APC Ebonyi Resumes Fight … After Truce to Welcome Buhari … Wants Umahi Join Party

The warring factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ebonyi State chapter have failed to reconcile their two years leadership
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APC Ebonyi  Resumes Fight … After Truce to Welcome Buhari … Wants Umahi Join Party

FETHA CMD, TWO Others Abducted … Doctors Protest to Govt House

Gunmen on Wednesday, kidnapped the Chief Medical Director of Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki(FETHA), Ebonyi state, Dr. Emeka Onwe Ogah, the
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FETHA CMD, TWO Others Abducted … Doctors Protest to Govt House

Challenges, Expectations of 2018 Budget

Regrettably, Nigeria’s fiscal plans, are not endorsed until well into each accounting year. With up to 4 months delay in
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Challenges, Expectations of 2018 Budget

Police unmask masterminds of Ozubulu Church killings

Prince Charles Obi and Dickson Nwaoji have been named as masterminds of the early morning attack on St. Philip Catholic
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Police unmask masterminds of Ozubulu Church killings

New York Suspect Says IS Inspired Attack, Killings ‘Felt Good’ …‘We Must Not Allow ISIS to Return to US’ – Trump

  The Uzbek immigrant behind New York’s worst attack in 16 years confessed to acting in the name of the Islamic
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New York Suspect Says IS Inspired Attack, Killings ‘Felt Good’  …‘We Must Not Allow ISIS to Return to US’ – Trump

North Korea slams ‘incurably mentally deranged’ Trump … even as 200 died in nuclear test site accident

  North Korea slammed US President Donald Trump as “incurably mentally deranged” in a personal attack ahead of his first visit
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North Korea slams ‘incurably mentally deranged’ Trump  … even as 200 died in nuclear test site accident

How P-Square will come back

Peter Okoye aka Mr P has revealed the only reason that will bring erstwhile music group P-Square together. (more…)
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How P-Square will come back

Anthony Joshua retains world heavyweight titles … amidst controversy

Anthony Joshua maintained his 100 per cent knockout ratio by stopping a bloodied Carlos Takam in the tenth round on
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Anthony Joshua retains world heavyweight titles  … amidst controversy

Moses, Ekong make African Player of the Year shortlist

Super Eagles’ duo of Victor Moses and William Troost-Ekong have been nominated alongside 28 others for the   2017 African Footballer
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Moses, Ekong make African Player of the Year shortlist

Grazing Bill, Plot To Colonise South-East, says MASSOB

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has described the National Grazing Reserve Bill as a
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Grazing Bill, Plot To Colonise South-East, says MASSOB

Biafra Zionists Blast Gowon, Reveal Ojukwu’s Mistake

The Biafra Zionists Federation, BZF, on Monday, tackled former Nigeria head of state, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, (rtd.) over his claims
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Biafra Zionists Blast Gowon, Reveal Ojukwu’s Mistake

IPOB Tells Igbos What To Do On Anambra Election Day

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has advised its members in Anambra State not to go out between 6pm November
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IPOB Tells Igbos What To Do On Anambra Election Day

Pope talks meaning of life in call with Space Station astronauts

Pope Francis conversed with astronauts orbiting earth on the International Space Station on Thursday, discussing questions as diverse as man’s
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Pope talks meaning of life in call with Space Station astronauts

Create Your Own Joy

Who decides whether you shall be joyful or not? The answer is; you do. In life, you are left with
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Create Your Own Joy

Averting Road Accidents in the ‘Ember Months’

For as long as can be remembered, the end of every year is believed to be synonymous with increased crime
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Averting Road Accidents in the ‘Ember Months’

Saints only Allowed God Touch their Imperfection – Pope Francis … Says In the Eucharist We Receive The Grace To Love

  Pope Francis marked All Saints' Day Wednesday saying the saints are honored not because they were perfect or did everything
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Saints only Allowed God Touch their Imperfection – Pope Francis  … Says In the Eucharist We Receive The Grace To Love

Tricyclist Defiles Primary 2 Pupil

  A 6-year-old minor Mbam (first name withheld by us), a primary 2 pupil of Mgbaabor Primary School in Ebonyi Local
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Tricyclist Defiles Primary 2 Pupil

Balfour Declaration: 100 Years of No Peace in the Middle East – The Jews in Europe

  Jews, originally Judean Israelites tribe from the Levant in western Asia, migrated to Europe just before the rise of the
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Balfour Declaration: 100 Years of No Peace in the Middle East – The Jews in Europe

The Many Worries Of Our Next President

  Not everyone has ever occupied a leadership position before. It is technically not possible, because followership make up the bulk,
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The Many Worries Of Our Next President

Street Light Cable Claims Widow’s Life In Abakaliki …Nora Aloh offers scholarship to first daughter

  Joy of three children of one Mrs. Joy Oluchi Osuchukwu, a widow and resident of No 2 Ndizuogu Street, behind
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Street Light Cable Claims Widow’s Life In Abakaliki  …Nora Aloh offers scholarship to first daughter

Community Bans Female Genital Mutilation

The traditional ruler of Ukwagba autonomous community in Ohaukwu LGA of Ebonyi State, HRH Ezeogo Frederick OgeOme, the town union
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Community Bans Female Genital Mutilation

