You Must Set Forth At Dawn
You Must Set Forth at Dawn is an intimate chronicle of his thrilling public life, a meditation on justice and tyranny, and a mesmerizing testament to a ravaged yet hopeful land.
Chidi Amuta’s columns in major Nigerian newspapers and magazines have been compulsory reading for successive generations of Nigerians over the last two and a half decades. Easily one of the most respected and informed voices in contemporary Nigerian public discourse, Amuta’s writing stands out for its sheer intellectual sweep and an arresting command and control of the English language.
Amuta comes to the table with a consistently nationalistic perspective and an incisive analytical insight that is often prophetic. At once fearless and acerbic, he is unsparing and unfailingly engaging.
The arrival of a second wife causes a woman to reassess her marriage. Another faces up to tough choices in the wake of a military coup. A heroine from history lights the path for a modern girl on the road to Jenwi. A picture on a wall tells its own poignant story of sacrifice. A former cultist must confront an unspoken secret in his family.
A collection of short stories.
The Will to Win: The Story of Biodun Shobanjo is fundamentally a deliberative evaluation of leadership and enterprise management. It is as much a biographical portrait of Nigeria’s ‘Czar of Advertising’ as it is a story of the major developments in the world of marketing communications in Nigeria as it involves Shobanjo. It sheds light on his persona and gives a comprehensive overview of who he is. It is a lucidly engaging work through which the reader understands his parentage, family life and most poignantly, his professional and business life. In a land with few authentic heroes or achievers, Biodun Shobanjo’s contributions, achievements and place are deservedly presented. The avalanche of information provided, the depth of treatment given to it, and the sources consulted make this work a productive venture. The reader is assured of an excursion in history, career development, ambition, decision – making, entrepreneurship, business management, office politics, people management, success and failure. It is a positive work that is faithful to its theme: the path to success is guided by the will to win.
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.