The event started by 11:00 a.m. and lasted for over three hours, according to News Express Publisher Isaac Umunna in a statement.
“As was the case with previous years’ editions, the 7th News Express Anniversary Lecture attracted top government functionaries, industry and religious leaders, professional groups and diverse sectorial leaders, among others. It was a spectacular programme that commanded public attention with the usual fanfare all through the event. It was also be streamed live to a global audience and broadcast on News Express Digital TV,” Umunna said in the statement.
He announced that former Governor of Anambra State and Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2019 polls, Mr. Peter Obi, headlined the 7th News Express Anniversary Lecture as the Special Guest of Honour and Guest Speaker while the keynote speakers include Eminent Lawyer and celebrated Activist, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN; and Legal cum Development Expert, Barrister Bashir Maidugu, the Honourary Special Adviser (Infrastructure) to the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum.
Famed Change Agent, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin chaired the event with veteran broadcaster and immediate past General Manager of NTA Channel 10 Lagos, Helen Onma Odeleye, as the Host.
“The News Express Anniversary Lecture is an open event and people do not need any special invitation to attend. We received as many people as attended the unforgettable event,” Umunna said in the statement.
Past speakers at the News Express Anniversary Lecture include Special Adviser To The President On Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina; Governor Sani Bello of Niger State, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Managing Director Hadiza Bala Usman; and ‘Africa’s Bill Gates’, Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh, Chairman of Zinox Technologies Ltd and Konga.
News Express, which debuted on August 29, 2012, is one of Nigeria’s most popular and influential online dailies. It is read by hundreds of thousands of people around the world and records annual traffic of upwards of 100 million.