Death, Writing and Publishing

I have been doing a lot of research and reading — books, journals, articles — about markets, financial intermediaries, financial technology, small businesses and investments. Naturally, most of what I have read was written by an American or for an American audience. It would have been great to find more stuff on Nigeria and Africa.

So this morning, I stumbled on a research (seasonality effects) by a Nigerian academic focused on the Nigeria Stock Exchange. And I googled the academic and I found two more research work from the author, one of them focused on financial intermediaries and Economic Growth in Nigeria. All published in 2014.

I was quite impressed with the focus, analysis, conclusion and recommendation of the author’s work. So I decided to contact the Delta State University, Abraka professor. I started to write an email to him. I wanted to ask more questions. I thought I found the missing link. I stopped and decided to find out more about the author. I did some extra digging on the internet.

And I discovered he died in June 2015 (found it here DELSU Bulletin). And I really cannot send my email to the dead. He is dead but his published works speaks for him and will continue to live.

I clearly don’t know much about the late accounting and finance lecturer but since I studied accounting in another Nigerian university, I can say his research suggests that he is thorough — relative to his peers in Nigeria.

So, do you have a thought, idea, insight, opinion, research work — write it, publish it.

  • When you publish, it stays on —practically forever — think about Adam Smith.
  • When you publish, you discover that someone out there has been waiting to read your thoughts and opinion.
  • When you publish, you get better after the negative and positive feedbacks.

And has made publishing so easy.

Ayokunle Ojo

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