Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The Okonkwo-Ezeulu historic summit communique, February 1885-August 2016

Arthur Agwuncha Nwankwo, freedom scholar and publisher: “[Igbo] have no regrets voting against [Muhammadu Buhari] … and we will do it a million times over”, interview with The Guardian, Lagos, Sunday 28 August 2016 – effectively, the communique issued after that eagerly awaited summit involving lead delegates ogbuefi Okonkwo and philosopher-priest Ezeulu


Monday, 29 August 2016

96th birthday of Charlie Parker

(Born 29 August 1920, Kansas City, US)
Alto saxophonist genius and composer who plays an instrumental role in inaugurating the bebop revolution in jazz, African American classical music, in the 1940s/early 1950s, channelling its creativity and outcomes crucially to this epoch of African American freedom quest
(Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, “Hot house” [personnel: Parker, alto saxophone; Gillespie, trumpet; Dick Hyman, piano; Sandy Block, bass; Charlie Smith, drums; recorded: DuMont television network, New York, US, 24 February 1952])

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Great new week puzzle...

Which of the 51 states listed below has the following inscription etched brazenly on its coat-of-arms?:
Our lead regime cadres of genocidist and putschist sergeants and “generals” and privates and corporals are indeed recycled routinely as immanent crucibles of statecraft

1. Kiribati

2. Solomon Islands

3. Britain

4. Turkmenistan

5. Sénégal

6. São Tomé & Principe

7. Hungary

8. Estonia

9. Surinam

10. The Netherlands

11. Congo Democratic Republic

12. Kosovo

13. Canada

14. Myanmar

15. New Zealand

16. Columbia

17. Russia

18. Kenya

19. Thailand 

20. Togo

21. Venezuela

22. Saudi Arabia

23. Peru

24. St Lucia

25. Libya

26. Vanuatu

27. Brazil

28. Yemen

29. Finland

30. Laos

31. Argentina 

32. Somalia

33. Nigeria

34. Guinea-Bissau 

35. Pakistan

36. Jamaica

37. Ghana

38. Chad

39. Poland

40. Honduras

41. Australia

42. Kenya

43. Kazakhstan

44. Papua New Guinea

45. Kyrgyzstan

46. Côte d’Ivoire

47. Ukraine

48. Ecuador

49. North Korea

50. East Timor

51. Austria
(New York Art Quartet plays Charlie Parkers composition, “Mohawk” [personnel:  John Tchicai, alto saxophone; Roswell Rudd, trombone; Reggie Workman, bass; Milford Graves, drums; recorded: Nippon Phonogram, New York, 16 July 1965]) 

78th birthday of Alexander Obiefoka Animalu

(Born 28 August 1938, Okuzu, Biafra)
Distinguished theoretical physicist, expert on solar energy, professor emeritus and prolific multidisciplinary author including a set of biographical studies on leading Biafran intellectuals, one of which is on mathematician Chike Obi aptly subtitled: The foremost African mathematical genius of the 20th century
(Miles Davis Quintet, “Circle” [personnel: Davis, trumpet; Wayne Shorter, tenor saxophone; Herbie Hancock, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Tony Williams, drums; recorded: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, US, 24-25 October 1966])
Twitter @HerbertEkweEkwe

Saturday, 27 August 2016

79th birthday of Alice Coltrane

(Born 27 August 1937, Detroit, United States)
Perspicuous harpist, pianist, organist, bandleader and versatile composer which includes the ethereal masterpiece, Ptah, the El Daoud (personnel: Coltrane, piano, harp; Joe Henderson, tenor saxophone; Pharoah Sanders, tenor saxophone; Ron Carter, bass; Ben Riley, drums [recorded: Impuse! Records, New York, US, 26 January 1970])

107th birthday of Lester Young

(Born 27 August 1909, Woodville, Mississippi, US)
“Pres”/“Prez” of the tenor, influential tenor saxophonist whose unique, more introverted tone has had an immense impact on several successive lead players of the instrument including, especially, Gordon, Getz, Mulligan, Cohn, Sims, Quinichette and Stitt
(Billie holiday & Her All Stars, featuring Lester Young, play “Fine and mellow” [full personnel: Holiday, vocals; Roy Eldridge, trumpet; Doc Cheatham, trumpet; Vic Dickenson, trombone; Gerry Mulligan, baritone saxophone; Lester Young, tenor saxophone; Ben Webster, tenor saxophone; Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophone; Danny Baker, guitar; Mal Waldron, piano; Milt Hinton, bass; Osie Johnson, drums; recorded: CBS, “Sound of Jazz”, New York, US,  8 December 1957])

Friday, 26 August 2016

Genocidist Nigeria true to character in latest murder outrage in Biafra following John Kerry’s visit

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

Many newspapers in genocidist Nigeria have been reporting the latest in a stretch of the now routinized murder outrages that any of the tripartite wings of the state’s notorious killing machine (military, Boko Haram, Fulani militia) unleashes on the people in occupied Biafra.

Barely 48 hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry engaged that inveterate amalgam of Hausa-Fulani islamist north region Nigeria leadership in a 2-day tripartite summitry (23-24 August 2016) in Sokoto and Abuja – with Sa’ad Abubakar, head of Sokoto caliphate, Muhammadu Buhari, head of genocidist regime, and the heads of north region’s 19 administrative provinces, the Fulani militia struck ghastly in Ndiagu, northcentral Biafra.


In yet another bout of savagery that maps out its trajectory in Biafra, underscoring its ultimate existential objective to destroy Igbo people, the militia disembowelled an Igbo woman (name not yet published), six months into her pregnancy, and hacked to death Lazarus Nwafor, a 26 year-old student from a local seminary. (The very grisly, distressing still-pictures that carry this savagery have accompanied the story in the Nigeria media and are trending online.) The Fulani militia is an affiliate and cousin of Boko Haram, the world’s most ruthless terrorist organisation, a far greater murdering outfit than ISIS, as the Institute of Economics and Peace is keen to stress (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-17/global-terrorism-index-increase/6947200, accessed 17 November 2015).


The world hardly requires reminding that both US President Barack Obama and ex-British Prime Minister David Cameron imposed Muhammadu Buhari as head of regime of genocidist Nigeria in March 2015. Both individuals are hopefully now aware of the Ndiagu savagery and the world will once again observe if they, and their associates, will break the now entrenched Anglo-US states’ catastrophic roles in the ongoing Igbo genocide, this most gruesome and foundational genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa (http://re-thinkingafrica.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/herbert-ekwe-ekwe-this-piece-is.html).
(George Russell Sextet, “Thoughts” [personnel: Russell, piano; Don Ellis, trumpet; Dave Baker, trombone; Eric Dolphy, bass clarinet; Steve Swallow, bass; Joe Hunt, drums; recorded Riverside Record, New York, US, 28 May 1961])