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Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by VBCampaign: 12:42pm On Jun 23, 2018
VICTOR BANJO

Victor Banjo is a book written by Deji Yesufu.

Victor Banjo is the tragic account of a Nigerian military officer who was caught in the crises that engulfed Nigeria following the first military coup of January 15, 1966. The man, Victor Banjo, would eventually find himself in Eastern Nigeria during the Nigerian Civil War. He sought to bring a quick end to the war and to reduce the loss of lives to a minimum. In the process, his own life was cut short.

September 24, 2017 marked fifty years since the untimely death of Victor Banjo. This book tells the story of the final twenty months of the life of this gallant officer and recalls the ideals he lived for...

Or call or send a Whatsapp text to 07065254425.

Or send an email to newdejix@gmail.com

The book is now in e-book. Go to

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Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by VBCampaign: 10:10am On Jun 26, 2018
Victor Banjo: The Midwest Invasion

The invasion of Midwestern Nigeria occurred at 3:00am on August 9th, 1967. It was led by Brigadier Victor Adebukunola Banjo, who had three battalions under him – the 12th battalion led by Lt. Col. Festus Akagha, the 18th battalion led by Major Humphrey Chukwuka, and the 13th battalion led by Col. Mike Ivenso...

Brig. Victor Banjo led the 12th battalion into Benin City with practically no resistance from the locals and the military forces in the Midwest. Banjo had planned to quietly approach his former classmate and friend, Brig. David Ejoor, the Governor of the Midwest, to discuss a gentleman position that the Midwest will simply be a springboard to the West for the Biafran troop with him, a troop he had borrowed from Ojukwu for the purpose of liberating the West...

Unknown to Banjo, Ojukwu had his own plans of taking over the Midwest... Ojukwu had sent a unit of Biafran soldiers, led by Lt. Col. Ochei to attack the government house and seize Ejoor, “dead or alive.” Indeed, this unit was already at the government house by 6:00am of the same day. A gun fight broke out between Ochei’s unit and the governor’s security. Ochei and his men overcame the guards and gained entry into the government house. By this time, Ejoor had fled the governor’s lodge. He left behind his wife and children.

When Victor Banjo learnt of this, he was livid...

- Excerpts from the book “VICTOR BANJO: An Untold Account of the Nigerian Civil War.” Written by Deji Yesufu.

You may obtain copies of the book by calling/Whatsapp: 07065254425.

You may also reach us via email: newdejix@gmail.com

Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by VBCampaign: 6:58am On Jul 02, 2018
About The Book

Victor Banjo is the tragic account of a Nigerian military officer who was caught in the crises that engulfed Nigeria following the first military coup of January 15th, 1966. The man, Victor Banjo, would eventually find himself in Eastern Nigeria during the Nigerian civil war. He sought to bring a quick end to the war and to reduce the loss of lives to a minimum. In the process, his own life was cut short.

September 24, 2017 marked fifty years since the untimely death of Victor Banjo. This book tells the story of the final twenty months of the life of this gallant officer and recalls the ideals he lived for. Fifty years on, those ideals still beckon. In the heat of several issues that confront present day Nigeria – a generation that knows little about the travails of the past – those ideals are a likely solution. Victor Banjo provides a correct reading of the Nigerian story and holds out a hope for the purging of souls and the healing of the wounds of history.

Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by OfficialAPCNig: 2:07am On Jul 05, 2018
He was executed for Treason.
Don't try to paint him as saint. He wanted to trade Ojukwu's head for his.
Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by VBCampaign: 9:10am On Jul 05, 2018
OfficialAPCNig:
He was executed for Treason.
Don't try to paint him as saint. He wanted to trade Ojukwu's head for his.

Get the book and read this account before reaching a conclusion

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Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by OfficialAPCNig: 10:48am On Jul 05, 2018
VBCampaign:

Get the book and read this account before reaching a conclusion
I don't need to read your propaganda.
Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by VBCampaign: 10:53am On Jul 06, 2018
Agony of Self Publishing in Nigeria

By: Deji Yesufu

My friend, Lucky James, published his book Tales from Our Past in January 2017. Since I did some editing on the book, I volunteered to help him sell some copies. The day came when he handed over 100 copies to me to sell. As I was taking them into my car, he told me he had another 900 pieces at home and he had no idea how to sell them.

He had published the books himself and was left with the burden of selling off all 1,000 copies his printer handed over to him. Two challenges stared us in the face: the problem of recovering the cost of publishing and the challenge of selling the books themselves to make extra profit.

My experience with Lucky James gave me some ideas on how to surmount the Nigeria literary market with its pervasive lethargy towards reading. I must confess that although I thought I had learnt a few tricks on how to sell books, somehow, to my dismay, I am realizing that those tricks are not sufficient.

