How and Why The Yoruba fought and lost THE BIAFRA-NIGERIA Civil War

How and Why The Yoruba fought and lost THE BIAFRA-NIGERIA Civil War

The book re-evaluates the roles of major characters in the war and the events that followed, including Generals Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, Yakubu Gowon, Chief Obafemi...

Author : jimanze Ego

Genre :Nonfiction

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The book re-evaluates the roles of major characters in the war and the events that followed, including Generals Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, Yakubu Gowon, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Professors Wole Soyinka, Ben Nwabueze, amongst others. The consensus amongst previewers is that this is a brave new reinterpretation of our history in the light of strict logic and universally accepted axioms.

The portrayal of the characters and events in this book and in each of the three engrossing sections is correspondingly provocative. Ego-Alowes engages in a duel with those who may think he is babblesome but always comes away with clearest examples of unsettling truth in the spectacle that was the Nigerian civil war and the canvassing of Yoruba supremacy by some of the most notable figures of the Igbo tribe, the role of the British in the saga and the repudiation of the Aburi accord as well as what Ego-Alowes describes as the “the greatest evil’ that blights Nigeria today-Boko Haram, resurgent Biafra, Niger Delta Avengers-all, he successfully argued are traceable to General Yakubu Gowan’s singular repudiation of the Aburi round-table and thus civilisation.


Whether by intention or the urge to reveal, Ego-Alowes investigated the Yoruba alliance with the North in the war they lost and how the British forced the alliance. He wrote: “Now if the British did not force the alliance of the Yoruba and the North, then it follows that the nature, ways and means of the alliance was not clearly explained to the Yoruba and that they never cared to understand, not just what is stated or not stated but its implications. So far, the British have proven to be a devious people in dealing with others, especially the non-white populations of the world.”

“Regardless, if the Yoruba by majority of votes or the forceful and charismatic character of their leaders threw in the lots with the North, as they have maintained post-war, then it amounts to self-chosen strategy of defeat.”

Still there are enough colourful argument and anecdote to make for an absorbing read. He seemingly presented a thousand and one proofs that the Yoruba were defeated or were neither part of the architects of, nor were they even consulted in the purposed creation of a failure against them, and that marginalizes them, as he wrote.

This is still a delightful, glorious read with a very serious undertow.

This must be one of the great revolutions of interpretation in Nigerian history. Built on facts, the book guides our gaze towards neglected chronology and meaning of events. The implications make for an inevitable and radical re-evaluation of modern Nigerian history.
If one may suspend disbelief, reading this book will amount to a rewiring of our convictions and concepts about Nigeria and its history.
How and Why the Yoruba Fought and Lost the Biafra-Nigeria Civil War, amounts to a game changing interrogation of Nigeria. The book demonstrates that an implausible conjecture is not only possible but that it has already happened in the past!

Ego-Alowes adopts a psychoanalytic approach to the whole drama that is Nigerian politics. Suddenly, all the scattered pieces of our history are pieced to reveal not just where the "rain started to beat us", but also a way forward from the ensuing cold.
Personally, I do not think that the mentioned characters are solely aware of the implications and connotative meanings of their many comments as well as body language; perhaps it is because history has overtime conditioned me to perceive them as political saints. Nonetheless, national gamer or apostle, this is one book to read, for Nigeria's sake.
-Amara Chimeka

Jimanze is the author of several books including the ‘’Minorities as Competitive Overlords’’which has been critically well received as a major to contribution knowledge across the several disciplines of sociology, economics and history. Jimanze writes a popular and well-received column, The Turf Game for the Daily Sun newspapers. In the words of the author the purpose of the book is to awaken Nigerians to the need of ‘’never finishing the tale’’. ‘’No great narrative’’ in his words,‘’has an end’’. ‘’History never finishes.’’