As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Americanah’ is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today’s globalized world.
Nigerian English in Sociolinguistic Perspectives: Linguistic and Literary Paradigms - a Festschrift in Honour of Funso Akere is intended to celebrate Professor Funso Akere''s achievements as one of Nigeria''s foremost linguists and international scholars, as well as to commemorate his 70th birthday on the 14th of April 2010. The title of the book reflects both Professor Akere''s area of specialization, which is sociolinguistics, and the twin linguistic and literary enterprise of the Department of English, University of Lagos, Nigeria, where his research interests and activities were nurtured during the greater part of his career. Altogether thirty-seven papers are contributed by scholars from all over the country under nine different sections. These papers form a rich collection that gives adequate coverage to the phenomenon of Nigerian English from diverse sociolinguistic perspectives, which linguists studying the ''new Englishes'' will, hopefully, find richly satisfying.
Rivers State is located in Southern Nigeria, with 23 local governments, and with 5.1 million people (National Population Commission, 2007). The state represents a typical example of the linguistic complexity of the Nigerian nation; this is because there are over twenty indigenous languages along-side the English language and Pidgin English (a blend of the English language and Indigenous languages)used for different communicative purposes in the State. This book reports an empirical investigation of the effects of Multilingualism on language choice for news delivery in Rivers State, Nigeria. It presents interesting details of the sociolinguistic factors responsible for the adoption of language(s) in this important domain (media) of language use. It also describes and analyses the attitudes of the people of the State to the various languages used for news delivery.
A fascinating look at the unique nature of mergers and acquisitions in Asia The Asian market is heating up, and both local and international firms are looking to get in on the mergers and acquisitions (M&As) that are poised to play a pivotal role in the restructuring of all manner of industries. This restructuring will increase competitiveness, but to make the most of it you need to understand why M&As in Asia are unique. With Asian Mergers and Acquisitions: Riding the Wave in hand, you have everything you need to do just that. Packed with invaluable information on how Asian M&As work, the book points to the fragmented nature of Asian countries, markets, and customers, the rise of Asian economies and firms, and the growth of cross-border business driven by the need for companies to gain access to markets, technologies, and brands as key elements for understanding the market. Lays out guiding principles for Asian M&As, including identifying the drivers for creating value, mitigating cultural differences, getting the best expertise in pre- and post-merger efforts, and more Contains everything investors need to know to understand coming changes in the Asian market Details how Asian M&As differ from those in other countries Providing clear insights into Asian mergers and acquisitions and their inner workings, including do's and don'ts for successful investment, this book is essential reading for anyone looking to cash in—or simply understand— the rapid growth of Asian industry.
Streamline KPIs to craft a simpler, more effective system of performance measurement Key Performance Indicators provides an in-depth look at how KPIs can be most effectively used to assess and drive organizational performance. Now in its third edition, this bestselling guide provides a model for simplifying KPIs and avoiding the pitfalls ready to trap the unprepared organization. New information includes guidance toward defining critical success factors, project leader essentials, new tools including worksheets and questionnaires, and real-world case studies that illustrate the practical application of the strategies presented. The book includes a variety of templates, checklists, and performance measures to help streamline processes, and is fully supported by the author’s website to provide even more in-depth information. Key Performance Indicators are a set of measures that focus on the factors most critical to an organization’s success. Most companies have too many, rendering the strategy ineffective due to overwhelming complexity. Key Performance Indicators guides readers toward simplification, paring down to the most fundamental issues to better define and measure progress toward goals. Readers will learn to: separate out performance measures between those that can be tied to a team and result in a follow-up phone call (performance measures) and those that are a summation of a number of teams working together (result indicators) look for and eradicate those measures that have a damaging unintended consequence, a major darkside Sell a KPI project to the Board, the CEO, and the senior management team using best practice leading change techniques Develop and use KPIs effectively with a simple five stage model Ascertain essential performance measures, and develop a reporting strategy Learn the things that a KPI project leader needs to know A KPI project is a chance at a legacy – the project leader, facilitator, or coordinator savvy enough to craft a winning strategy can affect the organization for years to come. KPI projects entail some risk, but this book works to minimize that risk by arming stakeholders with the tools and information they need up front. Key Performance Indicators helps leaders shape a performance measurement initiative that works.
