Musikilu Mojeed will today, Sunday, April 30 read from his recently released book, The Letterman: Inside the “Secret” Letters of former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo.
The Premium Times editor has described the book, which he says compellingly tells the story of Obasanjo’s life as defined by and is defining of the story of his country, Nigeria and the larger African continent, as a narrative non-fiction curating some of the most significant and historical letters written by the former president.
The event, which is part of the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) Book Trek, takes place at Roving Heights Bookstore, Landmark Events Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos from 4 pm to 6 pm.
This tour de force of historical writing, according to a statement announcing the release, situates Musikilu Mojeed as a witness and skillful raconteur who deftly manages to braid far-flung pieces into a magisterial whole that unveils the attitudes, worldview, relationships, emotional complexity and stewardship of this enigmatic global statesman, through the correspondences he exchanged with others.
The Letterman is a product of almost seven years of assiduous research, whose chronicle unfolds from the time of Obasanjo as General Officer Commanding the Third Marine Commando and his wartime efforts, through his tenure as military head of state between 1976 and 1979, his continental liberation struggles and political activism from the 1970s to 1999, his civilian presidential term from 1999 to 2007, as well as his post-presidency era.
These letters essentially tell a story that is as deeply personal as it is painstakingly national, and global.