Spring Lecture – Monday 30 May 2016

Topic: Education: Reach for The Stars; Ensuring Access for All

Venue: Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, 13/15 Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

Time: 1pm

The Oxford and Cambridge Club of Nigeria invite alumni to join them for their Spring Lecture on Monday, 30 May 2016.

Previous Spring Lectures have attracted global leaders from the business, diplomatic and academic cadres. This year, the Club is delighted to announce that the 2016 Spring Lecture will be delivered by a stalwart of the British political scene, the first black female MP and a Cambridge Alumnus, Ms Diane Abbott MP.  In addition to being one of the most recognizable politicians in the UK, Ms Abbott is currently the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. She will bring her wealth of experience in education, socio-economic development and international relations to bear in the upcoming Spring Lecture.

The Club will keep alumni updated with the planning for the Spring Lecture and will share pertinent details such as the title of the Lecture as soon as possible. In the meantime, please do save the date (Monday May 30th, 2016) as it promises to be a high-level event.

Booking information

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with Ms Nkiru Asika, directly should you have any suggestions that may help facilitate the planning, logistics or sponsorship of the Spring Lecture. We also count on your support in promoting the Spring Lecture to your friends and associates.

About Diane Abbott MP

In 1987 Diane Abbott made history by becoming the first black woman ever elected to the British Parliament. She has since built a distinguished career as a parliamentarian, broadcaster and commentator. In 2015, Diane was re-elected to her Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency with a landslide majority and, in September 2015, was appointed Shadow Secretary for International Development.

Diane has been campaigning for issues around global justice, human rights, and peace and security since the beginning of her career.  As Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Diane’s three key priorities are: the global response to refugees and migrants; gender and development; transparency and scrutiny in aid expenditure.

 In the domestic arena, Diane’s key areas of interest have been defined around her entry into Westminster as the first Black female MP. Her key policy concerns are focused on: policing, particularly surveillance, Stop and Search, and detainment without trial; race-relations and proportional representation. Two further areas of special interest are education, especially the attainment of black and children in cities and the nurturing and success of black female entrepreneurs.

Diane also Chairs the British-Caribbean All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and the APPG for Sickle Cell and Thalassemia



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