jamaica)
ONE of AFRICAN BRITISH preeminent intellectuals 
cultural theorist, academic, editor, versatile radio & television commentator
(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])

Friday, 2 February 2018

104th birthday of William Ellisworth Artis

(Born 2 February 1914, Washington, NC, US)
CELEBRATED versatile sculptor and academic
Artis working on A Mother’s Love (1963)
(Sonny Rollins Quartet, The Bridge [personnel: Rollins, tenor saxophone;  Jim Hall, guitar; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Ben Riley, drums; Harry 
HT” Saunders, drums {on “God bless the child” – track five – only}; recorded: RCA-Victor Studio B, New York, US, 30 January/13-14 February 1962])
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Thursday, 1 February 2018

44th anniversary of first open heart-surgery in Biafra and southwestcentral region of Africa

(1 February 1974: operation performed, Nsukka University Teaching Hospital, Enuugwu, Biafra)
Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

FIRST OPEN heart-surgery in Biafra/southwestcentral Africa was performed at the Nsukka University Teaching Hospital, Enuugwu, Biafra, on 1 February 1974 – four years and just over a month to the day after the formal end of phase-III (beginning of phase-IV) of the 44-month long Igbo genocide, foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa, perpetrated by Nigeria and its suzerain state Britain in which 3.1 million Igbo or 25 per cent of this nation’s population were murdered.  

The surgeons who worked on the surgery included CH AnyanwuDC NwaforFA Udekwu and M YacoubIn the subsequent 26 years, i.e., by 2000, a total of 102 (one hundred and two) open heart-surgeries were carried out at the Enuugwu centre.

FORTY-FOUR YEARS since the first surgery, Africa and the rest of the world cannot wait for the triumph of the Biafra freedom movement to witness the exponential expansion of the stretch of such creative and transformational energy by Biafrans  an African people building and reconstructing on their land and on their own terms, a disposition which surely challenges those outrageous British presumptions on African peoples given Britain’s role as the principal architect and codifier of anti-African racism as an ideology (see Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe, African Literature in Defence of History: An essay on Chinua Achebe, 2001, especially pp. 1-54) and whose involvement in the Igbo genocide is to punish  the Igbo for the latter’s vanguard role in terminating the British conquest and occupation of the states and peoples of this southwestcentral Africa region.
(John Coltrane Quartet, “Untitled original 90314” [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, NJ, US, 16 June 1965])
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116th birthday of Langston Hughes

(Born 1 February 1902, Joplin, Missouri, US)
ONE OF THE most distinguished alumni of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s-1930s – prolific award-winning poet, novelist, playwright, columnist, freedom movement exponent
First published in 1926 by Hughes, just 24, the poems here in The Weary Blues are a preview of the enduring liberatory portraiture of a stretch of anthologies and other writings that the savant contributes to African American and world literature
(Wynton Marsalis Septet, “Black codes from the underground” [personnel: Marsalis, trumpet; Wycliffe Gordon, trombone; Wes Anderson, alto saxophone; Todd Williams, tenor saxophone; Marcus Roberts, piano; Reginald Veal, bass; Herlin Riley, drums; recorded: Berlin Jazzfest, Germany 3 November 1989])
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49th birthday of Joshua Redman

(Born 1 February 1969, Berkeley, California, US)
ONE OF THE most inventive saxophonists (tenor, soprano, alto) and composers of his generation and son  of Dewey Redman, the versatile tenor saxophonist, composer and bandleader
(Joshua Redman Quartet, “Mischief” [personnel: Redman, tenor saxophone; Brad Mehldau, piano; Christian McBride, bass; Brian Blade, drums; recorded: Power Station, New York, US, 8/9/10 March 1994])
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Monday, 29 January 2018

Unconscionable silence from Africa as Hausa-Fulani/islamist-occupied genocidist Nigeria murders Igbo people of Biafra most beastly

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

THE PAST 20 MONTHS, namely since May 2015, have indeed been a catastrophic track in phase-IV***** of the ongoing Igbo genocide by Nigeria. 

