Akin Mabogunje

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Akin Mabogunje.
Akin Mabogunje receiving the Vautrin Lud Prize in 2017.

Akinlawon Ladipo Mabogunje is a Nigerian geographer.[1] He was the first African president of the International Geographical Union.[2] In 1999, he was the first African to be elected as a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences.[3] In 2017, he was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences[4] and received the Vautrin Lud Prize.[5]

In 1968, Mabogunje wrote Urbanization in Nigeria, about urbanization and state formation. In the book, Mabogunje argued that the existence of specialists is not sufficient to cause urbanization. Mabogunje describes three "limiting conditions" which are additionally required: a surplus of food production, a small group of powerful people to control the surplus and maintain peace, and a class of traders or merchants who can provide materials to the specialists.[1] He is the Chairman of Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy and mentor to its founder Tunji Olaopa.[6]


  1. ^ a b Connah, Graham (1987). African Civilizations: Precolonial cities and states in tropical Africa: an archaeological perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521266661.
  2. ^ "Hallmarks of Labour". hallmarksoflabour.org. Retrieved 2015-05-11.
  3. ^ "The Nigeria Academy of Engineering :: promoting excellence in technology and engineering training and practice to ensure the technological growth and economic development of Nigeria". www.nae.org.ng. Retrieved 2015-05-11.
  4. ^ "2017 Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members with their Afflications at the time of the Election". Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  5. ^ "Akin Mabogunje awarded this year's Vautrin-Lud Prize". Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  6. ^ http://isgpp.com.ng/about-us/

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