YES, WE CAN (MAKE GUNS)

Winston Churchill’s famous WW II speech, “We shall fight on the beaches…we shall fight in the fields and in the streets…” was often quoted by the Igbo-speaking people of Eastern Nigeria at the beginning of the civil war in Nigeria in 1967 (also known as the Biafran War).  We secessionist Igbos had just been invaded... Continue Reading →

BLIND TOURS IN THE WHITE MAN’S COUNTRY, PART 2

William Ansah Sessarakoo, nicknamed “Cupid,” was a huge celebrity in London. His name was constantly in the newspapers and news magazines, and he was in great demand for gatherings, invited everywhere in high society. Poetry and plays were written about him, and he had been presented at court. All the ladies of fashion knew his... Continue Reading →

BLIND TOURS IN THE WHITE MAN’S COUNTRY

Dom Domingos, a prince of Warri in southern Nigeria, traveled to Portugal to spend 8 years studying in Lisbon—and a total of 10 years in Portugal—before marrying a Portuguese noblewoman and returning to his home in West Africa. His father the Olu—meaning King—Sebastian of Warri, had sent him to Portugal to study the mysterious ways... Continue Reading →

SLAVERY, THE PECULIAR INSTITUTION?

In 2011 I attended a financial conference in Ottawa, and at one of the evening social events, I committed a grave faux pas. After introducing myself, I started chatting with some attendees who wanted to know the source of my first name “Okey,” pronounced “O-Kay” as in OK, the word American English is said to... Continue Reading →

THEIR GUNS WERE GREATER

In 1591, a small Moroccan force of about 4000 musketeers very easily defeated a much larger Songhai army, and brought down the West African Songhai Empire. Songhai was the last of the three wealthy West African empires (Ghana, Mali, Songhai) that dominated the Sahel region before the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade became a major factor on... Continue Reading →

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