Discover what's possible when the art and science of marketing collide The Marketing Performance Blueprint is an actionable and innovative guide to unlocking your potential as a marketer and accelerating success for your business. With an eye toward the marketing industry's rapid evolution, this book focuses on the processes, technologies, and strategies that are redefining the marketing environment. Step by step, you will learn how to build performance-driven organizations that exceed ROI expectations and outpace the competition. Companies are demanding a more technical, scientific approach to marketing, and this guide provides the key information that helps marketing professionals choose the right tools and recruit the right talent to more effectively build brand, generate leads, convert sales, and increase customer loyalty. Marketers are facing increased pressure to connect every dollar spent to bottom-line results. As the industry advances, the tremendous gaps in talent, technology, and strategy leave many professionals underprepared and underperforming. The Marketing Performance Blueprint helps bridge those gaps: Align marketing talent, technology, and strategy to reach performance goals Drive digital marketing transformation within your organization Recruit, train, and retain a modern marketing team Propel growth through digital-savvy marketing agency partners Adapt more quickly to marketing technology advancements Create connected customer experiences Turn marketing data into intelligence, and intelligence into action Devise integrated marketing strategies that deliver real business results The marketers who will redefine the industry in the coming months and years will never stop challenging conventional knowledge and solutions. Whether in terms of evolved talent, advanced technology, or more intelligent and integrated strategies, these driven professionals will be in demand as the pioneers of the new marketing era. The Marketing Performance Blueprint helps marketers blaze a trail of their own by providing a roadmap to success.
This is the story of Ajaiyi, a man born into poverty who is determined to improve his situation. In the hope of finding the money he needs, he travels through unfamiliar lands filled with strange creatures. He meets the Spirit of Fire with its huge feathered head and flaming body, and receives assistance from a wizard and a unicorn. Yet, in the end, the answer to his woes is not far from home. Amos Tutuola was born in Abeokuta, Nigeria, in 1920. His first novel, The Palm-Wine Drinkard, was acquired by T. S. Eliot and published by Faber in 1952.
The first and only comprehensive explanation of GIPS, including how to comply with and implement them While the CFA Institute has published Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS) for years, there has never been a serious discussion of their implementation and best use. In this new book, that void is filled, and you'll quickly discover how to calculate, present, and interpret investment performance conforming to standards that are currently used in over thirty countries worldwide. Covering both the mathematics of relevant investment statistics and the policies and procedures for achieving and maintaining compliance, this book is a comprehensive guide to successfully using GIPS standards in today's turbulent investment environment. Chapters include information on GIPS fundamentals, performance composites, risk and dispersion measurement, and much more Examples are provided throughout, and supplemental formulas make the book usable as a reference Provides the detailed knowledge currently needed by a large group of investment professionals If you're in the field of finance, Complying with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS) is a book you need to read.
A comprehensive guide to making better capital structure and corporate financing decisions in today's dynamic business environment Given the dramatic changes that have recently occurred in the economy, the topic of capital structure and corporate financing decisions is critically important. The fact is that firms need to constantly revisit their portfolio of debt, equity, and hybrid securities to finance assets, operations, and future growth. Capital Structure and Corporate Financing Decisions provides an in-depth examination of critical capital structure topics, including discussions of basic capital structure components, key theories and practices, and practical application in an increasingly complex corporate world. Throughout, the book emphasizes how a sound capital structure simultaneously minimizes the firm's cost of capital and maximizes the value to shareholders. Offers a strategic focus that allows you to understand how financing decisions relates to a firm's overall corporate policy Consists of contributed chapters from both academics and experienced professionals, offering a variety of perspectives and a rich interplay of ideas Contains information from survey research describing actual financial practices of firms This valuable resource takes a practical approach to capital structure by discussing why various theories make sense and how firms use them to solve problems and create wealth. In the wake of the recent financial crisis, the insights found here are essential to excelling in today's volatile business environment.
The aim of this paper is to study the demand for inputs in the Italian manufacturing, using firm-level data on pharmaceutical industry. The Italian pharmaceutical industry is characterized by the existence of long-term labor contracts, and this fact suggests to consider labor as quasi-fixed input. In order to characterize firms behavior we base our analysis on the restricted Generalized Leontief cost function. The choice of this flexible functional form is due to its ability to capture the input substitution patterns in presence of more than one quasi-fixed input. Therefore demand and substitution elasticities are estimated with respect to two different theoretical models: the first, QFI (1), with capital as quasi-fixed input and the second, QFI (2), with two quasi-fixed inputs, capital and labor. The choice among the two alternative specifications is based on an elasticity comparison criterion, since the two models are not nested. The results suggest a rigid productive structure during the period under observation. Our results confirm the a priori on the labor market rigidity and point out the high heterogeneity between the firms, even controlling for size and nationality.