At last, the Eagle has landed, the long awaited Enugu And The Making Of Nigeria, a thoroughly researched and comprehensive, up to date report on Enugu Coal City, written by a renowned journalist and philosopher, Dr. Dons Eze. Beginning from the beginning, the book tells all you wish to know about Enugu @ 110, its evolution and development, right through the colonial days and up to the present. It gives a detailed account of the exploration and exploitation of coal in Enugu, the horrific massacre at Iva Valley on November 18, 1949, and for the first time, names of the 21 coalminers killed and the 47 people wounded. It stresses on the imperative to have these heroes of Nigerian independence immortalized. The book is a compendium of political activities in the Coal City, beginning from 1917 when Enugu was declared a Second Class Township; through 1929 to 1939, when Enugu was the Capital of Southern Nigeria, and later, capitals of Eastern Region, East Central State, Anambra State, and the present Enugu State. The book takes a hard look on those who made Enugu what it is today, the Onyeamas, Chukwuanis, Onwudiwes, Anyansis, Brodericks, etc., and zeros on some communal unions in Enugu, like the Owerri Divisional Union, Onitsha Divisional Union, Awka District Union, Urhobo Union, Enugu Aborigines Improvement Union, Udi-Nsukka-Awgu United Front (UNAUF), etc. and examines the legacies left behind by those who ruled in Enugu from 1951 to date, like the Eyo Itas, Azikiwes. Okparas, Ibiams, Ojukwus, all through the military era, to the Jim Nwobodos, Onohs, Okwesilieze Nwodos, Chimaroke Nnamanis, Sullivan Chimes and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyis, It is a must read in order to appreciate the place and position of Enugu as Capital of Ndigbo and its contributions to the making of Nigeria.
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