Conference with the theme “Africa and Security Challenges; the Role of Journalists in finding a lasting solution” will be held in October this year
Abuja: Considering the various challenges of African countries recently, particularly in the areas of Fake News and Security which immeasurably, are having adverse consequences in the genuine African leadership roadmap to the continent’s growth and development, the Congress of African Journalists (CAJ) is organizing a 3-day conference with the theme “Africa and Security Challenges; the Role of Journalists in finding a lasting solution.”
The conference which will be held in Lagos State Nigeria on October 6-8 will witness training of participants, investiture of Patrons, Conferment of awards and film shows about CAJ and its objectives. The film shows will also be projecting Africa’s richness and versatility in culture, tourism and languages.
CAJ believes that telling the true and positive Africa narratives and opportunities abound in the continent is profound, hence its resolve for the 2021 conference, in October this year to bridge the gap between the information gateway and leadership in the continent.
Speakers at the conference are renowned African Pen Pushers Family who excelled in two principal fronts of professional journalism practice and security. They are either still active in their call to governance to serve in their respective African countries or have retired but still active in the African image laundering projects.
The Keynote Speaker will be Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister of Information, Ghana.
- Journalism – A tool for Africa’s Image Laundering, Political Stability and Socio-Economic Advancement. Speaker: Gospel Kazako, Minister of Information, Malawi.
- (2) CAJ: A pan African Journalists’ Organization to mapping Africa’s Developmental Trajectory Reportage. Speaker: Mohammed Ibrahim Nur Moalimmuu, Media Advisor to Prime Minister and Spokesperson of Somalia Federal Government.
- Africa’s Security Challenges: Freedom of Information law Implementation, a critical ingredient for peace and curbing fake news. Speaker: Brig. Gen. ® Sanni Kukasheka Usman, former Director General, Nigeria Army Department of Public Relations.
CAJ’s Award recipients are drawn from the continent based on research on outstanding performance, leadership qualities and merit. The aim is to honor the recipients in order to encourage dedication to service to humanity and fine governance in Africa.
Category: CAJ Best African Governor: Recipient: Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Executive Governor of Lagos State Nigeria.
Category: CAJ African Man of Justice – Recipient: Justice Andrew Nyirenda, Chief Justice of Malawi.
Category: CAJ Outstanding African Parliamentarian – Recipient: Thandi Modise, Speaker, National Assembly South Africa.
Some members of CAJ will also be recognized for their various contributions to the organization.
The CAJ statement was announced by Michael Adeboboye, Chairman, Ashraf Aboul-Yazid Dali, Chairman, Planning Committee, and others.
CAJ is a vanguard organization uniting the voices of professionals of African origin across the globe. Its membership spans all the 5 regions of Africa, and recognizing the diaspora as its 6th region, (Membership is open to the African Diaspora who trace their roots in Africa). It was formed as an umbrella for journalists practicing journalism in all its forms. The organization is also guided by understanding of the critical role information plays in Africa’s development trajectory and will encourage and facilitate the sharing of factual information.
CAJ is a prominent voice in advocacy for a safer working environment for journalists and media practitioners across Africa continent and beyond the borders.
CAJ promotes excellence, community development, and recognizes good leadership from all endeavors. Its priority is to also promote the positive narratives about the Africa continent and various opportunities abound.
CAJ’ headquarters is in Nigeria and offices located in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory and Lagos State.