|Colloquium on Rhetoric & Political Leadership|
The colloquium on “Rhetoric and Political Leadership” organised by the African Association for Rhetoric (AAR) in collaboration with the School of Media and Communication, Pan-African University, began on the 26th of July, 2012. The event attracted scholars from an array of academic institutions across Africa.
The keynote address for the day was delivered by Honourable Farouk Adamu Aliyu, former Member of the House of Representatives and governorship aspirant for Jigawa State. Hon. Aliyu engaged discussants with insights on the pressing issues surrounding the rhetoric of political leadership from a practitioner’s perspective.
The sessions witnessed presentations by speakers such as Dr. Isah Momoh, Professor Ambrose Adebayo, Dr. Austin Tam-George and Stephen O. Solanke. The speakers engaged the subject of rhetoric from multi-disciplinary perspectives. The themes included communicative, political and architectonic rhetoric, developmental rhetoric, transformation and sustainable development in Africa, parliamentary rhetoric and legislative communication, rhetoric and the financial crisis in Africa as well as the rhetoric of environmental issues and concerns. The central lesson drawn from the interactions was centred on the idea that rhetoric must be used positively to drive sustainable infrastructural, environmental, socio-cultural and political change in any society.