Friday 13 December 2013


Earlier today, I was quite delighted to welcome into my home in Abuja, the team of interviewers led by Ms. Michelle Okere, a lawyer and ADR enthusiast. I fielded questions on the distinction between Arbitration and Mediation, the state of the practice of ADR in Nigeria, why Mediation is more widely used, the circumstances where a Mediation Agreement could be tendered in court, my work as a trainer in workplace conflict transformation, etc.

The interview, though short, was all-encompassing. Her program is sponsored by the Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA) on radio - Smooth 98.1 FM Lagos. The program, CITY LEGAL, has been on for the last 13 weeks, and her interview with me comes up on Thursday, December 19, at 5.30pm.

For listeners outside Nigeria, the following link is useful -  OR Google Smooth FM Lagos and click on the listen online tab. Check out on linkedin@  OR Twitter at  OR Feedback to

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Sunday 1 December 2013


I introduce my co-edited book, A GUIDE TO PEACE EDUCATION & PEACE PROMOTION STRATEGIES IN AFRICA, VOL 1: THE NIGERIAN APPROACH. This is a 217 page book with 11 chapters. The first edition of the book was published in 2003 under the auspices of the African Refugees Foundation (AREF): (ISBN 978-32964-7-7).

The following are the issues x-rayed in the text:

1) Historical Perspectives of Peace in Africa. Some of the issues discussed are: The Place of Peace in Pre-Colonial African Societies, Indigenous Models and Strategies of Peace-Making & Third-Party Intervention.

2) War-Making, Peace-Making and Conflict Resolution in Africa comprises War and Peace Issues in Pre-Colonial Africa, Causes of Conflict and War, Conflict Prevention and Management, War-Making and Peace-Making & Conflict Prevention.

3) Conflict & Refugee-Generation in Africa analyses the following topics: Conflict Prevention in the Three-Pronged Approach, Who is a Refugee? & Semantics in the field of Refugee Studies.

4) Culture, Development & Promotion of Peace discusses Culture as Development, The Arts as Vehicles of Transformation & The Necessity for raising a Corps of Cultural Activators.

5) The Mass Media in Mediation & the Promotion of Peace comprises The Mass Media Modes and Forms, Mediation & The Culture of Peace.

6) Effective Communication & Listening involves the discussion of Barriers to Effective Communication, The Art of Effective Listening, Tools for Effective Listening & Sustainable Peace-Making.

7) The Psychological Approach to Conflict Management discusses Types of Conflict, Causes of Conflict, Conflict in Nigeria & Communication Skills

8) Code of Conduct for Africa Mediators places emphasis on the following: The Evolution & Characteristics of Mediation, Guidelines & Principles of Mediation, Professional Ethics & The Mediation Process.

9) Practical Negotiation discusses The Bargaining Process, Techniques of Negotiation, The Nexus between Mediation & Negotiation, Winning & Losing in Negotiation.

10) Review of the Ideas & Suggestions of Experts Towards Enhancing Peace Education in Africa included an Overview of Peace Education for West African communities (PEWAC) & The Culture of Peace.

11) International Relations (IRS) & Peace-Building in Africa comprises IRS as an Instrument of Peace-Building & Symbiotic Relations in International Politics.

The book is designed to serve as a reference source-material for facilitating the assignment of mediators, peace-makers and promoters of the culture of peace in contemporary Africa. The bulk of the analysis in the first volume is based on the Nigerian experience. The original plan was to produce subsequent volumes on other African countries, but lack of funds has stalled this tall ambition so far.

ISBN: 978-32964-7-7

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MALTHOUSE MONOGRAPH SERIES ON AFRICA: 1-3, 4-6 & 7-9 edited by Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa

All the Monographs in this series attempt to explore and document events, policies and impact of the General Ibrahim Babangida (IBB)-led military regime in Nigeria, covering the period 1985-1993. The contributions were originally for a book edited by me on that regime, but other considerations, especially that of comprehensiveness of coverage of arguably the most momentous phase in Nigeria's post-Civil War socio-political development, led to the shelving of that idea.

