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Tuesday, February 27 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm
The Individual African Traveler As A Value Creator In The Community FULL

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“We travel because distance & difference are the secret tonic of creativity; when we get home, home is still the same but something inside our minds has changed, and that changes everything.” - John Lehrer

In recent years, there has been intense focus on Africa as the new tourist hub. Through social media the world is able to see Africa’s rich heritage & beautiful landscape. However, the conversations omit one key group in the value chain, the African Traveler. Misconceptions have been perpetuated about the African traveler primarily due to the negative portrayal of Africans in the media. Misconceptions include overstaying, illegal immigration, among others - which have typically lead to tighter border controls and increased visa restrictions for Africans.

Can travel be a tool to change the socio-economic landscape of Africa?  Africans travelers have the potential to add significant value to the global economy and can help broker a shift in conversations on travel barriers. This panel will explore how exposing our citizens to other cultures via immersive travel can foster individual & economic development while encouraging Africans to become real-life ambassadors of our heritage.

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Kazeem Abayomi

Yomi Kazeem is a reporter at Quartz, covering Africa-specific stories on politics and how it intersects with business, innovation, startups and culture.
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Philip Akesson

Country Manager, TRAVELSTART
Country Manager, Travelstart Nigeria
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Monisola Baruwa

CountlessMiles is a technology enabled travel startup whose aim is to transform the typical African’s perception of travel from shopping trips to immersive life-changing experiences and to ultimately change the world's negative perceptions of Africans. We are travel-loving, risk-seeking... Read More →
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Zainob Fashola

Content creator, ZeeGoes
Zainob Fashola is the content creator behind ZeeGoes, a travel platform that showcases travel adventures around the world from her perspective. Follow some of my travel stories on www.youtube.com/zeegoes.
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Rosemary Okoli

Rosemary Okoli, popularly known as Rory, is an avid traveler whose journeys have led her to 15 countries and over 50 cities. She is the founder of TripZapp, a travel consulting and curating company which promotes travel as a lifestyle and provides all-inclusive curated trips and experiences... Read More →
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Kemi Onabanjo

I am a Management consultant by day and a world travel enthusiast and blogger by night. While travelling all over the world on my Nigerian passport, I exceeded my goal of visiting 30 countries by 30 (currently on my 35th country) and I plan to conquer more ground. I share my adventures... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm WAT