Kwame Nkrumah, Prime Minister of Ghana, gathered the First Congress of Independent African States in April 1958. The conference called for the founding of African Freedom Day. The day was later renamed to African Unity Day to remember its origins from the founding group, the Organisation of African Unity.
African Diaspora Network wishes you a Happy Africa Day!
We celebrate Africans and friends of Africa who contribute their time, talent, and intellectual and financial resources to make true positive impact in the lives of many people in Africa.
The original idea of Africa Day is truly unity. In the late 1950s, African nations unified under the common goal of achieving independence and liberation. Under the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana became the first African nation to gain its independence on March 6, 1957. Through the first Conference of Independent African States, May 25 was established African Freedom Day to commemorate the Continent's history of independence, liberation, and unity.
How can we continue to advance toward unity? Our work is a reflection of this legacy. Only when we know each other and create understanding can we achieve true unity. ADN seeks to spark partnerships between Africans and friends of Africa that lead to fruitful outcomes for the Continent. On this day, we salute the youth, women, educators, farmers, and all the people of Africa who are working hard to make a difference in the community. Beyond the network, we are creating a global community where we continue to engage with partners and community members to uplift the work of Africa and magnify what is within.
Founding Executive Director
African Diaspora Network
Call for Nominations for the 2019 Builders of Africa's Future Awards
The 2018 Builders of Africa’s Future Awards brought together 2 investors and 10 startups based on the criteria of innovation, uniqueness, growth potential, and impact potential on the Continent. We look forward to welcoming the 2019 awardees!
Nominations for the second BAF Awards are now open.The BAF Awards serves to showcase and award entrepreneurs who are running early-stage for-profit and not-for-profits that are addressing Africa’s unique needs through technology or differentiated business models. These unique needs are in health, education, energy, financial inclusion, gender inclusion, nutrition, commerce, industrial development, and other socioeconomic good.
Nominate leaders of an early-stage African enterprise for the second annual Builders of Africa's Future Awards today. A selection of nominees will showcase their startups at the Fourth Annual African Diaspora Investment Symposium in January 2019. Start-ups will be selected based on the criteria of innovation, uniqueness, growth, potential, and impact potential on the continent.
African Diaspora Network seeks to advance the cause of unity through our mission of building a global network and strengthening local ties through community impact. We continue to engage with partners and community members by facilitating dialogue for unity and action.
As part of her role and mission to share the work of the African Diaspora Network, to learn from others, and to engage with entrepreneurs, investors, educators, government and public leaders, Almaz Negash is participating and speaking at regional and global convenings.
April 2018: Skoll World Forum The SWF brings about 1200 social entrepreneurs together to connect, learn, and re-imagine possibilities. There is a deep rooted sense of community that the Skoll Foundation built over the last 15 years. The people who come to the Forum are working on issues ranging from education, to healthcare, to gender equity, environment, and employment. They all care about their work and they are relentless in networking and finding potential funders and/or friends. Keynote by Fred Swaniker of Africa Leadership University was one of the highlights. Fred challenged all of us to join him on the mission to prepare Africa’s largest workforce in 6000 days. Let's join Fred in this journey.
May 2018: Facebook Women Leaders Forum Participated at the FB annual conference where women from all over the world came together to learn, network, and share ideas and resources. There were several young African entrepreneurs from Nigeria, Kenya, and Ghana who are all utilizing social media to advance their business as well as to contribute to the betterment of their communities.
May 2018: Diaspora, Diplomacy, and Development a conference organized by Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin. The events is convened by Professor Liam Kennedy who has been doing research on the issue. Almaz will speak on the The Role of Africans in the Diaspora to contribute to the economic and social well-being of Africans.
May 2018: UN Economic Commission for Africa High-Level Panel on Migration and Immigration The committee is chaired by the Hon. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, former President of Liberia. There has been some good work done behind the scene and at this meeting the committee will present their recommendations on African immigrants in Africa and around the world. We will share the findings and recommendations when the document is available for public.
Upcoming Community Events
Paris | June 7-8, 2018 | Rise of the African Tech Industry
Afrobytes brings together entrepreneurs, business executives, CEOs, academics, innovators, investors, venture capitalists, tech enthusiasts and media to explore business opportunities between the African tech ecosystem and players in the global tech world. #Afrobytes is a Marketplace to meet key players of the African Tech Industry.
Our partner organizations continue to leverage the ADN network and connections to advance entrepreneurship and innovation in Africa. Join our partners Afrobytes for their annual tech conference to discover, learn, network, and be inspired by the latest trends in the African Tech Industry:
On June 7-8, 2018, people from all over the world who believe that the next big digital and human adventure will take place in Africa, will participate at Afrobytes Tech Marketplace 2018. If you aim to find yourself at the starting point of the African digital growth curve, to innovate for transformational user experiences, or to accompany the African consumer emergence and digital empowerment, then Afrobytes offers you a vibrant and motivating framework to connect with people like you. Register today.
Applications are now being accepted through July 6, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT for the Spring 2018 competition of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP)
Accredited universities in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda can submit a project request online to host a scholar.
Scholars born in Africa, who live in the United States or Canada and work in an accredited college or university in either of those two countries, can apply online to be placed on a roster of available candidates for a fellowship. Scholars must hold a terminal degree in their field and may hold any academic rank.
Links to the African host institution project request application, scholar roster application and guidelines are posted on the CADFP website. Selection decisions will be made in October 2018; project visits can begin as early as December 2018and must be completed by August 31, 2019.
For more information on the fellowship program and application process, as well as the projects of current fellows, please visit our website and our communities on Facebook and Twitter. The program flyer (attached below) provides additional information regarding the program.
Islamic Development Bank Call for Innovation Via Transform Fund Open Until July 31, 2018
Through Transform, innovative ideas will be translated into real development solutions that will address development challenges and empower the communities and youth in particular to realize their full potential.
The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has established a special Fund, known as Science, Technology and Innovation Transform Fund (IsDB-STIF) to support its Member Countries in finding practical solutions to their key development challenges through the power of innovation. Transform is a multi-million-dollar fund that provides seed money for innovators, startups and SMEs to develop their ideas and compose a strong business proposal. Call for proposals deadline is July 31, 2018.
Scientists, Innovators, SMEs, Private Firms, Governments & Non-Governmental Organizations, and Academic or Research and Development Institutions in IsDB Member and non-member countries, which are in need of funding support under one of the following four categories of the IsDB-STIF can apply to these categories:
Category 1: New Ideas with Proof of Concept.
Category 2: Scaling up of Innovative Projects.
Category 3: Commercialization of Technology.
Category 4: Capacity Building in Science, Technology and Innovation
Transform can also provide funding for the commercialization of technology developed through sustained partnerships among researchers and entrepreneurs as well as capacity building support.
We are excited to announce the launch of this online networking platform crafted for community-building and knowledge-sharing. The ADN online network is distinct from other networking sites, in that we do not collect membership data for marketing purposes. As a registered member, you will have full access to a unique communication tool developed to enable productive relationships and expedite action.