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With Abdul Abdullah (CEO, Afrochella), Iba Thiam (Actor).
Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 12:00 PM   Absolutely Free
University of Texas at Austin, Rowling Hall Auditorium, 300 W Martin Luther King Blvd
Engage with leaders in Africa's technology, tourism, music, fashion & bilateral trade at SXSW Africa House's Signature Event!
About this Event
High-Level Agenda

12-12:45 pm Registration & Networking Reception
1-4 pm Main Event
Access: FREE with Registration. No SXSW Badge is Required. Open to the Public

Event Overview

You are invited to the SXSW Africa House's Signature Event from 12:00 to 4:00 PM in the Rowling Hall Auditorium. Join us to experience immersive panels, an interactive showcase where you can engage with cutting-edge African innovators, & dynamic speakers who will increase our understanding of sub-Saharan African countries, cultures, governments & business environments.

Panel: The afternoon begins with a conversation about the growing consumer trend in music, tourism & media featuring Abdul Karim Abdullah, CEO of Afrochella, & Iba Thiam, actor known for Alita: Battle Angel, Queen of the South & The Leftovers.

Panel: You will then join a conversation about impactful strategic partnerships between Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni & American Reciprocal Exchange Awardees. Panelists will discuss their experiences during the Mandela Washington Fellowship in the United States, the Reciprocal Exchange experiences in Africa, & launching businesses & programs in Africa. This conversation will emphasize the importance of U.S.-Africa relations.

Expert AfCTA Presentation: Now is a pivotal moment in Africa's development, especially due to the signing of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the free trade agreement with the largest number of signatories in the world. Our subject-matter expert will share historical information & ways that the African Diaspora may position itself for business opportunities available via the AfCFTA. Currently, trading with AfCFTA is scheduled to commence on July 1, 2020.

African Entrepreneurs Showcase: Throughout the event, you will experience three exciting pitches in an interactive showcase highlighting African entrepreneurs who demonstrate the region's emerging status as a global leader in technology, entrepreneurship, & innovation.

Keynote Presentation: Concluding this content-rich experience is a dynamic keynote speaker who will be announced at a later date. Stay tuned!


Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

This event is partially funded by the American Impact Award, a subaward of the Reciprocal Exchange component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government & administered by IREX.

In its seventh year, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders aims to invest in the new generation of young African leaders who will shape the continent's future; provide them with practical skills that can help take their current work in the public, private, & non-profit sectors to the next level; & deepen partnerships & connections between the United States & Africa. This June, the Fellowship will bring 700 young African professionals, ages 25-35, to the United States for intensive six-week Leadership Institutes at 27 top American educational institutions. Fellows will also participate in the seventh annual Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit in Washington, D.C., in late July.

After completing the Fellowship, Fellows can apply jointly with American professionals they met during their time in the United States for a small grant provided to the American which will enable them to travel to the Fellow's country to build upon strategic partnerships & professional connections. Through the Reciprocal Exchange component of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Americans & young African leaders form lasting partnerships, expand markets & networks, & increase mutual understanding between the United States & countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Organizers: This event is produced by Impact Anchor.

Want to learn more?

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For more information on the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit Contact the Mandela Washington Fellowship Team at

Artist credit: Ancestor's Watch by Nailah I. Akinymi-Sankofa
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