KUSI
IDEAS FESTIVAL

The African Ideas Transaction Market

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Kusi is the southerly trade wind that blows over the Indian Ocean between April and mid-September and enabled trade up north along the East African coast and between Asia and Africa for millennia.

Beyond trade, over the centuries, Kusi and other trade winds made possible cultural, intellectual, and technological exchanges, and considerably shaped the history of the nations on the east side of Africa, its hinterland and the wider Indian Ocean rim.

In the 21st Century, the spirits of the trade winds express themselves in new ways. The Indian Ocean is a rich bed of the fibre optic cables that make the Information Age possible in a large part of Africa.

Africa is at a crossroads, and what it does in the years ahead could leave it a big winner — or with the scars of a few half-won victories. We believe it will win. Nation Media Group (NMG) launched the Kusi Ideas Festival in 2019 as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, and to begin building a “pan-African ideas transaction market” to capitalise on the opportunities and innovations available to Africa to help her win in the 21st Century. 

The Festival brings together some of the most free-spirited and bold people calling out Africa’s challenges, and those turning them into opportunities. For many years to come, these will be the people shaping the continent. The Festival allows connections to this valuable cast of players, and gives institutions and businesses a great opportunity to hitch their wagons to the coming African Century. 

The first Kusi Ideas Festival was held in Kigali, Rwanda, the second at the Kenyan Lake Victoria city of Kisumu and the third at Accra, Ghana. The Festival will continue to be held in different African cities annually in the years to come.

Why

Participate

Shape the narrative

Shape the narrative of the African continent towards a positive future

collaboration & partnership

Enhance collaboration and partnership across countries and organizations

provocative discussion

Participate in provocative discussion on business, economic and environmental trends for Africa

innovation & creativity

Foster innovation and creativity in solutions to continental conundrum

Strategic direction

Deliberate on the continent’s strategic direction with Africa’s brilliant minds

organisation reputation

Enhance organisation reputation through thought leadership

Up Coming Kusi ideas Festival

2022 - Entebbe, Uganda

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Key Milestones

MOU Signed
The Nation Media Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ugandan municipality of Entebbe to host the 4th Kusi Ideas Festival in December.
Date Confirmed
The event running from December 8th to 9th in Entebbe will bring together business leaders, policy makers, innovators, researchers, youth, entrepreneurs, and political leaders to discuss Africa-specific solutions and innovations.
Event Theme
This year’s festival will focus on climate change & environmental conservation under the theme “The Climate Change Crisis: Exploring African Solutions”

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Past Events

Accra Ghana 2021

How Africa Transforms After The Virus

Ghana, Accra International Conference Centre (AICC)
10th - 11th December 2021
Kisumu Kenya 2020

Towards a post Covid Africa

Ciala Resort, Lakeside City of Kisumu, Kenya
8th - 9th December 2020
Kigali, Rwanda 2019

The Next 60 Years in Africa

Intare Conference Centre, Kigali, Rwanda
8th -9th December, 2019
The Delegates

Experience

The Kusi Ideas Festival was enlightening – it made me think through things that could be the answers to the corona pandemic problem. The fact that NTV was able to show it on TV made it so much better as I was able to inform many people to follow the proceedings
I did not know what to expect but the dedication and passion from all those involved from the heads of state to the moderator was truly admirable. It is inspiring to see the vision leaders and stakeholders have for the African people.
I liked the use of an internet based platform allowing thousands including myself to attend. This should not change even if and when the pandemic ends. Secondly, the event was timely with relevant topics and a great choice of speakers
I enjoyed the panel discussions, the interactive sessions, the main topics of the festival and the solution-oriented discussions. The event was well organized and maintained high standards
Kusi Ideas Festival

Contact us

For more information, help with your registration or any concerns, you can call us or fill the form below and one of our representatives will contact you.

Telephone Number

+254 719 038 251
+254 737 833 835

Email

kusiafrica@ke.nationmedia.com