Nigeria at the Edge of Precipice- Wole Soyinka

Just before Soyinka's lecture at Oxford University. From left Dr. Nicholas Chesseman, Director of the African Studies Centre, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Andrew Hamilton, Soyinka and Ivor Agyeman-Duah.

  • Just before Soyinka's lecture at Oxford University. From left Dr. Nicholas Chesseman, Director of the African Studies Centre, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Andrew Hamilton, Soyinka and Ivor Agyeman-Duah.

Nigeria’s distinguished author and Nobel  laureate , Prof. Wole Soyinka speaking at the University of Oxford and to the media in London has said, Nigeria’s biggest test as a nation space,  is with the abduction of over 200 girls from the northeastern  part of the country and the security lapses it has exposed . Should the nation fail this test, he said, it will be on the edge of becoming a hopeless nation.

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Speech On Miners Canary

Africa in the Affairs of the World.

By Ivor Agyeman-Duah


I partly grew up in my father’s study where there were many book shelves.  The result was a consciousness from an early age of what Africa is to me. At graduate level at university and beyond; even specializing in Africa and its role in the affairs of the world, there was the realization that governance had consequences because of the choices that electorates made of leadership including those that were imposed on them. This consciousness also brought me into contact with some of Africa’s leading literary and political leaders.

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Miner's Canary - Book Review

Africa - A Miner’s Canary Into the 21st Century.                                 

Review by Ken Ofori-Atta

Ivor Agyeman-Duah said to me I can elect to disagree with his book. Now that was a startling statement, given that I have been told am such an agreeable person in nature. On the last page of his introduction he wrote “There may be a bit of political economy here and there, REVISIONIST HISTORY along the line.........but the main theme would be on POLITICAL LEADERSHIP AND THE RULING CLASS". So I sojourned on. Ivor has travelled to some 20 African countries and his knowledge and keen sense of the politics of these countries is uncanny and intimidating. I counted my travels and I had been to some 29 of our 54 countries but it has mostly been to work on Capital markets or such mundane wealth accretive assignments over the past 20 years trying to make money!

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