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Bisila Bokoko and MacDella Cooper to Deliver Keynote Addresses at the 5th Annual Young African Leadership Symposium in NYC


Bisila Bokoko

The Council Of Young African Leaders will host the 5th annual CUNY Young African Leadership Symposium (YALS) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, New York. This year’s theme Transforming Africa Through Partnerships will focus on the importance of public and private partnerships, within the African community and abroad. The Young African Leadership Symposium gathers students, leading businesses, professionals, influencers and entrepreneurs to discuss many topics affecting Africa and its various countries. This year’s program will feature keynote addresses by Ms. MacDella Cooper, CEO of MacDella Cooper Foundation and Ms. Bisila Bokoko, Businesswoman, Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Philanthropist among other high profile speakers and panelists.


MacDella Cooper

 According to the African Development Bank, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) have emerged over the last decade as one of the best ways to foster development. Similar to a Town hall Debate, the symposium is designed to be engaging, encouraging speakers, panelists, and the audience to discuss the most pressing African issues and how they can be solved through partnerships. Discussion will feature:

  • African Diaspora’s Assimilation vs Acculturation 
  • Social Enterprise; Funding an African-Driven Development
  • Ebola Lesson Learned from a Deadly Epidemic
  • ICT and African Development 
  • How to successfully implement PPPs in Africa and the Role of the Youth and Women

“This symposium is a unique opportunity for African students and young professionals to get involved in the pressing African issues,” says Loukman Lamany, Director of Programs and YALS Chairman. “In order to accelerate Africa’s development, collaboration between all the stakeholders, the public and private sectors, Africans on the continent and in the diaspora are needed for a greater collective impact.” Due to the steady rise of youth participation in both the private and public sectors, Africa’s youth are proving to be crucial players in social, political, and economic changes on the continent.

The CYAL is proud to partner with the CUNY University Student Senate on this symposium to provide a platform for African youth to lead the way in formulating Africa’s solutions.

Registration and program Open: http://www.yals.info



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Are Africans Being Set up for Failure?

Think of Berlin Conference of 1884-85….remember how Europeans sat down and divided Africa like it was a piece of meat? Aka the Scramble for Africa. Does anyone remember the devastating ramifications of that? No….Okay think of what is going on now in Nigeria, Somalia, Mali….Ethiopia. Still doesn’t ring a bell? Okay, think of colonization, and just how much Africans are yet to get over that.
The only problem now is that it’s happening again. Only it is in Brussels. Has anyone heard about the Economic Partnership Agreements…otherwise paraded as the EPAs? Think of the EPA as a long, very long and strong rope intended to tie up African countries. The most vulnerable off course are the LDCs otherwise known as the least developed countries of Africa. So here is the deal, for Africa to trade with Europe, it has to eliminate tariffs and some other trade restrictions- in other words, African markets will have No upper hand, or even an equal hand in economic transactions with the EU. Thus, Africans remain economically oppressed, and Europe gets off with the riches. – Oh wait, that sounds like Colonization!
Now, this would be amusing, if and only if EU has just not found the scapegoat for getting out of its economic fiasco- yes, Africa is being set up again. And like many other things like Kony 2012, they are led to believe that it is for their own good.
Advise: Africans need to get copies of Walter Rodney’s “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa” and read it again. This time, like their livelihood depended on it.  Maybe one can at least get a copy of Franz Fanon’s work- read that too. Otherwise, we are going to watch history repeat itself again- and this time Africans will be culpable for their ignorance of the matters at hand.

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