Fayemi to deliver 3rd President Atta Mills’ memorial lecture

Atta MillsImmediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, will be the Speaker at this year’s President John Evans Atta Mills’ Memorial lecture in Accra, Ghana on July 21st.

Fayemi will be speaking on the topic: “Intellectuals in Politics and Governance in Africa: The Legacies of John Atta Mills”, at the annual national event dedicated to the memory of the late President of the Republic of Ghana, who died in July 24, 2012. A letter from the office of the President notifying Fayemi of the lecture reads: “ Your impressive credentials as an academic, journalist and researcher on peace and security in Africa makes you a worthy choice for the occasion.

Your presence and participation in this national event will further enhance the historical bonds of friendship and solidarity between Ghana and Nigeria”. The letter was signed by Julius Debrah, Chief of Staff to President John Dramani Mahama on behalf of the planning committee.

This is the first lecture, in the series, to be delivered by a non-Ghanaian. The first memorial lecture was delivered by Professor Kwamena Ahwoi, former Minister in the Rawlings administration and the second lecture by Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, former Foreign Minister of Ghana and UN Special Representative for West Africa.

This year’s lecture coincides with the (71st post-humous) birthday of late President Atta Mills, who was born on July 21, 1944. President Atta Mills, who was elected on the platform of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was Ghanaian President between 2009 and 2012. He was Vice President to President Jerry Rawlings and formerly Professor of Law at the University of Ghana at Legon and also National Commissioner for Taxes.

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