Mr Ray Ekpu, veteran journalist and co-founder of Newswatch Magazine, marked his 70th birthday on Monday, 6th August 2018. He zeized the opportunity to set agenda for Nigeria. In other words, a colloquium with the theme: ‘Nigeria: The Leadership Question’, was organised by him and his friends to speak on the goings-on in the polity.
The colloquium was held at the Agip Recital Hall, Muson Center, Onikan, Lagos with Bisi Olatilo, ace broadcaster, as Master of Ceremony.
Former Minister of External Affairs, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, chaired the event while Dr Chidi Amuta was the guest lecturer. Mr Dan Agbese moderated the colloquium. Ms Yemi Adamolekun, Mr Debo Adesina and Mr Sam Omatseye, Ms Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji and Mr Seun Okinbaloye were discussants at the event.
Others who attended were: Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State(represented by the Commissioner for Information); Chief Olusegun Osoba, former governor of Ogun State; Mr Kingsley Moghalu, former deputy CBN governor; Mrs Modele Sharafa-Yusuf; Prof Pat Utomi; Chief Dubem Onyia; Mr Nsima Udo Ekere, Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and others.
Also present at the event were his wife, Mrs Uyai Ekpu and his children, Elu, Edikan and Mfonison Ekpu.