The Africa Soft Power Summit, a premier platform showcasing Africa’s creative, tech industries, and women’s leadership, is set to return to Kigali, Rwanda, from May 28th to May 31st, 2024. This eagerly awaited event will gather leaders from the private and public sectors, innovative thinkers, and emerging young talent from across Africa and the diaspora.

Highlighting African Thought Leadership

This year’s program aims to spotlight African perspectives on global social and economic priorities. The summit will cover a wide array of crucial topics, including women’s leadership, payments innovation, AI and tech policy, the future of work, and redefining infrastructure. Attendees can expect stimulating discussions led by a distinguished lineup of policymakers, industry leaders, and thought leaders.

The summit boasts an impressive roster of confirmed speakers, including:

- H.E. Dr. Joyce Banda*- Former President of Malawi

- Honourable Sandrine Umutoni - Minister of State for Youth & Arts, Rwanda

- HRH Nnaemeka A. Achebe - Obi of Onitsha

- Temi Popoola - CEO, Nigeria Exchange Limited

- Uche Ofodile - CEO, MTN Benin

- Nana Baffour - Co-Founder, NVH Studios and Executive Chairman, Enda

- Michaella Rugwizangoga - Chief Tourism Officer, Rwanda Development Board

- Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko - Executive Chairman & Founder, Africa Prosperity Network

Reframing Africa’s Narrative

Dr. Nkiru Balonwu, Founder of Africa Soft Power Group, emphasizes the summit’s role in reshaping the conversation around Africa’s growth and its driving sectors. "The Africa Soft Power Summit is pivotal in leveraging Africa’s creative and tech industries to create tangible opportunities for our youth and to retell the narrative of modern Africa on the global stage," says Dr. Balonwu. The summit aims to ensure that Africa contributes a unique and insightful voice to global discussions across both public and private sectors.

Engaging with Global Issues

The summit will integrate Africa into the global conversation on key intersectional issues of our time. "This gathering is more than a summit; it’s a testament to Africa’s growing global influence and innovative spirit," Dr. Balonwu adds.

Remarkable African Women’s Leadership Conference

This event will focus on the contributions and leadership of African women in various sectors, highlighting their impact on the continent’s development and global influence. This conference will delve into the latest advancements in Africa’s creative and tech sectors, exploring how these industries can drive economic growth and innovation. The gala and awards ceremony will celebrate outstanding achievements and contributions to Africa’s creative, tech, and leadership sectors. It will also provide a platform for networking and collaboration among attendees.

Exploring Kigali’s Contemporary Scene

Over four action-packed days, the summit will offer activities designed to help guests connect and explore Kigali’s vibrant contemporary scene. These events will foster collaboration, dialogue, inspiration, and action, further solidifying Africa’s place in the global discourse.