For Invited Guests:
Thank you for joining more than 150 Yale World Fellows and invited guests for a celebration of our biennial YWF Forum. We were told it culminated in the first and only real-style African dance party to ever take place at Yale University Art Gallery: well done.
Yale World Fellows Rethink Africa Party
5pm, October 14th, Yale University Art Gallery
Gbenga Akinnagbe is an actor best known for his roles on HBO’s The Wire and USA’s Graceland and has contributed to both the New York Times and Huffington Post Live. Gbenga is a global activist and founder of Liberated People, an apparel company aimed at inspiring action for social change.
Bibi Bakare-Yusuf is a 2012 Yale World Fellow and co-founder of one of Cassava Republic Press. The publishing house presents stories written by and for Africans in an effort to develop a deep culture of reading across the continent, and to help transform the continent by producing alternative narratives and knowledge. Bibi thinks contemporary African prose should be rooted in African experience in all its diversity - whether set in filthy-yet-sexy megacities or in little know rural communities, in the past or the near future.
Boima Tucker is a Sierra Leonean-American electronic musician, DJ, writer, and outspoken advocate for the cutting-edge digital music cultures coming out of many parts of the world today. His travel experiences and global music expertise launched a writing career - he’s contributed to various music and culture online and print publications including Okayafrica, Africa is a Country, Ghetto Bassquake, and The Fader Magazine. Boima continues to be inspired by the parties he knew growing up in a close knit African immigrant community in the US.
Ginny Suss is co-founder and co-President of Okayafrica, the largets US based website focusing on new and progressive music, art, politics and culture from the African continent. She is also the Vice President of Okayplayer (Okayafrica’s sister site), The Roots’ web company, an online hub focusing on urban American left-of-center music, politics, arts and lifestyles. Additionally, she works on the management team of The Roots, the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Vanessa Wruble is co-founder and co-President of Okayafrica. Previously she was a communications specialist for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), wrote several Lonely Planet guides to countries in Africa, was a correspondent and producer for Current TV, and worked on women’s issues in media as an Echoing Green Fellow. She works closely with the estate of Nigerian musical legend and political revolutionary Fela Kuti.
Lai Yahaya is a 2013 Yale World Fellow and a lawyer, development economist, policy entrepreneur and a passionate advocate for the arts. In his free time, he serves as Team Leader of the Facility for Oil Sector Transparency and Reform (FOSTER), a program pushing for greater transparency and accountability in the Nigerian oil sector.