Under the jihadist génocidaire Muhammadu Buhari regime, the Nigerian military and its adjunct Fulani militia have slaughtered 3000 Igbo people across Biafra, especially in cities and towns Onicha, Oka, Igweocha, Enuugwu, Aba, Owere, Asaba, Umuahia and Ubulu-Ukwu. On 14 September 2017, the genocidists stormed the Afaraukwu-Ibeku (eastcentral Biafra) family home of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra. Kanu hasn’t been seen subsequently nor have his parents who were home with their son during the bombardment. Scores of Kanu’s relative and friends were murdered during the raid and scores of others are still unaccounted for. 

CONTEMPORANEOUSLY, on the key subject of the universal right of a people to freedom, to self-determination, on focus here, the Nigerian assault on Kanu’s home and its harrowing aftermath would be equivalent to a British military attack on the family homes of restoration-of-independence Scottish leaders Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond or a Spanish military assault on the home of Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan restoration-of-independence leader.


Not one state contiguous to Nigeria nor any of the other 14 states in this southwestcentral region of Africa has condemned this Nigerian sheer savagery unleashed on Biafra nor indeed has there been any condemnation from the rest of the 40 states of Africa. Not one. Silence.

But what remains egregiously pronounced in this African response is the silence of most of the 25 million diaspora African population (who have emigrated from Africa since the mid-1980s to Europe, the Americas/Caribbean, Oceania and elsewhere), particularly intellectuals who would readily express an opinion of outrage from the often more liberal democratic heritage of their new-found domicility. The latter’s position is unquestionably unpardonable.

FOR PEOPLES who denounce anti-African racism in all its forms across the globe (rightly so), day in, day out, Africans, wherever they are, must now know that they stand to forfeit any moral rectitude if they continue this morbid silence over the gruesome, unrelentingly driven Hausa-Fulani/islamist-led genocidist Nigeria campaign to annihilate the Igbo, one of Africa’s most talented and enterprising peoples.


(*****Igbo genocide is the most devastating and expansive genocide in Africa since Belgian King Leopold II/Belgian state-organised genocide against African peoples in the central regions of the Congo River basin, 1878-1908, murdering 13 million Africans. During phases I-III of the Igbo genocide, 29 May 1966-12 January 1970, Nigeria and co-genocidist and [its] suzerain state Britain murdered 3.1 million Igbo people or 25 per cent of the Igbo population. Tens of thousands of additional Igbo people have been murdered by the dual genocidists in the course of phase-IV of the slaughtering which was launched on 13 January 1970 and continues to this day.)
(John Coltrane Quartet, “Lonnie’s lament” [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood, Cliff, NJ, US, 27 April 1964])

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Biafra’s Ezinne Uko wins US$100,000 first prize at the Econet GoGettaz’s all-Africa entrepreneurship contest just concluded in Nairobi, Kenya – neither genocidist Nigeria nor indeed any other state can stop the march of Biafra freedom or the versatile creativity of its people

(Ezinne Uko: ... okee nwanyi mmadu)
Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

ACCORDING to reports on this brilliant win (Business Insider, Friday 26 January 2018), Ezinne Uko’s success is on building an app which provides easy inventory for sales, business performance analysis as well as customer and business solutions. Co-1st position winner Peter Wachira of Kenya’s  own app focuses on a ceramic water filter that helps in the fight against water-borne disease in Kenya”.
 (Thelonious Monk Quintet, “Brilliant corners” – personnel: Monk, piano; Ernie Henry, alto saxophone; Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone; Oscar Pettiford, bass; Max Roach, drums; recorded: Riverside studio, New York, US, 15 October 1956)
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Thursday, 25 January 2018

89th birthday of Benny Golson

(Born 25 January 1929, Philadelphia, US)
AWARD-WINNING tenor saxophonist and bandleader and versatile composer including jazz standards “I remember Clifford”, “Blues march”, “Whisper not”, “Stablemates”, “Are you real?” and “Along came Betty” and scores for films on television (including Mission: ImpossibleIronsideM*A*S*H)
(Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, “Whisper not” [personnel: Blakey, drums; Lee Morgan, trumpet; Golson, tenor saxophone; Bobby Timmons, piano; Jymie Merritt, bass; recorded: live, L’Olympia, Paris, France, 22 November 1958 & 17 December 1958]) 
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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

