Unbroken Spirit

Unbroken Spirit

This book is indeed a commendable commentary of immense historical importance. It captures the early years of Nigeria through its turbulent years. From the acknowledgement, we meet a plethora of people she has met in her life and who have impacted her in one way or the other, folk with whom she is “immensely pleased,” to whom she is “eternally grateful,” and without whom “my life would not have made interesting reading.” From “fabulous … Dad and Mom, Anthony and Maria Aniagolu” and her sisters and brothers (“my best friends, my strength and my support”), we go through such prominent VIPs as Justice Belgore, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu (“the consummate intellectual, who has taught me the importance of conviction, as the very essence of a worthy life”), Bishops Anthony Makozi and Anthony Gbuji (Bishop of Enugu), Dr. Okwy Nwodo (ex-PDP scribe), Oba Oladele Olashore, Brig. Gen. Sule Ahman (Rtd.), Justice & Mrs. Eze Ozobu (President-General of Ohanaeze), Col. and Mrs. Lucky Torey, cousins, friends, and lastly but by no means the least, “my little Angel on earth, my special gift from God … my daughter Ola.”

But the book is about Loretta Ngozichukwu Aniagolu, her early days, her delights, notable national events and how the family coped, eventful encounters, and almost everything there is to know about her. The very first lines say it all about her imaginative style: “Out of a family of ten children, I emerged as the fourth of the fifth. That is to say the first of five daughters, after three sons. The fourth child in a sequence of ten! An interval in a succession of males!”
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