Saturday, July 26, 2014

Il était une fois

This video clip of Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa's trip to the United States in 1961 shows the promise and hope Nigeria once had as a nation. I am unsure any other Nigerian ruler has been a recipient of the treatment the Prime Minister received.
It is unimaginable that Americans will line up the streets to welcome a foreign ruler or that the Congress will warmly welcome an address by a foreigner in its chambers. It is even more poignant and astonishing that the Prime Minister enjoyed this hospitality in a period where Black Americans were denied their civil rights.
I'd let the  clip tell its story...

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