The Thread: Conversations Beyond The Return | Vol. 4

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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.

About The Thread


Presented by Tastemakers Africa, The Thread | Conversations Beyond The Return is a traveling series of conversations unpacking the potential for Pan-Africanism in a post-"Year of Return" moment for the culture. Since its inception as an in-person event in Washington, DC The Thread has gone virtual reaching nearly 4,000 people from 40+ countries.


Africa Day Festival

This edition of The Thread is being held as a part of the inaugural Africa Day Festival in collaboration with Amplify Africa. The Festival includes a Pre-Party on May 23 (which you can get access to via The Thread ticketing page), The Thread Vol. 4 on May 24, and the Africa Day Summit on May 25. You can learn more and get access to details on the entire festival here.

Here's What to Expect


Speakers
Leaders, Movers, and Doers in Africa and the diaspora sharing knowledge and ideas to move the culture forward.

Workshops
Deep-Dive sessions on Finance, Health, and Education to address some of the most pressing issues of our time with world class experts.

Networking
Meet other attendees in 1:1 speed video networking sessions and in the live chat. Grow your network and collaborate.

Entertainment
A pre-party featuring some of the hottest DJ's from Africa and the diaspora and our in-conference DJ Wavy Fox will provide the turnup and vibes in between sessions on the day of the conference.

About Tastemakers Africa


Tastemakers Africa is an experiences platform connecting the culture to the continent. From unique day tours and events in African cities hosted by locals, to curated group trips, to virtual events and pop ups all over the world - Tastemakers offers the most connected, authentic bridge for people of African descent looking to build, seek, and explore with one another.

Schedule

· Sessions
Travel Break | Morocco (hosted by the Africa Tourism Association)
Taoufik Madih Naledi Khabo
· Stage
In Solidarity | How We Stand For Each Other
Irungu Houghton Michelle Saahene Twilight Bey Cheraé Robinson
· Sessions
Mobilizing Creatives | Presented by Young Boss Media, Creative Nestlings, & KQ Hub Africa
Wabwire  Joseph Ian
· Sessions
Travel Break | Safari (or nah?)
Naledi Khabo
· Sessions
Move Me Back - A Roundtable on Repatriation
Poema Jones
· Sessions
Self Care Sunday Workshop
Darian Harvin Nia Jones
· Stage
Sport, Ownership, and Black Excellence
Antoine  Bethea Tosin Makinde Wendy-Ann Clarke Amadou Fall Pops mensah-bonsu | instagram: @popsmbonsu
· Networking
Networking + Stretch Break
· Stage
A Seat At The Table - Political Engagement on the Continent and Diaspora
Travis L. Adkins Ian  Conyers Sylvana Simons Chike Ukaegbu
· Stage
Code The Culture | Can Tech Bridge The Gap
Abadesi @abadesi @hustlecrewlive #techish podcast Rakia Finley Paulo  Rogerio - IG: @paulorogerio_ba Ade Adesanya Kwame Som-Pimpong
· Sessions
We Got Next | Youth Activism and Our Future (hosted by Birthright AFRICA)
Andrews Lartey Asia may Michael Muir Sha'Terrica Highsmith Shaina Louis Walla Elsheikh
· Stage
The Age of the Polymath
Olivia Watkins Neku Edun Art Comes First Blitz Bazawule Cheraé Robinson
· Sessions
Travel Break | West Africa (hosted by the Africa Tourism Association)
Alioune Mboup Selasie  Awity Jubril Agoro Naledi Khabo
· Sessions
The Art of Connection (hosted by Terry Oppong)
Kojo (Terry) Oppong
· Sessions
“Chuuuch” | A Space for Ritual & Worship (hosted by Risikat "Kat" Okedeyi & Madame Kateri)
Madam Kateri Risikat "Kat" Okedeyi
· Sessions
Pitch Deck Reviews
Afua Osei | @HelloAfua
· Sessions
Business of Fashion, hosted by The Folklore
Peju  Famojure Marielle Bobo Amira Rasool
· Stage
Return to the Land | The Opportunity in Agriculture
Olivia Watkins Kellee James Jehiel Oliver Pierre Thiam Cheraé Robinson
· Sessions
Travel Break | South Africa (hosted by the Africa Tourism Association)
Bheki Dube Naledi Khabo
· Stage
Establishing Intimacy in Our Narrative
Lindsey Farrar Claude Grunitzky Mashariki Williamson Cheraé Robinson
· Stage
On Data and The Power of The Known
Adaeze Okoli Reuben Cummings chanel Gisage Nate Yohannes Kwame Som-Pimpong
· Sessions
Meet The People | Community Room I
· Sessions
Meet The People | Community Room II
· Sessions
Travel Break | Kenya and The Seychelles (hosted by the Africa Tourism Association)
Nathan Fluellen Nathan Gathegi Naledi Khabo
· Stage
DJ Showcase + Networking & Stretch Break
@YOUNGWAVYFOX  Fox DJ Highfa
· Stage
We Choose Us | Families Living in New Paradigms
Monet  Hambrick (@thetravelingchild) | Family Travel Content La Guardia Cross Cheraé Robinson
· Stage
Closing | A New Dawn
Kojo Yankah Cheraé Robinson
· Sessions
Travel Break | Black to Africa (hosted by the Africa Tourism Association)
Paula  Franklin Naledi Khabo
· Stage
The Let Out w/ DJ Prince
Nnenna Mona DJ Prince  @princekalu_ Chip Kennedy Oummou Diallo Cheraé Robinson

