"Your Excellency, could you please tell us what you think your responsibilities as representatives of our country are here in Manila? What do you think are the reasons for having a Nigerian embassy in the Philippines? Three of our people have been murdered in cold blood in less than six months with the embassy doing absolutely nothing! How many more Nigerians must be killed before you sit up and ask questions?"
John Igbokwe
Friday, November 16, 1995
To Charge d' Affaires a. i. Mr. Samuel Ajewole
during a meeting on the murder of Nigerian citizens;
inside the Chancery of the Embassy of Nigeria, Manila, Philippines

About the Author

Born in Nigeria and educated in the Philippines and Canada, John Igbokwe, "Johntoff" to his friends, is a Social and Literary Critic, and a Book Reviewer. He started writing as a teen in the 1980s during his secondary school days at the prestigious, all-boys secondary school, the Okongwu Memorial Grammar School in Nnewi City, Anambra State of Nigeria. His earliest brush with authority as a Writer was in 1980 when as President, he headed his school's Press Club, which published the Parrot, a critically independent student magazine that scored the School Administration for incompetence and mismanagement, eliciting the brutal suppression of the magazine by the School Authorities. From then on, he has written on various themes in a wide variety of organs and periodicals, bringing his uniquely deep and passionate views to often controversial issues.

Igbokwe loves poetry and has authored several works of verse that included Heal Nigeria Oh God and Secure Legacy, a contribution to Enriching our Pasts, an anthology of international poetry. Igbokwe is fiercely anti-corruption and is a deep believer in justice, the rule of law and the unity of all races. John has written and commented extensively on Nigeria's contemporary issues in print and on the Internet. His incisive, razor-sharp and thought-provoking articles often elicit deep, passionate reactions from his many readers.

Igbokwe's education spanned three Continents, taking him from Africa, to Asia and North America. He holds two business degrees - a Bachelor of Business Administration, major in Accounting and a Master of Science in Commerce, major in Finance. John is a proud Thomasian, having earned his Master's degree at the oldest existing university in Asia and the largest Catholic university in the World, - the 400-year old Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines.

John has worked for more than 11 years for reputable Canadian companies and governments. He has held Senior Accounting and Finance positions at many companies and in municipal and provincial governments. He worked as the Controller at Implementation and Advisory Group Ltd., an Edmonton City Management Consultancy; as the Senior Accountant for Mindoro Resources Ltd, a public company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and based out of the City of Edmonton; as Financial Analyst for the Provincial Government of Alberta, Canada; and as Director of Finance/Municipal Treasurer for the Towns of Peace River and High Level in the Province of Alberta, Canada. Currently, he is the Director of Finance, Adult Corrections at the Ministry of Corrections, Public Safety and Policing of the Provincial Government of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Igbokwe lived in the Philippines for seventeen long years (1983 - 2000) and understands both Philippine culture and language. He holds a uniquely perceptive understanding of the history of the Embassy of Nigeria in the Philippines during the turbulent decades of the 1980s and 1990s. John lives in the City of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada with his wife Lumen and their three children. He can be reached by email at: igbokwe@abrokenmission.com or through the Contact the Author page.