Africa in the World

September 4-7, 2024

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Our Story

A Festival of Hearts and Minds

Welcome to Africa In the World, a festival that brings together the world’s most innovative thinkers and top leaders to platform invigorating ideas for fresh changes and sustainable solutions for African people. Our purpose is to spark connections and engage actions that can move African society forward. Learn more about our story and meet our founder, Dele Olojede, who believes in the power of dialogue to bring the best and brightest together in unearthing solutions that can be implemented and sustained over the long term.

Africa In the World is an ideas festival.  We have conceived it as a convening of great minds, not only to explore how the best ideas can help us solve our biggest challenges, but also to infuse the festival with spirit.  That’s why we don’t call it a conference.  We call it a festival of hearts and minds.

Dele Olojede

2023 Festival Highlights

What’s New

Moderator Dele Olojede, Gloria Serobe and Adrian Enthoven, in conversation about the Solidarity Fund.

Thought leaders converge for Africa In the World 2023

The festival brought an agenda deeply concerned with enhancing ways of living on the continent, structuring access to existing and …

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‘The Lives of Wole Soyinka’

‘The Lives of Wole Soyinka’ – The Nobel Prize Laureate engages in dialogue with novelist, …

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How Societies Heal—A Lesson From Rwanda

We go back and revisit the wounds we have…using art as a tool or as …

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John E Deasy

You begin to build an energy that you can lift ideas out of here and …

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Highlights from the 2023 Festival

2023 Speakers

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Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian playwright, poet, and Nobel laureate, is a prominent figure in literature and activism. He made history as the first African to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. With an impressive body of work spanning drama, novels, essays, and poetry, Soyinka’s influence reaches global audiences. From founding theatre groups to teaching at prestigious universities, his contributions have left an indelible mark on the literary world.

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Hope Azeda

Hope Azeda is a  playwright, director  and founder of mashirika performing arts media company . She  is a pioneer in using art as a tool for peace building and is a celebrated leader of the Rwandan and the African continent’s arts sector.  She […]

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Justice Malala

Justice Malala is an award-winning South African journalist, TV host, political commentator, newspaper columnist, and best-selling author.  In 1997, Malala was awarded the Foreign Correspondents Association Award for Courageous Journalism and served as a judge for the Taco Kuiper Awards […]

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Rokia Traoré

Rokia Traoré is an award-winning Malian-born singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Her album, Bowmboï won the Critics Award category at the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music in 2004 and another titled Tchamantché won Victoires de la Musique World Music […]

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Navyn Salem

In 2009 Navyn set out to help end the crisis of global malnutrition by founding Edesia, a U.S. non-profit, social enterprise, with a mission to treat and prevent malnutrition in developing countries worldwide. Her factory in Rhode Island produces a […]

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Chris Varelas

Chris Varelas is a founding partner of Riverwood Capital, a private equity firm focused on high growth technology and technology-related companies in need of capital and expertise to scale on a global basis. Notable Firm investments include Alog, ForgeRock, Globant, […]

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Known for her captivating live performances and award-winning albums such as Bowmboï and Tchamantché, Malian-born singer-songwriter, RokiaTraoré has been acclaimed as one of the most innovative vocalists in the West African singing tradition. 

She blends a variety of musical styles from classical music, jazz and pop, and includes traditional instruments in her arrangements. 

Last year at #AfricaInTheWorld, she performed music from her last album, Né So, which means ‘home’ in the Bambara language.
In a session titled 'The Fires Next Time' @stellenboschuni and @ukzn's Professor @tuliodna talks about the role he played as the director of the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation, in the response to COVID-19 in South Africa through his visionary application of genomics and bioinformatics.

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"If you strip me of all other pretenses, I am a teacher," said former South African deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka when speaking about the centrality of education in a nation’s life during the Africa in the World festival in Stellenbosch.

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