Ebonyi High Population a Disaster by 2050-HP+

As Ebonyi state is acclaimed the highest in Fertility rate among the states in south east, there is fear that
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Ebonyi High Population a Disaster by 2050-HP+

Mastermind of Catholic Priest Kidnap Apprehended …As Another Priest, others Escape Death

  A 36 years old man, one Ngamgbo Eze, who allegedly masterminded the kidnap of a Roman Catholic Priest on the
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Mastermind of Catholic Priest Kidnap Apprehended  …As Another Priest, others Escape Death

Rep Member Laments Increase In Hate Speech In The Country

Members of correspondent chapel under the Nigeria Union of Journalists Ebonyi State council last week observed their press week. (more…)
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Rep Member Laments Increase In Hate Speech In The Country

Four Suspects Escape Police Cell

4 suspects including Mr. Ogonna Alioke aka " pilot" who was among the deadly kidnap gang that kidnapped and killed
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Four Suspects Escape Police Cell

Agbaja Youths Seal House At Abakaliki

  Some angry looking youths of Agbaja Community in Abakaliki capital city on Monday morning 30th October, 2017 stormed one compound
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Agbaja Youths Seal House At Abakaliki

Visually impaired persons celebrate world blind day in abakaliki. …Honour Ngozi Obichukwu as Patroness

  Penultimate weekend, the people living with visual impairment under the auspices of Nigeria Association of the Blind, Ebonyi State Chapter
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Visually impaired persons celebrate world blind day in abakaliki.  …Honour Ngozi Obichukwu as Patroness

FIFA Player of the Year: Messi blames 5 people for award miss

Barcelona star striker, Lionel Messi reportedly blames five people for Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo winning the FIFA Player of
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FIFA Player of the Year: Messi blames 5 people for award miss

Anambra Elections and Biafra Referendum

Events in Catalonia and Kurdistan seem to have pointed the way forward for many secessionist groups of the world who
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Anambra Elections and Biafra Referendum

How Kidnapped Priest Regained Freedom … Another Abducted in Edo  …PPRO makes case for priests

  A Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Timothy Nwanja who was kidnapped by unidentified gun men in his parish at St. Mary’s
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How Kidnapped Priest Regained Freedom  … Another Abducted in Edo   …PPRO makes case for priests

Bank Customer Floors UBA in Court

  A high court sitting in Abakaliki presided over by Justice John Igboji n has vindicated a bank customer and made
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Bank Customer Floors UBA in Court

 Man, 42 Impregnates Primary Five Pupil

  A 42-year-old married man known as James Aleke has been accused of raping and impregnating a primary (5) five pupil
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 Man, 42 Impregnates Primary Five Pupil

2017 Mental Health Day: What every Employer and Employee must know.

In commemoration of 2017 World Mental Health Day, themed 'Mental Health at the Work Place', we would discuss/few things you
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2017 Mental Health Day: What every Employer and Employee must know.

Women, Babies’ Death Caused By Malaria in Pregnancy, Says Jhpiego

  A global medical team known as Jhpiego has disclosed that malaria in pregnancy is responsible for 10,000 women and 100,000
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Women, Babies’ Death Caused By Malaria in Pregnancy, Says Jhpiego

Agonies of freedom – Guam Island: Good To Fight, Not To Vote

The history of Guam involves phases, including the early arrival of people known today as the ancient Chamorro, the Spanish
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Agonies of freedom   –  Guam Island: Good To Fight, Not To Vote

Boosting Your Self-Confidence; By Ugochukwu Jacinta

  The biggest factor in determining your level of success is often your self-confidence. Self-confidence is extremely important in almost every
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Boosting Your Self-Confidence;  By Ugochukwu Jacinta

Recession, Revenue Diversification and the Nigerian Economy

Since the return of democratic governance, successive administrations have formulated economic policies on how to diversity the nation’s economy.
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Recession, Revenue Diversification and the Nigerian Economy

Two killed, Six Injured as Cameroon attacks Cross-River Community

At least six persons were injured and property destroyed following a clash between residents of Danere community of Boki Local
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Two killed, Six Injured as Cameroon attacks Cross-River Community

Citizens Grumble, as Potholes Take over Calabar Roads

Residents and motorists in Calabar Metropolis, Cross River State, have complained about the growing potholes, causing traffic jams and loss
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Citizens Grumble, as Potholes Take over Calabar Roads

Spain Threatens Catalan Separatists as Deadline Looms

Spain said Wednesday it would take the unprecedented step of seeking to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy if the region’s leader does
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Spain Threatens Catalan Separatists as Deadline Looms

China’s Xi Set to Enhance Powers at Communist Congress

China’s Communist Party opens a twice-a-decade congress on Wednesday for a leadership reshuffle expected to enhance President Xi Jinping’s already
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China’s Xi Set to Enhance Powers at Communist Congress

CHAN 2018: Eagles Group Opponents to Emerge Nov. 17

The home based Super Eagles team will know their opponents for the 2018 African Nations Championship on November 17 when
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CHAN 2018: Eagles Group Opponents to Emerge Nov. 17

