About the Pic above :
“Each brick represents each person seated in the room and the colorous represents Africa diversity ” (Julia Black)
Date: 31st March & 1st April
Avenue : LSE new academic building
Time: 8am (registration) program time : 9am to 6:30pm
Theme: Built for Africa
Hi everyone, this post is long overdue , this is because I wanted to take my time , gather all my notes and pictures in other to make this post as descriptive as possible .
Africa’s struggle for indipendence was largely driven by a desire to wean herself off exeogenous solutions, ideas , and systems. In keeping with this desire, different political and economic platforms such as the African Union (AU) and various Regional Economic Communities (RECs), were formed to safeguard and promote the interests of Africans. Over the years , however the dream of building a self-reliant Africa , capable of generating its own ideas and resolving its own challenges, has lost momentum. The heavy international assistance in African countries manifests itself in various sectors, including health, education, security, and finance. While Africa has not realized its dreams of providing solutions to its problems, some notable progress has been made. A clear example is the impressive prevention of Ebola outbreak in Nigeria through mainly local efforts, with minimal international support. The world-renowned micro financing service,M-pesa, development by a Kenyan mobile network operator is yet another notable example. The remarkable success recorded in both instances point to the importance of solving African issues with African solutions. In light of this , the 2017 LSE African Summit seeks to explore inclusive solutions to reshape Africa’s poor development trajectory. Africa is rich in her hidden , stolen and forgotten gems.
The opening speech
The opening speech was presented by Julia Black , LSE interim director and Pro director for Research.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS :
- The first keynote was taken by His Excellency Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory, Vice President of the Republic of Mauritius
In his keynote, he was very positive about the future of Africa, not forgetting the fact that there is much to do, he believes that Africa can solve their issues .
- The second keynote was taken by Prof. Muhammadou Kah Vice Rector for technology&innovations, school of IT & Engineering , from Gambia.
Prof. Kah was such an interesting man with a wonderful personality. Who left his comfort zone to contribute something to Africa. In most of his speech he stressed so much on investing Time in the younger generation through Education. He stressed on how providing education and institutions could improve Africa. Kah raised a question which kept me thinking :
” There are a lot of billionaires and successful people in Africa when will they invest in the creativity of the younger Africans? When will they invest in building up young people skills? If they do so Africa will be BETTER”.
I will just quote some of the things he said and that I have managed to note down .
“We cannot build Africa without the right mind set “
“Think Africa . Not ethnic not country but AFRICA “
” I saw the opportunity to build Africa through Nigeria”
“Education is more than a Qualification “
(Some quarters are on my twitter page @irukablog)
- The third and final Keynote was taken by Anas Aremeyaw Anas
Anas is a world- famous yet anonymous Ghanaian Undercover investigative journalist. His undercover investigations focus primarily on issues of Human rights abuse and corruption , carried out in many countries, with a primary focus on Sub Saharan Africa; in his own words he catches “the bad boys” .
Putting aside the fact that the job he does is highly risky , his aim is name , shame and Jail .
*videos of his speech on my Instagram page (st3ffy_ follow follow follow !!)
His works highly contributes Africa becoming a better place . He says
“ someone living in NY cannot tell you the problem in your country and how to solve it better than you living in it”
“Stand firm when trouble comes”
“I welcome your criticism I just disagree with you ”
“Extreme problems needs extreme remedies ”
I would like to provide a summery of how This particular quote came up. Basically most part of Africa are highly corrupted and the people face injustice on daily basis . Unfortunately certain ‘cool’ systems adopted in western societies do not work when applied to African countries. Because the system is different there , and the only way to stand out and make your voice known is with extreme remedies . In other words through his undercover journalism he was able to get things done.
You may read more of his works on his website : http://anasaremeyawanas.org/
Afterwards we had severel discussions provided by different Panels , the topics were :
- Security & Justice
- Reinventing Africa’s educational system
- Law & development
- Harnessing Africa’s informal Economy
Chair: Tomi Oladipo ( BBC Africa Security Correspondent)
- Dr. Lori-Anne Theroux-Benoni (Head of Dakar Office)
- Brenda Mofya (Oxfam international Head of Humanitarian Campaigning)
- Temitope Olodo ( Preventive Terrorism Consultant )
- Dr. Bakary Sambe ( founder and director of Timbuktu institute-African Center for peace studies and the founder of the Observatory of radicalism and religious conflicts in Africa ORCRA)
Research paper by Prof. Kenneth Simala
- Stacey Brewer ( Entrepreneur )
- Yusuf Ahmad ( leads design and delivery of degree programmes at ALU)
- Prof. Moses Oketch( professor of international education policy and development at UCL)
- Awino Okech ( SOAS university Gender studies professor)
Research paper by Joseph Hanlon
Chair: Lolan Ekow Sagoe-Moses(lawyer and open governance activist )
- Dr. Awol Allo ( Assistant professor at Keele University and ex Lord Kelvin/Adam smith Scholar at the University of Glasgow; research interest in the sociology of law , critical social theory , political theory , human rights , post colonial studies and the African Union)
- Andile Cele ( Research Specialist for the international Budget Partnership and works with civil society around the world to help reduce poverty and improve the quality of local governance)
- Oluseun onigbinde (lead partner of BudgIT)
- Elham Saudi ( director of lawyers for justice in Libya)
Research paper by Adeolu Adesanya
Chair: Dayo olopade ( author of the bright continent )
- Kate Meagher
- Rahul Oka
It was a wonderful experience and if you are intrestead in working in Africa or have ideas you may register with MOVEMEBACK .
Visited on 31/03/17