Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Overseas Affairs and Investment, Professor Ademola Abass at the weekend commemorated his 50th birthday with the unveiling of two of his books, titled Complete International Law, Text, Cases and Material (2ND Edition) and Protecting Human Security in Africa.
The event, held at the Sky Lounge, Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos lived up to its billing as there was no dull moment.
Guests were treated to the best of music, food, and comedy. Compere of the event and ace Comedian, Senator, cracked guests up; Nigerian soulful singer, Jodie thrilled the audience with hit songs, while food and drinks occupied the neatly arranged table at the exquisite venue.
The presence of Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka added color and glamour to the event as the revered poet and writer, congratulated the celebrant, endorsing the book as most essential for all International Law students.
Soyinka, who was Special Guest in his remarks, urged the Federal Government to place serious emphasis on education and security in the country, saying that though he was concerned that History as a subject had been scrapped from the School Curriculum, Security should as a matter of urgency be taught in schools.
Some associates and colleagues also took time to eulogise Professor Abass describing him as a thoroughbred professional, a consummate colleague, a true friend and a go getter.
For the celebrant, it was more than just celebrating 50, “It’s about impacting Nigerian students,” he said.
“Today is focused on what I’m trying to use my birthday to celebrate, which is to make one of my books available to Nigerian students. I had my International Law book published in the UK which unfortunately, Nigerian students had no access to but I was ready to take it back to Nigeria and publish here, so I’m here today to present the book.
“Actually my birthday was 24th of April, but I was away from the country. I just thought I could bring a few friends together and have some fun,” he said.
Prof. Abass further pressed on how to make the book affordable and acceptable to all students, saying that books published in the UK are a bit expensive: “My worry is that what will be the value I am adding to Nigerian students, especially of International Law. So, I thought the book should be published by a Nigerian publisher. It’s an essential book for all international law students to have.”
He finally persuaded Law students not to only focus in the practicing of law in court, but they should also write, teach and research Law.
The event was graced by other eminent personalities like Prof. Pat Utomi and Vice-Chancellor of the Lagos State University, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, members of the Lagos State Executive Council, and others.
Professor Ademola Abass was educated at the University of Lagos, Nottingham and Cambridge, where he obtained a PhD in International Law.
Currently serving as the Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Overseas Affairs and Investment, Prof Abass previously taught law in various British universities, and was Professor of International Law and Organization.
His recent works include Protecting Human Security in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2010); Complete International Law, Text, Cases and Materials (Oxford University Press, 2012, 2014); Regional Protection of Asylum Seekers: An International Legal Perspective (with Francesca Ippolito) (Ashgate, 2013).