Ethnicity and religion have posed strong impediments toward the building of a national identity and nationhood. But is it possible for Nigerian to forge a strong national identity beyond these fault lines?
That is the question a symposium with the theme: “Nigeria @ 54: Risky Republic or Republic at Risk?” will attempt to answer on Tuesday (today).
The symposium with the sub theme: “Beyond Religion, Ethnicity and Other Fault Lines: Nigerian Youths and the National Question” will be held at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry Alausa, Lagos, is organised by Circles of Hands, a new initiative of national engagement.
US-based Ghanaian author and leadership trainer, Samuel Koranteng-Pipim, will deliver the keynote address at the symposium.
According to Circles of Hands, the symposium is tailor-made for “change-makers and transformative leaders who are ready to think and act for a better Nigeria.”
“This event is for the youth and the young at heart. The burgeoning population of Nigerian youths confers the inalienable right as a significant party on all issues of national discourse. In addition, the twin realities of local asphyxiation and global attention that defines life for the Nigerian youth of today is a call for change,” the event flier stated.
“If you are tired of the perennial prevalence of Nigeria’s problems of Nigeria and the resounding rhetoric of the solutions proffered by various pundits, then you should be at this event. Several paths claim to lead to Nigeria’s long-sought-for Promised Land. But beyond these oft-traveled, regional, sectional paths, is there really a national path to Nigeria’s greatness, and who has that map.”
Other speakers at the events are writer Gimba Kakanda and the Executive Secretary of the Credit Bureau Association of Nigeria, Petra Onyegbule.
The event will be moderated by the Chief Executive Officer of Global Analytics Consulting Limited, Tope Fasua.
Organisers, who include a member of a member of PREMIUM TIMES’ editorial board, Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, say registration for the event is N2,500 payable into Circle of Hands U.B.A Account Number 1018591256. On site registration, they say, cost N3,000.
The symposium will start at 10 a.m. and ends at 4pm
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