Former minister of Aviation, Mr. Osita Chidoka, has been scheduled to deliver the 2019 Ahiajoku Lecture series at the Ahiajoku Convention Centre in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

Special Adviser to Chidoka, Mr. Ikechukwu Okafor, who made this known on Thursday in Awka, said the colloquium would hold on Nov. 29 and 30.

According to Okafor, Chidoka, will be a Special Guest of the Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha and will deliver a lecture on “Leadership in Igboland: Urgent Need For A Paradigm shift”.

The statement quoted the Director-General of Ahiajoku Institute, Owerri, Dr. Amanze Obi, as saying the Lecture Series was initiated as an intellectual festival to celebrate Igbo civilization and culture.

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“The Imo State Governor, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, has taken it upon himself to revive the almost moribund lecture series as part of his intervention in culture and tourism in the state.

“This year’s festival will draw attention to the great attainments of the Ahiajoku Lecture Series since its inception 40 years ago,” he said in statement.
The Ahiajoku Festival and Colloquium was a founded in 1979 by former governor of Imo, Mr. Sam Mbakwe.

The 2019 edition marks the 40th anniversary of the Pan-Igbo Cultural Festival.

Past speakers at the Ahiajoku Colloquium include Prof. Ben Nwabueze, Prof. Chinua Achebe, Prof. Pius Okigbo, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, Prof. Emmanuel Obiechina, Mr. V.C. Uchendu and Mr. M.A. Onwuejiogu, among others.