The lecture is expected to be graced by eminent Nigerians such Wole Soyinka and Itse Sagay.
A Professor of African Literatures and Cultures and PREMIUM TIMES columnist, Pius Adesanmi, would deliver the guest lecture at the maiden Centre for Change lecture on October 15th.
The centre, an advocacy and mobilization group, is organizing the lecture to assess the state of Nigeria at 53 “with a view to navigate out of the woods,” the organizers said.
Others expected to grace the event, schedule for Sheraton Hotel in Lagos, include Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka; Tunde Bakare, founder of Latter Rain Ministries; Niyi Osundare, prolific poet and literary critic; Balarabe Musa, former civilian governor of Kaduna State; Femi Aborisade, a human rights activist; and Joe Okei-Odumakin, a women’s rights advocate.
The lecture, themed ‘Nigeria at 53: Retrieving the soul of a country in ruins’, would be chaired by foremost constitutional lawyer, Itse Sagay, a Professor of Law.
Mr. Adesanmi, a Professor at Carleton University, Canada, is a respected commentator on Nigerian and African affairs. Although he works and lives in Canada with his family, he writes and speaks regularly and extensively about developments in his country of birth.
In November 2012, he was guest speaker at the second “State of the Nation” lecture organised by the Save Nigerian Group, SNG, in Lagos, where he explored the topic, “What Nigeria Owes the Tortoise.”
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