Monday, August 2, 2010

The Young African Leaders who will be meeting Barack Obama

From August 3-5, American President Barack Obama will engage with 115 young leaders from 47 nations of sub-Saharan Africa at his Forum with Young African Leaders. The Forum is an opportunity for the participants to engage with each other, their American counterparts, and U.S. government officials on key themes of youth empowerment, good governance, and economic opportunity. North Africa will not be represented, which is cause for another debate that my friend MBA has already started here. Major props to the Obama administration for putting this together.

Learn more about the breakout/forum/summit/camp here. I'll be following through Twitter #youngafrica. Yay, for Obama and his folks using Twitter. Isn't that why we love Hussein anyway? Yes, we can.

What I really wanted to share with you was the list of young African leaders? First off, I was so surprised I didn't know about this till last week. A whole me! :-) A friend, Mac-Jordan, even asked on Twitter if we knew of any of the attendees. I didn't. But I now know. In fact, I know all. And they are not the kind of young Africans I was thinking about. They are all on the continent though. Some of them are pretty famous. They hold some really nice positions too. How were they chosen? Your guess is as good as mine. How many are under 30 years old? That's what I want to know. Maybe you can tell me, because I only know two/three of them. Hey, a few more young bright Africans to add to my network abi? Twende.

full list from

Luis Kandangongo Jimbo
Executive Director, Angolan Institute for Electoral Systems and Democracy (IASED)
Marco Peter de Paula Almeida
Commercial Director, Octomar-Serviços Marítimos, Ltda

Irene Cocovi Mensah
Executive Director, Organization to Support Initiatives for Sustainable Development (OSIDD)

Itumeleng Ramsden
Radio Personality, Yarona FM
Uyapo Ndadi
Director, Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS

Burkina Faso
Bobson Horieta Antonia Coulibaly
Lawyer, Cabinet d’Avocats Maitre Barthelemy Kere; President, Junior International Chamber Ouaga Metba
Abdoul Karim Sango
Professor, Public Law and the Right to Information, National Administration School
Sugrnoma Camille Romaric Sondo
Director General, M’ZAKA Sécurité Sarl; Vice President, Ouaga Junior International Chamber

Gloria Kaneza
Centenary Ambassador, Girl Guides

Abdoulrazack Abdoulay
President, National Youth Council of Cameroon
Emmanuel Sanyi Sanyi
Founder and National President, Local Youth Corner Cameroon
Marie Tamoifo Nkom
President, Jeunesse Verte du Cameroun (Green Youth of Cameroon)

Cape Verde
Ivan Carlos Fortes Evora Santos
National Coordinator of the White Ribbon Campaign, Institute of Gender Equality and Equity (ICIEG)
Claudia Sofia Marques Rodrigues
President, Institute of Gender Equality and Equity
Cleonice Ester Vieira Lopes Silva Cabral
President, Church of Nazarene Youth Association

Central African Republic
Jean-Félix Wilfrand Riva
Chairman, National Association for Central African Students; Coordinator, Leaders of Students of African Universities
Fernand Sylvio Mande Djapou
Junior Lawyer; Coordinator, Youth NGO Network in Human Rights
Nadia Carine Therese Poutou Fornel
Legal Advisor and Secretary General, CAR Women’s Legal Association

Isseine Bourma Mahamat Zene
CEO, Zen Corporation
Ladiba Gondeu
Professor of Sociology, N'Djamena University
Jareth Beain
Head of Program on Public Resource Management, Group for Alternative Research and Monitoring of the Chad-Cameroon Petrol Project

Welcom Romell Nzaba Nodjitolom
President, Couleur Congolaise (NGO)
Jacinthe Claudia Mahoussi Dossou
Foundation Assistant, MTN (Telecom)

Côte d’Ivoire
Tiemoko Antoine Assale
Journalist, Editions; Head, Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Le Reveil Press Group
Aminata Kane Epse Kone
Journalist, National Islamic Radio Al Bayane
Kouadio Julien Tingain
National Coordinator, Ivoirian Coalition of Publish What You Pay

Hodan Abdi Osman
Business Owner
Liban Abdoulkader Elmi
President, National Youth Council of Djibouti
Miguil Hassan Farah

