Oko, Okechukwu Books

Okechukwu Oko is the Dodson-Hooks Professor of Law at Southern University Law Center. He holds a L.L.M degree from the University of Nigeria and a L.L.M and J.S.D. from Yale Law School.

Key Problems for Democracy in Nigeria: Credible Elections, Corruption, Security, Governance, and Political Parties
2010 0-7734-3591-3
This work is a detailed study of the issues plaguing good governance in Nigeria. In addition to its analysis, the book offers prescriptions for establishing and sustaining effective state leadership.

Problems and Challenges for Lawyers in Africa
2007 0-7734-5460-8
This book, using Nigeria as a case study, examines the role and place of lawyers in Africa in this era of hope and optimism. It provides an illuminating perspective on how lawyers operate in a society anxious to embrace democracy, but still crippled by past attitudes, weak and ineffectual institutions, corruption, and the recrudescence of primordial ethnic sentiments. Though the focus is on Nigeria, the book refers to other countries to highlight, by contrast or comparison, the central issues faced by lawyers all over the African continent. These findings are relevant to other African countries because the social pathologies that disfigure Nigeria are prevalent in most, if not all, African nations. Despite these problems, the democratic impulse remains strong in the continent of Africa. Nearly all African countries put their faith in constitutional democracy despite its debasement by the political elites. They are all increasingly dependent on law to help promote social equilibrium and consolidate constitutional democracy.