Sunday, 5 March 2017

Ooni of Ife, South Africa Speaker Ms Baleka Mbete, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Lesotho PM Pakalitha Mosisili, others to speak at the Commonwealth Africa Summit 2017

Leaders from across Africa will gather in London to discuss how Africa can leverage its shared commonwealth heritage in doing business with Britain post Brexit.

Among leaders confirmed to speak at the Summit holding at the Royal Overseas League at St. James Place in London are Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, South Africa National Assembly Speaker Ms Baleka Mbete, Former Nigerian President Chief Obasanjo, and the Imperial Majesty The Ooni of Ife.

Other Key Speakers this year includes Governor Simon Lalong from Nigeria, Co –Founder of the Commonwealth Africa Summit and Former Chair of the Council of Commonwealth Society Lord Watson of Richmond, Global Head of Citizenship at KPMG Lord Hastings, Co-Chair of the Commonwealth Africa Initiative Baroness Flather, CEO of Sahara Energy Mr Tonye Cole, Sarah Champion MP, Adonis Abboud, Vice Chair Business Council on Africa Clive Carpenter, President of the Sierra Leone Football Association Isha Johansen and many more.

Leveraging our Commonwealth Heritage for economic development and collective growth will be at the top of conversations at the 2017 Summit from the 13th – 15th March 2017. Panel discussions will focus on Climate Change and Economic Growth in Africa, Africa’s Growth Agenda: Strengthening Partnership for Actualisation, Collective and Sustainable Growth in an Age of Economic Uncertainty, Leadership for Collective Growth, Securing Africa and the Commonwealth, Women and Girls Economic Empowerment: An essential for collective growth, Expanding Trade for Collective Growth, Meeting Africa’s Infrastructural Challenges, Powering Africa and More.

The Commonwealth Africa Summit 2017 activities will begin with a wreath laying service in honour of those who were lost to the 2 world wars and will be followed by the Royal Commonwealth Societies’ Commonwealth Day Service at the Westminster Abbey in the Presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other Royals.

The Summit business activities will begin on Tuesday 14th March with an Opening Plenary and close with a Dinner on Wednesday 15th March in Westminster.

The 2017 Commonwealth Africa Summit will be attended by government and business leaders from Africa and the Commonwealth. At the 2017 Commonwealth African Summit, prominent leaders will deliberate on the theme ‘from Shared Prosperity to Collective Growth’ - one that promote prosperity and secures Africa’s future. Issues such as energy and power, Africapitalism, trade and investment, sustainable livelihood, child rights, counter insurgency and terrorism will be discussed and lasting solutions proposed.

Interested participants are encouraged to register on and

Information about the Commonwealth Africa Initiative can be found on