Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, Nigeria
In its continuous determination to raise the level of public discourse - especially in the area of governance, the economy and citizens responsibility -BrandiQ, Nigeria's leading brands and business magazine has set its machinery in motion for the 2015 Brand Nigeria Symposium.
According to the planning committee of the symposium, this year's event, which is the third in the series, will take place on Wednesday, November 4. The annual event is the brand's contribution toward a better and prosperous polity.
The theme for this year's BrandiQ symposium is: "Reinventing Brand Nigeria for the 21st Century Market Economy through Public Accountability, Responsible Citizenship and Corporate Governance." Eminent speakers have been invited to present papers at this special forum. Former Minister of Education and Senior Economic Advisor of Open Society Foundation, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili will be the guest speaker at the symposium while the keynote address will be delivered by the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Other speakers invited as discussants who would dissect various issues thrown up by the Guest Speaker include, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, Governor, Kaduna State; Prof. Chidi Odinkalu – Chairman, Nigerian Human Rights Commission; Prof. Emevwo Biakolo – Director, PhD Programme, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos; and Prof. Abubakar Momoh – DG, The Electoral Institute, Abuja.
Preparations for this special annual event were flagged off few months ago when the editorial board of the magazine met to review the action plan of the organising committee. At the meeting, the Chairman of BrandiQ Magazine Editorial Board, Dr. Phil Osagie commended the publication's consistency in anchoring this special public discourse and stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to make the event successful.
As a recognized platform for public discourse, the BrandiQ Symposium has provided a robust and deliberative platform for eminent and respectable Nigerians to intervene in public discourse verging on national issues as they concern Brand Nigeria. Indeed, most analysts agree that the BrandiQ symposium has attracted to its platform eminent scholars, public officials, top institutions, distinguished business executives and seasoned professionals from both the private and public sectors including students of tertiary institutions. They include Dr. Christopher Kolade; Apostle Hayford Alile, former Director General, Nigerian Stock Exchange; Lagos State Government; State of Osun Government; Alhaji Garba Bello Kankarofi - APCON Registrar & CEO and a host of others.
Commenting on the essence of the 2015 symposium, Editor-in-Chief of BrandiQ and Chairman of the Organising Committee, Mr. Desmond Ekeh said, "this year's event is planned to be bigger and bolder in confronting the core issues that hinder Nigeria's cultural, political and socio-economic development. A time has come to expand the space for national deliberation and engagement through the 'Habermasian Communication Action' which stresses the need for a consensual and symmetric form of discourse amongst all stakeholders. This begins with constructive public discourse about Nigeria and her people. This is the reason for the BrandiQ Symposium".