We are back
With the COVID pandemic now hopefully behind us, we are delighted to reconvene again in person in 2023 for Africa In the World festival of hearts and minds.

Building on our inaugural festival in 2019 in the lush surroundings of Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch, South Africa, next year’s event will push more fully into the beautiful university town of Stellenbosch itself, set against the background of majestic mountains, rolling vineyards, and the twinkling sea in the distance.

It is time again to bring together thinkers and innovators from around the world in communion with African leaders in various fields, to apply their minds to some of the biggest challenges our continent faces.

We are anticipating a stellar lineup of speakers and performers, from presidents to scientists to philosophers to musicians.

As usual, our festival is by invitation only. Our invited guests will shortly receive a “save the date” in their inboxes. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, our best wishes for a happy holiday season.

Dele Olojede
Founder & Host

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

Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett


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.

Nasir El-Rufai

Nasir El-Rufai


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.

Manoj Kumar

Manoj Kumar


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.

Ami Dror

Ami Dror


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.