The lecture series initiative was conceived in 2006 by distinguished Senator Dr. Ben Ndi Obi CON, FNIPR. Professor Au. Nnonyelu , Professor of Sociology and Anthropology of the Faculty of Social Sciences Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka attracted it to the Faculty.
To immortalize the good works of Nigeria’s foremost nationalist, statesman and pan Africanist, the inimitable, Rt. Hon, His Excellency, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, First President, and first Indigenous Governor-General of Nigeria.
The overarching goal of the Lecture series is to serve as a catalyst for stimulating Intellectual engagement on critical issues confronting Nigeria, Africa, the black man and humanity as a way of keeping Zik’s values and contributions to national and African development, permanently ingrained in our memories
To serve as an annual intellectual rallying point for scholars, students and the general public by drawing eminent scholars and statesmen from across Africa and the globe in intellectual conversation and discourse that will proffer solutions to crucial issues of Nigeria and Africa development.
To serve as an annual event for the celebration of the legendary Zik of Africa as a way of passing on to the next generation the legacy of this great Pan Africanist. It, therefore, serves as a recognition and appreciation of Zik’s legendary roles.
The series serve also as the University’s contribution to intellectual scholarship and citizen empowerment by providing a free public forum for public interaction and engagement with eminent scholars on current issues relevant to the development of the society.
To inspire students, scholars and the general public to engage in critical thinking as a way of confronting, understanding and solving contemporary issues challenging Nigeria and Africa.
To connect students, scholars and practitioners in an informal setting for further networking that will produce future benefits for the development of the society.