18 July 2018 Laia

Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Convening Continues with 200 Rising African Leaders

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – On July 17 the Obama Foundation continued its Leaders: Africa gathering, a 5-day convening of 200 rising leaders from 44 countries representing the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The convening is part of a one-year leadership development and civic engagement programme designed to train, support, and connect emerging African leaders as they create positive change in their communities. The convening includes plenary sessions, problem-solving workshops, leadership sessions, and skillbuilding trainings to increase the Leaders’ capacity to drive positive change in Africa. Leaders will also complete a group service project to honor Nelson Mandela on the 100th anniversary of his birth and to underscore the important relationship between leadership and service.


Charlize Theron meets with a group of 10 Obama Foundation Africa Leaders.

Video of the 17 July plenary, “The Future of Africa: Elders Pass the Baton,” with speakers Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimi, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Patrick Gaspard, is available below and at

In addition, South African actress and activist Charlize Theron met with 10 female Leaders working on global youth empowerment, girls education, and HIV/AIDS. They discussed the importance of empowering women and girls and engaging youth to help advocate for these issues. Ms. Theron emphasized the importance of bringing Leaders together to address the greatest challenges their communities face and said that the power of conversations like these is key to helping Leaders make progress in their work.

The Foundation will continue to share select video from the gathering daily on and via press release. To ensure you are on our list, please sign up here. Below is a schedule of upcoming events.

Wednesday, 18 July

  • Panel: “Innovating for the Next Generation,” with speakers Aliko Dangote, Trevor Manuel,John Collison, and Eleni Giokos.
  • Town Hall with President Obama. Livestream available starting at 11 am SAST, 5 am ET at and on the Obama Foundation’s Facebook page.

For more information, contact MSL:

  • Beverley Bradley, +27722725166 or
  • Lesley Rencontre, +27769936045 or

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The Obama Foundation’s mission is to inspire, empower, and connect people to change their world. The Foundation equips civic innovators, young leaders, and everyday citizens with the skills and tools they need to create change in their communities.