Sand, Sun & Surprises: A Nigerian Expatriate in the Middle East


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SAND, SUN & Surprises is a personal story told by a Nigerian Professor about his experiences and observations working in, and visiting countries in the Middle East over 23 years. 


The 316-page memoir includes descriptions of the social life, leisure and religious practices in the region. It captures a snapshot of the socio-economic landscape of Nigeria reeling from the economic depression of the late 1980s and the surprising contrasts with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, societies adjusting to dramatically improved standards of living as a result of their massive oil wealth.


This book is a compelling read for those who intend to visit or work in the Middle East, or indeed pursue careers outside their countries.


Sand, Sun & Surprises memorializes the time that Professor E S Akpata spent as a professor of restorative dentistry at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 13 years, and at the Kuwait University for 10 years, as well as his holiday experiences in several countries in the Middle East.


About the author.

Enosakhare Samuel Akpata obtained his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Leeds, England. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Scotland, National Medical College, Nigeria and West African College of Surgeons. A Senior Fulbright Scholar, he started his academic career at the University of Lagos where he was appointed professor of restorative dentistry in 1979. He occupied similar positions at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait University in the Middle East.

He has published several books as well as articles in international journals. His hobbies are playing the piano and golfing.

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E S Akpata




Narrative Landscape Press


Hardback, Paperback



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