Rovingheights, Nigerian bookstore chain, is set to host Olivier van Beemen, a Dutch journalist and author of the investigative work ‘Heineken in Africa: a Multinational Unleashed’, in a literary event.
The event, which would proceed as an evening of book reading and signing, is billed to hold on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at the Rovingheights Outlet, CVS Plaza, at 145 Adetokunbo Ademola Wuse 2, Abuja.
It would commence at 5:30pm and is expected to give the audience a chance to interrogate Beemen’s expose on Heineken’s “excesses and tribulations in Africa”.
Beemen’s book, described as the unauthorized story of Heineken’s claims of its positive actions on Africa, has steered a lot of controversy since its release on February 19, 2019.
Upon its debut in the Netherlands, ‘Heineken in Africa’ caused a political and media furor: a debate in both the Dutch national assembly and the European parliament; a boycott in France; the unilateral suspension of a partnership with a prominent NGO, amongst many others.
In the investigation, Beemen explained how the beer giant was involved in tax evasion, human rights abuses, and high-level corruption while conniving with dictators in government to crush indigenous brewers.
Beemen, who is renowned as an investigative journalist with a special interest in Africa, has spent many years seeking answers to the controversial facts revealed in the book — after speaking to 400 sources within and around the company.
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