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Abdulaziz Ude chairs panel on ‘The Key To The Knowledge Economy’ at Lagos Book and Art Festival

Abdulaziz Ude
Abdulaziz Ude

Abdulaziz Ude, founder of Nok Publishers and first African editor at Double Day, has accepted to chair a crucial panel session at the forthcoming Lagos Book and Art Festival.
Mr. Ude, a quiet philanthropist who funds intellectual causes, will be moderating the session on ‘Key To The Knowledge Economy,’ at the three day Festival running from November 13 to 15, 2015 at the Freedom Park on Broad Street in Lagos, Nigeria.
There are overall, 10 panel sessions, discussing various subjects around selected books in the course of the three day event. But the session on ‘Key To the Knowledge Economy’ is the only recurring session at the 17 year old festival. It has run for four consecutive editions of the festival. Each year, this unique session features the discussion of a book or several books that define current trends in the global economy. What is different this year is that the book in focus is a 60 year old title: Kenneth Dike’s Trade & Politics In The Niger Delta 1830-1885, which “marked the beginning of professional study of the economic history of West Africa”, according to Gareth Austin, Professor of African and Comparative Economic History, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, who wrote the foreword to the 2011 reprint.
This deeply insightful history of the pre-colonial era economy of the Niger Delta Basin, largely a telling of the details of the Palm Oil Trade, provides an important clue to how African trade tied into the global economy at a time when the planet was not so connected by the advanced means of communications that prevail today. The book was selected by the organisers “mainly to allow festival participants to revisit their own story and situate their place in the world,” according to Jahman Anikulapo, chairman of the Festival Organizing Committee. When Dike began working on the book, as a Ph.D thesis in the University of London, “there were as yet no ‘Africanist historian’ in British Universities”, notes Austin.
“Trade and Politics inaugurated the academic study of Nigerian history….Professor Dike’s volume founded West African economic history as a regular subject of research.”
Ude, who was publisher of the defunct Financial Post and a founding member of the board of Newswatch magazine, says of the panel session and the festival itself: “It promises to be interesting and Inshallah I shall be there.”

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  1. Ajanah David Nkwugbukansi EBERE

    Ikenga (King) Ude, please sir, come and encourage African writers and help our schemes to create a reading culture in West Africa.

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