I Am Because We Were
In this innovative and intimate memoir, a daughter tells the story of her mother, a pan-African hero who faced down misogyny and battled corruption in Nigeria.
Inspired by the African philosophy of Ubuntu — the importance of community over the individual — and outraged by injustice, Dora Akunyili took on fraudulent drug manufacturers whose products killed millions, including her sister.
A woman in a man’s world, she was elected and became a cabinet minister, but she had to deal with political manoeuvrings, death threats, and an assassination attempt for defending the voiceless. She suffered for it, as did her marriage and six children.
I Am Because We Are illuminates the role of kinship, family, and the individual’s place in society, while revealing a life of courage, how community shaped it, and the web of humanity that binds us all.
A compassionate conservative soldier-statesman, Babangida, in or out of office is not likely to be ignored in any honest attempt to understand the great economic and political challenges which beset Nigeria and Africa in the last decades of the twentieth century. Consequently the journey to Nigeria’s future greatness or demise must necessarily take its bearing from the Babangida years.
Chief Mrs Taiwo Taiwo, an unstoppable force, passionate and driven to deliver change, and to help others in Nigeria, especially in her hometown of Lagos. She brings her energy, humour, and disarming honesty to every page—from her encounters with brutal racism as a child in the UK, her fresh perspective on 1960s Europe as a teenager, to her cultural disconnect on returning to Lagos in the early 1970s.
With clear-sightedness and determination, she takes on daunting business battles and philanthropic challenges in education, urban renewal, and grief counselling. Taiwo’s life has privilege but also tragedy. Her story shows us a determined Nigerian who has taken life full-on and delivers everything she can to make things better for people who pass her way. Despite numerous setbacks, she remains optimistic and passionate for change.
Chudi was a poor boy looking after his ailing father in the village. One day, he is sent to the big city to live with his uncle. However, his auntie hates him with a passion and has vowed to make his life miserable. How can he make it in the city if the odds are against him?