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This monograph is dedicated to the following individuals and groups.
- To our ancestors who, through the numerosity of their oral and written words, taught us a lot about life and nature. They called humans mma ndu, beauty of life, and taught us to appreciate the goodness humans embody as well as love of self, family, and community. Numerous other positive legacies they left us, values which reinforce and stabilize our culture, are embodied in principles or sayings of wisdom, including ezi okwu bu ndu, true word is life; ofo na ogu, the emblem
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the signification of righteousness; egbe belu ugo belu, live and let live and the norm of equity; and odi bendi, the norm of deference to other peoples’ practices and ways of life.
- To the memory of the 5 million Igbos of all age and gender, soldiers as well as civilians, who lost their lives defending Igboland against the genocidal war imposed upon us by the government of Nigeria and its foreign allies in evilness.
- To the hundreds of thousands of our people whose lives were cut short, the result of the pogrom perpetrated against Igbos in parts of the country, particularly the north, in 1966.
- To the government and peoples of Tanzania, the Ivory Coast (today Côte d’Ivore), Gabon, and Haiti. These countries all recognized Biafra’s right to secession in the face of her rejection by Nigeria and its independence as a sovereign nation-state. A friend in need is a friend indeed. Their courageous friendship gave us succor in our moment of need.
- To humanitarian organizations like the World Council of Churches, and Caritas International. Be assured that your works of mercies saved many lives in Biafra.
- To Igbos and friend of Igbos like Mr. Frederick Forsyth, Count Von Rossen, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Dr Akanu Ibiam, Dr. M.I. Okpara, Dr. Dennis Osadebe, Mazi Mbonu Ojike, Dr. Okechukwu Ikejiani, Dr Pius Okigbo, Professor G. Ezekwe, Gen. Philip Effiong and other individuals too numerous for mention who stood by Biafra in her most trying moment.
- Last but not least, to Chi-Ukwu, God Almighty, Ama Ama Amasi Amasi, the Unknowable and Unfathomable but who knows and fathoms everything, for the miracle of our survival in the twentieth century despite relentless, well-orchestrated acts of violence against us.
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