Democratic Republic of Congo
Yomboranyama Ngambashongo Anice
Journalist; Chairperson, APIC
Isiloketshi Anzuluni
Retail & Operational Risk Manager, Ecobank DRC; Co- Founder, La Releve SPRL
Marc Tshibasu
Trade Marketing Representative, British-American Tobacco Congo

Equatorial Guinea
Santiago Martin Engono Esono
Accountant, Espor Litoral Medical Center

Merry Tewolde Mussie
Research/Consultancy Coordinator and Lecturer, SMAP Institute of Training, Education and Consultancy

Mahlet Eyassu Melkie
Climate Change Program Manager, Forum for Environment
Salsawit Tsega Ketema
Meron Getnet Hailegiorgis
Writer; Actress
Yohannes Mezgebe Abay
Vice President/Coordinator, East Africa and Indian Ocean Sub Region, Pan African Youth Union


Andy Roland Nziengui Nziengui
Vice President, Pan African Youth Union

Emmanuel Pumpuni Asante
Head of Programs, The Ghana Center for Democratic Development
Anas Aremeyaw Anas
Editor, Crusading Guide newspaper
Shamima Muslim
Presenter, Flagship News Magazine Program; Host, “Good Morning Ghana”

Alpha Abdoulaye Diallo
Doctor; National Coordinator, African Youth Network, Guinea
Yacouba Konate
President, National Movement of Guinean Youths
Adama Sylla
Program Coordinator, Young Women Leaders Network; Vice President, Mano River Union Youth Parliament

Benard Ochieng Akango
Owner, B.O Akango Advocates
Doris Makena Kirima
Academic Trainee, American Red Cross

Mabulara Esther Tsuene
Executive Director, Lesotho Council of NGOs
Lemohang Raphael Molibeli
Commissioner, Health and Social Development, Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organizations

Bai Sama Gwenning Best
Marketing Manager, The Liberian Observer Corporation
Amos Teah Kofa
Coordinator, Voluntary Partnership Agreement

Farasoa Lucette Rajaonarivelo
Training Assistant, Academy for Educational Development (AED)
Tahiry Ramanantsoa Ep. Ratsimbazafy
Trade and Communication Manager, Madatours and Madavision
Nirinjaka Ramasinjatovo Ep. Naharivelo
Deputy Country Director, PACT Madagascar

Felix Limbani
Director of Programs, Youth Net and Counseling (YONECO)
Tamara Kapichira-Banda
HIV/AIDS and Testing Counselor, Banja la Mtsogolo
Thembi Grace Thadzi
Presidential Advisor, Malawi Development Advisory Council

Mariam Diallo
Regional Coordinator, Sub-Saharan Africa and French Language Facilitator, International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics)
Fatoumata Amadou Sangho
Founder and President, Association pour le Developpement de l’Afrique (ADA); Marketing and Communication Department, Mali Development Bank
Fatimata Traore
Founder and Vice President, Bamako Elite; Landside Services Coordinator, MAERSK

Ely Cheikh Bah Ahmed Telba
Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Peace Newspaper
Mkhaitratt Mohamed Vall Mabrouk
Administrator, Office of the Mayor, Tidjikja, Mauritania
Madina Athie
Technical Coordinator, National Forum for Human Rights (FONADH)

Jaques Jonathan Ravat
Head of Department, Social Studies, Institut Cardinal Jean Margéot (ICJM)
Maria Diana Isobelle Bablee
Archivist, National Archives of Mauritius
Maria Jessica Joëlle Rabot
Field Coordinator, Collectif Urgence Toxida (CUT)

Nadja Remane Gomes
Lawyer, Mozambican League of Human Rights (LDH)
Paulo Alculeto Lopes de Araujo
National Coordinator and Director, Youth Association for the Development of Volunteer Service in Mozambique (AJUDE)
Quiteria Anicia Fernando Guirengane
Chief, Foreign Affairs Division, Youth Parliament of Mozambique

Michael Mulunga
Administrator, Young Achievers
Patrick Henrico Sam
Program Manager, Physically Active Youth (PAY)
Isaak Panduleni Amupolo
Performance Artist and Director, Ondangwa Drama Club

