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Funmi Iyanda to Host the #HowToFixNigeria Panel Series at 2016 Africa Utopia Festival in London



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Nigerian broadcast queen, Funmi Iyanda will hold a special edition of her panel series tagged #HowToFixNigeria at the Africa Utopia Festival on Wednesday,  August 31st 2016.

The series is organised by Oya Media in collaboration with the Royal African Society as part of the Africa Utopia Festival and will hold at The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.

The Africa Utopia Festival was conceived by Jude Kelly, artistic director at the Southbank Centre and Senegalese singer Baaba Maal. It was launched in 2012, as part of the Southbank Centre’s cultural and artistic response to the 2012 London Olympics.

With a focus on gender inequality in Nigeria, the series features a brilliant set of panelists that includes Women’s Rights and Social Development Advocate, Fatimah Kelleher, Technical Adviser, Women’s Protection & Empowerment- Europe, Asia, Caucaus & Middle East (International Rescue Committee), Dorcas Erskine and Nigerian novelist, satirist, writer and lawyer, Elnathan John.

Moderated by Funmi Iyanda, the event will focus on gender inequality in Nigeria, and look at the ways in which women and men are fighting sexism and patriarchal oppression.

On the focus of the event, Funmi Iyanda who recently signed a management deal with Temple Management Company explains: “It seeks to address the underlying causes patriarchy in Nigeria, the costs to nation building, prosperity and happiness of the populace and ways of dismantling structures of patriarchy in ways true to Nigeria.”

The series was conceived to bring together a broad range of speakers to discuss practical solutions to Nigeria’s contemporary challenges – and to definitively explore ‘How to Fix Nigeria’. A previous edition of the series held in March and featured Charles Soludo, Feyi Fawehinmi and Natznet Tesfay.

Photo credit: Instagram/Funmi Iyanda


  1. just saying

    August 23, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    After chanting change! sange!! in Nigeria she is now subtly singing how to fix Nigeria?

  2. Not Queen me love

    August 23, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Nigerian Broadcast Queen? You people should make this stop FAST! She lost her throne ages ago!!!! Tons of people have taken over. Many kings and Queens are churnng out lovely content year on year on year and one has even gone on to set up her own world class TV station. Yet one with nothing to show is still delusional that she’s Queen? Ok o.

    • Nkem

      August 23, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      Don’t know why they keep calling her that. She lost that throne (if she ever had it sef) long ago.

    • sheesh

      August 24, 2016 at 7:20 am

      The amazing thing is the real Queens don’t even call themselves that. It is this type of attitude that sadly made her denigrate. While others are working tirelessly day and night and winning on all fronts, she’s still living on past. glory.

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