Zimbabwe is one of the countries that will co-host the inaugural Africa’s preeminent and independent youth conference, Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit (BDBA).
Launched in 2017, the Summit brings together youth leaders from across the African continent and the diaspora, and to date has engaged delegates in over 60 countries on the continent and beyond. The Summit aims to drive robust conversation and build collaborative networks made up of African youth in social and commercial entrepreneurship and leadership.
The Initiative founded the Summit, which has become its flagship project, and have hosted an arts and culture tour of the Continent, arts installations and other conference format events in partnership with other organisations.
The annual three-day event takes place in May, which has been declared Africa Month by the African Union. Besides Zimbabwe, other countries that will host satellite events include Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.
BDBA Co-Founder Nthabiseng Modjadji, said one of the mandates of the summit is to be a collaborative and inclusive platform for African youth, by African youth.
“Our mission has and will always be to host a platform where African youth set the agenda for deliberation on the renewal and sustainable development of the continent.
“As the BDBA Youth Summit celebrates its 5th Anniversary, we found it important to further position the Summit as an accessible platform that young from different regions of the continent can take ownership of and we are so excited that our network in Botswana, representing the SADC region, have shown such an overwhelming commitment to hosting this years Summit 2021,” said Modjadji.
Previous speakers of the Summit include founder of Jibilika Dance Trust and Multiple award winning activist Plot Mhako, Nigerian entrepreneur Adebola Williams, Kenyan political activist and photo-journalist Boniface Mwangi, and South African youth activist and author Zulaikha Patel.
The 2021 Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit will be hosted from the 25th to the 28th of May, under the theme Young people in Africa: Collective Participation and Power Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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