Why We Care – Conversations at Brown University on African Entrepreneurship


Our Co-founder Emmanuel, was privileged to have been invited to Brown University’s first ever Africa focused panel on Entrepreneurship on April 16, 2018. This program saw vibrant and impactful discussions with leaders, entrepreneurs, and advisors who are adding economic and social value in Africa. Panelists shared stories of how they started their ventures, how they are currently adding value to Africa, and where their ideas are taking them next.

The event was well attended by Brown University students, community members, staff, and faculty, who all engaged in the conversation in hopes to spark interests in doing business in Africa.
Panelists included: Dr. Tunde Alawode. Co-founder, Dotlearn, Tayo Rockson, CEO of UYD management, TEDx Speaker, Prof. Bakuli, Professor at Westfield State University, Emmanuel Nyame, Co-founder of Educom World and Social Good Ghana, Prof Darko, Founder of African Potential, and Damilola Junaid, President/Founder, Arise Africa Foundation.

The one hour, thirty minutes discussion was moderated by: Vibha Pingle, Ph.D ’96, President and Founder, Ubunta at Work. Panelists spoke about their challenges in business and how they overcame them. Discussions also touched on the need to consider social entrepreneurship as a way of providing solutions to the problems around us. Gender equality was the round up for the day’s work as the conversation eventually revolved around the need to support women as a way to promote diversity and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Co-sponsored by: OIED: Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, AARI: African Alliance of Rhode Island,Oasis International, BSA: Brown Student Agencies, The Africa Initiative (Watson Institutes), Brown Office of Global Engagement and Efiwe.

Humans of New York : Dr Sayida Self Explains the Importance of Self-love


Our cherished Vice President of the Board in charge of People &  Culture, Dr. Sayida Self was featured in a short video by Humans of New York. She made a very simple statement which we believe can trigger all of us in the educational community to consider self-love.

Dr. Sayida Self was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but raised and educated in Harlem, New York. She is graduate of Northwestern University and the City University Graduate Center. A cultural anthropologist, Dr.Self has worked as a gender advocate and researcher in the area or HIV/AIDS prevention and reproductive justice. Dr. Self conducted her PhD fieldwork in South Africa and taught for a year at the University of Djibouti in East Africa. She has also worked as principal investigator for HIV/AIDS education, testing and prevention research projects in Brooklyn, serving Afro Latina and Afro Caribbean women. She is a former member of the NYC HIV Planning Council , has volunteered with the New York Doula Project, and served on the advisory board of the Caribbean Womens Health Association and the Dr. Betty Shabazz Health Center. Dr. Self is also a trained doula and reproductive health educator. A lecturer at Bronx Community College where she teaches courses in anthropology and sociology, Dr. Self specializes in African and African Diaspora studies, gender activism and social movements