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


With rapid changes in technology, and as the concept of money continues to evolve, how can Africans become producers and owners not just users and spectators?

Stephany Zoo (Moderator)

Head of Marketing, AZA

Wale Goodluck

Head of Africa Operations, GSMA

Eddie Ndichu

Co-Founder and CEO, Wapi Pay

Lucia Brawley

Co Founder and Chief Creative Officer, AMP Global

Date: Thursday 13th August 2020, 5 PM WAT [12 PM EST]


Introduction, Discussion, Q&A




    Stephany Zoo (Moderator) Head of Marketing, AZA

    Stephany Zoo is the Head of Marketing at AZA, a digital foreign exchange and treasury solution for frontier markets. Prior to joining AZA, she helped launch SAP's flagship SME product in China and consulted for a number of Chinese SOE's, including Ping'An and China Telecom.

    Entrepreneurial at heart, Stephany founded e-commerce site​​, and League X, a boutique tech branding firm, where her clients there were the likes of BTC China. Her other passion projects include She Loves Tech, global women in STEM competition, and the China Africa Tech Initiative, to encourage private sector cross-border collaboration. A University of Pennsylvania Social Impact Fellow and C100 NextGen Ambassador, she also sits on the WEF Global Shapers Advisory Council. She graduated from Princeton in Economics, minoring in East Asian Studies.

    Wale Goodluck, Head of Africa Operations, GSMA

    Akinwale Goodluck is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and has had a career spanning Investment Banking, Legal Practise and in the last 15 years been engaged in the ICT & mobile communications sector working for MTN Nigeria Communications Limited for 14 years, 7 of which was at Executive level with primary responsibility for the management of the Regulatory, Commercial Legal, Reputation, Corporate Governance and Stakeholder management risks for MTN Nigeria.

    Akinwale provided leadership for the Regulatory objectives of the MTN Group Limited and all its 23 Operations spread across Africa and the Middle East. Akinwale has been recognized as an authority, respected resource person and much sought after speaker locally and internationally in the realm of ICT Regulation & other utilities.

    He is an alumnus of the Lagos State University, The Nigeria Law School and the Harvard Business School. Akinwale is an avid cyclist, a friend of the Arts particularly theatre and a firm believer in Social Responsibility.

    Eddie Ndichu, Co-Founder and CEO, Wapi Pay

    Eddie has been a leader in transforming how financial services are delivered in Kenya and Africa over the last 15 years for some of the largest local and global banks such as Standard Chartered and KCB. He has led multiple mobile money integrations, mobile banking deployments, online banking deployments and new digital products, as well as launch the first teller less branch and mobile virtual network (MVNO) fully dedicated to financial services. He has also performed the highest digital banking transaction in Africa when climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to attempt it successfully on a mobile phone.

    His most recent posting was the Managing Director for Opera Software, leading deployment of Opera News, Opay and Okash platforms across Africa against the Opera mini browser base of over 150 million users. He has since founded and runs Wapi Pay, the first Africa Asia payment gateways supporting trade and cross border commerce.

    Previous to that he spent 10 years in Australia undergoing his education and work experience in developing mobile technology software.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems and Applied Statistics from Murdoch University in Perth Australia and is completing an MBA in technology and Innovation and holds multiple certificates in change and transformation.

    Lucia Brawley, Co Founder and Chief Creative Officer, AMP Global

    Lucia is a co-founder and the Chief Creative Officer of AMP Global Technologies and executive producer of two-time Interactive Emmy finalist, "Take Back the Mic: The World Cup of Hip Hop," "The Mic: Africa," and a project for Apple TV+.

    She worked as an actress alongside talents like Viola Davis and Angela Bassett, and for world-class directors, including Oliver Stone and Barry Levinson. She was a political organizer for the Obama presidential campaigns, growing a team of 4 volunteers into 2,000 members and helping Obama win her congressional district by the largest margin in the California primary. A vocal advocate for arts education and other social justice issues, she is a regular contributor to national outlets including and the Huffington Post, and earned a place atop's "Most Popular Op-Eds." Lucia is a graduate of Harvard with a Master's in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. She and her husband are proud parents to two vibrant little girls, ages 7 and 9.