The 2021 Wole Soyinka Centre Media Lecture Series will feature eight panellists to engage the theme – ‘Remaking Nigeria: Towards a secure and viable union’ on Tuesday, 13 July at NECA Hall, Agidingbi, Ikeja Lagos, by 1.00pm (WAT), with Femi Falana (SAN), human rights activist, as the chairperson and Tolulope Adeleru-Balogun, Head Presentation, News Central TV, as the moderator.
The panellists – Inibehe Effiong, Principal Counsel/Head of chambers, Inibehe Effiong Chambers; Hafsat Abiola-Costello, President, Women in Africa Initiative; Moses Ochonu, Professor of African History, Vanderbilt University; Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri, Executive Director, Spaces for Change; Nubari Saatah, Editor, Freedom Press; Ndi Kato, Executive Director, Dinidari Empowerment Foundation; Ahmadu Shehu, Assistant Professor, American University of Nigeria; and Motunrayo Alaka, Executive Director/CEO, Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism – will discuss the theme with a view to recommend workable proposals for some of the issues that ail Nigeria as a polity.
This 13th edition of the lecture will be delivered in collaboration with the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), and with the support of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation as part of the launch for the book – Remaking Nigeria: Sixty Years, Sixty Voices, edited by Chido Onumah, Coordinator, AFRICMIL.
WSCIJ started the tradition of holding the event on July 13 in 2009 to honour Professor Wole Soyinka, its grand patron, who will be 87 this year.
Previous editions were attended by representatives of the civil society from non-governmental organisations, pressure groups, the organised private sector, government, the media, academic institutions, and the diplomatic corps. The WSCIJ will observe strict compliance to COVID-19 protocols during the event. Members of the public are welcome to attend the lecture.