The elections in Nigeria saw the ascent into the power of many new faces in the Nigerian political landscape. Most notable among the new faces is Nigeria’s new President Musa Yar’Adua. The arrival of Yar’Adua and other developments throughout Africa is what spurred the contentious discussion at the DU cyber café’.
Leading the charge was Sam Omatseye, Nigerian columnist, who is also chair of Comet newspapers based in Lagos. Omatseye recently covered the elections in Nigeria and appeared less than optimistic about the future of his home country.
Other speakers were Dr. Sam Desouza of Qwest Communications, Dr. Kelechi Kalu of the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Denver, and Dr. Ehi Abgaohe of the Tarrant County College of Dallas, Texas.
The event was marked by a question and answer session that turned out to be a frank exchange of differences of opinion and approaches on how Africans wanted the continent’s problems handled. Participants at the event issued a call for dialogue among Africans in Africa and the Diaspora community, a call of action and not merely talk, and for more opportunities for future discussions about the affairs of the continent.
The theme of the event was Building Sustainable Democratic Culture in African States. It was sponsored by DU’s Africa Today Associates, the Redeemed Christian Church of God and the Friends of SAM.