FIBA Africa Zone 3 qualifiers suffer set back

FIBA Africa Zone 3 yesterday shifted the date for the Zone’s Champions Cup Qualifiers for Men  initially scheduled from 20th
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FIBA Africa Zone 3 qualifiers suffer set back

Why Super Eagles Must Win World Cup

President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad is hopeful that Nigeria makes history in next year’s FIFA
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Why Super Eagles Must Win World Cup

Felaboration 2017: Wizkid, Lagbaja, Ayuba, others dazzle at grand finale

The annual felabration music festival which celebrates the life and times of the late Afro-beat maestro, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, came to
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Felaboration 2017: Wizkid, Lagbaja, Ayuba, others dazzle at grand finale

Police has declared Davido free —Lawyer …Says ‘He is innocent’

  Following the recent turn out of events which almost ruined the reputation of young Nigerian pop star, Davido, his legal
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Police has declared Davido free —Lawyer  …Says ‘He is innocent’

Biafra: Igbo Governors Must Also Go; By SKC Ogbonnia

These Igbo governors, all of whom are the ground goons of Nigeria’s corrupt oligarchy, have been exploiting the Biafran crisis
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Biafra: Igbo Governors Must Also Go;  By SKC Ogbonnia

What will happen to IPOB members – Nigerian Army

Following the conclusion of Operation Python Dance II in the South East, the Nigerian Army has revealed that it would
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What will happen to IPOB members – Nigerian Army

Ozekhome Reveals What Complicated Nnamdi Kanu’s Case

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike Ozekhome, has said the invasion of the home of the leader of the
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Ozekhome Reveals What Complicated Nnamdi Kanu’s Case

Fani-Kayode reveals how Nnamdi Kanu can appear in court

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has stated that the only way the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra
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Fani-Kayode reveals how Nnamdi Kanu can appear in court

Buhari Approves Payment of Pension To Pardoned Retired Biafra Police Personnel

President Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday, approved the payment of pension for police officers who were granted presidential pardon in 2000 after
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Buhari Approves Payment of Pension To Pardoned Retired Biafra Police Personnel

Pope Francis Prays for Victims in Somalia and California

On Wednesday, Pope Francis offered prayers for the more than 300 victims of a terrorist bombing in the African country
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Pope Francis Prays for Victims in Somalia and California

Pope Francis on Why He Gives Interviews

In a preface to a new book of interviews, Pope Francis outlined his approach to speaking with journalists, explaining that
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Pope Francis on Why He Gives Interviews

Why God Keeps Inviting Us To Heavenly Banquet – Pope … Says You Can’t Spread God’s Love from an Armchair

On Sunday, Pope Francis canonized 35 new saints in the Catholic Church, saying that no matter how often we reject
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Why God Keeps Inviting Us To Heavenly Banquet – Pope  … Says You Can’t Spread God’s Love from an Armchair

Social Function Thief Apprehended

  A yet to be identified young suspect alleged to be a specialist in stealing people’s belongings at social events was
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Social Function Thief Apprehended

GIVE TO CAESAR WHAT IS CAESAR’S AND TO GOD WHAT IS GOD’S – REFLECTION FOR WORLD MISSION (29TH SUNDAY YEAR A) WITH FR. ANACLETUS (October 22nd, 2017)   

Last Sunday we were admonished to wear the wedding garment. I was with full expectations that very many of us
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GIVE TO CAESAR WHAT IS CAESAR’S AND TO GOD WHAT IS GOD’S – REFLECTION FOR WORLD MISSION (29TH SUNDAY YEAR A) WITH FR. ANACLETUS (October 22nd, 2017)   

DOES YOUR PROPERTY MANAGER KNOW THE MEANING OF OUTGOINGS? (Contd from last week)

Property rates are statutory payments to the local government for services and basic infrastructure they provide and maintain. (more…)
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DOES YOUR PROPERTY MANAGER KNOW THE MEANING OF OUTGOINGS? (Contd from last week)

Nigerian Governors Forum to set-up women Wing

The Nigerian Governors Forum said the Issue of Constitution Amendment, they would soon harmonise their inputs, especially areas that were
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Nigerian Governors Forum to set-up women Wing

Our Visit Should Not Be Misconstrued ….Suleman

  The House of Representatives has said that its oversight visits to federal government-owned higher institutions in the country were not
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Our Visit Should Not Be Misconstrued ….Suleman

Weekly Premier League Fixtures

All times CAT (SA, GMT+2) (more…)
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Weekly Premier League Fixtures

HEAVENLY BANQUET AND OUR MEAL TICKET! (28th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A )

When top women politicians and women of worth are to gather for a feast you hear things like; ‘uniform colour
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Remember the titans (3): Oskar Shindler – Who Is My Neighbour

  "The times are bad. Very well you are there to make them better' - Thomas Carlyle In 1972, during a visit
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Remember the titans (3): Oskar Shindler – Who Is My Neighbour

NIA, ECOWAS and Nigeria’s National Interest

No other government agency or department is more privy to the handling foreign counter-intelligence matters like the National Intelligence Agency
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NIA, ECOWAS and Nigeria’s National Interest

