Mr. Adesanmi, a Professor at Carleton University, Canada, is a respected commentator on Nigerian and African affairs.
The fourth annual African Unity for Renaissance conference, themed ”OAU/AU at 50 and beyond: The Quest for ‘African Solutions for African Problems (ASAP)'” will hold between May 22 and 24 in South Africa.
PREMIUM TIMES columnist and Carnegie Diaspora Visiting Scholar at the University of Ghana, Legon, Pius Adesanmi, would deliver the keynote address at the special opening session of the conference.
According to Human Sciences Research Council, the organizers of the event, the “specific” objectives of this year’s conference include celebrating African Liberation Day and the founding of the OAU in 1963; promoting African produced knowledge; hosting African scholars in a forum conducive to debating matters of significance to African governance; and implementing lessons from the 2013 conference.
The 2014 conference is organized in partnership with the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI); Kara Heritage Institute; Tshwane University of Technology (TUT); University of Johannesburg; Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA); and Ditsong Museums South Africa.
Other partners are the International Council for Science – Regional Office for Africa (ISCU-ROA); National Research Foundation (NRF); Department of Science and Technology (DST); Department of Public Enterprise (DPE); African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP); Statistics South Africa; Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO); Centre for Black Arts and African Civilization (CBAAC – Nigeria) and the City of Tswane.
Delegates at the conference are expected from Ethiopia, Nigerian, Uganda, Cameroon, Kenya, Ghana; as well as the diaspora and will present scientific papers related to the theme of the conference, the organizers stated.
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 and continent of birth.
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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