We are a home for Africa's most remarkable teenagers changing their community for good.

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Africa Teens Career Festival is the largest career fair on the continent for teenagers aimed at equipping, educating, and training teens with skills to be more. The 2022 edition is in collaboration with the Lagos State Technical Colleges. This festival will be attended by over 2000 students during the first series alone. There will be topics ranging from fashion to real estate and engineering and business and more. A main inclusion for the festival is to get the teenager's internship pathways in organisations of speakers and partners.

 
Africa Teens Summit 2021
November 11th, 2021
In-Person and Online
 

We are incredibly proud of this journey that began in 2020!
With 6 events, 27 speakers, 6 certified cohort members, 23 countries represented and counting, we are happy to announce that Africa Teens Summit 2021 will be held in Ghana! The future of the next generation of Africans is so bright and we are grateful to be a part of this moment. 
This will be a physical event with Covid-19 protocols fully observed. We really can't wait to tell you more. If you will like to partner/sponsor with us or speak at the Summit- please Email us. The speakers, performers and the registration link to attend the event will be shared soon.

 

Africa Teens Summit 2021 Speakers

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Habibat Ogunbawo (Nigeria)

Olympic Swimmer

Habibat Ogunbanwo is an Olympic Swimmer and current International
Swimming Federation (FINA) Scholarship Holder. She currently trains in
Kazan, Russia and hopes to be an inspiration for future and upcoming
Nigerian swimmers. At the age of 17 years old, Habibat was the only swimmer to represent Nigeria in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics held a few months ago in which she broke the Nigerian record and became the first Nigerian woman swimmer to finish the 100m freestyle in under one minute. In her spare limited time, she enjoys to read and bake!

 Zulaikha Patel (South Africa)

Author and Activist

Zulaikha Patel is an anti-racism and social justice activist, author and international speaker.

She first grabbed the world's attention when she became the symbol of the fight against institutionalized racism at Pretoria High School for Girls, at the age of 13 she Co-Led a protest at Pretoria High School For Girls against institutionalized racism in schools in South Africa and the decolonization of policies in schools, among the policies was the hair policy. Which was followed by several protests across South Africa in schools such as Lawson Brown High School and many others.


She is a vibrant, young and unapologetic agent of change who advocates for the elimination of racism, racial and social justice.

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Nakeeyat Dramani (Ghana)

Poet, Philanthropist and Writer

Nakeeyat Dramani Sam is a 9years Award-winning Poet, Young Peace Ambassador, Philanthropist, a writer (Written Nakeeyat trees for life book) and the winner of Talented Kids Season 10.

Jana Amin (Egyptian-American)

Girl Education Activist

Jana is an Egyptian-American activist known for advocating for girls' education and women's empowerment. She began her activism career by narrating the reality of Muslim women. Jana works closely with the Collateral Repair Project, an NGO which is based in Jordan supporting the rights of refugee girls and women. She is changing the narrative around Muslim women.

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Stacey Fru (South Africa)

Philanthropist, Child Activist and Inspirational Speaker

Stacey Fru is the current face of the African Union (AU) and International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) 2021 International Campaign for the Elimination of Child Labour #EndChildLabour. She is a 14 year old South African International Multiple Award-Winning Child Author and Activist. She wrote her first book “Smelly Cats” at age 7 and have since dedicated a portion of her life to reach out, to inspire and edutain people of various ages across the world. One of her books is available in Braille and Daisy formats. Stacey run The Stacey Fru Foundation that reach out to donate books, food, computers and other items to children and care homes across South Africa. Through her foundation, she also honour other African children who are impacting their communities by awarding them during The Annual African Children of the Year Awards held every November in South Africa.

 Rizvan Menu (Ethiopia)

Dancer

16 years old Rizvan Men started dancing when she was 9 and never stopped since. It has been a passion and a profession in the years forward.
She got her first ever music video gig when she was 15. That was when she decided that she wanted to make a living out of this career in the future.
Although it’s a second priority, school being first, she does not see herself doing anything else in her adult years.

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Michael Angelo Kwasi Taylor (Ghana)

Model, stylist and event planner

Michael Angelo Kwasi Taylor is a model, stylist, event planner and promoter/host for Cloud9 rooftop bar and club. He is an award-winning model, and he loves it when his work inspires others to want to take up modelling as a career, especially in the part of the world he comes from seeing as such a profession isn’t valued very much.


 He was born in Accra, Ghana to a Liberian mother and a Ghanaian father but grew up in different parts of Europe mainly England and France. He enjoys playing sports and love music and movies.

Michelle Nkamankeng (South Africa)

Novelist

Michelle was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the 23rd of December 2008 as the 3rd child in a family of 4 . Michelle started her educational life in 2010 in Johannesburg. At the age of 4 years, Michelle was already showing great interest in reading and started reading at the later part of this age. Her interest in reading increased with her reading thicker books at the age of 5 – 6 years. As a child and youth activist/advocate and philanthropist across Africa and the globe, her passion to empower other children and youth through education, literacy and beyond led her to start the Michelle Nkamankeng Foundation in November 2016 after her emotionally touching visit to the Township in Johannesburg in September 2016. Through her foundation, she has been able to give motivational/Inspirational talks to pupils in many schools, churches, conferences, seminars of all kind of audience in & around South Africa as well as workshops and donating books and other items to young ones and having partnerships with other organisations.

