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Theme: Youth: Changing the Face of Africa

This event occurred on
April 2, 2011
3:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Philadelphia, PA
United States

Youth : Changing the Face of Africa is independently organized by Society of Emerging African Leaders at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. The event is basically a platform to bring together a group of young Africans in the Diaspora for a discussion on their roles as Emerging African Leaders. It is also in the spirit of Revisualizing Africa and letting our voices be heard that we plan on highlighting the young people amongst us who have taken that extra step in getting directly involved in some type of development in their respective countries! It is a session for encouraging the hearts of more young people to rise up to the challenge of being leaders for a better tomorrow.

1913 N Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
United States
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Mohamed Niang

Mohamed Ali Niang is currently a senior at Temple University and expects to graduate in May 2011 with a BBA in International Business/Entrepreneurship and minors in Economics and Corporate Sustainability. He was part of the winning team at the 2010 Center for International Business and Education Research (CIBER) International Case Competition. In addition, he received the 2010 Sol Tutelman Memorial Prize from Temple University, an award given to a student achieving the highest standards in the field of entrepreneurship. He has interned at a variety of organizations dedicated to social change and poverty alleviation including, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Niger, the Women's Opportunity Resource Center in Philadelphia, and the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH). During these internships, Mohamed Ali developed valuable experiences and insights into the agriculture and nutritional sector, micro finance, and project management. Mohamed Ali is especially proud of his role founder of Malo Traders a social venture dedicated to fighting malnutrition and poverty in the West African of Mali by purchasing and fortifying rice in micro-nutrients by small scale farmers. Malo Traders’ business model has received the recognition of Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition, Temple University’s Innovative Idea Competition and the Pace University’s Pitch Contest and National Collegiate Innovators and Inventors’ Alliance.

Jean Michel

Jean Michel Habineza was born and raised in Rwanda. In 2006, as a secondary school student, Jean Michel initiated the “Walk for Survivors”, in remembrance of those who perished in the genocide, with more than 1000 students participating and raised 3000dollars for the starting of an education program at the Kigali memorial center. In 2007, Jean Michel founded the Peace and Love Proclaimers, a youth NGO teaching underprivileged children about forgiveness and reconciliation. Beginning with 7 students, “PLP” is now one of the most promising and growing youth NGOs in Rwanda, with over 200 members. In 2008, Jean Michel helped start Aegis Students, an international student movement against genocide based in the UK and featuring an active chapter in Rwanda. Jean Michel also served as an education officer at the Aegis Trust-sponsored Kigali Memorial Center. There he facilitated a workshop on the importance of recovering positive values lost during the genocide, for people with such values would never kill their countrymen. Jean Michel is majoring in international relations at Towson University in Maryland, U.S.A., and was nominated among the top 20 Rwandan youth achievers in 2010. Jean Michel was an active and inspirational member on the original steering committee of As we forgive Rwanda initiative and is currently on the board of directors. He’s a master debater on the towson debate team and is currently coordinating the walk to remember in the USA and Canada.

Ebun Olaloye

Ebun Olaloye was born November 17th, 1989 in Lagos, Nigeria. His family migrated to the US and as the middle child in a family filled with intellectuals, Ebun had to work hard to be noticed. Hard work he would learn as a child, however pays off. Driven by design, Ebun dabbled in art from a young age. He was paid a compliment about his work from an acquaintance and this compliment were the words that set him on the course that would define his life. In high school he harnessed this creative and entrepreneurial spirit to begin a tee shirt business that through hard work and vision would later become Live Breathe futbol. Ebun is currently following through with his vision of creating a world-renowned futbol brand and completing his architecture degree at Temple University.

Elizabeth Housholder

Elizabeth Housholder came to Temple University as the first program director for Leadership Development to oversee all aspects of the Office of Leadership Development. Liz also develops and teaches leadership courses as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Strategic Communication. Prior to her arrival at Temple, Liz served as the student leadership graduate assistant at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She also interned at Miami University’s Greek Life office and at Xavier University’s Office of Student Involvement while living in Oxford. Prior to entering the field of higher education, Liz served as the associate editor of Greater Fort Wayne Family magazine. She also was a legislative and press intern in the Office of United State Senator Evan Bayh on Capitol Hill and an intern for the Dekko Foundation. Liz earned her Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from Miami University, with emphases in student development theory and higher education administration. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from Hanover College where she majored sociology and studied abroad in Leuven, Belgium. In the fall of 2011 she will begin a doctoral program in Educational Administration at Temple University

Tayo Arinola Arowojolu

Tayo Arinola is a native of Washington, D.C. with Nigerian ancestry. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Johns Hopkins University in Molecular and Cellular Biology, which allowed her to explore basic science and clinical research. In her undergraduate years, her interests were in public health, immunology and cancer. She made medical discoveries at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France and the S. Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, which inspired her to become a physician. During her time in Paris, she also grew passionate about Global Health after working with various French humanitarian organizations. There she began to create Real Humanitarians, an organization that would raise funds and awareness for under served communities and forgotten causes. When she returned to JHU she became the president of Vision Xchange, an international relief student organization that she had been heavily involved in during her college years. With this organization she helped raise over $40,000 for various causes including combatting human trafficking, aiding victims of the Pakistani earthquake, sheltering Ugandan orphans, and increasing HIV/AIDS prevention in Baltimore City. Tayo saw an opportunity to have a greater impact on global issues by raising awareness to others outside of the JHU and Baltimore community. Real Humanitarians was able to help her accomplish this. Her future goal is to become a physician who has an impact on global health by discovering novel treatments for disease and practicing in all areas of the world.

Daud Watts

Daud Malik Watts is the founding faculty advisor of SEAL. He has been an adjunct professor in Temple's African American Studies department since 2002 and specializes in African History, with a primary focus on African civilizations. Prior to coming to Temple, he lectured throughout the country on a number of themes in Africana history, including teaching courses at the Smithsonian. He has studied at the University of Sierra Leone, Legon University in Ghana, and received his M.A. in Afro-American Studies from Indiana University. Mr. Watts has also, since coming to Philadelphia, been one of the principle authors of the Philadelphia School District's mandated African American history course and works with youth and seniors in the community on a regular basis. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate scheduled to advance in 2011.

Abiola Adeola

Abiola Adeola is a senior Human Resource Management major at Temple University. At Temple, she serves as a Resident Assistant and facilitates a leadership development seminar, among other activities. In recognition of her achievements within the university community, she was inducted as a Diamond Leader. In the Fall of 2010, she participated in the Semester at Sea program and circumnavigated the globe, visiting 11 countries along the way. While travelling, she took a Poverty and Development class and learned the immense impact that education could have on developing nations. She has since cultivated a passion for education and plans to work on education reform in her home country of Nigeria. Abiola considers her faith and a genuine desire to improve the human condition as her major motivation in life. The Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with whom she is on “fist-pumping terms”, also inspires her.

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