This weekend (13 and 14 April ), the 9th African Economic Forum is taking place at Columbia University in New York City, one of the most prestigious higher learning institutions in the United States. This Is Africa is an official partner of the Forum. We will be joining in with TIA's African Hit Radio streaming live from Columbia University. TIA dj Zaga (Ghana/USA) will be playing the afterparty from 11 PM to 2 AM. Tune in to African Hit Radio for three hours of the latest dance tunes from all over the continent!
9th African Economic Forum: Africa Reclaiming Africa
This year's theme of the African Economic Forum is 'Africa Reclaiming Africa: Changing The Rules of Engagement'. The African continent is emerging from a history of being tied to foreign aid and ruled by exploitative elites. Recently the pattern was broken by a new generation of leaders and policy makers who are pushing for self-sufficiency. As a result of this transformation, Africans have become more vocal, innovative and entrepreneurial. Results include fast socio-economic improvement and economic growth fueled by local enterprises. Africans in the Diaspora are returning home in large numbers, and at a faster pace, to participate in this movement. Africa is reclaiming Africa, and the African Economic Forum is focusing on the professionals, entrepreneurs, and financiers who are making this happen.
The African Economic Forum was initiated in 2004 and has grown to be the largest Africa-focused event at Columbia University with over 500 participants last year. The Forum brings together current students, alumni, faculty and the professional business community. The event is organized by the Columbia Business School, Columbia Law School and the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
The list of guests and panelists includes the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Lamido Sanusi who was listed as one of the 2011 TIME 100 for his efforts in transforming Nigeria's banking industry, Amina Salum Ali, Ambassador to the US in the African Union and Les Nubians, the French-Cameroon singing duo who live in NYC nowadays.
End of Conference reception with Dj Zaga: live on African Hit Radio
The gala & dinner evening and the End of Conference reception will be played by Dj Zaga, the Ghanaian dj known for his events across the US and who recently played the Ghana 55 celebration. You can listen to some of Zaga's mixes on Soundcloud. The End of Conference reception (the afterparty) will be streamed live via African Hit Radio! Tune in from 11 PM to 02 AM (Eastern time), that is 5 AM to 8 AM Central European time to catch the ambiance.
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If you want to attend the Forum, registering can be done through this link.
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