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2016 OBAFEMI MEMORIAL

PRESS STATEMENT

This year, the Obafemi Awolowo birthday commemorative celebrations will comprise of two events.

Firstly , a one-day symposium, themed, ‘AWO, Then and Now: Politics, Economics, and Education', scheduled to hold on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Efunyela Hall, Awolowo Residence, Ikenne, Ogun State, starting at 9.30am.

The Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, the custodian of the intellectual legacy of the late sage, plans to devote the symposium to an examination of several aspects of the governance legacy of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. The aspects to be examined by a body of experts are; politics, economics, and education.

We do this, as the title suggests, with a view to teasing out important lessons from the governance record of the sage, in order to provide a compass for the nation's ongoing journey to political, economic and social transformation. It should be noted that this is in keeping with the Foundation's forte of generating ideas, as well as provoking conversation to jumpstart national development.

The event, which will consist of a keynote address by a distinguished scholar, will feature incisive brainstorming led by four eminent panellists on the political, economic, and educational aspects of Awo's legacy. The symposium will be moderated by a scholar of global renown in what is billed as a high profile intellectual event.

Apart from the Host Governor, other State Governors across the political divide have been invited as Guests of Honour.

Nigeria's Fourth Republic has witnessed important gains in the direction of democratic consolidation, not the least of which is the watershed elections of 2015 in which power was peacefully transferred from an incumbent President and party to the opposition for the first time.

The gains notwithstanding, the country faces significant challenges still. The March 3 event will subject our gains, challenges, setbacks and prospects to detailed examination, in order to chart a way forward, using as template the seminal interventions in governance of the late sage.

The symposium will be chaired by His Excellency, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State. The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Segun Gbadegesin, erstwhile Professor of Philosophy & Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences at Howard University, Washington. The panellists are: Dr Oby Ezekwesili, Professor Williams Alade Fawole, Professor Ayo Oluk?tun and Dr Femi Okurounmu. The symposium moderator will be Professor Ladipo Adamolekun.

The symposium is intended, in keeping with the tradition of the foundation, as a public event with a notable element of public participation. As much as possible, the event will be interactive so that public opinion on the important issues to be discussed can be gauged and factored. As previously, a communique outlining the main suggestions and resolutions will be issued at the end of the event.

The second commemorative event is the 3rd edition of the Awo Memorial Kids' Cup, the final match of which is scheduled to be played at Ajele Stadium, Lagos on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Kick-off is at 2.00pm. Last year, we included female teams in the tournament. The innovation this year is the inclusion, at their request, of Ogun State-based grassroots kids' soccer teams. We have also renamed the female tournament, ‘HID Awolowo Memorial Cup'.

The Obafemi Awolowo Foundation cordially invites the general public to, once again, celebrate with us the life of this great icon at both of the above events.

I thank you for your attention.

Dr O. Dosumu
Executive Director
February 23, 2016

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