Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu at Georgetown University – Nigeria’s Ascendancy to Africa’s Capital in 2020: “Inevitability” Lies in the Hands of NigeriansFeb. 21st, 2014
On Wednesday, February 12th, 2014, at the historic and prestigious Georgetown University in Washington D.C., former Governor of Abia State, 2007 Presidential candidate and international corporate entrepreneur, His Excellency, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu took to the podium to candidly discuss Nigeria’s future.
At the address, entitled ‘Nigeria as Africa’s Capital By 2020’, with pupils, alumni, professors, analysts and members of the foreign press in attendance, Dr. Kalu opened by citing the now-acclaimed Oxford Economics analysis which prognosticated that by the year 2020, Lagos will overtake Johannesburg as Africa’s economic capital. During his formal remarks and the rousing, interactive question and answer session that followed, Dr. Kalu provided in-depth analysis on how the West African juggernaut can leverage the opportunities it has been blessed to play host to, and utilize effectively and accountably arable land, oil wealth, and human capital potential comparable within emerging markets only to China.
By doing so, the nation will not only meet the expectations of such western prognoses, but indeed make certain Nigeria’s ascendancy to the echelon of M.I.N.T (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey).