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Never Look an American in the Eye By Okey Ndibe
Okey Ndibe’s funny, charming, and penetrating memoir tells of his move from Nigeria to America, where he came to edit the influential—but forever teetering on the verge of insolvency—African Commentary magazine. It recounts stories of Ndibe’s relationships with Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and other literary figures; examines the differences between Nigerian and American etiquette and politics; recalls an incident of racial profiling just 13 days after he arrived in the US, in which he was mistaken for a bank robber; considers American stereotypes about Africa (and vice-versa); and juxtaposes African folk tales with Wall Street trickery. All these stories and more come together in a generous, encompassing book about the making of a writer and a new American.

Year of Publication: 2017

210 pages

₦3,500
Steve Jobs : The Exclusive Biography By Walter Isaacson
'This is a riveting book, with as much to say about the transformation of modern life in the information age as about its supernaturally gifted and driven subject' - Telegraph

Based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years - as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues - this is the acclaimed, internationally bestselling biography of the ultimate icon of inventiveness.

Walter Isaacson tells the story of the rollercoaster life and searingly intense personality of creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies,music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written, nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.
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The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 - 1992 Hardcover by Tina Brown
The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her twenties who arrives in New York City with a dream. Summoned from London in hopes that she can save Condé Nast's troubled new flagship Vanity Fair, Tina Brown is immediately plunged into the maelstrom of the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the court of the planet's slickest, most glamour-focused magazine company. She survives the politics, the intrigue, and the attempts to derail her by a simple stratagem: succeeding. In the face of rampant skepticism, she triumphantly reinvents a failing magazine. Here are the inside stories of Vanity Fair scoops and covers that sold millions―the Reagan kiss, the meltdown of Princess Diana's marriage to Prince Charles, the sensational Annie Leibovitz cover of a gloriously pregnant, naked Demi Moore. In the diary's cinematic pages, the drama, the comedy, and the struggle of running an "it" magazine come to life. Brown's Vanity Fair Diaries is also a woman's journey, of making a home in a new country and of the deep bonds with her husband, their prematurely born son, and their daughter. Astute, open-hearted, often riotously funny, Tina Brown's The Vanity Fair Diaries is a compulsively fascinating and intimate chronicle of a woman's life in a glittering era.
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Educated: A Memoir Hardcover by Tara Westover
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far if there was still a way home.
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I'll Be Gone in the Dark One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle's dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.
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Ayo Ogunsheye THE WORKERS' ECONOMICS 1923-1990 by Ademola Ajayi
Ayo Ogunsheye (1923-1990): The Workers' Economist is an authoritative study of the life and times of Professor Fidelis Ayodele Ogunsheye, a trade unionist, teacher, academic, consultant for industry and a pace-setting president of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Ayo Ogunsheye was a patriot to the core, a dedicated nationalist who left an indelible imprint in the annals of history. This book sheds light on the environment and influences that shaped the thinking and actions of this foremost Nigerian economist and academic trail-blazer in commerce and industry. THE EDITORS S. Ademola Ajayi, reader/ associate professor of history, teaches at the University of Ibadan, his alma mater. He is the author of Emmanuel Akingbala: The Adventures of a Nigerian Baptist Pastor (1999); Yahyah Jammeh & The Gambian Revolution, 1994-2001 (2002); Idi-Aba Baptist Girls' School, Abeokuta, 1909-2009: A Centenary History (2009); Baptists of Nigeria: Their Genesis, Identity, Doctrinal Beliefs and Practices (2009); and Baptist Work in Nigeria, 1850-2005: A Comprehensive History (2010). Dr Ajayi is also the editor of African Culture and Civilization (2005). He was vice president, Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN) (2005-2010), and is currently the national vice-president of the American Studies Association of Nigeria. Babatunde Sofela (Ph.D.) teaches Latin American history in the Department of History, University of Ibadan. He has published a number of monographs, chapters in books and articles in learned journals. He is a member of the Society for Latin American Studies; fellow and treasurer of the Historical Society of Nigeria, and current head of the Department of History at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
₦4,000
Water Must Flow Uphill:Adventures in university administration By Roger Makanjuola
This is a riveting story of triumph against all odds and tragedies, all in an ivory tower. The Author, once the Chief Medical Director of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex and Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife has told a gripping story in his compelling memoirs. The style and honesty in which it was told makes it a very revelatory and poignant read. The story is set against a determination to succeed. Spanning a period of about 15years, the book gives an incisive insight into the challenges of managing tertiary institutions, most of which are still relevant today. It is an account of enormous energy, sincere and creative efforts, unalloyed commitment and love.
₦6,000
America, Their America By JP Clark
This is an account of one programme to make friends for America during the Cold War, which failed with a Parvin Fellow at Princeton, the young JP Clark. The Nigerian poet later went on to enjoy warm hospitality in the United States, returning as a guest of the State Department, Distinguished Fellow at the famous Centre for the Humanities at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and Visiting Professor at Lincoln and Yale. With grants from the Ford Foundation, he also took a tour of theatres from coast to coast, and to help run his own repertory company at home in Lagos.

