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Georgetown’s African Business Conference Draws Large Crowds Second Year in a Row

Georgetown’s African Business Conference Draws Large Crowds Second Year in a Row African Business Conference” season has officially begun for the year 2017. During the winter to spring season, prestigious schools across the US hosting conferences

Georgetown’s African Business Conference Draws Large Crowds Second Year in a Row
African Business Conference” season has officially begun for the year 2017. During the winter to spring season, prestigious schools across the US hosting conferences that are focused on discussing business growth and opportunities that are blossoming on the continent. This was the case at the second annual Georgetown African Business Conference (ABC). Similar to 2016, the conference grew large crowds of people from all over the diaspora. When asked why old and new attendees chose to attend, the common answers were: networking, learning about the continent, and looking for ways to potentially move to the continent.
The conference kicked off with keynote speaker, Makhtar Diop, highlighting the importance of conferences like these. “These conferences allow for Africans across different African countries in the diaspora come together to brainstorm on economics, politics, and finance… an opportunity they may not always get even on the continent.” Diop’s main message to the audience was for Africans to continue to display enthusiasm for growth in Africa and avoid falling into the trend of “Afro-pessimism”.


This message of “dismissing afro-pessimism” persisted throughout the conference and even permeated one-on-one conversations with attendees. Although many confessed that business conferences seem to be repetitive, they did acknowledge the importance of continuing these conversations and potentially one day realizing those ideas that are birthed as a result.


Typical of ABC conferences, panels were focused on topics such as banking, education, healthcare, and information & communication technology. While it seems like the conference’s focal point was on serious topic, attendees experienced a light-hearted discussion about entertainment which featured an appearance from renowned Nigerian artist, Iyanya. The panel discussed how Africa is inspiring the world through theater, cinema, and music, which garnered much engagement from the audience.



A distinct segment of the conference that drew large interest was the Start-Up Pitch competition hosted by the Young African Professionals DC Network. RevisionPrep, an African Diaspora youth lead venture which is working to develop a gamified online social learning tool that offers an alternative to traditional exam preparation in Ghana, was the recipient of the money award. This award was presented over consumption of exotic South African wines, during the reception & wine tasting segment.


Overall, the Georgetown ABC conference lived up to the hype it received in 2016 and 2017 by giving attendees access to invigorating conversations, networking opportunities, and robust topics that inspired.


Morenike Ayo-Vaughan

By day, Morenike is a healthcare consultant and by night, she is a fiction writer and recipe developer who is also interested in the impact of entrepreneurship on the African Continent.

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