SAiD Institute hosts inaugural U.S Africa Diaspora


Houston’s Pan African Library SAiD Institute is shining the spotlight on the vibrant diversity, progress and collective power of Africans in the diaspora through its inaugural event U.S Africa Diaspora Summit.

The summit commemorated the 60th observation of African Liberation Day and celebrated the creation of the African Union in 1963.

More than 30 African leaders and business professionals from around the globe focused on this year’s theme, “Beyond Our Borders,” discussing the collective aspirations of Africans in the diaspora, their challenges and the shared passion to solve the continents problems and unlock Africa’s potential.

Debo Folorunsho speaks with Amanda K. Edwards
SAiD Institute founder Debo Folorunsho speaks with Mayoral candidate Amanda K. Edwards at the U.S Africa diaspora summit. Credit: Jimmie Aggison

The three-day summit was a mix of virtual and in-person panel discussions and networking opportunities. Several influential voices in Black Houston contributed their thoughts on globalization, migration, and good governance, including Amanda K. Edwards, former At-Large City Council Member and candidate for mayor of Houston; Mazda Denon, deputy director for the Mayor’s Officer of Trade and International Affairs; Olamide Kayode, founder and president of the Professional Association of Young Africans; Emem Isong, Nollywood screenwriter and film director and Dr. Ukeme Daniel, founder of the Beta Collective.

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