The Kaye Whiteman Summer Lecture

The Kaye Whiteman Summer Lecture is dedicated to the memory of the late Martin Kaye Whiteman, respected journalist and for many years a Director and Adviser to the BCA who died in 2014.

Educated at Oxford University where he developed his interest in Africa and the decolonisation process, Kaye  was one of the most distinguished writers of his generation on African politics, economics, history and culture, Kaye  met most of the key African leaders from the independence period and developed a remarkable understanding of all matters African, in particular  Nigeria where, known as ‘Lagos Boy  he lived and worked from 1964 until settling back in the UK in 2005.

Courteous and soft-spoken, Kaye   made a huge  impression on those who had the privilege to know and  work with him. A series of essays for the Business Council for Africa’s monthly newsletter was published for the first time in one volume in 2014.

At the Information Directorate of the European Commission in Brussels in the late 70s and early 80s and between 1999/2000 as Director of Information at the Commonwealth Secretariat, he dealt with a wide range of development issues. He co-edited with Dr Adekeye Adebajo of the Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town a widely reviewed volume on The EU and Africa.

Kaye was a research associate at the Centre of African Studies at and a trustee and Vice-Chairman of the Africa Centre in London. As a researcher with Chatham House

Previous Speakers

Arnold Ekpe served as Group CEO and Executive Director of Ecobank from 2005-2012 and 1996 to 2001 transforming Ecobank from a small five country operation into a truly pan-African bank, He joined United Bank for Africa as Chief Executive Officer from 2002 until 2004. He has over 30 years of African and international banking experience, having also worked for Citibank and First Chicago. He was Vice President and Head of Structured Trade and Corporate Finance for Sub-Sahara Africa for Citibank. He holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from Manchester University and Manchester Business School respectively.