New directions for Pan-Africanism, lockdown wellness, adaptive technologies and resistance music came under spotlight at the 2020 hybrid event of African Crossroads. The event merged immersive playlists with engaging, decolonial discussions.
For many Africans, Western countries continue to represent a certain standard they aspire to. The validation of our experiences, reality, history, cultures, art, music, icons, heroes and heroines continues to be through Western lens and standards.
The Covid-19 pandemic interrupted dynamic Pan-African movements and efforts but artists are regrouping to pursue new opportunities enabled by the internet. Digitally and financially inclusive models are the next step to empower citizens and creatives, circumventing various existing restrictions.
Morocco’s renewed focus on grassroots football is beginning to pay dividends following the qualification of Morocco’s Under-20 national team for next year’s Nations Cup in Mauritania after a 15-year absence.
Wavering commitment in African capitals and the continued attractiveness of the African Union to external funders risk stalling the crucial path to financial autonomy.
The 2020 African Crossroads headliner Thomas Mapfumo addressed African unity and decolonial sonics in a stellar musical performance largely drawn from his wide and high-octane collection.
New struggles are taking shape across the African continent and in the diaspora. Reminiscent of the 60s, a wave of consciousness has been sweeping across the continent with young people pushing for good governance and respect of fundamental human rights. At the core of the struggles is the desire by young Africans to be heard, respected and included in decisions to shape an inclusive Africa we want.
Nigerian musician Brymo is known for his voice and lyrics. His seventh album, Yellow, was released in 2020. He performed in his concert, Blasphemy!
The community of future-oriented African thinkers and doers met on the 10th and 11th of December 2020 to reflect on various challenges and achievements at the 2020 African Crossroads hybrid edition. We recognise and celebrate the huge contributions of other indefatigable Africans who have made a significant impact in keeping the Pan-African dream alive.