AfricaCommsWeek: How do Narratives about Africa impact the development of the Continent?
PRESS RELEASE – May 11 2017
The 1st annual Africa Communications Week (ACW) will take place between May 22 and May 26 2017.
In partnership with the World Communication Forum Association, it aims to convene communications leaders from various backgrounds across the world, to ensure the most authoritative and comprehensive metrics to assess the role of communications in Africa’s development.
Powered by a virtual international team of multi-talented communications professionals who share a vision for transformative change in Africa through strategic communications, Africa Communications Week’s key objective is to encourage and engage communicators across the board to critically assess how the communication industry impacts Africa’s development.
ACW is open to all communicators with an expertise/interest in Africa, from African countries and across the globe. “Along with other fields such as economics, agriculture and technology, communications now has the opportunity to position itself and demonstrate its relevance as a real management discipline that contributes significantly to Africa’s socio-economic rise. And this is a collective effort that the industry should lead”, explains co-founder Annie Mutamba.
Africa Communications Week is supported by an advisory board of seasoned communications professionals passionate about changing Africa’s narrative. They include:
Wynne Musabayana, Head of Communications, Africa Union Yana Dubeykovskaya, President World Communication Forum Association Moky Makura, Country Representative South Africa, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Mimi Kalinda, MD Africa Communication Group Khalid Baddou, Head of Communication Africa, Western Union Thierry Hot, Founder, Rebranding Africa Forum Tidiane Dioh, Fonctionnaire International & Media specialist
Each year around Africa Day, a series of conferences and events will be organized by communications practitioners and organizations in Africa and across the world. “It’s time to critically assess our role and impact and take more deliberate actions to shaping Africa’s narrative,” says co-founder Eniola Harrison.
ACW’s special report on the role of communications in Africa’s development will be published annually featuring the research and informed opinions of communication experts from over 40 countries.
ACW also promotes knowledge and professional development by hosting informative webinars and masterclasses as well as providing practical tools on how Africa focused communicators can begin to advance more realistic narratives about Africa.
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