Thursday, March 9, 2017

Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Re: THE HISTORY OF THE NIERIAN CIVIL WAR SHOULD BE TAUGHT IN OUR SCHOOLS


Dear Rabbi Hamelberg:
I confess: your language of the masquerade, also famously known as "signifying" sometimes leaves me breathless, and I ask like Eliot, is the smell of a...that makes me so digress? Well, you see, being German, Jewish, Sierra Leonnean, Liberian, even with a hint of Gambian, and of course Swedish Yoruba, you have many tongues that speak, and much as I listen, I'm often left with a hum. You know, that small, silent, voice that haunts only those whom Agwu has visited. So, if I do not understand you always, forgive me. I should say this: "anyi adighi agbazi k'anyi data ego..."  It is my Igbo way of saying, we are no longer dancing for any fiduciary purposes or applause. I am not writing to win the Nobel prize. I am not writing to please God. I am not writing to appease the earth goddess. I am not writing to earn any more respect than I'm worth. I do not particularly care for titles. I actually prefer to be simply "Obi." I salute you.
Obi Nwakanma





From: usaafricadialogue@googlegroups.com <usaafricadialogue@googlegroups.com> on behalf of Cornelius Hamelberg <corneliushamelberg@gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 5:57 PM
To: USA Africa Dialogue Series
Subject: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Re: THE HISTORY OF THE NIERIAN CIVIL WAR SHOULD BE TAUGHT IN OUR SCHOOLS
 

I'm afraid there's no way out of this Sir

You, she, he, me, they, we just have to respect him

the way that he would like mini-mally

to be respected!

Aretha Franklin : Respect (begets respect)

As Chief Aluko usually says, " And there you have it"!



On Wednesday, 8 March 2017 09:30:44 UTC+1, Kayode J. Fakinlede wrote:

Dear Dr. Nwakanma,

I must apologize exceedingly sir, for addressing you as Mr. Nwakanma instead of Dr. Nwakanma. Many a time, when I think a male person is writing, not having the privilege of deciphering their academic achievements, I try to use the common title reserved for all male persons. That was why I refered to you as Mr. Nwakanma. As a favor, I will implore you to put this title in front of your name always so people like me do not offend your ensibilities. It is a great achievement and really no one should take it lightly.

I must also apologise for insinuating that the Biafra was defeated during the war. I could not have been farther from the truth. They were indeed not vanquished. That being said, I am certain that my libido will find a certain level of normalcy.

However, I still believe that the history of the Nigerian Civil war should be taught to all our children in the schools so they can make informed decisions of their own. That was my initial contention.

Again, I aologise sir.

Regards

FAKINLEDE K


On Friday, March 3, 2017 at 12:23:42 PM UTC+1, Kayode J. Fakinlede wrote:

'No victor, no vanquished."

This pronuncement, to me, is the greatest blunder of our civil war. I can almost say that it is at the bottom of the continued aspiration by a segment of our society for secession.

Of course, one could not have blamed the government of young Ganeral Gowon. It was reasoned then that in declaring that neither side won or lost the war, everyone would have learned his lesson and our nation would be at peace forever more.

What we see now is a blantant misplacement of historical facts and grotesque caricatures being made of those whose intentions were noble. But more importantly, we are seeing agitations where none should have arisen and from the side that was vanqished in the war. The factual victors, having remained silent for so long, are now being painted as carnivores and murderers.  

Anyone who was an adult during the civil war will definitely not wish another one on Nigeria. Lessons have been learned and honestly, not too many of these people agitate for secession or any form of upheaval, regardless of his tribal origin. It is those who were yet unborn or too young to experience the realities of war that would think it is child's play.

But the truth is that they do not know better. They receive information, not history, from their parents. In most instances, while the intenions of the older ones may not be for agitation, a vanquished people will always tell a story of their mistreatment and their heroism in the face of all odds.

A factual history of the civil war must be taught in all our schools to all our children. This is not to put any segment of our nation down. It is reasonable because this event marks the singular greatest period when, but for providence sake, Nigeria would have disintegrated. Moreover, people badly informed of the mistreatment of their forebears are bound to react negatively to their perceived malefactors.   

This subject needs not be given a name that would be derogatory to any side. It can just be called 'The Nigerian Civil War'. Therein all our young ones will learn as a subject matter: the events that led to the war; attempts to resolve the issues so war could be averted; who were the initial aggressors; who took part militarily in the war; who were the heroes; the parts played by our own leaders either in preventing or agitating for war; the parts played by others in trying to prevent war; how the war was prosecuted; how the war was brought to an end; life after the war; attempts to rebuild; the lingering issues arising from the war; the effects of the war on our present political life; important dates in the process; etc.

There is so much to teach our children and they should be properly and factually taught. Some smart person once said that whoever forgets the past is bound to repeat it, or something of that nature.

I rest my case

Fakinlede K

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