(Upper Iweka road, Onitsha)
A long time ago, in journalism school, long before the desire for wealth captured me and made me to pursue other more fulfilling interests, I learnt that truth is sacred, I learnt that once the writer or journalist crosses that fine line between truth and fabrication, then the journalist would have compromised himself. Lawrence Akapa is a good case in point.
I have always tried, and will continue to maintain this core value in my writing. I thank God that I write for myself, to free my soul and to relax my mind. I do not have to conform to any style, neither do I have to please anybody or paymaster. I expect just like any other writer to be challenged on the facts I present, or the logic of my argument. I do not expect to be challenged when my writings hurt somebody's covet paymaster. Just like my fellow writer and self –righteous Nigerian, Mr. Paul Adujie.
I recently wrote an article titled: An Open Letter To Baroness Lynda Chalker . For obvious reasons Mr. Adujie feels irked by my article and have therefore written a half concealed rejoinder, questioning ‘me' and other Nigerians who he feels do not sing his master's praises, Those Comments On Nigeria By Baroness Chalker.
(Zik's Avenue, Onitsha)
I have come directly under Mr. Adujie's attack, a case of the critic critiquing the critic, something like a dose of my own medicine.
While I continue to watch Mr. Adujie's subtle attacks to decide on my next line of action, I am happy that he has at least exposed his true motives and intentions, and has therefore compromised himself in the process.
In journalism school, Dr. Essieobong Ikpeh taught me that a picture is worth a thousand words, I thank my brother Dr. Okenwa Nwosu for coming to my aid while I was writing this article, his unsolicited Onitsha pictures emailed to Igbo forum members did just fine for me.
I will copyright these lovely pictures he took a few weeks ago while visiting Nigeria to rest my case for now. Mr. Adujie was right; I was a fool and so naïve to have written in the Baroness Lynda Chalker article that things were not getting any better in Nigeria. These pictures prove him right. (Amuwo, Lagos)
Lest I forget, Uncle Sege has only 2 more years left to complete his tenure as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, those of us who badly need a government appointment in his administration had better hurry up.