Nigeria is one of the world’s largest oil producers, a leading nation in Africa and the continent’s most populous country.
It has a recently re-elected civilian government, the President has given a commitment to democracy, and decades of military rule ended 20 years ago.
But Jihadist attacks and separatist movements threaten parts of the country and the government is challenged with establishing security to encourage more foreign investment. Unemployment is a big issue, as is how to get the best from the country’s natural resources.
What’s next for Nigeria? The BBC’s Toyosi Ogunseye is joined by a panel of leading politicians and opinion formers for a public debate in Lagos.
BBC World Questions Lagos Panellists
♦ Hadiza Bala Usman – Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority
♦ Osita Chidoka – Former Minister for Aviation
♦ Joe Igbokwe – APC Spokesperson for Lagos State
♦ Aisha Yesufu – Human Rights Activist
Stephen Titherington, Senior Commissioning Editor, BBC World Service English, says: “This is a programme where Nigerian people question the country’s leading political thinkers, and with a leading BBC journalist who is herself Nigerian in the chair. This is the perfect chance for the world to understand what matters most to one of the world’s most rapidly changing countries.”
Lucy Pearson, Director of the British Council in Nigeria, says: “We are delighted to be partnering with the BBC World Service in bringing World Questions to Lagos. This programme generates space for open and independent debates, which supports our work to promote cultural relations among people worldwide. We believe that connecting people both in Nigeria and globally makes a powerful and lasting contribution to a more open and connected world.”
BBC World Questions: Lagos is created in partnership with the British Council and will be recorded for radio broadcast worldwide.