PENN AFRICA SUMMIT
MODERN DAY REVOLUTIONS IN AFRICA
YOUTH REVOLUTIONS SHAPING THE AFRICAN CONTINENT
We kick off our speaker series with 'Youth Revolutions: Shaping the African Continent'.
Who better to keynote this event than Shadrack Frimpong, a recent graduate featured in Forbes' 30 under 30 list. This event offers an incredible opportunity for anyone out there who'd like to curve out their own path and have a lasting impact on Africa and beyond.
Shadrack became the first person from his village in Ghana to attend college in the U.S., earning a full ride to the University of Pennsylvania. There, he won the $150,000 President's Engagement Prize and started Cocoa360. It has pioneered the 'farm-for-impact' model, using revenues from community cocoa farms to fund a tuition-free all-girls school and community health facility from the proceeds of a cocoa farm in Tarkwa Breman, a small village in Ghana where Frimpong grew up. In less than 3 years, it has cared for 3,000 patients and currently educates 120 young girls. Shadrack was recently featured in Forbes under 30 under 30 and is really looking forward to share his experiences on during the summit.
STEINBERG DIETRICH ROOM 1206
Emma Wareus is a former Miss World Africa who placed first runner-up to Miss World in 2010
Paakow Essandoh is the founder and CEO of MIZIZI, an athleisure lifestyle brand, and the co-founder of One Tribe Magazine, a digital publication catering to the African Diaspora. His work seeks to address African cultural representation and connection among members of the vast Diaspora.
WU AND CHEN AUDITORIUM
FACES OF THE REVOLUTION
Picture this! Three people walk into a room, Miss World Africa, a performing artist and a CEO.
Well, why picture it when you can live it?
The room happens to be Irvine Auditorium Room G7! Be there at 4pm on Friday and define what happens next.
How about following that up with a keynote address from the one and only Abiola Oke, CEO of OkayAfrica?
With Alumni and Student Leaders from Various Schools
Abiola is a media executive—he is the CEO and Publisher of Okayplayer, a 19-year-old media company defining and amplifying culture and OkayAfrica, founded in 2011, the leading media company of its kind connecting a global audience to African culture with operations in New York, Johannesburg, Lagos and London.
Abiola began his career in the financial services industry holding various senior-level positions at Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, and Barclays.
As a noted speaker, Abiola has given keynotes at the Stanford University, spoken at the Oxford University Africa Business Conference, Haiti TECH Conference, AfroTech, World Bank IFC Sustainability Exchange, UNICEF's inaugural Global Innovations for Children and Youth Summit in Helsinki, Finland and the Africa-America Institute’s State of Education Forum in Abidjan. He was awarded the Amplifier of the Year honor at the inaugural AfroBall gala.