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Okereke’s The General’s Orderly set for launch November 30


The date has been set for the launch of the book, The General’s Orderly, a personal account of the Nigeria-Biafran war from the perspective of the author’s personal experiences as a private, and later, as an orderly to the second in command of the Biafran Army. Professor Arua Okereke, a construction engineer and professor of construction technology and management, writes the historic book, which throws fresh perspectives to the long held accounts of the Biafran war.

The book, a catalogue of experiences from a child soldier, will be launched by 10am on Friday November 30, 2018 at the Imo State University Auditorium, Owerri.

The author uses the presciently written book, an autobiography, to explain what the war did to the psyche of everyday men and women that participated or were victims of the war.

It captures the remote and immediate causes of the war and its long-term consequences on the people of Igbo land. It also gives exciting accounts of the experience: the fight, the internal intrigues, the escapes, and the eventual surrender of the Biafran army to the Nigerian Army.

The 436-paged autobiography, with 17 chapters, also covers historic trajectory of the author from being an innocent boy fighting in a civil war he least understood, to his academic pursuits outside the country, his fantasy and childish romance with beautiful ladies in Cameroun and eventual inter racial marriage in Bulgaria.

Among special guests and royal fathers expected to grace the occasion are Lady Josephine Philip Effiong, Professor (Mrs.) Uche Azikiwe, His Royal Majesty Samuel Agunwa Ohiri, and would be reviewed by Professor Aja Akpuru Aja while Professor B.E.B Nwoke will be the presenter. The ceremony is also expected to be attended by leaders of thoughts from different socio economic and political lives in Igboland and Nigeria in general.

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