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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

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

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

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

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.

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· Sessions
Travel Break | Morocco (hosted by the Africa Tourism Association)
Naledi Khabo Taoufik Madih
· Stage
In Solidarity | How We Stand For Each Other
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Bro Twilight (@Reason4Action) Michelle Saahene Irungu Houghton
· Sessions
Self Care Sunday Workshop
Nia Jones Darian Harvin
· Sessions
Move Me Back - A Roundtable on Repatriation
Poema Jones
· Sessions
Travel Break | Safari (or nah?)
Naledi Khabo
· Sessions
Mobilizing Creatives | Presented by Young Boss Media, Creative Nestlings, & KQ Hub Africa
Wabwire  Joseph Ian
· Stage
Sport, Ownership, and Black Excellence
Pops mensah-bonsu | instagram: @popsmbonsu Amadou Fall Wendy-Ann Clarke Tosin Makinde Antoine  Bethea
· Networking
Networking + Stretch Break
· Stage
A Seat At The Table - Political Engagement on the Continent and Diaspora
Chike Ukaegbu Sylvana Simons Ian  Conyers Travis L. Adkins
· Stage
Code The Culture | Can Tech Bridge The Gap
Kwame Som-Pimpong Ade Adesanya Paulo  Rogerio - IG: @paulorogerio_ba Rakia Finley Abadesi (she/her) @abadesi @hustlecrewlive #techish podcast
· Sessions
The Art of Connection (hosted by Terry Oppong)
Kojo (Terry) Oppong
· Sessions
Business of Fashion, hosted by The Folklore
Amira Rasool Marielle Bobo Peju  Famojure
· Sessions
Pitch Deck Reviews
Afua Osei | @HelloAfua
· Sessions
Travel Break | West Africa (hosted by the Africa Tourism Association)
Naledi Khabo Jubril Agoro Selasie  Awity Alioune Mboup
· Stage
The Age of the Polymath
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Blitz Bazawule Art Comes First Neku Edun Olivia Watkins
· Sessions
“Chuuuch” | A Space for Ritual & Worship (hosted by Risikat "Kat" Okedeyi & Madame Kateri)
Risikat "Kat" Okedeyi Madam Kateri
· Sessions
We Got Next | Youth Activism and Our Future (hosted by Birthright AFRICA)
Walla Elsheikh Shaina Louis Sha'Terrica Highsmith Michael Muir Asia may Andrews Lartey
· Stage
Return to the Land | The Opportunity in Agriculture
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Pierre Thiam Jehiel Oliver Kellee James Olivia Watkins
· Sessions
Travel Break | South Africa (hosted by the Africa Tourism Association)
Naledi Khabo Bheki Dube
· Stage
Establishing Intimacy in Our Narrative
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Mashariki Williamson Claude Grunitzky Lindsey Farrar
· Stage
On Data and The Power of The Known
Kwame Som-Pimpong Nate Yohannes chanel Gisage Reuben Cummings Adaeze Okoli
· 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)
Naledi Khabo Nathan Gathegi Nathan Fluellen
· Stage
DJ Showcase + Networking & Stretch Break
Eva Statrice @YOUNGWAVYFOX  Fox
· Stage
We Choose Us | Families Living in New Paradigms
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) La Guardia Cross Monet  Hambrick
· Stage
Closing | A New Dawn
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Kojo Yankah
· Sessions
Travel Break | Black to Africa (hosted by the Africa Tourism Association)
Naledi Khabo Paula  Franklin
· Stage
The Let Out w/ DJ Prince
Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae) Oummou Diallo (@tizzy.sassy) Chip Kennedy DJ Prince  @princekalu_ Nnenna I.


