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Africans in BC Townhall: How the African diaspora can contribute to the development of the continent

December 17, 2022
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
at UBC Robson Square (map)

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About the Event

Precious Fountain Foundation (PFF) and the UBC Liu Institute Network for Africa, in partnership with UBC Connects at Robson Square, invites you to this special end-of-year townhall for diaspora Africans. This year’s theme for discussion is how Africans in the diaspora can contribute to the development of the continent as a whole. There will be a keynote address, panel discussions, as well as many opportunities to connect and network with your peers. Food will be provided.

Please note that this is a hybrid event and we have limited spots available for in-person participation. Register now to save your spot!

Keynote Speaker

Comfort Sakoma is one of Nigeria’s most sought after business development and growth strategists and is also among Nigeria’s leading experts on international trades.

She launched the Poize Insider Network (PIN) to boost the competitiveness of the Nigerian economy. Through this network she has provided business development support for more than 300 women-owned businesses, helping them to leverage technology, develop effective brand strategies, pursue global partnerships, and expand their trade capacity. The network has trained 3,100 women business owners in Nigeria since March 2016. She is also the CEO of Poize Capital Global, a market entry firm that helps foreign companies enter the Nigerian market and helps Nigerian companies enter African, U.S., and international markets.

Miss Sakoma is a member of the board of directors of the U.S.-Africa Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. She is a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and a partner/mentor for the African Entrepreneurship Award by BMCE Bank of Africa.

Panelists

Lama Mugabo is a community planner with a passion in social food security, climate and economic development. He is the founding director for BBR – Building Bridges with Rwanda, a non-profit organization that promotes Rwanda’s sustainable development projects in Rwanda. In Canada, BBR engages local audiences in Canada in understanding the Rwandan development model through dialogue and learning exchange workshops. In 2019, Building Bridges with Rwanda joined hands with Hogan’s Alley Society and the Institute for African Diaspora Research and Engagement to launch Remember Rwanda 25 Year Legacy Project, at SFU. RR25 LP will lead a reflection tour to Rwanda every summer and organize a bi-annual conference on Rwanda Development Model. Lama uses storytelling as a community planning tool to understand the problems and work collectively to find lasting solutions. Learn more about Lama Mugabo’s work here.

Jacky Yenga (aka Jacky Essombe) is originally from Cameroon, Central Africa, grew up in Yaoundé and Paris, and now lives in Vancouver, BC. She is the Executive and Artistic Director of the African Friendship Society, the founder of the Spirit of the Village Global Movement, a Performer, a Best-Selling Author, a TEDx Speaker and an enthusiastic Ambassador for the Wisdom of Africa and their healing message of Friendship, Joy and Forgiveness.

Kimani Karangu is a PhD Candidate at the UBC Faculty of Education. He is currently the President of the Kenyan Community in British Columbia and sits as a member of the City of Vancouver’s Black and African Diaspora Communities Advisory Committee. In Kenya, he was a former school principal and served as the District Deputy Chairperson of Kenya Primary Schools Headteachers Association. In his free time, he volunteers as a co-host for the African Vibes show at Vancouver Coop Radio CFRO 100.5FM.

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