Sunday, 30 September 2018

Why Donald Trump is great for Africa – new book by Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe and Lakeson Okwuonicha

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe and Lakeson Okwuonicha, Why Donald Trump is great for Africa (Dakar & Reading: African Renaissance, 2018), ISBN 0955205026/ISBN 9780955205026, paperback, 150pp., £12.99

WHAT did US President Donald Trump mean in January 2018 when he referred to the states in Africa as a “s*******”? In Why Donald Trump is great for Africa the authors, in this compact study, examine six decades of “independence” in Africa and arrive at a conclusion not dissimilar to President Trump’s.

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe and Lakeson Okwuonicha expose 62 years of fake developmentalism during which the African humanity has generated an expansive capital resource heritage that should sustain its very existence and transformation but instead exports vast amounts of these resources year in, year out, to a voracious, insatiable EuroConqueror league state system. This state system is complicit with “marionette” leaderships in Africa both of whom are committed to ensuring an Africa defined by incapacitated and incompetent states or “countries” perpetually at war with their peoples.

THE authors conclude by welcoming a characteristically ebullient Trump intervention that speaks directly to the outcome of 6 decades of this system of subjugation. Ekwe-Ekwe and Okwuonicha insist on a free Africa based on each constituent people’s right to exercise their own self-determination to realise their own transformatory vision of life, liberty, peace and promise.

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe is a specialist on the state and genocide and wars in Africa

Lakeson Okwuonicha is an African peoples-centred scholar who lives in Biafra


Cover Design
Mr Leroy Cristof

Publication date: Monday 22 October 2018

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Saturday, 29 September 2018

89th birthday of Bede Okigbo

(Born 29 September 1929, Ojoto, Biafra)
AGRONOMIST, one of Africa’s preeminent agricultural scientists, cousin of economist Pius Okigbo and poet Christopher Okigbo, distinguished head of the Biafra land directorate who works indefatigably to boost food production throughout the country in response to the British and Nigeria Fulani-led states expansively monstrous land, sea and aerial siege of the Biafran population (31 March 1967-12 January 1970), unprecedented in African history and the likes of which Africa hasn’t witnessed since, during the Igbo genocide by Anglo-Nigeria when the duo-genocidists murder 3.1 million Igbo people or 25 per cent of their population in this foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa
(Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe)

(Max Roach & Anthony Braxton, “Birth” [personnel: Roach, drums; Braxton, reeds; recorded: Ricordi Studios, Milan, Italy, 7 September 1978])
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Thursday, 27 September 2018

6th anniversary of the publication of Chinua Achebe’s There was a Country

(Published 27 September 2012, Penguin, LondonBritain)
Father of African Literature’s incomparable memoirs on the Igbo genocide, the foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa, 29 May 1966-12 January 1970 (phases I-III), when Nigeria and its suzerain state Britain, under the primeministership of Harold Wilson, murdered 3.1 million Igbo people or 25 per cent of this nation’s population
(Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe)
(John Coltrane Quartet, “Sun ship” [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone, McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass;  Elvin Jones, drums; recorded: Impulse!, New York, US,  26 August 1965])
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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

97th birthday of Cyprian Ekwensi

(Born 26 September 1921, Minna, Nigeria)
Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

PHARMACIST and one of Africa’s most prolific writers with particular interest in the exploration of urban life and its immense challenges – may have inaugurated the Onicha (Biafra Oshimili Delta) market literary genre with his 1947-published Ikolo the Wrestler and other Igbo Tales and When Love Whispers (see Emmanuel ObiechinaAn African Popular Literature, 1973: 3), subsequently publishing over 20 novels (including People of the City [1954], The Drummer Boy [1960], Jagua Nana [1961], Burning Grass [1961], Beautiful Feathers [1963], Iska [1966], Jagua Nana’s Daughter [1993]), innumerable short stories (including several adapted for radio and television), and children’s books
(Lee Morgan Quartet, “Gary’s notebook” [personnel: Morgan, trumpet; Joe Henderson, tenor saxophone; Barry Harris, piano; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Billy Higgins, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 21 December 1963])


