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African Development Bank President, Grammy Award Nominated Group Les Nubians Among Many to Attend the 2009 Harvard Africa Business Conference



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Young intellectuals of African descent will be attending the 2009 Harvard Africa Business Conference next week to gain a deeper understanding of African economic and policy issues, participate in intellectual exchange, and  be exposed to amazing networking opportunities. The theme of this year’s conference is “Africa on the Move: Transforming Quick Wins into Lasting Change,” and will take place on Feb 20-22nd at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Mass. In an invitation to participants, conference co-chairs Raphael Afaedor and Fayelle Ouane noted that this year’s conference will attempt to answer questions like:  How we can protect the fundamentals of African economies to withstand the financial crisis? and How we can capitalize the progress we’ve made to create opportunities in the fields of healthcare, education and energy to benefit larger communities?

Potential Highlights from the Conference

ADB President’s Keynote

One of the Keynote speakers will be Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank. Dr. Kaberuka recently announced that the African economy  will slow further to four percent this year as demand for hard and soft commodities deteriorates.

Aschobi Designs Fashion Show



HABC also has a rich agenda for those interested in African fashion, arts and entertainment. The conference will kick off with a cocktail reception and fashion show featuring  Aschobi Designs, a Sierra Leonian based brand created by Parsons educated Adama Kai.

Les Nubians Performance

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Grammy Nominated international recording artists Les Nubians will be performing at the conference banquet.

De Ja Vu Productions After Party

There will be also be an after party on the 20th hosted by De Ja Vu Productions at the OM Lounge. Sign up for the guest list here.


  1. Dejavu

    February 12, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    For those that want to attend the Friday Party above you can RSVP at this link if your on facebook
    or you can send names in for guestlist to [email protected]
    It’s gonna be bigger and better this year, 2 floors, new upscale location in the middle of Harvard Square, 2 DJ’s Naija & Yankee music.
    This annual event always reaches capacity so RSVP early to ensure admittance! Thanks – D.P.

  2. Bukky

    February 13, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Why is there an after party to everything we do?? This is supposed to be a business conference for crying out loud..and somehow, we sneak in an after party? I mean..what is the point of it?

  3. wordsmith

    February 13, 2009 at 4:40 am

    because this is how we do!

  4. tatafo!

    February 13, 2009 at 5:50 am

    Have to make plans to attend this next year.

  5. Because

    February 13, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    I think it’s more about networking. After working hard all day, you can relax and get to know the other people in a less formal way.

  6. Geekgirl

    February 13, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    i live in Boston but i never go for this HABS thingy…I have heard from people that have attended previous ones that people just go and toast themselves!maybe i should go n see for myself this year(bella i could be your correspondent/photographer there-lol)…i know couple pple going already

  7. Kpakpando

    February 13, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    I’ve been to two of these conferences, and that has not been my experience. While there are many personal connections made, you can make incredible business connections there as well especially if you are looking to work in Africa. Some of the speakers they have are people most people would not ordinarily have access to, and if you are focused and assertive enough you can get valuable face time and translate that into a career opportunity for yourself.

    The main criticism I had for the conference was, it seemed too Nigeria-centric… but I know why that was. The second issue I had, was the weather in Boston… focking A like what’s wrong with having this conference in early April, before their exams?

  8. Geekgirl

    February 13, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Kpakpando the weather has been great in boston this winter o!r u going to come for this year’s?After getting access to these people on that day can u really just randomly call them up one day and they will really connect you?wont you just be like one of the random pple they met at the event

  9. Kpakpando

    February 13, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Is it 70 degrees in Boston? If not, abeg don’t call it great weather, I do not like freezing my ass off. How you keep in contact with these people is up to you, the last conference I was at was 3 or 4 years ago and I still exchange emails with them, and one of them is actively helping me transition back to Nigeria.

    My suggestion is to go there with a game plan. Know what you want and who can help you get there. Look at the event site now, see if there are any particular speakers or panel members you want to meet, make sure you attend their panel and be actively engaged; introduce yourself afterwards, have a business card for them, ask for theirs and follow up immediately.
    The HBS and Wharton conferences can be much more than an opportunity to meet potential spouses or future bedmates; many people play themselves spending the entire time trying to attract someone of the opposite (or same) sex, when they can also get some business done.

  10. Catwalq

    February 14, 2009 at 4:49 am

    There’s also the Howard University African Business Conference Feb 27-28…DC is considerably warmer than Boston.

  11. roselynn

    February 22, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    HSB 2009 rocked. Aschobi is was hot!!! Watch out for that brand. Coming to a luxury store near you.

  12. lobebe

    March 11, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I think i need to attend this conference, i will create time.

  13. Bree van der Kamp

    April 8, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Still ROTFALMAO!!!!!!! Thanks for your honesty Kpakpando. Naija’s be on the level….great initiatives are always ruined by the Naija in us. Lol!!!!

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