Africa Day 2023: Harnessing the Potential of Africa’s Youth for Sustainable Economic Development 

Event Date: Thursday, May 18, 2023

1-3 pm: Zoom Discussion

6-8 pm: Dinner Reception at the Cabral

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The African continent is currently experiencing a youth bulge, with over 60% of its population being under the age of 25. This presents a significant challenge and opportunity for the continent’s development.

As an organization dedicated to promoting African culture and heritage, we recognize the critical role that the African youth play in shaping the continent’s future. We believe that this event will provide a platform for experts, youth leaders, and entrepreneurs to share insights and explore solutions to harnessing the potential of Africa’s youthful population for sustainable economic development.

The goals of the Africa day event are as follow: 

    • Provide a better understanding of the impact of demographic dividend, it challenges and explore solutions to taking advantage of it 
    • Increased awareness of youth participation in policymaking and governance in Africa
    • Provide platform for networking and collaboration among faculty, students, alumni and youth leaders with diverse interest and inspiring work 
    • Re-affirm Northeastern role as a global partner in preparing African Youth for sustainable development home and aboard 


Zoom Conversation: 1-3 pm


Dr. Hazel Sive, Chair of the Africa Global Initiative. Dean of the college of Social Science & professor of Biology


Keynote Address: Harnessing the potential of Africa’s youthful population for sustainable economic development.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gbemi Disu, Vice President of Global Network Expansion, Northeastern University

Youth at the Forefront Storytelling

Topic: Encouraging Youth Participation in Governance and Policy Making: A Pathway to Inclusive Development in Africa


Rachel Joy Boakye, Masters in International Affairs from American University. Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Augustana College. Research Assistant, African Center at United States Institute of Peace

Wantoe T. Wantoe, Studies Master’s of Public Policy (M.P.P.) at University of Oxford. Member of the United Nations Department of Global Communication Youth Steering Committe

Youth Led Solution Panel Dicussion

Topic: Innovative Youth-led solutions: Exploring Youth CEO methods in Impacting African Youth and Creating Jobs


Killion Mokwete, Co-Founder of Social Impact Collective (SIC) Inc RIBA Architect /Associate Teaching Professor at Northeastern University School of Architecture


Wainright Acquoi, CEO of TRIBE. Social Entrepreneur + Lecturer

Mohamed T. Kante, Founder of iNERDE Inc. & Lean Impakt LLC, Operational Excellence & Innovation @ Dell Technologies

Dinner Reception: 6 – 8pm at The Cabral Center in John D O’Bryant African American Institute

Join us for an amazing evening of networking and delicious African cuisine.

(Due to space constraints, the Africa day networking dinner will only be open to Northeastern students and alumni on the Boston campus)

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