Uma Eleazu chairs as Rotimi Amaechi delivers 2023 TheNiche Lecture

Rotimi Amaechi

TheNiche Newspaper will on Thursday, October 26, through its developmental arm, TheNiche Foundation for Development Journalism, hold its signature annual lecture.

The lecture will be held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos at 10 am.

It will feature former governor of Rivers State and former minister of transportation Rotimi Amaechi as guest speaker.

Amaechi will speak on the theme: “Why we Stride and Slip: Leadership, Nationalism and the Nigerian Condition.”

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Anya-Ndi-Igbo, a non-partisan, socio-political and economic development-oriented organisation, committed to equity, peace, unity, justice and progress of Nigeria Dr. Uma Eleazu will chair the occasion.

Dr. Eleazu, teacher, consultant, writer and commentator on public affairs, who set up the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, served in the 1978 Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) and was a member of the Constituent Assembly.

A one-time presidential aspirant, Dr. Eleazu’s insight as to why we stride and slide will be invaluable.

There will also be panel discussions involving Senator Shehu Sani, Dr. Chidi Amuta, Mr. Yakubu Mohammed, Valentine Ozigbo and Funke Treasure.

Chief executive officer of TheNiche Ikechukwu Amaechi said in a statement that the lecture series is part of the organisation’s contribution to national rebirth.

The statement reads in part: “TheNiche Lecture series is our contribution to the national discourse, aimed at fostering the much-needed renaissance in our society.

“This year’s lecture in particular promises to be a great national dialogue. The idea is to have a variegated panoply of opinions that will shed light on why Nigeria’s enormous potential are not realised.

“Mr. Rotimi Amaechi will delve into the enigmatic question of ‘why we Stride and Slip: Leadership, Nationalism, and the Nigerian Condition.’ His insights promise to captivate our audience and provide valuable perspectives.”

Tracing the history of TheNiche Annual Lecture, Amaechi, the longest-serving Editor of Daily Independent newspaper and a former member of the CNN-Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Panel said:

“When the newspaper came on board in April 2014, the editorial policy captured its mission: ‘TheNiche will always anchor its position on the need for social justice, fairness and respect for human and communal rights … will be uncompromising against any form of discrimination and subjugation either by tribe, gender or religion.

“In pursuit of these ideals, the organization in 2018, set up a foundation – TheNiche Foundation for Development Journalism – a vehicle to drive the annual lectures, our very idea of an ideal Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).”