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The Collected Works of J. A. Atanda By Toyin Falola
This collection of the essays and books of the late Professor J. A. Atanda covers the broad spectrum of his work on the Yoruba, the Old and New Oyo Empire, colonial Nigeria and Buganda, and reflective essays on a newly independent Nigeria. Divided into five parts according to each of these themes, The Collected Works of J. A. Atanda is unique for encompassing the scope, breadth and depth Of the scholarship of Professor Atanda over the course of some thirty years. The collection definitively represents the contributions of Professor Atanda to African scholarship in general and fortifies our memory of the meaning of that scholarship.
₦8,000
The Humanities in Africa: Knowledge Production, Universities, and the Transformation of Society By Toyin Falola
The Humanities in Africa addresses issues relevant to the humanities in the African academy, including its methodologies and epistemologies. The nine essays in the volume offer reflections on the role of the various disciplines, the activities of scholars, and the mission of the universities. One of the fundamental arguments in the book is that the diversity of our experience must be manifested in the diversity of our conversation. It addresses the challenges facing the humanities and suggests changes with far-reaching outcomes.
₦5,000
The Transformation of Central Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola By Sati U. Fwatshak
Using the scholarship of Toyin Falola as the entry point, The Transformation of Central Nigeria covers significant historical moments in the history of Central Nigeria, a region variously described as the North Central geopolitical zone in Nigeria's official circles and as the Middle-Belt by its indigenous populations. Centrally located in Nigeria and endowed with vast mineral and agricultural resources, Central Nigeria is a mini-Nigeria, for its ethnic diversity, complicated politics and conflicts. The main achievement of this volume is the analysis of the changes since the colonial period to the present.
₦5,000
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
Afonja - The Rise by Tunde Leye
When Alaafin Abiodun Adegolu died, the Oyo Empire was in a slow decline. The provincial chiefs who helped him defeat the tyrannical Bashorun Gaa had grown in power and the Oyo chiefs were more politicians than warriors. So, when the Oyo Mesi selected a provincial prince, Aole Arogangan to ascend the throne of his fathers, they believed they had an Alaafin they could control.

But Aole had different ideas and he sought to restore the glory of the empire and the supremacy of the Alaafin as its emperor. In this, however, his ambitions clashed with those of Afonja, the powerful provincial chief of war camp, Ilorin. Afonja had been promised the office of Aare Ona Kakanfo of all the Oyo forces by the Oyo chiefs in order to secure his support for Aole’s ascension. He would stop at nothing to take what he believed was his by right. 

Afonja – The Rise is the story of how the clashes of these two men and the intrigue of the others around them transformed what was a slow decline into a race of the empire towards its collapse. In Afonja – The Rise, we tell their stories first as what they were – men and women living their lives, warring, scheming and loving in ways that will be familiar to the reader – beyond their roles as actors in the epic history of the great Oyo Empire
₦6,000
Celebrating D.O. Fagunwa By Adeleke Adeeko & Akin Adesokan
This volume is based on essays presented at the international conference on D.O. Fágúnwà held in Akure, Nigeria, in August 2013. It situates Fágúnwà's work in broad intellectual and disciplinary contexts, viewing literary creation as both a distillation of a variety of disciplines and an ongoing conversation with them. Born 1903 in Òkè-Igbó, Ondo State, to Christian convert parents, Fágúnwà is universally recognised as one of the most well-known figures in the pioneering generation of African writers, although he did not write extensively in any of the African Europhonic languages employed by other famous writers. A visionary author and intellectual, Fágúnwà was concerned with making a ‘special contribution to the literary history of the world’.

Year of Publication: 2017

358 pages

₦6,000
Tenant Of The House By Wale Okediran
When he was elected into the House of Representatives in 2003, Dr. Wale Okediran, former President, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) had a multiple mandate emanating from different quarters.

From his primary constituency in Oyo State, which voted him into power on the platform of Action Congress (AC), Okediran had the mandate of changing the lives of his people better than how he met them before election.

From his literary constituency, he had the intuitive mandate of delivering a book about his political experience. Three years after leaving office, Okediran finally delivered his mandate with a book launch recently at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos. The writer and politician publicly presented his new work entitled Tenants Of The House.