107th birthday of Eric Williams

(Born 25 September 1911, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago)
Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

ONE OF THE most outstanding African Caribbean intellectuals of all time, author of Capitalism and Slavery (1944), classic on African enslavement in the Americas by the pan-European World – from his 1938 Oxford University doctoral thesis, and first prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, 31 August 1962, after centuries of the British/European World conquest, enslaving and occupation
(George Russell Sextet, “Honesty” [personnel: Russell, piano; Don Ellis, trumpet; Dave Baker, trombone; Eric Dolphy, alto saxophone; Steve SwallowJoe Hunt, bass; drums; recorded: Riverside Records, New York, US, 8 May 1961])

95th birthday of Sam Rivers

Born 25 September 1923, El Reno, Oklahoma, US)
SEMINAL tenor saxophonist/multiinstrumentalist and composer who has recorded with varying ensembles (big bands, octets, quintets, quartets, trios, duos, even solo!) and whose exquisite ballad “Beatrice”, named after his wife, is a classic
(Sam Rivers Quartet, “Beatrice” [personnel: Rivers, tenor saxophone; Jaki Byard, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Tony Williams, drums; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 11 December 1964])

Sunday, 23 September 2018

92nd birthday of John Coltrane

(Born 23 September 1926, Hamlet, NC, United States)
ICONOCLASTIC tenor (and soprano) saxophonist and composer who, arguably, has had the most profound impact on the development of jazz in the past 50 years
(Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe)
(John Coltrane Quartet at work –  left to right: Coltrane, Jones, Garrison, Tyner)
(John Coltrane Quartet, Both directions at once – the lost album [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; McCoy Tyner, piano; Jimmy Garrison, bass; Elvin Jones, drums; additional personnel: Ravi Coltrane, compiler, Ken Druker, compiler, Rudy Van Gelder, mixing, Sonny Rollins, liner notes; recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 6 March 1963; released 55 years later, 29 June 2018!])

Friday, 14 September 2018

Day 365 ... 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 12 months or 365 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, “Jupiter (variation)” [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone, bells; Rashied Ali, drums; recorded: Van Geldar Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US, 22 February 1967)

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Thursday, 13 September 2018

As the British Labour party faces meltdown over the antisemitism/racism crisis of its leader Jeremy Corbyn, a reminder that this affliction in the party started half a century ago – 52 years ago to be exact, when the then Labour leader and prime minister, Harold Wilson, centrally directed the prosecution of the Igbo genocide, the foundational genocide of post-(European)occupation Africa, with Britain’s client-state Nigeria

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

“Diminution-of-African life”

AT the apogee of phase-III of this genocide, summer 1968-autumn 1969, 23 years after the horrendous Jewish genocide in east and central Europe carried out by Germany, Harold Wilson informed Clyde Ferguson (United States state department special coordinator for relief to Biafra), on record, that he, Harold Wilson, “would accept half a million dead Biafrans if that was what it took” the Nigerian génocidaires to destroy the Igbo resistance to the genocide (Roger MorrisUncertain Greatness: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy, 1977: 122). Wilson pursued his genocide drive against the Igbo, steeped in that overarching ideological rubric of the expressed “diminution-of-African life” that constitutes the engaging, subjugating template of 400 years of pan-European enslavement of the African humanity in the Americas and elsewhere, beginning in the 15th century, and Europe’s consequent occupation of the African homeland itself.

