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Like most good stories, one must start at the beginning – 1959.
It was an important year. In January, the Cuban capitalist dictator Batista resigned and fled to Miami, paving the way for Fidel Castro, the rebel leader, to move in and capture Santiago. Upon taking over, Castro emphasised that his revolution in Cuba was humanistic rather than communist
In April, Mao Tse Tung resigned as China’s Head of State in favour of Liu Shao-chi, but remained chairman of the Chinese Communist Party.
In June, Singapore became independent, with Lee Kuan Yew as Prime Minister of the republic.
On July 5th, President Sukarno dissolved the constituent assembly of Indonesia, moving steadily to a more authoritarian regime.
And a couple days later, on July 7th, Michael Oguzie Nsonwu was born in the bleak industrial town of Blantyre, just outside Glasgow, Scotland.
In contrast to Nigeria’s 140 million people; Blantyre boasts a population of 17,000, the streets rife with gangs and dereliction. Blantyre is best known as the birthplace of David Livingstone (“Dr Livingstone, I presume?”) the famous explorer and missionary. But, not so well known as the birthplace of me.
In fact, of all the many historic names above, who the hell is Michael Oguzie Nsonwu?