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CirqMixer DC: Working, Living & Creating Across Africa

August 20, 2018 @ 10:00 PM - August 21, 2018 @ 12:30 AM GMT


Considering a “return” to the African continent? Exploring the possibility of a career transition to the creative or digital economy in Africa? Curious about what opportunities are out there or how to make that move? Join us at CirqMixer DC on August 20 for an evening of honest conversation, learning and networking with Circumspecte’s creative director and editor Jemila Abdulai; hosted by Nina Oduro of Dine Diaspora.

In 2013, Jemila moved back to the African continent to work in international development after graduating from Johns Hopkins SAIS with an MA in International Economics & International Affairs. She consulted with the African Development Bank in Tunisia and Cote d’Ivoire for two years, later opting to focus on turning her then 6-year blog Circumspecte.com into a digital platform and company.

Five years later, the Ghanaian digital entrepreneur and policy consultant is back in Washington, DC. She’ll be sharing some of her experiences, insights, and ideas on the ‘returnee journey’; navigating life and career transitions; and building a creative and non-traditional business in Africa during our CirqMixer DC edition. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A and idea exchange session as well as networking with partners and guests.

Date: Monday August 20, 2018

Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm (EDT)

Venue: Prequel Restaurant (Directions)

Entry: Free with RSVP using form below. Food and drinks for purchase.

Hashtag: #CirqMixer


CirqMixer DC is a Circumspecte initiative in partnership with Young African Professionals (YAP) DC, Dine Diaspora and Prequel Restaurant Incubator.

Jemila Abdulai Bio

Media and international development professional Jemila Abdulai combines her business, communications and project management expertise with her strong passion for Africa. Jemila is the creative director and founding editor of the multiple award-winning website Circumspecte.com; a digital platform and company  dedicated to meaningful insights, interaction and creative action related to Africa and Africans since 2007.

Jemila excels at creating content, connections and conversations. She works with Africa-oriented brands, companies and organisations like the African Development Bank and the World Bank Group to create and leverage digital content and tools. Alongside her work in policy and communications, Jemila creates and delivers engaging and interactive digital skills trainings for professionals, SMEs and entrepreneurs on using social media and other digital resources effectively.

A TEDx Speaker and Future of Ghana Top 30 Under 30 honoree, she has written for Devex, Global Voices and the LSE Africa Blog, alongside features on Al-Jazeera, BBC, DeutscheWelle, This Is Africa and Thought Catalog. More recently, Jemila has applied her people and storytelling skills to film. She secured her MA in International Economics and International Affairs from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and a B.A. in Economics and French from Mount Holyoke College. Jemila speaks French fluently and has worked in over 10 countries, the majority of which are African. You can find her tweeting up a storm on Twitter: @jabdulai.


Nina Oduro Bio 

Nina Oduro is a co-founder and Director of Design & Partnerships at Dine Diaspora. Nina brings her expertise in visual design, diaspora engagement, and partnership development to Dine Diaspora. From conceptualizing creative design elements to engaging partners, she is committed showcasing African Diaspora arts in the company’s work while growing its reach and impact in the US and globally.  She also founded AfricanDevJobs to connect Africans and the diaspora to jobs on the African continent.  Nina was honored as the 2013 DAWNer of the Year by the Diaspora African Women’s Network and featured as a Future of Ghana Top 30 Under 30. She received a MA in African-American studies with a concentration in African diaspora studies from Columbia University and a BA in political and social thought from the University of Virginia. Follow her tweets: @nina_oduro.


About YAP DC

The Young African Professionals DC Network (YAP DC) is a 501(c)3 organization based in Washington, D.C. Since its inception in 2002, YAP DC has grown into a respected network of more than 10,000 young African professionals acrossthe DC Metro area and the diaspora. YAP DC’s mission is to address the professional needs of young Africans in the diaspora; support more Africans in positions of power and influence; and positively influence narratives about the continent.


About Dine Diaspora

Dine Diaspora is a contemporary lifestyle and events company that creates dynamic experiences around food, culture, and heritage. Invested in using food as a mechanism for connecting people, Dine Diaspora designs and enhances events with creative cultural elements. The company promotes heritage cuisine by highlighting African diaspora culinary talent and seeks to impact diversity within the culinary industry. Their work has been featured on media platforms such as Washington City Paper, Okayafrica, Eater DC, Cuisinenoir, and the Washingtonian.


August 20, 2018 @ 10:00 PM EDT
August 21, 2018 @ 12:30 AM EDT
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Prequel Restaurant
919 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006 United States
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