Annual Lecture 2018-01-24T10:27:01+00:00

Annual Lecture

The ǼLEX lecture series was inaugurated in 2005 to commemorate the founding of our practice which has since grown to become a full-service law firm with offices in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Accra, Ghana.

Since the commencement of our lectures, our distinguished speakers have spoken on very topical issues:

ǼLEX 12th Annual Lecture

ǼLEX’s 12th Annual Lecture titled “Schooling without Learning” took place on Wednesday, 22 November 2017, at the Agip Recital Hall, Muson Centre, Lagos.

Our panel of distinguished personalities spoke  about the need to save our educational sector from its present challenges and engaged in an in-depth review of our current educational system and its shortcomings. Some of the issues discussed include the quality of the basic and foundational education received by students, the content and standards of the school curriculum, falling standards in the sector and the increasing ill-preparedness of students for the challenges of employment and entrepreneurship in the contemporary Nigerian economy. The panel also identified the problems in our educational system and proposed a way forward.

The lecture was chaired and moderated by Chief Mrs ‘Folake Solanke, SAN, CON,  the first Female Senior Advocate of Nigeria. Our guest speaker was Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, former Vice Chancellor University of Lagos (2000-2007) and the Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo Ebonyi State (2011-2016). In discussing the challenges in our educational system, Professor Ibidapo-Obe was joined by Dr Adamu Jatau Noma, the Director of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Universal Basic Education Board; Mrs Adora Ojo, former Principal, International School, University of Lagos and Ms Swanta Blessing Bonat, Principal, Kataf Youth Christian Academy, Kaduna State.”

ǼLEX 11th Annual Lecture

ǼLEX’s 11th Annual Lecture titled “Making States Work” came up on Wednesday, 9 November 2016 at the Agip Recital Hall, Muson Centre, Lagos.

The topic: “Making States Work” considered issues relating to the sustainability of individual states, especially as Nigeria goes through this recession. The format for the lecture was that of a panel having a former state government executive, financial experts and a social commentator as discussants, and a moderator.

The moderator was His Excellency, Mr Donald Duke (CON), former Governor of Cross River State, with the following persons as discussants:

  • His Excellency, Mr Peter Obi (CON), Former Governor of Anambra State;
  • Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede (CON), Former Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Access Bank Plc;
  • Mr Isaac Babatunde, Executive Director, Corporate & Sovereign Ratings, Agusto & Co; and
  • Professor Chidi Odinkalu, Africa Program of the Open Society Justice Initiative.

ǼLEX 9th Annual Lecture

ǼLEX 9th Annual Lecture titled “In God’s Name: Politics, Religion and Economic Development” took place at the AGIP Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos State on Thursday, July 25, 2013.

The guest speaker was Prof. Timothy Samuel Shah; Associate Director and Scholar in Residence of the Religious Freedom Project, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Government Department, Georgetown University, USA.

The Honorable Justice Mustapha Akanbi, CFR, PCA, former President of the Court of Appeal chaired the event.

ǼLEX 8th Annual Lecture (2013)

Dr Ali A. Mazrui, an Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, Binghamton University, New York and former Distinguished Research Professor, University of Jos, Nigeria.

Topic: “This House Must Not Fall: Constitutional Reform and The People’s Will”

ǼLEX 7th Annual Lecture (2011)

Mr. John Githongo, Former Permanent Secretary for Governance and Ethics, Office of the President of Kenya.

Topic: “Corruption, the Thief in Broad Daylight”

ǼLEX 6th Annual Lecture (2010)

Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu, OFR, Chairman, BGL Plc. and former Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Topic: “Taxation without Representation”

ǼLEX 5th Annual Lecture (2009)

Hon. Dr. Kwabena Donkor, the Honourable Deputy Minister of Energy, Republic of Ghana.

Topic: “How Ghana Kept the Lights On”

ǼLEX 4th Annual Lecture (2008)

Mr. Dele Olojede Chairman, Timbuktu Media and Pulitzer Prize Winner for 2005.

Topic: “Freedom of information: Balancing the Public’s right to know against the individual’s right to privacy”

ǼLEX 3rd Annual Lecture (2007)

Judge Mervyn King S.C., Chairman, King Committee on Corporate Governance, South Africa.

Topic: “Corporate Governance: Who profits?”

ǼLEX 2nd Annual Lecture (2006)
Prof. Frederic Jenny, Judge, French Supreme Court, Chairman, Committee on Competition Law and Policy, OECD, Paris, France.

Topic: “Competition Policy as an Engine for Economic Growth”

ǼLEX 1st Annual Lecture (2005)

Prof. Don Wallace, Chairman, International Law Institute, Washington, DC, USA.

Topic: “The Regulator in a Deregulated Economy”