The BBC World Service is hosting debates across the world. In an hour-long programme, ‘BBC World Questions’, the public is free to question politicians, leaders and opinion formers face to face. The debates are led entirely by these questions from the audience who are able to have their points heard around the world.
Nigeria is one of the world’s largest oil producers, a leading nation in Africa and the continent’s most populous country. It has a recently re-elected civilian government, the President has given a commitment to democracy, and decades of military rule ended twenty years ago. But Jihadist attacks and separatist movements threaten parts of the country and the government is challenged with establishing security to encourage more foreign investment. Unemployment is a big issue, as is how to get the best from the country’s natural resources.
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What’s next for Nigeria? The BBC’s Toyosi Ogunseye is joined by a panel of leading politicians and opinion formers for a public debate in Lagos.
The panel will include:
- Hadiza Bala Usman – Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority
- Osita Chidoka – Former Minister for Aviation
- Joe Igbokwe – APC Spokesperson for Lagos State
- Aisha Yesufu – Human Rights Activist
Stephen Titherington, Senior Commissioning Editor, BBC World Service English said: “This is a programme where Nigerian people question the country’s leading political thinkers, and with a leading BBC journalist who is herself Nigerian in the chair. This is the perfect chance for the world to understand what matters most to one of the world’s most rapidly changing countries.”
Lucy Pearson, Director of the British Council in Nigeria, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the BBC World Service in bringing World Questions to Lagos. This programme generates space for open and independent debates, which supports our work to promote cultural relations among people worldwide. We believe that connecting people both in Nigeria and globally makes a powerful and lasting contribution to a more open and connected world.”
BBC World Questions: Lagos is created in partnership with the British Council and will be recorded for radio broadcast worldwide. It will be recorded on Tuesday 4 February, at:
MUSON Centre (The Musical Society Of Nigeria)
The event starts at 1800.
You can register for the event here: www.britishcouncil.org.ng/events/bbc-world-questions-lagos
BBC World Questions: Lagos will air on Saturday 8 February on shortwave in Nigeria at 2100 local time on 11810 kHz & 12095 kHz. It will also be broadcast online at www.bbc.com/worldserviceradio, and will be available on demand afterwards at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrwhq
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