OYW Africa: #BlackUnity - Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship | 21 August


Time and Date: Friday 21 August, 3pm (WAT) / 4pm (SAT) / 5pm (EAT)

From the over 1.2 billion person market comprising of over 70 percent young people to having the world’s largest free trade zone with the highest Medium and Small Enterprises (MSEs), Africa is home to rich human and natural resources. However, unemployment, lack of access to funding for African MSEs, ‘white saviour’ complex, increasing trade tensions, COVID-19-related business challenges among other economic injustices are persistent issues facing Africa. On one hand are the opportunities; on the other, the challenges.

As the OYW Africa leadership team, we believe that for the world to be equal there has to be the liberation of black people everywhere. We need to come together and unite to birth a world free of racism and economic justices against black people. The #BlackUnity campaign is a platform where open, transparent and uncomfortable conversations can be held around racism and racial justice from every part of the world. Join us and watch the second episode focused on economic empowerment and entrepreneurship.



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Gregory Rockson

Gregory is the co-founder and CEO of mPharma. mPharma offers solutions to health insurance and pharmaceutical companies to make it easier for patients to afford their medications.



Fahd Zami

Fahd is an automation engineer and Chevening scholar, currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Bath with a focus on strategy and sustainability. Fahd previously worked in the energy sector for 7 years and managed several electrification projects in rural areas including electrical grid extensions and solar panel instalments

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Kemi Adetu

Kemi is currently an Energy Finance professional with over 5 years of expertise in the United States, Europe and Africa. She is also the founder of GLOW UP which stands for Girls, Ladies, Orphans, Women, United for Progress.

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Spandana Palaypu

Spandana is the founder & CEO @ ZoEasy | Global Shaper @ World Economic Forum | Forbes 50 Startups | Lead2030 (Credit Suisse) & Expo 2020 Winner | 2019's Most Influential | OYW Ambassador | Dutch MFA Scholar.


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Onneile Maripe

Onneile Maripe, ACA, currently works as a Finance Performance Analyst at Debswana Diamond Company (Pty) Ltd, specifically with Treasury and Financial Reporting.

OYW Africa and Middle East team:

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Isaac Olufadewa

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Levern Ramshubby

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Tolulope Aina

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Mary Helda Akongo

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Fahd Zami

Fahd Zami

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Neeshad Shafi

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