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Onigegewura: Echoes Across the Niger

26 gripping stories on different subjects that draw both laughter and tears.

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Onigegewura: Echoes Across the Niger

In the foreword, Justice Olubunmi Oyewole of the Court of Appeal, Enugu Division, has this to say: “The delivery style is racy, pacy, ecstatic and educative at the same time. The research is deep, reflective of painstaking attention to details. Coming at a time when the nation is seeking for direction with competing forces in the perpetual struggle for its soul, this series cannot be more timely. In Echoes Across the Niger, the author relives topical issues and events in the country’s contemporary history in beautiful prose as if they happened right in his presence to educate the reader.

The tales are familiar for those who are used to Onigegewura blog. However, the lawyer, whose affinity for history and biography artfully weaves together in a narrative, issues that are both detailed and arresting. They equally echo across the age and from state to state in a sweeping new history.

The story of Ejigbadero, the king of land grabbers in Lagos of the 1970s and how he got his comeuppance; how the Emir of Kano and former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II sanitized Nigerian banks in 2009 and the story of the late first civilian governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha are all in the book. Also unveiled is the intrigue involved in the late Basorun M.K.O Abiola becoming the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, in 1988. There’s also the shameful tale of the cement armada of 1975/76; the Wetie crisis in the old Ondo State, as well as how the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, almost lost his wig and gown.

That’s not all.
The rich book doesn’t neglect milestones including the Aba Women’s riot, the martyred miners of Enugu and how it took some three years and civil disobedience from Oyo people for the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, to ascend the throne of his ancestors. Indeed, Echoes Across the Niger is a fat book with lots of enriching and enjoyable stories.

It’s not just controversies, personalities and events that occupy the Onigegewura. There are also beautiful stories on the late Apala musician, Ligali Mukaiba, better known as Baba Lepe; Haruna Isola; the maverick Ayinla Omowura and his unfortunate end and how the relationship between the late Chief Bolarinwa Abioro of TYC Records and King of World Beats, Sunny Ade soured.

Akinsola, who sees himself as an amateur historian, said: “It is to preserve these historical tales that I embark on the task of publishing this book. It is, therefore, my modest attempt at preserving some contemporary events in our recent history for future generations. It is my belief that understanding what happened in the past is crucial to making informed decisions about the present and the future. This is more so that history has a way of repeating itself over again. I also consider it important for us to learn about the achievements of our fathers, and of course to learn from their errors,” he quipped.

“In the last few years, especially with advances in technology, social media has become an indispensable part of our everyday life. Virtual environment has become the centre of our very existence. Most of us rely on the Internet for information, news, education, transactions, and in fact almost everything,” he remarked.

He added, “I started Onigegewura Blog to provide young Nigerians with a digital platform where we can learn about our history and culture. From being a social media experiment, it will soon became a resource centre where people converged regularly to learn about their history and culture. I was pleasantly shocked to hear from many young readers that they were learning about historical events that shaped our past for the first time on the blog.”

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