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In the light of an icon, my mentor Stanley Macebuh (1942-2010). By Chido Nwangwu



In the light of an icon, my mentor Stanley Macebuh (1942-2010).

By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet

USAfrica, March 7, 2011: Dr. Stanley Macebuh, one of my mentors, lived a life of positive consequence, public enlightenment and progressive engagement with his environments. He lived life.

Beyond living it, Dr. Macebuh, born on December 28, 1942, held and earned the unique high regard and respect of his peers and mentored thousands of much younger colleagues.
He died on March 7, 2010, after battling ill-health in Abuja.


Dr. Macebuh carried on with a first-rate sense of professionalism. He invested a personal class to his craft as a writer, informed his students as a scholar of English language and African studies, communications and media, from Ibadan to Columbia to Berkeley to Lagos and Abuja and the global canvas.  Essentially, I know that Dr. Stanley Macebuh’s name and that voice weighted much in gold, scored very high on professionalism in media, public policy, friendships, taste, style, diction and much more.

He had a very modest physical frame but a towering presence and reputation. In the true meaning of the word, he was an icon; he was also a transformative person and change agent.

With deep appreciation and a measured sense of dignity, may I state that I am one of the beneficiaries of Dr. Macebuh’s focus on potential excellence and actual capacities, reflecting only a part of his outstanding gift, grace and foresight.
As I was completing my national youth service following my graduation from the University of Nigeria (Nsukka) in 1987, upon the singular reference from my cousin, the international business and financial products specialist Kenneth C. Orji, I came to meet Dr. Macebuh in 1988 in Lagos, at his office at The Guardian newspapers.

I was going to work for The Guardian but he had other considerations for me –he expressed, kindly, his thoughts about my “potentials and impressive path”, especially after discussing the several offers I got while serving as a youth corps person.

The meeting with Dr. Macebuh whom I called Dede –Igbo word for an elder in deserving respect and deference — had two immediate and lasting impacts, to this day.


First, he opened the doors for me to network into the alpha group of public policy and media executives in Nigeria, around Lagos. Foremost, he sent me to Nigeria’s former presidential adviser on politics (1979-1983), my mentor and my tutor on the real politik Nigeriana, the late, lucid, substantial, colorful, voluble and brilliant Dr. Chuba Okadigbo (Oyi of Oyi, December 17, 1941 – September 25, 2003).  Through Macebuh and Okadigbo, I met the incisively prolific and thought-provoking Dr. Chidi Amuta. At Platform magazine and Africa and The World journal, in 1988-1990 in Lagos, there were three key persons, all Ch;  all connected by the scholar Macebuh: Chuba, Chidi and Chido.

Through the same Macebuh, I came to know and be blessed by the senior friendship of the Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi (who was Managing Director of the Daily Times when I was joining its editorial board — as its youngest member in 1989-1990).
Through my association with Macebuh, I have the privilege of friendship with Prof. Ihechukwu Madubuike (Nigeria’s former Minister for education), Prof. Onwuchekwa Jemie and one of Africa’s prolific and versatile writers Dr. Eddie Iroh — all have served as contributing editors of USAfrica and since 1993. Before his death, he wrote and we published on the USAfricaBOOKS  his May 29, 2008 review of  ‘Literature, Culture and Development: The African Experience’, the new book by  Ihechukwu Madubuike, PhD.                                                         

The second impact of his guidance, expedited my moving, substantially, from my primary career path in broadcasting, as a very young tv staff across the 3 areas of electronic news gathering (ENG) unit, sports news reading and programs production/editing at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) to the print media. And, of course, my subsequent decision to bring my multimedia work and insights to the U.S. to establish the USAfrica networks here in Houston. Somehow, it has benefitted me with a valuable balance of skills across the broadcast and print platforms.
The last time I met Dr. Macebuh was in his home in Abuja during my trip to Nigeria to cover U.S. President Clinton’s visit. He was his usual, warm fraternal self, yet concerned at the state of things in the country. And, a somewhat failing health…. Then, I believe he was a senior special assistant and deputy chief of staff  to Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo. The next day I visited with Chuba (until a few days earlier was the Senate President of Nigeria) and Eddie (then CEO of Radio Nigeria), at their homes.
I have also been privileged to be asked in the mid-1990s by Dr. Macebuh to serve as a columnist for one of the magazines he established, The Sentinel.

