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Heading over to the home of Afrobeats we catch up with economist, Samuel Wakdok based at the University College London. He brings 15 years’ experience in Banking and Public service along with his current programme experience in Sustainable Resources: Economics, Policy and Transitions in critically dissecting the situation in his home country Nigeria. In this interview the expectations vs reality of the bustling African nation is consciously weighed considering the strains on health systems in developed countries and what this means for countries like Nigeria with less capacity. We touch on the cultural misperceptions of contracting coronavirus and faulty comparisons of previous pandemics which dangerously diminish the severity of the current global emergency. As with all of the interviews we check in with families, so we find out how the doting husband and father of three is managing despite physical separation especially at this time.

The figures and scenarios reported within the episodes were based on time of recording as at March 22-23,2020*

About The Guest

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Samuel Wakdok

Samuel Stephen Wakdok is a Nigerian with an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate degree in Economics. He has 15 years combined experience in Banking and the Public Service. He worked with a sub-national government in Nigeria as a Technical Assistance on economic matters and a Deputy Program Manager of the World Bank’s Economic Transformation Program-for -results. He was awarded the 2019-2020 Chevening Scholarship to study in the United Kingdom. His passion for Sustainability (Economics, Social and Environment) sees his pursuit of the multidisciplinary Master of Science in Sustainable Resource is Economic Policy and Transitions at the University College London, University of London. This will equip him with the requisite tools to facilitate a sustainability policy, push for higher resource efficiency and better resource governance in the Nigerian (and African landscape) towards building a resilient, inclusive and sustainable economy.

Samuel is married to Cecilia and they have three children Salvador, Mariana and Sanches. His goal is the contribute in building a sustainable world for his children, other children especially in Africa and humanity as a whole.