“I am part of Pamoja because I believe in the power of us and the sustainable development and growth projects that our ecosystem can bring about through connecting young change-agents.”
My experience co-founding the Warwick Africa Summit led me to wholeheartedly believe the potential of a few ambitious and focused young people. Once the summit ended, I thought what’s next? The answer was and is Pamoja. In the midst of all of Africa’s tribulations and potential there’s one thing that is great –its youth dividend. As part of the diaspora and part of this youth bracket which are too often unheard, I believe our platform will bridge this conversational gap. I long for the young global leaders and incumbent decision makers to operate hand-in-hand in building a greater Africa.
I am a part of Pamoja because I have a passion for publicizing the necessity of cross-cultural exchanges between Africans back home and Africans of the diaspora.
Whilst completing my MSc at the University of Oxford, I was the Events Manager for the Oxford Africa Conference 2018. Part of my role was to oversee honourable visits from the current President of Ghana, Mr. Nana Akufo- Addo and the First Lady of Namibia, Monica Geingos. This experience exposed me to the decision-making realms that shape the lives of many young Africans living in Africa and abroad. It motivated me to take practical steps towards contributing to social change in Africa.
“I am part of Pamoja because the organisation celebrates Africa and the youth, promotes the positive images of Africa and understands it’s development points – Pamoja takes things a step further by not just discussing but brings solutions to the table. “
Growing up in the UK with African heritage , the onus is often on our parents or grandparents to instill in us that we have roots and therefore should take interest in the goings-on on the continent. The Pamoja Network acts as a hub which makes it easier for us young people to take an interest by giving young people a platform to give opinions and implement change.
I am part of Pamoja because it gives a platform to the youth, to voice their opinions, concerns and solutions but also pushes them to engage with these issues practically.
I recently finished studying Development, Administration and Planning at UCL with hopes of continuing my studies to PhD level before returing to Nigeria to set up a local development consultancy in my home Imo State. I have always had hopes to build an organisation with galvanises the youth of the continent both on ground and abroad. Personally, I long to unite people with a common goal and have these persons participant continent whilst leading Africa to its bright future.
I am part of Pamoja because the organisation endeavours to disrupt the common negative dialogue of Africa and bring light to the continent’s beauty so that individuals with a heritage both inside and outside of the UK have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of African affairs.
During my time at the University of Warwick, I was keen to learn what changes need to be made in order to unlock the great potential contained within these countries and thus allow them to progress into a more dynamic and prosperous future. I believe that there is a need for more holistic dialogue relating to African Affairs, in contrast to the negative and incomplete image that is often portrayed in mainstream media.”
I am part of Pamoja because I am passionate about creating a space for young Africans to tell their own stories, be able to be heard and actively contribute to the continent’s development.
I have an MSc in International Development with a regional focus in African Development from the London School of Economics and Politics Science (LSE). I have a keen interest in Growth and Development in developing countries and I’m particularly passionate about Sub-Saharan Africa and the Political Economy of its Development. I am passionate about changing the perceptions most have on Africa and allowing Africans on the continent and the diaspora to be the narrators of their own stories.
I am part of Pamoja because the organisation recognises that the youth are the future and we are the generation that will actively embark on this mission to expand, unify and most importantly provide solutions for the African continent.
I believe it is important as young Africans that we know our roots in order for us to become the change we want to see. The youth are the catalyst for change, we need to equip ourselves with the required knowledge surrounding our continent and unify to find solutions. As change agents I believe that we must not only prioritise discussion but actively seek to find answers to our pending questions.
Conrad is Founder and Director of CMG International Media Group, an events lead Multi Media Organisation that has interest in Magazine publishing, TV, Advertising and Marketing Agency among other. Popular brands under the CMG House include Zimbabwe Achievers Awards International, Zim Abroad Magazine, The African Diaspora and Zimbabwe Channel. Conrad is passionate about highlighting the positive work being conducted by the diaspora, specifically, in the UK.
Possessing over 30 years’ experience in the advertising and fundraising sector, Veronica is devoted to developing diverse next generation leaders. She is a Director of the Aleto Foundation and craftswoman of the highly acclaimed Aleto leadership programme for African and Caribbean university undergraduates. She believes in the power of ‘WE’ – “It takes a village to raise a child” and “Together we can do so much.”
Director of Public Sector Development (EMEA), Palladium Group
Director of Public Sector Development (EMEA), Palladium Group
Dapo is the Director of the Policy Development Network (PDN). From 2011-2015, he was the Special Adviser to the Minister National Planning and later the Minister of State for Finance in the Federal Government of Nigeria, where his responsibilities included strategic planning, development policy, donor coordination and international cooperation. Prior to this, he was head of Policy and Strategy at ‘SPARC’- the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) technical assistance program in Nigeria.
Dr Mbaye joined the Department of Music, Culture and Creative Industries at City, University of London as Lecturer in Culture and Creative Industries in January 2015.
Mbaye is interested in urban popular cultures, and has researched on the music economy in relation to entrepreneurship, development and social transformation in Francophone West Africa. Her work generally focuses on cultural labour and creative production processes, as well as the work and policy practices of urban creativity in African contexts.
Before joining City University (Department of Music, Culture and Creative Industries; School of Arts and Social Science), Jenny was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the African Centre for Cities (ACC) of the University of Cape Town (UCT). She has worked in cultural and media organisations in Senegal and Burkina Faso, and as an academic researcher in Canada, the U.K. and South Africa. She is a research and policy consultant (UNDP/UNESCO Creative Economy Report 2013, Praia Declaration, Foundations Lettera27, Fitzcarraldo).