Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo is to launch his autobiography, “My Watch”, with the Royal African Society on Wednesday, 11 February 2015, at the Royal Society of Medicine in central London.
Obasanjo will be in conversation with Richard Dowden, Director of RAS, to present his three-volume autobiography, which has controversially been banned in Nigeria on accusations of libel, ahead of a crucial and closely fought presidential election.
“My Watch” follows in the steps of his previous memoirs, My Command and Not My Will, and spans large expanses of time, from pre-colonial Owu history to early Abeokuta and the last throes of an independent city state at turn-of-the-century colonial Nigeria. The three-part memoir explores Obasanjo’s early years, his civil war experience and his stewardship of the transitional government of 1976-1979, as well as covering his tenure as a civilian president on Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999 and his subsequent completion of the first civilian-civilian handover in Nigeria’s history.
The book launch will be followed by a book signing. The event will take place at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE, from 5:15PM on Wednesday, 11 February 2015.
Obasanjo became the first democratically elected President of Nigeria for decades when he won the elections under the ruling People’s Democratic Party in May 1999. Following two terms as a democratically elected leader, he stepped down in 2007.