Christians, Muslims Won’t Win Religious War in Nigeria – Bishop Onaiyekan

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan has said there would be no victor between Christians and Muslims if
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Christians, Muslims Won’t Win Religious War in Nigeria – Bishop Onaiyekan

Fashanu Educates Super Eagles for Russia …NSA commends team, calls for early preparation for Mundial

  Former Wimbledon striker, John Fashanu, believes no group will come easy for Nigeria’s Super Eagles when the draw for the
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Fashanu Educates Super Eagles for Russia  …NSA commends team, calls for early preparation for Mundial

Lagos musician, Davido quizzed for murder

The Lagos State Police Command Wednesday, arrested hip-hop artist, David Adekeke alias Davido over the death of one Tagbo. (more…)
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Lagos musician, Davido quizzed for murder

When it comes to my profession, I am Daring – Neema Godwin

When it comes to interpreting roles, actress, model and ex-beauty queen, Neema Godwin is bold and daring. For the former
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When it comes to my profession, I am Daring – Neema Godwin

ECOWAS, AU score Liberia elections high

The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Liberia on Wednesday said the country’s general elections held on Tuesday were on the
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ECOWAS, AU score Liberia elections high

Spain Marks National Day With Show Of Unity in Catalan Crisis

Spain marked its national day Thursday with a show of unity in the face of Catalan independence efforts, a day
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Spain Marks National Day With Show Of Unity in Catalan Crisis

EBSU Students Call For Security Beef- Up

After their horrific experience with armed men at the midnight of Wednesday October 4th 2017, students of Ebonyi State University
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EBSU Students Call For Security Beef- Up

Education Sector In Ebonyi State: Only The Best Is Good Enough!

In his book entitled My Odyssey, An Autobiography, Nnamdi Azikiwe noted: “There is plenty of room at the top. There
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Education Sector In Ebonyi State: Only The Best Is Good Enough!

Does your property manager know the meaning of outgoings?

I have chosen to write on this subject this week because the topic OUTGOINGS was delivered in our weekly training
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Does your property manager know the meaning of outgoings?

Agonies of Freedom Russia and her Neighbours 11 the Invasion of Afghanistan

  In 1885, Russian forces seized the disputed Oasis at Punjdeh South of the Oxus River from Afghan forces, which became
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Agonies of Freedom Russia and her Neighbours 11 the Invasion of Afghanistan

Deputy Governor Calls for Synergy between Govt, Private Schools…NAPPS Bemoan Alleged Intimidation by ACTDB

The Deputy Governor of Ebonyi state Barr Eric Igwe has called for synergy between government and private schools to ensure
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Deputy Governor Calls for Synergy between Govt, Private Schools…NAPPS Bemoan Alleged Intimidation by ACTDB

Stakeholders Call For Fortification Of Food With Micronutrients To Stem Hidden Hunger

Stakeholders in the Agriculture and Health sectors of the Nigerian economy yesterday canvassed for the fortification of micronutrients in staple
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Stakeholders Call For Fortification Of Food With Micronutrients To Stem Hidden Hunger

Containing Money Pox Outbreak

When there was an outbreak of the much-dreaded Ebola virus in Nigeria in 2014, many Nigerians as well as members
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Containing Money Pox Outbreak

Bishop Okoro @ SASCO …Inaugurates her 60th Academic Year …Invests 54 spiritual year seminarians

  Monday, 9th October, 2017 was a colourful and remarkable day to those in St. Augustine Minor Seminary, Ezzamgbo, Abakaliki, Ebonyi
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Bishop Okoro @ SASCO  …Inaugurates her 60th Academic Year  …Invests 54 spiritual year seminarians

Ibeto Cement: We Are Still Waiting

Don’t mind me oh please. I actually know the enormity of the work needed to be put in place by
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Ibeto Cement: We Are Still Waiting

COMMON MISTAKES SINGLES MAKE IN RELATIONSHIP, DATING AND CHOICE OF MARRIAGE

Jane: I wish I were a man! Tony: Why? Jane: Men have unique opportunities that women do not have especially as it
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COMMON MISTAKES SINGLES MAKE IN RELATIONSHIP, DATING AND CHOICE OF MARRIAGE

MASSOB Allegedly condemns the Army medical outreach.

There were rumours round the South East and some states in the south South  on Wednesday  that the Army was
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MASSOB Allegedly condemns the Army medical outreach.

For Fear of Death, Children Flee from school

Following the widespread rumours that some persons were going round public and private schools in Ebonyi state vaccinating pupils against
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For Fear of Death, Children Flee from school

Anambra Polls: IPOB Not A Threat— CP

The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garba Umar, has reassured residents of the state of the command’s readiness to
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Anambra Polls: IPOB Not A Threat— CP

Why Ohanaeze supports IPOB’s ban—Nwodo …Says action of govs saved lives on Igbo youths, doused tension …Inaugurates Abia chapters of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

ThePresident-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has said that the apex Igbo socio-cultural body supported the decision of
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Why Ohanaeze supports IPOB’s ban—Nwodo  …Says action of govs saved lives on Igbo youths, doused tension  …Inaugurates Abia chapters of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

You Can’t Stop Biafra, MASSOB tells Buhari, Army

The Movement for the Actualisation of a Sovereign State of Biafra has condemned a fresh military invasion of the home
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You Can’t Stop Biafra, MASSOB tells Buhari, Army

Our Grouse with Ohanaeze Leader, Nwodo — IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has picked holes in the comments of President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo,
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Our Grouse with Ohanaeze Leader, Nwodo — IPOB

Biafra: FG writes US, UK, others, insists Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB a terrorist organisation

Nigerian Government has formally informed the governments of the United States, US, United Kingdom, UK, and other foreign countries of
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Biafra: FG writes US, UK, others, insists Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB a terrorist organisation

Igbo Political Contractors Trying To Kill Biafran Agitation —IPOB

The Indigenous People of Biafra on Monday accused those it called Igbo political contractors of trying to strangulate the Biafra
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Igbo Political Contractors Trying To Kill Biafran Agitation —IPOB

Pope Francis: Death Penalty Is Contrary to the Gospel

In an Oct. 11 speech to members of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Pope Francis
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Pope Francis: Death Penalty Is Contrary to the Gospel

Pope: Christians Are Never Bored – They Persevere With Love

On Wednesday Pope Francis said Christians are never bored or hopeless, but know how to wait patiently – even when
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Pope: Christians Are Never Bored – They Persevere With Love

For Global ‘Peripheries,’ Poverty Can Lead To Online Exploitation – African, Asian Church Leaders

While the challenge of protecting children online is one faced throughout the world, Church leaders from Asia and Africa said
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For Global ‘Peripheries,’ Poverty Can Lead To Online Exploitation – African, Asian Church Leaders

‘Novelty’ of Christianity Is Love, Not Revenge, Pope Francis says … Dedicates October To Praying For the Unemployed … Meets German President on Migration, Reformation

  On Sunday Pope Francis said the new and unique perspective offered by Christianity is an attitude of love, rather than
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‘Novelty’ of Christianity Is Love, Not Revenge, Pope Francis says  … Dedicates October To Praying For the Unemployed  … Meets German President on Migration, Reformation

One Hundred Years Later, Fatima Still Offers Potent Messages

Although the Fatima apparitions occurred 100 years ago, the Vatican’s resident Fatima expert has said they contain a message that
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One Hundred Years Later, Fatima Still Offers Potent Messages

Amid Fresh Unrest, All Iraqis Must Work For Unity, Pope Says

As the Chaldean Catholic Church begins their annual synod, Pope Francis kicked the meeting off by telling leaders of the
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Amid Fresh Unrest, All Iraqis Must Work For Unity, Pope Says

The case for Igbo presidency

  I am an Igbo man and I believe in one Nigeria. I love my ethnicity and I love my country.
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The case for Igbo presidency

Libya, Six Years after Gadhafi

Gadhafi was born to Abu Meniar and Aisha in an inconsequential tribal family of al-Qadhadhfa on 7th June, 1942. Much of
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Libya, Six Years after Gadhafi

Russia 2018 World Cup : We respect Zambia, but we’ll grab ticket –Mikel

Ahead of the all important Nigeria, Zambia FIFA World Cup qualifier billed for the Nest of Champions in Uyo, Super
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Russia 2018 World Cup : We respect Zambia, but we’ll grab ticket –Mikel

Gold medal for reality shows, bronze for academics

It is hardly mentioned that scholars or geniuses make the top list of Forbes’ richest persons in the world, and
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Gold medal for reality shows, bronze for academics

”My dad conducted deliverance for me after Big Brother Naija” – Debie Rise

Ex-Big Brother Naija star, singer and guitarist, Deborah Ebun, popularly known as Debie-Rise, has revealed that her dad who is
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”My dad conducted deliverance for me after Big Brother Naija” – Debie Rise

Kapenguria And Rivonia: Where Truth Was Condemned

  Since they first set foot in Africa, the Western European powers have found one thing or the other to hate
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Kapenguria And Rivonia: Where Truth Was Condemned

…Not Yet Time For Another War

  Chimamanda Adichie is unarguably one of the most brilliant minds of our time. And one of the most celebrated Nigerians
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…Not Yet Time For Another War

Why Igbos Are Angry With Nigeria

  My friends who are not from the East of Nigeria where Igbos come from often ask me why there is
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Why Igbos Are Angry With Nigeria

Msgr. Mmuo Celebrates 75th Birthday …44years Of Priesthood

As large as St. John de Evangelist Parish Okpaugwu, Abakaliki, yet it could not accommodate crowd who rolled their drums
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Msgr. Mmuo Celebrates 75th Birthday  …44years Of Priesthood

Buhari, At 72nd UNGA, Silent on IPOB’s Agitation

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday addressed the General Debate of the 72nd Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72)
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Buhari, At 72nd UNGA, Silent on IPOB’s Agitation

Look For IPOB Sponsors Within Your Fold, PDP Tells APC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a swipe at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the latter’s recent
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Look For IPOB Sponsors Within Your Fold, PDP Tells APC

Biafra: Soyinka warns Buhari, Nigerian Army over Operation Python Dance

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, on Wednesday warned President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Army to be cautious in its
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Biafra: Soyinka warns Buhari, Nigerian Army over Operation Python Dance

