Africa Utopia, celebrating Africa in the UK

As part of the Africa Utopia festival, which kicked off on Sunday July 1, I’ll be participating in a panel discussion titled WOMEN, INSPIRATION & LEADERSHIP. I’ll be joining singer and activist Angelique Kidjo, poet Lebo Mashile, Theo Sowa of the African Women’s Development Fund and member of the African Feminist Forum, Jessica Horn to discuss these themes. If you are in London, join us for this incredible programme, it’s free. More details can be found here.
Our panel is one of many exciting discussions taking place during the festival.  Senior Advisor to UNAIDS Executive DirectorDr Djibril Diallo will be in conversation with Baaba Maal. They will be looking at the role of sport in AIDS advocacy and empowering young people in the response to AIDS.
Other luminairies leading constructive discussions include Guardian journalist Gary Younge and author and journalist (Guardian, Grazia, Arise Magazine); Hannah Pool; CNN’s Stephanie Busari; RIBA Fellow, Elsie Owusu and many more.Beyond headline concerts by internationally renowned artists Angelique KidjoBaaba MaalOumou Sangaré and Muntu Valdo, Africa Utopia will provide many opportunities to party, including The Ultimate Afrobeats Utopia; a club night in the Royal Festival Hall’s Clore Ballroom on Saturday 21 July, featuring the very best in Afrobeats with headline act; Ice Prince (named 2012 African Artist of the Year) alongside BBC Radio 1/1 Xtra’s DJ Edu, award-winning DJ Neptizzle and Afro House specialist Sef Kombo.

Last but no least Africa on the Catwalk is a fashion show in collaboration with creative director and show producer; Ola Shobowale, infinite beauty factory, and Sabrina Henry, fashion director at Arise Magazine. The show brings six, talented designers — Bestow Elan, Eki Orleans, Kezia Frederick, Chichia London, Madam Wokie and MO SAÏQUE shoes to show off the rich cultural heritage of African fashion.
All dates & times available on the Southbank Centre Africa Utopia pages.