Friday, 30 January 2009

Olisa Adibua



Olisa is one of the founding partners of Storm Media Group. Storm group is made up of five arms, including Storm Records. Since 1991, they have been responsible for top-notch music productions including the Top of the Pops, Lekki Sunsplash, Nokia Face of Africa, Big Brother Africa, 100% Naija on Channel O and The Apprentice Africa. Storm records has in her stable artists like 2Shotz, Alay, Dare, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Eldee, GT, Ikechukwu, Jazzman, Naeto C and Sasha.

Olisa has also been a host of Big Brother Nigeria and is an inductee into Hip Hop World Awards Hall of Fame. He is one of the most consistent custodians of the hip-hop genre in Nigeria, and right from his days at Clapperboard TV, he has been passionate about breaking new talents into the music scene.

Olisa was a popular broadcast presenter with Cool FM he anchored the ‘road show’ - a Monday to Friday evening programme designed to keep listeners’ company as they drive home from work. He also anchors the MTN-sponsored Top 10 Jams. Olisa has also anchored the TV version of MTN Top 10.

Uche Eze



24 year-old Uche Eze is the brains behind Bella Nigeria. Bella Naija is a Nigerian celebrity blog that passionately publishes fashion, entertainment news, info, gossips and gists. The blog also profiles Nigerian and African celebrities around the world.

The site aspires to become Africa’s Number 1 music, style, movie, TV and beauty website.

The site which started since July 2006 as a blog has become the most popular celebrity, fashion and entertainment news site for Nigerians in the Diaspora and back home. Uche aspires to make the site Africa’s Number 1 music, style, movie, TV and beauty website.

Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy



Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy was born in Awka, Anambara State, Nigeria, and took up painting as a profession in 1988.

Much of her work is in pastels and oils, and her subjects range from portraiture and landscape, to pictures which capture the traditions and cultures of the African continent.

She has exhibited widely and her work is represented in public and private collections in France, Grenada, Kenya, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, United Kingdom, and U.S.A.

She received worldwide recognition for painting the official portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her Golden Jubilee Other recent commissions include the President of Norwich City Football Club, Mr Geoffrey Watling; His Excellency Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; His Excellency Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Secretary-General of The Commonwealth; President of the Senate, Grenada, Margaret Neckles; Lord Mayor of Norwich, Derek Wood, Diagio Africa MD & wife, Mr. & Mrs. David Hampshire, David 'Rocky' Rocastle, Kriss Akabusi, athlete and TV personality, for whom she also undertook a series of large paintings on the theme of the African Diaspora and was commissioned by Martin Keown to paint Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium. Her work is in the Queens collection. In 2006 her work was reproduced on the national postage stamps of 5 countries.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Sophie Okonedo


Sophie is a London born, Academy Award-nominated actress. Her father is Igbo and her mother, an Ashkenazi Jew who was born in the East End to Yiddish-speaking immigrants from Poland and Russia.

Okonedo trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has worked in a variety of media including film, television, theatre, and audio drama. She performed in Scream of the Shalka — a webcast based on the BBC television series Doctor Who — as Alison Cheney, a companion of the Doctor. As well as providing the character's voice, Okonedo's likeness was used for the animation of the character. Okonedo also played the part of Ms. Tulip Jones in the movie Stormbreaker (2006) and Nancy in the 2007 television adaptation of Oliver Twist.

She was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress in 2004 for her role as Tatiana Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda and nominated for a Golden Globe for a Lead Actress in a Miniseries for her work in Tsunami: The Aftermath.

She recently played along side Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, and Dakota Fanning as May Boatwright, a woman who struggles with depression, in the film The Secret Life of Bees (2008).

Sophie lives in London with her daughter, Aoife

Osita Osadebe


Chief Osadebe was a Highlife musician, from Atani in Anambra State. His career spanned over 40 years, and he is one of the most well known Igbo highlife musicians.

He started his career when he was 23. He played with the Stephen Amache Band for awhile, and then continued his career with the Central Dance Band. In 1964 he started his own band, Soundmakers International. Oasadebe spends most of his time playing highlife music; due to this he is considered to be one of the top highlife musicians. In 1981 he was awarded with a gold disc for the LP Onu Kwulonjo. By the mid-'80s, Osadebe was at the height of his career selling over 700,000 records with his hit album Osondi Owendi.

Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe died on 11 May 2007 aged 71.

Music
Sound Time
Kedu America
Classic Hits
The Best Of Chief Osita Stephen Osadebe & His Nigerian Sound Makers

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala



Ngozi is from Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State. She was educated at Harvard University and earned her Ph.D. in regional economics and development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

She is also the former Finance Minister and Foreign Minister of Nigeria, notable for being the first woman to hold either of those positions. She served as finance minister from July 2003 until her appointment as foreign minister in June 2006, and as foreign minister until her resignation in August 2006.

She was once considered as a possible replacement for former World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz. In 2007 she was appointed as Managing Director of the World Bank by World Bank President Robert Zoellick.

Her NGO, NOI Global Consulting, partnered with the Gallup Organization to introduce an opinion poll, the NOI poll, into the Nigerian polity. She is a fellow at the Brookings Institution and serves on the Advisory Board of Global Financial Integrity and the World Resources Institute.

Okonjo-Iweala is married with four children.

Monday, 26 January 2009

Valentine Obi


Valentine Obi (Left)

Valentine is the CEO of eTranzact, the first online real-time payment system that allows account holders to pay for goods and services purchased from merchants without stress in Nigeria.

The concept behind eTranzact is doing business without barriers. The initial targets for this electronic payment solution was the payment of telephone bills. However, this payment solution now handles all payments for utilities, money transfers, and all other transactions, which are currently cash based.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



Chimamanda is an acclaimed Nigerian writer. She comes from Abba in Anambra State, southeast Nigeria.

She was born in the town of Enugu but grew up in the university town of Nsukka in south-eastern Nigeria, where the University of Nigeria is situated. At the age of 19, she left Nigeria and moved to the United States. After studying at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Chimamanda transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University to live closer to her sister; who had a medical practice in Coventry (now in Mansfield, Ct), and to continue studying communications and political science. She got her university degree from Eastern, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2001. She recently completed a master's degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She is now pursuing an MA in African Studies at Yale University.

Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, was published in 2003 and won the Best First Book award in the 2005 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, named for the flag of the short-lived Biafran nation, is set before and during the Biafran War. It was published by Knopf/Anchor in 2006 and was awarded the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Chimamanda is a 2008 MacArthur Fellow.

She was a participant at the 2009 Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, which takes place over eight days this spring in the historic college of Christ Church.

Books
Half of a Yellow Sun
The Thing Around Your Neck
Purple Hibiscus
One World: A global anthology of short stories
The Road to Freedom: A Study Guide to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Purple Hibiscus'

Ugo Monye


Ugo Monye, born 13 April, 1983 in Islington, London is a rugby union player for Harlequins in the Guinness Premiership and England. He is mainly known for his blistering pace and his ability to get to the tryline no matter where he gets the ball. He has also represented England Saxons in their victorious 2008 Churchill Cup campaign, scoring a number of impressive solo tries in the campaign, including in the final.

Ugo Monye's position of choice is either on the wing or in the centres. He played many games in the 2007/2008 season at centre due to a shortage of centres.

Monye has been capped at Sevens level, as well as full international level for England national rugby union team.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Ezebuiro Obinna


Ezebuiro Obinna aka Dr. Sir Warrior, was the leader of the famous Oriental Brothers International Band which ruled the Nigerian highlife music scene for several decades.

Born in Umuhu, Inyi-Ogwugwu in Agbaaja, Mbaise. Sir Warrior started his music career as a part of the most successful bands in Nigeria in the 1970s, the Oriental Brothers International Band. At a time of immense loss and great struggle after the Biafran War, the Oriental Brothers offered a rare light of hope. According to the Igbo magazine Kwenu, “the Oriental Brothers played a very important spiritual role in keeping many Igbo sane. They were the pride of a people traumatized by a war so vicious.”

The band later split, leading to Prince Ichita & the Great Oriental Brothers International Band, Oriental Brothers International, and then the original Dr. Sir Warrior & His Oriental Brothers International, simply called The Oriental Original.

Warrior’s discography is luminous with over 100 tracks that continue to be great hits. He had about 12 platinum and 10 gold hits in his career. His 1978 album Nwanne Awu Enyi went gold, selling more than 7.8 million copies.

