Tuesday 20th March 2018, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ SOAS University of London WC1H 0XG

Africa is finding its voice and its through the youth. Whether those raised on the continent or in the diaspora we are reclaiming and changing the narrative. This event aims to discuss the impact the new wave of millennial diasporans are having on the continent, and how this can be made more effective and sustainable. As well as highlighting the key areas for collaboration with those already on the continent.

Panellist include:

David Emeka Ogbogu:

David is a 3rd year PhD candidate at Middlesex University, with a research focus on propaganda, surveillance & Intelligence services within International Relations. Having previously completed two masters’ degrees in International Relations and psychological warfare, he is an experienced researcher. David is a freelance journalist covering, International Relations, emerging markets & cyber security. In 2017 David, set up ‘Crossing the Rubicon’, a social media platform which covers sensitive societal and international issues. Having completed analytical work for the international interest David has covered domestic & International issues on the news (TRT World) back in 2017.

Kojo Marfo:

Kojo is The multiple award winning Youth Influencer and Event Producer is the founder of UK’s leading platform for Youth Development and Creative Growth called My Runway Group.

Kojo is the Black British Business Awards’ Rising Star finalist for 2016 and his recent campaign ‘The Youth Will Be Televised’ which he curated to showcase amazing young people nationwide received heavy media attention including a business page review by the Evening Standard. The Ghanaian born creative also represented his country as the Youth Flag bearer at the 2017 Commonwealth service under the auspices of HRH Queen Elizabeth II. His contribution to the Youth Community very recently earned him a British Citizen Award.

Yasmin Wilson:

Yasmin is a young woman of mixed heritage, Jewish and African Caribbean descent. She is currently a final year undergraduate reading Accounting and Finance, and in the hope to pursue a Master’s in Management (Technology) at UCL this September. In the meantime, she is collectively working with others to create a foundation for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds to deliver mentorship and career guidance. She is also exploring the idea of creating a Caribbean network to mentor those of Caribbean descent in career mentorship and to educate on how Caribbean people can offer help in Africa’s future.

She is interested in the notions of Pan-Africanism and challenging the perceptions of Africa and the Caribbean, by communicating a history that is more than just war, poverty and famine. Yasmin celebrates her African Caribbean heritage and wants to someday be a big contributor to Africa and the Caribbean’s future narrative. Yasmin’s two favourite Pan-Africanist leaders are Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey.