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The Fate of Africa

Book Summary   by:Buhari     Original Author: Martin Meredith
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"The Fate of Africa" - fifty years of independence by Martin Meredith is a highly provacative and enlightening book, which opened my eyes to a lot of facts on my continent. I was particularly impressed by the way the author analyzed all details of d continent, country by country and provided relevant facts on issues of d past, present and likely in d future. However, I must bring the author''s attention to the chapter on "No Conditon is permanent" about the Nigerian dictator - General Sani Abacha. While portraying a candid account of his tenure as military dictator, the author erred by stating that military officers who partook in the coup against Abacha were sentenced to death and executed. The fact of the matter is that those who took part in the said coup, including General Oladipo Diya, were NEVER executed but granted pardon and still walk the streets of Nigeria. I was disappointed to see this error but hope it can be rectified in due course to save the image of the author.[BR] I would also like to add that the book seemed to portray only negetive things coming out of Africa. I beg to differ, with all due respect. I am an Afrcan, aware of all the wrong that has emanated due to bad leadership but proud of all the good things that have set us apart in various fields. I thank you for the opportunity to read and learn new things in your book. Please set the records straight.[BR][BR]Michael Madaki[BR]beema78@yahoo.com
Published: June 14, 2007   
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