2023 AFRICA AGENDA & AFRICA DEMOCRACY SUMMIT
ENGAGING TOGETHER TO STRENGTHEN DEMOCRATIC ROOTS IN AFRICA
ABOUT THE 2022-23 AFRICA SUMMIT
The 2023 Africa Summit in Colorado will explore the challenges and successes in nurturing a democratic culture both in Africa and at home. We will learn alongside those who have been building democracy and facing the challenges of the continent’s most neglected conflicts.
While we grapple with growing threats around the world, it is easy to miss the daunting challenges to democracy that have been mounting on the African continent.
Would-be dictators are exploiting military intervention, social divisions, disinformation, and political apathy to end the promise of democracy. For an eyeopener on some of these conflicts in Africa — the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, South Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria, and Burundi – that might have missed your newsfeed, see this report from DW News.
Africa Agenda believes that we must act to reinforce democratic culture both in Africa and at home. It is, perhaps, common today to witness an explosion of online activism directed at authoritarian or autocratic regimes. But it is hard to know what is true or what the real challenges are.
WHEN & WHERE
DATE & TIME
Fri, January 13th, 2023
5:30 PM MDT TO 8:30 PM MDT
Maglione Hall, Sie Complex, Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
2201 S Gaylord, Denver CO, 80208
Dr. Simon Munzu
Dr Simon Munzu is a Cameroonian political activist and democratic governance campaigner. He is known internationally for his decades-long advocacy in favour of the re-establishment of a federal system of government and cessation of the domination, marginalisation, and assimilation of English-speaking Cameroonians by the Francophone-led governing elites. This, he argues, is the most suitable pathway to resolving the Anglophone problem, ending the ongoing armed conflict in the Anglophone regions, and preserving the unity of Cameroon. He currently serves as chair of the Steering Committee of the Coalition of Cameroon Federalist Groups and Activists (CCFGA), a civil society organisation that he co-founded in September 2021 to campaign for federalism in his home country.
Dr Munzu is a highly regarded professional with a wealth of leadership, management, administrative, academic, judicial, human rights, political, and programming experience. His career of more than 30 years at the national and international levels spanned various disciplines across several organisations. It included service as a senior official of the United Nations in increasingly higher posts of responsibility at field and headquarters locations in the areas of human rights, sustainable human development, peace and security, peace-keeping, as well as post-conflict peace-building, peace consolidation, and recovery. Prior to joining the United Nations, he worked in his home country, Cameroon, as an academic, attorney/barrister, human rights defender, and civil society organiser.
Join us for an evening filled with authentic African food, education, entertainment, and a chance to collaborate on issues facing Africa and its people.
We’ll kick off our evening with democratic campaigner, human rights activist and distinguished former UN official, Dr. Simon Munzu. An inspiration to many, Dr. Munzu has worked tirelessly across African nations to ignite change, bring peace, and influence many in his community and beyond.
In addition to the influencer Dr. Munzu, we’ll welcome a diverse group of experts and speakers to lead nuanced country discussions on about 15 African Countries.
We’ll end our evening with connections, entertainment and the inspiration to bring positive improvements back to the community. You’ll have the chance to network with others who share the belief that the vibrant contributions of Africa and African society make a better life for everyone.
FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT
Food Provided by Pikine Grill — Authentic West African Food
Chihera is the Muchineripi family band from Zimbabwe, 3 generations of family members now living in Colorado: Parents Tafadzwa Obert and Mandy Dube-Muchineripi, children Chipo Veronica, Farai Chamunorwa, and Chiedza, Obert’s Father Edward Muchineripi, and family friend Mary Ellen Garrett. Chihera plays, arranges, and composes Zimbabwean traditional and contemporary music using mbira, marimbas, percussion, soaring vocals and keyboard. Chihera has performed in Denver, Boulder, Aurora and Ft. Collins in house concerts, schools, community benefits and festivals, on KGNU Radio, and at the 2015 and 2016 Zimbabwean Music Festivals in Monmouth, Oregon. Chihera recently performed at the Telemundo’s Denver 2017 Hispanic Day Auto Show. See samples on Chihera’s youtube channel.