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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 Institute for Africa's (FLIA) 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.

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Each year, the FLIA 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 policymakers, leading researchers, NGOs and business professionals.

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


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In recent years, Africa Talks has hosted myriad prominent speakers to discuss Africa, especially its contemporary position within a global context. High-profile speakers include 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).

In recent years, the following prestigious speakers have also addressed the London School of Economics as part of the Africa Talks series: 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), Fadumo Dayib (the first woman to run for President of Somalia), OBE Margaret Busby (Publisher) and Professor Amina Mama (Editor, Feminist Africa).

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Recent events

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Africa Talks: the future of African feminist activism

Hosted by the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa

This event examines the long history of feminist activism in Africa and its enduring impact on society from an intergenerational perspective. At this critical historic juncture, speakers interrogate current achievements and fault lines as well as the crucial future of African feminist activism.

Date: Thursday 12 November 2020
Platform: LSE Player

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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.

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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