Posted On 07 Mar 2018
Gem Tv Africa, the broadcasting platform of vid vision Media has been selected by the Commonwealth Africa initiative as the Official Media Partner to its 2018 Summit
Speaking with newsmen on the development, the Gem Tv CEO Ms Oladayo Fasola expressed her gratitude to the Commonwealth Africa initiative for the confidence reposed in the outfit as their Official Media handler to Nigeria. She disclosed the outfit would work intensively for sensitization. She noted it is not only time but long overdue to get all hands on deck and trigger massive participation by youths and women towards building Africa to take its pride of place amidst the committee of Nations.
Oladayo noted that more than 300 global and African leaders of thought, eminent and emerging leaders from Africa and other parts of the Commonwealth nations and friends of Africa will converge at the 5th Annual Commonwealth Africa Summit on 12th to 15th of March, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
The event will spark new thinking on how to achieve Shared Prosperity and Common Good for Africans and how Africas growing youth population can transform the continent.
CAS 2018 Keynote Speakers H.E John D Mahama (Former President of Ghana), Amina J Mohammed (UN Deputy Secretary General rep), Chief Mrs Folorunso Alakija (Vice Chair Famfa Oil and Africas richest woman), Ashish Thakkar (founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation, and a co-founder of Atlas Mara), Dr. Hassan Ahmed Hilal (Minister of Environment, Sudan) and others to be announced soon will be speaking Under the theme: “Common Good” the summit conversations seeks to promote the benefits and interests of all through improved collective action for the common good of humanity within and outside the commonwealth. The event, annually hosted as part of activities to celebrate the Commonwealth Week in London.
The Commonwealth Africa Summit provides an opportunity not just to contribute to reimagining what the continent might be, but an opportunity to network, strategize and mobilise valuable resources so as to bring the Africa Dream to fruition. Vukuzenzele! Let’s Get Up and Do It! says Lord Paul Boateng of Akyem and Wembley, Chairman Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund.
The 2018 summit will also feature as panellist a wide array of senior Cabinet Ministers and Chief Executives of corporations from Africa and across the Commonwealth including Henry Sands (SABI Strategy Group), Isha Johansen (President of Sierra Leone Football Association), Muriel Maupoint (CEO Hope for Children), Sally Anne Wilson (CEO Public Media Alliance), Dr. Justina Mutale (Advisory Board Member World Leaders Forum), Tim Loughton MP, John Penrose MP (UK Prime Ministers Anti-Corruption Champion), Mark Stoleson (Chief Executive Officer and Partner at Legatum), Martin Realey (CEO Build Africa), Debbie Ariyo (CEO AFRUCA), Tim Wainwright (CEO Water Aid), Paul Smith Lomas MBE (CEO of Practical Action), Dr. Babatope Agbeyo (CEO Cornfield Group and Botosoft Inc), Parminder Vir OBE (CEO Tony Elumelu Foundation), Lord Alan Watson of Richmond (Former Chair of Coca Cola Europe Advisory Board), Dayo Israel (Director of Africa Operations at the Commonwealth Africa Initiative) and many others.
Past speakers at the CAS Summit have included His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ooni of Ife, His Royal Highness Prince Andrew The Duke of York, Gen. Yakubu Gowon; Rt Hon Baleka Mbete (Speaker of the Parliament of South Africa), Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Baroness Lynda Chalker of Wallasey, Alistair Soyode and many others.
She said “Africa must leverage on its relationship with other parts of the world to enrich and develop her countries. Constituting the highest bloc of the commonwealth member countries undoubtedly provides a strategic advantage with a huge development potential that must be fully explored, says Chad Blackman, the Co-Chair of the 2018 Summit steering committee”.
The numbers associated with the Commonwealth are staggering. More than two billion of the worlds seven billion people live within the commonwealth. With many of its member states still developing or yet to develop appreciably, the potential for the future is obvious if the trade and collaboration within the commonwealth is increased and this will be at the forefront of conversations in London. Therefore, participants are invited from all walks of life and are advised to register on the Commonwealth Africa website www.casevents.org/cas2018
The Summit will also feature a Gala and Award Dinner to celebrate the contributions of Eminent and Emerging leaders to Africas growth story; as well as One to One Business meetings between investors and Entrepreneurs.