Year of Publication: 2016

254 pages

₦4,000
The Story Of My Life T. M. Aluko
The author is best known as a novelist. An engineer by training, serving as Permanent Secretary in the Western Region civil service, and retired Associate Professor of Public Health Engineering at the University of Lagos, he has previously written The Story of my Life. This new volume expands on his childhood, and writes his professional story from the viewpoint of a public servant who lived through eighteen years under British engineers, and the second half of his career as a co-formulator of policies with other Nigerians. The story spans childhood, university education from 1993, public service from 1943, further study and work in London, and public service, academic posts, and private sector consultancy up to 1988. T.M. Aluko is a novelist, and his post before retired was as Associate Professor of Public Health Engineering at the University of Lagos.
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Gowon: The Biography of a Soldier-Statesman By J Isawa Elaigwu
In 1966, a soft-spoken 32-year old man emerged from relative obscurity and humble background to become Nigeria's Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. His name was Lt Col (later General)Yakubu Gowon. He emerged as the compromise candidate following the political crisis that engulfed the country after the July 1966 military coup that had led to the assassination of the country's first military Head of State, General Aguiyi Ironsi. At the end of the Civil War in 1970, General Gowon's doctrine of 'No Victor No Vanquished' greatly endeared him to many, and he was variously dubbed 'Abraham Lincoln of Nigeria', 'a soft spoken but dynamic leader' 'a real gentleman' and 'an almost faultless administrator'. However, after he was overthrown in a military coup in July 1975, long knives were drawn out for him, with the hitherto friendly press and public crying 'crucify him', and now variously vilifying him as 'weak' and of managing a purposeless administration that had led to the 'drifting' of the nation. In this book Professor J. Isawa Elaigwu attempts a scholarly political biography of someone he believes has rendered great ser­vices to the Nigerian nation despite his weaknesses as a leader. He rejects the notion that Gowon's nine years in office were 'nine years of failure' as the General's ardent critics posit, arguing that if it is possible to identify a number of thresholds in his administration, it is also possible to identify the approxi­mate point in time when the strains of his administration became visible to observers and the public in general. He poses and methodically seeks answers to a number of fundamental questions: Who was Yakubu Gowon? Why and how was the reservoir of goodwill and credibility which he had accumulated by the end of the Civil War expended? What image of Nigeria did he have when he came into power? And did he ever achieve his objectives? The book, first published in 1986, has been revised and expanded for this edition
₦2,000
Shehu Shagari: Beckoned to Serve: An Autobiography By Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari
Shehu Shagari was the first democratically elected Executive President of the Federa Republic of Nigeria. His autobiography shared his experience from early childhood through his period as president in 1979-1983, and beyond. Born the son of a village chief, he became a school teacher, political activist and committed democrat and nationalist. His story is told within the context of the transition from colonial rule to independence and the struggle to build a stable country with democratic institutions and values. Detained by Babangida, all Shagari's personal documents were destroyed, and this reconstruction has been aided by academics, and former ministers and advisers.
₦6,000
Fate of Our Mothers: The Collected Memories of an African Village Boy By Michael Oladejo Afoláyan
Fate of Our Mothers is the first in the series of the author's narrative of the assorted experiences that exemplify the first twenty years of his life. From rustic village life as a five year old boy, to the young adult person slated for the job of an untrained teacher in the city, the eclectic events in the author's life bring to life the untold stories of rural living, featuring the cultural conflicts endemic in a patriarchal system where while men may rule, the women are the active prime movers in the order of things. The story or compendium of stories take the reader through a life that epitomizes the paradoxical interface among joy, peace, as well as tragedies and pains; successes and gains, as well as failures and losses; protection and comfort, as well as dangerous exposure and vulnerability. The story does not follow the orthodoxy of systematic chronicling that often characterizes traditional memoirs. Rather, the author verbally addresses his own four children, who were born and raised in America, a sporadic reflection of his childhood upbringing in a far away village of Oke-Awo, Aba Iresi in southwestern Nigeria. He describes the rustic simplicity of Yoruba village life, the beauty of living under the roof and compound of a caring father, two relentlessly hardworking mothers, ten siblings, many relatives, and a countless number of extended family members and non-relatives. In all, Fate of Our Mothers whispers into our collective conscience that the survival of the Yoruba universe is anchored in the fate of its women.
₦3,000
Becoming by Michelle Obama
An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States


        In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America the first African American to serve in that role she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.


      In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
₦12,000
Omoluwabi and Esubiyi Of The Yoruba Memoir of Engineer Festus Alfred Oladimeji Oseni
Festus Alfred Oladimeji Oseni was born on January 25, 1934, in Owo, Nigeria. He attended Government College Ibadan and had his tertiary education at University College Ibadan (1954-1956), Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland (1956-1960) and University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, obtaining BSc (Civil Engineering), MS (Civil Engineering) and MPW (Public Works) degrees.

After brief periods with some consulting firms in the UK, he undertook the mandatory practical training in the Civil Engineering Department of Crown Agents London from 1961 to 1963. Thereafter, he returned to Nigeria for his civil service career in the Federal Ministry of Works where he worked on many construction and maintenance projects. He was also at the Planning Department of the Highways Division of the Federal Ministry of Works and took part in the planning, design, and specifications for many road projects in the country.

In 1978 he was transferred to the Federal Capital Development Authority as the first Director of Development and Engineering Services, where he contributed to the definition of the urban transportation system and the regional road network in the Master Plan of the new Federal Capital City, Abuja and the associated activities leading to the eventual construction and first phase of movement to the city.

While his main professional interests are transportation planning, the development of the indigenous construction industry, project management and computer applications, he has made huge contributions to the country's political development through his writings and commentaries. His writings have been delivered at conferences, lectures, and tribunals while some have been published in journals and newspapers. He enjoys sports, current affairs, motoring, flying and traveling.

Engr Oseni voluntarily retired from the Federal Public Service in 1981 to set up an engineering consulting firm, F.A. Oseni Consultancy Services and Oznick Computers Ltd in 1983.

