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“The Letterman”, a book on the “secret” letters of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, written by the Editor-in-Chief of PREMIUM TIMES, Musician MojeedCORA will be at Book Trek this Sunday, April 30th.
CORA (Committee on Relevant Art) Book Trek is a regular book review and reading session with some of Africa’s most compelling literary writers.
They are also responsible for organizing LABAF (Lagos Book and Arts Festival).
The Book Trek will be held at the Roving Heights Book Store at the Landmark event centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The session will feature some characteristics of the author, why he wrote the book, his experience in writing the book and the conversations he had with the audience about the book.
“Letterman: Inside the ‘Secret’ Letters of Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo”, a 492-page book released in December 2022, explores the role of letter writing in leadership, governance and politics.
In his time Public presentation in December, former presidents Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, who were well represented, praised the good work of collecting and analyzing the letters.
Mr. Mojeed has also been praised by a former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Emeka Anyaoku; Catholic Archbishop Mathew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto Diocese and former Chairman of the Federal Treasury Service, FIRS, Omoigui Okauru of Ifue, among many others.
The book was highly praised by industry experts including the renowned Prof. Toyin Falola; Dan Agbese, respected columnist, writer and editor-in-chief and co-founder of Newswatch; and Kadaria Ahmed, Founder/CEO, Radio Now 95.3FM Lagos.
Below are some excerpts from those who have reviewed the book.
Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria
“In The Letterman, Musikilu Mojeed introduces a new genre in Presidential history and records. No Nigerian has captured and permeated the memories of Nigerians like President Obasanjo. Famous for his role in the civil war for accepting the instruments of surrender of the Biafra army for generations, Nigeria’s Head of State and distinguished for having the longest period of service as President, complex, strong or courageous, stands out. the only person who has written down almost all of his thoughts.’
“Letramana takes the reader through the complex, intricate and serpentine mind of President Obasanjo, captured by the limitless content of his letters. The author offers readers a precious piece of recorded history that will stand the test of time and occupy a special place in the barren shelves of Nigerian presidential writing.”
M Omoigui Okauru of Ifue, former MFR-Feder Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) chairman
“I am in awe of the sheer quantum and depth of the records accessed to write this book and the letter writer’s record-keeping skills, which is worthy of emulation. This book is truly a treasure trove of information. Musikilu Mojeed shows the ability to find deep, unusual and clear points of view and presents this to the readers”.
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“Through his review of letters written or received by President Olusegun Obasanjo, from 1952 to 2020, he provides an insight into history, especially Nigerian history, a candid portrait of the consistency of the man behind the letters, and most importantly, the cyclical nature of governance challenges in Nigeria and Africa. It is essential and fascinating reading for Nigerians. For all those who want to build a prosperous nation and a truly great African continent.(SIC)
Toyin Falola, Frances and Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, The University of Texas at Austin
Toyin, author of Cambridge University Press’ Understanding Modern Nigeria, wrote:
“Mojeed has miraculously discovered the treasures of the letters and carefully studied the important moments, keeping in mind the place of the documents in the history of our country. Letterman reveals the values and character in strong prose that reveals the inner workings of Nigeria’s most complicated leader, confident nationalist, versatile and handsome entrepreneur.
“This is a book for storage, classified by historians as an archive of perishable quality. This book will become a source and preface to other books on the language of politics and the politics of language. It is a masterpiece of understanding the anatomy of authority, the conventions of power and the intensity of intrigues within the elite.”
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