14 September 2018


The 4th Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Announces Opening Keynote Speakers

AWIEF, a highly anticipated two-day event that brings together the best and most relevant players in the African entrepreneurship ecosystem has announced its opening keynote speakers.

Organized under the theme “Unleashing Ideas: Innovation, Sustainability & Enterprise Growth”, AWIEF 2018 will hold on 8 – 9 November at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). AWIEF is a platform that sees global thought leaders, industry experts, policymakers, academics, development organisations, and investors gather to dialogue, connect, network, share, collaborate and transact in a combined effort to accelerate the growth of women-owned and women-led businesses for Africa’s inclusive economic growth.

Taking the stage at the AWIEF conference on Thursday 8 November, to deliver a trailblazing opening keynote will be the former President of the Republic of Mauritius, H. E. Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim. In 2015, Dr Gurib-Fakim was sworn in as the 6th President and the First Female President of the Republic of Mauritius. She was elevated to the Order of GCSK by the Government of Mauritius and received the Legion d’Honneur from the Government of France in 2016. Dr Gurib-Fakim was ranked by Forbes as the one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

On the second day of the event, the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of University of Cape Town, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, will share high-level thought leadership in a keynote address. Prof Phakeng’s commitment to academia and research extends beyond personal advancement. She was elected as a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in November 2007, an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society in May 2009, and an honorary life member of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA) in July 2009.

In addition to Dr Gurib-Fakim and Prof Phakeng, AWIEF has a line-up of other high-profile thought leaders including: H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture; Basetsana Kumalo, Executive Chairman & CEO, Basetsana Woman Investment Holdings; H. E. Mrs Monica Geingos, First Lady of the Republic of Namibia; H. E. Mrs Cecilia Julin, Ambassador of Sweden to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia; Barbara Makhubedu, Chief Financial Officer, Shell Downstream South Africa, Michael Hailu, Director, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), The Netherlands; Pat Thaker, Editorial & Regional Director, Middle East and Africa, The Economist; Taki Netshitenzhe, Executive Director, Vodacom South Africa & Chief Officer, Corporate Affairs, Vodacom Group Limited and more.

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AFest 2018 Line Up Announced

AfricaCom’s official networking event returns and will be powered by Deezer and UMG Live

Powered by Deezer and UMG Live, AFest is AfricaCom’s official stellar networking event, and will bring 1000s of industry leaders together in one of Cape Town’s hottest venues – Shimmy Beach Club at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town – on Tuesday, 13 November 2018.

AFest, now in its third year, is always a popular event on the AfricaCom agenda. 2018 will be even more so with the announcement of a partnership with Internet-based music streaming service, Deezer. All AFest ticket holders will now be eligible for a 3-month subscription to Deezer, activated when attending AFest (entry costs $40/ticket). Ticket holders will be able to experience Deezer’s innovative leading functionality, including the extensive local catalogue, data optimisation, offline features, the signature FLOW feature and content curation for Africa.

Gillian Ezra, Head of African Operations for Deezer commented, “The partnership between AFEST and Deezer works so well. As the streaming service with the largest footprint on the African continent, it makes perfect sense to partner with this incredible event and the AfricaCom event overall. We look forward to a great night with fantastic artists”.

In the wake of last year’s AFest headliners – AKA, Black Motion and Mr Silk – along with celebrating AfricaCom’s 21st show and now with a turbo boost Powered by Deezer and UMG Live, AFest 2018 is set to make a splash. The phenomenal line-up will include TRESOR, The Muses and Swing City, with more acts to be announced.

TRESOR is a stylish, multi award-winning and platinum-selling singer-songwriter who first made a splash with his 2015 VII debut release. The album housed collaborations with Beatenberg, Khuli Chana and The Soil. TRESOR (pronounced “Trezor”) soon snagged a # 1 airplay hit in Italy with Mount Everest (Freddy Verano Remix), which reached over 1 Million views online. VII also won Best Pop Album at the 2016 South African Music Awards.

The name TRESOR Riziki is synonymous with a new pop sound moulded in Africa. “I feel like our generation needs musicians of the calibre of Fela Kuti, Papa Wemba, Hugh Masekela, Youssou Ndour, Miriam Makeba… and that’s my musical mission – bringing back the glory days of African pop music.”

Johannesburg-based electric string quartet, The Muses, have a passion for entertaining. Combining evergreen classics with monster hits, this funky four-piece from Gauteng draw from The Muses of Greek Mythology who inspired the creation of literature and the arts – playing, singing and dancing as they stir others to do the same.

The bandstand of this accomplished all-woman ensemble consists of two violins, one viola and cello, all played by four classically-trained virtuosos who get to the heart of the party. Lush string arrangements fuse contemporary pop with sophisticated classics – a playlist succinctly portrayed on their debut album, Pop on Strings.

It’s easy to see why Swing City is called ‘SA’s Sexiest Swing Act’ – these are three singers on their A-game! Swing City is made up of Lonehill Estate’s Nathan Ro; Graeme Watkins, whose background in music started as a swing singer before his success on Idols or in the Graeme Watkins Project; and Loyiso Bala, whose classically trained career placed him in the frontline of the TZKee crew and in The Bala Brothers.

AfricaCom is the place to shape Africa’s digital future. It’s the most influential tech and telecoms event on the continent, making this THE best place to meet innovators driving Africa’s digital transformation. As a premiere networking event, it pools cutting edge innovators in African telecoms and technology, bringing together 14,000 attendees, 450 speakers and 400 exhibitors.

AFest Powered by Deezer and UMG Live distils the AfricaCom experience with sponsorship and hospitality opportunities. This includes a VIP Experience with branding opportunities on a luxurious VIP deck; hosting clients at a choice of private areas like the Jameson Bar, an Absolute Deck, or at a scenic outside lounge suitable for larger parties; or booking a VIP Lounge with seating for up to 10 guests, with views of the stage and private beach.

Delegate passes at AfricaCom include access to AFest. If not attending as a delegate, then AFesters will need to register for AfricaCom as a free visitor and then purchase a ticket at a cost of $40. Please register for AFest here.