THE OBAFEMI AWOLOWO FOUNDATION DIALOGUE SERIES
The Annual Dialogue series, which commenced in 1992, has provided a unique opportunity for incisive analysis and thorough examination of current and contemporary issues of national concern with a view to canvassing options and proposing
viable alternative strategies. The Foundation has had six outings in the series so far.
The First Obafemi Awolowo Foundation Dialogue (1992) examined the
theme ''Nigeria: The Way Forward".
The theme was conceived as a retrospective, introspective and prospective appraisal
of the Nigerian condition, particularly in the run-up to the 21st century. The
keynote address at the Dialogue was delivered by Professor Claude Ake, 1992 Nigerian National Merit Award Winner. Other speakers included Alhaji Ahmed Joda, distinguished public servant and technocrat, Professor Sam Aluko, renowned economist, and Professor Isawa Elaigwu, University teacher and political scientist. Dr. Pius
Okigbo, international economist and elder statesman was 'chairman of the Dialogue.
The Second Obafemi Awolowo Foundation Dialogue (1993) focused on
critical issues in education in Nigeria.
To this end, study teams were commissioned to examine the various sectors and contemporary concerns of the Nigerian educational system. The conclusions and recommendations of the study groups were presented at the Dialogue under the general theme, "Nigeria and Education: The Challenges Ahead”. The keynote address at the Dialogue was delivered by Professor J.F. Ade AJayi renowned Nigerian historian and a laureate of the Nigerian National Order of Merit; while Dr. S. J. Cookey, foremost educational administrator, was chairman.
The Third Obafemi Awolowo Foundation Dialogue (1994) examined the theme, "Nigeria: In Search of Leadership".
The Dialogue sought to examine the leadership problem in Nigeria by providing an intellectual basis for understanding the failure of previous attempts to address the problem and the consequences of this failure. It also sought to highlight the urgent need to evolve sound and enduring solutions so as to terminate the cyclical movement of the leadership problem and resolve the national dilemma arising there from. The keynote address at the Dialogue was presented by Justice Akinola Aguda, a laureate of the Nigerian National Order of Merit and former Chief Justice, Republic of Botswana. The event was chaired by Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, former Judge of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
The Fourth Obafemi Awolowo Foundation Dialogue (1995) explored the theme, "Nigeria: Democracy and the Rule of Law".
The choice of the theme was informed largely by its global relevance and its topicality for the ideals of national reconciliation and accelerated, balanced development
in Nigeria. Conceptualized before the Ogoni hangings, but coming right in the midst of the national crisis and international outcry occasioned by that unfortunate event, the Dialogue properly situated the paucity of democracy and the rule of law in Nigeria as aspects of the continuing crisis of state formation in post-colonial Africa. A
distinguished legal scholar and human rights activist, Professor Itse Sagay gave the keynote address at the Dialogue which was chaired by Chief F.RA. Williams,
Nigeria's leading legal counsel.
The Fifth Obafemi Awolowo Foundation Dialogue (1996) focused on the theme ''Nigeria: Toward Youth Agenda for the 21st century ".
The Dialogue was convened to serve as auspices for a multi-disciplinary
examination of the developmental potentials of the Nigerian youth in the context of national realities and global trends. Dr. Anthony Marinho a Gynecologist and Secretary, Educare Trust, an educational NGO, was keynote speaker at the Dialogue. The event was chaired by Professor Ayo Banjo, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan and Emeritus Professor of English.
The Sixth Obafemi Awolowo Dialogue (1997) was devoted to the theme "Healthcare in Nigeria: Present Status, Future Goals".
The Dialogue sought to provide answers to compelling questions about the state of health care in Nigeria, beam its searchlight on the "weak links in the chain of health care delivery identify the major priorities and put forward an agenda for health care in the 21st century. The keynote address was delivered by Professor A A Lucas, Professor of International Health at Harvard University and Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR), while the chairman was Professor T. Belo-Osagie, eminent medical scholar and university administrator.