BBC Global Questions Hosts Igbo, Yoruba,Pidgin Debates In Lagos Today



The BBC World Service through its current affairs programme, Global Questions will be hosting three debates at the Afe Babalola Hall of the University of Lagos in Igbo, Yoruba, and Pidgin. Each session will feature thought leaders, professionals, clerics and public office holders, who will answer questions on codeine abuse, bride-price custom, and domestic violence.

At the pidgin session of the debate titled ‘Codeine abuse: Who is to blame for youth’s abuse of the drug?’ It will be recalled that a recent BBC Pidgin and Africa Eye documentary ‘Sweet Sweet Codeine’ brought the reality of drug abuse pandemic from the streets into living rooms across the Nigeria. Oluwatosin Caleb Adeyemi, Editor-in-chief, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria; Dr. Musa Umar, Director, Narcotics and Controlled Substances, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC); Ibrahim Babashehu Ahmed, Head, Planning, Research and Statistics, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria and Dr. Raliat Akerele, President, Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital will be answering relevant questions like, who should take primary responsibility for the spread of Codeine cough syrup? What efforts (if any) have been put in place to curtail the prevalence of Codeine cough syrup so far? Can drug addiction be eradicated for good?

For the Igbo session titled ‘Is it time to reinvent the Igbo marriage and bride-price custom?’ doing the honours will be Chigozie Nnabuihe Ph.D., Lecturer in the Department of African and Asian studies, University of Lagos; Immanuel Ibe-Anyanwu, Journalist, author, public affairs analyst and social influencer and Chioma Omeruah ‘Chigul’, comedienne, singer, actress and compere.

The Yoruba session titled ‘Prevalence of domestic violence: The Law, Culture & Religious perspectives’ has Dr. Mrs. Olubusola Afolayan – Senior Broadcast Journalist, Yoruba service, and presenter of the programme, Barrister Abiola Abiala – A victim of Domestic Violence, Fuad Adeyemi – Islamic Cleric, Olugbenga Joel – Pastor and Missionary and Mrs. Christiana Ibidunni Alakija-Ladapo – A retired Director at the Lagos State Ministry of Health, as speakers.

Questions can be submitted through a range of BBC platforms including Twitter by using the hashtag #BBCGlobalQuestions, sending a Whatsapp message on +447497371629 or emailing The programme will be broadcast on the BBC’s international news channel, BBC World News on Saturday, July 28, at 0910 and 2110 GMT and 0210 and 1510 GMT on Sunday, July 29. It will also air BBC World Service Radio and

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