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AYATUTU KA UNO: A Decade of Interconnectedness and Growth


by Esther Wadzanai Mano

We are thrilled to share the unique highlights and transformative experiences from the recently concluded 10th anniversary Cambridge Africa Conference 2024, held from May 3rd to May 5th at the Fisher Building, St John's College Cambridge.

This year's theme, "Ayatutu Ka Uno: A Decade of Interconnectedness and Growth," encapsulated the essence of unity, purpose, and progress within the African continent and its diaspora. The conference provided a privileged opportunity to connect, learn, and be inspired by some of the brightest minds and most innovative ideas in the African community.





Ayatutu Day: Friday, 3rd May 2024
The conference kicked off on a high note with a warm welcome from Conference Chair Esther Wadzanai Mano, an MPhil candidate in African Studies. This was followed by an enlightening keynote speech by Dr. Kohol Iornem, who explored the meaning and significance of the conference motto, 'Ayatutu,' a unique term derived from the Tiv tribe of Nigeria, symbolizing a call to unity and purpose.

The evening continued with networking opportunities and performances by Cambridge African students, accompanied by delightful food and drinks, fostering connections and setting the tone for the days ahead.


Ubuntu Day: Saturday, 4th May 2024
As you walked into day two of the conference, one was welcomed with branded conference materials. The day started with a captivating welcome address by Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, President of ECOWAS. The day unfolded with engaging panel discussions on education, media, and the arts and esteemed keynote speakers such as Nancy Adimora, Simbarashe Mhungu and Adesegun Adeosun Jnr. 

The afternoon was enriched with performances by talented African student artists and thought-provoking discussions over tea and lunch. The day ended with the AfroGala Dinner at the University Arms Hotel, held in collaboration with the Cambridge Sudanese Society, and the evening provided an opportunity for reflection and solidarity, particularly regarding the ongoing conflict in Sudan. 




Iwa Lewa Day: Sunday, 5th May 2024
The conference's final day was full of Cambridge Africa Conference firsts, commencing with a showcase of insightful research by African master's and PhD students. This was followed by a stirring keynote speech by Chido Mpempa, African Union Chairperson's Youth Envoy; the day concluded with a documentary screening of Brief Tender Light, an 8-time award-winning documentary with the screening being the premiere outside the USA. 

A reflective student-led discussion followed this. The Cambridge Africa Conference 2024 was a resounding success, thanks to the unwavering support and contributions of our attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers. Your presence and participation made this event truly enriching and memorable. We are deeply grateful for your commitment to the interconnectedness and growth within the African Cambridge community, the continent, and her global diaspora. For more information, check out our conference website:


Cambridge Global Challenges was pleased to support and part-sponsor the African Society of Cambridge University (ASCU) conference 2024.


Esther Wadzanai Mano
Conference Chair, Cambridge Africa Conference Organizing Committee

Esther Wadzanai Mano is undertaking an MPhil as an African Studies candidate at the University of Cambridge. Her dissertation focuses on colonial Zimbabwean Detention Centers, investigating the roots of political consciousness in relation to education and liberation. 

Her academic curiosity lies in understanding the living legacy of colonialism through education, it’s impact on Africa and her people. She believes that a decolonised education will free the African mind from the chains of colonialism.

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