Described by the reviewer, Dr Reuben Abati, Chairman Editorial Board of The Guardian as a factional work, the book is an account of Okediran’s three-year experience in the lower legislative chamber. The book also presents a chronicle of the intrigues and politicking that go on in the House as well as the manoeuvrings surrounding the infamous third term agenda of ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo among other issues.

Commending the author, Ambassador Toyin Akeju described the book as a courageous effort and a major contribution to politics in Nigeria. On his part, Senator Olorunibe Mamora described his presence at the occasion as a personal honour to a long-lasting friend since their undergraduate days at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University).

The former Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly while likening the book to the classic novel, Animal Farm by George Orwell, described it as a satire of sorts. His words, “It reveals the desperate length politicians in Nigeria can go to actualise their dreams. It also depicts the disregard for morality and the fear of God prevalent in the polity.But I stand to take an exception to that kind of politics”

Also joining in commending the author, Gov Mimiko observed that the author’s love for writing and passion for politics had been entwined while they were both undergraduates at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ife.

For Hon Abike Dabiri, the decision of the author not to run for a second term in the lower legislative arm of government was a ‘loss of one of the good hands’ in the house. Dabiri went on to eulogize Okediran for his key roles in frustrating the third term ambition of the former president, which is well documented in the book.

Tenants of the House is a skillful depiction of the ugly underbelly of Nigerian politics unveiling the intrigues, chicanery, and greed pervasive within the country’s political and legislative processes. The book is a fictionalized account of the author’s experiences while serving in the country’s House of Representatives. It portrays with gripping suspense a nation in dire need of moral rejuvenation. The extent to which corruption dictates the fate of a country is best summarised by one of the honourables, Moses Adeyi, who says, "Who will stand up for anything except his stomach. All people want is money to eat."

But all in all, ‘Tenants of the House’, is a very interesting and revealing read built on an intriguing plot that engage the reader and guarantee the pages keep turning until the very last. It is one of the most exhilarating novels out there.
₦3,000
SECRETS OF WINNING ELECTIONS by JIMOH A. AGBOOLA (Ph.D.)
Dr. Jimoh. A. Agboola is a man of many faces- a seasoned educationist, administrator, community leader and devout muslim. He is from Osogbo, the Capital of the State of Osun. He attended the famous University of Ibadan for his first degree in History (Bachelor of Arts) while he had his Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), Master and Ph.D. degrees, all from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, specializing in Political Education. He had lecturing stints at the College of Education, Minna, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, (Part-time) and the University of IllorM, before joining the National Electoral Commission (NEC) in 1987. Before bowing out of service at INEC in 2006, the author became the pioneer coordinator for the Commission's "The Electoral Institute", Abuja.

The author has written some books, contributed to many scholarly journals and delivered papers at conferences and seminars at different fora. The one-time President of Osogbo Progressive Union (OPU), is a member of many associations and groups. He is currently the Chairman of Zarah Guest House, Brymor Hotels Ltd and Jimilad Consultancy Ltd, an outfit concerned with organizing public speaking, seminars and workshops in the specialized area of an election, political education, environmental sanitation and income generation.

ABOUT THE BOOK
The hook, Secrets of Winning Elections, is a classical and unique work which reveals in one straight-forward volume all those essential variables/secrets which can make any political party, candidate or politician win an election. Before now, the assumptions that are rife in the electoral milieu are that one could win an election if one: has a deep pocket,tock-piles of arms; compromises the election officials; uses unorthodox means of manipulating the election; employs the power of incumbency absolutely to bend the rules or manipulate the election and employs political thugs to disrupt election day activities.

The above assumptions hypothesis have been proved to be invalid as the secrets of winning elections discussed in this book include: a proper understanding of the operations of the electoral process. a mastery of the rules of the game; a sound knowledge of the electoral constituencies: a proper understanding of the voters' electorate and bow to mobilize them. Sound knowledge of the operation of the political party platform. An identification of the myriad of victory-enhancing variables and an effective understanding of political culture as an instrument of success at elections. This book according to Emeritus Professor John A. A. Ayoade. -will be of great benefit to the general reader, experts and any student of the Nigerian electoral process. It will also serve as a reference book on Nigerian Electoral Law and regulations".
₦4,000
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
Obafemi Awolowo Lessons in Leadership and Legacy by Tunde Oseni (Ph.D.)
This book is well-written by scholars of diverse perspectives. It cuts across politics, economics, law, sociology, ideology and leadership. The collection focuses on the ideas and ideals of OBAFEMI AWOLOWO, the First Premier of Western Nigeria, ex-Federal Commissioner of Finance and Vice-Chairman, Federal Executive Council, philosopher-king, erudite scholar, lawyer, writer, thinker, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, politician and presidential candidate. In essence, the treatise engages the readers with critical reflections on the lessons of leadership and legacy of the popular sage. Topics treated and areas covered include the following:

Envisioning National Progress

Building on the Legacy of Obafemi Awolowo Obafemi Awolowo

Mental Magnitude and Charismatic Legitimation Personified Awolowo’s Leadership Spirit Awoism as a Legacy

A Party Ideology Perspective The Awo-Akintola Historic Feud:

A Contemporary Interrogation The Change Mantra

Learning from Awo’s Legacies Awoism as an African Social Thought and Legacy Between Memory and Heritage

Obafemi Awolowo as a Political Prisoner in Calabar Awo and Mandela: Contrasts and Comparisons

Tactics and Principles Awo’s Quotes Tributes
₦2,500
The Art of War By Niccolò Machiavelli
Voltaire said, "Machiavelli taught Europe the art of war; it had long been practiced, without being known." For Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), war was war, and victory the supreme aim to which all other considerations must be subordinated. The Art of War is far from an anachronism—its pages outline fundamental questions that theorists of war continue to examine today, making it essential reading for any student of military history, strategy, or theory. Machiavelli believed The Art of War to be his most important work.
₦2,000
A History of the Yoruba People [Hardcover] By Stephen Adebanji Akintoye
A History of the Yoruba People is a comprehensive exploration of the founding and growth of one of the most influential groups in Africa. With a population of nearly 40 million spread across Western Africa - and diaspora communities in Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, and North America - Yoruba are one of the most researched groups emanating from Africa. Yet, to date, very few have grappled fully with the historical foundations and development of this group which has contributed to shaping the way African communities are analyzed from prehistoric to modern times. This commendable book deploys four decades of historiography research with current interpretations and analyses to present the most complete and authoritative volume to date. This exceptionally lucid account gathers and imparts a wealth of research and discourses on Yoruba studies for a wider group of readership than ever before.
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₦12,000
Justice Kayode Eso BEACON OF JUDICIAL ACTIVISM
Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II and Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote are among special dignitaries expected for the public presentation and launch of a book titled: JUSTICE KAYODE ESO, BEACON OF JUDICIAL ACTIVISM.

The book will be presented to the public on 28 February, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel, Lagos by the publisher, Seals Publishing Company Limited under the distinguished chairmanship of Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, OFR. The book will be reviewed by Prof. Ademola Popoola, Dean of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

In a statement released by the organizers, the special guest of honour will be President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, President Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Other important dignitaries expected at the occasion include the chief host, His Excellency Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, Governor of Osun State, the chief launcher, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, GCON, Chairman/CEO, Dangote Group of Companies.

The father of the day will be Aare Afe Babalola, CON, OFR, SAN, founder Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti.

The Royal fathers of the day are Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Adetona, CFR, Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, OFR, Oba of Lagos while the host royal father will be Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife.

₦12,000
CHIEF OBAFEMI AWOLOWO:THE POLITICAL MOSES By Adedara S. Oduguwa
Chief Obafemi Awolowo: The Political Moses is a story of a man who dedicated the entirety of his life to serve humanity and the development of mankind. The Author makes use of the noun Moses to depict the tiresome journey of an activist who fought rigorously alongside others to gain independence for his people. The fact that his ambition to be president of Nigeria was foiled is in itself a matter of discussion transcending the Nigerian political debate till now. As late Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu once said “Awolowo, the Best President Nigeria never had”.

The book investigates the celebrated treasonable felony of 1962; bringing into focus the case hearings and the political unrest of the period, party system and political parties in Nigeria, Nigeria electoral processes from Pre-colonial era to the fourth republic, review of political prisoners around the world, and making succinct recommendations for Nigeria electoral processes.