We Are Ready To Fight the Army and Defend Our People – Biafra National Guard Blows Hot

The Biafra National Guard (BNG) has declared they are ready to fight the Nigerian military . This is a result of
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We Are Ready To Fight the Army and Defend Our People – Biafra National Guard Blows Hot

Govt Draws Lines for Operation Python Dance II in Ebonyi

Ebonyi Deputy Governor Barr. Kelechi Igwe, has urged Nigeria Military to pay more attention to the border between Ebonyi and
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Govt Draws Lines for Operation Python Dance II in Ebonyi

Pope Francis: When It Comes To Evangelization, Don’t Be Stuck In Your Ways

Pope Francis met with new bishops at the end of their training course at the Vatican, reminding them to be
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Pope Francis: When It Comes To Evangelization, Don’t Be Stuck In Your Ways

Pope Appoints New Under-Secretaries to CDF and Congregation for Clergy

On Thursday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis' appointment of Fr. Matteo Visioli as the new under-secretary of the Congregation for
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Pope Appoints New Under-Secretaries to CDF and Congregation for Clergy

Igbos Everywhere

Some years back, I traveled to my hometown for Christmas holidays. One evening while I was returning from somewhere, at
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Igbos Everywhere

All to Jesus; through Mary our Mother! (2)

Nigeria must be consecrated to our mother Mary. That process had already begun from the 8th of September to October
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All to Jesus; through Mary our Mother! (2)

Peaceful Society Through Essential Education Curriculum

Education, the essentials of man's existence is a by-product of the white man's colonization activities in Africa. It came through the church – the missionaries.

The missionaries planned the school activities in such a manner that it accommodates character moulding and knowledge of one's environment, including his health.

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Peaceful Society Through Essential Education Curriculum

Hardworking Teacher Receives Land As Reward

The saying that teachers' rewards are in heaven seems to have been reversed as a private school in Ebonyi State on Tuesday June 27 made a history by honouring their honest and hardworking teachers.

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Hardworking Teacher Receives Land As Reward

Ebonyi to Expand The Capital City

Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi has promised to develop Afikpo, Onueke and Ikwo in line with urban renewal policy of his administration.

 Umahi said he will develop the three major cities to make them attractive like Abakaliki the capital city.

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Ebonyi to Expand The Capital City

Judgment Day for Alleged Rapist…for Abusing Mentally Challenged Woman

It was a day of reckoning Tuesday the 20th June for Mr. Isaac Nkale Nweke (alias Bamayi) when the book of record of his notorious life was opened and nemesis caught up with him as he was alleged to have abducted a psychiatric patient and forced her into sex in a forest.

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Since they first set foot in Africa, the Western European powers have found one thing or the other to hate the indigenous people. Apart from xenophobic hatred of Sub-Saharan Africans; they Europeans found the people’s way of governance and culture intriguing and abhorring.

Opposition to this saw many of Africa’s pre-colonial rulers exiled, while the unfortunate ones lost their lives in those dark days of colonial invasion. Having done with this generation of Africans then, the white man went on land-grab and territorial annexation spree; setting up rules and regulations for the Africans whose ancestral homes had be forcefully taken from.

The discovery of mineral resources scattered everywhere in the continent, which made certain European merchants exceedingly wealthy, assisted in their divide and rule syndrome, where by Africans were pitched one against the other.

Those that benefited from the white man became their spies, mobbing those who were against the invaders. The dethronement of King Kosoko and installation of King Akintoye (Lagos), King Nana of Iteshekiri and Oba Onvonramwen of Benin were all cases in point.

The 20th century saw a new form of tactics by the Europeans and a new wave of dissent by the Africans.

While the British and Portuguese were absolutely intolerant of opposing voices in their areas of hegemony, the French was however mild in this respect.

It was this brutal handling of the Africans that led to the most popular uprising against the British and Portugal in East, and Southern Africa.

The Africans in these aforementioned areas plus Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau (Portuguese territories) who had been pushed to the wall, took up arms to assert their rights, as doors to round table talk was permanently sealed.

In response to these modified waves of opposition, the Europeans declared total war and unjustified court martial of African leaders suspected to be the mastermind of these uprising.

The most notorious of these were the 1952 Mau-Mau (Kenyan Land and Freed Army) uprising and the Kaperguria Trial of Jomo Kenyatta and co in 1952-1953, and the African National Congress (ANC’s) Umkhoto we Sizwe in South Africa and the notorious Rivonia Trials of Nelson Mandela and others in 1964.

In these two episodes, while the defendants were never allowed a fair hearing; the trial Judges, later confessed in their author-biographies to have received some various forms of gratification from the colonial governors to convict the accused persons, just as false witnesses of African descent testified against their own brother.

In this edition, we recall the horror of the two notorious trials, and how they had contributed to shaping the future of Africa as a whole; in their total submission to the biblical notion that “he who shall endure to the end the same shall be saved”

The Kapenguria Trial, 1952

After the European invasion, large amount of Kenya’s best land were alienated for exclusive white use. Black Africans were allowed to remain as tenant farmers (squatters) on land they had previously owned right from their ancestors, their terms of service steadily worsened.

At Oleuguruoune in 1944; 11,000 squatters were expelled, the beginning of the last act of a land dispute that had raged since 1920s.

The first oath of the freedom fighters, erroneously referred by the whites as Man-Mau, were probably administered there and then.

Jomo Kenyatta returned home from the United Kingdom in 1946. By 1947, oath taking had spread all over Kikuyuland, the mainly affected community and into Nairobi. Mitchell, the previous colonial governor had proscribed the new organization, now called Mau-Mau in 1950.

On October 9, 1952, Senior Chief Waruhui was shot and killed in a broad-day light, allegedly by Mau-Mau gunmen.

Evelyn Baring, the new governor-general had been on a tour of the central province. It was cut short. At the funeral, he and Kenyatta locked eyes over the casket, days afterwards, Baring signed the warrants for the arrest of these six Kenyans:

  1. Bildad Kaggia
  2. Kung’u Karumba
  3. Jomo Kenyatta
  4. Fred Kubai
  5. Paul Ngei

6.Achieng Oneko

On the night of 20/21 October, a mass arrest was carried out of Mau-Mau and Kenya African Union (KAU) leaders. Baring had signed the Emergency orders on the evening of 20th, and it was publicly declared on the 21st. Troops were flown in from Lancashire on 20th, patrolling African areas of segregated Nairobi.

THE TRIALS

Anthony Somerhough, the DPP, opened proceedings on 3rd December 1952. The charges against the defendants were that they had jointly managed a proscribed society and that the outlawed society, the Mau-Mau, had conspired to murder all white residents of Kenya.

The defence was led by Denis Nowell Pritt, assisted by a multiracial team: H.O. Davies (a Nigeria); Chairman Lall (an Indian and friend of Nehru); Fitz De Souza, Achhroo Ram Kapila (all Kenyans) and Jaswant Singh.

In line with the segregationist legislation then, in force, they were prohibited from staying in the same hotel.

Baring, (the governor) offered Ransley Thacker, the trial Judge, an unusually large pensions, and that from the Emergency Fund rather than a more conventional source; the two also maintained secret contact throughout the trials.

Witnesses were subpoenaed, as Baring admitted in a letter to Oliver Littleton, saying that “every possible effort has been made to offer them rewards”. Rawson Macharia, the key witness at the trial, was later to testify that he had been offered a university course in public administration at Exeter University College, Protection for his family, and a government job on his return from Britain. Other witnesses were offered land at the coast.

The crucial piece of evidence (false) was Macharia’s. He testified that in March 1950, he had taken one of the Mau-Mau oaths at Kenyatta’s hands. He further claimed that the oath had required him to strip naked and drink human blood.

Mancharia’s submissions were the only evidence of a direct link between Kenyatta and Mau-Mau produced before the count.

However, Mau-Mau was proscribed in August 1950, so, even had the claims be true, it was unclear that they would have proved Kenyatta’s membership, let alone management of an outlawed organization.

Afterwards

The defendants were all convicted and sentenced to long terms and permanent restrictions. All defendants got 7-years imprisonment each.

The remainder of the nationalist movement in which Tom Mboya and Oginga Odinga featured prominently-kept up the pressure for Uhuru and the release of the detainees. KANU’S election slogan in the 1961 elections was “Uhuru na Kenyatta” (Independence is Kenyatta) KANU won the elections but refused to form the government unless Kenyatta was released.

Despite Renison’s wide dismissal of Kenyatta as a leader “unto darkness and death,” it was clear that Kenyatta was indispensible. He was released in 1961 and others soon afterwards.

The Rivonia Trials, 1964

The Rivonia Trial took place in South Africa between October 9, 1963 and June 1964. It led to the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela and others accused of sabotage. They were sentenced to life imprisonment at the Palace of Justice in Pretoria.

The Rivonia was named after Rivonia, the suburb of Johannesburg where leaders had been arrested and documents allegedly discovered at a private farm in Liliesleaf owned by one Arthur Goldrich on July 11, 1963.

The farm has been used as a hideout for the African National Congress (ANC) and others. Among others, Nelson Mandela had moved onto the farm in October 1961 and evaded security while disguising as a gardener and cook called David Motsamayi.

Arrested were:

  • Nelson Mandela
  • Walter Sisulu
  • Govan Mbeki
  • Raymond Mhlaba
  • Andrew Mlangeni
  • Elias Motsoaledi; Trade Union and ANC member
  • Ahmed Kathrada
  • Denis Goldberg
  • Bob Hepple
  • Arthur Goldreich
  • Harold Wolpe

Goldberg, Bernstein, Wolpe, Kantor and Goldreich were Jewish South Africans; Hepple was an Englishman; Kathrada an India Muslim; Mandela Mbeki and Mhlaba were Xhosa people, Molsoledi and Mlangeni were Pedi people and Sisulu was coloured (he had an English father and a Xhosa mother.)

The leaders who were prosecuted in the Rivonia Trial also included Mandela, who was already in Johannesburg’s Fort prison serving a 5 years sentence for inciting workers to strike and leaving the country illegally.

