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Ogechukwu Ojimaduekwu Ajoku

Futurist Profile

 

Ogechukwu Ojimaduekwu Ajoku

Law Practitioner and Consultant

Principal(Heir): Ojimaduekwu Solicitors & Attorneys

Education:
Doctoral candidate

Ogechukwu answered a few questions about his perspective and on being a futures thinker.

ABOUT YOU AS A FUTURES THINKER / PRACTITIONER

You identify yourself as an African futures thinker or practitioner. How would you describe to the woman or man on the street what it is that you do in this regard?

I do research and engage in interactions that seek ways to enlighten and empower the most vulnerable people of the society.

How many years have you worked as an African futures thinker / practitioner?

I have 13 years professional and practical experience as a lawyer and 4 years as a consultant to corporate clients on csr.

In which countries or places have you had working experience as an African futures thinker / practitioner?

In Nigeria and South Africa where I deliver papers and lectures on issues bordering on Africa’s problems, challenges and prospects.

In what languages have you undertaken futures / foresight related work or research?

Mostly English and vernacular.

What is it that motivates you to work or participate in the foresight / future studies / related field

Eager to make an impact and improve on efforts so far made.

What goal/s would you most like to reach with your work as an African futures thinker / practitioner?

Being a proactive change agent.

Who or what most influenced your thinking as a futures thinker / practitioner, and how?

Very successful entrepreneurs and grass-to-grace stories.

What is your main disciplinary background? (i.e. your primary training / qualification)

My primary training is law studies / profession.

How do other people describe you and how do you describe yourself?

Others describe me as… Enigmatic

I describe myself as… Reflective

 

YOUR PERSPECTIVE

What is one of your favourite quotes about the future?

"God’s time is the best."

How would you describe the state of African futures thinking right now?

Progressing

What is, in your opinion, the main barrier to uptake of futures knowledge by African institutions and organisations?

Governments’ insensitivity.

If you were to give advice to someone who wants a career in African foresight / future studies, what would you say to him or her?

Be proactive, patience and disciplined.

What are your recommended readings for every African futures thinker / practitioner?

Motivational and professional literatures.

What are your recommendations for other favourite futures resources: websites, newsfeeds, mailing lists, associations, etc.?

Conferences, symposia, workshops and upgrading one’s competencies by undertaking short courses.

 

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