Chief Obafemi Awolowo: the political Moses unravels a political betrayer by major party members of Action Group likening this to the betrayal of Jesus Christ by Judas Iscariots. It is a must read book for researchers, students of political science and law, lecturers, and anybody that aspires to be great.

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₦4,000
The Prince By Niccolò Machiavelli
THE PRINCE was written by Niccolo' Machiavelli in the 1500s. It has continued to be a best seller in many languages. Presently, it is translated into modern English, with illustrations by Benjamin Martinez and an Introduction by Adolph Cso. The Prince is a classic book that explores the attainment, maintenance, and utilization of political power in the western world. Machiavelli wrote The Prince to demonstrate his skill in the art of the state, presenting advice on how a prince might acquire and hold power. Machiavelli defended the notion of rule by force rather than by law. Accordingly, The Prince seems to rationalize a number of actions done solely to perpetuate power. It is an examination of power-its attainment, development, and successful use.
₦3,000
Honour for Sale By Major Debo Bashorun (rtd.)
To most Nigerians who were witnesses to the events that followed the murder of the founder of Nweswatch Magazine, Dele Giwa, via a parcel bomb, Major Debo Bashorun’s name must ring a bell.
 
Now retired from the Army, the erstwhile Chief Press Secretary to former military dictator, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd.), has written a new book that seeks to unravel the identities of Giwa’s killers and the circumstances that led to the controversial assassination.
₦5,000
Inside Aso Rock: By Orji Ogbonnaya Orji
What do you know about Aso Rock, Nigeria's seat of power? What do you know about its politics and power-play? How much do you know about the influential roles of the First Families that have played host to the Presidential Villa? What about the official and unofficial things which the various leaders, their aides and other power-brokers in Aso Rock did or did not do?

In fact, what you think you know is merely a tip of the iceberg. Inside Aso Rock, the first book of its kind on this subject, is an authoritative account as chronicled from the privileged diary of the author, who for over seven years, worked and intimately interacted with the first five leaders of the Presidential Villa. It gives you information that you have never heard or imagined before about Aso Rock. Served in highly delicious prose, the stories are hot, shocking, revealing, informative and entertaining. It is no doubt an ideal text for the political class, the diplomatic corps, the media, the armed forces, the organized private sector, training institutions, students and the general public.

₦2,500
Climate of Fear By Wole Soyinka
In this exceptional book, developed from the 2004 BBC Reith Lectures, Wole Soyinka explores the changing faces of fear; the conflict between power and freedom; the complex motives behind the unthinkable acts of violence; the meaning of human dignity; while comparing the fanaticism of powerful terrorists with the attitude of world leaders, discovering terrifying similarities.
₦2,000
InterInventions, Between Defective Memory and Public Lie, A Personal Odyssey in The Republic of Liars By Wole Soyinka
The 130 page work – InterInventions, Between Defective Memory and Public Lie, A Personal Odyssey in The Republic of Liars – was presented to the public at the June 12 Cultural Centre Kuto, Abeokuta by the Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiohmole.
₦2,000
The Road Map Of A Nation: A narrative of the First African Road Safety Corps By Wole Soyinka
Dining with that breed of humanity known as the devil has its problems, but none that is insurmountable for those who are not truly hungry, unless of course one takes the view that experiencing acutely, albeit vicariously, the hunger of others can be considered a self-serving rationalisation.

₦4,000
Last Train to Biafra: Memoir of a Biafran Child by Diliorah Chukwurah
Last Train to Biafra is yet another memoir on the Nigeria-Biafran war. The book however is exceptional in the sense that it ranks among the finest memoirs to be written on the Nigerian-Biafran fratricidal conflict, a must-read for every human being on earth.  In the words of Dr Onyebuchi Ileh, Head, Department of English and Literature, Nigerian Turkish Nile University, Abuja, the book ‘is the most touching account of the pogrom against the Igbos after the 1966 counter coup.’
₦3,000
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
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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₦3,000
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.
₦3,000
The Arab Uprisings: The People Want the Fall of the Regime by Jeremy Bowen
Jeremy Bowen has been the BBC's Middle East correspondent for twelve years and has been on the ground for them as the recent revolutions have swept through the region.
Realising this as a game-changing moment in the history of the Middle East, The Arab Uprisings captures the thoughts and feelings of the people involved as the events unfolded, putting these revolutions in their political context, and using them as a prism through which to understand the broader history and landscape of the Middle East.
The book will look at the world the demonstrators rejected and its Arab dictators. The author will examine brutal police states, tribal loyalty and foreign help. The West's response and Israel's too, will form part of the narrative.
This is an urgent and authoritative account of the seismic political changes rocking the Middle East, from one of the foremost reporters of our time.

