Government and industry leaders to come together in celebration of Africa’s first Integration Day on 7 July
Leaders from across African business and government are set to unite this July for the first-ever Boma of Africa Festival, led by the African Union Commission and the AfroChampions Initiative.
In celebration of the inaugural Africa Integration Day on 7th July, the Boma of Africa Festival will host a series of insightful convenings seeking to drive sector integration across Africa.
Leading speakers from a range of sectors will aim to generate high-level discussion delving deep into how actions can inspire Africans to hone their talents for the common good.
The festival kicked off today with The Grand Debates, where Africa’s most prolific, incisive and prominent minds were invited to debate for and against themes including inclusion, innovation and integration, chosen to highlight the creative tensions the continent faces.
Sunday, the Showcase Day will highlight a number of innovative projects accelerating integration across Africa, including an initiative bringing Africa fashion designers, cotton growers and manufacturers together to make masks branded by global brands.
The festival is one of a number of innovative programmes taking place around Africa Integration Day to highlight the new African economic order, following agreement by the African Heads of State to establish the yearly commemoration during an Assembly of the Africa Union session in 2019.
“We are pleased to welcome both government and private-sector leaders across science and technology, education and the creative arts to the first Boma of Africa Festival, our flagship event for Africa Integration Day.”
” We created this day as an opportunity to highlight Africa’s trade and economic integration potential and showcase our breadth of creativity and talent. I encourage all Africans to get involved in the festival and help celebrate our future”, said Dr. Edem Adzogenu, Chairman of AfroChampions Executive Committee.”
As part of the virtual festival, the continent’s brightest creatives and artists are invited to participate in a Creative Challenge, with the opportunity to win the grand prize of USD$50,000.
Artists are invited to explore and celebrate the journey towards Africa’s future through artistic works in categories including poetry, short stories, video/audio and animations/games, through to visual arts, cartoons, culinary art, fashion and crafts.
Artworks will explore the festival’s uniting themes:African Unity is About Difference, African Science is Universal Science, Africa’s Future is in its Past Globalization is Africa’s Friend