Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL) Releases Paperback and Kindle (eBook) Editions of Publications on Amazon

The Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL) recently released the electronic version of its publications on Amazon and Lulu. The publications feature a wide range of topic bordering on history, politics, culture, morality, creativity and  the humanities. The authorship of the works are credited to astute scholars including Professor Ayo Banjo,  Professor B. Olatunji Oloruntimehin, Professor Ayo Bamgbose, Professor Moses Akin Makinde, Mabel Segun, J.P. Clark, Gamaliel O. Onosode, Professor Hyginus Ekwuazi, Professor Francis O. Egbokhare and many others. The publications are highlighted below:

  • History, Morality and Public Order

History, Morality and Public OrderThe Papers published in this volume were selected from among the presentations made at the scientific sessions of NAL 2006 and 2007 convocations. It is hoped that other papers from those sessions will be published in future editions. The theme of the NAL Convocation in 2006 was “Who is afraid of History?” That of 2007 was “Morality and materialism.” Professor Oloruntimehin’s paper was presented in 2006, while Professors Otakpor and Unah presented theirs in 2007. Professor B. Olatunji Oloruntimehin, Professor of History, is Dean of Humanities at the Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo. Professor Nkeonye Otakpor is a Professor of Philosophy, University of Benin, Benin City, while Professor Jim Unah is a Professor of Philosophy, University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba.

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Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1535328371/

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IMH1Z10

 

  • Towards an African Renaissance

Towards an African RenaissanceTowards an African Renaissance is the second of the occasional publications of the Nigerian Academy of Letters. The volume takes its title from the Convocation Lecture delivered by Professor Adeboye Babalola, a distinguished and pioneer scholar of Yoruba Studies, at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), on August 10, 2000. It is only appropriate that it should be the first paper in this volume. The second paper is the NAL lecture delivered by a member of the Academy and a Professor of Philosophy at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, at the University of Ibadan, on March 24, 2000. The third paper is also a NAL lecture delivered by another member and a Professor of English from Abmadu Bello University, Zaria, at the University of Jos, on March 23, 2001. All three papers, in spite of differences in emphasis, address one central issue: how to integrate traditional and foreign cultural practices to create a richer and, paradoxically, a more authentic Nigerian culture.

Steve Ogude

Editor

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Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1535337729/

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IO1P5B0

 

  • Humanity in Context

Humanity in ContextThis publication comprises a set of three lectures: two Annual lectures delivered by distinguished, scholars in the fields of Literature/Drama and History respectively and the first Convocation lecture by an eminent and world-renowned scholar, also in the field of History. The Academy aims to address issues of national relevance with a view to making an impact on national life and policies, and sensitizing policy-makers towards well- reasoned solutions. The lecture series are a major instrument for achieving this objective and their scope will embrace perspectives in the diverse disciplines in the Arts. The other academic thrust of NAL is the Annual Symposium, the proceedings of which will appear in the Annals of the Nigerian Academy of Letters. It is hoped that by making these lectures and symposia available in form of publications, the ideas expressed will generate interest and further debate, particularly among the intellectual community.

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Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/153533567X/

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IMIJHJ6

 

  • Language and Good Governance

LANGUAGE AND GOOD GOVERNANCE here presented, is the text of Nigerian Academy of Letters Convocation Lecture delivered by Professor Ayo Bamgbose, NNOM, FNAL in 2005. Professor Ayo Bamgbose is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, University of Ibadan, Ibadan. He is the Foundation President of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL).

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Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1535338571/

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IMVTAKY

 

  • Nigeria in Evolution

Nigeria in EvolutionWe have given to the lectures in this volume the theme Nigeria in Evolution. The lead lecture is on Nigeria’s Amalgamation, and the second on Northern Nigerian Renaissance, critically examining the socio-economic developments of Northern Nigeria in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1535286598/

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IMRBK10

 

  • Nigeria’s Cultural Tapestry

Nigeria's Cultural TapestryThe theme of the Nigerian Academy of Letter’s Annual Convocation in August 15 — 17, 2013 was Nigeria’s Cultural Tapestry. The lead paper in this volume by Professor Ayodeji Olukoju is the key lecture delivered at that Convocation, at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos, on August 15, while the second lecture, under the same theme by Professor (Mrs.) Eno-Abasi Urua, was delivered at the same Convocation on August 15, 2013. The third lecture by Professor Chidi T. Maduka was delivered at the Scientific Session of the Nigerian Academy of Letters’ Annual Convocation, August 8— 10, 2012, at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos, under the theme, The Literature of the ECOWAS Region.

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Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1535327537/

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IMLH44S

 

  • Ethical Dimensions of citizenship

Ethical Dimensions of CitizenshipThe theme of the Nigerian Academy of Letter’s Annual Convocation in August 14-15 was Ethical Dimensions of Citizenship. The lead paper in this volume by Professor Francis O. Egbokhare, FNAL was the key lecture delivered at that Convocation, at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos on August 14, 2014 while the second paper was delivered at the Scientific Session of the same Convocation by Professor Sola Akinrinade, FNAL. The third lecture by Professor Sam Ukala was delivered at the Annual Lecture at the Delta State University, Abraka on 24 March, 2015. It was originally scheduled for the usual month of mid-February. But owing to the Presidential election which was originally to hold about the same time in February and which was later postponed to 28 March, the Academy rescheduled its Annual meeting to March 24, a few days before the March 28 presidential election.

