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Speaking of Africa, Oil and Sustainability: Nigeria’s Rivers State Governor to Visit Duquesne

The Right Honorable Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, governor of the Rivers State in Nigeria since 2007, will speak at Duquesne University on Monday, Sept. 10.

Amaechi will address the campus community and the public on The Role of Africa and Nigeria in the Global Future on Monday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom. An informal reception will follow the lecture, which dovetails with the University's strategic plan initiatives to deepen relationships with African communities.

He also will speak with students and faculty in the Palumbo•Donahue School of Business about sustainable economic development and Nigeria's social, political and private sector challenges. Because a personal visit to Pittsburgh by an African leader provides a rare opportunity, Duquesne has coordinated with the Office of the Allegheny County Executive for Amaechi to meet business owners. African and international students from Duquesne and other universities also will gather informally with Amaechi and his delegation, including the education minister.

"The visit by Governor Amaechi provides an opportunity for mutual enrichment and understanding," said Dr. George Worgul, University coordinator for academic programs in Africa. "Our discussions and activity will hopefully result in opening up faculty and student exchanges as well as more formal affiliations.

"The visit also illustrates the importance of the University's strategic plan and the need to become deeply engaged with the African continent. Duquesne is poised to become a conduit for increased engagement with the wide range of African cultures and nations."

Business Dean Alan Miciak also sees great potential for the business school, especially because Rivers State is home to Nigeria's oil fields. "This is a fantastic opportunity for students and faculty of the School of Business to dialogue with one of Nigeria's most innovative leaders whose experience and success is attracting the attention of global commercial interests," he said.

In Nigeria and across West Africa, Amaechi is widely recognized as a young, exciting and imaginative leader, said Worgul, whose three-day tour with Amaechi through Rivers State last year provided the foundation for this visit. 

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