Abuja, Nigeria – The Lenin Centenary Coordinating Committee has announced that Nigeria will host the International Centenary Commemoration for Vladimir Lenin, the influential leader of the first Socialist Revolution. The momentous event is scheduled to take place from January 21-23, 2024.

This information has been made known in a public statement issued by the Chairman of the Committee, Comrade Owei Lakemfa, who applauds Lenin for his renowned role in transforming the theories of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels into practical politics. This transformation ultimately led to the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the formation of the Eastern Bloc during the October 1917 Russian Revolution.

Comrade Owei Lakemfa said, “This revolution had a profound global impact, inspiring movements and revolutions in countries such as Vietnam, Kampuchea, North Korea, Laos, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

The defunct USSR, which provided support in terms of training, logistics, arms, and funding, also played a pivotal role in Africa’s liberation movements and the independence of countries such as Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and South Africa.”

The International Conference aims to explore Marxism-Leninism as a tool for analyzing and understanding contemporary global challenges, including neoliberalism, multilateralism, the rise of BRICS nations, globalism, and the complexities of democracy and underdevelopment in Africa.

The conference will bring together an international advisory board representing Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Africa. It will feature exhibitions, youth programs, and in-depth discussions on key topics.

Comrade Owei Lakemfa added that the event will also provide a platform to celebrate the significant contributions of Nigerian socialists such as Mokwugo Okoye, Wahab Goodluck, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Ola Oni, and Alao Aka-Bashorun, while also analyzing the impactful roles of socialist leaders like Kwame Nkrumah, Sekou Toure, Nelson Mandela, Patrice Lumumba, Samora Machel, Agostinho Neto, and Amilcar Cabral in the African continent.

Poverty, good governance, working-class struggles, the African diaspora, culture, arts, internationalism, colonialism, and emancipation are additional themes that the Conference will be addressing. The overarching theme of the conference will be “Lenin, Leninism, Africa, and the World.”

To learn more about the conference and ask any questions, feel free to reach out to Comrade Owei Lakemfa, the Chair of the Lenin Centenary Coordinating Committee. You can contact him at lakemfaowei@yahoo.com or centenaryvil@gmail.com.

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