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Spectrum Books, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 153 pages
Frederick Forsyth is a best-selling popular novelist. He strongly and publicly supported the cause of Biafra in the Nigerian civil war, and covered the period as a war correspondent in Biafra. He had a fifteen-year association with the Igbo leader, Chukwuemeka Ojukwu. His biography of'Emeka' was published in 1982 with the full cooperation of the subject.It covers his youth, army training, the civil war, and his twelve-year exile. Still of great interest, the biography has now been revised.

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I wonder how many other world leaders/personalities we in America know nothing about and could care less. I tried to have a conversation with someone here in California about this man and she didn't ... Read full review

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If men ever were, if men are and if men ever shall be; it is Chief Dim Emeka Odimegwu Ojukwu. The tales of Emeka can never be exhausted through the pens of men lest they fade in the lines of history.
Emeka Ojukwu, as a name, is a nomenclature for a political epoch not just in Nigeria nor Africa, but in the whole world. The sands of his age bear hus name.
Thank you Forsyth, for that wonderful piece. But I guess you know the story of the blind men told to describe an elephant. They only told of the areas their hands could touch. There are still more to say!
Such was your short note on the legacy of Emeka.
Thanks a lot for that piece!


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Frederick Forsyth was born in Ashford, England on August 25, 1938. At age seventeen, he decided he was ready to start experiencing life for himself, so he left school and traveled to Spain. While there he briefly attended the University of Granada before returning to England and joining the Royal Air Force. He served with the RAF from 1956 to 1958, earning his wings when he was just nineteen years old. He left the RAF to become a reporter for the Eastern Daily Press, Reuters News Agency, and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). While with the BBC, he was sent to Nigeria to cover an uprising in the Biafra region. As he learned more about the conflict, he became sympathetic to the rebel cause. He was pulled from Nigeria and reassigned to London when he reported this viewpoint. Furious, he resigned and returned to Nigeria as a freelance reporter, eventually writing The Biafra Story and later, Emeka, a biography of the rebel leader Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu. Upon his return to England in 1970, Forsyth began writing fiction. His first novel, The Day of the Jackal, won an Edgar Allan Poe award from the Mystery Writers of America. His other works include The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, The Fourth Protocol, Devil's Alternative, The Negotiator, The Deceiver, The Fist of God, Icon, The Veteran, Avenger, The Afghan, The Cobra and The Fox.

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