Halilatou Issoufou Mamane
Graduate student, University of Niamey Abdou Moumouni
Fatoumata Harouna Bako
Technical and Administrative Assistant, International Committee for the Development of Peoples (CISP)
Aminatou Daouda Hainikoye
Research Assistant, Human Sciences Research Laboratory (LASDEL)

Taiwo Adegboyega Adewole
CEO/MD, Taiwo Adewole and Associates
Ruth Nwukabu Audu
Program Manager, Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP)
Bako Sabo Kantiok
Program Officer, Fantsuam Foundation

Ariane Inkesha
Researcher, Communication and Public Relations Officer, Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP)
Edwin Sabuhoro
CEO and Owner, Rwanda Eco-Tours Agency; Senior Economic Development/Tourism Advisor, SNV -Rwanda
Dianah Mukundwa
University Student and Gender Minister, School of Finance and Banking

São Tomé and Príncipe
Katya Leron Do Sacramento Dória De Sousa Aragão
Executive Director, House of Arts, Creation, Environment, and Utopias (CACAU)

Maimouna Ndour Ep Faye
Coordinator and Chief, Political Desk, Canal Info News
Aissatou Padane
Chargé d’affaires, Alios Finance Senegal

Neddy Stephen Paul Padayachy
Senior Health Educator, Youth Health Centre

Sierra Leone
Frances Marke
Public Relations Strategist, Student Movement for Girls’ Education
Donald Kalokoh
Country Representative, Youth Action International (YAI)
Amienatta Khoumba Kanawa
Project Officer, Sierra Leone Youth Empowerment Organization (SLYEO)

Najma Ahmed Abdi
Chairperson and CEO, Somali Youth Leadership Forum (SYLF)

South Africa
Frederick Kenneth Swaniker
Founder & CEO, African Leadership Academy
Lesego Sekano
International Relations Officer, National Union of Mine Workers
Palesa Zandile Shongwe
Curator/Coordinator, Tri-Continental Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

Munira Aligo Abe Museme
Gender Specialist, World Bank
Alsanosi Ahmed Ibrahim Ali
Journalist, Citizen Newspaper

Lindelwe Fikile Karabo Nxumalo
Gender Research Officer, Lutheran Development Service
Samkelo Melusi Sukati
Business Advisor, TechnoServe
Nonhlanhla Dlamini
Director, One Circle

Modesta Lilian Mahiga
Founder and Managing Director, Professional Approach Ltd.
Masoud Salim Mohamed
Chairman, Zanzibar Youth Network; Senior Guide, Ocean Tours of Zanzibar Travel Agency
Malula Hassan Nkanyemka
Project Development Advisor, Mwanza Region, Tanzania

The Gambia
Isatou Dumbuya
Columnist, The Point newspaper
Thomas Kojo Quayson Adamper
Head, Corporate Communications, Oceanic Bank (Gambia) Ltd.
Sana Sarr
Client Relations/Operations Manager, Unique Solutions

Dede Ame Marthe Amandine Woamede
Consultant, AfricSearch
Koffi Amegbo Nomedji
Program Director, ALAFIA
Kudjo Djogbenyui Nokplim Kaglan
Journalist, Spokesman, and Head of the English Desk, Savoir News Agency

Med Ssengooba
Officer for Administration and Programs, Legal Actions for Persons with Disabilities
Josephine Kankunda
Senior Researcher, The Foundation for Human Rights Initiative
Jalia Nabukalu
Director, JADE Consult

Abigail Kaindu
Core Financial Literacy Trainer, Camfed
Mundia Paul Hakoola
Secretary General, National Youth Anti-Corruption Movement (NYACM)
Brenda Mpande Lizabete Phiri
Consultant, Deloitte & Touche

Sydney Chisi
Founding Director, Youth Initiative for Democracy in Zimbabwe (YIDEZ)
Cleopatra Ndlovu
Former Executive Director, Women in Parliament Support Unit
Mathias Masimba Nyamanhindi
Program Coordinator, Student Solidarity Trust (SST)
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