80 young Africans from the Global Shapers community across Africa will make history when they launch a book they co-authored. This project is said to be a first of its kind on the African continent, never before has there been a book co-authored by as many young African leaders working and serving in different spheres from different countries, not for profit but for the building of our continent.
“We believe that this book will not only command attention across the continent but most importantly, provoke the spirit of unity & of working together for the benefit of Africa’s current & future inhabitants. During this gathering, we will not only be launching the book, but also the Africa80 foundation which will be spoken about in detail on the day. We are set on creating a networking platform for our attendees to identify partners for future collaboration beyond the launch event.” read their official press release.
The launch is scheduled to take place at Crowne Plaza, Rosebank in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 25th of May coinciding with Africa Day, the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), presently recognized as the Africa Union (AU). The African Union, comprised of 53 member states, has brought together the continent of Africa to collectively address the challenges it has faced, such as armed conflict, climate change, and poverty.
The book whose theme is “Transformation through collaboration” is in line with the African Union vision of Africa collectively addressing its challenges and addresses some of the continent’s most pertinent issues from agriculture and entrepreneurship, to education, offering solutions and recommendations from a youth perspective.
The book is evidence that Africa, through its youth, can in deed work together and are united in their efforts to find solutions to the problems that riddle the continent.
Among the co-authors of the book are Alvin Nyika from Zimbabwe, Rosalin Abigail Kyere-Nartey from Ghana, Abdoulaye Doucoure from Mali, Veronique Hob Hob from Cameroon and Mosidi Modise from South Africa. Uganda’s Ashish J. Thakkar, 34, millionaire and founder of the Mara Group endorsed and wrote the foreword for the book.