"This is a new moment of great promise. Only this time, we’ve learned that it will not be giants like Nkrumah and Kenyatta who will determine Africa’s future… It will be the young people brimming with talent and energy and hope who can claim the future that so many in previous generations never realized.”
– President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama and the Department of State hosted 115 young leaders from 46 sub-Saharan African nations August 3-5 in Washington, D.C. President Obama hosted the keynote event: a town hall for participants in the Presidential Young African Leaders Forum at the White House on Tuesday, August 3. At the town hall, President Obama discussed with the young leaders their vision for transforming their societies over the next fifty years.
Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith A. McHale announced that the Department of State will carry out activities to continue the partnership and momentum that came out of the Forum. Activities»
(Aug. 3): "It’s my great privilege to welcome all of you to this Young African Leaders Forum. You’ve joined us from nearly 50 countries. You reflect the extraordinary history and diversity of the continent. You’ve already distinguished yourselves as leaders —- in civil society and development and business and faith communities —- and you’ve got an extraordinary future before you." Full Text» | Fact Sheet»
(Aug. 3): "Diversity, education, economic independence, technology, youth empowerment - infinite possibilities. Together, all of you can make a difference. Together, we can make change." Full Text»