SOYINKA TO REVIEW KEITH RICHARDS’ “NEVER QUITE THE INSIDER” AT PUBLIC PRESENTATION ON THURSDAY - The Naija Weekly

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SOYINKA TO REVIEW KEITH RICHARDS’ “NEVER QUITE THE INSIDER” AT PUBLIC PRESENTATION ON THURSDAY



Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka will be a special guest to review Chief Keith Richards’ latest book, “Never Quite   the   Insider:   a   Nigerian   Memoir”   in   Lagos   on Thursday, 17 October, 2019.

The   event,   set   to   draw   the   business,   media   and literary/arts community, is billed to hold at Terra Kulture, on Tiamiyu Salvage   street, Victoria   Island,   Lagos,   by 10am.

The book, described by the author as ‘his love affairs with Nigeria”,   is   partly   a   memoir,   a   travelogue   and   his management practice in corporate Nigeria.



The   book   touches   on   difficult   and   sensitive   issues including     “corruption,     ethnicity,     multi-nationals’ complacency,   and whether   white   men   should   wear traditional dress.”

“Twenty years of running multiple businesses in Nigeria qualifies me to write an instructive memoir...., I believe I have insights that have value. I should be able to throw in some   humour   and   willingness   to   tackle   controversial subjects   of   an   unusual   account   of   this   misunderstood society and my love affair with it,” the author said.

From 2005 to 2007, Richard wrote a weekly column for the   Nigerian   BusinessDay   newspaper   called   “Outsider Inside”. The columns were a mixture of business, social comment, humour and inevitably, politics

His career has spanned over thirty years of involvement in   developing   markets,   especially   Africa.   A   former Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, he had also been Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria Plc and of International Equitable Association, IEA.

In   recognition   of   his   work   with   communities   he   has several Chieftaincy titles and is a fellow of Lagos State Polytechnic.

Richards, a member of the Order of British Empire, OBE, also   served   on   the   Boards   of   several   industry   groups, some   of   which   include   The   Nigerian   Economic   Summit Group, The Advisory Panel of the Businessday Newspaper (where he has been a columnist) and the Development Board of Pan African University/ Lagos Business School. 




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