He died in 1999 and is immortalized with the Imo State Heartland FM [100.5 MHz] dedicated to playing his tracks. His sons Uche Obinna and Ajuzieogu Obinna and his brother Emperor Teddy Obinna have taken after this magnificent maestro.

Genevieve Nnaji


Genevieve Nnaji is a popular actress from Mbaise in Imo State, Nigeria. She attended Girls Secondary School Akwakuma, Owerri, Imo State and the University of Lagos.

Genevieve found mainstream success in Nollywood, Nigeria’s movie industry’s nickname, in 1998, and has consistently added accolades, such as singer, producer to her resume.

In 2004 she became the face for Lux soap in a highly lucrative sponsorship deal. Among other actors and actresses, she released her first album, titled No More, in 2005, following a one year acting ban in Nigeria.

In May 2008, Nnaji launched her clothing line St. Genevieve which was a success with the Nigerian public. She also later on returned to acting and has since then starred in many great movies like Legal war and Behind the truth

Movies
Keep My Will - Genevive Nnaji - African/ Nigerian Movies
Girl's Cot
Private Sin
30 Days the Movie
Silent Scandals

Benedict Enwonwu


Benedict Enwonwu, better known as Ben Enwonwu was a renowned painter and sculptor.

Born in Onitsha and schooled in government colleges there before travelling to pursue secondary education in Europe, Benedict Enwonwu grew up to become perhaps the foremost Nigerian artist of his time. In England he studied Fine Art, Aesthetics, History of Western Art and Anthropology and began an artistic career in earnest.

Working with diverse media in his painting and sculpture-wood, bronze, metal, plastics, plaster, cement, oil and watercolors, Enwonwu's work was popular throughout his career, which was brought to international attention when Queen Elizabeth II sat for him at Buckingham Palace in the late 1950s.

Enwonwu exhibited sculpture around the world, at London's Berkeley galleries (1947), Howard University (1950), the Galerie Apollinaire (1950), the Goethe Institute (1976) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2001). He also wrote of the politics contained in visual art cultures, and was a proponent of using artistic expression to provide local or individual representation, even in the face of Western art forms or techniques.

Enwonwu died in 1994

Chinedu Onyejelem


Racial Studies from Trinity College Dublin, a B Sc in Social Studies Education, a Nigerian Certificate in Education and an Advanced Certificate in Mass Communication from various Nigerian colleges.
He has worked as a journalist for the print and online editions of The Irish Times, and has also written for Garda Review and the Irish Catholic. He has made numerous TV and radio appearances, including on Prime Time, Mono, Morning Ireland, Rattlebag, Today with Pat Kenny and Tonight with Vincent Browne, along with many other programmes. He also worked for the News Agency of Nigeria.

In 2006 he was the recipient of one of the ESB/Rehab People of the Year Awards.
Chinedu founded the Metro Eireann Media and Multicultural Awards (MAMA) to honour people and groups across Ireland (north and south) who work to combat racism and promote cross-cultural understanding. In 2006 he established the Permanent TSB Ethnic Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The maiden awards were presented by President Mary McAleese in February 2007.

Chinedu is a Ministerial nominee to the Steering Group of The National Action Plan Against Racism and a member of Department of Foreign Affairs/NGO Standing Committee, which advises the Irish Government on Human Rights issues overseas. He was recently appointed a Director of the non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation Concern Worldwide.

Source: Inter racial dialog.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Mary Onyali-Omagbemi



Mary Onyali has truly made a name for herself in the track and field world, establishing several prestigious marks on the way. Popularly called the Queen of Nigerian sprints, Mary continues to hold the Nigerian 200 meters record, and is still ranked in the top 10 of the collegiate all time list in both the 100 and 200 meters.

Mary Onyali-Omagbemi won the bronze medal in 4x100 metres relay at the 1992 Summer Olympics and in 200 metres at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

She performed especially well in the All-Africa Games, winning a total of 7 individual medals in the short sprints. She won 100 metres in 1991, 1995 and 2003 and took a bronze medal in 1987. Gold medals in 200 metres were taken in 1987, 1995 and 2003. Furthermore, the Nigerian 4x100m relay team won all races between 1987 and 2003, at the African Games.

Mary is married to marrying Victor Omagbemi.

