Connecting the Vision: Redefining what it means to be Young, African, and a Leader
Ghana Youth United Inc. and Nkuranshe help to rebuild, restore, and replace the underrepresented Young Africans making a difference.
Atlanta, GA- February 2011 – The non-profit founders of Ghana Youth United Inc. and the founders of Nkuranshe have spearheaded an initiative to exemplify and honor the works of young African leaders by executing the first annual Young African Leaders Conference.
The two-day conference weekend will kick off with a networking party to be held on February 25th, 2011 with musical performances, art displays, and more. The conference will be held on February 26, 2011 at the Atlanta Fulton County Public Library Auditorium from 10:00am to 2pm. This event will include African ancestral inspired performances, documentaries, a leadership building workshop and two panel discussions focused on Identity and Business/Non-profit enterprise. During this discussion, panelists will be asked questions that will focus on a young leader’s battle with solidifying their identity, building and maintaining successful relationships, and contributing to the economic transition of their countries. The questions will further address whether there has been progressive change, stagnation, or diminutive change in the community. The panelists include: Veronica Oladeija- founder and editor of the African magazine Apinke, Mirabel Toh- Miss Cameroon International, Irene Mbari-Kirika – founder of the non-profit assisting the blind youth of Kenya, INable, Joseph Abdallah– Center for Disesease Control(CDC) Research Analyst, Bessie Winn-Afeku- former Miss Black Georgia and founder of the She is Me Program, Angela Wamburi- Miss Kenya USA and founder of My Africa is Beautiful, Tiwa Agaga-Williams– Special Events Developer, Crystal Azu– National African Student Association President and Aaron Nanor- former Atlanta Mayoral candidate. The opening address will be given by Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall.
This first event is set to be one that will not only inspire the youth to act on their passion, but also enable them to bridge the disconnected gap of various generations of African youth. It sheds a positive light to the growing diverse community of Young Africans in America.
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About the Organizers:
Four young women in a collaborative union decided that it was time to re-inspire the youth. Young adults of the African Diaspora seem to be in need of further encouragement to use their talents to not only benefit them but benefit their communities. Although the women represent two distinct organizations serving the interest of the African Community, they have come together to form Connected Vision, a title that represents the Penumbra of their collective beliefs. Each of the women brings a unique perspective to their similar vision.
Ghana Youth United Inc.: A youth organization that believes that the unified strength of the youth propels innovative thought, charismatic reform, and forthcoming social improvements.
Nkuranshe: An organization that focuses on empowering people within the African Diaspora by infusing education with entertainment.
Nana Ama Afari-Dwamena