4 May 2016

Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos









Welcome Speech

Nigeria Country Manager, Lawrence Aladesuyi


Cambridge University Press CEO, Peter Phillips

Introductory video

Key Note Speaker Address

Executive Secretary, Nigerian Educational Research

and Development Council, Prof. Ismail Junaidu


Poetry Recital

Unilag Women Society Nursery/Primary School


Guest Speaker

Ex Federal Minister of Education and co-founder

of Transparency International Mrs. Oby Ezekwezilli




Poetry Recital

Dowen College

Closing Remarks





Peter Phillips is the Chief Executive of

Cambridge University Press, a Fellow of

Wolfson College, Cambridge and a board

member of The Nuffield Trust. He studied

Mathematics at Oxford before joining the

strategy consulting firm Bain & Company.

After a spell in corporate finance,

he worked for more than a decade at

the BBC, first as its Head of Corporate

Planning, then as Chief Operating Officer

of BBC News and finally as the BBC’s Director of

Business Development. He was a board member at

Ofcom, the UK’s media and telecoms regulator. In

2010, Peter moved to Cambridge University Press,

the world’s oldest media organisation, as Chief

Operating Officer. In 2012 he was appointed as the

Press’s Chief Executive, refocusing the business

digitally and globally.

Prof. Ismail Junaidu is the Executive

Secretary. He was born on the

3rd of June, 1953 in katsina, katsina

State. He holds the following qualifications:

Ph.D (Linguistics) 1987,

from Indiana University, U.S.A.; M.A

(language), 1981, University of York,

England and B.A. (Hausa) 1976,

Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

Prof. Ismail Junaidu served

as a lecturer in Bayero University Kano from 1976-

1982 and was a visiting lecturer to so many universities

from 1979-1982. He joined the Nigerian

Educational Research and Development Council

(NERDC) as Deputy Director of Research. He was a

Director of the Library and Informatics Centre (LIC)

and later Director of the Language Development

Centre all in NERDC.



Obiageli “Oby” Ezekweseli is a leading

chartered accountant who was co-founder

of global anti-corruption group, Transparency

International. She is also one of the

co-conveners of the Bring Back Our Girls

campaign to find the 300 Nigerian schoolgirls

abducted by Boko Haram in 2014.

Holding a Masters in International

Law and Diplomacy from the University of

Lagos, and a Master of Public Policy and

Administration degree from the Kennedy School

of Government, Harvard University, she began her

career as a trainee accountant with Deloitte and

Touché and upon qualifying as a chartered accountant,

moved into middle and top managerial

positions in the financial services sector, served as

Director of the Harvard-Nigeria Economic Strategy

Program in Boston and Abuja.


Poem Recital

Poetry recital by Unilag Women Society

Nursery/Primary School Pupils

Moon in the bucket - Gabriel Okara


Look out there

in the bucket

the rusty bucket

with water unclean


A luminous plate is floating –

the moon, dancing to the gentle night wind

Look! All you who shout across the wall

with a million hates.

Look at the dancing moon

It is peace unsoiled by the murk

And dirt of this bucket war.

Recited by

A Birthday - Christina Rossetti

My heart is like a singing bird

Whose nest is in a watered shoot;

My heart is like an apple-tree

Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;

My heart is like a rainbow shell

That paddles in a halcyon sea;

My heart is gladder than all these

Because my love is come to me.


Raise me a dais of silk and down;

Hang it with vair and purple dyes;

Carve it in doves and pomegranates,

And peacocks with a hundred eyes;

Work it in gold and silver grapes,

In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;

Because the birthday of my life

Is come, my love is come to me.

Recited by

Poetry recital By Dowen College:

If - Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:


Poem Recital

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will, which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Recited by Emake Omo-Lamai and Tekeena Mac-Yokori


Today - Yemi Soneye

There are two birds in this poem. They are in a morning on a tree.

If now you look their way you will see the first time

how birds lay their nests when they wake to the world.

A minute hence the one shall say

to the other: how shall we fly today? Shall we behind the clouds

or shall we whirl

at the houses and terrify?

Before stir of the tongue of reply

the lore shall beat out of their hearts. For today is such a day.

Such a day for lore of how

their fathers drove deep

into ocean skies to pour land

into mariners drained of hope.

And the other shall say to the one: to the fields, to the helianthus,

first we shall visit

and delight the little ones

picking with true hands and putting in their hairs.

To the sky then we shall take few of one of things

it always has envied earth. Today we shall make the sky

know what a flower is.

Specially written for Cambridge University Press


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