Personal bests

* 100 metres - 10.97 (1993)
* 200 metres - 22.07 (1996)
* 400 metres - 54.21 (2000)

Source: Maryonyali.com

Iheatu Obioha


Anyone you watched Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony on CNN, wouldn’t have failed to spot commercials describing a skin care product called Adure.

Dr Iheatu Obioha is the man behind Clear Essence Cosmetics USA Inc, the manufacturers of Clear Essence, Adure and Chimere skin care products.

Clear Essence® Skin Care System was developed to address the skin care concerns of men and women of color. Today, the company’s products are distributed worldwide in the United States, Europe, Africa, South America, the Caribbean Islands and Canada. The products are manufactured at the company’s FDA-approved, 40,000 square-feet facility in Ontario, California.

Iheatu is a graduate of the University of Maryland, and an illustrious philanthropist.

Capt. (Mrs.) Chinyere Onyenucheya Kalu



Chinyere was Nigeria's first female pilot and she currently heads the flying school at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria.

In 2006, Chinyere was conferred Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR)

Augustine ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha



Perhaps one of Africa’s greatest footballers, without doubt the most entertaining footballer that Africa has ever produced, Jay-Jay is listed in football legend Pelé's FIFA 100 (a list of the greatest 125 living players of all time).

Born in Enugu, Okocha started his soccer career with hometown club, Enugu Rangers International In 1992 Okocha joined Eintracht Frankfurt where he linked up with many well-known players including Ghanaian international striker Tony Yeboah, German keeper Thomas Ernst and later Thomas Doll.

In 1996, Okocha joined Turkish giants Fenerbahçe following Eintracht Frankfurt's relegation to Bundesliga 2. While at Fenerbahçe he became a Turkish citizen.

In 1998 French side PSG splashed around $24 million on Okocha, making him the most expensive African player at the time.

Okocha joined Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer after leaving PSG in the summer of 2002. He quickly became a favourite with the Bolton fans, with the team printing shirts with the inscription "Jay-Jay - so good they named him twice".

As captain he led Bolton to their first cup final in nine years where they finished runners-up in the 2004 Football League Cup. Okocha also played in Qatar and for Hull City. JJ played 75 times for Nigeria.

Okocha is retired. He is married to Nkechi and they have two children Danielle and A-Jay. Okocha owns a bar in Lagos named Number 10.

Monday, 19 January 2009

Kenneth Olisa



Ken's technology career spans over 30 years, commencing with IBM where he held various posts in systems, engineering, sales and marketing, before joining Wang Laboratories in 1981.

Ken moved on to test his entrepreneurial mettle by founding Interregnum in 1992 which was floated on London’s AIM exchange in 2000.

At Interregnum, Ken worked at the forefront of the entrepreneur/technology growth cycle.

As well as serving on the Boards of many of Interregnum’s investment and advisory clients, Ken notched up some interesting firsts, including chairing the IPO of Vossnet, the UK’s first Internet Service Provider (ISP) DMATEK the first Israeli technology company to be listed on AIM. He was also a principal advisor to, and Director of, uDate.com - one the UK’s few dotcom successes which was sold to USA Interactive in 2003.

Ken retired from Interregnum in 2006 and founded boutique technology merchant bank – Restoration Partners. He is a Director of Thomson Reuters and Canadian software developer – Open Text, and serves on the Board of, or is an adviser to, several privately held and innovative companies including Prevx, BioWisdom, Independent Audit and Metapraxis.

A believer in the Victorian ethos that successful commerce is the fuel of public service, Ken is a Freeman of the City of London; a Warden of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists; Director of the Reuters Foundation; Chairman of homeless charity Thames Reach; and was an inaugural Postal Services Commissioner from 2001 to 2004.

In 2003 Ken won the BVCA/Real Deals Private Equity Personality of the Year Award and in 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the British Computer Society, becoming a Vice President in 2007.

In 2008, a panel led by Baroness Amos of Brondesbury drew up the Powerlist 2008 published this week by Powerful Media.

Ken was recognised for his business and charitable achievements, including directorships of two FTSE 100 companies (ENRC and Thomson Reuters) and long-term chairmanship of Thames Reach - a charity determined to end street homelessness in London by 2012.

The Powerlist highlighted that there are only two FTSE100 companies whose boards include black directors, and Ken is two of them.

