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CANCELLED Pamela Watson - Gibbous Moon Over Lagos

Pamela Watson's 'Gibbous Moon Over Lagos' is a cracking & insightful read about doing business for good in Africa’s newly emerging giant economy. It relates her thrilling five-year entrepreneurial journey in the turbulent city of Lagos, Nigeria. She is in-conversation with Simon Millett.
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CANCELLED Pamela Watson - Gibbous Moon Over Lagos

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24 Mar 2020, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

About The Event

Pamela Watson's Gibbous Moon Over Lagos is a cracking & insightful read about doing business for good in Africa’s newly emerging giant economy. It relates her thrilling five-year entrepreneurial journey in the turbulent city of Lagos, Nigeria. 

She is in-conversation with Simon Millett. 

 

This is a FREE event. Drinks and nibbles provided.  

 

About the Book

Australian born Pamela Watson shot to fame when she wrote about her solo cycling adventure across Africa in her memoir Esprit De Battuta: Alone Across Africa on a Bicycle, a 14,500 kilometre journey through 17 countries (from Dakar, Senegal to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania).

Years later Pamela embarked on a thrilling five-year entrepreneurial journey in the turbulent African city of Lagos. She went onto create a successful management consultancy and hand-made paper social enterprise, became Australia’s Honorary Consul and was proud to make a difference to an embattled community. 

Her new book Gibbous Moon Over Lagos, details this next African adventure, one of surviving and thriving in a very different country including discovering the human side of a corrupt system that threatened her business dream.

Pamela’s electrifying tale from Africa’s commercial capital, which is set to become the world’s third largest city by 2050, shines a light on the city contradictions - as full of opportunity as it is of hazards, as exciting as it is frustrating. This is not the Africa of open plains of the Serengeti or the thunderous white cloud of Victoria Falls. This is Africa’s wild side, a place where ethics can be lost and yet enormous good can be done as Lagosians are determinedly chasing dreams and opportunities in this untamed environment.

 

Along the way, we gain rare insight into this megacity of contradictions — as open as it is opaque, as full of opportunity as it is of hazards, as exciting as it is frustrating. What becomes clear is that effervescent, hard-working, self-aware and brutally self-critical Lagosians are determinedly chasing dreams and opportunities in this untamed urban environment.  

Gibbous Moon Over Lagos is a timely, spirited and inspiring read for those keen to know an Africa that challenges old stereotypes. 

About the Author

Pamela Watson is an intrepid adventurer and businesswoman. Born in Perth, Western Australia, she grew up watching the sun setting in the west and as an adult followed its pathway to Africa.

From her intoxicating solo cycle journey across Africa in the nineties (detailed in Esprit de Battuta), her thrilling entrepreneurial and diplomatic adventures in Nigeria (the subject of Gibbous Moon Over Lagos) and travels to 32 countries in Africa, she has always followed her ambition, signed up for adventure, and taken the steep learning curves along the way.

About Simon Millett

After service in the Royal Australian Navy as a Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Officer, Simon Millett’s professional career was predominantly as a banker, with multiple international assignments in leadership roles, including 14 years in Country CEO roles for major banks in Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Living in Lagos for 4 years, where Simon worked with Pamela Watson, was a career highlight.  And, having visited or lived in over 80 countries, Simon remembers when business travel was 'fun'. 

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