Time and Date: Friday 10 July, 4.00pm - 5.20pm (GMT+2)
For centuries, racism has been deeply entrenched into every part of society across the globe. Anti-blackness which takes its roots from centuries of colonization and slavery has constantly threatened the way of life of black people. This happens even within the black community where a lot of the injustice and discrimination they face is deeply rooted in anti-blackness for example tribalism, colorism, xenophobia, afrophobia, among others.
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 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 this Friday and watch the first episode.
Sizwe is a South African author, musician, and activist. He was a prominent and founding member of the Rhodes Must Fall movement that led to the removal of 'Cecil Rhodes' statue which symbolised oppression and institutional racism.
He has written publications on racism and corruption that have been published in reputable media agencies. He holds a DPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford.
Farai is the co-founder of the youth-led organization Africa Matters that has empowered over 15,000 young Africans to lead through leadership skills, capacity building and community-impact projects.
Farai is a Queen’s Young Leader 2017, Dalai Lama Fellow 2019, a One Young World Ambassador and a King’s Principal’s Global Leadership Award Recipient. In 2018 she was named one of the top 100 Mandelas of the future by Media24.
Dara is a Manager within Deloitte's Digital Delivery Centre in the Middle East region. Alongside this, her areas of focus and interest are Digital Acceleration, Workforce Transformation and Leadership Development. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), having qualified in 2017 as a Chartered Accountant (ACA).
Dara is passionate about rethinking and redesigning the paradigm within which businesses operate, such that sustainability - economic, environmental and societal - sits at the heart of solutions and strategies proposed for the future.
Ruth is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Reroot Africa, a youth-led initiative which addresses Voluntourism (orphanage tourism) and empowers marginalised youth in Kenya and Ethiopia through social entrepreneurship. Having grown up in care herself, Ruth has dedicated her life to advocating for the rights of children, believing that no child should have to choose between family and clothes, nor between food and education.
Levern has always had a passion for making a difference and reimagining the possible whether that be big or small. She has an honours degree in Industrial Psychology and is currently a Manager at PwC South Africa. Levern attended One Young World in 2017. Her contribution to driving change and making a difference in society has been through her position within her firm. Levern co-leads the Circle of Young Intrapreneurs in Johannesburg which focuses on driving good within an organization by doing good. She also leads the PwC Africa Millennial forum which focuses on young professionals driving change from a business, people and community perspective.