Speakers

Kojo Yankah
Kojo Yankah

The Honorable Kojo Yankah

Nnenna Mona
Nnenna Mona

Consultant

DJ Prince  @princekalu_
DJ Prince @princekalu_

DJ, Artist, Master of Ceremony

DJ Highfa
DJ Highfa

DJ, Artist

Olivia Watkins
Olivia Watkins

Farmer

Andrea  Iyamah
Andrea Iyamah

Fashion Designer of Andrea Iyamah @andrea.oi

Tamu McPherson
Tamu McPherson

Fashion Editor and Influencer, Founder of All the Pretty Birds

Jubril Agoro
Jubril Agoro

Passport Heavy

Peju  Famojure
Peju Famojure

Celebrity Stylist

Neku Edun
Neku Edun

Investor and Polo Champion

Michael Muir
Michael Muir

Birthright AFRICA Scholar Program Alumnus

Asia may
Asia may

Birthright AFRICA Scholar Program Alumna

Andrews Lartey
Andrews Lartey

Birthright AFRICA Scholar Program Alumnus

Shaina Louis
Shaina Louis

Birthright AFRICA Scholar Program Alumna

Sha'Terrica Highsmith
Sha'Terrica Highsmith

Birthright AFRICA Scholar Program Alumna

Art Comes First
Art Comes First

Polymaths

Motheo Moeng
Motheo Moeng

Cinematographer

Jehiel Oliver
Jehiel Oliver

CEO, Hello Tractor

Kellee James
Kellee James

Mercaris

Monet  Hambrick (@thetravelingchild) | Family Travel Content
Monet Hambrick (@thetravelingchild) | Family Travel Content

The Traveling Child

La Guardia Cross
La Guardia Cross

New Father Chronicles

@YOUNGWAVYFOX  Fox
@YOUNGWAVYFOX Fox

DJ Young Wavy Fox

Blitz Bazawule
Blitz Bazawule

Artist & Filmmaker

Said  Ahmed
Said Ahmed

Community Organizer

Ade Adesanya
Ade Adesanya

Moving Analytics

Paulo  Rogerio - IG: @paulorogerio_ba
Paulo Rogerio - IG: @paulorogerio_ba

Dende Valley

Travis L. Adkins
Travis L. Adkins

Senior Lecturer, African & Security Studies, Georgetown University

Antoine  Bethea
Antoine Bethea

NFL Player

Penny  Ndlela
Penny Ndlela

Travel

Paula  Franklin
Paula Franklin

Franklin Bailey

Chike Ukaegbu
Chike Ukaegbu

Formal Presidential Candidate, Nigeria

Irungu Houghton
Irungu Houghton

Executive Director, Amnesty International Kenya

DJ YOUNG FOX
DJ YOUNG FOX

DJ Young Wavy Fox

Meryanne Loum-Martin
Meryanne Loum-Martin

Owner, Jnane Tamsna Hotel

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

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

Amadou Fall
Amadou Fall

VP & Managing Director, NBA Africa

DJ  SILENTKILLA
DJ SILENTKILLA

DJ SilentKilla

Sylvana Simons
Sylvana Simons

Politician

Cinewax OAFF Jean FALL
Cinewax OAFF Jean FALL

Cinewax

Nathan Gathegi
Nathan Gathegi

BIAMIA

Nathan Fluellen
Nathan Fluellen

WorldwideNate

Bheki Dube
Bheki Dube

Curiocity

Selasie  Awity
Selasie Awity

Dobiison

Alioune Mboup
Alioune Mboup

Africa Tourism Solutions

Taoufik Madih
Taoufik Madih

Regional Tourism Council of Marrakech (CRT)

