Like many of you, we were very much looking forward to building on the momentum from last year’s inaugural festival. But family and friends and neighbors and fellow human beings are all struggling against the scourge of this novel virus.
Best wishes from down here.
About the Festival
Africa in the World once a year hosts the world’s thinkers and doers, whose ideas and work have the potential to solve large problems facing Africa and the world, and who help us to see the world afresh and coax us away from old dogmas and prejudices.
AIW is a festival of human possibilities, and welcomes the world to the African town of Stellenbosch, in the Cape Winelands. The festival showcases ideas hiding in plain sight across all fields of human endeavor, whether cracking the malaria code, redesigning cities, delivering high quality public education at scale to give a fair shake to the child in Shoshanguve as the child in Singapore, or attempting to hack capitalism to lessen its winners-take-all propensities. The festival is invitation-only, and brings these innovative thinkers together with a selection of African leaders with the capacity to propel action.
To learn more, please watch the video below:
Highlights from the Inaugural Festival
AUTHOR OF THE COMING PLAGUE & GLOBAL HEALTH ANALYST
Laurie is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer on public health, and author of the best-selling book The Coming Plague. Laurie’s reporting on the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in Congo in 1995 won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism.
GOVERNOR OF KADUNA STATE
A former leading member of Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo’s economic team, he was in charge of Nigeria’s wave of privatizations in the early noughts, and the dramatic retreat of the Nigerian government from a command and control economy.
CEO - NAANDI FOUNDATION. CO-FOUNDER - ARAKU COFFEE
Having one day quit banking to embrace the life that had beckoned him, Manoj is feeding 1 million of India’s poorest school children daily, supplies 3 million with drinking water, and is right now planting a tree for every Indian.
CEO OF LEAPLEARNER
Ami Dror is the founder and CEO of LeapLearner, a Shanghai-based education technology company that enables children to code our AI-powered world. In an effort to make coding education globally accessible, in 2019 Mr. Dror founded ICode.org, a non-profit that has launched the world’s first International Coding Olympics.
Post-Mandela Africa seeks practical ideas as Davos ‘jamboree’ loses lustre by David Pilling JANUARY 22 2020 … “Dele Olojede, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Nigerian journalist, feels the allure of Davos is diminishing. “I don’t think it has the magic it once did,” he says....
We have observed with growing concern the unfolding reality of COVID-19 and its impact on humanity.
Subsequently, the 2020 AIW Festival must be postponed into the new year.
We’ll be sure to send updates later in the year.
In these uncertain times, please stay healthy.
“I don’t think it has the magic it once did. It doesn’t actually address in a systematic way the kind of challenges and opportunities that African leaders are confronting. It has become a bit of a jamboree.”
- our founder, @DeleOlojede on WEF in Davos.