In preparation for the 50th Anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence, acclaimed author and former newspaper columnist, Ogo Ogbata, has been invited to present a history of Nigeria to the BBC World Service, The Strand, London. Mrs. Ogbata, author of ‘Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman’ and founder of the training company, ‘Creativity and Sense Limited’, will be delivering a lunchtime seminar on the 15th of September 2010 for ‘Nigeria@50’, part of the BBC’s coverage of the 50th Nigerian Independence Day.
The 90-minute seminar will be chaired by the Head of the BBC African News and Current Affairs department, Joseph Warungu and other participants include the Nigeria High Commissioner, HE Dr. Dalhatu Sarki Tafida. Ogo, who used to write a socio-political column for The Guardian (Nigeria), will be delivering a potted history of Nigeria with focus on political history, military rule, economic progress, foreign affairs in the 50 years since the country gained it’s independence as well as future prospects.
So what does Nigerian-born Ogo Ogbata believe the future holds for African men and women? “The single greatest need on the African continent at this moment in time is effective leadership. We say that we have bad leaders and point fingers in all directions, but good leadership begins with the individual. Leaders don’t discover problems and talk about them endlessly; they create solutions which defy all odds,” she says.
Ogo is convinced that education, reflection and action are key to the continued advancement of the continent and is pressing for more bespoke leadership and entrepreneurial programmes to be delivered to schools and organisations in Africa in the coming years. She highlights several initiatives currently in place to help inspire entrepreneurialism in African countries. One of these is the 10,000 Girls Project, founded by Viola Vaughn which went on to inspire the creation of a Dragon’s Den style investment programme called Dakar Dragons.
“We are still very short of female African role models, both in society and in general literature. We need to inspire African women to strive for success and equip them with the tools they need to reach their full potential. I hope that during this year’s Nigerian Independence Day celebrations, we can address how we can develop that entrepreneurial spirit in women, not only in Africa but across the globe,” says Ogo Ogbata.
Ogo Ogbata is a dynamic writer, speaker and consultant living in Northamptonshire, UK. She has written some inﬂuential and thought provoking books, the latest of which is her historical ﬁction debut, ‘Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman’. Inspired by this novel, she is also creating a platform for the people of her homeland, Nigeria, to regroup after 50 years of independence.
Despite majoring in Computer Science, Ogo’s heart has always belonged to writing, creating stories from the tender age of four. Right after graduation she wrote a regular socio-political column for The Guardian (one of Africa’s most widely circulated newspapers) then went on to write a career and business guide titled ‘Creativity and Sense.’ Her latest is the inspiring and much praised literary novel uniquely titled ‘Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman.’
‘Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman’ is an inspirational account of a young girl’s journey into womanhood (as mysterious events unfold within her family) juxtaposed with the political explosions that occur as the newly born Nigerian nation concurrently evolves. Although this novel chronicles the history of Nigeria from the pre-colonial 1950s up to the end of military dictatorship in 1999, it is in essence, the story of a woman who deﬁes great odds in order to make peace with her past and attain greatness. As Nigeria prepares to mark 50 years of independence from British rule, this novel could not be more timely.
Originally from Enugu State, Nigeria, Africa is very close to Ogo’s heart. Her humble beginnings and faith in God provides a strong foundation and gave her the conﬁdence to write this highly ambitious ﬁrst novel. When not writing books, Ogo enjoys public speaking on a range of empowering topics as well as delivering training, coaching and consulting programmes to professionals, organisations and communities keen to maximise their creativity and overall potential.
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