by Rachel Ogbu
With the theme, “Building Capacity for a New Generation: The Case for Youth Leadership in Africa”, the 2012 Oxford University Pan-African Conference is scheduled to take place on 5th May. The event is set to be the largest gathering of African students in the United Kingdom, and should focus on the importance of nurturing a new type of African youth leadership in response to the rapidly evolving challenges of this century.
Key themes at the upcoming event will include: challenges and opportunities for the next generation of African leaders, investing in the youth as an economic strategy, youth and politics on the continent, Africa in a globalized world, and the future of Sino-African relations.
According to the Pan-African blog, the conference is part of a wider vision, “the Pan-Africa Project”, which seeks to provide an annual platform for all African students in the UK to reflect on mutual challenges and identify ways of promoting quality leadership and sustainable development in Africa. The 2011 conference, ‘Pan-Africanism for a New Generation’, brought together scholars, activists and leaders, to interrogate the meaning of Pan-Africanism in the 21st century.”
The conference is put together by the Oxford University Africa Society and will host hundreds of young and dynamic academics, scholars, entrepreneurs, activists, and politicians from around the world with dignified speakers including: Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria and Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2011; Vera Songwe, World Bank Country Director; Arthur Mutambara, Deputy Prime Minister, Zimbabwe; Hadeel Ibrahim, Director of Strategy and External Relations, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; He Liehui, Chairman, Touchroad International Holdings Group, China; Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative, Nigeria; and many others from across Africa and worldwide.
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