The HID Awolowo Foundation will host the first annual HID Awolowo Lecture on November 28, which will take place at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos, starting at 10am.

The HID Awolowoo Foundation was launched on September 19, 2016, under the aegis of the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, with the aim of perpetuating the edifying legacy of Yeye Oodua HID Awolowo, the character of which was complimentary and contributed significantly to the success of the life mission of her husband, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

The topic of the 2017 annual lecture, according to a release issued by the Convener/Executive Director, Dr. O. Awolowo Dosumu, will be ‘Ethical Politics, Peace, Development and Security in Nigeria: The critical importance of women’s leadership’. The one-day event will feature a keynote address to be delivered by Dr. Oby Ezekwesili.

This will be followed by an inter-generational panel of discussants to highlight strategies for enhancing women’s leadership in Nigeria. The panellists are: Lady Maiden Ibru; Hajiya Naja’atu Muhammad; Yemi Adamolekun, and Bolanle Olukanni. The event will be chaired by Senator Daisy Danjuma.

“At a time when Nigeria is faced with challenges on so many fronts, with half of the population still at a disadvantage, it is important to reflect on the legacy of women like Yeye Oodua HID Awolowo. This event will serve as a call to action for Nigerian women to take their rightful place and use their voices and talents to chart a new course for Nigeria, one that will set us firmly on the path of peace, prosperity and development. The general public is hereby cordially invited”, the release added.