The Ifeajuna Manuscript

The Ifeajuna Manuscript

Major Emmanuel IFEAJUNA, the first ever black African  to win gold medal at a major international sports event and Nigeria’s first ever gold medalist was...

Author : Demola Adeniran

Genre :Nigerian Fiction

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Major Emmanuel IFEAJUNA, the first ever black African  to win gold medal at a major international sports event and Nigeria’s first ever gold medalist was more famous for his lead role in the January 15th 1966 violent coup in Nigeria, than for his track and field acclamation of the 1956 commonwealth in Vacouver.

In 1967, he wrote a controversial account of January 15th 1966 coup in an unpublished manuscript popularly called The Ifeajuna Manuscript; which mysteriously went missing in the hamds of some of Nigeria’s best literary minds.

About the same time Major Ifeajuna wrote his manuscript, a British freelance war correspondent, Dan Witszel came to Nigeria with a bequeated hand made diary to cover the war from the Biafran front. What Witszel didn’t realise was that his ordinary looking diary had within it, secrets of the most sophisticated oil rig ever designed!

Forty odd years on, a renowned Nigerian writer, ignited interest of very powerful individuals in the international oil business when he described Dan Witszel’s diary as the material with which Major Ifeajuna wrote his manuscript. With this new revelation, a clandestine search for the manuscript was then sanctioned by poerful oil executives in London and they sent a ruthless ex SAS man, Robyn Callahan to look for the manuscript at all costs even if it meant murder.