The government took advantage of legal provisions allowing for accused persons to be held for 90 days without trial, and the defendants were held incommunicado. Withstanding beatings and torture, Goldreich and Wolpe escaped from jail on 11 August. Their escape infuriated the prosecutors and police considered Goldreich to be arch-conspirator.

The chief prosecutor was Dr. Percy Yuter, the DPP of Transvaal. The presiding judge was Dr Quartus De Wet, judge-president of Transvaal.

The first trial indictment document listed 11 names as the accused. The trial began in October 1963. Counsel for the accused successfully challenged the legal sufficiency of the documents, with the result that Justice De Wet quashed it. Prior to dismissal of the first indictment, the state withdrew all charges against Bob Hepple. He subsequently fled the country without testifying.

Charges

  1. Recruiting persons for training in preparation and use of explosive and in guerrilla warfare for the purpose of violent revolution and committing acts of sabotage.
  2. Conspiring to commit the aforementioned acts and to aid foreign military units when they invade the Republic.
  3. Acting in these ways to further the objects of communism.
  4. Soliciting and receiving money for these purposes from sympathizers in Algeria, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, Tunisia and elsewhere.

Production requirements for munitions for a 6-months period were sufficient, the prosecutor, Percy Yutar said in his opening address, to blow up a city the size of Johannesburg.

The trial was condemned by the United Nations Security Council and nations around the world, leading to international sanctions against the South African government.

Mandela’s Speech

At the beginning of the defense’s proceedings, Nelson Mandela gave a 3-hour speech from the defendant’s dock, in which he explained and defended the ANC’s key political positions. He justified the movement’s decision in view of the increasing restrictions on permitted political activities on the part of non-white Africans, to go beyond its earlier use of constitutional methods and Gandhian non-violent opposition to the state, embracing a campaign of sabotage against property designed to minimize risks of injury and death, while also starting to train a military wing for possible future use.

He also discussed in some details, the relationship between the ANC and the SACP (South African Communist Party), explaining that, while the two shared a commitment to action against the apartheid system, he was wedded to a model of constitutional democracy for South Africa, and also supported a market economy rather than a communist economic model. The speech is considered one of the defining moment of south African democracy.

Mandela’s closing words have been much used all over the world as a founding moment for the 20th century emerging democracies.

Mandela had, while looking the judge eye-to-eye, on that April 20 1964 said: “during my life I have dedicated my life to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realized. But my Lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die”.

Although the prosecution did not formally request the death penalty, observers considered such a statement to be implicit in the prosecutor’s presentation of his case. Opposition to the death penalty included both public campaigns, internationally and the defence’s arguments within the courtroom.

Harold Hanson who argued for mitigation, compared the African struggle for rights to the early Afrikaans (Dutch indigenes) struggle, citing precedents for temperate sentencing, even in cases of treason. Eight defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment.

There were no surprises in the fact that Mandela, Sisulu, Mbeki, Motsoaledi, Mlangeni and Goldberg were found guilty on all four counts.

Denis Goldberg went to Pretoria Central Prison instead of Robben Island where he served 22 years. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years and 8 months in prison as a result of the Rivonia trial. 18 years of which were spent on Robben Island. He was freed on February 11, 1990 by Ex-president Frederick W. de Klerk.

Nelson Mandela later went on to be elected the first black president in South African in 1994. After serving one term, he voluntarily left office, an act, never seen in Africa where most of them have assumed the position of life president. No apologies to Robert Mugabe, and Eduardo dos Santos, Jomo Kenyatta himself died in office.

The Contrast

Nelson Mandela held the pre-independence anti-colonial leader of Kenya, Dadam Kimathi in high esteem. This is in contrast to Jomo Kenyatta who regarded his benefactor as a terrorist following the white man’s footstep.

In July 1990, five months after his release from 27 years of imprisonment by South Africa’s apartheid regime, Mandela visited Nairobi and requested to see Kimathi’s grave and meet his widow, Mukami. Mandela’s request was an embarrassing moment for the Arap Moi administration, which had largely ignored Kimathi, like Jomo Kenyatta’s government before it.

It was an awkward moment of searching for Madam Mukami in the village where she and her family lived forgotten in poverty.

Mandela’s request was not met. During a public address at the Kasarani stadium in Nairobi before he left the country, Mandela stated his admiration for Kimatti, Waruhiu Hote and other Mau Mau leader who inspired his own struggle against injustice.

It was only 15 years after in 2005 during his second visit to Kenya that Mandela finally managed to meet Mukami as well as two of Kimathi’s children.

Also, when Muzce Jomo Kenyatta went on to become president of Kenya, (a dividend of kimathis effort and for which he died for) Kenyatta classified him as a terrorist

He also turned against his co-inmates in the prison. Although Bildad Kaggia and Paul Ngei served as ministers;  Achieng Oneko was imprisoned by Kenyatta between 1969 and 1974, before serving as member of parliament in Kenya’s 7th parliament.

Kung’u Karumba disappeared in 1975 while in Uganda on business. Nelson Mandela on the other hand had none of his fellow prisoners punished, whether from his Xhosa tribe or not. Ronnie kasrils, the former intelligence chief of the ANC’s armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe, was appointed defence minister, under him. Others whose ages could not be allowed to participate in active government service were rewarded in one way or the other.

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