Afrika Youth Movement annual Retreat and Youth Empowerment Forum has taken place in Accra-Ghana with 50 delegates from 15 countries across Africa and the diaspora.
The event kicked off on Wednesday the 18th of April 2018 and drew curtains on the entire event on Sunday 22nd April 2018 with the forum addressing pertinent issues affecting the African continent.
The forum was held at the Institute of African Studies hall at the University of Ghana, Legon and commenced at 10 am with ardent greetings and introductions by the various delegates in their native languages, which sparked the enthusiasm of delegates setting the right atmosphere for the conversations.
The keynote speaker Yaw Appiah-Kubi lead discussions on Pan-Africanism, the evolution of the Pan-African ideology from the diaspora, fighting colonialism, neo-colonialism and imperialism that constantly undermines the liberation agenda and efforts to unify Africa for Africans to benefit from and not be exploited.
A team of experts moderated group sessions as part of the “Knowledge Café” on the forum thematic areas, Governance and Leadership, Youth and Women Empowerment, Education, Peace and Justice, Health, Employment and lastly Agriculture. The experts included representatives from Oxfam, UNFPA, and the International Association of Educators for World Peace.
A video message from the UN Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, was played emphasizing the importance of the forum, commanding AYM work and encouraging the delegates to engage and participate actively in understanding the Sustainable Development Goals.
After the lunch break, AYM Global Champigon, Ibrahim Idungu, an afro-beats and reggae musician shared his music and AYM upcoming song. Participants dived into the next session of Open Space where they shared ideas and rallied other members to join the discussion, shape the solution and turn them into action plans.
With a resounding “Tsooboi” chant the delegates moved into the bonding games and open reflection circle where they shared their highlights and feelings about the the forum.
The closing urged the delegates to continuously impact society and drive Africa’s agenda and awarded the delegates and volunteers with certificates of participation.