ISBN 9789789212378
Pages 364
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2023
Publisher BookBuilders Editions Africa, Nigeria
Format Paperback

Institutions and Popular Will in Africa's Search for Democracy, Development and Peace: Essays in Honour of Professor Oyeleye Oyediran

Essays in Honour of Professor Oyeleye Oyediran

edited by Babafemi Badejo, Adigun A.B. Agbaje, Cyril Obi

This Festschrift celebrates the life of the late Nigerian political scientist, Oyeleye Oyediran, a highly-respected scholar, who skillfully combined theory with praxis in the quest for Nigerian democracy. The essays in this volume are written by his former students, colleagues and associates, including foremost thinkers and analysts, reflecting on his contributions to scholarship, the theory, histories, dynamics, institutions, processes and trends in politics, democracy, development and peace in Nigeria and Africa. These contributions address diverse themes, case studies and trends, ranging from the struggles for democracy and freedom, to the travails of federalism, the quest for accountability and inclusive governance and development, and analyses of regional and African frameworks and mechanisms for peace and security in a rapidly changing continental and global context. The essays in this volume eloquently bear testimony to the enduring nature of the issues that Oyediran's scholarship engaged with, but also go beyond these to succinctly capture the emerging challenges and prospects for democracy and peace in Africa.

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About the Editor

Babafemi Badejo

Babafemi Badejo, a Political Scientist and Lawyer hails from Nigeria. Badejo, prior to his current role as Head of Political Affairs at the UN Mission in Liberia, served as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia. Badejo played primary role in the design, negotiation and implementation of the Djibouti Initiative that set up national governance structures for Somalia after decade of civil strife. He also organised and participated in peace accord negotiations among Somali leaders that resulted in the Nairobi Declaration of March 1994.

He has recently published a biography of Raila Odinga, a foremost politician in Kenya. Described as "an excellent introduction for the uninitiated to the complex landscape of Kenyan politics" by Dr. Jeremy Matam Farrall, University of Tasmania, Australia the book will be available from African Books Collective next month.