The Kusi Ideas Festival seeks to build a “Pan-African ideas transaction market” to capitalise on the opportunities and innovations available to Africa to help her win in the 21st Century. This is in line with Nation Media Group’s vision of being the “Media of Africa for Africa”, which aims to contribute to shaping the agenda that will enable Africa be a leading player in global politics and economics.
This second edition of the festival builds on the momentum of the inaugural one which we successfully convened under the theme, “The Next 60 years in Africa” on 8-9 December 2019, in Kigali, Rwanda.
This edition, a hybrid in-person and virtual conference, on the theme “Toward a Post-Covid Africa: Recovering Together” will examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on African economies and livelihoods. It will concentrate mostly on what has worked, explore the tremendous African resilience that has been on display, and look ahead at how to emerge from the crisis.
Nation Media Group (NMG) launched the Kusi Ideas Festival early in 2019 as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, to be an “ideas transaction market” for the challenges facing Africa, and the various solutions and innovations the continent is undertaking to secure its future in the 21st century.
Kusi is the southerly tradewind that blows over the Indian Ocean between April to mid-September, and enabled trade up north along the east African coast and between Asia and Africa for millennia.
Beyond trade, over the centuries, Kusi and other tradewinds made possible cultural, intellectual, and technological exchanges, and considerably shaped the history of the nations on the east side of Africa, its hinterland, and the wider Indian Ocean rim.
In the 21st century, the spirits of the tradewinds express themselves in new ways. The Indian Ocean is a rich bed of the fibre optic cables that make the Information Age possible in a large part of Africa.
The inaugural edition of the festival was held in Kigali, Rwanda and co-hosted by H.E. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of RwandaDOWNLOAD 2019 REPORT
Kisumu City, the third largest city in Kenya, is a port town located on the shores of Lake Victoria and is the nerve centre of the Lake Region Economic Bloc.
It has been steadily rising in terms of its infrastructure and private investment over the years with thriving sugar and rice irrigation industries that contribute to the national economy.
In addition to being an economic hub, the city is the home of the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary, a bird sanctuary, Hippo Point, Kit Mikaye and breathtaking sunsets.
Research Professor, Institute for Development Studies
Chairman, Mabathi Infra Uganda Limited
Founder, Centre for the Study of Adolescence
Managing Director, Thika Cloth Mills
Executive Secretary, EAC Lake Victoria Basin Commission
Founding Trustee and National Coordinator of The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA)
Chief Administrative Secretary -Ministry of ICT, Broadcasting and Telecommunication, Kenya
Sol Generation - General Manager
ABSA Group Head of Sales for the Trade and Working Capital Business
CEO, Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK)
Non-Executive Director, Nation Media Group
Destination Management & Tourism Policy Analyst B.A. (Hons), M.A., Ph.D.