The Africa Unbound Initiative

On 22 April 2011, leaders at all levels came together at the United Nations Conference Center in Addis Ababa to launch the Africa Unbound initiative. The overarching goal of the initiative is to stir within individuals the desire to unleash their innovative and creative spirit through a process of self-examination, rediscovery and self-expression. As individuals engage in the process of self-awareness and become empowered in their own lives, they are naturally called into action in a way that will allow them to make meaningful contributions to the advancement of their communities.

Africa Unbound’s is an approach that envisions African and global progress as hinging on individual transformation. Personal engagement in the development process is sought to bring about positive change in the community, and to engage in a personal act of liberation and self-actualization.

The inaugural symposium set the stage for a wide range of activities and programs aimed at helping individuals to be powerful agents of change. Over the years, Africa Unbound utilized a range of media tools to engage its audience on the subject of individual and collective transformation. These include an online magazine/discussion platform, a newsmagazine that circulated throughout the continent and beyond, a syndicated radio program that broadcast in 8 countries and online, and social media. Community dialogues were held in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Sweden and the United States. Mentorship and Leadership Development programs were also designed and implemented.

The Africa Unbound Museum is the latest manifestation of the initiative. As the saying goes, when you create space, you create possibilities. Together with our global community, we are co-creating something wonderful!