₦3,500
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
Yuval Noah Harari envisions a near future in which we face a new set of challenges. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century and beyond – from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

It asks the fundamental questions: how can we protect this fragile world from our own destructive power? And what does our future hold?

'Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. It will make you think in ways you had not thought before’ Daniel Kahneman
₦3,000
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.
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Nigeria: Political power imbalance: The bane and chain down of Nigeria’s progress and development By Sir Olaniwun Ajayi (HardBack)
At 90, elder statesman, Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, seeks solution to Nigeria’s political crises in his new book, Nigeria: Political Power Imbalance, the Bane and Chain Down of Nigeria’s Progress and Development, AKEEM LASISI writes

Although Nigeria has, in the past 55 years, fumbled from civilian rule to military and back to civilian, it still has not found its rhythm. Decades after gaining independence from the British colonialists, it has failed to deliver on social-economic prosperity, which has become the norm in many other countries. The question currently on the lips of many Nigerians is this: is a major deliverance from stagnation in sight, especially with the coming of a new administration on May 29?

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African Conflicts and Informal Power: Big Men and Networks By Mats Utas
In the aftermath of an armed conflict in Africa, the international community both produces and demands from local partners a variety of blueprints on how to reconstruct state and society. The aim is to re-formalize the state after what is viewed as a brief or extended period of fragmentation and informalization caused by armed conflict. In reality, both African economies and politics are very much informal in character, with informal actors (including so-called "Big Men") often using their positions in the formal structure as a means to reach informal goals. Through a variety of in-depth case studies - from DRC to Somali to Liberia among others - this book shows how important informal political and economic networks are in many of the continent's conflict areas. More than this, it demonstrated that without a proper understanding of their impacts in areas such as borderlands and in "narco-states" such as Guinne-Bissau, attempts to "formalize" African states, particularly those emerging from wars, will be in vain.
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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 Tragedy of Victory: On-the-Spot Account of The Nigeria-Biafra War in The Atlantic Theatre By Gen. Alabi-Isama
The Tragedy of Victory: On-the-Spot Account of the Nigeria-Biafra War in the Atlantic Theatre is a detailed chronological narrative of the war that lasted from July 6, 1967 to January 15, 1970. With about 500 photographs and maps, the book dwarfs all other previous publications on this subject matter in terms of depth of facts, coverage and accuracy. 

The well-organised, disciplined and efficient Third Marine Commandos, the soldiers in this theatre of the war earlier commanded byCol. Benjamin Adekunle with Lt. Col. G. Alabi-Isama, the Chief of Staff, already controlled the Atlantic coast from Bonny to Calabar before Col. Olusegun Obasanjo's arrival as the new commander.This most-revealing book is in three parts. The first part is an account of the author's life and his first encounter with the army. Under the watchful eyes of a mother who gave the best in moral education to a son of promise, Alabi-Isama's life got shaped by a pre-destined career where the cap really fitted. The second part is about the real combat. It outlines, in detail, the strategies and tactics the commandos employed during the historic 480-kilometre trek from Calabar to Port Harcourt and narrates the hostile climate, terrain and environment, the travails, health and survival hazards they had to surmount on the 30-day march. The think-tank, the mapping out of operations and disciplined control of men and materials by Alabi-Isama, the chief of staff, as well as the officers of 3 Marine Commando Division of the Nigerian army, sustained the Nigerian side of the conflict.

This section concludes with the final successful push by the commandos into Uli-Ihiala, Biafra's 'centre of gravity', a move that ended the war following the surrender of Biafra. The third part is an expose on Obasanjo's book, My Command. The author contests Obasanjo's claims about the war as being inconsistent with the truth and maintains that it is a tragedy that the real fighters of the war for the unity of Nigeria have not been acknowledged to date. Rather, they wallow in poverty and are discredited by their military leaders who assumed political offices with all the accompanying largesse.

