A retired diplomat, Ambassador Dapo Fafowora, will on Thurday deliver the inaugural Herbert Macaulay Gold Lecture at the Lagos Country Club in Ikeja.
The Coordinator of the programme Mr. Femi Macaulay, in a statement yesterda, said: “It is particularly fitting to introduce The Herbert Macaulay Gold Lecture at this historically significant juncture when Lagos State is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The public lecture will take place as the anniversary celebrations build up to a climax on May 27, 2017.”
“Long before Lagos became a megacity famed for its remarkable resilience, a mega figure did mega things to advance its development and the progress of Nigeria. Herbert Macaulay, widely recognised as the “Father of Nigerian Nationalism,” made his exit 71 years ago on May 7, 1946, at the age of 81.”
The lecture is holding with the support of the Lagos State Government.
Ambassador Fafowora, who will speak on: ‘Herbert Macaulay and his relevance to the excellence of Lagos,’ is a trained historian and a respected retired diplomat.
He joined the Nigerian Diplomatic Service in 1964 after graduating from the then University College, Ibadan. He obtained his Master’s Degree from the University of London in 1966 and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Trinity College, Oxford University, in 1972.
Between 1966 and 1968, he served as Second Secretary, Nigeria High Commission, London; and between 1981 and 1984 he was the Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Nigeria at the United Nations.
He is also a former Director General of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN); and a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters.