NIGERIA: Down But Not Out

In Pittsburgh one day in the late 19205, a tall, weedy college student named Nnamdi Azikiwe (commonly known as "Zik") learned that Boxer Jackie Zivic was looking for sparring partners. Fired with a sudden ambition, Zik offered his services. "They knocked me around so much," he recalled years later, "that I gave it up." Audacious tries and rough comeuppances are characteristic of Zik's dashing career.

Last week ebullient. ebony-black Nnamdi Azikiwe, now Premier of the Eastern Region of Nigeria, was taking the worst knocking around he had suffered since his sparring with Zivic. He was hard hit; he reeled;...

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