A former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, will today be speaking alongside other dignitaries at the 2020 edition of the Osasu Show Symposium.
The symposium which will be held via Zoom will convene leaders and players in the public and private sectors to discuss salient issues of sustainable development particularly as it pertains to the welfare and livelihood of Africans.
Other dignitaries that are expected to speak at the event are Joyce Banda, Benedict Oramah, Kingsley Moghalu, Patrice Lumumba, Gayle Smith, Chike Ukaegbu, Banky W, amongst others.
The symposium was started in 2017 by the Founder/Chief Executive of TOS TV Network, Osasu Igbinedion.
It’s 2020 edition is themed ‘Rethinking Africa’ and is aimed at fostering dialogue that culminates in social change, promotes inclusivity and the formulation of economic policies and programmes which would translate to enduring socio-economic development for Africans.
According to the promoters, over 4.5 million people are expected to participate in this year’s symposium via different media channels.
There will be participants drawn from governments in Africa, international organizations, stakeholders specialised in gender and policy making as well as experts in other fields linked to the continent.
The event is to be hosted by African actor and entertainer, Mawuli Gavor.
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The second hour of the show is starting with a song by African all stars promoting unity in the continent. Some of the stars featured in the song are 2 Face Idibia, Betty G, Prodigio, Gigi Lamayne and Stanley Enow.
The main message in the song says “nobody is safe until everybody is safe.”
Banky W takes the stage to speak on the role of the youth.
He said most of the brilliant youth in Nigeria have relocated abroad in search of greener pastures.
He advocated for investing in Africa.
“If our hearts are truly in Nigeria or Africa, then that’s where our hearts should be.
He said Nollywood is the second highest employer of labour in Nigeria.
Banky W urged the youth to participate in governance by either contesting for elective positions or holding leaders accountable.
The second panellist, Chike Okeke, a presidential aspirant in the 2019 general election in Nigeria said there were many people who questioned his decision to run for office. He said he answered by saying he wanted to understand the process.
Another panellist, Keorapetse from South Africa, urges the youth to break the walls that have divided them.
He said entrepreneurs find it difficult to get to their spaces because of politics.
The symposium goes on break
Chika Okeke is the second keynote speaker. He is an art critic.
In his keynote address, he said he hopes that the deliberations will help in the development of Africa.
He said he spent the past 20 years as a US-based scholar on development of Africa.
He said Art and Culture are crucial to African future.
Mr Okeke said Africa needs a campaign to bring back African cultural achievement, he said they can be found during auction sales in the European museums.
“Most of African cultural heritage are held in museums outside Africa.”
Goodluck Jonathan, Kingsley Moghalu and some other speakers had already spoken at the earlier session.
Mr Okeke said Lagos is one of Africa’s largest cities but its only museum was built by the colonialists.
He said building new museums will tell the West that Africa is ready to reclaim its stolen heritage.
Another panellist, Patrice Lumumba, said people talk about Africa like it was a single country. He said COVID-19 has been unique in Africa because of how devastating it has been in the US that is the richest in the world.
African countries have responded to COVID-19 in a very sound way, he said.
He said most countries in Africa responded vigorously because Ebola Fever made them more prepared.
“The countries that lock down completely are the ones mostly hit by coronavirus,” he said.
He said on a scale of one to ten, he gives African governments seven.
Mr Lumumba said Africa is a continent that has fallen down several times but has continued to rise.
“We must not allow any civilization to define us,” he said.
He said Africa must define itself, adding that Africa is the cradle of civilization.
He said he wants Africa to stand out in all spheres of life.
“I want us to have a single currency and single passport.”
He said Africa should dissolve it’s boundaries and only maintain them only for administrative functions.
He said Africa should reawaken its football and stop depending on foreign clubs.
Benedict Oramah, the President of AFRIEXIM bank, speaking on the management of COVID-19 said it is important for the counties in Africa to unite because if all countries were to do things independently, there would be a huge problem and Africa wouldn’t have been able to contain the disease.
Mr Orama said Africa will soon be done with COVID-19 and focus on trade between African countries.
He also added that AU COVID-19 response fund has the target to raise $600 million to support vulnerable people across the continent.
He seized the opportunity to invite everyone to make donations on the AU COVID-19 response fund website.
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