Competition: win a copy of Soldiers of Fortune by Max Siollun

Coups, coup-plots and coup-baiting; kidnappings, mysterious killings and rampant corruption…

These are just a few of the tumultuous and dramatic events that took place in Nigeria between 1983 and 1993. Max Siollun, Soldiers of Fortune author, has given us the historian’s perspective.  Now, we want to hear from you: the people who experienced the ups and downs of military rule first hand, or (if you were too young or not yet born), with stories kept within the family.
So, what was it really like to live through this period of cataclysmic change for Nigeria?
To tell us your version of history and enter our competition, simply respond to the following request:
In 50 to 100 words, tell us about a memory (or family story) during the Buhari/Babangida military eras (between 1983 and 1993). 

Good or bad, shocking or strange, all you have to do is write your story of the military era between 1983 and 1993 and then email it to:

We have five copies of this ground-breaking narrative of a crucial part of Nigeria’s history to be won (one for each winner).  We will publish the five winners on our blog and on our Facebook page.

The Small Print: Terms and Conditions

1.      This competition is for 5 people to each win one copy of Soldiers of Fortune: Nigerian politics from Buhari to Babangida (1983 – 1993).

2.     Entries must be emailed to

3.     Entrants must not exceed the word limit of 100 words. Any entry that is over 100 words will be discarded.

4.     The Winners will be selected from the entries received in accordance with these terms and conditions by a member Cassava Republic Press staff, whose decision will be final.

5.     The Winners may see their name posted on the Cassava Republic Press website and possibly other websites and Twitter accounts.

6.     There is no purchase necessary to enter.

7.      The prize draw opens at 12pm  on 15th July 2013 and closes at midnight on 31st July 2013. Any entries received outside these specified times and dates will not be eligible for entry into the competition.

8.      The prize draw is open to Nigeria residents except employees of Cassava Republic Press and their families, or anyone professionally connected to the competition either themselves or through their families.

9.      Entrants must have a Nigerian postal address, so that the book can be dispatched to them from Cassava Republic Press. If a selected winner is found to not have a Nigerian postal address, they will be deselected and another winner with a Nigerian postal address will be chosen in their place.

10.  Only one entry per person allowed. Second or subsequent entries will be disqualified. Entries will not be accepted via agents, third parties or in bulk.

11.  Cassava Republic Press is not responsible for contacting or forwarding prizes to entrants who provide unclear or incomplete information or for entries lost, misdirected, delayed or destroyed.

12.   Cassava Republic Press reserves the right to alter the prize or cancel the prize draw without notice.  No cash alternatives to prizes will be provided.

13.   The Winners will be contacted by email within two weeks of the closing date.

14.   The email addresses of entrants will not be shared with other companies outside Cassava Republic Press.  Entrants will be added to our mailing list, to receive news about our books and promotions.  You will be given the option of opting out in those emails if you don’t want to receive any further news from us.

15.  By entering the competition each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.

16.  This competition is being organised by Cassava Republic Press, Edo House, Plot 75 Ralph Sodeinde St., Central Business District, Abuja, Nigeria.


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