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The Part to Play

The Part to Play – Autobiography of a Prominent First Republic Politician


Author Shadrach Adelegan’s nonfiction book: The Part to Play’ brings a lifetime of experiences to topic.

An excerpt from At the 1965 Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference Held in London – HOW WE PROTESTED IAN SMITH’S UNILATERAL DECLARATION OF INPEPENDENCE IN RHODESIA (South-Africa)

It was Hon. Samuel Lana who first raised the issue of Ian Smith’s as a matter of urgent public importance, if Britain could not see it as such.  When we came back from recess, this matter generated some heat on the floor of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Meeting that day. Lana’s argument was that, as a subject of the Queen, Ian Smith needed to be sanctioned for the Unilateral l Declaration of Independence in Rhodesia (now South-Africa)  He had caused a problem for the Queen, a big one for that matter. Speaking in line with Lana, but in a roaring voice, I condemned Ian Smith adding that it was not really his fault.  It was because he thought his people would support him to trample the Blacks under his feet.  But they should realize that in due course, the Blacks would secure might to be able to face the cannon of Ian Smith and remove his yoke off their heads.  Our contribution sounded too harsh, to them. To them, mine was suggesting insurrection against the Queen. The hon. Members of the House of Commons present looked with disdain. Anyway, I had made my point known and I was not apologetic.  – At the 1965 Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Conference held in London.


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The Part to Play –The autobiography of a prominent First Republic politician, patriot, statesman, educator, humanist and community leader.

” Adelegan’s handling of the proceedings of the Western Region House of Assembly paints the picture of an impartial and honest politician who was commended by the party in government and the Opposition” — Archdeacon Emmanuel Alayande. OFR, LLD, JP. The Aare of Ibadan.
.”It is a most interesting view of your life and Ipetu-Ijesha. The politics of Akintola era gives the best view of the Action Group crises that is not partisan,  between Awolowo and Akintola” – Emeritus Professor JF Ade Ajayi.
“Chief Remi Fani-Kayode usually called me a socialist because of the way I dressed, spoke, and my simplicity. He commended me all the time for the way I conducted the proceedings of the House, particularly my ability to control the younger hon. Members who at times were boisterous” — S. T. Adelegan.
The Part to Play…..A revealing compilation of how and why Nigeria’s First Republic crashed.

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