Hon. Ministers, Excellencies,
Acting Executive Secretary of the UNECA
I am delighted to be with you today to deliver today’s lecture in honour of the late Professor Adebayo Adedeji, one of the founding Executive Secretaries of the UN ECA. I would like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment from various stakeholders involved in the success of today’s session which aims at preserving the legacies of Prof Adedeji. I hope that through these memorial lectures, we would be able to animate his deeply pro-humanity and Pan-African ideas and provide a foundation for us to continue to interrogate the African story. Permit me to also acknowledge all the past speakers who have graced this pulpit. It is indeed an honour for me to join this list.