THE Joshua Nkomo memorial lecture will be held in Gwanda on Friday, centring on democracy, human rights, leadership renewal, youth participation and national healing, Southern Eye has learnt.
BY MTHANDAZO NYONI
The lecture series will run under the theme Joshua Nkomo At 100, A Reflection on Ethical Leadership for Africa’s Economic Development.
Organisers of the event, the Joshua Nkomo Cultural Movement (JNCM), said the public lecture is meant to honour and highlight “the rich legacy of leadership, personal sacrifice, patriotism and national reconstruction that have been bequeathed to Zimbabwe by this great champion (Nkomo) of Zimbabwe’s national movement that culminated in independence in 1980”.
“The Joshua Nkomo 2017 memorial lecture will be unlike other traditional lectures. It will have a diversified pool of highly esteemed speakers,” JNCM said in a statement.
“These speakers represent various sections of the society and they will speak on a wide range of topics including democracy, human rights, leadership renewal, youth participation and national healing.”
The lecture will be delivered by African Development Bank director (special projects), Sipho Moyo.
Nkomo, who was born on June 7, 1917 and died on July 1, 1999 at the age of 82, would have turned 100 this year and the Gwanda memorial lecture is one of the many events the JNCM has organised in his honour.
Apart from the recently held Kezi centenary celebrations and memorial lecture in South Africa, JNCM has organised a Joshua Nkomo Memorial Youth symposium (August 31), Bulawayo Outreach Awards and the Joshua Nkomo Centenary Football Challenge, whose date is yet to be announced.
The Gwanda event is being hosted by the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic in partnership with the JNCM, Bigtime Strategic Group, Tapela Incorporated Development Practitioners and Cradles of Influence Communications, and the Higher and Tertiary Education ministry.
They are sponsored by South Africa-based Zimbabwean businessman, Justice Maphosa, who runs Bigtime Time Strategic Group.
JNCM was formed in 2014 to “sustain and advance the legacy and vision” of the late Father Zimbabwe.