Reading by Nigerian-Canadian author, journalist and activist, Chido Onumah

2019 15 Nov
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Reading by Nigerian-Canadian author, journalist and activist, Chido Onumah

Please join us on November 15 in our store for a reading by Chido Onumah from his provocative book We Are All Biafrans: A participant-observer's interventions in a country sleepwalking to disaster. This free event is presented in collaboration with the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University.

November 15, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Octopus Books
116 Third Ave., Ottawa
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In this book, Onumah argues that many, if not all, of the problems of Nigeria are rooted in structural issues, and makes a case for the socio-political restructuring of the country. He raises fundamental questions: What is Nigeria and who is a Nigerian? If Nigeria is a federal republic, what constitutes or should constitute the federating units? He posits that the different manifestation of Biafra may well be a metaphor and, to that extent, we are all Biafrans as long as we seek to confront the clear and present danger.

On September 29th, 2019, Onumah was arrested and detained by Nigeria's State Security Services (SSS) at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja for wearing a promotional T-shirt for his latest book entitled "We Are All Biafrans.” A social media storm followed his arrest under the hashtag #FreeChidoOnumah and the SSS quickly released and denied arresting him.

Chido Onumah is coordinator of the African Centre for Media & Information Literacy in Abuja, Nigeria. He has previously worked as Director of Africa programs for the Panos Institute in Washington, DC, helping journalists in West Africa report in-depth on issues that are frequently underreported or misreported. He holds a Ph.D. in communication and journalism from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.