Mahmud, Mallet, Bolarinwa for Africa Day Tweetchat
By Nsikan Ikpe
All is now set for the Tweetchat session scheduled to hold on Monday to mark the 5th edition of The Difference Newspaper’s annual Africa Day Colloquium.
Abuja-based attorney and President of the Public Interest Lawyers League, PILL, Barrister Abdul Mahmud, Senior Research Fellow at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Dr Olusegun Bolarinwa and veteran Public Relations practitioner and Chairman of Sharp Eye Media, Accra, Ghana, Mr. Henry Mallet are among resource persons billed to participate in the tweetchat to mark the 2020 edition of the annual Africa Day Colloquium hosted in Lagos by the pan-African newspaper, The Difference.
Founded in 2006, The Difference Newspaper which publishes a bilingual tabloid is convening the #AfricaDay Tweetchat on Monday, May 25th and the event is the 5th Africa Day Colloquium.
Hosted under its twitter handle, @differencenews1, the session is being convened using the hashtag: #PostCOVIDAfrica and would hold from 4-6pm on Monday.
It will be moderated by the newspaper’s editor, Mr. Richard Mammah.
A statement from the newspaper and signed by its Executive Director, Mr. Tony Opara outlined that some of the themes under consideration in the session are: COVID-19 in Africa, the Madagascar remedy for the ailment, Path to a stronger African Union, AU, Energising the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, AfCFTA and Understanding China-Africa Relations.
Previous Africa Day sessions have been held around a motley range of equally beneficial themes.
In 2016 when the series began, the theme of focus was ’25 Years of the African Economic Community: Economic Hurdles on the Path of African Integration.’ That session took place at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos with Dr Joshua Bolarinwa and Mr Sharkdam Wapmuk delivering papers at the event.
In 2017, the focus was on ‘One People, One Continent: Making the All-Africa Passport Work,’ with the session holding at the Bankers House, Victoria Island, Lagos. Barrister Segun Adegoke of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Jacquelyn Omotalade of Uber West Africa, Dr. Abiodun Adesegun of Babcock University, the film-maker, Osezuah Elimihe and Mr. Darkey Africa of the Embassy of South Africa in Nigeria were star participants at the event.
At the 2018 event, the designated theme was ‘Rethinking African Education: Redressing Foundational Deficiencies’ and the session took place at NSPRI Place, Yaba, Lagos. Professors Biko Agozino, Hope Eghagha and Ngozi Osarenren were among the star panelists. Others were the veteran school administrator, Mr Ola Opesan, the reading promoter, Mr Raphael James and the banker-blogger, Oluwole Olusanya.
In 2019, the session was dedicated to the memory of the pan-African writer and scholar, Professor Pius Adesanmi and had the theme: ‘Pius Adesanmi: A Man, A Passage and A Continent.’ It took place at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, NIJ, Ogba, Lagos and featured the writer and lawyer, Barrister Chuma Nwokolo, the automobile engineer and activist, Mr Vincent Chiedu, the transformational trainer, Rev Juliet Binitie, the public relations practitioner, activist and public affairs commentator, Ms Uri Ngozichukwuka, the scholars, Dr Kayode Eesuola and Dr Olusegun Bolarinwa and the NGO worker, Mr Olushola Olaniyan as lead discussants.
In concert with CSS Bookshops Limited and the CRIMMD Free Public Library, The Difference also hosts a companion #FocusNationAfrica activity that holds every month and celebrates the national days of African countries.
Barrister Abdul Mahmud