The first ever Africa Innovation Festival was a three-day physical and virtual event over the course of three weeks in November and December 2021. Each week focused on one of three themes, namely
Accountability, Transparency, and Natural Resource Management.The main objective of the Africa Innovation Festival was to shine a lens on innovative CSOs, start-ups, leaders, strategies, and trends around Africa to build a stronger and more resilient African continent.
The Festival attracted a rich pool of panel speakers who probed into the three (3) themes. Over 300 people across the region followed the discussions. Amongst the speakers were Nigerian Ambassador for Peace, Caroline Orobosa-Usikpedo; the Executive Director at Kinara for Youth Evolution, Charles Salu; Abrahams Misoi, Programmes Manager at Transparency International, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Paul Saitoti, as well as Samuel Asimi, Programme Specialist at Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre. Others speakers included President of Réseau des Organisations et des Projets Associatifs du Gabon (ROGAPA) - Guy-Christian Moussava, Independent Consultant Christian Elongue and President of the International Centre for Diplomacy, Karima Rhanem.
The Africa Hub's National Chapters, Legal Resource Foundation from Zimbabwe and Connected Development from Nigeria, organized mini-physical Festivals.
The panel sessions ran alongside the three (3) Demo Jams, with participants getting an opportunity to present an idea around the Festival's three (3) themes in a short 5-minute demo and stand a chance to secure a grant of USD $1,000.
While closing the ceremony on December 3, 2021, I4C Africa Hub’s Regional Manager, Njambi Wagacha, underscored the importance of the Festival, which she noted provided a platform for all "stakeholders to forge collaborations and partnerships and advance innovative ideas that will positively influence our society with time."
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