Baobab Summit 2021

Five Days to Reconnect, Realise, Relearn, Redesign and Reimagine.

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The Baobab Summit is an annual gathering that connects and empowers Mastercard Foundation Scholars, Africa’s next generation of transformative and ethical leaders. Open to 1,000 third- and fourth-year Scholars, 2021’s virtual Summit promised a high level of interactivity, energy, and engagement and hopes to ignite feelings of connection, oneness, and purpose.

The theme for 2021, Reimagining Our Realities, acknowledges that the global pandemic has shaken our worlds in ways we could not imagine, forcing us to continue to adjust. During the Summit, we explored how we can reconstruct our world. We heard from Africa’s leading trailblazers who are imagining new possibilities and exploring how we can re-think challenges and find new ways to achieve solutions.

The Summit featured dynamic plenary sessions and Scholar-led workshops, career-coaching, and interactive breakout sessions.

Scholars had the opportunity to grow their networks, raise their voices, and gain insights and tangible skills and leave feeling refreshed, and ready to face the world with renewed resolve.

2021’s  Exciting Lineup of Speakers

Meet the 2021 Resolution Social Venture Challenge winners

The 2021 Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge winners from left to right: Kayiteesi Rebecca, Joy Kafua, Nyeko Agech, Alicia Namakula , Janepher Matini, Florence Namubiru, Success Awuku Amador, Diana Rashid, Hanifa Fuseini, Barikisu Nasiru, Zawi Sulley Fuseini, Kaahwa Christopher, Duplicate Sambani, Oyella Gladys, Sylvia Akurut, Onapa Ambrose, Acaye Opio, Beatrice Laker, Royford Mutegi, Roger Tcharo, Irëne Bossavi, Anil Ayebare, Aisha Nalumansi, Nakangu Christine, Diana Njuguna, Dorcas Lukwesa, Saciid Guure, Owomugisha Fortunate, Jimcale Faarah, Emmanuel Nyatefe.

The Social Venture Challenge provides a pathway to action for socially responsible young leaders who want to create change in their communities. Winning projects from across the continent address a wide range of social issues that Scholars have observed first-hand in their communities. Read more>

Speak Your Mind

Every year, Mastercard Foundation Scholars have a chance to enter the Speak Your Mind content, where they share personal insights around the theme of the Baobab Summit. 2021’s reimagine theme was one that strongly resonated with Scholars. From spoken word to speeches, from dance to videos, each piece is poignant, compelling and deeply personal. Here are some of the winners.

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