Author: Olayiwola Abegunrin, Professor, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Publisher: Lexington Books
Foreword: Alhaji Lateef Jakande, a former Governor of Lagos State; a political veteran who was one of Awo’s closest right-hand people & Associates
Professor Sulayman S. Nyang, Department of African Studies, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
This is NOT a review of Professor Abegunrin’s effort at deciphering further a man that continues to attract academicians thirty years after his death, a book that examines deeper Chief Obafemi Awolowo the man, his achievements in the Western part of the country that he wanted to be a template for what he could achieve for Nigeria, and the condition the country has remained stuck in with its inability to reach Awo’s lofty goals and far-reaching vision.
The Political Philosophy of Awolowo – Politics – has been out for quite a well and I merely want to use this space to announce its addition to the ever-growing list of literature on Awo, The Man and his Politics.
Here are the opinions of two academicians who have read and dissected Politics:
“This book is a masterpiece by one of the most well-informed Nigerian scholars. The author has been painstaking in his analysis of the life, philosophy and travails of one of the Nigerian Founding Fathers as if he was an insider. It is a must-read book for anyone wishing to understand the Sage who toiled for the Nigerian State but was the most misunderstood.”
ADEOYE A. AKINSANYA, Tai Solarin University of Education, Nigeria.
This is a good book on an extraordinarily complex personality. It dispassionately examines the life and personality of an individual who personified a people, offering new conclusions on one of the African Continent’s most controversial leaders. Olayiwola Abegunri has clearly done a study that will provoke others into looking at the life and times of a great Nigerian patriot.”
ABIODUN ALAO, King’s College, London.
And as part of the blurb for the book, Professor Abegunrin writes:
“He has set an example of leadership … was a highly cerebral thinker and statesman, a brilliant political economist and a committed federalist”.
In conclusion, unlike retired General Obasanjo during his civilian rule, millions of Nigerians know who has been the “issue” in Yoruba politics, nay, Nigeria’s politics both before and after independence, including those who may not/cannot acknowledge the fact: Awo, and definitely not by any interpretation of the word nor by any imagination could you-know-who-of-Ibadan, a mere enforcer, qualify as an “issue”of Ibadan politics, let alone be dignified with that kind of appellation.
MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2016. 6:40 a.m. [GMT]