Last week the annual Oxford Africa Conference was held at Oxford University, gathering some of Africa’s most important voices of politics, business and artistry. The conference, which was held by Oxford University’s Africa Society, chose this year’s theme as ‘Africa’s Relevance: Locally, Continentally and Globally’.
The student-led conference, which hosted its 9th annual event this year, discussed what must be done for the continent to become more developed and reputable across the globe. This was done through the use of roundtables, debate and important African voices sharing their stories and knowledge to inspire the audience as well as fellow guests.
Guests included the Zimbabwean former deputy Prime Minister, Professor Arthur Mutambara and Dr Kandeh Yumkella, a former Director General of the United Nation. Mutambara impassioned the audience of 500 by discussing the importance of African nations coming together in order for the continent to develop and become stronger stating that “African unity is one weapon we can use to solve our problems”.
“In the same way we used African unity to deliver political independence, we must now use African unity to deliver shared independent prosperity, shared economic growth. The future belongs to African Unity”
Before the two-day event began, the week started off by having a range of pre-conference events that gave a more in-depth discussion on research in Africa as well as Peace Talks, the latter being an event held in honour of the first African United Nations chief, Kofi Annan.
The main conference gave the opportunity to celebrate the African enterprises that have created innovative and sustainable projects, to help in developing the continent and ensure they are at the forefront on the global stage.
The event concluded with a gala dinner, creating the opportunity for people to come and discuss further with Africa’s future with scholars, politicians and businessmen. Creating a great sense of hope and assurance that Africa can be at the forefront for prosperity, delivering great promise for the future generations.
By Natasha Vignon