Lewis Iwu



Lewis Iwu is the first black president of the University of Oxford's student union and the current world university debating champion. He is tipped in many quarters as a possible British prime minister one day.

Iwu was elected president of the union in 2007 and took up his post in June 2008. About 3,500 students voted in the election and Iwu beat his nearest rival, Olivia Bailey, by 450 votes.

Weeks after becoming president of the union, Iwu won the world university debating championship with his debating partner, Samir Deger-Sen, then an Oxford student. Victory was particularly sweet because they set a world record by winning the debate with 25 points - the previous best had been 24.

Iwu who grew up in Newham - one of the capital's most deprived boroughs - went to St Bonaventure's in Forest Gate, a boy's comprehensive with one of the best records in London for getting black pupils into university,

22 year old Iwu is most definitely one to watch.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Nnamdi Asomugha



Nnamdi Asomugha is an American Football cornerback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft (31st overall) by the Raiders. He played college football at California (UC Berkeley).

Nnamdi attended and played high school basketball and football at Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, California and Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, California before transferring to and graduating from Narbonne High School in Los Angeles, California.

Asomugha was selected as the Oakland Raiders Team Captain for the 2008 season. Universally considered one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, the 2008 season proved to be a spectacular season for Asomugha. He finished the 2008 season with 40 tackles, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, and 9 pass deflections.

He received the Oakland Raiders "Commitment to Excellence" Award for the second time and was named the team's 2008 Co-Most Valuable Player along with running back Justin Fargas. Asomugha was selected to the 2009 Pro Bowl to be played on February 8, 2009 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Asomugha was also selected onto Peter King's Sports Illustrated 2008 All-Pro team as well as The Associated Press 2008 All-Pro Team.

Pius Okigbo



Died 2000

Pius Okigbo was an eminent economist who was regarded by many as one of the most outstanding Nigerians of his generation. A world-renowned economist, academic and administrator, Pius hailed from Ojoto in Anambra State.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics through private study, after which he proceeded to Northwestern University, where he earned an MA and Ph.D in Economics.

As a scholar, he contributed a great deal in propelling into academic discourse new methods for solving African economic problems. He gained academic acclaim in Nigeria when he published a book on the national accounting standard of Nigeria.

Pius lent his service to public scholarship and policy; he was also chairman to a number of Nigerian committees, particularly those dealing with the economic direction of the country. In 1994, as chairman of a committee to probe the activities of the Central Bank of Nigeria, he released a report critical of the government's role in mismanaging 12.4 billion dollars of oil revenues accrued primarily to two special accounts. The panel's report is popularly known as the Okigbo report.

In 1977, Okigbo was awarded the national award of the Commander of the Order of Nigeria (CON), followed, in 1983, by the Nigerian National Order of Merit and in 1992 the international honour of the International Order of Merit.

Puis Okigbo died in September 2000.

Kizzi Nkwocha



Kizzi Nkwocha is a media consultant and PR specialist, described by the UK's PR Week magazine as "one of the industries fastest rising stars." He is based in the United Kingdom.

At 21, he became the UK's youngest newspaper editor, editing the 10-edition Recorder Group in West London. After the Recorder, Nkwocha worked as programming editor of Broadcast Magazine. He was also guest editor of international celebrity magazine, Society. Kizzi is best known for his years as a reporter at the News of the World weekly tabloid newspaper.

As a public relations consultant Nkwocha, known for his flamboyant dress styles has served as a publicist for Wasim Akram; multiple mum Mandy Allwood, who was pregnant with eight babies; Britain's oldest mum, Liz Buttle; mistress of President Bill Clinton Gennifer Flowers; Michael Perham, the youngest person to sail across the Atlantic single-handed and Dragons Den businessman, Levi Roots.

In 2001 Kizzi was voted by The Voice newspaper one of the 100 most influential black people in the United Kingdom. He has been the subject of a C4 documentary on publicity and was a character in the fictional novel No Glove, No Love by Ron Shillingford. In 2006 one of his clients, Guy Goma, became a worldwide celebrity after being mistakenly interviewed by the BBC on News 24.