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Mimy Ashley (Uganda)

Model and Kidpreneur

Mimy is a 12 years old professional print, runway and fashion model, Basketball prodigy, Kidpreneur and the CEO of fabtastic brands in Uganda. She has won so many awards including the recently concluded Little Miss Africa-Uganda 2021/22.

Iyene Essien (Nigeria)

Golfer

 Iyene is 15 year old junior amateur golfer. She was born on May 17, 2006 in NY, USA. Iyene is a highly driven, talented junior, handicap 5.5 amateur golf prodigy and currently Nigeria’s #1 girls’ under 18 golfer. Iyene started playing golf at the age of 5 and began representing Nigeria at tender age of 11. She was ranked 188 (over 2,000 juniors) in the World Junior Golf Series, Dec 2017 ranking.


Iyene attends the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut USA. She is currently in 10 th grade. She loves STEM; her favorite subjects are Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Biology French, and English. She plays varsity Golf

and junior varsity at Taft School.

Iyene’s exposure to International Golf Competitions began at age 9, when she participated at the US Kids Golf Championship in Scotland in 2015. Since 2015, she has participated in 20 tournaments - 6 local and 14 international and has won many trophies.

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Rania Harrara (Morocco)

Community builder and gender equality advocate

Rania Harrara is an 18-year-old youth political leader, a community builder, and an outspoken advocate for gender equality in sports and peace-building in SWANA.
At the age of 14, she founded AFFC, an organization that aims to empower young girls to engage in football. As a Girl Up leader, Rania shared her story of empowering girls in sports in a video format at the Girl Hero Awards, lead an Inspire session at the Girl Up Leadership Summit about gender equality in sports, and interviewed in Arabic Alia Almansoori at the Girl Up Leadership Summit Tour MENA 1st Edition. Due to her work and experience in helping refugees, Rania got selected to represent Morocco at the UNHCR Young champions focus group.

 
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Past Events

Africa Teens Summit x BellaNaija Style

Teens Talk (2021)

An Instagram Live Series conversation with African teenagers about fashion and beauty. 

Fashion and beauty are constantly changing ideas. It is now more diverse than it has ever been. Our society heavily promotes beauty and fashion norms, particularly through the media, which tells us how we should all appear. Many people are unsatisfied with their appearance in the mirror as a result of beauty ideas.

  

The goal of this conversation is to inspire a movement of teenagers defining fashion and beauty for themselves, others, and the future generation by how they live. It is our hope that as a result of this conversation, teenagers across the continent are enlightened, educated and inspired to be leaders in their community. From our teen speakers to our teen host, this edition will be attended by teenagers across the continent.

This edition's theme is tagged “Refining Fashion and Beauty Standard” and is scheduled to hold on the 8th of September 2021 by 12noon West Africa Time. In this edition, we will be spotlighting personal fashion and beauty standards, fashion and beauty standards in the 21st century and refining & redefining the fashion and beauty standards.


This conversation is a collaboration with Africa Teens Summit and @BellaNaijaStyle. 

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Sheilah Sheldone (Kenya)

Model, Designer, Artist

Sheilah Sheldone is a 12 years old artist. She discovered her talent in painting when she was five years old. She is a painter, model and singer. Most of the time, she models outfits that she designed herself with little help from other professional designers. She has been honoured with several awards as an artist. Recently, she was awarded with the Young, Gifted and Black Entrepreneurial Award 2021 Nina Simone Artistic Excellence award Artistry & Design Artistic Excellence. The award was presented to her in February 2021 in New York, which I collected in person. She has also been awarded others such as the Global Child Prodigy Award in 2020,  Global Child Achievers award, Most Promising Talent in Kenya both in 2020 among other awards.

 

Africa Teens Summit x Organised Basketball Academy
Teens Talk (2021)

An Instagram Live Series conversation with African teenagers about sports. 

Playing sports teaches teens a lot of skills, both athletic and otherwise. Teenagers in sports today thrive on competition and playing to win. Some other teenagers just want sport to be fun, social and a bit of a stress relief Many teenagers aren’t not interested in sport because it is too competitive or because it takes them away from doing the things they love like hanging out with their friends. 


The goal of this conversation is to inspire a movement of teenagers defining sports and how they thrive in it. It is our hope that as a result of this conversation, teenagers across the continent are enlightened, educated and inspired to be leaders in their community. From our teen speakers to our teen host, this edition will be attended by teenagers across the continent. 


This edition's theme is tagged “Teens Thriving in Sports and it is scheduled to hold on Thursday 10th September 2021 by 12 noon West Africa Time. In this edition, we will be spotlighting changing the mindset in sports, choosing your type of sports and also exploring your performance.

This conversation is a collaboration with Africa Teens Summit and Organised basket Ball (OBN) Academy

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Vanessa Anazodo (Nigeria)

Basketballer

Vanessa Anazodo is a 15-year-old female who attends OBN academy. She is from Anambra State although she is currently based in Lagos, Nigeria. She will be resuming September 13th as a tenth grader in GreenSprings school, Lekki. With her fun-loving, spontaneous personality, she tends to ride high and shine bright in every aspect. When it comes to hobbies, she needs not profess her love for basketball as she wears it on her sleeves. This girl will stop at nothing to be recognized as the best female basketball player of her generation. If that isn't passion at its peak, we don't know what is.

Ayejunikanwa Tobiloba (Nigeria)

Basketballer

Ayejunikanwa  Tobiloba is a 6”1 tall teenager who is a basketball player. He graduated from British international school, Lekki.
He is a shooting guard at the OBN Basketball Academy.

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