He wrote a commentary on on August 10, 2000, arguing ‘Obasanjo’s ethics offer good value for our democracy.’

In the wake of serial communications tumbles and gaffes of the former army General Obasanjo, Macebuh still found a deft defense in very artful and instructive wording, stating: “I myself have always believed that what so often passes for intolerance and stubbornness in him (Obasanjo) stems from his insistence on staying with the substance, rather than the appearance of things. Madison-Square-type image makers would have a hard time taming his spontaneousness, his refusal to accept that politics is not just about good works, but also about looking nice and sounding nice…. He is learning, just as we all are. He cannot be thought to be infallible, and neither can we.”
Well, Dr. Macebuh knows how to tell the President and his critics his truths. Government did not alter his dignity and truths. Shall we say, politely, that we know that advising Obasanjo (an all-knowing soldier and commander-in-chief) is not as easy as eating fish pepper soup.
Macebuh, an alum of Kings College, Lagos, graduated in English at the University of Ibadan (from 1963-66), and travelled abroad, a year afterwards to the University of Sussex, England, where he achieved the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the very young age of 26.  His scholarship drew the competing interest of University of California (at Berkeley), the prestigious Columbia University (in New York) and City College of New York.
He caught the attention of Dr. Dele Cole who encouraged his return to Nigeria to enhance the  then nationally predominant Daily Times of Nigeria. From there, Dr. Macebuh moved on to serve as the founding managing director of The Guardian newspaper  (with a formidable team funded by the Ibrus and editors such as Femi Kusa, Lade Bonuola, Andy Akporugo, Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe, Edwin Madunagu, Ted Iwere, Nduka Irabor, Amma Ogan, Ashikiwe Adione-Egom, Greg Obong-Oshotse, etc).

He also established The Post Express newspaper (with funds from Ide Ahaba Sonny Odogwu, in Lagos), The Sentinel magazine, Abuja and other projects. He also engaged in some trading on sugar and other items after The Guardian years. Prior to his moving to Lagos, he grew up and attended schools in Port Harcourt and Ngwa High School, Aba (before I was born in Aba).

Dr. Macebuh’s legacy will remain the fact that he, fundamentally, heightened the scale for professional and worthy


journalism, altered the media landscape of Nigeria, empowered and trained a new crop of journalists and writers with diverse trainings outside the tired templates of some j-schools where ancient media execs usually hired folks who are taught, mainly: who, what when and where? Evidently, the man saw the future of media in Nigeria, and cast aside the ancient order as he shared his stellar intelligence and  genius.


I’ll close with the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), the esteemed U.S. poet, who wrote in the 19th century that “When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men.” I bear witness to the fact that Dr. Stanley Macebuh’s light lies on the paths of men, women and children.

Thank you, Dede Stanley!   • Chido Nwangwu is the Founder and Publisher of USAfrica, and first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet; The Black Business Journal, CLASSmagazine,  PhotoWorks.TV,  AchebeBooks.comNigeria360USAfricaTV and several blogs, assessed by The New York TImes as the largest and arguably most influential multimedia networks for Africans and Americans. He served on the editorial board of the Daily Times of Nigeria in Lagos and worked for the Nigerian Television Authority (news) in the 1980s; served on a publicity committee of the Holocaust Museum, Houston; recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in May 2009; adviser on Africa to Houston’s former Mayor Dr. Lee Brown. Chido appears as an analyst on CNN, VOA, SABC, CBSNews, ABCNews, FOXNews, NBCNews, etc. wireless: 1-832-45-CHIDO (24436). Office: 713-270-5500.                    

VIDEO of the CNN International broadcast/profile of USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwu.

Special News Insight, USAfrica multimedia networks, Nigeria360 e-group and CLASSmagazine, Houston.
See the October 17, 2001 special report/alert: Nigeria’s bin-Laden cheerleaders could ignite religious war, destabilize Africa. By USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwu.
310 killed by Nigeria’s ‘talibans’ in Bauchi, Yobe n Maiduguri; crises escalate.  on  July 28, 2009.

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USAfrica: Buhari to debate Atiku, Moghalu on January 19; rising Sowore not listed



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As the countdown to the February 2019 presidential elections in Africa’s most populated country continues, Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) have announced the “names of political parties” that they have pre-qualified to participate in the 2019 vice presidential and presidential debates.

The Executive Secretary of the NEDG, Eddie Emesiri, listed the parties as the following: Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Young Progressives Party (YPP).