He is a Member, Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria, Member, Institution of Civil Engineers (London) and Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers. In June 2011, he "Achieved the distinction of having been a member of the British Institution of Civil Engineers for fifty years."

He was conferred with the traditional title of Olisa Bobaniyi by Sir Olateru Olagbegi II, KBE, the Olowo of Owo in December 1994.
Engr Festus Alfred Oladimeji Oseni is married with three children: two daughters and a son.
₦3,000
A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt: An African Memoir By Toyin Omoyeni Falola
"Toyin Falola has given us what is truly rare in modern African writing: a seriously funny, racy, irreverent package of memories, and full of the most wonderful pieces of poetry and ordinary information. It is a matter of some interest, that the only other volume A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt reminds one of is Ake, by Wole Soyinka. What is it about these Yorubas?"
-Ama Ata Aidoo

"A splendid coming-of-age story so full of vivid color and emotion, the words seem to dance off the page. But this is not only Falola's memoir; it is an account of a new nation coming into being and the tensions and negotiations that invariably occur between city and country, tradition and modernity, men and women, rich and poor. A truly beautiful book."
-Robin D. G. Kelley

"More than a personal memoir, this book is a rich minihistory of contemporary Nigeria recorded in delicious detail by a perceptive eyewitness who grew up at the crossroads of many cultures."
-Bernth Lindfors

"The reader is irresistibly drawn into Falola's world. The prose is lucid. There is humor. This work is sweet. Period."
-Ngugi wa Thiongo'o


A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt gathers the stories and reflections of the early years of Toyin Falola, the grand historian of Africa and one of the greatest sons of Ibadan, the notable Yoruba city-state in Nigeria.

Redefining the autobiographical genre altogether, Falola miraculously weaves together personal, historical, and communal stories, along with political and cultural developments in the period immediately preceding and following Nigeria's independence, to give us a unique and enduring picture of the Yoruba in the mid-twentieth century. This is truly a literary memoir, told in language rich with proverbs, poetry, song, and humor.

Falola's memoir is far more than the story of one man's childhood experiences; rather, he presents us with the riches of an entire culture and community-its history, traditions, pleasures, mysteries, household arrangements, forms of power, struggles, and transformations.
₦4,000
Counting the Tiger's Teeth: An African Teenager's Story By Toyin Falola
Counting the Tiger’s Teeth narrates a crucial turning point in Nigerian history, the Agbekoya rebellion (“Peasants Reject Poverty”) of 1968–70, as chronicled by Toyin Falola, reflecting on his firsthand experiences as a teenage witness to history.  Falola, the foremost scholar of Africa of this generation, illuminates the complex factors that led to this armed conflict and details the unfolding of major events and maneuvers. The narrative provides unprecedented, even poetic, access to the social fabric and dynamic cosmology of the farming communities in rebellion as they confronted the modernizing state. The postcolonial government exercised new modes of power that corrupted or neglected traditional forms of authority, ignoring urgent pleas for justice and fairness by the citizenry. What emerges, as the rural communities organized for and executed the war, is a profound story of traditional culture’s ingenuity and strength in this epic struggle over the future direction of a nation. Falola reveals the rebellion’s ambivalent legacy, the uncertainties of which inform even the present historical moment. Like Falola’s prizewinning previous memoir, A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt, this engagingly written book performs the essential service of providing a way of walking with ancestors, remembering the dead, reminding the living, and converting orality into a permanent text.
₦4,000
A Paradise for Maggots By Wale Adebanwi
A Paradise For Maggots: A Book Reveals How Lamorde Predicted His Return To The EFCC
Ibrahim Lamorde, EFCC

“There will still be another day. Someday, some of these people would still be taken to court in handcuffs. They will go to jail.” These were the words of Ibrahim Lamorde who was appointed as Acting Chairman of the EFCC yesterday.

A book on the Nuhu Ribadu-era at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, A Paradise for Maggots: The Story of a Nigerian Anti-Graft Czar, authored by University of California, Davis professor, Wale Adebanwi, reveals how newly appointed Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, predicted his return to the anti-graft commission in 2009, about a year after President Umaru Yar’Adua removed him and appointed Mrs. Farida Waziri.

Lamorde, who was then been posted to Kaduna after suffering harassments in the aftermath of his removal from the EFCC, assured Adebanwi that he would return to the EFCC and continue the anti-graft war that he and Ribadu waged before their removal by Yar’Adua.
Adebanwi writes: ‘There will still be another day,’ replied Lamorde when I asked if their removal from the EFCC could be taken as the end of a dream. ‘Some day, some of these people would still be taken to court in handcuffs. They will go to jail.’

Below are the relevant parts of the book and a brief description of the new EFCC Chairman.
“‘I would like you to know that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is really recognised as a first-class institution and I would like to underscore to you today that the US government will be continuing our commitment and our support to the EFCC.’ Robin Renne Sanders, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, gave that assurance when she visited the EFCC headquarters in March 2008, while Ibrahim Lamorde was still in charge as acting chairman.
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I Remain, Sir, Your Obedient Servant By Omo N'Oba Erediauwa
Omo N’Oba Erediauwa, formerly Prince Akenzua, is the present Oba of Benin, a position he has occupied since 1979. Previously, he variously served as a cadet administrative officer under the colonial government and a member of the cabinet office of the first independence government. Omo N’Oba Erediauwa has been writing this autobiography since 1965. It conveys his student days, his years of experience in the civil service, his Biafran war experiences, his accession to the throne of Benin, rise to kingship and subsequent tours and experiences.
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In the radiance of the sage: The life and times of HID Awolowo By Dr Wale Adebanwi

The outstanding biography of HID Awolowo as presented by Dr. Wale Adebanwi follows reality as it shapes a narrative in the meaning of a constructive life. Though Ikenne is home and in its soil is where the placenta of Miss Hannah Idowu Dideolu was buried and to that city her life, times, and eventual demise revolves; places like Ibadan, Ikeja, and Apapa also feature in this story of many hills.

