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Maxwell African Scholars Union and COMPAS present: Constance Ikokwu

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The Challenges of Nation Building in Nigeria Nigeria has come a long way in 52 years of post-independence existence, yet the country faces several challenges in its quest for development. Recent terrorist activities by the Boko Haram sect, instability in the Niger-Delta Region, the recurring tussle between Oil and Politics, Corruption in high places and several other challenges are prominent issues. But it’s not all gloomy; there has been a recent awakening in the country, and the mass participation of young people in the last election cycle is a glaring sign of hope. Constance Ikokwu's most recent book, “Nigeria: Half a century of progress and challenges” aggregates the thoughts of Nigeria’s leading politicians and bureaucrats on issues such as Religious Tolerance, Emerging Leaders in the Society, Stemming Corruption, Rethinking Governance in Nigeria and Nation Building. Constance Ikokwu is a Nigerian international journalist, political analyst and social critic who has reported widely on socio-political issues in Nigeria, across Africa and the Americas. Ikokwu draws upon a rich background: she was educated in Political Science in Nigeria, and received a Masters Degree in International Law & International Relations from Lancaster University, UK. She also received several professional trainings in the United States of America and attended the Reuters Course on International Reporting in Nairobi, Kenya. She brings over a decade of frontline journalism to this wide-ranging discourse on the challenges confronting Africa’s most populous nation. Lunch will be provided Sponsor: Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Co-Sponsor Maxwell African Scholars Union, Co-Sponsor COMPAS Coalition of Multicultural Public Affairs Students, Co-Sponsor

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