Date & Time: Monday 8 June 2015, 6:30-8:30PM
Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Speakers: Celeste Hicks, author & journalist; Gonyi Ajawin, Associate at Fasken Martineau LLP; Barnaby Briggs, Managing Director, FTI Consulting; Jim Cust, Director of Data & Analysis, Natural Resource Governance Institute. Chaired by Bronwen Manby, Visiting Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE.
In recent years, technological advances, higher commodity prices and an insatiable global thirst for energy have meant that African oil is increasingly in demand. Countries as far apart as Niger, Uganda, Chad, Ghana and Kenya are looking at the prospect of almost unimaginable flows of money into their national budgets.
But the story of African oil has usually been associated with conflict, corruption and disaster, with older producers such as Nigeria, Angola and Cameroon having little to show for the many billions of dollars they’ve earned. In this eye-opening book, former BBC correspondent Celeste Hicks questions the inevitability of the so-called ‘resource curse’, revealing what the discovery of oil means for ordinary Africans, and how China’s involvement threatens a profound change in Africa’s relationship with the West.
Join us as the author and a panel of experts explore oil production on the continent, an issue that will likely transform the fortunes of a number of African countries – for better or for worse.
This is a free event but please register for tickets here to ensure entry.