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1535338385/

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IMW4XEQ

 

  • Reflections on the Humanities in Nigeria

ReflectionsThis volume of the Annals of the Academy comprises a selection of the papers presented at sessions of the convocations of the Academy in 2009 and 2010. As usual the Academy at the two convocations focused on issues that are critical to the development of the state and society in Nigeria in particular; and in Africa in general. The 2009 convocation addressed the theme of Religion and Morality in Nigeria. In 2010 the Academy shifted its attention to assessing Fifty Years of Humanistic studies in Nigeria. As out’ president remarked in his address (2010) we believe in the vital roles of the Humanities in the pursuit of Humanistic values, that “knowledge with forever govern ignorance” and that “people who mean to be their governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives”. It is our belief that the papers here presented contribute in great measure to the attainment of these goals.

Olatunji Oloruntimehin

General Editor

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Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1535337486/

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IMVT9R8

 

  • A Handbook for Nigerian Creative Writers

A HandbookThis volume of the Annals of the Academy comprises a selection of the papers presented at sessions of the convocations of the Academy in 2009 and 2010. As usual the Academy at the two convocations focused on issues that are critical to the development of the state and society in Nigeria in particular; and in Africa in general. The 2009 convocation addressed the theme of Religion and Morality in Nigeria. In 2010 the Academy shifted its attention to assessing Fifty Years of Humanistic studies in Nigeria. As out’ president remarked in his address (201 0) we believe in the vital roles of the Humanities in the pursuit of Humanistic values, that “knowledge with forever govern ignorance” and that “people who mean to be their governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives” It is our belief that the papers here presented contribute in great measure to the attainment of these goals.

Olatunji Oloruntimehin

General Editor

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Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1535340886/

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01INXLHY8

 

  • Annals of the Nigerian Academy of Letters

The Annals of the Nigerian Academy of Letters is a NAL publication. This is the first number and it covers selected papers from the 1999 and 2000 symposia organized by the Academy. We have also included three speeches from ceremonies of the first and second convocation and investiture ceremonies of the Academy. These are the speech by the Honourable Minister of Education, Professor Tunde Adeniran, in August 1999, the Presidential address by Professor Ayo Bamgbose, the then President of the Academy in 2000, and an acceptance speech by an Honorary Fellow of the Academy, Mr. Gamaliel O. Onosode. The three papers included were given in 1999 and 2000. The first of these papers, “Poetry and African Development”, was given by Professor RN. Egudu of the Department of English and Literature, University of Benin. Professor S.E. Ogude also of the University of Benin, gave the second paper, “Globalisation and African Development: Options for the 21st century”. Both papers were given at the NAL symposium of 1999. The last paper, Literature, the Arts and Cultural Development was given by Professor Charles E. Nnolim of the Department of English, University of Port Harcourt at the NAL Symposium of 2000. All these papers have a common theme: the relevance of the Humanities to all aspects of National development.

Steve E. Ogude

Editor

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Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1535336285/

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IMGG2H8

 

  • The Wages of Obsessive Materialism

The WagesTHE WAGES OF OBSESSIVE MATERIALISM here presented, is the text of the NAL Convocation Lecture which Professor Ayo Banjo delivered in 2007. Professor Ayo Banjo, FNAL, is Emeritus Professor of English, University of Ibadan, Ibadan. A former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Banjo is also a Past President of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL).

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Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/153533620X/

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IMH1XSK

 

  • Nigerian Elections in Historical Perspective

Nigerian ElectionsThe Academy chose to deliberate on the subject of elections because elections are a crucial means of choosing individuals who could legitimately be Society’s representatives in the processes of managing the affairs of the nation. Democratic governance is an arrangement in which Society or the people own the government of the nation- state and in which the government acts on behalf of, and for the people. Democracy is people-centred. In Nigeria, as in many other parts of Africa, democracy has had a chequered history, and remains fragile. Part of the explanation has been that dominant political forces constantly undermine the effective involvement of the people as key players in the processes of governance. ‘Nigerian Elections in Historical Perspective’ seeks to find explanations to the problems of unrepresentative governments resulting in poor governance and retardation of economic and social development. Of the three papers commissioned for presentation, only Professor Akinjide Osuntokun’s Convocation Lecture is available. The balanced picture that the Academy had hoped for could therefore not be achieved. The introduction, “Weighing Issues of Governance through Nigerian Elections in Historical Perspectives” is aimed at providing some balance in the treatment of the subject. Professor Segun Odunuga’s speech is published to give members of the Academy and other readers a valuable insight into the stages of development of the Academy so far.

Olatunji Oloruntimehin, FHSN, FNAL

General Editor

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Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1535287349/

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IMLH3W6

 

  • The Humanities and Good Governance

The HumanitiesThe theme of our tenth convocation was The Humanities and Good Governance. Professor B. Olatunji Oloruntimehin presented the Convocation Lecture on Man in Society as Template of Good Governance. Professor Moses Akin Makinde’s The Humanities and Good Governance: A Philosophical Appraisal and Professor Jide Osuntokun’s paper on The Judiciary and the sustenance of Democracy and Good Governance in Nigeria, 1999-2008 were presented at the Scientific Session of the Convocation. The three contributions in this volume are, from their varied perspectives, concerned with demonstrating the importance of education in the humanities, the knowledge, appreciation and application of which would normally impact positively on institutions and processes of good governance. As in other climes, studies in the humanities could empower actors in state and society with intellectual capacity and orientation which move such actors to political and social behaviours that are conducive to promoting the good of man in society as part of humanity. Education in the humanities is a sine qua non and bedrock in building and managing the affairs of every nation and society through enlightened minds that put the nation and society above self, and that would act in appreciation of the fact that enlightened self-interest is best pursued as an inseparable part of the general interest. In the final analysis, the integrating attributes of society are embedded in the processes of good governance. When this is so, the nation is stable and strong, and good governance will translate to economic and social development of the people. The strong state will be a product of the strong society.

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Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1535340592/

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01INWVHQ2

 

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