In an article published on July 4, the Financial Times profiles Enase Okonedo, dean of Lagos Business School, as part of its "Meet the Dean" series. In the article, Okonedo discusses the challenges of running a business school in Nigeria, including convincing potential students to remain in Nigeria rather than studying abroad.
On top of all that Prof Okonedo also has to fight the international perception of Nigeria as a dangerous and hostile country when she tries to attract both students and professors. “I really do need to attract professors from the rest of the world, with a global perspective.”
With multinationals in Africa looking to operate across the continent, a pan-African approach to management teaching is something Prof Okonedo is very keen to implement. “Over the past five years I have aspired to prepare managers for Africa, not just for Nigeria. The model we have is to attract managers from across Africa to Lagos.”