Wendell McConnaha will sign "The King of Lokoja"

What: Wendell McConnaha will read from and discuss his book, The King of Lokoja: William Balfour Baikie the Forgotten Man of Africa

When: Thursday, November 10th at 6:00 p.m.

Where: The Bookworm, 2501 So. 90th St., Ste. 111
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About: Wendell McConnaha, retired University of Chicago professor, will read from and discuss The King of Lokoja: William Balfour Baikie the Forgotten Man of Africa

Reveals the amazing story of a largely forgotten explorer and naturalist who forged his way into West Africa and its history. From his early life in the Orkney Islands, through his medical education at the University of Edinburgh and his naval career—all key influences on his life are included. Discover the quirks of fate, and the aspects of personality that kept William Balfour Baikie from the recognition he so richly deserved. William Balfour Baikie was a surgeon, naturalist, linguist, writer, explorer, and government consul who played a key role in opening Africa to the Europeans. As an explorer he mapped and charted large sections of the Niger River system as well as the overland routes from Lagos and Lokoja to the major trading centres of Kano, Timbuctu and Sokoto. As a naturalist, major beneficiaries of his work included Kew Gardens and the British Museum for the rare and undiscovered plant and animal species and yet today he remains largely unknown.

Professor Wendell McConnaha is a retired university professor in education who during his career has worked around the world, from America to China and Abu Dhabi and has consulted for many governments in various countries. When in Nigeria he first learned of William Baikie and resolved to write his story.


Event date: 

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 6:00pm
The King of Lokoja: William Balfour Baikie the Forgotten Man of Africa By Wendell McConnaha Cover Image
ISBN: 9781849954907
Availability: On our shelves as of last inventory update.
Published: Whittles - June 10th, 2022

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