Press Conference On The Sixth Bi-Annual Goddy Jidenma Foundation Held On 11th Nov 2019

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 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 /12.30PM/ By Goddy Jidenma Foundation / Header Image Credit: Goddy Jidenma Foundation


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

Principal Solicitor

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,

Foundation Chambers.


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:

  1. Prof Ben Nwabueze, SAN, NNOM, CON, a legal luminary, constitutional expert & former Secretary of Education, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  2. Late Dr Bola Kuforji-Olubi, OON, former President of Institute of Chartered Accountants & Former Secretary of Commerce , Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Past Trustee:


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

Executive Secretary 

Goddy Jidenma Foundation 

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