We Are All Biafrans: A Participant Observer?s Intervention in a Country Sleepwalking to Disaster

We Are All Biafrans: A Participant Observer?s Intervention in a Country Sleepwalking to Disaster

by Chido Onumah

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We Are All Biafrans: A Participant Observer?s Intervention in a Country Sleepwalking to Disaster by Chido Onumah

In this provocative book, Chido Onumah argues that many, if not all, of the problems of Nigeria are rooted in the structure of the country. He makes a case, as he did in his previous books, for the socio-political restructuring of Nigeria. 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 We are all Biafrans, Onumah 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. He raises fundamental questions: 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 manifestation of Biafra may well be a metaphor and, to that extent, we are all Biafrans as long as we seek to confront the clear and present danger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789785407983
Publisher: Parrésia Publishers Ltd.
Publication date: 04/29/2016
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Chido Onumah (April 10, 1966) is a Nigerian/Canadian journalist, author, blogger and rights activist. He has worked for over two decades as a journalist, rights activist and media trainer in Nigeria, Ghana, Canada, India, the USA, the Caribbean and Spain. Onumah studied philosophy at the University of Calabar, Nigeria, and received an MA in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. He is currently a doctoral candidate in communication and journalism at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Onumah is the author of Nigeria is Negotiable (2013) and Time to Reclaim Nigeria (Essays 2001-2011) 2011. He has edited books on various subject, including Making Your Voice Heard: A Media Toolkit for Children & Youth (2004); Anti-Corruption Advocacy Handbook (with Comfort Idika-Ogunye) 2006; Youth Media: A Guide to Literacy and Social Change (with Lewis Asubiojo) 2008; Understanding Nigeria and the New Imperialism (with Biodun Jeyifo, Bene Madunagu, and Kayode Komolafe) 2006; and Sentenced in God's Name: The Untold Story of Nigeria's "Witch Children" (with Lewis Asubiojo) 2011; Media and Information Policy and Strategy Guidelines (with Grizzle, A., Moore, P., Dezuanni, M., Asthana, S., Wilson, C., and Banda, F.).

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