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Kidnapping in the Niger Delta has been an ongoing phenomenon since around 2008. Starting from the kidnapping of expatriate oil workers by the militants, the scourge of kidnapping had progressively unravelled till it has now become so common place that anyone potentially is a target for the assortment of kidnapping groups that have since plagued the region.
The author was kidnapped on the 1st of May 2016 from his home in Port Harcourt in very interesting circumstances. Gunmen stormed his home in the Rumuomasi area of Port Harcourt in the middle of the night, shot their way in to the house and after robbing them clean of valuables, proceeded to make away with the head of the house.
This began a journey into the hinterlands of the Niger Delta creeks as he was held for ransom for 4 days and 4nights in the most excruciating conditions.
The story is not simply of his experience in the captivity; it Is not even all about the intrigues of how the author, who happens to be a Pastor of a small branch of a major church navigated his way through captivity, nor just of his perilous and near death experiences of his journey back to mainland Port Harcourt after his release, having paid ransom. Rather the story captures the real reason for the kidnap.
The book recorded the stories of the authors experiences in captivity, and his feelings and thoughts about the event, the gang, the community where he was held, and the impact of this negative influence upon the society at large.
The author spoke about how it turns out that he had been sent to minister deliverance to the gang leader in captivity, and how God gave him a number of prophecies to be shared with the gang leader (including the fact that he will soon become a Pastor of a church that he will build for God) and his men; also concerning the land of the Kalabaris that had become scourged with violence and bloodshed. In short, the author’s experience narrated in the book tells the story of how the hunter became the hunted.
The high point of the book was the author’s bloody walk through the swamplands of the delta as he tried to get to land and be reunited back to his family after the ordeal, and the amazing kindness of ordinary fishermen who came to his aid when he had almost given up on the effort to stay alive.
This is an account of one programme to make friends for America during the Cold War, which failed with a Parvin Fellow at Princeton, the young JP Clark.
From Taraji P. Henson, Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe winner, and star of the award-winning film Hidden Figures, comes an inspiring and funny memoir—“a bona fide hit” (Essence)—about family, friends, the hustle required to make it in Hollywood, and the joy of living your own truth.
With a sensibility that recalls her beloved screen characters, including Katherine, the NASA mathematician, Yvette, Queenie, Shug, and the iconic Cookie from Empire, Taraji P. Henson writes of her family, the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of her father, a Vietnam vet who was bowed but never broken by life’s challenges, and of her mother who survived violence both at home and on DC’s volatile streets. Here, too, she opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but which she saw as a gift.
Around the Way Girl is also a classic actor’s memoir in which Taraji reflects on the world-class instruction she received at Howard University and how she chipped away, with one small role after another, at Hollywood’s resistance to give women, particularly women of color, meaty significant roles. With laugh-out-loud humor and candor, she shares the challenges and disappointments of the actor’s journey and shows us that behind the red carpet moments, she is ever authentic. She is at heart just a girl in pursuit of her dreams in this “inspiring account of overcoming adversity and a quest for self-discovery, written with vitality and enthusiasm” (Shelf Awareness).
Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.
Elon Musk is the first official biography of the creator of SolarCity, SpaceX, and Tesla, based on over 30 hours of conversation time between author Ashlee Vance and Musk himself, highlighting his complicated childhood, the way he makes decisions and navigates the world, and how he managed to disrupt multiple industries, all with the goal of saving humanity.
Carlos Moore's unique biography, based on hours of conversation and told in Fela's first-person vernacular, reveals the icon's complex personality and tumultuous existence. Moore includes interviews with fifteen of his queens (wives); photos; and an updated discography.
To Sam is a compilation of Jimi Disu’s 60 Minutes interview column published in two of Nigeria’s leading newspapers, The Vanguard and This Day. The book is dedicated to Nigeria’s leading veteran journalist, Sam Amuka, who has been a great mentor to Jimi throughout his career.
What if you had to flee your country-the only home you have ever known-leaving your parents behind and taking with you the young siblings you were charged to protect?
On February 14, 1989, Valentine’s Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been “sentenced to death” by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being “against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran.”
So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team. He was asked to choose an alias that the police could call him by. He thought of writers he loved and combinations of their names; then it came to him: Conrad and Chekhov—Joseph Anton.
How do a writer and his family live with the threat of murder for more than nine years? How does he go on working? How does he fall in and out of love? How does despair shape his thoughts and actions, how and why does he stumble, how does he learn to fight back? In this remarkable memoir Rushdie tells that story for the first time; the story of one of the crucial battles, in our time, for freedom of speech.
Ladies Calling The Shots profiles 16 female film and television directors in Nigeria. It recognises the contributions of these ladies to defining the filmmaking business in Nigeria.
Nneka Ijeoma invites you to a world of candid and brutal honesty in her hilariously crafted Memoirs. Including multiple snippets from her experience on being on various bridal trains in form of phone conversations and actual text messages, Nneka introduces you to various characters all inspired by real life brides and bridesmaids, to depict what actually goes on behind the scenes of wedding planning. In this journal, Nneka dishes on the bold, the beautiful and the messy…
On the morning of December 10, 1996, Taylor, a brain scientist, experienced a massive stroke. She observed her own mind completely deteriorate. Now she shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery.
NAKED is a powerful narrative about awakening and self-awareness. The author uses personal experiences with religion, shame, mental health, fear, romantic relationships and death to explore her journey from sleepwalking to awakening