Africa’s prospects and challenges in a changing and uncertain world will be the focus of a public lecture and discussion in Abuja on Wednesday, October 18, 2023.
The event is organised by the Society for International Relations Awareness, a think tank that promotes knowledge and dialogue on international affairs.
The lecture, titled “Africa in the Turbulence of a World in Search of Direction”, will be delivered by Dr. Kayode Fayemi, a former chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, a two-time governor of Ekiti State, a former minister of solid minerals, and a visiting professor at the School of Global Affairs, King’s College, London.
Dr. Fayemi is expected to share his insights and experience on how Africa can navigate the complex and dynamic global landscape and find its place in the world.
The programme will be chaired by Ambassador Brownson Dede, a distinguished diplomat who played a key role in the African liberation struggle against colonialism and apartheid as the secretary of the African Liberation Committee. He also served as the assistant secretary general for political affairs of the Organisation of African Unity, now the African Union, and as Nigeria’s ambassador to Ethiopia and Eritrea.
The guest of honour is Ambassador John Kayode Shinkaiye, another eminent diplomat who was the chief of staff to two AU chairpersons, President Omar Konare of Mali and Dr. Jean Ping of Gabon. He is also the president of the Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria.
The co-discussants are Professor Jibrin Ibrahim, an expert in African politics and a senior fellow at the Centre for Democracy and Development, and Benson Upah Esq, a veteran editor, labour leader and specialist in public affairs and leadership.
The event will take place at the Rotunda Hall, Tafawa Balewa Building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja, starting from 10 am. SIRA invites members of the public, especially those interested in Africa’s development, to attend the programme and contribute to the discourse.