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Media and the African Renaissance

Media and the African Renaissance

Africa has great potential to considerably enhance the livelihoods of its people. “An unprecedented pan-African effort aimed at providing the continent’s media owners and practitioners with the tools they need to play an effective role in their societies” said Amadou Mahtar Ba, the Chief Executive of the African Media Initiative (AMI) inviting African Media Leaders to the sixth edition of the organization.

The AMLF’s sixth edition will take place in Ethiopia from November 6 to 8, 2013. The African Media Initiative (AMI) will hold its flagship annual convention, the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF), will be focused on the theme: “Media and the African Renaissance.” The media can contribute constructively to renewed efforts to craft a narrative about Africa that both promotes a dynamic Pan Africanism and reflects the demands and expectations of the continent’s citizens. A number of key challenges await us to ensure that in the next 50 years, Africa’s growing youth population has access to a good education and jobs; that the poorest segments of our communities are lifted out of poverty; that the environment, which is a source of livelihood for so many of our people, is not destroyed, and that peace and security prevail. AMLF will open the “Governance Week” with a number of institutions holding

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important meetings in Addis Ababa as a way to reaffirm their strong faith in the future of our continent, and its citizens and institutions. AMI in collaboration with the Organization of Social Science Research in Southern and Eastern Africa (OSSREA), based at the University of Addis Ababa, will organize a public debate on November 6 on the theme “My Africa in 50 years”. “My Africa in 50 years”. Over the years, the Forum has become the largest gathering of media owners, operators and managers from across the continent and beyond. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the African Union, previously known as the Organization of African Unity. Since its inception in 1963, the organization, a symbol of Africa’s desire and determination to forge ahead in the true spirit of Pan Africanism, has been headquartered in Addis Ababa. Admittedly, it has not always endeared itself in equal measure to its collective body of stakeholders. Media leaders coming together in Ethiopia will be a great opportunity to engage with media stakeholders within the country, including the Government. Under AMLF’s National Organizing Committee, Ethiopian media leaders are playing a critical role in a collaborative effort with AMI, AU, UNECA and the African Development Bank (AfDB). To guarantee the full participation of all delegates and following the spirit of AMLF’s theme, “Media and the African Renaissance”, AMLF 2013 intends to structure deliberations around plenary sessions and working groups – ethics and leadership, access to finance and business development, as well as innovation and digital adaptation. In November 2012, some 550 delegates attended the 5th AMLF in Dakar, Senegal. The heads of the three most influential African institutions have been invited as co-chairs of the Forum: Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of AfDB, Dr. Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary of UNECA and Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission.

Eddy Patrick Donkeng, 237ONLINE

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