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Policy Dialogue

The Big Ideas Podium is a national platform for public policy debates on burning and salient issues that affect or shape development & governance.

The Host

The Podium is anchored by the African Heritage Institution (AfriHeritage). The inaugural event will hold at 54 Nza Street Independence Layout, Enugu 

Save the Date

The Big Ideas Podium will be taking place on 9th May by 9:00am. All participants are required to register and confirm their participation before the event.

9th May Guest Speakers


Amb. Prof. George Obiozor

Amb. Prof. George Obiozor

Guest Speaker

He is a former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States

Prof. Chukwuma Soludo

Prof. Chukwuma Soludo


The former Governor of the  Central Bank of Nigeria

Prof. Elochukwu Amucheazi

Prof. Elochukwu Amucheazi

Guest Discussant

He is the former Director-General of the National Orientation Agency.

Prof. Aloy Okolie

Prof. Aloy Okolie

Guest Discussant

The Director of Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board, UNN

News Report

The theme of this edition of The Podium was “Towards a New Leadership for a Broken Nation” and Amb. Prof. George Obiozor, a former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States was the Guest Speaker.

While giving his speech titled “The Imperative of National Crossroad Leadership, Prof. Obiozor stated that the restructuring and institutionalization of Nigerian Politics is vital in times like this. He emphasized the importance of restructuring the nation’s politics, saying the call for referendum would become a national and international agenda.

According to him, “Generally, the leadership Nigeria needs now must recognize that any new system for the country must take cognisance of the present national reality that today, no single group or bloc, no matter their pretenses to power, can again dominate the Nigerian political system.” He also said that “We need a system that commands the respect of our people and is seen as fair, just and equitable to all. Therefore, Nigerian politics needs restructuring and institutionalisation as a way to contain its adverse effects on efforts towards nation-building, national integration and national development.”

The Ambassador also called for the implementation of the report of the 2014 National Conference.

The moderator of the event, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, a former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of African Heritage Institution, mentioned that the Big Ideas Podium is designed to explore missing links in the Nigerian system and proffer lasting solutions.

Also present at the event were Prof. Elo Amucheazi and Prof. Aloy Okolie who were both guest discussants at the event. Prof Elo Amucheazi a former Director-General of the National Orientation Agency.

While discussing the paper, Prof. Amucheazi commented that the country needs genuine democracy, genuine lead as well as restructuring. He stated that there is need to look forward from the past but unfortunately in Nigeria the present is not better than the past. He also commented that what we have in Nigeria are ‘Rulers’ and not ‘Leaders’.

Prof. Okolie who also discussed the paper, commented that there is need to build micro nationalism in order to achieve nationalism in Nigeria. This he further emphasized stating that “It is the rudiments of the micro-nationalism that will be leveraged upon to building nationalism at the national level”.

The event had representatives of different institutions as well as elder spokespersons in attendance.

Download the speech The Imperative of National Crossroad Leadership by Prof. George Obiozor


On the News

Channels TV: https://www.channelstv.com/2017/05/10/professor-obiozor-seeks-restructuring-of-nigerian-politics/

The Authority Newspaper: http://www.authorityngr.com/2017/05/Obiozor-restates-need-for-restructuring-Nigeria/

Punch Newspaperhttp://punchng.com/nigeria-must-restructure-or-perish-says-ex-envoy/

Guardian Newspaperhttps://m.guardian.ng/news/nigeria-at-the-crossroads-say-soludo-obiozor-others/

Signature TV: http://signaturetv.com.ng/2017/05/13/obiozor-we-must-reform-restructure-or-perish-idea-of-one-nigeria/





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54 Nza Street Independence Layout 
Enugu, Enugu State

African Heritage Institution

54 Nza Street Independence Layout Enugu

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