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University of Warwick’s 2024 Warwick Africa Summit: Celebrating, Collaborating, and Driving Change

The University of Warwick’s annual Warwick Africa Summit returns on the 2nd & 3rd March. A student-led conference, it is aims to foster the development of the African continent.

This year’s theme "Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu" (Zulu) or "I am because you are" is the first in-person summit post COVID-19. The summit aims to celebrate Africa, promote collaboration, and stimulate positive change by connecting African leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs with a global talent pool.

A diverse lineup of speakers including politicians, bankers, entrepreneurs, activists, and philanthropists will come together. They are all committed to unlocking the true potential of the African continent and include:

  • H.E. Dr. Fatima Maada Bio, the First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone who leads on the "Hand Off Our Girls" Initiative to combat sexual and gender-based violence, early marriage, teenage pregnancy, and child trafficking. She also serves on the advisory board of the UN Secretary General’s eminent persons on zero waste.

  • Tunde Onakoya, a Nigerian National Chess Master and founder of Chess in Slums Africa. This non-profit organisation impacts over 10,000 lives through tuition-free education, resources, and mentorship. Recognized with accolades such as the Future Awards Africa Prize for Community Action (2021), and the Business Insider Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2022).

  • Dr. Fatou Bensouda, High Commissioner of The Gambia and Former Chief Prosecutor at the ICC. She has addressed underreported offences such as sexual and gender-based crimes and the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage. Before her ICC role, she held various high-ranking positions in The Gambia's legal system and has recieved numberous awards for her contribution to international law and justice.

  • Lydia Zigomo, Regional Director for UNFPA East and Southern Africa. She has provided support and technical expertise to over 20 country offices and partners in the region. She has 30 years of experience in women and children’s rights, sexual and reproductive health, HIV, and AIDS among other key issues.

Hillary Wanjohi, President of Warwick Africa Summit says ,“This year I chose the theme "Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu" to encapsulate my personal journey at Warwick and the Summit. The translation "I am because you are" recognises the profound influence of those who have walked the path before me and those who have journeyed alongside. We warmly invite you to join us in exploring the diverse landscape of Africa. Whether it holds sentimental value as your homeland, captivates your interest, or simply sparks curiosity. Immerse yourself in the narratives of innovative entrepreneurs and change agents shaping Africa's future.”

For more information and to register, visit the website.


Media Contact
University of Warwick Press Office contact:
Kat Beauchamp, Communications Officer
Phone: 07880175408

Fri 01 Mar 2024, 09:40 | Tags: Students, Africa, Warwick Africa Summit