The book of nine chapters (excluding the epilogue and prologue) opens when the subject is a grown woman and the following chapter presents her as a woman growing up in different cities.  As you well know, most cities are confluences of history, politics, commerce, religion and other concerns of life that help (re)shape the lives of natives and residents who call the place home.  To really know a person or a collective, a researcher must open the innards of the various spaces and places that gave birth to, and nurtured the person and the group she identifies with. This preposition is not too far from DmitiriKalugin’s injunction that “[a] particular challenge for the poetics of biography is the peculiar character of the constitution of the biographical subject. It evolves through the interaction between textual strategies and the realm of social facts such as the workings of institutions, models of behavior, notions of success and recognition, etc.” None of these elements as enunciated by Kalugin is absent in In the Radiance of the Sage.

₦7,000
Conscience and History – My Story, by Peter Odili (Hardback)
HOW IT ALL STARTED: THE PLOT - THE GREAT GANG UP I, DR. Peter Otunuya Odili, became the elected Governor of the new Rivers on the 29th day of May, 1999, after a well contested and won election against a strong opponent Chief Ebenezer Isokariari who was the then immediate past Secretary to the State Military Government under Gen. Sani Abacha regime.

Read Peter Odili’s expose on  his 2007 presidential adventure in a must read Autobiography entitled ‘ Conscience and History – My Story”.

₦6,000
Lest I Forget : Memoirs of a Nigerian Career Diplomat: By OLADAPO OLUSOLA FOWORA
Ironically, the recently released memoirs of Ambassador Oladapo Olusola Fafowora titled Lest I forget: Memoirs of a Nigerian Career Diplomat reflects a degree of forgetfulness and inaccuracy of recollection.
₦6,000
Then Spoke the Thunder By Peter Enahoro (Hardcover)
Nigeria and Africa's foremost and respected journalist, Peter Enahoro finally came out with his long awaited autobiography, a 750 page treaties. The book is his personal account and reflections on the crisis of leadership in Nigeria, garnered over 50 years as a journalist in Nigeria and Africa, both as editor (and later Administrator) of The Daily Times and publisher of Africa Now Magazine.
₦7,000
Aké: The Years of Childhood: Wole Soyinka’s Memoir
Aké, the first volume of Nigerian Nobel prize winner Wole Soyinka's (possibly slightly fictionalized) autobiography, is the first book of his I've read. For most authors, an autobiography is probably not the best place to start; most of the time, I want a reason to care about what the author has done before getting into his life story.

In this case, though, it doesn't disappoint at all. Aké chronicles young Wole's childhood up to about 11 years of age, and given that he was born in 1934, that's a fairly tumultuous time. While the world war rages somewhere just beyond the horizon, Nigeria is somewhere in between the old ways and the new ones, stuck between old tribal kingdoms and the new world, the old religion and Christianity, the old language and English, still ruled by the British but beginning to find a new identity of its own - which isn't an easy process, as shown by the occasional sobering flash-forward to Nigeria in the early 80s.

Ake tells the story of Wole Soyinka's first eleven years as a child (1934–1945), a period that coincides with major historical events in Nigeria, and around the world – World War II and the famous Women's Uprising in Egbaland, an event in which the author played the role of a courier.

Told, of course, with the benefit of hindsight, the story of Ake is rich, and the wit is bold and blithe. His touching and vivid evocation of the colourful sights, sounds, and aromas of the world that shaped him is lyrical, laced with humour and adorned with the sheer delight of a child's-eye view.

This account contains invaluable and delightful vignettes of some of the individuals and events which were to shape the future political and human rights activist, and Nobel Laureate.

₦4,500
AWO: UNFINISHED GREATNESS By Olufemi Ogunsanwao
Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. Chief Obafemi Oyeniyi Awolowo took an interest in his country’s well-being and transformed the economy of Nigeria.  AWO Unfinished Greatness presents to us a disciplined, yet stylish man who was dedicated to God and his country. The book covers Awolowo’s career from 1947 to 1987 and answers our most pressing questions: What did Awolowo do for Nigeria? What part did he play in the civil war? What was the cause of the tension between Awolowo and the Igbo people?

Ogunsanwo briefly narrates Awolowo’s beginning years; his experience as the son of a farmer and the sudden change that his father’s death effected in his young life. Despite the challenges he faced, Awolowo finished his education and was called to the bar in 1946. Ogunsanwo skips forward from there and focuses on the pertinent years of Awolowo’s life, the years during which he became one of Nigeria’s founding fathers.

Perhaps I speak for myself, but it was ethereal to read about people like Awolowo, Herbert Macauley, Ahmadu Bello; names that I am familiar with because I often drive on those streets. The book was a living breathing time machine and allowed the reader to step into an era that is long gone.

Were you aware that Awolowo loved sports? He showed his commitment by approving the building of the impressive Liberty Stadium. Did you know he was the first gender-sensitive leader in Nigeria? Or that he brought the first television network to Nigeria’s doorstep? In this book, Awolowo becomes more than just a political leader but a man of passion, vision and conscience. It is worth reading the Awo Unfinished Greatness in order to put a character to the familiar face (after all his face is plastered on our currency).

In 1979, Awolowo was asked,

 “Who takes over if you drop dead?” He replied: “I don’t know. What I know is that people will meet and select someone with outstanding discipline in a peaceful and orderly manner. There should be no problem about a successor. When I was in jail, the party went on all the same…”

Awolowo may not have known who would take over from him, but he made sure  his legacy was so great that you cannot but compare all his successors to his governance. Ogunsanwo does Awolowo justice with his words and the biography is simple, seamless and a pleasure to read.

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Nzeogwu: An Intimate Portrait of Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu By Olusegun Obasanjo
Nzeogwu, the biography of Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu, written by his best-known friend, General Olusegun Obasanjo, makes an interesting reading in this respect. There could be dozens of hypotheses on January 15, 1966 coup. Many commentators, like Kirk-Greene in Crisis and Conflict in Nigeria I, said, “The truth will never be satisfactorily established”, given the death of its chief actors. Many of those hypotheses were postulated not to explain, but to conceal the truth for sheer mischief in some intellectual-cum-political provinces. What cannot be disputed, however, was the role played by Nzeogwu, its principal architect. His published biography has given additional insights into the personal traits that led to the unfortunate event.
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Adolf Hitler By James Bunting
There can be little doubt that Adolf Hitler changed the lives of everyone who lived in Europe and altering the lives of future generations throughout the world. No one has ever attracted more attention from biographers and historian than Adolf Hitler. This short book is an outcome of the conversation taken place between the author, James Bunting and the tyrant Hitler. It shows how and for what reason this non-descript, ill-educated son of simple parentage became ruler of a country and one of the worst tyrants the world has ever known. 
The figure of Adolf Hitler stands across the 20th century like a colossus. There can be little doubt that he changed the lives of everyone who lived in Europe during his formative and active years, and since his death the lives of future generations throughout the world have been, to a greater or lesser degree, altered because of his presence on earth. His ideologies did not die with him but remain an ever present signal to those who wish to emulate his deeds. The sole aim of the book is to show how and for what reasons it was possible for a nondescript, ill educated son of simple parentage.
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Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous By Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
In Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has written a primer for those working to root out corruption and disrupt vested interests. Drawing on her experience as Nigeria’s finance minister and that of her team, she describes dangers, pitfalls, and successes in fighting corruption. She provides practical lessons learned and tells how anti-corruption advocates need to equip themselves. Okonjo-Iweala details the numerous ways in which corruption can divert resources away from development, rewarding the unscrupulous and depriving poor people of services.
₦13,000
Accidental Public Servant By Nasir El-Rufai (Paperback)
This is a story of Nigeria, told from the inside. After a successful career in the private sector, Nasir El-Rufai rose to the top ranks of Nigeria's political hierarchy, serving first as the privatization czar at the Bureau for Public Enterprises and then as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja under former President Olusegun Obasanjo. In this tell-all memoir, El-Rufai reflects on a life in public service to Nigeria, the enormous challenges faced by the country, and what can be done while calling on a new generation of leaders to take the country back from the brink of destruction. The shocking revelations disclosed by El-Rufai about the formation of the current leadership and the actions of prominent statesmen make this memoir required reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of power politics in Nigeria. For many Nigerians, the Accidental Public Servant (APS) will be a gripping story about politics, power, friendship, ambition, greed, fear, betrayal, leadership and love, all set within running the affairs of government. It will provide insight for many with little knowledge of the pretences that passes for governance and for others, it will be an affirmation of legends told and heard– made personal by knowing the characters as intimately as citizens can know their leaders from afar.
For a long time to come, it may be impossible to discuss the book and its contents without discussing the author. Perhaps there is no removing the man from the book and the book from the man but after the emotions ebb and the shock of oxygen igniting exposed secrets abates, the book will still hold value and lessons for historians, political scientists, policy wonks and people who want to understand Nigeria once upon a time, the better to appreciate where Nigeria is. Books are hard to review because every story is personal in its telling and in its interpretation. There is no topic today more delicate, complicated, emotional, scary, polarizing and energizing as the 2015 general elections and the book is a gift for all Nigerians who wonder why progress is slow and dream of doing things differently. By sharing his story in order to ‘make the case for public service’ there are clear lessons for anyone thinking of public service and how to navigate the problems and opportunities with governance and politics in Nigeria.
Despite the 489 pages, there are still topics and issues which could have benefitted with more analysis, more insight from an insider who co-held the reigns of power and lots of questions have been and will continue to be raised by the book. And this is precisely why this book will endure and hopefully encourage more honest discussions about public office. As the gloves come off and attacks on the book and the author commence, a common complaint will be that those who come to equity must come with clean hands. But if that were the only way to look at books that document a personal narration of history, then none would be eligible to write. The balance between sharing for posterity and upholding codes of silence is a delicate one which few have to straddle and decide for what purpose they want to keep silent. If we do not have the opportunity for honest discussions about what takes place in government, Nigeria and Nigerians will be worse off. If there are three sides to every story: my side, your side and the truth, then between the telling of ALL, the truth will emerge.  
Excerpts from the Book:
“President Obasanjo chose Umaru Yar’Adua whose ill-health, among other challenges, was known already constituted a serious impediment to the possibility of any inspired and energetic leadership. The view of many well-informed Nigerians is that Yar’Adua and his deputy, Goodluck Jonathan, emerged for no other discernible reasons than being ‘weak’ governors sympathetic to the ‘Third Term’ project and therefore handpicked as payback.
“The subsequent electoral imposition of Goodluck Jonathan as president in 2011 via military occupation and rigging has been unhelpful in raising leadership quality. Jonathan went into a presidential contest without a campaign manifesto, boasting of no experience, merit and any track record of previous performance other than wearing no shoes to school and his ‘good luck’".
“The political brinkmanship got so bad that Obasanjo had to visit Atiku’s residence unannounced to plead for Atiku’s support. Upon arriving at his deputy’s residence, he reportedly knelt before Atiku and begged the Vice-President to remain onside, thus guaranteeing the support of the 17 PDP governors. In return, Obasanjo had to agree to retain Atiku as his running mate (he was rumoured at the time to be considering an alternative)”
What are People saying about the Book?
"Just the first few pages of the book and I can't stop. The book starts hard....tough! The story of the Nigerian government from a perspective inside of government is sure to be hot; well, I think this one is explosive! I am reading and relating with what is going on now in the Nigerian government and whoa....!!!!"
"The sample is really exciting. The narration in the book has really exposed many Nigeria's dark secrets.”
“If there are three sides to every story: my side, your side and the truth, then between the telling of ALL, the truth will emerge.”
About the Author:
Nasir El-Rufai is a prominent Nigerian leader who in the past served as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja as well as Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises. As a prolific opinion columnist and public policy advocate, El-Rufai has become well known as one of the country's most outspoken voices on issues of governance, leadership, transparency, and social justice. El-Rufai studied at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, University of London, Harvard Business School, Arthur D. Little School of Management in Massachusetts, Georgetown University School of Foreign Services in Washington, D.C. and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He holds a first class honours degree in Quantity Surveying (1980), a Masters Degree in Business Administration (1984), a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science (1985), a Bachelor of Laws (2008), Master of Public Administration (2009), and has attended several programs on Privatization and Leadership. In 2005, he was conferred D.Sc (honoris causa) by the University of Abuja, Nigeria. Before entering the public service, El-Rufai ran a successful consulting practice, El-Rufai & Partners, between 1982 and 1998. He also held management positions with two international telecommunications companies, AT&T Network Systems International BV and Motorola, Inc. In October 2001, he was conferred a national honour, OFR (Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) by the Federal Government of Nigeria. El-Rufai lives in Abuja, Nigeria, and is happily married with children.
This is a book to present as a gift to your Boss, Friends, Colleagues, Business Partners and Family, to always be in their good book.

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Path of Destiny: An Autobiography By Jimoh Mosobalaje Oyawoye
I am descended from four major Yoruba royal families. Through my father, I am descended from Ajase-po royal family on the one part and Offa royal family on the other. Through my mother, from Ila Orangun and Ikirun royal families. Importantly, Ila was the Head of the Igbomina as Offa was the Head of the Ibolo. I have thus been blessed to have descended from four Yoruba dynasties.

Intuitively, I see myself as an avatar of a sort; embodying all the virtues and nuances of these royal blood. Easily, this story of my life could carry the title: Alade Merin, but my journey through life has been inexplicably tied to several other factors that have overshadowed my royal beginnings. There is a slice of my life that is far more profound or do I say, that has remained vivid as it flickers in my subconscious. A chance meeting with that great American poet, Robert Frost while doing my Ph.D in the U.K. and even earlier before, my encounter with his most prominent poem The Road Not Taken (as an undergraduate in the U.S.A.), which purportedly ponders on the choices we make, or refuse to make, as we wade through the seas of life, provided a veritable interpretation of my life. In this wise, this memoir is a PATH OF DESTINY.

In this compelling and forthcoming account of his life, Professor Oyawoye demonstrates the values and principles - loyalty to his family, friends, and community; a strict adherence to professional integrity and excellence - which have made him respected and highly admired among his peers, his immediate community and the nation at large.
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Zik: A Selection From the Speeches of Nnamdi Azikiwe By Nnamdi Azikiwe
Zik of Africa as Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe is widely known was Governor-General of the independent federation of Nigeria. From his return to Africa from America in 1934, Zik worked ceaselessly as journalist and politician for the freedom of his native Nigeria and for the advancement of all African peoples. 'Zikism' and African nationalism have often appeared to be synonymous. In what do the leaders of the new Africa believe, and what do they intend? Dr Azikiwe speaks forcefully, often controversially, but never without significance. Students of African affairs throughout the world and his many devoted followers in the African continent will welcome this volume of speeches made by this statesman orator. The speeches and extracts have been arranges in chapters each dealing with on important topic.
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The Life and Work of Kwame Nkrumah By Kwame Arhin
This unique book about the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, President of Ghana from 1960 to 1966, grew out of a symposium organized by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, which he founded. All of the contributors are Ghanaian scholars of various academic disciplines. This book is divided into three major section:policy and performance, economic policy and economic development; origin and performance of the state-owned enterprises; agricultural policy, industrialization, foreigntrade and neocolonialism.
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Aliko Mohammad Dangote: The Biography of the Richest Black Person in the World by Moshood Ademola Fayemiwo and Margie Marie Neal (eBook)
About the Book

The New York-based Forbes magazine had not deemed it fit to include an African south of the Sahara in its List of World’s Billionaires in its 100-year history until 2008 when the name of Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote appeared worth $3.3 billion. In 2011, Aliko’s fortune jumped to astronomical $13.8 billion, a–544 % increase in the history of wealth creation. Today, this African is the world’s richest black person worth $16.1 billion.

How did he achieve this feat? What were the sources of his wealth? How did a -56-year old half orphan, who grew up in the arid dessert of Kano, northern Nigeria, invest a- $500 loan and turn it into the largest business conglomerate in Nigeria and West Africa in 36 years?

The authors of this book were in Africa for 16 months to investigate the story of this billionaire. The book is purely an independent research and a seminal work by the authors, who managed to resist censorship during their field work, and succeeded in presenting readers Aliko Dangote’s secrets of success which aspiring business people can learn from in the life history of Aliko Dangote, especially on how to start small and grow big. This is the first and only authoritatively-researched and comprehensively-investigated biography of Aliko Mohammad Dangote, the richest black person in the world.
 

What People Are Saying About This Book:
 

This book is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys learning about how different people of all walks of life become rich and successful, and what it takes to get to the top.”—Readers Favorite Book (Starred Review), USA.

 

A compelling book about a unique personality in Africa.”—Goodreads, USA

Flawlessly written, Dangote stands out as a hallmark of excellent artisanship and knowledgeable chronicling.”—Bookplex Review of Books, Mumbai, India

I am deeply impressed by this work…I commend it to all and sundry.”—Prof. Adebowale Adefuye (PhD), Nigeria’s Ambassador in the United States, Washington, DC, USA

 

Nigerian Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the richest black person in the world, is a witness to the fact that success as a passionate entrepreneur is not limited by race, ethnicity or national origin.”—Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.-(D-IL) 2nd Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC, USA

 

In a land lacking a culture of independent biography, this is a starting point and Dangote is a promising introduction to the fascinating and still largely unmapped universe of one of the world’s richest men.”—The Huffington Post

 

Dangote has trumped long held assumptions, cultural archetypes and stereotypes, to become known as a respected business man, power broker and philanthropist.”—Hon Gloria Hyatt, Member of the British Empire (MBE), motivational speaker, education, coach and managing director, Teach Consultancy Limited, UK

This is a timely book on Aliko Dangote and the positive changes that are taking place in Africa.”—Prof. Vijay Mahajan, former Dean, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and currently John Harbin Centennial Chair of Business, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas, Austin USA

A must-read manual of success.”—The Nigerian Voice magazine, The Netherlands

This book is a compelling narrative about an exceptional African entrepreneur.” Wale Adebanwi (PhD), Associate Professor, of African American and African Studies, and author of ‘Democracy and Prebendalism in Nigeria: Critical Interpretations’, University of California, Davis, USA

From Aliko Mohammad Dangote, we see that Aliko’s life is a careful balancing act, in a country where politics by every definition of it is more than everything.”—Tolu Ogunlesi, author, writer and columnist for The Punch newspapers and winner, 2009 CNN Multi-Choice African Journalism Award, Lagos, Nigeria

In turns journalese and scholarly, this revealing book is a remarkable addition to the genre of biography which is often abused on the one hand by Africa’s influential politicians and businessman anxious to rewrite history in their favor.”—Nduka Otiono (PhD), Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of African Studies, Carleton University Ottawa, Canada

This is a highly inspirational and engaging book on the success of a rich man. The words are superb and the narrative is engaging.”—Gloria Espinoza, Adjunct Professor, Dominion University, River Forest, IL, USA

Considering that the insubstantial book culture in Nigeria and much of Africa is replete with hagiographies and vanity publications, this researched biography on Aliko Dangote by two respected authors is a most welcome replenishing of a famished bookstore. I will recommend it to my students.”—Ayo Olukotun (PhD), Professor of Politics & International Relations; author of “Repressive State and Resurgent Media under Nigeria’s Military Dictatorship,” Lead University, Ibadan, western Nigeria


I am proud of the authors and commend them for the painstaking efforts that went into this seminal work.”—Emeka Linus Emekauwa (PhD), General Manager & Professor of Mass Communications; host, “Forum on Africa and America” (Saturday 3pm-60m) program, WSHA 88.9 FM Radio, Raleigh, NC, USA

About the Authors
 

MOSHOOD ADEMOLA FAYEMIWO was a newspaper publisher/editor in Nigeria where he grew up but now lives in Chicago. He earned B.A. Education/Social Science at the University of Lagos, Nigeria; M.A. Mass Communications (Journalism & Media Studies) from the University of South Florida, Tampa and M.S Information Science, M.A in History & Literary Studies from the State University of New York. His Doctorate is in Public Policy & Administration and he is author of Who’s Who of Africans in America and four published books. He is a member of several professional organizations: Association of American University Professors (AAUP); National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ); Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ); Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE); American Association of Public Administrators etc. His forthcoming book is; Jonathan; The Squandering of Good Luck.

 

MARGIE MARIE NEAL is former university professor, education consultant, and reading coach in Chicago. An alumna of State University of New York where she received B.S. in World History; M.S. in Reading from the Chicago State University, MSSED from American College of Education, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her Doctorate is in Education Organizational Leadership. She is co-author, “People Power in Africa: A Week That Changed Nigeria Forever“, and author of; “The Roles of Professional Organizations in the Effective Teaching of Reading in Chicago Public School-CPS: The IRA and IRC as Case Studies,” (forthcoming). She is president, Alternative Lifestyle Communication, DBA, Chicago.

 

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Reforming the Unreformable: Lessons from Nigeria By Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Overview

Corrupt, mismanaged, and seemingly hopeless: that’s how the international community viewed Nigeria in the early 2000s. Then Nigeria implemented a sweeping set of economic and political changes and began to reform the unreformable. This book tells the story of how a dedicated and politically committed team of reformers set out to fix a series of broken institutions, and in the process repositioned Nigeria’s economy in ways that helped create a more diversified springboard for steadier long-term growth.

The author, Harvard- and MIT-trained economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, currently Nigeria’s Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance and formerly Managing Director of the World Bank, played a crucial part in her country’s economic reforms. In Nigeria’s Debt Management Office, and later as Minister of Finance, she spearheaded negotiations with the Paris Club that led to the wiping out of $30 billion of Nigeria’s external debt, 60 percent of which was outright cancellation. Reforming the Unreformable offers an insider’s view of those debt negotiations; it also details the fight against corruption and the struggle to implement a series of macroeconomic and structural reforms.

This story of development economics in action, written from the front lines of economic reform in Africa, offers a unique perspective on the complex and uncertain global economic environment.

About the Authors

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is Nigeria’s Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance. From 2007 to 2011 she was Managing Director of the World Bank, overseeing activities in South Asia, Europe, Central Asia, and Africa.

Oskar Juhlin is Professor in the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University and founder of the Mobile Life VINN Excellence Center.

Table of Contents

  • Contents
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • 1 Setting the Stage for Reform 1
  • 2 Advancing Macroeconomic Reforms 19
  • 3 Promoting Privatization, Deregulation, and Liberalization 35
  • 4 Launching Other Structural Reforms 51
  • 5 Fighting Corruption 81
  • 6 Obtaining Debt Relief 95
  • 7 Reflections on the Reforms and Lessons for Reformers 119
  • 8 Conclusions and a Look Forward 133
  • Appendix: Figures and Tables 145
  • Notes 181
  • References 185
  • About the Author 189
  • Index 191

Endorsements

"This insider's account of the valiant attempt to reform Nigeria's economy will inspire anyone committed to changing the course of their country."—Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel laureate in Economic Sciences, 2001

"This extremely informative and thought-provoking book provides a masterful account of the interplay of technical economic management and political will constrained by vested interest in undertaking transformative reforms in developing countries. Every page speaks to the Liberian experience in microcosm. This will be required reading by the Cabinet and students in our institutions of higher learning. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala remains a courageous champion for sound economic management and performance."—Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia

"An important book which incisively reveals what the real barriers to development are, and the political constraints to removing them. Inspiring and compulsory reading for development scholars and practitioners."—James Robinson, David Florence Professor of Government, Harvard University

"Just as Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala forces open budget processes, these pages force open our eyes to the complexities of political life in Nigeria. Throughout her incarnations as the corruption cop, finance minister, tough decision maker, and managing director she has been and remains a great friend and an inspiring mentor. This is an essential guidebook for reformers everywhere."—Bono

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The Book of Joe: The Life, Wit, and (Sometimes Accidental) Wisdom of Joe Biden Hardcover by Jeff Wilser
The aviators. The Amtrak. The ice cream cones. The memes. Few politicians are as iconic, or as beloved, as Joe Biden. Now, in The Book of Joe, Biden fans will finally have the definitive look at America's favorite vice president—and what he can teach us.

Structured around key moments in Biden's life and career—and filled with Biden-isms like "That's a bunch of malarkey" and "I may be Irish, but I'm not stupid"—this blend of biography, advice, and humor will reveal the experiences that forged Joe Biden, and the lessons we can use in our own lives. Along the way, readers will also encounter fun sidebars on his love of muscle cars, his most endearing gaffes, his bromance with President Obama, and much more.

Yet beneath the memorable Biden-isms, the book will reveal an inspirational story of a man who keeps "getting back up." We need this right now. Much as Biden has come back from both professional missteps and personal heartbreaks, sometimes we all have to get back up and fight. Given Biden's reputation as a decent, plainspoken, patriotic statesman of integrity, this entertaining and practical book will be both a celebration of great political figure and an essential guide to creating the America he believes in so dearly
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Destiny Anchored On Faith (The Story Of Gen. Oladipo Diya) By Oluranti Afowowe
Destiny Anchored on Faith: The Story of Gen. Oladipo Diya is an insightful discourse on the issues and events which characterised the involvement of Gen. Diya in the political process of Nigeria. This book presents the chronicle of events that forced the General to offer himself as the sacrificial lamb for the preservation of the integrity of the Nigerian Armed Forces; the consolidation of the corporate existence of Nigeria; and more importantly, the advocate of fairness, justice and equity for all ethno-religious groups in Nigeria.

It is an account of audacious efforts of a first-class Military officer, unrepentant nationalist and uncompromising intellectual who unknowingly found himself within the intrigues and conspiratorial web of self-centred political contractors. At the cost of his life, he chose to combat the pervasive, insidious and dehumanizing political machinations that characterised the later years of the Abacha regime.

It is an account of audacious efforts of a first-class Military officer, unrepentant nationalist and uncompromising intellectual who unknowingly found himself within the intrigues and conspiratorial web of self-centred political contractors. At the cost of his life, he chose to combat the pervasive, insidious and dehumanizing political machinations that characterised the later years of the Abacha regime.

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BEN NWABUEZE: HIS LIFE, WORKS AND TIMES - AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. VOLUME 3
The autobiography is a fantastic interesting narration of his journey through his life as a Professor of Constitutional Law, Activist, and a front line Patriot. Now in his 80s, he devoted his strong belief in Nigeria in volume 3 and titled it “My Life and Work in the Search for a New Better and United Nigeria”

The books are written in a smooth conversational style that arrests the reader until he gets to the last stage. Law Lecturers, Legislators, Government officials, Policymakers, Students of history and the general public will find the book very useful.
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