Africa Soft Power Summit | May 2023

About the Event

Our flagship event will take place from May 23rd – 27th 2023 in Kigali, Rwanda. The Africa Soft Power Summit represents the premier event for Africa’s creative and tech industries, as well as women’s leadership, attracting speakers and delegates from across the continent and around the world. The environment provides a fresh take on the traditional conference format, with breakout sessions, social events, roundtables and workshops, and plenty of scope for more networking along the way.

Thematic Areas

The session will focus on these key intersecting themes:

Women’s leadership: Hitting the reset button on gender and reframing African women’s leadership as a key strength in tackling global challenges

Creative power & modern economics: From the continent to the diaspora – why it’s imperative to leverage African creativity today to fuel the global creative, digital, and knowledge economies of tomorrow

Celebrating modern African and diaspora voices within the global discourse, and retelling the African story on the world stage

These three themes will in-turn provide the foundations for three days of convenings, each offering a unique take on African soft power, and how it can be better leveraged to propel the continent forward.

Summit Overview

RAW Women’s Leadership Conference | May 24th

Powered by African Women on Board and showcasing leading female and male voices alike, from minute one our RAW Women’s Leadership Conference will push the reset button on traditional gender discourse. If DEI had been invented TODAY, what would we do differently? How would we think about, or communicate, or move towards, greater equality in both the workplace and society at large? If we began with a blank canvas in 2023, what would true global diversity, equality, and inclusion look like?

Creative & Innovative Industries Conference (CII) | May 25th

A convening of leading businesses and individual voices from around the world, focussing on the symbiotic relationship between creative endeavour and commercial viability, and the role that the private sector can play in shaping the digital, creative, and knowledge economies of the future.

Africa Soft Power Gala & Awards | May 25th

A veritable feast of African creative and cultural output in action, in real-time! The ASP Gala will demonstrate the latest African art, fashion, film, entertainment, media, and tech, bringing the presentations and themes of the previous two days to life before our very eyes. Modern African culture is still often misrepresented on the world stage – even across the diaspora community – and this celebration will showcase what true African creativity looks like today, for all the world… and all the continent… to see!

CII ++ | May 26th

Creative & Innovative Industries meetings, masterclasses, and roundtables.

You can still catch highlights from our phenomenal sessions last May HERE. And some media coverage as well HERE.

Event Gallery

May 23 | Speakers & Partners Mixer:
May 24 | RAW Women's Leadership Conference:
May 24 | Leadership Dinner:
May 25 | Creative & Innovative Industries Conference
May 25 | ASP Gala & Awards
May 26 | Masterclasses
May 26 | BellaNaija 'Cocktails & Conversations':


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