10 November 2012

Rwanda: Kagame to Address Oxford, Cambridge Alumni

President Paul Kagame will today, in Nigeria, address alumni of Oxford and Cambridge universities.

The alumni are grouped under the Oxford and Cambridge Club of Nigeria.

The club is renowned for two main calendar events, the May Ball (typically held in June) and its annual lectures traditionally referred to as "The Spring Lecture".

The President will address The Spring Lecture. He is the first incumbent President to address the Club.

According to the Club's president, Akinfela Akoni, the Head of State was invited, among other reasons, to share his leadership skills which have seen Rwanda transformed remarkably,

"Our objective was simple, we wanted to show our appreciation of the leadership of President Kagame because through his leadership, he has been able to reunite the Rwandan people into one family," Akoni said.

Four members of the Club visited Rwanda in June this year, when they presented their invitation.

"We felt it would be our great honour if President Kagame could come to Nigeria and deliver the leadership lecture due to his exemplary good leadership he has demonstrated in Rwanda," Akoni told reporters shortly after extending his club's invitation.

The members of Oxford-Cambridge Club of Nigeria are drawn from various professions and are leaders in their fields.

The club's aim is to seek ways in which to impact positive change in Nigeria. The story of Rwanda's recovery inspired them and, as a result, they picked interest in engaging with President Kagame to tap into his wisdom and leadership.

While in Nigeria, the President is also scheduled to meet investors and young professionals.

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