“We couldn’t have possibly made a better choice than Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin considering her pedigree as a change agent and the theme of the Lecture, which is focused on generating creative ideas to take Nigeria out of the woods,” ,” News Express Publisher Isaac Umunna said Monday in a statement.
He described, Dr. Okei-Odumakin, who is the president of the rights groups Women Arise for Change Initiative and the Campaign for Democracy, as one of the most awarded Nigerians alive.
“Dr. Joe, as she is fondly called, is a Change Agent who has frequently been arrested for her activism, and was detained 17 times during the Ibrahim Babangida military era. She has been involved with over 2,000 cases where a woman’s rights had been disregarded.
In 2013, Dr. Joe was presented an International Women of Courage Award from the United States Department of State. The award was presented to her by the First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry at the US State Department’s Dean Acheson Auditorium in celebration of International Women’s Day,” Umunna said.
He announced Helen Odeleye, a veteran broadcast and immediate past General Manager of NTA Channel 10 Lagos, as Host of the Lecture.
Umunna said that former Governor of Anambra State and Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2019 polls, Mr. Peter Obi, will headline the 7th News Express Anniversary Lecture as the Special Guest of Honour and Guest Speaker at
He announced the keynote speakers to include Eminent Lawyer and celebrated Activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN; and Legal cum Development Expert, Barrister Bashir Maidugu, a former National Legal Adviser of PDP.
“As was the case with previous years’ editions, the 7th News Express Anniversary Lecture will attract top government functionaries, industry and religious leaders, professional groups and diverse sectorial leaders, among others. It is a spectacular programme that commands public attention with organisers creating hype pre-event, during and post events both in the traditional and new media. It will also be streamed live to a global audience and broadcast on News Express Digital TV,” Umunna said.
The statement identified past speakers at the News Express Anniversary Lecture to include Special Adviser To The President On Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina; Governor Sani Bello of Niger State, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Managing Director Hadiza Bala Usman; and ‘Africa’s Bill Gates’, Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh, Chairman of Zinox Technologies Ltd and Konga.
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