The annual Africa summit in Colorado, organized by Africa Agenda, was conceived after the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit hosted by former president Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. in August of 2014.  To further explore the ideas raised from the summit and to serve its mission, Africa Agenda partnered with World Denver Young Professionals to continue the discussions on strengthening U.S.-Africa relationships from our own backyard in Colorado.

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The board members of Africa Agenda, World Denver Young Professionals, and invited guests, speakers, pose for a photo during the November 2014 Colorado-Africa Summit.

Billed as the “Colorado Summit,” our first event held on November 20, 2014 at the Posner Center in Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood, and explored opportunities for Colorado’s own engagement and partnership with Africa.

Since 2014 Africa organized has continued with this tradition and made the Africa summit a yearly soiree to rally the community on the many issues impacting the continent, including, elections, the media and democracy, peace and stability, U.S.-Africa cooperation in global health, women and girls’ issues and much more.

Typically held in the fall (around late October or early November) the program includes special guest speakers, entertainers and table discussions.

Africa Agenda has collaborated with many local and international organizations to organize the summit, including the African Leadership Group (ALG), University of Denver (DU) Students for Africa, Africa Initiatives at the Josef Korbel School of International Relations at DU, Africana Studies Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Colorado People’s Alliance.

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Participants at the 2014 Colorado-Africa Summit engage during a table discussion.

The evening lasts about two hours (6 to 8 p.m.) and looks as follows:

  • 5:00-6:00: Registration
  • 6-6:30: Opening Remarks/Inspiration/Recognitions
    Appraisals and Opportunities from the US-Africa civic, business and community leaders
  • 6:30-7:45: Table Discussions with Professionals over Food and Drinks
  • 7:45- 8:00: Awards, Closing and observations from the tables

The cost is usually between about $45 to $50 per person and includes entertainment, an African buffet dinner, fresh brewed coffee, tea, and other drinks.