Tuesday, November 12, 2019 /12.30PM/ By Goddy Jidenma Foundation /
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Goddy Jidenma Foundation on the world stage with Prof PLO Lumumba, Kenya Former Anti-corruption Boss and Highly Respected Public Intellectual as its 2019 Guest Lecturer.
The Goddy Jidenma Foundation has been at the forefront of thought leadership in the Africa continent and especially in Nigeria. Every two years its flag ship Lecture series berths contemporary , thought provoking and thoroughly researched Public Lecture on issues facing the continent. It ingeniously does so by involving Nigerians or the general public in the situational analysis and in finding workable solutions to these problems. The Foundation believes in original thinking and the evolution of unique solutions in tackling our problems while gaining a full understanding of their root causes and historical antecedents and also being abreast with international and universal paradigmns.
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 '
This year, the highly respected Pan- Africanist and Former Director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission and Kenya School of Laws, Prof. P.L.O. Lumumba will be the Distinguished Guest Lecturer at the 6th edition of Goddy Jidenma Foundation Bi-annual Lecture holding 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?' This year's event will take place under the distinguished Chairmanship of Prof Joy Ogwu. OFR, a 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 impact 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 all that he came across.
Over the years, the Foundation has left solid foot prints in its quest to provoke deep thinking and point to possible paths to success. In 2011 the world renowned Internationally celebrated and legendary public intellectual , well noted for his historical and seminal work with the British Broadcasting Corporation ( BBC ) on Africa- a triple heritage ' Prof Ali Mazrui, D.Phil. ( Okon) C.B.S. came from the Binghamton University in the United States of America and delivered a highly acclaimed lecture on "Democracy and the Politics of Petroleum: comparative African Perspectives"
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 Isawa 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 held in 2015. The Topic of discourse was "Leadership, Responsibility & Good Governance" This was ably delivered by Prof. Pat Utomi, Founder and CEO of Center for Values in Leadership , current Chairman of Goddy Jidenma Foundation and a former Presidential candidate.
The Fifth public Lecture was held in 2017 on the topic: "The Challenge of Economic Growth in Nigeria" by Prof Kingsley Moghalu, OON, Former Deputy Governor of Central Bank , Founder & President, Institute of Governance and Economic Transformation & a Former Presidential candidate.
Past Chairmen of the bi-annual Lecture include :
Chief Arthur Mbanefo, CON, Former Nigeria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations; Prof Anya O. Anya , NNOM, a National Merit Award Laureate and Former CEO of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group ; 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.
This year , the event will take place under the distinguished chairmanship of Prof Joy Ogwu, OFR, former Minister of External Affairs and Former Nigerian Permanent Representative to the United Nations.Key political players, thought leaders , leaders in all spheres of life 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 Members of the Board of Trustees are as follows:
Prof. Pat Utomi (Chairman)
Founding Faculty Member
Lagos Business School & Founder, Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL)and a former Presidential candidate.
Justice Rose Ukeje, OFR
Former Chief Judge of the Federal High Court
Dr Stella Okoli, OON
CEO, Emzor Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd & Chairman Chike Okoli Foundation.
Dr. Victoria Ezeokoli Taylor
Media Consultant/Former Director,
Nigerian Television Authority
Engr. Obidi Ezenwa
MD/CEO, Skein Nigeria Ltd.
Mr. Zik Obi
Zik Chuka Obi & Co
Dr Victoria Ezeokoli Taylor
Media Consultant / Former Director
Nigerian Television Authority .
Mr. Chidi Ilogu, SAN
Highly respected Maritime Lawyer
& Managing Partner,
Mr. Joe Obiago
Chairman / CEO
Global Energy Group
Mrs Ndidi Nwuneli, MFR
Serial Entrepreneur and Founder, Leap Africa
Ms Nmachi Jidenma
Global Lead, Channel Strategy & Development, Facebook Inc.
Dr. Ije Jidenma (Executive Secretary)
CEO-Leading Edge Consulting & Managing Partner - IRC Global Executive Search Partners (Nigeria)
Past Chairmen of Goddy Jidenma Foundation:
Late Chief MT Mbu, CFR, former Ambassador & two time Minister of Foreign Affairs , Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Attendance at the Lecture is free. The Nigerian Public is invited to this Lecture which promises to be thought provoking and contribute to this year's discourse . Our country must find its rightful place in the world. African Renaissance is key in the restoration of the humanity of the black race.
Signed: Dr Ije Jidenma
Goddy Jidenma Foundation
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