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Seminar med Professor Lucy Smith og Dr. Chika Unigwe

fredag 8. oktober 2010, kl. 18:00

Sal: Nedjma

Arrangør: Union of Nigerian Nationals in Norway

Inngang: Gratis

I anledning markeringen av Nigerias 50-årsjubileum for uavhengighet arrangeres Union of Nigerian Nationals in Norway seminar på Litteraturhuset. Foredragsholdere er Professor Lucy Smith og Dr. Chika Unigwe.

Temaer:
1. Foreldremyndighet og barnerett (Parental Authority and Children`s Rights) (ved Professor Lucy Smith)
2. Nigeria’s Image in the West. Prejudices and Stereotypes against Nigerians: The Causes and Possible Solutions (ved Dr. Chika Unigwe)
3. anThe Challenges of Disabled Persons d Suggestions on How to Improve Their Conditions (av Mr. Rashead Olaiwola Ajetumobi)
4. Panel Diskusjon: Nigeria at 50: A critical Assessment of the Problems, Achievements and the Future of the Nation. (Panelists: Dr. Chika Unigwe, Dr. Ahams Adoni, Alhaji Rasaki Akinyemi, Mrs. Mary Adahada, Chief (Sir) Theo Oparaebo. Moderator: Dr. Toby Uche Mbamalu)

About Professor Lucy Smith
Professor Lucy Smith is a renowned scholar and an authority in the field of Human Rights. She has special interest in Children`s Rights and has a lot of publications to her credit. She is going to speak on the topic: "Parental Authority and Children`s Rights". Professor Lucy Smith was the rector of the University of Oslo from 1993 to 1998. She is Norway’s first female full professor of law. She is now emeritus professor of law at the University of Oslo.

Professor Lucy Smith has served as the vice-president of the European University Association; Chairperson, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights; Member, U.N. Human Rights Commission; Adviser to UNICEF, Norway; Adviser to the Ombudsman for Children in Norway; Member of the Norwegian Academy of Letters; Member of the Board of the Red Cross Contact Telephone for Children in Norway, Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute on Family and Neighbourhood Life, Clemson University, South Carolina, United States of America, among others.

Professor Lucy Smith is a recipient of the Commander of St. Olav`s Order which is an honour bestowed on men and women of distinction by the King of Norway. She has been honoured with the Order of the Northern Star by the Swedish Authority and with an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Copenhagen. 

About Dr. Chika Unigwe
Dr. Chika Unigwe is a Nigerian-born author based in Belgium. She was born in Enugu, Nigeria, and now lives in Turnhout, Belgium,with her husband and four children. She holds a BA degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, an MA from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and a PhD from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

Chika Unigwe is the author of fiction, poetry, articles and educational material. She won the 2003 BBC Short Story Competition for her story "Borrowed Smile", a Commonwealth Short Story Award for "Weathered Smiles" and a Flemish literary prize for "De Smaak van Sneeuw", her first short story written in Dutch. "The Secret", another of her short pieces, was nominated for the 2004 Caine Prize. She was the recipient of a 2007 Unesco-Aschberg fellowship for creative writing, and of a 2009 Rockefeller Foundation fellowship for creative writing.

Chika Unigwe’s stories have been broadcast on BBC World Service, Radio Nigeria, and other Commonwealth Radio Stations. Her first novel, De Feniks, was published in Dutch in September 2005; it is the first book of fiction written by a Flemish author of African origin. Her second novel, On Black Sisters Street was recently recommended by Tony Blair’s former director of communications and strategy, Alastair Campbell, who described the novel as ""Best novel so far read this summer". Bernardine Evaristo described the Novel as "an important and accomplished novel that leaves a strong aftertaste. Unigwe gives voice to those who are voiceless, fleshes out the stories of those who offer themselves as meat for sale, and bestows dignity on those who are stripped off it".

Dr. Chika Unigwe will speak on the topic: "Nigeria`s Image in the West. Prejudices and Stereotypes Against Nigerians: The Causes and Possible Solutions".

Programme
18:00 -18:15 Registration, Welcome and general information

18:15 – 18.30 Short speech by the Chairman of Nigeria at 50 Committee and the President of the Union of Nigeria Nationals.

18:30 – 19.00 Introduction of the first guest speaker, Professor (Mrs.) Lucy Smith, and presentation of her speech: Parental Authority and Children`s Rights.

QUESTIONS

19: 10 – 19:40 Introduction of the second guest speaker, Dr. Chika Unigwe, and presentation of her speech: Nigeria`s Image in the West. Prejudices and Stereotypes against Nigerians: the Causes and Possible Solutions.

QUESTIONS

19:45 – 20:00 15 Minutes Break and light refreshments

20:00 – 20:15 Introduction of the third speaker, Mr. Rashead Olaiwola Ajetumobi, and presentation of his speech The Challenges of Disabled Persons and Suggestions on How to Improve Their Conditions.

20:20 – 21:20 PANEL DISCUSSION: Nigeria at 50: A critical Assessment of the Problems, Achievements and the Future of the Nation. Panelists: Dr. Chika Adigwe, Dr. Ahams Adoni, Alhaji Rasaki Akinyemi, Mrs. Mary Adahada, Chief (Sir) Theo Oparaebo. Moderator: Dr. Toby Uche Mbamalu)

21:20 – 21:30 SUMMARY AND CLOSING REMARKS

 

Tekst: Toby Uche Mbamalu.  For spørsmål ta kontakt med Toby Uche Mbamalu (90238327) email: tobymbamalu@gmail.com.