The Thread: Conversations Beyond The Return

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With COVID affecting our lives on the continent and throughout the diaspora - where do we go beyond the year of return?

What does that look like in a moment where the world is standing still?

How can we survive (and thrive) in these circumstances while pooling our resources, insights, and information to help us all?

Wakanda is indeed forever and our momentum can't be stopped. This is fuel for all of us.

The Thread is a traveling series of conversations unpacking the potential for Pan-Africanism in a post-"Year of Return" moment for the culture. We bringing The Thread 100% online for the first time. Come LEARN about what's happening on the continent right now, DISCOVER innovations and movements shaping the exchange between the continent and the diaspora, and CONNECT with like-minded people from all over the world.

DJ Wavy Fox will be providing the vibes all day in between sessions.


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Schedule

· Stage
Registration + HopIn 101
Kwame Som-Pimpong Kojo (Terry) Oppong Cheraé Robinson Nnenna Mona DJ YOUNG FOX
· Stage
Opening
Kwame Som-Pimpong Kojo (Terry) Oppong Cheraé Robinson
· Stage
This Moment
Manushka Magloire David A. Wilson Cheraé Robinson
· Stage
The Situation | COVID-19 in Our Communities Globally
Suneeta Olympio-Locoh Kwame Som-Pimpong Sara Collins Isha Sesay
· Networking
Networking + Stretch Break
DJ YOUNG FOX
· Stage
From Wakanda to Reality | Funding Black Innovation
Charles Hudson Ivan Alo Kojo (Terry) Oppong Cheraé Robinson Afua Osei | @HelloAfua Chid Liberty
· Networking
Networking + Stretch Break
DJ YOUNG FOX
· Stage
Visualization in Stillness | How to Tap In
Mutua Matheka Mahaneela Choudhury-Reid Cheraé Robinson Karen Okonkwo Yagazie Emezi
· Networking
Networking + Stretch Break
DJ YOUNG FOX
· Stage
Brands and The Business of Our Creative Energies
Rasu Jilani Nandi Dlepu Dorothy  Amuah Kojo (Terry) Oppong Amira Rasool Kojo Yeboah | @kojoyeb
· Networking
Networking + Stretch Break
DJ YOUNG FOX
· Stage
Blackness Across Borders | How to See Each Other When We Can't Travel
Dash Harris Shantrelle P. Lewis Walla Elsheikh Cheraé Robinson Jessica Nabongo
· Stage
Nourishment for the Black Mind, Body, and Soul
Madam Kateri Abena boamah-acheampong Juliana Luna Cheraé Robinson Risikat "Kat" Okedeyi
· Networking
Networking + Stretch Break
DJ YOUNG FOX
· Stage
How Will We Gather?
Ngozi Odita Kojo (Terry) Oppong Abdul Karim Abdullah Stanley Lumax Pops mensah-bonsu | instagram: @popsmbonsu
· Networking
Networking + Stretch Break
DJ YOUNG FOX
· Stage
The Changes Required Of Us All | Policy Implications
Kwame Som-Pimpong Travis L. Adkins Gina Paige Desiree Cormier Smith Eniola Mafe -: @eniolamafe
· Networking
Networking + Stretch Break
DJ YOUNG FOX
· Stage
The Melting Pot | How Music Can Heal In This Time
Tiwa Works Nana Kwabena Cheraé Robinson leighton walsh Tuma Basa
· Stage
Closing + The Let Out
DJ YOUNG FOX Cheraé Robinson Nnenna Mona Kwame Som-Pimpong

Speakers

Amira Rasool
Amira Rasool

Founder, The Folklore

Cheraé Robinson
Cheraé Robinson

Founder and CEO, Tastemakers Africa

Gina Paige
Gina Paige

Founder, African Ancestry

Ngozi Odita
Ngozi Odita

Curator and Entrepreneur

Travis L. Adkins
Travis L. Adkins

Sr. Lecturer, Georgetown University + Founder, On Africa Podcast

Walla Elsheikh
Walla Elsheikh

Co-Founder, Birthright Africa

Mahaneela Choudhury-Reid
Mahaneela Choudhury-Reid

Creative Director, DJ, Co-Founder, Cozy Global

Stanley Lumax
Stanley Lumax

Founder, African Chophouse

Abdul Karim Abdullah
Abdul Karim Abdullah

Founder, Afrochella

David A. Wilson
David A. Wilson

Founder, The Grio

Chid Liberty
Chid Liberty

CEO, Made In Africa

Kojo (Terry) Oppong
Kojo (Terry) Oppong

Founder, Black Band

Kwame Som-Pimpong
Kwame Som-Pimpong

Consultant

Nana Kwabena
Nana Kwabena

Producer, Dj, Artist

Juliana Luna
Juliana Luna

Multidisciplinary Artist

Mutua Matheka
Mutua Matheka

Artist and Photographer

Dorothy  Amuah
Dorothy Amuah

Curator and Entrepreneur

Nandi Dlepu
Nandi Dlepu

Curator and Entrepreneur

Abena boamah-acheampong
Abena boamah-acheampong

Entrepreneur

Manushka Magloire
Manushka Magloire

AFROPUNK, Social Impact & Community

Shantrelle P. Lewis
Shantrelle P. Lewis

Curator and Entrepreneur

Rasu Jilani
Rasu Jilani

Curator and Social Sculptor

Nnenna Mona
Nnenna Mona

Consultant

Tiwa Works
Tiwa Works

President, Tiwaworks

Dash Harris
Dash Harris

Co-Founder, AfroLatinx Travel

Suneeta Olympio-Locoh
Suneeta Olympio-Locoh

Founder, F-Project Agency

Michael Elégbèdé
Michael Elégbèdé

Chef, ÌTÀN

Ivan Alo
Ivan Alo

Co-Founder, New Age Capital

Charles Hudson
Charles Hudson

Managing Partner, Precursor Ventures

Afua Osei | @HelloAfua
Afua Osei | @HelloAfua

Co-Founder, She Leads Africa

Madam Kateri
Madam Kateri

Designer

Sara Collins
Sara Collins

Physician

DJ YOUNG FOX
DJ YOUNG FOX

Artist + Creative

Isha Sesay
Isha Sesay

Journalist

Risikat "Kat" Okedeyi
Risikat "Kat" Okedeyi

Founder, Lil SoSo Productions

Pops mensah-bonsu | instagram: @popsmbonsu
Pops mensah-bonsu | instagram: @popsmbonsu

General Manager, Capital City Go-Go - Washington Wizards G-League Affiliate

Yagazie Emezi
Yagazie Emezi

Photographer, Illustrator, Creative

Kojo Yeboah | @kojoyeb
Kojo Yeboah | @kojoyeb

Brand Architect

Desiree Cormier Smith
Desiree Cormier Smith

Albright Stonebridge Group | Council on Foreign Relations

Eniola Mafe -: @eniolamafe
Eniola Mafe -: @eniolamafe

Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum

Karen Okonkwo
Karen Okonkwo

Co-Founder, TONL

Jessica Nabongo
Jessica Nabongo

Traveler and Entrepreneur

leighton walsh
leighton walsh

Artist, DJ, Producer

Tuma Basa
Tuma Basa

Music Guy

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