Politics

Author shares businessman’s greatest contribution to Nigeria in new memoir

FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY, Nigeria — This week marks the nationwide release of author Ifeze’s new biographical book, “In Quest of Perpetuity: Bio-sketches of Sir Odumegwu Ojukwu.” Meanwhile, the book’s hardback edition is set for a November release.

With neither dynastic heritage nor university education, Sir Odumegwu Ojukwu, a creative indigenous business titan of Nigeria’s colonial times, built up what was, in his time, a humongous transportation business from one secondhand lorry. “In Quest of Perpetuity” brings to life this achievement and the highlights of Ojukwu’s journey through the years.

The doyen of accountancy in Nigeria, Mr. Akintola Williams, effusively affirmed that Nigeria’s business community and colonial and postcolonial governments, and banks held Ojukwu in the greatest esteem as a founding member and an original subscriber to Nigeria’s first stock market, the Lagos Stock Exchange. Eventually, Ojukwu became the first Nigerian president of the Nigerian Stock Exchange in the years 1963 to 1966.

As Nigeria approached independence from Great Britain, Sir Odumegwu turned his back on unpatriotic politics, rejected his party’s proposals to install him Nigeria’s Federal Minister of Finance because he did not trust their motives for genuine economic development. Instead he sacrificially refocused on his economic development mission for his people and country and achieved what is to date an unequalled command of the heights of Nigeria’s business, commerce and industry up to his death in 1966.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

Ifeze, who is a missionary teacher and nephew to Ojukwu, collects herein unraveling family sketches of his uncle’s colossal economic and patriarchal legacies left to dilapidate and rot by Nigeria’s governments and more so by Ojukwu’s own immediate family. The author is also based in Nigeria.
 

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