“Igbo are more republican than the [n]orth and other [peoples in Nigeria] … [Peoples in Nigeria] are afraid of the Igbo because they [Igbo] are more competitive … both in practice and history. The Igbo are more competitive than the Hausa and the Yoruba. The Hausa and Yoruba bourgeoisie are afraid of this … Igbo are more competitive because they don’t have inhibition … You can say largely that Igbo are free thinkers …”
THANKFULLY, for the survivors of the Igbo genocide and for African peoples and the rest of the world, the only redemptive breakthrough that has occurred from the haunting tragedy that is Nigeria has been the emergence, therein, of the transformative state of Biafra. This is indeed extraordinary.
(John Coltrane Sextet, “Out of this world” [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone; Donald Garrett, clarinet, bass; Pharoah Sanders, tenor saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; recorded: live at Penthouse Jazz Club, Seattle, US, 30 September 1965])