Global Questions, the BBC’s current affairs programme travels to Lagos to raise important questions around how African youth are mobilising to raise political awareness. On July 5, the BBC World Service will be hosting three debates at 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.

The English-speaking panel will include Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State; Samson Itodo, Executive Director Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth & Advancement; Ayisa Osori, Lawyer and Author; Obiageli Ezekwesili, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative, and Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, one of Nigeria’s most recognised TV personalities.

Pidgin – Codeine abuse: Who is to blame for youth’s abuse of the drug?

Time: 10.30am

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

Dr. Raliat Akerele, President, Association of Resident Doctors, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital.

Igbo – Is it time to reinvent the Igbo marriage and bride-price custom?

Time: 2pm

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

Chioma Omeruah ‘Chigul’, comedienne, singer, actress and compere.

Yoruba – Prevalence of domestic violence: The Law, Culture & Religious perspectives

Time: 4:30pm

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

Mrs. Christiana Ibidunni Alakija-Ladapo – A retired Director at the Lagos State Ministry of Health

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

Richard Ogundiya

Journalist & Techpreneur. Africa, communications and data.

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