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The Succession Crisis in Nigeria von Adefarasin, Wale (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 31.07.2012
  • Verlag: BookBaby
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The Succession Crisis in Nigeria

The Succession Crisis in Nigeria is one of the most important books you will ever read on generational succession planning. It zeroes in on Nigeria and identifies the failure in establishing generational succession planning as one of the most critical problems facing fathers, business leaders, corporate leaders, community leaders, government leaders and church leaders in the country. It also explains the benefits of raising successors with the right kind of values and why a generational perspective is vital when considering succession planning. Although this is an essential book for leaders at all levels, it is not merely a leadership book but it is also, in many ways, a book about fathering, envisioning, planning, developing values and sustaining organisations. Generational succession planning is one of those crucial subjects that get little attention. Fortunately, this book has been brilliantly written to make a strong case for the subject.


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: none
    Seitenzahl: 214
    Erscheinungsdatum: 31.07.2012
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781623096540
    Verlag: BookBaby
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The Succession Crisis in Nigeria

I am convinced that at
the core of our national
malaise in Nigeria is
a catastrophic loss of

The Succession Crisis in Nigeria

In November 2009, my wife and I had dinner with a distinguished former US Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington and his lovely wife, Arese at a restaurant in Boston, USA. As we chatted during our meal, our conversation naturally turned to Nigeria and her prospects for the future. Of the many things he talked about, one that stood out was his (' two memorable visits to the University College, Ibadan (now called University of Ibadan).

This stayed in my mind, creating a lasting impression and starting the chain of thoughts that have resulted in this book. He said that his first trip to Nigeria was actually in 1959 when he had been posted to the newly established University College, Ibadan as a US Peace Corps member. Despite being a graduate of Harvard Law School and having seen a lot of great institutions in the West, he was excited about his experience and talked about how impressed he was with Nigeria's new university; a truly first class academic institution.

Many years later after he had been appointed as the US Ambassador to Nigeria in 1993 during the Bill Clinton administration, he was anxious to return to the University of Ibadan to see how it was faring. When the opportunity finally came, the institution, which had impressed him three decades earlier had unfortunately become a shadow of itself. He was deeply saddened by what he saw and could scarcely withhold tears from forming in his eyes. The hope and prospects of 1959 had become a story of decay and degeneration.

Ambassador Carrington's narration set me thinking about how we fail to maintain and improve institutions long after they have been established. The more I thought about it, the more I realised that in Nigeria, institutions hardly last beyond the founders' generation. Many institutions and organisations we used to know twenty, thirty, forty, fifty years ago in Nigeria, are no more. Many companies that were well known and respected in the last two to three decades are either gone or have become empty shells.

LEAP Africa, a top non-profit organisation focused on promoting excellent personal and corporate leadership, did a good job in a study along these lines. In its compelling book entitled, 'Passing the Baton', is a study that discloses how indigenous companies like Adigun Brothers, Odutola Brothers, Mai Deribe and Sons, Alata Group, Stationery Stores, Olympic Drinks Company and companies of the late business mogul, MKO Abiola, are some examples of great Nigerian organisations that have all but disappeared. I have fond memories of both Kingsway and Leventis Stores. They were great department stores that thrived in the sixties, seventies and early eighties until a lack of proper generational succession took their toll. They offered a lot of memorable experiences for us as children.

For instance, the escalators at the two department stores were a great attraction to us, as many of us had never seen them before. Both stores also had Christmas grottos, and as children we could meet Father Christmas and even sit on his lap. Your Christmas was never complete until you had visited Father Christmas. As a young lad, I remember going to the Christmas grotto at Kingsway Stores to see Father Christmas. Kingsway Stores was established in Nigeria by the United African Company (UAC) in 1948 as the first modern department store in the country. It was an awesome department store. My mother used to do what she called 'provision shopping' there. Leventis Stores was no less awesome. As a teenager, I used to visit its Café to eat meat pies or doughnuts and so on. But like Kingsway Stores, it is gone.

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