Prologue, PART ONE: Close encounters with death/Growing up/Lagos life/Good times, bad times at the Daily Times/ Lessons from the Civil War/The Herald years/ Crusading journalism at the Sketch/ Second sojourn at the Times/The Customs lady who stole my heart/Awo, our unforgettable hero/Awolowo and his team/Large-hearted M.K.O Abiola/The annulment of June 12 elections/The unkindest cut/Dark days under Abacha/Governance and resource management/Obasanjo, Ogun state, and the 2003/ elections/Official torment in Ogun state/Emergence of All Progressive Congress/Epilogue/Addendum/Index
BATTLELINES: ADVENTURES IN JOURNALISM AND POLITICS
Here’s a fascinating account of highlights of Olusegun Osoba’s life story. From his boyish pranks in the railway town of Osogbo, to the inner city of Lagos, where he attended secondary school and began his career as a journalist, to his sojourn in Ilorin and Ibadan, it is a journey driven by vision and enterprise. From his entry into the world of ideas-politics of Obafemi Awolowo’s Unity Party of Nigeria to his days in the Social Democratic Party’s politics of his hometown, Abeokuta and home-state of Ogun to the confounding intrigues on the national stage, the book takes the reader into the promise of the All Peoples Congress and Osoba’s stimulating world of networks and contacts.
From the divine deliverance from the evil plots of the Abacha dictatorship to the governance of Ogun State, it is an absorbing account of how his life as a pressman, politician and statesman intertwines with people in different places. It is a book that unearths Osoba as he has never been before. It is as much a story of love, hope and achievement as it is a narrative of human foibles, of jealousies, persecutions and setbacks. It is a chronicle of plots and betrayals, of high-mindedness and pettiness; a documentation of history with revealing insights. It is an unusual account told by an engaging reporter. Racy and exciting, it is a book you will not put down in a hurry.
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