Ojukwu - when enough is, should be enough!
Somebody wrote: Ojukwu RIP.
And that should be it!
The rest is posthumous OGA-ism, and stands in no relation to the man's ... standing in world or African history: he was neither Cheops, Chaka Zulu, Jomo Kenyatta, Mwalimu Nyerere, Amilcar Cabral, Samora Machel, Nelson Mandela, Alexander the Great, Charlemagne or who-have-you.
Nor was he a Chinua, Ben Okri, Seffi Ata, Mariama Ba, Cheick Anta, Franz Fanon,
Mahfouz, Walter Rodney, or Socrates, Descartes or Albert Einstein, for that matter.
He was, so we were told, a well-educated, some say, brilliant mlitary man, then led - forced by circumstances (and visions of grandeur?) - a secession, encouraged 'among others' by France and her oil interests in the Delta(!!! forgotten ??? - also the role colonialist Portugal played, and the Catholic Church's propaganda machine ???), gave up far too late, when Biafra was already a suicidal affair, and then ran away to safety in the Ivory Coast, where he lived in an exile doré, thanks also to his inheritance from Dad. (For many years his blue Mercedes lorries profitably plied the 'Abidjan-Lagos corridor'...)
We shall simply forget some of his later utterings and doings: RIP.
What we are witnessing now is OGAism, posthumous agrandisement, mystification and what-have-you. (Even e Fani-Kayode is USING him for his own, usual purposes! Which makes you vo - it does that toe, at least!))
I do think that this serves present-day Nigeria and the IGBO no purpose whatsoever.
Could we therefore, please, move on.
Okay, okay: I Do know that this is sacrilege, blasphemy, hero-bashing, all the more so since this comes from an ONYOTCHA, who, at least initially, supported Biafra in words and by collecting money.
Reason for which I became a 'prohibited immigrant' in Nigeria (just like I was in white-ruled South Africa ... for three decades because of my anti-apartheid activities).
When sticking to Biafra became more and more suicidal I tried to convince my Igbo friends to 'let it be'.
Come and beat me: I can tolerate that.
As for OjukwU. R.I.P.!!!
I do know of Igbo friends who agree with me but dare not say so openly.
Some tell me it's all part of the 'Biafra hang-over', an explanation which
I do understand and can understand.
I would have liked to add a picture painted by the artist Middle Art of Onitsha,
in my posession and hanging prominently here in the entrance of my house
in the BLACK forest...
It shows Ojukwu shaking hands with Shehu Shagari 'upon his return to Nigeria',
with Ojukwu in full ... Biafran uniform ... that, I suppose, was Middle Art's 'artistic licence'. It's a beautiful picture and I shall NOT give it away, even to the highest bidder, only loan it out for exhibitions, but then fully insured, please!
May be somebody can help me to upload this pikshur