Wilson’s Igbo death-wish tally of 500, 000 represented 4.2 per cent of the Igbo population at the time. The prime minister’s on the ground African executioners led by Fulani islamist/jihadists, fulsomely obliged their “massa” Wilson, murdering 3.1 million Igbo by 12 January 1970 – 2.6 million more Igbo than the Labour leader’s slaughtering target or 25 per cent of the Igbo population. Wilson would later acknowledge the extent of the British role in the sheer savagery of the Igbo genocide. In his memoirs, he noted that the Nigeria genocidist military, equipped zealously by Britain, expended more small arms ammunition in its campaign to achieve its annhilative mission in Biafra than the amount used by the British armed forces “during the whole” of the Second World War (Harold Wilson, Labour Government, 1964-1970: A Personal Record, 1971: 630, added emphasis). Colonel Robert Scott, military advisor in the British diplomatic mission in Nigeria then couldn’t agree more with Wilson on the subject. Scott stated that as Nigerian genocidist military forces unleashed their attacks on Biafran cities, towns and villages, they are the “best defoliant agent known” (Daily Telegraph, London, 11 January 1970). Chillingly dreadful...


SEEN AGAINST this background of Harold Wilson’s repugnant involvement in the Igbo genocide, the very trenchant charge of antisemitism and racism that current Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has had from some of his colleagues and other prominent persons in Britain, becomes hugely intelligible:
(Margaret Hodge, British Labour party member of parliament: “Jeremy Corbyn is f****** racist and antisemite”, The Independent, London, 18 July 2018)
(Chuka Umunna, British Labour party member of parliament: “The Labour party [under Jeremy Corbyn] is institutionally racist  ... very painful”, Daily Mail, London, 9 September 2018)
(Jonathan Sacks, former British chief rabbi“[Jeremy Corbyn] is anti-semite [who has] given support to racists, terrorists and dealers of hate”, New Statesman, London, 28 August 2018)
(Trevor Philips, former head of British equality commission“[Jeremy Corbyn] is anti-semite and racist”, Daily Mail, 13 September 2018)
(Jeremy Corbyn, British Labour party leader...)
(John Coltrane & Don Cherry, “Focus on sanity” [personnel: Coltrane, tenor saxophone; Cherry, pocket trumpet; Percy Heath, bass; Ed Blackwell, drums; recorded: Atlantic Studios, New York, US, 28 June/8 July 1960])

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Biafra freedom movement declares general strike across Biafra: Friday 14 September 2018

(Biafran women on freedom march, Owere, east Biafra, Friday 17 August 2018)
Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

THE Indigenous People of Biafra has declared a general strike across Biafra on Friday 14 September 2018.

All Biafrans living at home and in the diaspora in Nigeria and elsewhere in the world have been asked to stay home with their families and mourn the death of over 3000 Igbo people murdered by the Fulani-led islamist/jihadist Nigeria genocidist occupation military in Biafra and its adjuncts Fulani militia* and Boko Haram** terrorists since Muhammadu Buhari, one of the vilest members of the génocidaires high command that has waged the Igbo genocide in the past 52 years, was imposed on Nigeria as head of regime in March 2015. All public services in Biafra including schools, markets, banks/other finance houses, state offices, etc., etc., will be shut down throughout the day. There will be no movement of vehicles, private or commercial.


THIS LAST three years’ stretch of Igbo murders has been particularly horrid, the bloodiest in phase-IV of the genocide since the Nigerians launched it on 13 Jaunary 1970. Tens of thousands of Igbo have been murdered during the period. In phases I-III of the genocide, 29 May 1966-12 January 1970, the genocidists murdered 3.1 million Igbo or 25 per cent of the Igbo population at the time. The Igbo genocide is the foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa.

The Buhari head-of-regime imposition was carried out by Barack Obama, former US president and first person of African descent to be elected to the position of president of the United States 233 years after the founding of the republic, and David Cameron, ex-British prime minister, whose country is a co-genocidist state in this crime of the Igbo genocide.

OBAMA’s support of the Igbo genocide constitutes the abominable legacy of his presidency.


* & ** Fulani militia and Boko Haram are both part of the world’s five deadliest terrorist groups currently, according to the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace,, accessed 17 November 2015.
(Charles Mingus Sextet – with Eric Dolphy, Cornell University 1964, “Meditations” [personnel: Mingus, bass; Johnny Coles, trumpet; Dolphy, flute, bass clarinet; Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophone; Jaki Byard, piano; Dannie Richmond, drums; recorded: live, Cornell University, 18 March 1964])