Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tweeting the Africa's Value Context session at #WEFAfrica

I am having too much fun tweetifying stories as you can see from my few past blog posts. Storify is such a good idea too I tell you. :-) Change is constant, positive change is good. When I saw Hannah Tetteh's name on one of the panels at the World Economic Forum on Africa, I saw this as an opportunity to meet her for the first time. Yes o, I had never met her. It took me coming to Cape Town to meet her. That said, I also met former president John Kufuor and current Vice-President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur for the first time. The long chat I had with Hannah and short interactions I had with J.A.K and Uncle Kwesi were interesting to say the least. I might blog about it in the future.

The session Hannah was in also featured a friend (a fellow African Global Shaper) I had made while in Cape Town. Some other African Global Shapers had told me earlier they'd met Ghana's current Minister of Foreign Affairs (and Regional Integration of Ghana) and that she was a lady. I had no idea who she was. I don't pay much attention to politics in Ghana, which really is the news on radio and TV that is. She was on a panel with the King of Swaziland, His Majesty King Mswati III, Cardinal and Roman Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria’s John Onalyekan, Executive Chairman and CEO of Basetsana Woman Investment Holdings in South Africa, Basetsana Khumalo and Creative Director of Amateur Heads Media in Nigeria, Ishaya Bako. It was moderated by the founder and Executive Chair of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) Nkosana D. Moyo. I had met Mr. Moyo before when he attended the Stanford Africa (Business) Forum once. The subject was "Africa’s Values Context, which looked into the relevance of tradition with modernity".

I captured a few tweets there too.










I also asked a question during the session about how we could implement values, ethics and integrity in our public institutions. I pointed out that Ashesi University had been able to do so and was a great case from the private sector. I don't remember getting a great answer other than it's harder to do this via public institutions.
The session itself would be remembered mostly for comments about how Swazi people do not want 'change' and arguably like the monarchy that exists in Swaziland. The press picked that up
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