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Symposium examines Nigeria's independence


Guest speakers will examine the past, present and future of Nigeria.

In recognition of Nigeria's 50th independence anniversary, Sacramento State will host a symposium, "Nigeria at 50: Lessons and Opportunities," in the University Union lobby suite from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1

The keynote lecture will be delivered by Sacramento State Associate Professor of Government Patrick Cannon, a member of the University's Center for African Peace & Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) Advisory Board.

Other speakers include Moradewun Adejunmobi of UC Davis; Stevina Evuleocha-Ugbah of California State University, East Bay; Johnny Mez of the Human Development and Leadership Foundation, Sacramento; and Kola Thomas of the Nigeria Forum in the Bay Area. Guest speakers will address critical issues affecting the African diaspora community and family in the Sacramento area, including notable radio personality on family and cultural adaptation issues, Rola Tomori.

Nigeria is Africa's largest country with a population of 160 million people and is the fifth largest supplier of oil to the U.S. It gained its independence from Britain on Oct. 1, 1960. During the symposium, the speakers will highlight key developments, including gains and missed opportunities in Nigeria's quest for democracy, and assess its prospects for achieving its status as the "Giant of Africa."

Sponsored by CAPCR and the Sacramento Association of Nigerians, the event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

There will be a community celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at St. Anthony Church, 660 Florin Rd, with Nigerian cuisine and cultural performances.

For more information, call CAPCR at (916) 278-6282 or visit For media assistance, call Sacramento State's Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.