Ibadan Brainstorming Session

Ibadan Brainstorming

Session

As part of its policy of constant self-evaluation and

self-improvement, The Okali Seminal Ideas Foundation for Africa (OSIFA)
convened a brain storming session in Ibadan on 16 September, 2016 to review its
activities and garner advice and suggestions about its work from a group of
senior well-wishers and supporters. In attendance at the session were:

  1. Prof. Emeritus David Okali   – Chairman of the Session, OSIFA Trustee
  2. Dr. Agwu U. Okali                  – Founder-Chairman, OSIFA
  3. Prof. Augusta Omamor        – Professor of Linguistics, OSIFA Trustee
  4. Prof. Emeritus L.A. Banjo     – Emeritus Professor of English and Former V.C, U.I
  5. Prof. Bolanle Awe                  – Professor of History
  6. Prof. D.T. Okpako                   – Professor of Pharmacology
  7. Mr. Olatunde Obasola          – CEO, Crux of Africa Ltd
  8. Barr. (Mrs.) Ifeoma Okali     – OSIFA Team
  9. Mr. Geoffrey Harumi            – OSIFA Team                                              

The session began with opening remarks and words of welcome
by the Chairman, Prof. David Okali, followed by an overview of OSIFA’s recent
and planned future activities by the Eounder-Chairman, Dr. Agwu Okali. There
then followed a period of free-ranging, in-depth and substantive discussion
within the group on all aspects of OSIFA’s work, with particular emphasis on
its future scope and direction.

 Among the key recommendations that emerged from the session were the need for OSIFA to: establish strong linkages with, and mobilize, the African Diaspora, including especially the African-American community; link-up and collaborate with other organizations and institutions here in Africa – such as The Historical Society of Nigeria – that are engaged in preserving and promoting the African historical and cultural heritage, including traditional medicine, as the foundation for fostering the kind of original, seminal and   independent thinking that OSIFA advocates for Africans; develop programmes to attract and engage the youth in the OSIFA mission, including an annual or biennial exhibition/competitive Forum for innovative African ideas targeting youth of various age categories; and develop fund-raising strategies oriented largely towards African sources so as to retain a high level of programme independence.

Participants at the session: Starting from the right are: 1. Prof. D.T. Okpako 2 .Prof. Emeritus L.A. Banjo 3. Prof. Augusta Omamor (Trustee, OSIFA) 4​. Prof. Emeritus D.U.U. Okali (Trustee, OSIFA/Chairman of the Discussion) ​5​. Dr. Agwu U. Okali​ ​(Founder/Chairman, OSIFA) ​6​. Prof. Bolanle Awe 7. ​​Barr. (Mrs.) ​Ifeoma ​Ojemeni ​Okali

Dr. A. U. Okali addressing the session

Barr (Mrs) Ifeoma Ojemani Okali listening intently

Prof. Okpako addressing the session

Prof Bolanle Awe addressing the session

Prof. Augusta Omamor addressing the session

Discussion at the session continues

Profs. Omamor, Banjo and Okpako listening intently to the discussions