UMOJA: African Students Unite for African Cultural Upliftment Through Digital Technology

The third Umoja African Student Leaders Network Summit brought together university students from throughout Africa and the UK, and the young academics were tasked with preserving the distinctiveness of African culture in the face of technological innovation.

Speaking at the summit, which kicked off a weeklong commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day, were representatives from UNILAG as well as South African universities Stellenbosch University, University of Free State, Wits University, and the University of Cape Town.

The participants discussed how technology may help preserve African culture and offered suggestions on how to use digital platforms to foster connections, improve good governance, and foster ethical leadership among student leaders.

Prof. Folashade Ogunsola, vice chancellor of UNILAG, emphasized the importance of youth participation and cooperation in implementing Agenda 2063, the continent’s blueprint and master plan for becoming a future global powerhouse.

Ogunsola mentioned that there are 1279 accredited universities in Africa and applauded the student leaders network for starting the conversation about the future.

“Since youth make up 75% of Africa’s population, we are happy to expand this network of leadership institutions with additional universities. They represent our best chance of creating the Africa we want, according to Ogunsola.

SOURCE: Guardian

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