PREMIUM TIMES columnist, Adesanmi, named lead speaker for 2014 Obafemi Awolowo Symposium


Mr. Adesanmi will also give the keynote address at a public lecture organised by the International Leadership Platform of the University of Johannesburg.

PREMIUM TIMES columnist and Carnegie Diaspora Visiting Scholar at the University of Ghana, Legon, Pius Adesanmi, has been named the lead speaker at the 2014 Obafemi Awolowo’s Commemorative Birthday Symposium.

The symposium is an annual event organised to coincide with the birthday anniversary (March 6) of the late Premier of Western Nigeria. The title of this year’s symposium is: “The Nigerian Constitution: The Awo road not Taken.”

“We consider this theme an obvious choice, given the prospect of a national conference to discuss/ determine a sustainable future of the Nigerian federation, to be held during the centenary year of the country’s existence. We also believe that the process will be greatly enriched by a revisit, and vigorous analysis, of Awo thoughts and prescriptions on this matter,” said Awolowo Dosumu, Executive Director of the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation.

Other speakers billed to speak at the symposium are Fela Durotoye, CEO Visible Impact Consulting; Toyosi Akerele, CEO Rise Networks; Bala Zakka, Public Affairs Analyst and Monday Ubani, Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, Ikẹja Branch.

Some of the guests expected at the symposium are law professor and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Itse Sagay, former Commonwealth Secretary General, Emeka Anyaoku, Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, and spokesperson of the Afenifere Renewal Group, Yinka Odumakin.

The Obafemi Awolowo Commemorative Birthday Symposium will be held March 4 at the NECA House in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

But earlier on February 18, Mr. Adesanmi will give the keynote address at a public lecture organised by the International Leadership Platform of the University of Johannesburg.


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Mr Adesanmi will deliver the address at the 8th annual African Young Graduates and Scholars (AYGS) Conference the University of Johannesburg is organising in conjunction with the African Institute of South Africa (AISA).

The theme of the conference is “Africa at the Crossroad: the continent’s future prospect 50 years after the formation of the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU)/ African Union.”

The International Leadership Platform is a brainchild of the University of Johannesburg. It was created as a platform to bring high profile speakers from across the world to dialogue on topics of national or international significant.

It is part of the university’s “internationalisation agenda” as it aims to become a “catalyser and meeting ground for critical engagement pertaining to African’s development.”

Mr. Adesanmi is a Professor of Literature and African Studies at Carleton University, Canada. In 2010 he won the Penguin Prize for African Writing for his non-fiction work entitled, ‘You’re Not a Country, Africa!”

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