Editor’s Note

Greetings from the LéO Africa Institute

In this issue of our e-newsletter, we are excited to share with you updates from activities at the Institute and our networks between June and August.

We have highlights from the fellows meet-up session in June; a conversation with Kenyan author Nanjala Nyabola on her book, "Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics"; an Interview with 2017 YELP Fellow Liz Kakooza on her recent appointment as Advisory Council Member to the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Community; the Africa Blockchain Conference in which our fellows participated; a conversation with some of the leading Ugandan artists for
LéO Africa Review's "When Art Speaks" mini-series and eventually the Second Seminar of the 2019 YELP Class.

Charlotte Natukunda


Conversation with Nanjala Nyabola

On June 24, we hosted Nanjala Nyabola, a Kenyan writer and political analyst, at our Kololo office ahead of the Social Media Conference organized by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung KAS). Nanjala spoke to us about Kenya's digital democracy efforts and her recently published book "Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics."

The audience was comprised of YELP fellows, the Center For Policy Analysis fraternity, representatives from KAS, among others.

You can find more pictures from the event here.
Kampala YELPees Meet-Up
On June 15, the YELP community in Kampala held a meet-up session to check on one another and carry out a peer review of the programme. The meet-up brought together fellows from YELP Classes of 2017, 2018 and the current 2019 Class.  .
Interview with Liz Kakooza (YELP Class of 2017)

We caught  up with Liz Kakooza, a Fellow from the YELP Class of 2017, who has recently been appointed to the World Economic Forum to serve as an Advisory Council member to the Global Shapers Community for Hub Engagement and Growth.
Liz is a mental health advocate who overtime has demonstrated her commitment to solving the mental health crisis on this continent through Tumaini Foundation. Here is what she shared with us.
YELP Fellows at the 2019 Africa Blockchain Conference
The 2019 Africa Blockchain Conference took place from 3-4 July at the Kampala Serena Hotel. Organised by Blockchain Association of Uganda and CryptoSavannah working in collaboration with the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, the conference was held under the theme "Preparing Africa for the 4th Industrial Revolution" and attracted over 900 delegates from across the world.

Among the attendees were heads of state such as H.E. Julius Maada Bio, the President of Sierra Leone, Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, the Prime Minister of Uganda who represented the President, Hon. Omar Al Olama, Minister of Artificial Intelligence, United Arab Emirates, Rosa Malango, the Resident Coordinator UN in Uganda, Elsie Kanza, Head of Africa at the World Economic Forum, among other dignitaries.

Fellows of the Young and Emerging Leaders Project hosted a sidelines conversation on the role of youths in the 4th Industrial Revolution. See more pictures from the conference here.
"When Art Speaks": Conversation with Emerging Ugandan Artists
On July 12, the Institute partnered with the Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA)  to host a conversation "When Art Speaks" with some of Uganda's leading artists at the Uganda Museum. This conversation was preceded by a six-week project by the Institute publication, the LéO Africa Review.

The artists hosted were Hillary Mugizi aka Ezi, Alex Kwiera, Rita Asekenye, Chris Atukwasize aka Ogon who shared with us the inspirations behind their different art forms and what influence artists have in shaping public discourse. See more pictures from the weekend  here.
YELP Class 2019 Seminar 2
The YELP Class of 2019 was in Kalangala from 8-11 for the second seminar. The seminar took place at the Victoria Forest Resort, Kalangala focused on achieving and managing success and attracted 22 of the 26 Fellows of the 2019 Class.

Among the weekend's activities included: an African cultural gala night where fellows showcased outfits from their communities, African story night, and forest walk among other activities that helped fellows bond together and understand each other.

See more pictures from the seminar weekend here.

Upcoming events
The YELP Class of 2019 will be attending their final and graduating seminar at Victoria Serena, Kigo, come first week of February, 2020.

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The summit held from the 12th- 13th of March 2019 at the Commonwealth Resort, Munyonyo, was organized by the Africa Strategic Leadership Centre, a Kampala-based policy think-tank. The Summit was co-chaired by the President of Uganda, H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and attended by a number of African heads of state including H.E Mohamed Abdullahi Mohammed, President of Somalia, H.E William Ruto, Deputy President of Kenya, H.E Samiah H. Suluhu, the Vice President of Tanzania, Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of Uganda, among other distinguished guests with delegates from over 38 African countries.

The L
éO Africa Institute was represented at the summit by a number of our fellows, board members and associates. YELP Class of 2017 Fellow Liz Muange was the overall summit moderator for the 2-day event. She shared with us her experience hosting the summit. Wanjuhi Njoroge, a YELP Class of 2018 fellow was among the panelists at the Africa.Now conference where she gave a powerful address on the future of Africa’s youth.

You can find more pictures from the conference here.
Conversation with Roland Byagaba.
We caught  up with a YELP Class of 2018 fellow, Roland Byagaba who recently returned from the over 5,000 km Cape-Cairo Great African Caravan. He shared with us lessons learned travelling by road across the African Continent. You can read about his experience here
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