Thogori  Karago
Thogori Karago

Entrepreneur and Technologist

Darian Harvin
Darian Harvin

Journalist

Nia Jones
Nia Jones

BROWN GIRL jane

Wabwire Joseph IAN
Wabwire Joseph IAN

Creative Entrepreneur

Monica Grant
Monica Grant

Entrepreneur

Marie Sery-Koré
Marie Sery-Koré

Beauty Entrepreneur

Cheraé Robinson
Cheraé Robinson

Founder and CEO, Tastemakers Africa

Madam Kateri
Madam Kateri

Fear and Fancy

Walla Elsheikh
Walla Elsheikh

Birthright AFRICA

Marielle Bobo
Marielle Bobo

Essence Magazine, Fashion and Beauty Director

Amira Rasool
Amira Rasool

The Folklore

Kojo (Terry) Oppong
Kojo (Terry) Oppong

BlackBand

Afua Osei | @HelloAfua
Afua Osei | @HelloAfua

Hello Afua

Regina Gwynn
Regina Gwynn

Black Women Talk Tech

Risikat "Kat" Okedeyi
Risikat "Kat" Okedeyi

LiL SoSo Productions

Wabwire  Joseph Ian
Wabwire Joseph Ian

KQ Hub Africa

Kwame Som-Pimpong
Kwame Som-Pimpong

Deloitte Digital

Naledi Khabo
Naledi Khabo

AATA

Opal (@opalayo) Tometi
Opal (@opalayo) Tometi

Black Live Matters

Abadesi @abadesi @hustlecrewlive #techish podcast
Abadesi @abadesi @hustlecrewlive #techish podcast

Hustle Crew

Rakia Finley
Rakia Finley

Journalist

Wendy-Ann Clarke
Wendy-Ann Clarke

Multimedia Journalist

Twilight Bey
Twilight Bey

The Reasoning Think Tank

Oummou Diallo
Oummou Diallo

Hootsuite

Lindsey Farrar
Lindsey Farrar

CRWNMAG

Adaeze Okoli
Adaeze Okoli

Research Analyst at The Urban Institute

Nate Yohannes
Nate Yohannes

Principal, Mixed Reality, Microsoft

chanel Gisage
chanel Gisage

Founder and President Shaka AI

Reuben Cummings
Reuben Cummings

Nerevu

Ian  Conyers
Ian Conyers

Former State Senator Michigan

Mashariki Williamson
Mashariki Williamson

Curator

Claude Grunitzky
Claude Grunitzky

True Africa

Pierre Thiam
Pierre Thiam

Chef

dillion s. phiri
dillion s. phiri

Creative Nestlings

Poema Jones
Poema Jones

Artist

Tosin Makinde
Tosin Makinde

Digital Storyteller

Assa  Traoré
Assa Traoré

Comité Adama

Michelle Saahene
Michelle Saahene

Privilege to Progress

Chip Kennedy
Chip Kennedy

Tastemakers Africa

Lavinya Stennett
Lavinya Stennett

The Black Curriculum

The event is over

Hosted by

Cherae Robinson

I run a tech startup that connects black travelers to local insiders in African cities who host them on cool tours and experiences. I also DJ ;)

Booths

Tastemakers Africa

Tastemakers Africa

AFRICA Unlocked.

Cinewax OAFF

Cinewax OAFF

Created by Cinewax, the Online African Film Festival (OAFF) is the first platform dedicated to African & diaspora films and available worldwide

Creative Nestlings

Creative Nestlings

Democratising how young creatives connect, get found, get paid, learn and grow.

Loza Tam

Loza Tam

Stylish, Pre-Tied & Satin-Lined Head Wraps

Nile

Nile

Digital platform connecting you with Black-owned businesses online.

ByBlacks

ByBlacks

ByBlacks.com is ranked #1 Black online magazine in Canada

Meeting of Minds

Meeting of Minds

A platform that connects women of African Descent to converse and collaborate at culturally themed events

Tétons marrons

Tétons marrons

A platform that promotes black women living in Europe

Birthright AFRICA

Birthright AFRICA

A life-changing free trip to Africa for young people of African descent

'Let's Straighten It Out' by The Reasoning Think Tank

'Let's Straighten It Out' by The Reasoning Think Tank

Black Singles, Daters & Couples Relationship Advice & Support Service

iRAAMi

iRAAMi

Find Your People On iRAAMi -> African - Restaurants | Markets | Events | Artisans & More

BROWN GIRL jane

BROWN GIRL jane

BROWN GIRL jane

Afrikanista

Afrikanista

Afrikanista is a brand of clothing that pays homage to the ancient African generations and more particularly to the sub-Saharan culture in West Africa.

She Leads Africa

She Leads Africa

She Leads Africa is a community that helps young African women achieve their professional dreams with engaging online content and pan-African events.