The book is a rich manual, a repository of invaluable information and a document that gives a precise and veritable first-person account of the Nigerian civil war, in the Atlantic theatre. It is a must for every serving and retired member of the armed forces to own. Other Nigerians and the international community would find it particularly useful in reconstructing the events of Nigeria's civil war.

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Burden Of Service: Reminiscences of Nigeria’s former Attorney-General By Mohammed Bello Adoke

In 2011, the Nigerian government brokered a $1.3 billion deal between Royal Dutch Shell, Eni S.p.A. of Italy and Malabu Oil & Gas Ltd of Nigeria forone of Africa’s richest oil fields (“OPL 245”). The transaction — finalised after thirteen years of mutual suspicion, bitter litigation, emotional blackmail and dirty intrigues — has caught global attention and attracted criminal proceedings. The middlemen are now in jail and officials of the international oil companies are facing trial in an Italian court over alleged corruption.

Mohammed Bello Adoke was the Nigerian Attorney-General who gave the legal advice on the complicated transaction. He saved his country from an impending $2 billion award in favour of Shell by the International Centre for the Settlement of International Disputes (ICSID), an organ of the World Bank. But he has been hounded, victimised, scandalised and forced into exile for his service to his fatherland.

In recounting his five-year experience in government, Bello Adoke reveals the details of the billion-dollar oil deal and unveils the web of local and international intrigues, deceit, lies and conspiracy around an avoidable scandal.

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The History of the Yorubas By Samuel Johnson (558003)
The author of this classic work is not to be confused with Samuel Johnson (1709-84), the English essayist, poet, and lexicographer usually known as "Dr Johnson". This Samuel Johnson (1846-1901) was an Anglican vicar of African descent. He was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, but spent his adult life in Nigeria. His peace-efforts in the 1870s contributed to the eventual end of the Yoruba wars in 1886.

In 1880 Samuel Johnson became a deacon and was ordained a vicar in 1888. Claiming Yoruba ancestry, he was concerned that his people were losing their own history and completed the original manuscript of his history of the Yoruba people from his notes in 1897. Whether by accident or design, this completed manuscript was sadly lost. However, after his death, his brother, Dr Obadiah Johnson, produced this work from his notes. It was at last published in 1921. Unfortunately, Obadiah died in 1920 so neither he nor Samuel saw the finished product.

This book remains a key resource for the understanding of Yoruba history.

Any student of political history will be forced to acknowledge the explicit and almost accurate records collected by Samuel Johnson in this book. The book has a vivid picture of a generation of Yoruba Nationhood within Nigerian Nationality, prior to the British invasion and colonalization of Nigeria, Yoruba had been a Nation with an institutionalized government and there is no better place to understand and assess this form of government except in this book, the book is a bag of history, politics and culture of a nation called The Yorubas, it is one of the best book to describe the politics of government in which history defines the terms and culture of power dictates the order.

This is one of my favourite books. It is illuminating and engaging and strangely funny in its quaint often sententious tone. I would recommend it as must-read text for all Yorubas and indeed all interested Nigerians, Beninois and Brazilians. It reminds us of the beauty, pain, violence and resounding relevance of Yoruba culture (easily mirrored in other African ethnicities).  This pioneering volume brought together various oral and recorded accounts of Yoruba history, describing not only political history but also social customs, language and laws. This volume remains the standard reference for the history of the Yoruba people.

The first part of the book discusses the people, their country and language, religion, government, land law, manners and customs. The second part is divided into four periods, dealing first with mytheological kings and deified heroes; with the growth, prosperity and oppression of the Yoruba people; the time of revolutionary wars and disruption; and, finally, the arrest of disintegration, inter-tribal wars, and the coming of the British.
There are two appendices, on dealing with treaties and agreements, the other giving tables of Yoruba kings, rulers, and chiefs. The book also includes an index and map of the Yoruba country.

