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Ebuka Onyekwelu

Ebuka Onyekwelu is the anchor of the upcoming Anaedo Online 2nd Year Anniversary Lecture themed “The Place of Youth in Politics and Economy”. This year’s lecture boasts of an array of accomplished professionals, businessmen and politicians. Ebuka is a 32 year old Nigerian, columnist, blogger and a good governance advocate. He is a graduate of political science from the University of Calabar and also holds a Masters in Political science. I spoke with him recently to get a better understanding of this prestigious lecture series and what it aims to achieve.  

Tell us more about the Anaedo Online Anniversary Lecture

The lecture was instituted by Fresh Minds Communications Ltd, the parent company of Anaedoonline, chaired by Cornel Osigwe who was recently listed among the top 10 under 40 CEOs in Nigeria, by Vanguard. Now, the lecture was set up for the purpose of looking at some of the core and major problematic issues of public concern with a view to finding practical solutions that can be applied and can work. In finding solutions, we see clearly the need for synergy among the various units and segments of the Nigerian society in an attempt to build a better and formidable system of opportunities for all Nigerians.

Why was it set up?

To answer directly, there is an urgent need for a focused and deliberate action geared towards addressing specific issues. To buttress this point, particular attention is given to identified problems with a view to finding solutions. You know, we must first acknowledge that there is a problem. Then, we begin to look at how the problem could be addressed in a way that is completely devoid of politicization.

What makes it different from other lectures?

I believe, in my considered opinion, that the lecture is focused on finding solutions to the many problems of Nigeria. Most lecture series we’ve had have been abused and politicised thereby destroying the chances of having decent open conversations around issues. This is not the case with Anaedo Online and we are grateful for that.

What does it hope to achieve?

Last year, the theme was “Digital Media, the Present and the Future”. You can see it is focused and thoughtful. This year, the theme is “The Place of Youth in Politics and Economy”. We need to keep making the point that young people are missing in action in Nigeria and it is not in the best interest of the country. However, we need to also engage critical stakeholders that will help to make a good case for young people. The point I am making is not that being young instantaneously endows one with managerial or leadership skills. Instead, Nigeria must be deliberate in engaging her young in policy making, governance, economic management etc. Each generation has its own place in history. Transition to younger leaders and managers is thus a natural order with attendant benefits in the overall interest of the community. So we hope to keep the conversation going about raising the stakes of youth in governance and economy, even as we expect to see the impact this will have on stakeholders.

This year’s line-up is very impressive with the likes of Prof. Wole Soyinka, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, HE Peter Obi, Chief Innocent Chukwuma and Maria Ude. Why this set of people?

The organizers of the lecture pay particular attention to the people invited to speak. This year is not an exception. His Excellency, Peter Obi is a former Governor of Anambra State and a strong political leader. He is someone many young people look up to and want to listen to. Prof. Wole Soyinka is a literary genius that has influenced thousands of young people with his work. Don’t forget, he is an advocate for good governance as well. Prof. Kingsley Moghalu is a political economist and a highly cerebral figure who has great ideas on how Nigeria can make progress. Chief Innocent Chukwuma of Innoson Group is an outstanding entrepreneur, a man of immense economic dexterity. As a youth, I believe we have a lot to learn from these men of high reputations. Then also, we have Maria Ude who is a strong social media influencer. A notable figure in New Media who was also a member of Ebonyi State House of Assembly. People want to hear her story. Nonso Okafor is a rising figure in Anambra politics and a member of the Anambra State House of Assembly. We want to learn from those who have gone ahead and also be inspired by young people who have been there and done that.

As the anchor, we hope you will be able to elicit genuine responses from the speakers

Yes. I will do my best.

One last question, given that it’s online, will the replay be available for those who missed it?

Yes. It will be recorded and it will be available.

Thank you Ebuka for speaking to us. I believe this lecture is a must attend for every Nigerian who wants progress and not just the youth. Personally, I am looking forward to it.

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Ides Ofune

Ides Ofune is currently a PhD Student at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on civil society and accountability in improving the quality of education. She is the founder of Desert Bloom Initiative and editor of Desert Bloom Advisory. Ides is very passionate about education and creating an inclusive society. She speaks French and English fluently. She can be reached at info@desertbloomadvisory.com