This Keynote Lecture is organised by the African Peoples Advocacy. The vision of African Peoples Advocacy in organising the lecture is to bring together outstanding members of the African Diaspora, partners and friends of Africa each January, so that they may exchange ideas on a specific theme and establish synergies for concrete action throughout the year.
Participants include journalist and filmmaker Sorious Samura and Eric Chinje of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
Entry is free and open to all. However, you are actively encouraged to purchase signed copies of the recent children’s novel of Chantal Aboa, Bala in the Mali Kingdom, which will be available on the day at the special New Year discount price of £7.99 (down from £9.99) –African Peoples Advocacy is raising funds through sales of this book
Nairobi, Kenya: The National Youth Summit 2013 is planned to take place on 31st January and 1st February 2013 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Nairobi. this is part of an extensive process that supports dialogue on how the youth can be the drivers of peaceful co-existence and accountable government as the critical foundations for a prosperous Kenya .
Book launch with Andrew Rugasira, author & CEO of Good African Coffee
Chair: Alex Jakana, BBC
Good African was the first African-owned coffee brand to be listed in UK supermarkets – this book charts all the obstacles Rugasira and his company faced: from the seemingly impossible task of finding capital, to prejudice and discrimination, to close calls with lions in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains.
Since its founding in 2003, Good African Coffee has helped thousands of farmers earn a decent living, send their children to school and escape a spiral of debt and dependence. Despite huge inflows of aid, Africa remains mired in poverty, disease and systematic corruption. In A Good African Story, Andrew Rugasira argues that trade has achieved what years of aid failed to deliver, and has provided a tantalising glimpse of what Africa could be.
As he recounts the very personal story of his company and the challenges that he has faced – and overcame – as an African entrepreneur, Rugasira discusses the barriers that prevent fair and equal trade between Africa and the rest of the world. He sets out the arguments for reducing dependency on hand-outs. And he builds up a manifesto for a revolution in the way that Africa is perceived. This is a book about Africa taking its destiny in its own hands, and dictating the terms of its future.
To attend this and other RAS events – please register on this website(www.royalafricansociety.org) – after which you will be able to register yourself for this and further events held by the Royal African Society.