The Nigeria Conversation

According to verifiable data, one out of five Africans everywhere is a Nigerian. Nigeria will have a population of four hundred million people by year 2050 according to United nations estimation. This indicates that Nigeria is pivotal to the continent of Africa and until Nigeria gets it right, the progress of Africa will be stunted as experienced in the last 6 decades.

It is on this premise that The Conversation Africa presents: THE NIGERIAN CONVERSATION with the Theme: THE NIGERIAN PROMISE; THE NIGERIAN DREAM, THE NIGERIAN IDENTITY as its first instalment in The Conversation Africa Series.

It is evident that in Nigeria today, nation building is the need of the hour and as Benjamin Disraeli said, “The Youths of a nation are the trustees of posterity”. For the youth to become trustees indeed, there must be a clear understanding of their national values, promises, dreams and identity. The Nigerian youths are gradually becoming politically aware, demanding change at different quarters, and are continuously growing interest in the process of governance. With the highest percentage of Nigeria’s population being between the ages of 15 to 65, Nigeria’s population is no doubt a young population and this holds big opportunities for socio-economic growth in the country, if properly harnessed.

The huge population of the youths can also serve as a great asset for political transformation within a democratic space. It is, therefore, pertinent that the youths understand the dream that birthed the nation Nigeria, the promise that it holds for their future, their roles in bringing this to reality and the identity that they must embrace and own in order to see that this dreams and promises fulfilled.


The Nigeria Conversation is scheduled to hold in Lagos, Nigeria

Date: Saturday, 7th November, 2020

Venue: The Citadel, 30, Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos

Time: 10am prompt.


The event will also be streamed live on popular Social Media platforms. Register here to be a part of this event.

Program Dates Schedules People
The Nigerian Promise  November 7th, 2020 9.30am – 12pm Panelists
Highlight of first session November 7th, 2020 12:15 – 1pm TCA Team
The Nigerian Dream November 7th, 2020 1pm – 3pm Panelists
Highlight of Second session November 7th, 2020 3.15pm – 4pm TCA Team
The Nigerian Identity November 7th, 2020 4pm – 6pm Panellists


What really is the Nigerian Promise?

The promise made by our founding fathers is an unfolding journey to greatness of a nation where though tribes and tongues may differ, the potential of every and all Nigerians can and will be realized. This promise seems truncated by continuous distrust and suspicion by each geo-political zone, the year of locust by the military incursion and the seeming never ending corruption the pervades our private enterprise and public service.



The Nigerian dream finds its roots in a compelling crystal-clear picture of the future we desire despite our current realities. The dream of a united Nigeria with equal access to opportunity regardless of pedigree, background, or status. The dream deeply rooted in our founding anthem at independence and embodied by our forebearers in their speeches, policies, and lifestyle. The dream seems deferred, it is drifting, derailed, and almost destroyed but that is what great dreams are made of which always snatch victory out of the jaws of Defeat.



If you are rootless you are fruitless.

Our identity is marred in cultural biases, ethnic coloration, tribal sentiments, religious ambiguities, gender innuendos and generational differences. If you do not know who you are, you will answer to who you are called. Who are we really and how do we manifest our authentic identity and express the indomitable spirit, resilient psyche, and infectious sense of humour regardless of circumstances?

Our distinguished Special Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker is Dr. Tunde Bakare, The Inaugural Chairman, Advisory Council, Royal Commonwealth Society, Africa

Dr. Tunde Bakare

Serving Overseer of The Citadel Global Community Church, The Convener, Save Nigeria Group and The Inaugural Chairman of the Advisory Counsel, Royal Commonwealth Society, Africa.

Peter Obi

His Excellency, Peter Obi

Former Governor of Anambra State and Vice-Presidential Candidate 2019 Nigerian General Elections.

Pat Utomi

Prof. Pat Utomi

Former Presidential Candidate and Founder, Centre For Values in Leadership.

Musa Bello

Hon. Mohammed Musa Bello

The Honorable Minister of The Federal Capital Territory

Ayo Adebanjo

Chief Ayo Adebanjo

Elder Statesman and Founder of the Afenifere Group

Yakubu Gowon

General Yakubu Gowon

Elder Statesman and Former Head of State of Nigeria

Chioma Ajunwa

Chioma Ajunwa-Opara MON

Olympic Gold Medalist and the Founder/ President, Chioma Ajunwa Foundation

Babagana Zulum

His Excellency, Babagana Umara Zulum

The Executive Governor Borno State

Joe Odumakin

Dr Joe Okei Odumakin

Founder, Women Arise For Change Initiative

Akinwumi Adesina

Akinwumi Adesina

President of the African Development Bank

Innocent Ujah Idibia(2 Baba)

Innocent Ujah Idibia (2 Baba)

Award Winning Musician and Founder of Hypertek Digital Record Label Company

Fola Adeola

Fola Adeola

Member of the Commission for Africa, One of the Founding members of Guaranty Trust Bank and Chairman FATE Foundation

Nasir El-Rufai

His Excellency Mallam Nasir El-Rufai

The Executive Governor of Kaduna State

Tonye Cole

Tonye Cole

Co-Founder and Former Executive Director of Sahara Group

Poju Oyemade

Poju Oyemade

Senior Pastor and Founder, The Covenant Nation and Convener of The Platform Nigeria

Ndidi Nwuneli

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

Co-Founder Sahel Consulting

Atedo Peterside

Atedo Peterside

Founder and Pioneer CEO, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc and Chairman Atedo N. A Peterside Foundation

Lamido Sanusi

His Eminence Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

14th Emir of Kano State, Former Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria and The Chancellor Kaduna State University

Poju Oyemade

Ibukun Awosika

Chairman of the Board of Directors, First Bank of Nigeria and MD/CEO Soko Chair

Matthew Kukah

Bishop Most. Rev Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah

Bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese Sokoto

Amina Mohammed

Amina J. Mohammed

Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations

Arunma Oteh

Arunma Oteh OON

Former Treasurer & Vice President of The World Bank

Is-haq Oloyede

Prof. Is-haq Olarenwaju Oloyede

Secretary General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs

Patrick Lumumba

Prof. Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba

Director of The Kenya School of Laws

Panel Sessions

The Nigerian Promise


  1. Peter Obi.
  2. Pat Utomi.
  3. Mohammed Musa Bello.
  4. Ayo Adebanjo.
  5. Yakubu Gowon.
  6. Chioma Ajunwa
  7. Babagana Zulum
  8. Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin

The Nigerian Dream

Anchor: Segun Awosanya (SEGA) & Omoakhalen Omoaholo

  1. Akinwumi Adesina
  2. Tu face Idibia
  3. Fola Adeola
  4. Nasir El-Rufai
  5. Tonye Cole
  6. Poju Oyemade
  7. Ndidi Nwuneli
  8. Atedo Peterside

The Nigerian Identity

Anchor: TY Bello, Nadah Fauno

  1. Dr Tunde Bakare
  2. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
  3. Ibukun Awosika
  4. Rev. Bishop Matthew Kukah
  5. Amina Mohammed
  6. Arunma Oteh
  7. Prof. Is-haq Olarenwaju Oloyede (Secretary General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs)
  8. Prof. Patrick Lumumba