The Presidential debate will hold on Saturday, January 19, 2019 while the VP debate will be in Abuja on Friday, December 14, 2018.

President Buhari, a retired army general who does not warm up to contrary even if helpful views, USAfrica notes, will have the opportunity of counterpoint exchanges with his 2015 former ally Atiku Abubakar, and especially from the  former deputy Governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank Prof. Kingsley Moghalu. 

Significantly, the debate excludes Omoyele Sowore, the activist-journalist and young candidate who is among the top canvassers and most travelled candidates (inside and outside Nigeria) in search of votes. By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica [Houston] and



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Global Terrorism Index ranks Nigeria, Somalia and Egypt among the worst hit.




The Global Terrorism Index for 2018 has been released by the Institute for Economics and Peace, which recorded 3 African countries of Nigeria, Somalia  and Egypt among the worst hit. Iraq’s almost daily blasts placed it at the top, followed by Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria, and Pakistan. 

The GTI found that “the global impact from terrorism is on the decline, it also shows that terrorism is still widespread, and even getting worse in some regions.”

The United States is at number 20. 

The Index ranked 138 countries based on the severity of terror attacks throughout 2017, and found that “The total number of deaths fell by 27 percent between 2016 and 2017, with the largest falls occurring in Iraq and Syria. The overall trend of a decline in the number of deaths caused by acts of terror reflects the increased emphasis placed on countering terrorism around the world since the surge in violence in 2013.”

“In the Maghreb and Sahel regions of Northern Africa, there has been a resurgence of terrorist activity in the past two years, most notably of al-Qa’ida. As of March 2018 there were more than 9,000 members of terrorist groups active in the region, mostly concentrated in Libya and Algeria,” it noted.

The GTI assessed the total global economic impact of terrorism at almost $52 billion. notes that the attacks by Nigeria’s Boko Haram and its affiliates mainly in the north east and exponential rise in the violence unleashed by the Fulani herdsmen negatively affected the country. By Chido Nwangwu @Chido247

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Nigerian army posts Trump video to justify shooting muslim Shiites




Nigeria’s army (has) posted a video of US President Donald Trump saying soldiers would shoot migrants throwing stones to justify opening fire on a Shiite group (last) week.

In the video, Trump warns that soldiers deployed to the Mexican border could shoot Central American migrants who throw stones at them while attempting to cross illegally.

“We’re not going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back,” said Trump in remarks made on Thursday.

“I told them (troops) consider it (a rock) a rifle. When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexican military and police, I say consider it a rifle.”

Nigeria’s defence spokesman John Agim told AFP that the army posted the video in response to criticism that its security forces had acted unlawfully.

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) said 49 of its members were killed after the army and police fired live bullets at crowds who marched near and in the capital Abuja. The army’s official death toll was six.

Amnesty International said Wednesday it had “strong evidence” that police and soldiers used automatic weapons against IMN members and killed about 45 people in an “unconscionable use of deadly force by soldiers and police”.

The United States embassy in Nigeria said Thursday it was “concerned” and called for an investigation.

“The video was posted in reaction to the Amnesty International report accusing the army of using weapons against pacifist Shiite protesters…. Not only did they use stones but they were carrying petrol bombs, machetes and knives, so yes, we consider them as being armed,” said Agim.

“We intervened only because the IMN members are trying to harm our people, they are always meeting us…at security check points and trying to provoke us, they even burned a police vehicle.”

Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, is almost evenly split between a mostly Muslim north — which is predominantly Sunni — and a largely Christian south.

Experts have warned the government that a heavy-handed response to the group risks sparking conflict in a volatile region where poverty is widespread.

IMN leader Ibrahim Zakzaky has been in custody since 2015, when an army crackdown killed 300 of his supporters who were buried in mass graves, according to rights groups.

Zakzaky is facing a culpable homicide charge in connection with the 2015 violence. He remains in jail despite a court order granting him bail.

On Thursday, 120 of 400 IMN members arrested by police on Monday were  charged with “rioting, disturbance of public peace and causing hurt,” said a court official in Abuja on Friday.

According to court documents seen by AFP, the IMN members had been ordered to disperse but they “refused and started throwing stones at the police officers and other members of the public and thereby caused them bodily harm”.

All the suspects pleaded not guilty and were granted bail with the court hearing to resume on December 5.

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