It's taken a while to get these just right - a huge thank you to all the speakers, artists and activists who made Africa Utopia 2014 such a great success. Zoom in for captions and click on the images for videos of the talks or the artists' websites. Here's to Africa Utopia 2015.
Across the weekend we had sessions on everything from 'Why China Loves Africa' to 'Women and Leadership', 'Celebrating African Lesbian, Gay Queer and Trans Activism' and 'The Rise and Rise of African Literature'.
Alongside panels and workshops we also had daily Afrikan Yoga and a Natural Hair Meet-up, Film Africa pop-up screenings, a packed-out Africa on the Catwalk fashion show and a Food Hackathon. Plus brilliant performances by Mulatu Astatke, Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra, Gina Yashere, Alesandra Seutin, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Qudus Onikeku, Zena Edwards and many more.
My highlights included chairing in conversations with Baaba Maal, Edna Adan and Mulatu Astatke, see below for videos.
Edna Adan in Conversation
“If you’re not going to be leaders, you remain followers, and if you’re followers you never know where you are gonna be led to” - Edna Adan activist, founder of the Edna Adan University Hospital of Somaliland and former foreign minister of Somaliland
Mulatu Astatke in Conversation
"We have given so much to the development of modern music" Mulatu, god-father of Ethio-jazz
Sunday Newspaper Review
Flying Doctors Nigeria founder Dr Ola Orekunrin, founder of i.e. Muhanna & co. Ibrahim Muhanna; and founder of Africa Reads Mimi Mmabatho Selemela give us a snapshot of the biggest headlines and Africa-related stories
Baaba Maal on Youth Art and Activism
"Africa's youth is the key to the future" Baaba Maal, multi-award-wining Senegalese musician and international human rights campaigner (video coming soon)