By Ekamma UBA, Senior Staff Investigator
RWANDAN President, Paul Kagame is to lead other African intellectuals in a cerebral discourse bothering on land and maritime security challenges in the continent of Africa at the forthcoming14th Security Watch Africa Conference billed to hold on February 6 to 9, 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda. SWA is Nigeria’s foremost security programme on television and has continued to hold security summits since 2004, bringing together security experts from across the continent of Africa to discuss security challenges and proffering solutions. Speaking on the choice of this year’s venue, convener and CEO of SWA, Mr. Patrick Agbambu said the maiden edition was held in Nigeria and later Ghana, the Gambia, South Africa, UAE and Huston, Texas; the United States of America adding that it is his intention to continue to give the programme the deserved Africa colouration, hence the choice of Rwanda; especially when the conference is in collaboration with an African University; Stellenbosch University, South Africa. According to Mr. Agbambu, “Today and more than ever, there is urgent need for practical ideas that would help bring our continent, Africa out of the looming and palpable Armageddon. This year’s event which is in partnership with the Stellenbosch University South Africa, promises to be credible, classy, glamorous and full of finesse. Already we have confirmed attendance of dignitaries from Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Kenya, the Gambia, Senegal, Cote D’ Ivoire, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Namibia and Mozambique.”
It was further gathered that the partnership with the faculty of Military science, Stellenbosch University was affirmed after the signing of an MOU in June 2016 stressing; that the occasion would also be used to confer awards of excellence to deserving persons who have excelled in their chosen careers. He noted that a Nigeria crime Journalist, Odita Sunday of The Guardian newspaper, would be honoured with the prestigious award as the “Best Investigative Crime Reporter of the year 2017” on the print category for his exceptional display of responsible journalism, incisive and investigative reportage that has perpetually put security agents on their toes and shaped security architecture of Nigeria.