AUTHOR'S PREFACE pp vii-viii

EDITOR'S PREFACE pp ix-x

Contents pp xi-xviii

1 - INTRODUCTION pp xix-xxii

2 - THE YORUBA LANGUAGE pp xxiii-xxxii

3 - A SKETCH OF YORUBA GRAMMAR pp xxxiii-lvi

PART I - THE PEOPLE, COUNTRY, AND THE LANGUAGE pp 1-2

CHAPTER I - ORIGIN AND EARLY HISTORY pp 3-14

CHAPTER II - THE ORIGIN OF THE TRIBES pp 15-25

CHAPTER III - RELIGION pp 26-39

CHAPTER IV - GOVERNMENT pp 40-78

CHAPTER V - YORUBA NAMES pp 79-89

CHAPTER VI - YORUBA TOWNS AND VILLAGES pp 90-94

CHAPTER VII - THE PRINCIPLES OF LAND LAW pp 95-97

CHAPTER VIII - MANNERS AND CUSTOMS pp 98-140

PART II pp 141-142

CHAPTER I - THE FOUNDERS OF THE YORUBA NATION pp 143-154

CHAPTER II - HISTORICAL KINGS pp 155-160

CHAPTER III - THE KINGS OF OYO IGBOHO pp 161-167

CHAPTER IV - A SUCCESSION OF DESPOTIC KINGS pp 168-177

CHAPTER V - BASORUN GAHA AND HIS ATROCITIES AND ABIODUN'S PEACEFUL REIGN pp 178-187

CHAPTER VI - THE REVOLUTION pp 188-196

CHAPTER VII - THE RISE OF THE FULANIS TO POWER pp 197-205

CHAPTER VIII - CONSEQUENCES OF THE REVOLUTION pp 206-216

CHAPTER IX - FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE ANARCHY pp 217-222

CHAPTER X - SPREAD OF THE ANARCHY pp 223-233

CHAPTER XI - THE REVOLUTION IN THE EPO DISTRICTS pp 234-246

CHAPTER XII - WARS FOR THE CONSOLIDATION AND BALANCE OF POWER pp 247-257

CHAPTER XIII - THE LAST OF KATUNGA pp 258-268

CHAPTER XIV - THE INTERREGNUM pp 269-273

CHAPTER XV - THE NEW CITY, NEW GOVERNMENT, ILORIN CHECKED pp 274-292

CHAPTER XVI - FRATRICIDAL WARS pp 293-307

CHAPTER XVII - SUBJUGATION OF THE IJESAS AND EKITI'S SOCIAL REFORMS pp 308-327

CHAPTER XVIII - A GLORIOUS END AND A GORY DAWN OF TWO REIGNS pp 328-354

CHAPTER XIX - SEQUELS TO THE IJAYE WAR pp 355-364

CHAPTER XX - THE CLOSE AND THE OPENING CAREERS OF TWO HEROES pp 365-382

CHAPTER XXI - TWO ADMINISTRATIONS OF OPPOSITE POLICIES pp 383-395

CHAPTER XXII - A NEW REIGN AND EVIL PROGNOSTICATION pp 396-412

CHAPTER XXIII - THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE 16 YEARS' WAR pp 413-426

CHAPTER XXIV - CONFLICTS IN THE NORTH pp 427-449

CHAPTER XXV - IBADAN AT ITS EXTREMITY pp 450-461

CHAPTER XXVI - FAILURES AT RECONCILIATION pp 462-478

CHAPTER XXVII - A RIFT IN THE CLOUD pp 479-493

CHAPTER XXVIII - THE REV. J. B. WOOD AND THE A.O.K. pp 494-507

CHAPTER XXIX - THE INTERVENTION OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT pp 508-537

CHAPTER XXX - DISPERSAL OF THE COMBATANTS BY SPECIAL COMMISSIONERS pp 538-560

CHAPTER XXXI - DISTURBANCE IN EVERY PART OF THE COUNTRY pp 561-583

CHAPTER XXXII - ABORTIVE MEASURES TO TERMINATE THE WAR pp 584-605

CHAPTER XXXIII - THE DARK BEFORE THE DAWN pp 606-625

CHAPTER XXXIV - THE END OF THE WAR pp 626-637

CHAPTER XXXV - THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BRITISH PROTECTORATE. THE SEQUEL pp 638-650

APPENDIX A - TREATIES AND AGREEMENTS pp 651-668

APPENDIX B pp 669-672

INDEX pp 673-684

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