It was thought that a more useful scope or coverage might be achieved through a continuing development of Monographs on different facets of the Nigerian society under this regime. This is a feat which may only be possible in a book so voluminous and whose cost might be such as to be out of the reach of the intended audience.

The following breaks down the topics discussed in the various Monographs, 1-9:

*Monographs 1, 2 & 3:
-Institutional Structure and Process of Government in Nigeria: 1985-1993
-Federalism Under General Ibrahim Babangida's (IBB's) Administration in Nigeria
-Local Government and the IBB Administration

*Monographs 4, 5 & 6
-The Nigerian Private Sector under Adjustment and Crisis: 1985-1993
-General IBB's Legacy: The Domestic and International Dimension
-Foreign Policy under General IBB

*Monographs 7, 8 & 9
-Corruption and Corrupt Practices: Institutionalization and Legitimation under the IBB Administration
-The Military and Democracy in Nigeria: The Political Bureau Report
-Politics of the Annulment of June 12 Presidential Election in Nigeria
The volumes were published by Malthouse Press, Lagos. E-mail:;; ISBN: 978-978-023-230-6, ISBN: 978-978-023-234-4, ISBN: 978-978-023-236-8... 

1) Malthouse Monographs on Africa, 1-3, ISBN 978-023-230-3

2) Malthouse Monographs on Africa, 4-6, ISBN 978-978-023-2344>Books,Magazines>Non-FictionBooks>SocialSciences>Politics>...Politics&Government

3) Malthouse Monographs on Africa, 7-9, ISBN 978-023-2362; 978-978-023-2368,9789780232368

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I introduce the book I edited in 2010 - THE AFRICAN REFUGEE PHENOMENON. This is a 223-page book with eight chapters:

1) Dimensions of the Refugee Problem. The issues discussed are Tackling the root causes of the Refugee Problem, The Socio-Economic Consequences of Refugee Problems in Africa & A Model for Conflict Resolution in West Africa.

2) Gender & Legal Issues include The Gender Perspective on Wars in Liberia & Sierra-Leone, The  Legal Protection of Refugee Women & An appraisal of the Legal Framework for the Protection of Refugees.

3) Refugees and the Environment dissects issues like Involving the Local Communities in Refugee Work (Case Study of the Ijebu-Oru Refugee Camp in Nigeria) & The Impact of the Environment on Refugees.

4) The Social, Psychological & Cultural Problems include A Case Study of Recreation among Refugees, Depression & Academic Achievement Motivation among Adolescent Refugees, Conselling Refugees & Displaced Persons & The Socio-Cultural Dilemma of Refugeeism in Africa.

5) Humanitarian Relief for Refugees features Perspectives on the Reaction Mechanism/Mission Area Efficiency of Humanitarian Groups & The Role of NGOs in Providing Relief to African Refugees/Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

6) Refugge Education dissects The Nexus between the African Refugee Phenomenon and the Failure of Education, Business Education for Refugees & The Content/Context of Education for Refugees.

7) The Health of Refugees x-rays Medical Response in the Management of Victims of Disaster and Refugee Emergency Situations. Also discussed are Cost-Effective Ways of Staying Healthy for Refugees: Local Herbs to the Rescue.

8) The last chapter, The Mass Media, Perception of Refugees and General Overview comprises the following: The Role of the Mass Media in Reporting Refugees, The Good Samaritan: A Functional Refugee & Solving the Refugee Problem in Africa.

The last section by me, titled "Solving the Refugee Problem" captures the essence of the book. A snippet seems apt here. Prevention is better than cure. African governments should take cognizance of EARLY WARNING SIGNS of conflict and nip same in the bud before they escalate to full blown wars...

ISBN - 10 -  : 978-8422-12-8/9788422128.
ISBN - 13 -  : 978-978-8422-12-9/9789788422129

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