Nigeria’s immediate past High Commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Oluseyi Onafowokan and Kwesi Pratt Jnr, Managing Editor, Insight Newspaper will on October 31, 2015 deliver lectures at the launch of the book, Nigeria’s Diplomacy in Perspective: Issues, People and Diplomatic Ties in West Africa.
The public lecture-cum-book launch event is scheduled to be held at the Nigeria High Commission, Roman Ridge residential area, Accra, by 1:00 pm. The lecture is themed: “The Role of the Press in Promoting Diplomatic Relations in Africa.”
Written by a Nigerian journalist, Ajayi Oluwapelumi Tobi, the book, a documentation of the activities of Nigerians and Nigeria High Commission in Ghana and other West African countries, recently received the endorsement of Ambassador Oluseyi Onafowokan who described the compendium as an insightful piece of journalistic work that has recorded happenings of history for prosperity toward fostering Nigeria-Ghana relations.
“The reports, as vast and varied as they are, carefully sifted, aggregate to the Nigerian story in Ghana. Carefully distilled, they tell of how we fare as people in a foreign land,” said the Nigerian envoy.
Emphasizing the importance of the book in the academia, Ambassador Onafowokan likened the publication to a barometer “to gauge the temper and tempo of diplomatic issues that affect the sub region at large in the last four years, particularly at the official level of ECOWAS.
“The teeming Nigerian students who constantly journey to Ghana to study in the country’s tertiary institutions will find the book useful as a sort of Student Companion, as the reports will give them a good orientation of their host country vis-à-vis the pertinent challenges, the sociocultural disparity and the economic ramifications that they would need to adjust to in order to have a peaceful and purposeful sojourn in Ghana.”
Dignitaries expected at the event include the Ghanaian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador William Azumah Kanyirige, as well as Chief Dele Momodu, publisher of Ovation International magazine. Others include students, Heads of Trade and the organized sector in Ghana.
The author, Ajayi Oluwapelumi Tobi, a Nigerian journalist writes regularly for Nigerian Tribune newspaper and is renowned for his keen interest in reporting diplomatic issues among African countries with a particular bias for Nigerians and Nigerian missions in the diaspora.