Nigerian scholar, diplomat and former Minister for External Affairs, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, will be one of the guests to lead conversations to discuss the issue of conflict reporting in Nigeria.
The theme of the lecture is: “Sheathing the drawn daggers: Conversations on investigative reporting and accountability in times of conflict.”
The event is 10th Wole Soyinka Media Lecture Series billed to hold at NECA House, Alausa, Lagos.
According to the Coordinator of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, Mrs. Motunrayo Alaka, Prof. Gambari share the discourse with eminent analysts including Nigeria Country Director, DAI Global, Joe Abah; Brand and Multimedia Strategy Expert, Columnist and former Executive Director of Programmes, Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Ms. Eugenia Abu; and Pioneer Dean, Faculty of Communication, Bayero University, Kano, Umaru Pate.
Other panellists in the conversation are Professor of Literature and Gender Studies, University of Abuja, Mnguember Vicky Sylvester; and Co-Founder of Whole WoMan Network, Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido.
Professor Ibrahim Gambari and others would address the media’s narration of multifarious conflict issues in the country, including the recurrent crisis relating to communities, farmers and herdsmen, Boko Haram, Niger-Delta militancy and the Biafra secession agitations. The discussion has become urgent to contribute to demands for accountability from the government to secure the lives and properties of the people and stop the violence while maintaining the highest ethics of the media.
Held first in 2008, the Wole Soyinka Centre Media Lecture Series is an annual event of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ). The Centre organises the lecture to raise debate on critical issues affecting Nigeria. It has since 2009 held on 13 July, to commemorate the birthday of Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in Literature and Grand Patron of the WSCIJ, Professor Wole Soyinka.
Admittance to the event is open to journalists, members of security agencies, policy makers, representatives of pressure groups and non-governmental organisations, members of the diplomatic corps, students, lawyers and other members of the public.