Kusi Ideas Festival Highlights
Ciala Resort, Lakeside City of Kisumu, Kenya

Theme: Towards a post Covid Africa

8th - 9th December 2020

Kusi Ideas Festival II

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 the 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 to be a leading player in global politics and economics. The second edition, a hybrid, in-person and virtual conference, on the theme “Towards a Post-Covid Africa: Recovering Together”, was held in the middle of a pandemic at the lakeside City of Kisumu on December 8th and 9th, 2020.

The conference sought to examine the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on African economies and livelihoods and explored the tremendous African resilience as Africa emerged from the crisis and to provoke discourse, encourage dialogue, shape opinions and policy directions, and generate practical solutions for the future of Africa. The event brought together diverse influential continental leaders, innovators, development partners, young entrepreneurs and some of the best policy minds from across the world.

This conference was co-hosted by H.E Hon. Anyang Nyong’ Governor, County Government of Kisumu and was attended by dignitaries including Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, the then Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Ms Maureen Mbaka, Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs-Kenya, Hon. Dr. Rashid A. Aman, Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Health-Kenya, Dr. Said Ally Matano, Executive Secretary, East African Community-Lake Victoria Basin Commission, Dr. Azim Lakhani, The Diplomatic Representative of Aga Khan Development Network-Kenya, Esayas Woldemariam, Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial Officer of   Ethiopian Airlines, and Nathalie Munyampenda, CEO of Kepler-Rwanda, among others.

This festival was awarded second place in the “Best Use of an Event to build a News Brand” category at the International News Media Association (INMA) Global Media Awards 2021.

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Thematic areas

Intra East African Trade, and the new Opportunities in the Blue Economy
A Kenyan Recovery, An East African Recovery
Covid-19 & The New Urbanisation Realities: Challenges for Africities 2021
The Vaccine Race: Africa Shouldn’t Be Left Behind
Digging the African Economy Out of the Crisis
From the Ashes: Virtual Fashion Shows, Concerts, And African Story-Telling
Covid-19 And The Case For New Ways; Urbanisation, Technology, and Global Leadership
Securing Growth: The Shape of the Post-Covid African Economy
The Pandemic Taught Us That African Integration Is A Winner
How African Resilience and Smarts were revealed by the pandemic

Watch the sessions

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Recovering together from pandemic
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PART 2 | Africa’s Resilience in Covid-19 Pandemic
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Cities of the future, revised realities
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PART 1 | Recovering together towards a post Covid Africa
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