Dulue Mbachu was born in Nigeria in 1961. Since taking a university degree in 1983 he has worked as a teacher and journalist. During more than three decades as a journalist Mbachu has worked for leading media houses in Nigerian and abroad, from Newswatch and The Guardian in Nigeria to global news agencies including Reuters, The Associated Press and Bloomberg News. His short stories have been published in the magazines BBC Focus on Africa and West Africa. War Games is his first novel
A tender coming-of-age story forged in the crucible of Biafra, War Games is a relentlessly candid and unsentimental reconstruction of a halcyon world suddenly shattered by hate, flight and strife. For Basil Chekwubechukwu Odukwe or
Cheche, the good life as a rich landlord’s son in northern Nigeria suddenly turns nightmarish as the country descends into civil war. The five-year-old yet to know the meaning of Nigeria’s independence perforce escapes to his rural village
of Amafor in the south to start a different life in the shadow of traumatized parents and relatives, war crimes and songs, folksy traditional pastimes and exacting Catholicism. In this haunting and very original first novel, Dulue Mbachu adroitly enters the skull of childhood to tell a compelling human story with remarkable restraint and resonant narrative grace.
The Master’s Voice: Nigeria and Global News
By Dulue Mbachu
In this study Dulue Mbachu examines Nigeria’s place in global news flow, using foreign news reporting by two Lagos newspapers to illustrate the dependence of local news media on Western news organizations for knowledge of what happens in the rest of the world. It shows that foreign news coverage depends largely on reporting provided by leading Western news agencies. The study found
that much of the foreign news was about the United States and leading Western European countries. Even when Nigerian newspapers covered their immediate region of Africa and other non-Western parts of the world, the sources were often the same leading news agencies from the West. The image of the world the newspapers convey to their readers is essentially that created by the dominant Western news agencies. The constructs made by these agencies are not value-free but often correspond to their own interests, that of their countries or the ideologies to which they subscribe in their definition of the world.