On Friday, November 16, 2018, on what would have been Prof. Achebe’s 88th birthday, Dr. Chido…
Chido is the Founder of USAfrica multimedia networks Houston, 1992, and first African-owned, U.S-based professional newspaper published on the internet, USAfricaonline.com; analyst CNN International and SkyNews, democracy and emerging markets specialist, data mining and risks analyst.
In this insightful, first book, he notes:
“I’ll forever remember having walked inside and peeped through that historic Mandela jail cell (where he was held for most of his 27 years in unjust imprisonment) at the dreaded Robben Island, on March 27, 1998, alongside then Editor-in-chief of TIME magazine and later news chief executive of the CNN, Walter Isaacson (and others). It was when President Bill Clinton made his first official trip to South Africa and came to Robben Island. After our tour of this island of pain and deprivation, punctuated by stories of life in incarceration by some of the men who served sentences alongside Mahdiba, then I began to understand the simple greatness, towering grace and power of forgiveness embodied by Mandela….”
Chido continues “On the connecting threads of history for the the three men, although born and lived in 3 countries, namely MLK in the U.S. on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta; Mandela in South Africa, on July 18, 1918 in Johannesburg; and Achebe in Nigeria on November 16, 1930 in Ogidi, independently, in their own styles and approaches, tore the veil off the faces of the archdeacons of racism and other forms of discrimination in the U.S., apartheid in South Africa, and Achebe contradicted as well as exposed the institutional fallacies of precolonial and colonial objectification of African lives and African /tribes/ as filled with darkness /the dark continent/ according to the white supremacist works of Euro-Caucasian scholars. Worthy of note, too, is his 2012 blockbuster book ‘There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra’ against the mechanized bigotry, pogroms and genocides against the Igbo/Biafrans by Nigeria, from 1966 to 1970.“
“Dr. Chido Nwangwu has taken his strategic vision, professional skills and investments to greater heights for more than [26 years] of telling the story of the African communities in Houston and across the American continent as well as project the immense contributions Nigerians and Africans are making in the USA”, notes Nigerian Reunion Corporation President, Segun Adeyina.
The flagship of American media, The New York Times, of September 23, 2003 and the CNN noted that USAfrica is America’s largest African-owned multimedia company; and arguably the most influential platform for African and American issues and business.