Book on Nigerian Columnists and Nation Building for Presentation Thursday

A book honouring the contributions of Nigerian columnists and public intellectuals and their contributions to Nation-building is set for public presentation in Lagos on Thursday.

The book, THE PATRIOTS: Conversations with Nigerian Columnists and Public Intellectuals on Dividends of Democracy, Governance, Leadership and Nation-Building, is written by award-winning journalist and author, O’Femi Kolawole, and published by POSTERITY MEDIA.

The presentation ceremony which holds September 22, 2022, at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos by 11am Prompt, will be chaired by respected media leader and former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba.

A statement said some of the distinguished columnists and public intellectuals in the book include veteran journalists and legal luminaries like Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), 92-year old Nigeria’s leading legal icon, and Founder, Afe Babalola University, who has been writing a newspaper column for 50 years; Mr. Ray Ekpu, veteran columnist and Co-founder, Newswatch; Mr. Yakubu Muhammed, former Pro-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria; Prof. Jibrin Ibrahim, Daily Trust and Premium Times Columnist and Mr. Muiz Banire SAN, a columnist at THE SUN.

Also featured in the book are Mr. Eniola Bello, MD, THISDAY Newspaper; Ms. Ijeoma Nwogwugwu, MD, ARISE TV; Mr. Azuka Onwuka, widely-read PUNCH columnist; Mr. Owei Lakemfa, a syndicated columnist in The Vanguard; and Mr. Ikechukwu Amaechi, Publisher, TheNiche including Mr. Sam Omatseye, Chairman, Editorial Board, The Nation, among others.

“Aside sharing the stories of Nigerian columnists, THE PATRIOTS also discusses socio-political and economic issues about Nigeria, our country’s leadership recruitment process and how to improve it for better outcomes, the media industry, the 2023 elections and Nigeria’s future. The book also contains uncommon insights and ideas towards actualizing Nigeria’s greatness as a true giant of the Black Race”, the statement said.

The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat is expected to deliver a keynote lecture at the event themed “2023 Elections: Right Choices and the Imperative of National Rebirth in Actualizing the Nigeria of Our Dreams”.  

People from all walks of life are expected to attend the ceremony which will also have an array of leading personalities in Nigeria’s media industry in attendance.

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