Tuesday, November 28, 2017, has been fixed for the first annual H.I.D. Awolowo Lecture.
The event, which is expected to start at 10am, will take place at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos.
The topic of the 2017 annual lecture is ‘Ethical Politics, Peace, Development and Security in Nigeria: The critical importance of women’s leadership’.
The chairman of the event is Senator Daisy Danjuma while the keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Oby Ezekwesili. After the keynote address, an inter-generational panel of discussants will highlight the strategies for enhancing women’s leadership in Nigeria. The panelists are Lady Maiden Ibru, Hajiya Naja’atu Muhammad, Yemi Adamolekun and Bolanle Olukanni.
The HID Awolowo Foundation was launched on September 19, 2016, under the aegis of the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, with the aim of perpetuating the edifying legacy of Yeye Oodua HID Awolowo, the character of which was complimentary and contributed significantly to the success of the life mission of her husband, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
A statement released at the weekend by the Convener/Executive Director of the Foundation, Dr O. Awolowo-Dosumu, explained: “At a time when Nigeria is faced with challenges on so many fronts, with half of the population still at a disadvantage, it is important to reflect on the legacy of women like Yeye Oodua H.I.D Awolowo”.
The statement added that the “event will serve as a call to action for Nigerian women to take their rightful place and use their voices and talents to chart a new course for Nigeria, one that will set us firmly on the path of peace, prosperity and development. The event is open to the general public.