When I embarked on the project of writing the book Victor Banjo, I was positive that when it hits the Nigerian market it would sell like hot cake. The Victor Banjo story, which I had pasted on Facebook and which had gone viral on so many social media platforms, appeared to me a story that many Nigerian would not mind paying a token to buy and read. Besides, the book format is a lot more researched and better written than the Facebook article.

But on reaching the market, I am being told that one of the ways that authors make money after writing their books is to do a luncheon. They say Nigerians love to have their ego rubbed and people would gladly lunch my book with hundreds of thousand of Naira, if they would be giving the money in public.

While I certainly do not have anything against lunching of books, I think it runs against my personal principles. Perhaps the biblical admonition for people not to make a fan fare of their giving has been too etched on my mind-set for me to embark on such a project.

Besides this, the family of Victor Banjo are very protective of their father’s memory and they very graciously granted me the opportunity of writing this story on him. I would not be partaker of a project that would seem to be making excessive gain off a family tragedy. So luncheon is out of it. Thus, I am left with the harsh reality of selling the book in Bookshops and through one on one marketing.

Then I am told that I should endeavour to get the book on school reading lists. That if the government would make my book compulsory reading for secondary schools, I would simply sit back and be smiling to the bank. The trouble is this: who do I know in government? Would a government in power sit down, read my book and decide that its lessons is worth something for our children to learn from? I honestly do not know.

Despite the gloom, I am positive my book on Victor Banjo would sell. The only challenge now is to help Nigerians realize why they need to read this book.

The Banjo Story, while narrating a historical event, offers Nigerians an opportunity to learn from our past mistakes. Nigeria seem to be the only country that repeats its mistakes and this is because we do not have a culture of rehearsing historical events and bringing their lessons into contemporary issues so as to chart a better way out of our troubles.

Take for example a key point in my book which was that Col. Emeka Ojukwu and the nation of Biafra were not sufficiently prepared to wage war against the Federal might of Nigeria in 1967. They had very little weaponry, they had very little agreement among the Igbos themselves on whether or not to prosecute a war, and, most importantly, they did not have one single country backing their secession bid. If IPOB knows this piece of history, they would realize that they have even less reasons to pursue secession today than Ojukwu had fifty years ago. This is how history determines how people make decision in contemporary times. If our people do not learn from history, they would repeat the mistakes of their forbears. And, in my estimation, the Biafran war was a tragic mistake.

The first step towards learning from history is for Nigerians to read.

I stood in a supermarket and I watched as a woman stuffed her food basket with groceries running into ten of thousands of Naira. Yet, somebody like her cannot spare one thousand Naira to buy my book. My book would give knowledge that would feed her mind and probably the minds of her children, helping them to make informed decisions in the future. This is the agony of an author who must self publish and then sell his books himself.

All hope is not lost though. Many Nigerians are beginning to see the close link between reading and productivity. The reality is that the richest nations in the world are those that produce something out of nothing, so to speak, while the rest of the world come to them to buy that thing.

Take Hollywood for example. The amount of money that that industry brings to the state of California and the United States at large is mind boggling. Yet, they keep churning out movies after movies every day, and the rest of the world pay these Americans huge amount of money just to be entertained by watching the screen. What about Facebook and the wonder of advertisement that Mark Zuckerberg has made out of it? If you have a product and it is not on Facebook, you have not started advertising.

These are examples of creating products out of almost nothing and becoming super rich doing it. The way to this kind of reality is by reading. Every human being is gifted with something he can do very well but if he is not informed about how to utilize that thing, he cannot do anything productive with it.

So, I encourage you to read a book today. And I would be glad you start with my book Victor Banjo. That way you would deliver me from the agony of self publishing and I would find enough resources to pursue more writing projects. Perhaps, God would be kind enough to make my works go viral and nations would be coming to Nigeria to buy them. This is exporting at its best and earning good foreign exchange doing it. My products, unlike Hollywood, would not defile your mind but educate you and help you to discover your hidden talents.

Deji Yesufu is the author of Victor Banjo. You may reach him on newdejix@gmail.com to get a copy

http://mouthpiece.com.ng/agony-of-self-publishing-in-nigeria/

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Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by Ezebohirepurcha(m): 5:19pm On Jul 13, 2018
You made a good point. But also you have to consider the fact. People are concern with buying a byass story with their hard earn money.

Is the Banjo family in the best position to give an unbias account of Nigeria civil war story.

Like someone pointed out before. We believe he did for being a traitor. Trying to trade Ojukwu's head. And for me. His children will try to say otherwise
Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by VBCampaign: 6:00pm On Jul 14, 2018
Ezebohirepurcha:
You made a good point. But also you have to consider the fact. People are concern with buying a byass story with their hard earn money.

Is the Banjo family in the best position to give an unbias account of Nigeria civil war story.

Like someone pointed out before. We believe he did for being a traitor. Trying to trade Ojukwu's head. And for me. His children will try to say otherwise

Banjo's children or family did not write this book.

