Chido Nwangwu 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.”
Chido argues in the chapter titled ‘Madiba and the President-for-Life masquerades’ that “The selfless examples and sacrifices made by Mandela in public service remain historical and monumental indictments to the sit-tight, elections-subverting, president-for-life masquerades and dealers who dimmed the light on African posterity and progress. While those handful of older men who crave to be called as ‘father of the nation’ ruined whatever remained of their tattered, over-sized robes in various governments across the African continent, even with his evident greatness and assured landslide victory for another tenure as first post-apartheid, multi-racial election President, Madiba Mandela served one term (May 10, 1994 – June 14, 1999) and handed over to the technocrat Thabo Mbeki. Ironically, in June 2013, one of those leaders who’s 92 years old and has been in power since April 18, 1980 in the person of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe criticized Mandela for being ‘soft’ on Whites in South Africa….”