Founder of 1 Billion Africa, Prince Adu-Appiah was selected as one of the 100 young Africans for the Brightest Young Minds Summit (BYM) 2016, in Sandton, Johannesburg.
Every year, BYM identifies 100 new young adult leaders to join their network. The new delegates first connect at their 5-day summit to engage with their contemporaries as well as leaders in various fields; from private sector to government and everyone in between. The delegates are addressed by the most influential people on the continent, who take them through practical presentations, creative learning and enhanced problem solving activities and challenges. Prince was selected this year based on his demonstration of commitment to action and social impact in his community with the help of his team members at 1 Billion Africa.
This 16-year old non-profit public organisation, the Brightest Young Minds, is focused on driving positive and sustainable change in the community it serves. For over a decade, BYM has done this by identifying, connecting and mobilizing young leaders across Africa. The summit itself has been an example of innovation, exposing delegates to different facilitation techniques like appreciative inquiry, open-space technology and scenario planning, and providing them the space to creatively solve relevant social, cultural, educational, environmental, health or economic challenges.
Over the years, BYM’s recognition and influence has grown and the number of applications received each year for the programme exceeds 2000. This year’s summit received 3000 applications and selected participants came from 14 African countries.
The 1Billion Africa Story was briefly shared at the Summit, but attracted the attention of many present. Prince also joined a team of 11 BYM participants who are passionate about education to develop a solution that will provide underprivileged children in underserved schools in Africa with access to quality education. This solution won the second spot position among four selected winning ideas. The idea will be supported by Barclays Africa so that it becomes a reality. The team of 11 has also been chosen to participate in a business incubation programme under the Awethu Project, and the idea will be pitched to the South African Presidency at the Union Buildings in August.
As part of advocating for problem-solving on the continent through the 1 Billion Africa movement, Prince Adu-Appiah was on Cliff Central to be interviewed on “Leadership Platform” with Adriaan Groenewald, a renowned Leadership Expert, Keynote Speaker, Author and presenter in South Africa. Prince, in his submission pitched ideas he has worked on with his team members. He also made a profound statement that” there is still a lot of hope for Africa”. According to him, in recent times, young people have become more focused and passionate about Africa. Opportunities have been created on various platforms like the BYM Summit for young people to network, interact and share the vision of a prosperous Africa. Young people everywhere on the continent are taking steady steps to pool resources and innovative ideas to make sure this vision becomes a reality.
Click here for full details of his interview Interview on Cliff Central with Adriaan Groenwelde.
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