Music of the week – In the heat of this pandemic and all the shocking losses we have all gone through, Amazing Grace composed by JOHN NEWTON lifts us up and assures that there is an end to it all. The vaccines are here! There will be distortions in supply chain that will almost invariably ensure that the poor and those in developing countries are the last on the vaccine line. However, there is now more hope that someday soon, this too shall pass. So good listening… AMAZING GRACE BY ANDREA BOCELLI
On Thursday the 4th of February, 2021, I will be presenting 4 books on policy and law to the public. These books in addition to my 6 previous works, represent my humble contribution to policy debates and legal scholarship. I have borrowed shamelessly from all the experience that I gathered in my four years of policy superintendence of the Nigerian oil sector 2015 -2019. I believe that putting in print some of the major policy initiatives we pushed in those years and my views on what should be our directional policies only helps to raise the debates and create options in governance direction. Of course, where the books are strictly Law books, it is my attempt to stay glued to my original constituency – Law and Legal profession.
I have been asked by many how I am able to put out so much books. First, I am someone who has always been good at multi tasking so that is not unique to me.
"like a movie, the finished work is a team effort of researchers, editors, printers, financiers and foot soldiers"
Secondly, since my days clerking for famous Law Professors at Harvard Law School, I have developed the habit of conceptually viewing issues and crises from an analytical and problem solving approach. I think of new books out of any issues. You too can form the habit. Deep seated analytical overview of issues before us provide the best data for new books.
Finally I keep a strong three to four man editorial team for every new book. So once I conceptualise the ideas, they go to work with me, finding all data on the field and with that, it becomes easier for me to write the drafts, get them edited and drive the conclusions I seek to reach in the books.
Therefore, like most writers, finishing a book is as much a conceptualisation, as it is a research, as it is a problem solving drive.
Finally like a movie, the finished work is a team effort of researchers, editors, printers, financiers and foot soldiers. However at the the end the book has got to be the writer’s ideas primary scripting and fulsome undertaking.
Tomorrow I will deal with why I write and how I came to do so.
And as we journey through this week and breaking into Thursday’s book presentation event, we will be taking a journey into my literary mind.
– Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu