The BIAFRAN WAR (1967–1970) remembered half a century later
STERN Magazine –
The Black Scorpion: "we will aim at everything - even if it is not moving"
TV Presenter JULIETTE FOSTER: "an intense, emotional memoir"
Recounted are the lives of a young oil engineer, his wife and newborn child, during the Biafran War, when they inadvertently lived through one of the worst episodes of African history, experiencing first hand a life to which the international media initially had no access.
Working in an industry that has gone on to pollute massively with oil, theirs is a different story of AFRICA, OIL and AID during a conflict that cost over a million lives.
The author also describes the political elites and those, like Ojukwu and Adekunle, who fought them – having himself been captured and detained, one to one, by the mythically ruthless Black Scorpion; this, the strangest of events, enabling him to observe at close range the disintegration of a powerful personality.
Black Gold - Black Scorpion closes with the overthrow of Nigeria's government, the demise of industry and European interests, and the start of massive oil pollution and corruption.
More especially, the author's and his family's interaction with the people of the area, the people of Igboland, serves to underline how most of Africa continues to be let down by the pillars of the modern world – political elites, capitalists, the media and warring world powers.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Map of Biafra
We were startled in our sleep by an explosion
It was ‘dry’ in that it didn’t rain, much
Oh, de bomb not be for you
We were hostages
We got into wooden canoes and paddled hard
You leave next week
A gélè, expressed everything
SHELL ENGINEER YOU GO PASS DIS PLACE YOU GO DIE O
Dere be people hurt here!
We sensed no hostility
One of the Babies flew through
I have to kill the Ibos
You bring the girl who is not there
I read Ojukwu’s book…He was right
A complex man, in a complex situation
Tyres smoking on the roadside
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