Born out of a sheer desire among students at LSE to create a platform for Afro-centric scholarship, the Annual LSE Africa Summit showcases Africa’s contributions to the world, and encourages debate on contemporary challenges and opportunities facing the continent.
First held in 2014, the two-day conference has since earned a reputation for being an open stage for engaging and exploring critical issues, cutting-edge research, political vicissitudes, creative enterprises and business trends across a rapidly evolving Africa.
Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa (FLCA) and led by a student team, the Summit brings together head of states, renowned academics, senior government officials, leading entrepreneurs, influential artists, philanthropists, prolific researchers and students from across Africa and its diaspora. These speakers share ideas and develop relationships that can be translated into meaningful action.
The founders of the Summit hoped that such conversations would move the world’s understanding of Africa beyond the tired and deplorable narrative of a diseased, hungry and underdeveloped continent. This ethos speaks to the fact that Africa – through its strength, diversity and even its weaknesses – can only be truly articulated by those on the continent equipped and empowered to do so. Today, the LSE Africa Summit is the biggest event of its kind in Europe.
Over the years, Presidents and Vice Presidents from Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Mauritius have attended the event. Some of the leading figures hosted in previous years include Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (President of Ghana), Yemi Osibanjo (Vice-President of Nigeria), Dr Donald Kaberuka (former president of the African Development Bank), Ibukun Awosika (chairman of First Bank of Nigeria), Ismail Ahmed (Founder and Executive Chairman of WorldRemit), Meaza Ashenafi (Chief Justice of the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia) and Genevieve Nnaji (Film Director and Actress).
Past Summit themes have included Entrepreneurship (2014), Innovative Governance (2015), Africa within a Global Context (2016), African Solutions to African Issues (2017), Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialisation (2018) and 2019’s Africa’s Future Frontiers. Each year, the Summit has drawn over 1,000 delegates from private and public sectors, and this grows each year.
In keeping with this legacy, in 2019 we have invited an impressive group of transformational leaders and thinkers from all three sectors for the 2020 event, to stimulate conversation and inspire action. We look forward to having you on board this year!
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