Fidelity bank banner UBA banner
‘We Are All Biafrans’ set for release on May 31

By News Express on 05/05/2016

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 5,260


Parresia Publishers Ltd and African Centre for Media and Information Literacy in partnership with Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation will on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, present to the public a new book, We Are All Biafrans, written by Chido Onumah. Designed as a platform to reinforce the debate about federalism and national reconciliation, the event is expected to draw Nigerians from all walks of life. Onumah is a journalist, blogger, human rights activist and Coordinator of the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL).

Like his two previous books (Time to Reclaim Nigeria and Nigeria is Negotiable), We Are All Biafrans is a collection of essays published by the author in various newspapers in the last three years (2013-2016) focusing on the crisis of nationhood in Nigeria. It has five chapters namely, “The Politics of 2015”, “Dancing on the Brink”,“Unmaking Nigeria”, “Of Scoundrels and Statesmen”, and “Last ‘Missionary’ Journey”.

A staunch advocate of federalism in its proper sense, Onumah in this book contends that most, if not all, of the problems of Nigeria today are located in the way the country is structured. As he did in his previous books, he makes an eminently logical case for an urgent socio-political restructuring of Nigeria in order to ward off a looming catastrophe that could endanger our collective well-being. He argues that the country needs to engage episodic political convulsions that threaten its very foundation, including Biafra, June 12, Boko Haram, the “National Question”, citizenship rights, and “militocracy”.

In his typical candid manner, he takes on Nigeria’s indolent and reactionary ruling elite – civilian and military – and their allies, as well as bandits in uniform, scoundrels posing as statesmen, and conservative ideologues, religious bigots, and ethnic chauvinists posing as patriots.

The author notes that we can’t achieve any meaningful progress as a people until we come to terms with the reality of our existence – that Nigeria is a deeply flawed nation – and sincerely and selflessly confront it.

He raises fundamental questions such as, What is Nigeria and who is a Nigerian? If Nigeria is a federal republic, what constitutes or should constitute the federating units? He posits that the different manifestations of Biafra may well be a metaphor as all ethnic groups in Nigeria are victims of the terrible misrule of the past decades and thus desire a change in their material conditions.

“Chido Onumah raises opinion-making about Nigeria to the standards of great, uncompromising art,” notes Odia Ofeimun, author, poet and ex-President of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA). We are all Biafrans is a clarion call to reclaim a country that is on the verge of national suicide. It seeks to trigger the debate that will eventually nudge Nigerians towards kick-starting the process of a genuine re-invention of the country.

Source News Express

Posted 05/05/2016 7:15:19 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Anambra community threatens to drag ex-chairman to EFCC...

Nigerian journalist detained for two years, denies planning...

Umahi to Southern churches: Assist your counterparts in...

Troops, security operatives flood Kaduna •Govt. releases security...

Royal father spits fire at National Conference, threatens...

N1m Funeral Levy: Traditional ruler dismisses media report,...

Brave worshippers capture suicide bomber inside mosque

NiMet predicts cloudy weather condition for today

Nigerian Olympian turns killer in South Africa, bags...

Jammeh must step down: West African leaders

Group calls for arrest, investigation of coalition leader...

Today’s Weather: NiMET predicts sunny and hazy conditions...

 

Latest News EFCC lists 22 witnesses to testify against Fayose IPOB reveals Nnamdi Kanu’s position on 2019 Presidential election Boko Haram sacks two communities in Borno Ministry releases details of billions spent on 292 water projects in 7 years 45 Nigerian firms flaunt potential at SNEPCo exhibition 2019: Arewa youths threaten to stop Atiku over Fani-Kayode, Nnamdi Kanu Minimum Wage: NLC threatens to embark on fresh industrial action on November 6 I will contest in 2019, says Shehu Sani Don’t disenfranchise Zamfara electorate, CLO tells INEC •Urges Buhari to call Oshiomhole to order Wike an Action Governor — Prof. Gidado Buhari set to visit Seme border Police arrests drug store operator for murder in Borno

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (408,396 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (383,308 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (315,709 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (258,701 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (238,167 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (224,847 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (204,656 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (186,079 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (170,915 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (166,221 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (161,909 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (149,621 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (70) Business & Economy (3,701) Business Verdict (52) Columnists (949) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (561) Features (660) Global Business Monitor (304) International (2,559) Interview (165) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (145) News (39,805) Opinion (1,126) Pidgin (13) Politics (7,325) Religion (883) Sports (1,738) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

NLNG Prize for Literature 2018

Zenith Zero Balance

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

LIBYA vs NIGERIA 2-3 Goals Highlights

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement