Once again, Obafemi Awolowo’s published works hit the book shelves



In what looks like an annual ritual, an Ibadan -based book selling outlet , known as Sunshine Booksellers , has decided to release a collection of published works by late nationalist and former Premier of the old Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, into the market .


The Chief Executive officer , Mr . Peter Aloko , in a telephone conversation with punch news correspondent , said that the books included some of Awolowo’s most popular titles , such as his prison diary , My march through prison , People ’s Republic, The Autobiography of Obafemi Awolowo, Awo on the Nigerian civil war and The travails of democracy and the rule of law .

Asked why his company had to wait this long each year before presenting Awolowo’ s works for sale , Aloko said , “It is a seasonal thing .

 This is because some of the author ’s works are not always available all - year long. So we have to wait for our sources to re -issue the books before we sell. ”

Also , explaining why Sunshine Booksellers deemed it necessary to officially announce the sale of the late nationalist’ s published works , he added , “Chief Obafemi Awolowo was not only a politician and national leader , but also he was a prolific author and a gifted orator .

“In fact a lot has been read , written and spoken about him , especially since his transition on May 9 , 1987 .

“He was also a man of humble beginning , who , by dint of hard work , self denial and singleness of purpose , rose to become a legal luminary and an economic wizard ; a political organizer , social engineer , reformer and a political leader of Nigeria .

“Awolowo was a leader who promoted religious tolerance and development, irrespective of faith and sect. He was a revolutionary whose single purpose was to provide free and compulsory education at all levels and free health care services , as well as gainful employment to all Nigerians .

“He was a promoter and supporter of higher education , who also founded many educational institutions , including teacher training colleges , colleges of technology and universities .”

Arguing that it would be beneficial to the society to make Awolowo’s published works available to future generations of Nigerians , he said , “Don ’t forget that he is still remembered in the country and in the world today as one Nigerian who , beside his exploits as a politician , strove to provide free education at all levels , free preventive and curative health and integrated rural development in the old Western Region when was the Premier .”
Once again, Obafemi Awolowo’s published works hit the book shelves Once again, Obafemi Awolowo’s published works hit the book shelves Reviewed by SISI JOKE on January 01, 2019 Rating: 5

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