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WHEN PROMINENT BLACKS IN DIASPORA LOVED TO DIE IN NIGERIA

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Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola at the opening of the Conference of Black Nationalities in Osogbo   African Diaspora regards Nigeria as a very important nation in the area of African Renaissance. The whole world is not unaware of the strategic importance of Nigeria. Famed Nelson Mandela spoke the minds of millions of people on the importance of the country to the Black race when he commented that: ‘’Nigeria stood by us (South Africa) more than any nation. ‘’The world will not respect Africa until Nigeria earns that respect. The black people of the world need Nigeria to be great as a source of pride and confidence. Do you have lessons on how your past leaders stood by us and gave us large amounts of money? You know I hear from Angolans and Mozambicans and Zimbabweans how your people opened their hearts and their homes to them. ‘’I was in prison then, but we know how your leaders punished western companies who supported Apartheid’’ In 2010, far away in Rio de Janeiro, Federative Republic of Brazil, a Brazilian black civil rights activist, writer, painter, and scholar, who was also a Nobel Laureate nominee, Abdias do Nascimento said the unexpected: He was willing to die in Nigeria!  It was on the occasion of the visit of then Governor OlagunsoyeOyinlola to Brazil and Cuba to sensitize the international community on the First Global Conference of Black Nationalities that held in Osogbo, Osun State in August, 2010. It drew participants from all over the world and further opened up Nigeria to the international community, with several people tracing their roots in attendance.  The then Vice President Namadi Sambo confessed that he threw away his pen on his desk in his office to watch the live telecast of the event for about an hour. He was amazed that a white British woman Prof. Karen Barber, an expert in Yoruba studies at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom (named AjikeOlokuku) rendered flawless Yoruba prose at the opening of the conference. Chief Obasanjo added colour to the opening ceremonies by dancing heartily with young Ekemini Dancers of Akwa Ibom State. Whoever has seen that cultural troupe perform would attest to the fact that those young talents are great ambassadors of Nigeria any day, and they deserve huge exposure, and encouragement. Elsewhere, all of them will be millionaires today as they would have been properly…

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