Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

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Introduction Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe is visiting professor at Universidade de Fortaleza and specialist on the state and on genocide and wars in Africa in the post-1966 epoch – beginning with the Igbo genocide, 29 May 1966-12 Jan 1970, the foundational and most gruesome genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa. 3.1 million Igbo or a quarter of this nation’s population were murdered by the Nigeria state and its allies. Africa and the rest of the world largely stood by and watched as the perpetrators enacted this horror most ruthlessly. The world could have stopped this genocide; the world should have stopped this genocide. This genocide inaugurated Africa’s current age of pestilence. During the period, 12 million additional Africans have been murdered in further genocide in Rwanda (1994), Zaïre/DRCongo (variously, since the late 1990s) and Darfur – west of the Sudan – (since 2004) and in other wars in Africa. African peoples have, presently, no other choice but dismantle the extant genocide-state (the bane of their existence and progress) and construct new decentralised states that serve their interests. His new book is entitled Longest genocide – since 29 May 1966