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.

Session 11- AFRICA, WHAT NEXT?

With major creative giants moving to establish a presence on the continent, how do we ensure an African narrative, and empower Africans to tell it?

Nkiru Balonwu (Moderator)

Managing Partner, RDF

Teresa Clarke


Misan Harriman

Founder and Editor-In-Chief, What We See

Moky Mokura

Executive Director, Africa No Filter

Victor Oladokun

Fmr Director, Communication and External Relations, ADB Group

George Twumasi

Founder, African Satellite Broadcasting Corporation

Date: Friday 28th August 2020, 5 PM WAT [12 PM EST]


Introduction, Discussion, Q&A




    Nkiru Balonwu (Moderator), Managing Partner, RDF

    Chair, African Women On Board (AWB), Managing Partner, RDF & Convener, The Africa Soft Power Project.

    Teresa Clarke, CEO,

    Teresa Clarke, an investment banker and internet entrepreneur, has been contributing to business and social development in Africa for over twenty years. Ms. Clarke was the first African American woman to serve as a Managing Director in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs, where she led corporate finance and merger & acquisition deals for clients in the industrial and real estate sectors.

    She is now the Chair and CEO of, a media holding company that includes a business publishers network, and iAfrica the oldest news portal in South Africa. She serves on the board of Change Financial (publicly traded fintech company) and the Cim Group (publicly traded financial services company).

    Ms. Clarke earned an A.B. in Economics, cum-laude, from Harvard College, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has lectured at several major universities around the world including Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Princeton, Wellesley, Tufts, and Oxford.

    Misan Harriman, Founder and Editor-In-Chief, What We See

    Misan Harriman is a photographer, creative director and cultural commentator. His strong reportage style and unique eye for narrative has captured the attention of editors and celebrities around the world. From documenting historic moments in history, most recently the Black Lives Matter movement in London, to photographing high profile celebrities, including Stormzy, Tom Cruise, Adwoa Aboah, Giorgio Armani, Kylie Minogue, Cate Blanchett and Olivia Colman, Harriman is a photographer of extraordinary range. His commissions include royal, private and high profile portraiture as well as reportage documenting and covering behind the scenes at major awards, music festivals and film sets. His striking images have been

    featured in Vanity Fair, Vogue UK, Harper's Bazaar, People Magazine and The Telegraph among others.

    He is the founder of a curated platform for enriching film, music, poetry and art.

    Nigerian born, Harriman was educated in England where he developed a life-long love for the arts. This led him to picking up a camera and honing his craft. Harriman is completely self-taught, his work inspired by Gordon Parks, Sally Mann, Eve Arnold, Bruce Davidson and Peter Lindbergh.

    Moky Mokura, Executive Director, Africa No Filter

    Moky Makura was born in Nigeria, educated in England and has lived in London, Johannesburg and Lagos. She is the Executive Director of Africa No Filter, a donor collaborative focused on shifting the African narrative. Prior to that she was the Deputy Director for Communications Africa at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where she was responsible for building and managing the foundation's reputation on the continent. In 2017 she took on interim role as the foundation's Country Representative to South Africa responsible for government relations and internal program coordination. Before joining the Gates Foundation, Moky worked as Communications Director for the Tony Elumelu Foundation in Nigeria. Prior to that she was a well-known TV presenter, producer, author, publisher, and successful entrepreneur in her own right.

    Moky holds an Honours degree in Politics, Economics, and Law from Buckingham University in the UK. As part of her passion to present a positive image of Africa and showcase its heroes and achievements, she created one of the first websites to serve as a repository of positive facts about the continent. Visit the website at Moky started and runs the first storytelling networking event for women called Herstory Joburg.

    She serves on the advisory boards of three non-profits including Junior Achievement Africa and the Houtbay Partnership. Moky was recently appointed to the board of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

    Victor Oladokun, Fmr Director, Communication and External Relations, ADB Group

    Dr. Victor Oladokun is a globally recognized broadcaster. moderator, and communications and media practitioner. He has more than 30 years of demonstrated expertise in public relations, corporate branding, journalism, broadcasting, and strategic communications.

    He is currently the CEO of Victor and Associates, a communications consultancy. Until March 2020, he was the spokesperson and Director of Communication and External Relations at the African Development Bank Group in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, where he was widely acknowledged for raising the profile of Africa's premier development finance institution.

    Dr Oladokun's career includes leadership positions in media and communication consulting; several senior management positions at the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach, VA, where he pioneered and co-hosted several innovative international TV programs including CBN World News and Turning Point; Prior to his 20-year stint in TV broadcasting, he was the Group Public Relations Manager of the Leventis Group, Lagos, Nigeria; and Media Relations Manager, and Ag. Public Relations Manager of Cadbury Nigeria Plc.

    He holds a Doctorate degree of Strategic Leadership from Regent University, Virginia Beach, USA; a Master of Arts in Communication from Regent University, USA; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/Political Science from the University of Ife, Nigeria.

    He is a very competitive table tennis player and always welcomes a good game.

    George Twumasi, Founder, African Satellite Broadcasting Corporation

    George Twumasi is the CEO of ABN Holdings Limited (ABN) and a Fall 2018 Joan Shorenstein Fellow at the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

    ABN is creating a viable African television content monetisation matrix and digital ecosystem straddling multiple platforms via the African Public Interest Media Initiative (, a scalable, digital business model and an ecosystem that incentivises African-generated public interest entertainment content.

    ABN is committed to building an inspiring commercial vehicle via which a unique cultural content financing and marketing model can be achieved. For that reason, ABN is currently working towards the development of a cloud based content distribution solution focusing on the re-aggregation and monetisation of content "Made Africans for Africans."