Never Quite An Insider.
A Nigerian memoir.
Twenty years of running multiple businesses in Nigeria qualifies me to write an instructive memoir. Indeed, having blown the whistle on corruption in one multi-national, faced two years of threats and intimidation in the ‘wild east’ of Aba and then sought to change the course of one of Nigeria’s highest profile corporates, I believe I have insights that have value. Throw in some humour and a willingness to tackle controversial subjects and I present you with an unusual account of this misunderstood society and my love affair with it.
Dec 21, 2019
Inua Ellams' version of Chekhov's Three Sisters at the Lyttleton Theatre at the National, reimagined into the setting of the Biafran war, just catapulted into my top ten of theatre experiences. All round – the acting, the direction, the staging, the music and...
Dec 17, 2019
Over the last few weeks I have followed a number of people on Social Media for ‘News & Views’. Here are my Awards for the best and the worst during the election period. My No.1 for a thoughtful, if not always calling it correctly, attempt at genuine analysis from...
Dec 14, 2019
It was such an amazing honour to have Professor Soyinka give the Review of "NQTI" (Never Quite The Insider) at Terra Kulture in Lagos on October 17th and I am delighted that we are now able to post it. Kadaria Ahmed asked Seun Adeleye of Custom 360 to film the whole...
Dec 6, 2019
Part II In the first part of this Blog I wrote about how my mate John’s personal tragedy has contributed to the intensity of my feelings about this election. In the last paragraph I wrote, “Our Society, driven by the most recent Conservative and Labour...
A book. A Column, Another book. A blog. There is too much racism, injustice, environmental damage, hypocrisy and the like out there to stay silent. So I am not going to. Because I can – and I care enough to want to.Read more →
Having harboured a desire to write for half a lifetime, BusinessDay gave me the opportunity with a weekly column. In 2007 these comments on Nigerian business, politics and society were collected and published. Many of them are as relevant to day as they were then.Learn more →
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It’s not just about me. I am proud of what my sons, Tom and George are doing as well as many of my mates’ children or even my old friends and contacts. This what they are up to or at least the links to their work or what’s influencing them.
- Building the friendship with Seun Kuti & crossing the generational divide in Nigeria.
- “Is it a British thing to want to use colour to get your way?” – A Question from the house at the Launch of “NQTI”
- “People don’t understand when we talk about corruption …… No! It’s been one whole life struggle” Prof Wole Soyinka.
- Why I was told never to drink the coffee in Guinness Nigeria: the poisoning saga. Extracts from the Lagos launch of NQTI
- Three Igbo Sisters at the National Theatre