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Great Works of Chief Obafemi Awolowo

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Chief Obafemi Awolowo (1909-1987) was a Nigerian nationalist, a political leader, and a principal participant in the struggle for Nigerian independence.

Obafemi Awolowo was born in Ikenné, Western State, Nigeria, on March 6, 1909. He received his early education in the mission schools of Ikenné, Abeokuta, and Ibadan. Often he worked at odd jobs to raise money for tuition fees, and his entrepreneurial spirit continued to express itself in the various careers which he subsequently sampled: journalist, teacher, clerk, moneylender, taxidriver, produce broker. His organizational and political inclinations became evident as he moved to high-level positions in the Nigerian Motor Transport Union, the Nigerian Produce Traders' Association, the Trades Union Congress of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Youth Movement, of which he became Western Provincial secretary.
Awolowo was Nigeria's foremost federalist. In his Path to Nigerian Freedom (1947) — the first systematic federalist manifesto by a Nigerian politician — he advocated federalism as the only basis for equitable national integration and, as head of the Action Group, he led demands for a federal constitution, which was introduced in the 1954 Lyttleton Constitution, following primarily the model proposed by the Western Region delegation led by him. As premier, he proved to be and was viewed as a man of vision and a dynamic administrator. Awolowo was also the country's leading social democratic politician. He supported limited public ownership and limited central planning in government. He believed that the state should channel Nigeria's resources into education and state-led infrastructural development. Controversially, and at considerable expense, he introduced free primary education for all in the Western Region, established the first television service in Africa in 1959, and the Oduduwa Group, all of which were financed from the highly lucrative cocoa industry which was the mainstay of the regional economy.
Awolowo pioneered free health care till the age of 18 in Nigeria in the Western Region and also free and mandatory primary education. Although, Awolowo failed to win the 1979 and 1983 presidential elections of the Second Republic, he polled the second highest number of votes and his polices of free education and health were carried out throughout all the states controlled by his party, the Unity Party of Nigeria.
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On November 2, 1962, Chief Awolowo and 28 other members of his party were put on trial for treasonable felony. After a hearing lasting eleven months, he was sentenced (September 11, 1963) to ten years imprisonment, and, on appeal to the Federal Court the sentence was upheld.

He spent just over three years in calabar prison. He was released on August 3, 1966 with a state pardon. Nine days later, amid jubilation he was unanimously elected leader of the then 10,500,000 Yorubas and leader of the Western delegation to the All Nigerian Conference on the future association of Nigeria.

Chief Awolowo was married and has four children. While he was on trial, his eldest son, a Cambridge law student, died in a car accident near Ibadan.

Chief Awolowo was an author whose publications include Path to Nigerian Freedom, Thoughts on the Nigerian Constitution (which he wrote while in prison,he advocated a confederal constitution as the only way out of the impasse in Nigeria).
A compresensive Bibliography on the Writings and Works of Chief Obafemi Awolowo from 1940-1984 Compiled by Ebenezer Olu. Adeniyan
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Awo As a Philosopher By Moses Akin Makinde
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AWO: The Last Conversation By Moses Akin Makinde
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My Early Life By Obafemi Awolowo
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My March Through Prison By Obafemi Awolowo
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Path to Nigerian Freedom By Obafemi Awolowo
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Path to Nigerian Greatness By Obafemi Awolowo
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Strategy and Tactics of the People’s Republic of Nigeria By Obafemi Awolowo
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The People’s Republic By Obafemi Awolowo
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The Problems of Africa By Obafemi Awolowo
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Travails of Democracy and the Rule of Law  By Obafemi Awolowo
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Voice of Courage By Obafemi Awolowo
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Voice of Reason By Obafemi Awolowo
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Voice of Wisdom By Obafemi Awolowo
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Obafemi Awolowo and the Making of Remo: the local politics of a Nigerian nationalist
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Awo, on the trail of a titan: essays in celebration of the Obafemi Awolowo centennial
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