Renowned political scholar, Prof. Ali Mazrui, is set to deliver a Public Lecture on “Democracy and the Politics of Petroleum: African Perspective” at the Nigerian Institute for International Affairs on Thursday, 8th December, 2011 at 11 am.
The Foundation held its inaugural lecture in December 2009, where renowned constitutional expert, and Chairman of the Foundation, Professor Ben Nwabueze, SAN, NNOM, CON delivered a highly successful and ground breaking lecture on “Strengthening the Foundations and Institutions of Democracy in Africa”
The choice of Professor Ali Mazrui to deliver this year’s lecture was influenced by his far reaching and well-researched work on Africa and Africans. Professor Ali Mazrui is a global figure who is highly respected for his intellect and high level of articulation. The Foundation believes that he will elevate the level of discourse and bring original perspectives to bear on the topic.
Professor Mazrui’s forthcoming lecture comes at an interesting time as Nigerians debate the pros and cons of the removal of the petroleum subsidy and the deregulation of the oil sector among others. His lecture is expected to shed light in the interplay between democracy and the politics of petroleum from both a historical and contemporary perspective.
Professor Mazrui rose to global prominence for his acclaimed BBC/WETA/NTA television series in the 1980s calledThe Africans: A Triple Heritage, which for the first time told the history of Africa origin and political culture from a well-researched, African perspective.
He is ranked among Top 100 public intellectuals in the world and fondly referred to as a living legend. He is an internationally celebrated African political scientist and currently holds three concurrent Faculty appointments as Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large Emeritus & Senior Scholar in Africana Studies at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Nairobi, Kenya and as Albert Luthuli Professor-at-Large in the Humanities and Development Studies at the University of Jos in Nigeria. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University, Harvard University, Standford University, the University of Chicagp, Colgate University, McGill University, National University of Singapore and at many distinguished institutions in Europe, America, Australia and Middle East.
The GJF promotes educational projects and the art of public speaking in schools. It has instituted Awards in Excellence and Public Speaking in several schools across the country. These include Loyola Jesuit College Abuja, The Pacelli School for the Blind Lagos, Ezeike High School, Nibo and Nnamdi Azikiwe High School in Anambra State. It also currently working on a compendium and documentary on one of the schools which is truly a pride of Africa in its pursuit of excellence, ethical and service orientation. This will serve as a model to other schools in rebuilding our educational heritage.
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