Nkwocha is the man behind Kiss ‘N’ Sell - a news, photo and video auction site, in which information can be auctioned off to the highest bidder. If you have a Kiss and Tell story to sell to the newspapers, you can call Kizzi in confidence on 0871 717 9091 or 0871 717 9092

Oluchi Onweagba



"I think I reflect a lot of African beauty. I am African. And I am beautiful."
- Oluchi Onweagba

Oluchi Onweagba's sensual face, perfect figure and infinitely long legs have helped her to the top of the fashion league in the world, where she's modelled for everyone from Gianfranco Ferre to Gap.

Oluchi has come a long way since 1998, when, as a young 16-year-old she scooped the M-Net "Face Of Africa" contest.

"Face Of Africa" earned the 6ft 2in catwalk star – one of five children born to a nurse and a civil servant – a three-year, $150,000 modelling contract with Elite. And she's also set new standards for what's sexy in fashion.

When you take into account Oluchi Onweagba's humble beginnings, you have to admit the level of success she's achieved is incredible. She has made a number of appearances in the Victoria's Secret fashion show and four consecutive placements in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue are nothing to snub your nose at.

Oluchi who lives in New York had graced the covers of Italian Vogue, i-D, ELLE, Untold, and Surface, and she also was featured in Nylon, Marie Claire, Allure, and other national editions of Vogue around the world. She also became the face of the campaigns for Gianfranco Ferré, Victoria's Secret, Gap, Express, Banana Republic, and Ann Taylor. Onweagba's runway experience has been with John Galliano, Christian Dior, Costume National, Chanel, and Giorgio Armani, amongst others, in London, Milan, Tokyo and Paris. She has worked with such high-caliber photographers as Steven Meisel, Nick Kight, and Patrick Demarchelier.

She also volunteers her time and her image for such NGOs as LEAP Africa (an entrepreneurship incubator) and NIPRO. She also is continuing her higher education, having studied for an associate's degree in the New York City educational system.

In 2009, Oluchi is expected to host the inaugural West Africa's Next Top Model.

Book
Victoria's Secret : Sexy (Gisele Bundchen, Laetitia Casta, Heide Klum, Adriana Lima, Oluchi Onweagba, Daniela Pestova Photographed by Dominique Isserman)


Additional Sources: Hello Magazine, AskMen, Wiki

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu



General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Ikemba Nnewi was the leader of the state of Biafra and previously Military Governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria. Esteemed by many, this Igbo hero was born in Zungeru, to Sir Louis Odumegwu Ojukwu (KBE). Emeka attended Epsom College, in Surrey and later earned a Masters degree in history at Lincoln College, Oxford University.

He joined the Nigerian military and graduated from the prestigious Sandhurst Military Academy in England. He then became a Lieutenant Colonel in the Nigerian Army and Military Governor of Eastern Region. Following an Igbo pogrom in the Northern Region of Nigeria, Igbo leaders met in the Eastern Region and decided to declare the region independent. Emeka was chosen by them to lead the new country named "Biafra" after the Bight of Biafra.

Ojukwu left Biafra as it collapsed in 1970. He subsequently lived in exile in Côte d'Ivoire for 13 years. In 1980 President Alhaji Shehu Shagari pardoned Ojukwu and allowed him to return to Nigeria.

Today Ojukwu lives in Enugu Eastern Nigeria. In early December 2006 he was chosen to be the APGA presidential candidate for the April 2007 election.

Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi



Died in 1966

Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi was born to Mazi and Ezugo Aguiyi on March 3, 1924, in Umuahia-Ibeku, Abia State, Nigeria. At the age of 18, Ironsi joined the Nigerian Army where he excelled in military training at Eaton Hall, England. He became a commissioned officer in June, 1949 and served as the Aide de camp to John Macpherson, Governor General of Nigeria.

During the Congo Crisis of the 1960s, the United Nations Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjöld, appealed to the Nigerian government to send troops to Congo. Lieutenant Colonel Ironsi led the 5th battalion to the Kivu and Leopoldville provinces of Congo. He was soon appointed the Commander of the United Nations Operation in the Congo. In 1964 Ironsi was appointed the first Nigerian General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Nigerian Army.

Following the unsuccessful coup in January 1966 led by Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu, Ironsi became the country's first military Head of State.

On July 29, 1966, Ironsi spent the night at the Government House Ibadan as part of a nation-wide tour with his host, Lieutenant Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi, Military Governor of Western Nigeria. He was arrested and murdered by soldiers led by Theophilus Danjuma.

