INVITATION TO OUR 30TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY AND BOOK LAUNCH

Dear Colleague, friend,

MANAGING INTERPERSONAL, ORGANIZATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONFLICTS- PRACTICAL AND THEORETICAL APPROACHES-LAUNCHING CEREMONY FOR THE BOOK IN ABUJA DEC -21, 2013, AT 12 00 PM

On behalf of my wife, Dr. Mrs. Cecilia Gbemi Obisakin, family and friends, I am inviting you all to our 30th wedding anniversary celebration to be marked by the public launching of our two books at the Sentosa Park, Apo Legislative quarters on Saturday, 21 December, 2013 at 12 noon.
My book, the third professional and the 9th of my publications, 460 pages, is titled,
MANAGING, INTER-PERSONAL, ORGANIZATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONFLICTS: PRACTICAL AND THEORETICAL APPROACHES- Lawrence Olufemi Obisakin, Ph.D.
My wife’s book is entitled, THE LOCAL CHURCH IS A COUNSELING CENTER- Pastor Dr. Mrs. Cecilia G. Obisakin is her sixth.
The books represent a continuation of our attempts to share with the succeeding generation and colleagues some of our academic insights in the light of profession al experiences too.

PRAISES FOR THE BOOKS BY EXPERTS

Some of the extracts of praises for the books by experts are attached and three subjoined. Some of the relevant experts include: the DG, NIIA, Prof. Bola Akinterinwa, DG/CEO, Nigerian institute for Peace and conflict Resolution, Dr. Joseph Golwa, Prof, Olufemi Vaughan, USA, Pastor E.A. Adeboye, Gen. Overseer, RCCG, Amb. Godwin Agamah, Under Secretary, MFA,
Thanks and warmest regards,

PRAISES FOR THE BOOKS

1. “The uniqueness of Lawrence Obisakin’s method also lies in the deliberate integration of both conventional and faith-based (Christian) conflict management praxis. This is commendable…I recommend this book to students of Peace and Conflict studies, International Relations, Politics, Law, Peacemakers, Diplomats, Development Workers, Community and Traditional Leaders, and the general public”- Dr. Joseph Golwa, DG/CEO, NIPCR.
‘Written by a distinguished diplomat, theologian, and scholar, Ambassador Lawrence Olufemi Obisakin, Managing Domestic, Organizational and International Conflicts — Practical and Theoretical Approaches, documents the causes of conflicts and strategies for their containment. Drawing from various academic disciplines, and illustrative cases around the world, the book is comprehensive in scope and deep in analysis. With the imperative to integrate theory and practice, Ambassador Obisakin has written an impressive and timely book. This book will make significant contributions to ongoing discussions on the causes of conflict and strategies for managing them In our interconnected and globalized world.”
– Olufemi Vaughan Geoffrey Canada Professor of Africana Studies & History, at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine.

2. The author, being a Pastor and an Ambassador has given us an in –depth, analytical but complimentary focus and spectrum at theological, secular theoretical studies of conflict and how to achieve peace.
I commend this book to those who want to address conflicts, know more about peace and how to make it at interpersonal, organizational and international levels.”
– Pastor E.A. Adeboye ,General Overseer, The Redeemed Christian Church of God

3. ‘…a very unique and profound contribution to the literature and discourse on conflict. … With such analytical reinforcement, the book is able to focus on conflicts at the inter-personal level, family and group levels, as well as the national, and international levels. Very significantly, each chapter of the book is followed by series of exercises that not only test the analytical acumen of the reader but also help to develop the practical skills of a conflict analyst and mediator. A book such as this is an imperative possession for diplomats, academics, analysts and the general reading public.’- Prof. Bola A. Akinterinwa, DG. NIIA, Lagos.
‘No one seeking to understand the nature of conflicts or manage them, especially those in high places whose decisions go far, wide and deep, should overlook this book!”
– Laolu Akande, New York-based international journalist and longest serving African correspondent at the United Nations

4. “The two concept of “Slippery Slope of Conflicts” and “Wheel of Conflict” were used to project the various elements involves in conflicts development and conflicts resolutions. It is therefore advised that those that are involved in the business of Mediation and peace process must study these two concepts with rapt attention…Finally, Ambassador Lawrence O. Obisakin (PhD) has drawn on his extensive diplomatic and pastoral experience to place this invaluable piece in your hand.
– Ezekiel Olabode Benin, Associate, Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria.

5. “Having moved closely with the author as a wife and life companion for three decades, I have seen him utilize or practice some of the theories propounded here to resolve conflicts at the home front, in the church, in the place of work or office and in international organizations like the United Nations where he worked for some years in New York.”
– Pastor Dr. Mrs. Cecilia Gbemisola Obisakin

“It is my considered opinion that this book will enrich the average reader, but it will certainly equip all levels of leadership from the relational to the family, to the organizational, the national and the international. I am surely learning from it, and therefore recommend it to all who are leading or are called to lead.”
– Pastor (Dr.) James O. Fadele, Chairman, RCCG North America

6. “In this fascinating account of conflict management, Ambassador Lawrence Obisakin has undertaken an in-depth and splendid inquiry into the practical causes of domestic, institutional as well as international conflicts. He has gone beyond the usual frontiers to also seek to understand the causes and solutions to conflicts in the house of God, the Church. He brings into this exercise not only his experience of over thirty-three years as a career diplomat engaged in the art of promoting friendships and resolving conflicts, but equally a rich intellectual and fertile mind. It is a must read for any one seriously interested in conflicts and their managements.”
– Ambassador Godwin Agamah, Under-Secretary in the Nigerian Foreign Service

Amb. Lawrence Olufemi Obisakin,Ph.D
For the family.