The 8th Zik’s lecture promises to be an engaging critical discourse with a focus on the topical issue of Migration. The choice of this year’s theme “Migration and Development in Africa: Patterns, Issues and Challenges” is germane as it is an increasingly important factor in the economic and socio-political policies of governments globally. To chair this year’s occasion is a former Governor of Old Anambra state, H.E Sen. Chief Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo (CON).
The Guest Speaker is H.E Dr. Bai Koroma, immediate Past President of Sierra Leone. Given his versatility and rich pedigree, we believe that he will do justice to the theme. There are three discussants for the topic and one participant. They include Festus Keyamo (SAN), the Hon. Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Federal Republic of Nigeria who is the lead discussant; Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, former Minister for Aviation, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dim Julie Okah-Donli, Director General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and Dike Chukwumerije (poet and motivational speaker) respectively. The deliberate choice of these erudite scholars and eminent personalities of repute as guest speakers and participants is impressive and will yield a harvest of high academic discourse in this area.
The 8th Zik Lecture would hold under the Deanship of Prof. Rita Ugokwe-Joseph, a Professor of Clinical Psychology in Department of Psychology Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. She is a Fellow of Nigerian psychological Association.
Other members of the Local Organizing Committee include:
Prof. Au Nonyelu, a Professor of Industrial Relations in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka and National President, Nigerian Anthropological and Sociological Practitioners Association (NASA). He is a member of the University Governing Council, Adviser of Zik’s lecture Series, current Director Unizik Business School and the Former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Dr. Ifeoma Vivan Dunu, an Associate Professor of Mass Communication, an International Researcher in Communication and Media studies with specialization in Broadcasting, Gender and PRAD. Former HOD of Mass Communication and Media Consultant, she is currently the Chair of 8th Zik’s Annual Lecture Series.
Dr. Ebele Nwokoye the current Head, Department of Economics, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and Vice-Chair of the 8th Zik’s Lecture Series.
Dr. Mabia Chidozie Emmanuel, a lecturer and a Social Psychologist in Department of Psychology Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He serves as Zik’s Lecture Series Committee secretary 2019.
Dr.Nneka .P. Oli, is an Associate Professor and the Head, Department of Sociology/ Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences , Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Dr. Raphael Eze, is an associate Professor of Political Science with specialization in International Relations. He is a member of the University Management Committee on Lecture Monitoring and the current Head of Department of Political Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Rev. Fr. Dr. C.C Ajaelu, a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University with Research interest in Clinical Neuropsychology and Psychology Laboratory experiment.
Dr. Uche Ebeze, an associate Professor of Mass Communication with specialization in the Print Journalism. He is the immediate past Head, Department of Mass Communication and Head of Publicity sub-committee of the 8th Zik’s Lecture Series.
Dr. Nnaemeka Chukwudum Abamara, a Senior Lecturer and a Chartered Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Dr. Amaka Metu, a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics, member of different academic organizations such as the Nigerian Economic Society (NES), Association for the Advancement of African Women Economists, Associate Research Fellow Centre for Sustainable Development, NAU, Awka and a member of the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) NAU AwKa. Amaka has published in different local and international journals.
Cornelius Aghadiekwu Ukwueze, holds a Ph.D in Mass Communication with specialization in Electronic Communication (New Media and Broadcasting). He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka where he lectures since 2007.
Anekwe Sebastine Chukwudozie, is a Lecturer1 in the department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He was the Secretary of Annual Ziks Lecture Series from 2012-2016. Currently, he is a Doctorial Candidate in Political Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Dr. Uche Ekwugha, holds a Ph.D in Mass Communication with a specialization in Development/Environmental Communication. She is a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Dr. Kingsley Nweke is a social Psychologist and lectures in the department of Psychology.