93rd birthday of JJ Johnson

(Born 22 January 1924, Indianapolis, US)
ARGUABLY the most influential trombonist of the bebop revolution of the 1940s/50s, composer, including scores for films, and arranger
(JJ Johnson Sextet, “Shutterbug” [personnel: Johnson, trombone; Freddie Hubbard, trumpet; Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophone; Cedar Walton, piano; Arthur Harper, bass; Albert Heath, drums; recorded: Columbia Records, New York, US, 1 & 3 August 1960])
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144th birthday of Arthur Schomburg

(Born 24 January 1874, Santurce, Puerto Rico)
Historian, writer, activist archivist on sources and resources on African history in the Americas and Europe, 1900-1938, and seminal contributor to the Harlem Renaissance, beginning in 1919, with New York public library’s Schomburg Center for research in African American culture named in his honour
(Schomburg Center, New York)
(Andrew Hill Sextet, “Spectrum” [personnel: Hill, piano; Kenny Dorham, trumpet; Eric Dolphy, alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute; Joe Henderson, tenor saxophone;  Richard Davis, bass; Tony Williams, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 21 March 1964])
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Britain and the Igbo genocide – this annihilative mission, 29 May 1966-24 January 2018

(Harold Wilson: “would accept half a million dead Biafrans if that was what it took...”)
Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

BRITISH SUPPORT FOR the perpetration of the Igbo genocide, this foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa, 29 May 1966-Present Day, is driven principally by one factor: to “punish” Igbo people for playing the vanguard role in the mid 1930s-October 1960 movement to terminate 100 years of Britain’s conquest and occupation of the constellation of states and peoples of this southwestcentral region of Africa that it calls Nigeria. At the apogee of the genocide, 1968/1969, British Prime Minister Harold Wilson is adamant: “[I] 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, London & New York: Quartet Books, 1977, p. 122).

HAROLD WILSON probably had the perverted satisfaction of having his Nigerian co-genocidist league of slaughters on the ground in SWC Africa, 3140 miles away from Britain, perform far in excess of their “massa”’s  grim target by murdering 3.1 million Igbo instead – an outcome coldly recounted indeed in Wilson’s own memoirs where he notes that the Nigerian génocidaires, duly led by Hausa-Fulani/islamists trenchantly opposed to the mid 1930s-1960 African peoples restoration-of-independence goal and therefore equipped zealously by Britain, expended more small arms ammunition in its campaign to achieve its annihilative mission in Biafra than the amount used by the British armed forces  “during the whole” of  the Second World War (Harold WilsonLabour Government, 1964-1970: A Personal Record, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1971, p. 630, emphasis added).
(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]) 

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

What other source of information on the intrinsic character of genocidist Nigeria does the league of sceptics still desire? Even the British conqueror regime is honest enough, right from the outset, about the entrenched differences in the key sociological and historical markers of the constituent peoples in the Nigeria contraption that it knows exists soley for its optimum resource expropriation indefinitely (see Hugh Clifford below). Or perhaps the sceptics are awaiting a special broadcast from the leadership of the current British government to the peoples in Nigeria to reiterate Hugh Clifford’s crucial observations made almost 100 years ago to the day.

(Hugh Clifford)
Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

IN DECEMBER 1920, Hugh Clifford, the British conquest and occupation governor in Nigeria, makes the following contribution to a “Legislative Council Debate, Lagos”:
[Nigeria is a] collection of Independent … States, separated from one another by great distances, by differences of history and traditions and by … racial … political, social and religious barrier.[1]
TODAY, Tuesday 23 January 2018, 98 years on, would Hugh Clifford conceivably make these same assertions? If so, why? If not, why not?
(George Russell Sextet plays Miles Davis’s  composition, “Nardis” [personnel: Russell, piano; Don Ellis, trumpet; Dave Baker, trombone; Eric Dolphy, bass clarinet; Steve Swallow, bass; Joe Hunt, drums; recorded: Riverside Records, New York, 8 May 1961])
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[1]Quoted in George CE Enyoazu, “Sovereign National Conference – Will the people have their say at last?”, African Democrat, 30 October 2013.