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Prof. Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika


A new book titled ‘Beacons of Nigeria Maritime Industry’ has showcased the feat achieved by distinguished personalities, charting path for operators to toe the line of survival in the Nigerian maritime operations.

Indeed, the book brought to the fore the distinguished performance of 50 different personalities in the business of shipping in Nigeria, in order to serve as a source of inspiration of value to younger generations.

Reviewing the book during the official launch in Lagos, a don in the Department of Mass Communication University of Lagos, Abigail Ogwezzy-Ndisika, said the contents of the book have mirrored life in its entirety; exposing the truth about life, that experiences will always be different for different people, and how people are able to piece the puzzles together and find meaning in what they decide to do.

He said the authors, Hope Orivri and Obiajulu Agu, embarked on a purposeful journey to establish the fact that it takes an enduring process to build value, shaped by the things people do over time.

According to him, the book was designed to attract attention to the maritime industry in a part, a biographical narration of 50 different personalities in a specialized industry. What is offered to us therefore, is a rich insight not just on their liv es, but how they dealt with situations and survived the times.

“Taking time to read through this book, Beacons of Nigeria Maritime Industry, I like the fact that the writers of the book focused on people who stand tall in a specialized industry. Taking together, they constitute an inspiring testament dedicated to men of excellence who are upstanding, not grand standing and wear the garb of distinction,” he said.

Orivri said the inspiration to write the book was driven by the need and importance of documenting historic but fleeting experiences of people in the industry so that their stories can be source of inspiration of value to younger generations.

She stressed that the book was borne out of the need to document and showcase industry operators and how they have been able to, and are still shaping the maritime industry in Nigeria.“The myriads of their experience couldn’t be left forgotten, but needed to be in the best form, which is storytelling documented in a book,” she said.


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