Source: Bertram Nwannekanma, Guardian, 04 July 2017
The twin issue of decline in mentorship and reading culture took a centre stage at the public presentation of a book: “Ship Acquisition & Finance: Law & Practice”, authored by a Lagos based Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Professor Fabian Ajogwu to help investors and businesses navigate the complexities of international shipping finance in the context of the Nigerian economy.
Eminent Jurists and legal minds at the event held at Oriental Hotel, Lagos last week decried the decline in reading culture especially among lawyers and the shortage of mentors for young lawyers and called for urgent action.
The first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Olufolake Solanke, who performed the traditional unveiling of the book, tasked lawyers on the need to read rather than spending valuable time on the social media.
She extolled the author and Principal Partner of Kenna Partners, Professor Fabian Ajogwu SAN for his doggedness in expanding the frontier of the legal practice through books and urged him not to relent.
Also the chairman of the event and former Chief Judge of Lagos, Ayotunde Phillips described the author as “very distinguished and very learned”, who has expanded the frontier of legal learning by his books and persuasiveness.
In a forward on the book, an astute banker, Mr. Jim Ovia said the book will help the reader navigate the complexities of international shipping finance in the context of the Nigerian economy.
The book reviewer, Mr. Sylva Ogwemoh, a senior advocate of Nigeria and Principal Partner, Kevin Martin Ogwemoh, said, Ajogwu has in the book provided a useful and practical guide to Bankers, Lawyers, Investors, Shipping merchants and others seeking knowledge in the field of ship sale and purchase and the procedure for financing, acquisition and registration of ships in Nigeria.