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.
“People don’t understand when we talk about corruption …… No! It’s been one whole life struggle” Prof Wole Soyinka.
Jan 10, 2020
Continuing with a selection of clips from the launch of "NQTI" in Lagos. In this first one Prof is pushed by Kadaria to compare his experiences with my comments in the book. As always he speaks openly and directly. Kadaria then turns her attention on me!...
Why I was told never to drink the coffee in Guinness Nigeria: the poisoning saga. Extracts from the Lagos launch of NQTI
Jan 5, 2020
At the TerraCulture launch event in Lagos I was very fortunate that Kadaria Ahmed sent a Daria Media camera team led by Seun Adeleye and then my son Tom Richards was able to edit the footage. So, many thanks to them all. One of the pleasures of the Launches in both...
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...
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.