So it’s about that time of the year in the U.S. where the buds are a-opening and people are slowly discarding their winter gear for less weighty options. Likewise, there’s a ton of great events usually planned. How better to spend your first weeks of Spring than at some Africa-inspired events? Here are three of such events to look out for and attend.
Why is this decade one of the most exciting for Africa by way of development and economic prospects? Wondering what ingredients kept Africa “cushioned” from the disastrous effects of the global economic crisis? What’s the secret behind 8 of the top 20 fastest growing economies being African? Looking to move back to the continent and wondering about business and investment opportunities? Just tryna get a scope of the landscape and make some valuable connections?
The First Annual Kellogg Africa Business Conference at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois saw the likes of Ecobank CEO Arnold Ekpe share their vision for a better Africa as well as personal stories for how they keep striving to make a difference despite challenges. This year’s Kellogg ABC promises an even better line up with the theme: ‘Africa’s Golden Age: Seizing Opportunities in an Exciting New Era’, and former South African President Thabo Mbeki as Keynote Speaker. Innovative leaders and speakers also include representatives from Google, First Bank Africa, Oxford and Beaumont, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and Standard Chartered.
There’s no time to waste. Register now for Kellogg’s 2nd Annual Africa Business Conference slated for Saturday, April 2, 2011 in Evanston, Illinois. For updates, follow @Kellogg_ABC on twitter or join the facebook group.
~ FACEAfrica 2nd Annual Gala – Boston, Massachusetts – March 26, 2011
Water is LIFE, and thanks to Saran Kaba Jones and her team at FACEAfrica, thousands of people in Liberia are getting just that: water and the opportunity for a better life. With a cocktail reception and auction lined up, this March 26 event features personalities like retired Congolese NBA Player Dikembe Mutombo, Designer and Actress Whitney Port, and Nigerian Victoria’s Secret Model Oluchi Orlandi. The black tie optional gala will also honor UNICEF Ambassador, award-winning chef, cookbook author and food activist Marcus Samuelsson. Unable to attend the event? How about making a donation or buying a stylish “Peace, Love & Clean Drinking Water” t-shirt. Looking to keep in the loop? Follow @faceafrica and join the Facebook page. All proceeds go to ensuring sustainable water supply for Liberia’s impoverished communities.
~ F.A.C.E. List Awards – New York City, New York – March 26, 2011
Face2Face Africa (F2FA) presents its first ever The Fascinating Africans Committed to Excellence Awards (FACE List) on Saturday, March 26, 2011. Hosted by the First African Miss Universe, Mpule Kwelagobe, the F.A.C.E. List Awards will recognize and honor the leadership and innovation of individuals like Benin native Angelique Kidjo, Nigeria’s Ngoli Onyeka Okafor, BET’s Lilian Blankson, Ghana’s Edward Armah, and Spain’s Bisila Bokoko, in putting Africa in a positive global spotlight. There’s also a great lineup of performances from Kaita and Janelia, as well as a fashion show featuring Ghana’s Aya Morrision and Cameroun’s Cote Minou. The event will also commemorate the launch of the much anticipated Face2Face Africa Online Magazine. Special guests include CNN correspondent Lola Ogunnaike, as well as Jackie Appiah and Nadia Buari of Ghallywood fame. All proceeds will go towards supporting A Jewish Heart for Africa‘s efforts in providing sustainable technologies for combating the effects of climate change. Kindly visit their website to purchase tickets and join Face2Face Africa on Facebook for further insights and info,
So there you have it! Three solid events where you can learn, network, have fun, and most importantly, give back to Mother Africa. Remember, your presence in itself is an affirmation and a step towards the positive change that Africa needs! Enjoy and keep us posted!
Photo 1: Kellogg ABC, Photo 2: FaceAfrica.org, Photo3: Face2FaceAfrica
Jemila Abdulai is the creative director, editor and founder of the award-winning website Circumspecte.com. A media and international development professional and economist by training, she combines her business, communications and project management expertise with her strong passion for Africa. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys travel, global cuisine, movies, and good design.