Ake Festival 2016
15-19 November, 2016
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Richard Bourne, author of “Nigeria – a new history of a turbulent century” ( BookCraft Africa, and Zed Books ) is a British writer and journalist. His other recent books include “ Catastrophe -- what went wrong in Zimbabwe” ( Zed Books, 2011 ) and “Lula of Brazil – the story so far” ( University of California Press and Zed Books, 2008 ). He edited “Shridath Ramphal: The Commonwealth and the World”( Hansib, 2008 ) which came out on the 80th birthday of the Commonwealth Secretary-General, 1975-1990, who preceded Chief Emeka Anyaoku in that post. As a young journalist he worked for ten years on The Guardian, and has been involved in Commonwealth activities since 1982, setting up the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in 1987; this was a campaigning group in which he collaborated closely with the late Beko Ransome-Kuti. He is married, with three children and six grandchildren.