About the Africa in the World Festival

“Africa exists in the world. Africa is not one color. Africa is not even one place.”

Dele Olojede

The Inaugural Festival

Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch

3 – 7 September 2019

Africa in the World 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 or outright hacking capitalism.

Great ideas come from everywhere, and Spier Wine Farm, amidst the rolling vineyards and mountains of the Cape Winelands, is exactly the place for surfacing them.

The inaugural festival explored ‘leapfrog’, how to go from 0-60 in record time, unshackled by legacy.



Countries represented



About the Founder

Dele Olojede

Dele Olojede is a man who has come to be many things, all of which embody speaking truth to power and using the written word for change. He is a writer, publisher, and editor, as well as an entrepreneur, public speaker, and the founder of the Africa in the World Festival. Dele was the foreign editor at Newsday, in New York and founded NEXT in Nigeria. Olojede is also the first African winner of the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, which he received based on his work covering the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. During his career, he has also received the 2011 McNulty Prize and the 2010 Prize for Ethical Business Leadership from the Global Forum for Ethics in Business. As someone dedicated to learning, teaching and sharing he serves on the board of EARTH University, in Costa Rica, and he is a patron of the Etisalat Prize for Literature.