The memoir of the first Executive Director News of Voice of Nigeria (VON) and a former Director-General, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, late Mr. Ben Egbuna MNI, would be presented to the public at the MUSON Centre, Lagos today.
Titled ‘A Destiny Fulfilled’, the book was published by Diamond Publications Limited and had been concluded by Egbuna; a thorough bred professional broadcaster, editor, journalist and administrator before his demise early this year.
‘Pungent and lucid, the 388–page book is BEN EGBUNA’s riveting memoir. It is a study in the development of an individual and the institutions destiny took him through, filled with candid close-ups on leading names in the media and politics of his era and a lot of behind-the-scene happenings in high quarters in public service.’
The book also gives account of his civil war experience.
According to Ben, “I was twenty-and-a-half years old and I should have completed my secondary education three years earlier in 1967, but as at January 1970, I had not. Yet I had gone through situations and acquired experience that I might, under normal circumstances, not have had at my age.
“I had gone through military training and orientation; I had slept in trenches, in the bush for weeks and even months; I had crawled in muddy water, gone without food for days involuntarily; I could handle weapons – rifle, machine-gun, grenade, – and I had learned skills for physical combat. I had been a trainer of soldiers, an infantry officer leading men much older than me in battle.
“I had seen people die violently in battle, and human corpses lying unattended; I had experienced the brutality of war. I had lived independent of my parents, far away from their oversight and control. I now smoked cigarette.
“The tough and difficult times in training and in the battlefield, seemed to have imbued in me emotional and physical strength and wisdom beyond my age. I had become street-wise, transformed from the pampered, city-bred lad that I had been.
“Those thirty months of the civil war had not only disrupted my education, they had impacted on my total being. They had exposed me to experiences I might never have had in my lifetime,” he said.
There’s a lot more to read in A Destiny Fulfilled.
The must-read book costs N8, 000 Hardback and N5,000 for the Paperback type.
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