Chukwuma ‘Kaduna’ Nzeogwu



Died 1967

Patrick Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu, was born in the Northern Region’s capital of Kaduna to Igbo parents. He was an infantry and intelligence officer of the Nigerian Army. He attended the military academy at Sandhurst in England, and was a promising military officer who eventually became the Chief Instructor at the Nigerian Military Training College in Kaduna.

In the early hours of January 15, 1966, citing a long list of complaints against the political class, Nzeogwu led a group of majors in a military coup against the Nigerian First Republic. The Prime Minister, a federal minister, two regional premiers, along with top Army officers were executed. The coup unfortunately failed and he was arrested after arriving in Lagos on January 18, 1966. He was initially detained at Kirikiri maximum security prison but then transferred to the East. He was released from jail by Lt. Col.Emeka Ojukwu at the end of the first quarter of 1967 following demonstrations by students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

In 1967, Nzeogwu was trapped and killed in an ambush near Nsukka while conducting a night reconnaissance operation against federal troops during the Biafra War. He was buried with full military honours at the military cemetery in Kaduna.

Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu place in Nigerian history is assured.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Mandy Brown-Ojugbana



Mandy was brought up in the Northern part of England by an Igbo father and English mother. She visited Lagos, Nigeria for the first time at the age of 9 where she lived and studied.

At the age of 15 Mandy secured a record contract with Faze 2 Records, which was the hip, cutting-edge independent label at the time.

Mandy represented our generation with her poppy electro-boogie NYC freestyle sound. Her first album was Breakthrough, which contained the monster hit and record breaking single - "Taxi Driver".

Mandy cut another album - All My Love soon after, which was also a big hit. Just before her 19th birthday, Mandy vanished from the scene. In her words she left “to explore the world”. She relocated to Nigeria recently after almost two decades living in the UK.

Mandy who hails from Asaba is an extremely committed and professional Writer, Presenter & Singer. She is a graduate of the London Academy of Media, Film & TV.

Mandy has appeared on the UK's Channel 4 and has worked on set design and programming for the GOD Channel. She recorded with the world famous Soul2Soul team and performs internationally (and locally) at Private, Corporate and Gospel conventions.

Mandy currently presents the "Super Morning Show" a Sports and Entertainment programme from Monday to Friday between 9.40am and 1pm on Sports Radio 88.9 Brila FM. She also writes for TW (Today's Woman) magazine.

Chinua Achebe



Chinua Achebe is an outstanding writer famous for his novels describing the effects of Western customs and values on traditional African society. Achebe's satire and his keen ear for spoken language have made him one of the most highly esteemed African writers of our times.

He was born in Ogidi, Nigeria; Achebe attended Government College in Umuahia. Like other major Nigerian writers including Wole Soyinka, Elechi Amadi, John Okigbo and John Pepper Clark, he was also educated at the University College of Ibadan, where he graduated with a BA in English, history and theology.

In the 1960s he was the director of External Services in charge of the Voice of Nigeria. During the Nigerian Civil War (1967-70) Achebe was in the Biafran government service. Together with writers like Cyprian Ekwensi and Gabriel Okara, he toured the United States to raise awareness about the dire situation in Biafra. They visited thirty college campuses and conducted countless interviews.

Achebe was appointed research fellow at the University of Nigeria, and after serving as professor of English, he retired in 1981. Since 1985, Achebe has been a professor emeritus. An automobile accident on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway in 1990 left Achebe confined to a wheelchair, permanently.

Achebe's first novel, THINGS FALL APART, appeared in 1958. The story of a traditional village "big man" Okonkwo, and his downfall has been translated into some 50 languages.

In 2008 Things Fall Apart reaches the fiftieth anniversary of its first publication, and several conferences and events are being held across the globe in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia to celebrate Achebe and his canonical first novel. Coinciding with this major milestone, is the publication of Achebe's new book of autobiographical essays called Reflections of A British Protected Child slated for release later this year.

Books
Things Fall Apart: A Novel
A Man of the People (Penguin Modern Classics)
Arrow of God
Anthills of the Savannah (Penguin Modern Classics)
Girls at War and Other Stories
Home and Exile
No Longer at Ease
The Trouble with Nigeria
Chike and the River