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Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by VBCampaign: 8:29am On Jul 18, 2018
The VICTOR BANJO e-book now available on Smash Words:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/879232

Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by CofOLandOfPeace(m): 11:48am On Aug 16, 2018
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Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by Tozara(m): 7:42pm On Sep 10, 2018
OfficialAPCNig:
He was executed for Treason.

Don't try to paint him as saint. He wanted to trade Ojukwu's head for his.
Shut the fück up, myopic clown. Your retärded hero executed Victor Banjo out of paranoia and mere caprice, but without any substantial evidence.

Don't come here to boldy make a fool of yourself by typing as if you're stating a fact.

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Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by OfficialAPCNig: 10:41pm On Sep 10, 2018
Tozara:
Shut the fück up, myopic clown. Your retärded hero executed Victor Banjo out of paranoia and mere caprice, but without any substantial evidence.

Don't come here to boldy make a fool of yourself by typing as if you're stating a fact.
Banjo was a Traitor!

Kill yourself.
Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by Tozara(m): 10:50pm On Sep 10, 2018
OfficialAPCNig:

Banjo was a Traitor!

Kill yourself.
Says an idiot speaking from the grave of the universe. You're a walking dead. You were killed before you could live. Invitation refused. Wallow in your misfortune of cognitive and spiritual death alone.
Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by OfficialAPCNig: 6:05am On Sep 12, 2018
Tozara:
Says an idiot speaking from the grave of the universe. You're a walking dead. You were killed before you could live. Invitation refused. Wallow in your misfortune of cognitive and spiritual death alone.
Reduce your intake of brown roof water and thank me later.
Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by Tozara(m): 10:55am On Sep 12, 2018
OfficialAPCNig:

Reduce your intake of brown roof water and thank me later.
It's Wednesday morning. The only thing you're useful for is to be a lab rat for unravelling the remaining mysteries of stupidity. Get lost now and go serve the miserable purpose you were made for. Your life might be meaningless, but you can still make your existence meaningful.
Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by OfficialAPCNig: 8:06pm On Sep 12, 2018
Tozara:
It's Wednesday morning. The only thing you're useful for is to be a lab rat for unravelling the remaining mysteries of stupidity. Get lost now and go serve the miserable purpose you were made for. Your life might be meaningless, but you can still make your existence meaningful.
Like I said before, reduce your intake of brown roof water and thank me later.
Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by Tozara(m): 8:09pm On Sep 12, 2018
OfficialAPCNig:

Like I said before, reduce your intake of brown roof water and thank me later.
I killed your brain cells along with your destiny, so it's no surprise you can come up with nothing new. You're out of date. A mere husk. Just die in peace.
Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by OfficialAPCNig: 8:14pm On Sep 12, 2018
Tozara:
I killed your brain cells along with your destiny, so it's no surprise you can come up with nothing new. You're out of date. A mere husk. Just die in peace.
Too much of brown roof water is gradually making you mind. Please cut down your intake. Good luck.
Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by Tozara(m): 8:19pm On Sep 12, 2018
OfficialAPCNig:

Too much of brown roof water is gradually making you mind. Please cut down your intake. Good luck.
grin grin grin

Your retardation has even set you on REPLAY for automatic stupidity.

Oya, repeat, broken record. grin
Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by OfficialAPCNig: 8:21pm On Sep 12, 2018
Tozara:
grin grin grin

Your retardation has even set you on REPLAY for automatic stupidity.

Oya, repeat, broken record. grin
I know you are addicted to brown roof water, try and break it. Too much of those water is making you lose your mind.
Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by Tozara(m): 8:25pm On Sep 12, 2018
OfficialAPCNig:

I know you are addicted to brown roof water, try and break it. Too much of those water is making you lose your mind.
Yeah, right. The last quote goes to you, mayne. You can now sign out with your over-used signature line of cretinism, and finalize your own death with your own pen. I leave your ashes to be cleared off my path by the wind of sanity.
Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by OfficialAPCNig: 8:28pm On Sep 12, 2018
Tozara:
Yeah, right. The last quote goes to you, mayne. You can now sign out with your over-used signature line of cretinism, and finalize your own death with your own pen. I leave your ashes to be cleared off my path by the wind of sanity.
Try taking bottled water tomorrow and see how different your life is going to be. You can go now kid.
Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by IamAtikulate: 11:10am On Oct 28, 2018
Got a copy. Flawless mastery of English, a nice read but I don't agree with most of the things there. Banjo was a traitor. He was executed for treason.
Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by VBCampaign: 2:13pm On Oct 28, 2018
IamAtikulate:
Got a copy. Flawless mastery of English, a nice read but I don't agree with most of the things there. Banjo was a traitor. He was executed for treason.

Wow. Thank you
Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by Amalekki: 12:13pm On Nov 02, 2018
Victor Banjo, a victim of evil propaganda even in death.
Re: Victor Banjo: A Book By Deji Yesufu by Abjay97(m): 6:31pm On Nov 20, 2018
I have read this book.. and its great

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