4 May 2017: Father Dr. Anselm Adodo’s new book, subtitled “Communitalism as an Alternative to Capitalism” and published in the Routledge Transformation & Innovation Series, has been well received in Nigeria and across the globe. 

The book was presented to the public at the OFIRDI office in Lagos with the caption: ‘New perspectives in  African Development: Daring to think and act outside the box!’ .

2017 05 Adodo Book Community Enterprise AdvertisementDuring the inaugural OFIRDI workshop which took place on the same day, participants acknowledged that Nigeria, indeed Africa, need to re-examine the issues of development, empowerment and transformation critically. The participants noted that unemployment is a rather recent problem in Nigeria and Africa. Right up till some 30 years ago, most African countries did not have unemployment problems because the sense of community was still strong. It was observed that in local communities, unemployment did not exist because everyone cared for each other. The breakdown in community life, community living caused by neo-liberal capitalism  and industrialisation, with its over-emphasis on acquisition of capital resulted in the breakdown of society harmony. In the words of Father Anselm Adodo, who is also a Senior Fellow of Trans4m: “In communities, people care for one another. In neo-liberal capitalism, people also care but they only care for their own comfort and profit, which translates into an I DON’T CARE attitude in real terms.  Could we then say that community, not industrialisation or technology, is the best solution to Africa’s development problem?


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Launch of OFIRDI and Father Anselm’s Book: Workshop Attendants
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Father Anselm with Government Officials


From this perspective, the relevance of Anselm Adodo’s book on communitalism as an alternative to capitalism was considered timely and relevant. Speakers at the workshop include, Prof. Gloria Elemo, Director-General of Nigeria Institute of Industrial research, Dr. Bunmi Omosehindemi, Member of Lagos State electoral reform commission, Dr. Sam Etatuvie, Director-General of Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency, Prof. Francis Ogbimi, Professor of Technology and Innovation at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, Prof. Kenneth Nuun, from University of Florida, USA, Prof. Maurice Iwu, former chairman of Nigeria National Electoral Commission and a host of scholars, activists, entrepreneurs and intellectuals.


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Among Workshop Participants: Trans4m Senior Fellow Dr. Basheer Oshodi (right)
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Addressing the Audience: Trans4m Fellow Jubril Adeojo


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Father Anselm Adodo and the OFIRDI Team


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