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The Bright Continent

Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa
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Africa is a continent on the rise. Beyond bleak headlines about conflict or corruption-ridden states, there are innovative, creative entrepreneurs turning challenges into opportunities across the nations. People transcending bad aid and bad governments to build multi-million dollar industries, develop cutting edge healthcare technology and foster citizen activism.
 
There’s little question that the contributions of these innovators entrepreneurs are transforming the region, explains Dayo Olopade in her new book The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa. So what can these African visionaries solving African problems teach us about aid to the continent, and to the rest of the world? And how should that shift the way we talk and think about Africa today?
 
Join New America for a conversation with Dayo Olopade about the powerful rays of hope from what was once called “the dark continent.”

Join the conversation online using #brightcontinent and following @NewAmerica. 

Participants

Dayo Olopade
2010 Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation

Author, The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa
 
Mimi Alemayehou
Executive Vice President, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
 
Moderator:
Joshua Keating
Staff Writer, Slate

Event Time and Location

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Arizona State University, Washington Center
1834 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009