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Africa Talks

Open and issue-oriented debates about Africa 

Is the Chinese campaign for resources around the world a neocolonialism approach?

Dambisa Moyo, LSE, Monday 25 June 2012.

Africa Talks is a series of high-profile events that create a podium for African voices to inform and transform global debates, inspiring new perceptions of the continent.

The Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa's (FLCA) flagship event series, Africa Talks predates the centre itself – symbolising the long tradition of engagement between the London School of Economics and the African continent.

Please find details of upcoming Africa Talks events at the end of the page.

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Each year, the FLCA holds three events as part of the series. Topics are judiciously selected following comprehensive consultations, both internal and external. Nonetheless, the topics are always pertinent to Africa, with the objective of engaging leaders across different spaces and linking innovative policy makers, leading researchers, NGOs and business professionals.

The Talks further provide the opportunity for the FLCA to engage with African voices in the diaspora and on the continent to proffer recommendations that could ignite actions and guide our united efforts towards generating a more conducive and sustainable environment to contribute to Africa’s prosperity in the long-term.


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In recent years, Africa Talks has hosted a myriad of prominent speakers to discuss Africa, especially its contemporary position within a global context. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (President of Ghana), John Mahama (former President of Ghana), Yemi Osibanjo (Vice-President of Nigeria), Joice Mujuru (former Vice-President of Zimbabwe), and Dr Donald Kaberuka (former president of the African Development Bank) have all been hosted.

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), Genevieve Nnaji (Film Director and Actress), Dambisa Moyo (Zambian economist and author), and Fadumo Dayib (the first woman to run for President of Somalia), have also spoken at the events.

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Africa Talks: The Global Legacy of African Women Writers

Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, as a part of LSE Festival

Date: Saturday 7 March 2020

Time: 12:45pm - 14:00pm 
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE
Speakers: OBE Margaret Busby, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, 
Angela Wachuka & Professor Karin Barber as chair.

See here for more information.




Africa Talks: Decolonising African Knowledge Systems

Date: Thursday 16 January 2020

Time: 6.30pm–8.00pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, LSE
Speakers: Professor Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Dr Wangui wa Goro, Dr Romina Istratii & Dr Sara Salam as chair.

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