November 09, 2019 /01.00 PM/ By Goddy Jidenma Foundation / Header Image Credit: Youtube
Former Director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission and Kenya School of Laws, Prof. P.L.O. Lumumba is the Guest Lecturer at the 6th edition of Goddy Jidenma Foundation Bi-annual Lecture taking place at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs , Victoria Island , Lagos , on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 in Lagos at 11am prompt. Prof. Lumumba is expected to bring his anti-corruption crusade experience to bear on issues stemming from corruption that are holding down growth in Africa when he speaks on the Lecture topic: 'Governance, Insecurity, Poverty and Economic Development: Whither Africa?' The event will be chaired by Prof Joy Ogwu, OFR, former Minister of Foreign Affairs & Former Permanent Representative of Nigeria at the United Nations.
Goddy Jidenma Foundation is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization that was established in 2007 in the memory of Arc Goddy Jidenma, who died in 2006. He was a selfless leader who made indelible impacts in the lives of the people around him particularly among the disadvantaged. He achieved this through philanthropic acts that helped to uplift and improve the living conditions of widows, orphans, aged spinsters amongst others.
The Foundation in fulfilling part of its objectives promotes thought leadership through its bi-annual public lecture series which focuses on engaging the Nigerian public on issues of national and continental relevance.
The inaugural lecture of the Foundation was held in 2009 with a ground-breaking Lecture by the renowned constitutional Lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, SAN, NNOM, CON on "Strengthening the Foundations and Institutions of Democracy in Africa".
Its second bi-annual lecture in 2011 lecture on "Democracy and the Politics of Petroleum: comparative African Perspectives" was delivered by the notable Public Intellectual and internationally celebrated African Political Scientist, Prof Ali Mazrui., D.Phil (Oxon) C.B.S.
The Third bi-annual Lecture on "The Practice of Federalism in Africa, the Nigerian Experience and the Way Forward" was delivered in 2013 by Prof Elaigwu, a Stanford University trained, Emeritus Professor of Political Science of University of Jos and the President of Institute of Governance and Social Research, Jos.
The Fourth Public lecture was in 2015. The Topic of discourse was "Leadership, Responsibility & Good Govenance" which was delivered by Prof. Pat Utomi, Founder and CEO of Center for Values in Leadership.
The Fifth public Lecture was held in 2017 on the topic: "The Challenge of Economic Growth in Nigeria" by Prof Kingsley Moghalu, OON, Founder & President, Institute of Governance and Economic Transformation & Former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria.
Past Chairmen of the bi-annual Lecture include Prof. Anya O. Anya, NNOM, a National Merit Award Laureate and Former CEO of Nigerian Economic Summit Group; Chief Arthur Mbanefo, CON, Former Nigeria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations; Chief Emeka Anyaoku, CFR, Former Secretary-General, Commonwealth; Dr Christopher Kolade, CFR, Former Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Pro-Chancellor of Pan-Atlantic University and Mallam Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, OON, Vice Chairman /CEO, Alpine Investments Ltd & Former Chairman, The Nigerian Economic Summit Group. Key political players, thought leaders as well as captains of industries are expected to be present at this year's event.
Goddy Jidenma Foundation is duly registered and it is run by the Board of Trustees whose members are highly respected people in the society.
The Board Members are as follows:
1. Prof. Pat Utomi,
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Founding Faculty Member
Lagos Business School & Founder, Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL)and a former Presidential candidate.
2. Justice Rose Ukeje, OFR
Former Chief Judge of the Federal High Court
3. Dr. Victoria Ezeokoli Taylor
Media Consultant/Former Director, Nigerian Television Authority
4. Engr. Obidi Ezenwa
MD/CEO, Skein Nigeria Ltd.
5. Mr. Zik Obi
Principal Solicitor Zik Chuka Obi & Co
6. Mr. Chidi Ilogu, SAN
7. Dr. Stella Okoli OON
CEO, Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd & Chairman, Chike Okoli Foundation
8. Mrs Ndidi Nwuneli, MFR
Serial Entrepreneur and Founder, Leap Africa
9. Miss Nmachi Jidenma
Founder, CP Africa and Global Lead, Channel Strategy & Development, WhatsApp Inc, a fully owned subsidiary of Facebook Inc, Menlo Park, California, USA
10. Mr. Joe Obiago
Chairman / CEO Global Energy Group
11. Dr. Ije Jidenma (Executive Secretary)
CEO-Leading Edge Consulting & Managing Partner - IRC Global Executive Search Partners (Nigeria)
The following served as past Chairmen of the Goddy Jidenma Foundation:
Also Late Chief Mathew T. Mbu, CFR, former Ambassador & Minister of Foreign Affairs , Federal Republic of Nigeria served as a trustee of the board.
Attendance at the Lecture is free and the Nigerian Public is invited to this Lecture which is expected to be highly informative and thought provoking and contribute to this year's discourse which is of great national and continental relevance.