Dr Kimani Nehusi – Assoc. Professor, Temple University (USA) - keynote speaker
Michelle Yaa Asantewa speaks on ‘The role of African women and spirituality in development’
Dauda Bary speaks on ‘Harnessing Science for Africa’s development’
A community inspired event bringing together a dynamic array of academic and community based speakers will challenge participants to reconsider Africa as the maker of her own history, rather than the perpetual victim of external forces.
Exploring issues of agency, gender, spirituality, underdevelopment, cultural integrity, imperialism, exploitation and emancipation, the conference aims to better connect the African diaspora with Africa -past, present and future.
Sound Systems Outernational have joined with two community organisations to organise this focus on Africa. The conference will explore a variety of issues facing the African continent today and the role of the African diaspora.
At 2pm, the conference will open with grassroots drummers using the djembe to link past, present and future, representing the voices of those who are no longer with us and those yet to be born. Drums play an important role in every aspect of African life, including the physical, emotional and spiritual. African hand drums are played to communicate, celebrate, mourn and inspire. They are played in times of peace and war, planting and harvesting, birth and death.
This will be followed by the pouring of a libation led by an esteemed elder – a traditional custom performed across Africa - pre and post colonialism.
Participants are invited to experience the drum as a connection to the African experience.
Brother Dauda Bary, will speak on the role of science in Africa’s development.
A panel of women, facilitated by Sister Michelle Yaa Asantewaa will speak on the role of women and spirituality.
At 6pm, Professor Kimani Nehusi, a multi-disciplinary scholar with a PhD in Caribbean Studies, former Director of the Afrika Studies Centre at the University of London will deliver the key note speech addressing the way forward.
There will be performances from up and coming young artists. Also a range of stalls displaying cultural artefacts, vegan and natural products.
This is a must attend for students interested in African culture, anti-imperialism and anti -racism.
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