The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce Global Affairs Committee has partnered with the Africa Soft Power Series to offer a series of webinars starting 12th August to 29th August 2020.

These webinars will also provide attendees with an opportunity to raise related issues or questions you may have regarding trading in Africa.


More than ever, the cultural and creative sectors continue to shape the world around us, as their importance to society becomes even clearer, especially amid the economic devastation inflicted by the COVID-19 crisis and mass quarantines.

As the world's last large, underdeveloped market, the importance of the creative and knowledge industries takes on added significance when we consider that Africa will be home to more than a third of the world's population and half of the world's youth by 2100.

How can the continent optimize the creative and knowledge industries to propel itself forward?

The Africa Soft Power Series is the first of its kind virtual convening of industry thought leaders from across the globe passionate about Africa



Channeling the Return: working with government, private sector and creatives to boost Africa's reputation and transform Africa's trajectory. A leaf from Ghana.

  • Michael Eboda (Moderator)

     CEO, Powerful Media

  • Nana Bediatuo Asante

     Executive Secretary to the President of Ghana

  • Sandra Jackson-Dumont

     Director and Chief Executive Officer Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Date: Wednesday 12th August 2020, 5PM WAT [12PM EST]


Introduction, Discussion, Q&A




    Michael Eboda (Moderator)CEO, Powerful Media

    Michael Olayinka Eboda, a lawyer-turned-journalist-turned-entrepreneur, is the founder and CEO of Powerful Media Group (PMG), one of the most respected speciality media businesses in the UK. Michael's business, which he founded 14 years ago, is responsible for The Powerlist, an annual publication that features Britain's most influential people of African or African Caribbean heritage. This flagship publication prominently features annually both online and off as well as internationally, highlighting influential figures like the Duchess of Sussex, Stormzy and the 2020 number one, Ismail Ahmed.

    In addition to its flagship publication, PMG boasts another market-leading publication, Future Leaders, which focuses on the next generation of talent and social mobility; a bespoke recruitment firm within the Legal sector; and an events division hosting premier events in prestigious locations across the capital. One of the events Michael's company hosts is the Powerlist Black Excellence Awards, an annual black-tie dinner that has become the most prestigious black-focused event in the UK.

    Michael grew up in south London and left the UK for Nigeria in his early teens, living there for some eight years and qualifying for the Nigerian bar in 1984. After returning to Britain and doing a Masters Degree in Business Law, he decided on a change of career.

    Following a stint as an entrepreneur (he owned a restaurant, a retail outlet, and a number of properties), Michael chose to become a journalist. Michael gained a reputation for being one of the UK's foremost journalists. In 1999, he was headhunted by the Ethnic Media Group and asked to help turn round their struggling titles, New Nation, which was aimed at an African Caribbean readership and Eastern Eye, which was Asian-focused. As Group Editorial Director, he helped turn the group into the biggest minority ethnic newspaper organisation in Europe within five years.

    Michael's interests include football, athletics, design, art, photography and travel. He is, for his sins, a diehard Manchester United supporter.

    Nana Bediatuo Asante Executive Secretary to the President of Ghana

    Nana Bediatuo Asante is the Secretary to the President of the Republic of Ghana. He is responsible for managing the Secretariat of the Presidency, including staff and process flow. He is among the top officials of the Presidency and one of the most Senior Advisers to the President. Prior to becoming the Secretary to the President, Nana was the Managing Partner at Ampem Chambers, a leading law firm in Accra, specializing in corporate transactions, constitutional law, public policy, and advocacy.

    As a specialist in corporate and investment law,

    Nana has significant experience in structuring transactions and providing legal advice in Ghana and in the major international financial centers. Nana was a Senior Executive and General Counsel at the Databank Group, Accra, responsible for all legal aspects of its investment banking, corporate advisory and finance, fund and asset management, and brokerage operations. Nana's experience includes negotiating, reviewing and drafting transaction contracts, structuring fund offerings to international and local investors, and advising on appropriate strategies for transactions in the international and local capital markets.

    On Wall Street, Nana was a corporate associate with the distinguished international law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where he represented blue-chip clients in a broad range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, bank and subordinated financings, strategic alliances and investments and formation of private investment funds. 

    Nana has represented the African Development Bank, Abidjan, La Côte d'Ivoire, as a legal consultant in the various aspects of the bank's lending operations and has also advised senior management on bank financing and portfolio management issues. He was Executive Director of Citi Savings & Loans, a non-bank financial institution, and was solely responsible for drafting transaction documents and negotiating terms of acquisition of majority shares in the bank by Intercontinental Bank, Nigeria.

    On international public policy and advocacy, Nana has also been an advisor to the Alliance of Small Island States in negotiations towards an international convention on climate change and has assisted attorneys for the republic of Chad in its border dispute with Libya at the International Court of Justice, The Hague. Nana regularly advises government institutions and agencies and independent public policy organizations on various subjects including matters related to land and forestry, environment, good governance, constitutional and legal reform, anti-corruption initiatives, and private sector policy. He has been a consultant to GTZ, the German International Development Agency, the National House of Chiefs in Ghana, and the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD) on natural resource management issues including land and forestry policy reform. He has also been a consultant to GTZ-Forum and landowners towards developing a framework for collaborative forest management with the Ghana Forestry Commission. Nana is the legal adviser to the Okyeman Environment Foundation and the Okyeman Lands Commission. He regularly presents papers at, and participates in, seminars and conferences on public policy and development matters.

    Nana Bediatuo is a published scholar of international law and has contributed to a number of international journals and seminars. He is a Senior Fellow of the Danquah Institute, a conservative think tank in Accra. Nana also serves on the boards of a number of institutions.

    Nana Bediatuo is a Barrister-at-Law and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana and admitted to practice in New York, U.S.A. He obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the New York University School of Law and holds a Qualifying Certificate in Law from the Ghana School of Law. Nana is a Fellow Emeritus of the Centre for International Studies, New York University. He is a member of the Ghana Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

    Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Director and Chief Executive Officer Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

    Sandra Jackson-Dumont is the chairman of education and public programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

    In January 2020 The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles announced, Sandra Jackson-Dumont will be Lucas's new director and CEO. Which is still under construction and at the possible direction of the $1.5-billion museum.