Hugh Masekela who passed on Jan 23, 2018 is an integral part of South African modern history, being part of the resistance against 'apartheid' oppression, the social issues he addressed in his music, as well as being a larger-than-life figure.
As with most larger-than-life figures Pres. Nelson Mandela was controversial. We know of his achievements and follies. But what is his legacy? What will he be best remembered for? Was he shrewd politician, a visionary or both?
The story of the Biafra genocide is one of culturally incompatible and ideologically far-flung nations enclosed in a post-colonial contraption that started in late 60’s and continues up to this day.
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the Wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the Knowledge we have lost in information?
(T.S Elliot, 'The Rock', 1934)
Biafra: another template for the exploitation of the African soil and soul
Deportation of African nationals from Europe and America has come to be accepted as a norm;
just as normal as you would hear folks discuss corruption in Nigeria,
piracy in Somalia and fighting in the Congo.
The speech credited as the inspiration for Bob Marley's hit song "War".
This story recounts the attempts of one mortal man and humanity at large to establish everlasting peace instead of waging perpetual war. A struggle of good over evil.