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Mbadiwe, K. O.

b. 1915 - d. 1990

Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe, born in Imo State, Nigeria, was a Nigerian politician. After attending Aggrey Memorial College and Lagos Baptist Academy, Mbadiwe studied at Columbia and New York University. Returning to Nigeria, he joined the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC) and was elected to the Eastern Regional House of Assembly in 1951 and 1954. Becoming minister of commerce in 1957, his political career was interrupted when he opposed NCNC leader Nnamdi Azikiwe, leading to Mbadiwe’s removal from the party. After requesting a meeting with Dr. King in November 1967, Mbadiwe worked with King on a proposed solution to the Nigerian-Biafran Civil War. Mbadiwe later became minister for trade and communication.

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K.O. Mbadiwe Contacts MLK

Kingsley Ozuomba Mbadiwe, Nigerian nationalist and politician, informs Dr. King of his travels to the United States. Mbadiwe ensures that he will contact King upon arrival. Dr. King and Mbadiwe were working on a proposal for a solution to the Nigerian-Biafran civil war. A peace mission to Nigeria was planned for April 1968.

Letter from Roy Wilkins to MLK

Roy Wilkins, of the American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa, wrote Dr. King to explain his increasing concern over the violence in Nigeria. Wilkins requests Dr. King's presence for a meeting with Nigerian Leaders to discuss the possibilities of ending the hostilities.

Telegram from Dr. K.O. Mbadiwe to MLK

Dr. Nbadiwe requests a meeting with Dr. King regarding a new proposal for the Nigeria-Biafra situation. After two coups earlier that year in Nigeria, Biafra seceded and civil war erupted.

Telegram from Roy Wilkins to MLK

Mr. Wilkins invites Dr. King to attend a meeting with Dr. K. O. Mbadiwe, former Nigerian Minister, and other Negro leaders in the United States to discuss the increasing conflict in Nigeria.