The 17th Africa Diaspora and Development Day – AD3 2017

Young Diaspora Entrepreneurs Investing in Africa’s Future

  • By 2050, Africa’s youth will almost double, from 230 to 452 million.
  • The fastest growing African economies have not created enough jobs for youth.
  • In 2015, 60% of Africans were under 25 years old.
  • Of the 25 fastest growing economies in the world between 2004 and 2014, ten are African.
  • Nearly 15 million young Africans were unemployed in 2015.

Ibrahim Forum Report 2017

Five points that can be seen as a problem or an opportunity…what do you see?

African youth are the Tipping Point for the future of Africa. Young African diaspora entrepreneurs, innovative thinkers, great minds looking for careers on the continent are critical in shaping this tipping point. Do you want to know how you can play a role?

AFFORD’s 17th African Diaspora and Development Day (AD3) in partnership with The Africa Centre will focus on Business and Investment opportunities that young Africans in the diaspora can tap into. These include:

– Starting or expanding your business to an African country

– Establishing a cultural enterprise right where you are (clothes, restaurants, books, media etc.)

– Investing in Africa through various financial products or becoming an Angel Investor for much less than you think

– Taking advantage of the rental needs on the continent and investing in property the right way

AD3 will have experts sharing their success stories, how they did it and what to watch out for. Every challenge is an opportunity, equally every opportunity will come with its challenges so – come and learn from those who have already lived it.


Keynote – Tom Ilube,Crossword Cybersecurity

Business Section

Paschorina MorttyDjembe Communications

Zoe AdjonyohZoe’s Ghana Kitchen

Solape EpegaWomen in Business

Investment Section

Fope AdelowoHelios Private Equity

Jude AddoStandard Chartered Bank

Ernest HansonLifestyle Properties

Hillary ChindodoCommodity and General Trading

Over the last 15 years AFFORD has supported entrepreneurs and SMEs to create much needed jobs in Africa. Our Diaspora Finance and Investment (DFI) Initiative supports African diaspora businesses and provides grants to 20 businesses to create jobs and tackle problems in the social economy in Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Zimbabwe. As part of DFI, we established the AFFORD Business Club (ABC) to help shape and grow diaspora businesses. ABC provides business consultants, events, advice and country factsheets, as well as other services, visit here to find out more.

Our partners the Africa Centre have a new ‘home’ in Southwark, London, they plan to transform into a vibrant contemporary hub for Art, Culture, Education, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The recent launch of the Africa Centre co-working space THE HUB embodies that new vision.

THE HUB @TheAfricaCentre is an affordable co-working space that offers flexible membership to creatives and entrepreneurs from the UK, Africa and the African-Caribbean Diaspora. THE HUB is committed to providing an affordable place to work, gain new skills and network. Take advantage of THE HUB free trial offer and see what having a dedicated space to think, plan and work can do to the progress of your business! Simply register your interest online via

More info and reservations here.

Price: Free (Donations welcome through our JustGiving page)

Venue:  Africa Centre The Hub Arch 28 – Old Union Yard Arches, Union Street, SE1 0BL