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Awo : the autobiography of Chief Obafemi Awolowo

Catalog Data

Author:
Awolowo, Obafemi 1909-1987  Search this
Subject:
Awolowo, Obafemi 1909-1987  Search this
Nigerian Youth Movement  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 315 pages : portrait ; 23 cm
Type:
Biography
Autobiographies
Place:
Nigeria
Date:
1960
©1960
Contents:
How it began -- Parentage -- Schooling at Ikenne -- I fended for myself -- Wesley College -- Years of preparation -- Fraternity of the pen -- My business adventures -- It is a goal -- Nigerian Youth Movement -- Twilight of the gods -- Evolution of a federalist -- The debate continues -- The action group -- Eight years of office -- Some reflections
Summary:
Chief Obafemi Awolowo (1909-1987) was the leader of Nigeria's Action Group party and the first indigenous Premier of Western Nigeria. He campaigned heavily for developmental change and implemented free primary education and child healthcare policies across the Western Region. Awolowo began work on this autobiography in 1957, at a time when Nigeria's request for self-government had been refused. The work was completed in 1960, the year Nigeria gained its long-awaited independence. Accordingly, this autobiography is dedicated to a 'new and free Nigeria', with the trust that its people will enjoy 'a more abundant life'. This determined, self-made leader here describes his youth, education and politics. He writes of his hope that this tale of stubborn perseverance can become 'a source of inspiration' in itself, and indeed, this account will fascinate anyone with an interest in Africa, the history and politics of Western Nigeria, or a love of insightful political autobiography. (Amazon website).
Topic:
Statesmen  Search this
Nationalism  Search this
Constitutional history  Search this
Politics and government  Search this
Call number:
DT515.6.A9 A96
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_176617