Nigerian R&B singer and label executive, Banky W has been selected as one of the distinguished speakers at this year’s edition of the Oxford University Pan African Conference. Over the years, the bestselling singer-performer has represented Nigeria locally and internationally, with recent roles including being a torch bearer at the 2012 Olympics in London.
He will represent Nigeria once again at the annual Pan African Conference which will hold on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Oxford Union in Oxford, London.
The multiple award winning artiste and Chairman of Empire Mates Entertainment will join the league of world leaders who have been hosted by the Oxford Union including former US Presidents, Reagan, Nixon and Carter, Malcolm X, Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama, David Cameron, Senator John McCain among others.
The Oxford University Pan African Conference since its inception has been the foremost gathering of African students in the United Kingdom. In partnership with the Oxford Union, The conference brings together hundreds of dynamic scholars, entrepreneurs, activists, and political leaders from around the world.
Mr Wellington will be speaking on the importance of current cultural shifts and changes in artistic expression. He will also discuss the rise of a vibrant media industry and how these changes are shaping the continent’s self-perception and its image abroad.
Commenting on the selection of Banky W as one of the speakers for this year, Oxford Union conference chairman, Temitope Folaranmi said, “Banky W is one of the leading African musician/producers with a strong international presence. In the view of his extraordinary effort in developing young African music talents, Banky W’s participation in this year’s Conference will be an invaluable contribution.”
Banky W who recently released his fourth album to critical and commercial acclaim says, ”I am honoured to be selected to speak at this year’s conference. I feel very blessed and privileged to even be allowed to grace the same stage as some of the great dignitaries, past and present, involved with the program. I hope that my contribution will add value to the lives of those in attendance, and I’m sure that I will also take home a great deal of knowledge.”
Other keynote speakers at the conference include President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Koroma, King Letsie III of Lesotho,Former Prime Minister of Mozambique, Mrs Luisa Diogo and Former President of South Africa, Mr Thabo Mbeki among many others.