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Nigerians In UK To Hold Independence Day Lecture At Chatam House



Some Nigerians living in the United Kingdom UK are planning to organise series of lectures to discuss Nigeria’s democracy and sovereignty as the country marks 60 years of independence from British colonial rule.

The organisers of the Nigerian Independence Day Annual Lectures NIDAL UK in a statement on Monday said it will host debates on a number of topics at Chatham House, the House of Commons and the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.

The spokesperson of the association, Ayo Akinfe, stated that the lectures are targeted at building intellectual engagements, which will add to the usual fanfare of independence celebrations.

“This is a very exciting venture as we are pioneers in this area. Growing up in Nigeria, we all used to attend Independence Day parades as school children but there were never national day lectures, so we want to introduce that element to the festivities.

“This year for instance, among the topics we are looking to debate include attracting Diaspora investment into Nigeria, combating insecurity in Nigeria, eliminating illiteracy across Nigeria, setting ourselves a target of annual double digit economic growth.” He said.

He further stated that those who will lead the conversations of national interest at the debates were members of the entertainment industry, academic community as well as diplomatic corps.

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