Paulo Rogerio - IG: @paulorogerio_ba

Dende Valley

Ade Adesanya

Moving Analytics

Said Ahmed

Community Organizer

Jehiel Oliver

CEO, Hello Tractor

Blitz Bazawule

Artist & Filmmaker

Monet Hambrick

The Traveling Child

Kellee James


Motheo Moeng


Art Comes First


Sha'Terrica Highsmith

Birthright AFRICA Scholar Program Alumna

Tamu McPherson

Fashion Editor and Influencer, Founder of All the Pretty Birds

Shaina Louis

Birthright AFRICA Scholar Program Alumna

Andrews Lartey

Birthright AFRICA Scholar Program Alumnus

Asia may

Birthright AFRICA Scholar Program Alumna

Michael Muir

Birthright AFRICA Scholar Program Alumnus

Neku Edun

Investor and Polo Champion

Peju Famojure

Celebrity Stylist

Jubril Agoro

Passport Heavy

Claude Grunitzky

True Africa

Andrea Iyamah

Fashion Designer of Andrea Iyamah @andrea.oi

Olivia Watkins


Cheraé Robinson (@sasyrae)

Founder and CEO, Tastemakers Africa

Marie Sery-Koré

Beauty Entrepreneur

Monica Grant


Wabwire Joseph IAN

Creative Entrepreneur

Eva Statrice

DJ, Artist

Abadesi (she/her) @abadesi @hustlecrewlive #techish podcast

Hustle Crew


DJ Young Wavy Fox

Opal (@opalayo) Tometi

Black Live Matters

Thogori Karago

Entrepreneur and Technologist

Kojo (Terry) Oppong


Pierre Thiam


Bheki Dube


Lavinya Stennett

The Black Curriculum

Naledi Khabo


Tosin Makinde

Digital Storyteller

Kwame Som-Pimpong

Deloitte Digital

Taoufik Madih

Regional Tourism Council of Marrakech (CRT)

Chip Kennedy

Tastemakers Africa

Michelle Saahene

Privilege to Progress

Poema Jones


Wabwire Joseph Ian

KQ Hub Africa

Alioune Mboup

Africa Tourism Solutions

Rakia Finley


Risikat "Kat" Okedeyi

LiL SoSo Productions

Assa Traoré

Comité Adama

Selasie Awity


Nathan Gathegi


dillion s. phiri

Creative Nestlings

Regina Gwynn

Black Women Talk Tech

Nathan Fluellen


La Guardia Cross

New Father Chronicles

chanel Gisage

Founder and President Shaka AI

Afua Osei | @HelloAfua

Hello Afua

Nia Jones


Darian Harvin


Amira Rasool

The Folklore

Marielle Bobo

Essence Magazine, Fashion and Beauty Director

Walla Elsheikh

Birthright AFRICA

Nnenna I.


DJ Prince @princekalu_

DJ, Artist, Master of Ceremony

Kojo Yankah

The Honorable Kojo Yankah

Jean FALL Cinewax (OAFF)


Sylvana Simons


Ian Conyers

Former State Senator Michigan

Lindsey Farrar



DJ SilentKilla

Adaeze Okoli

Research Analyst at The Urban Institute

Mashariki Williamson


Oummou Diallo (@tizzy.sassy)


Reuben Cummings


Nate Yohannes

Principal, Mixed Reality, Microsoft

Amadou Fall

VP & Managing Director, NBA Africa

Pops mensah-bonsu | instagram: @popsmbonsu

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

Chike Ukaegbu

Formal Presidential Candidate, Nigeria

Meryanne Loum-Martin

Owner, Jnane Tamsna Hotel


DJ Young Wavy Fox

Madam Kateri

Fear and Fancy

Irungu Houghton

Executive Director, Amnesty International Kenya

Wendy-Ann Clarke

Multimedia Journalist

Paula Franklin

Franklin Bailey

Penny Ndlela


Bro Twilight (@Reason4Action)

The Reasoning Think Tank

Antoine Bethea

NFL Player

Travis L. Adkins

Senior Lecturer, African & Security Studies, Georgetown University

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