Monday, September 23rd 5:30-7:00pm
U.N Headquarters, Conference Room 2
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ONE, Transparency International, Okayafrica, and the United Nations Millennium Challenge present an interactive conversation on the emerging people-powered, technology-facilitated activism that is making a real difference in peoples’ lives in the developing world.
A generation of evidence-based activists, ‘Millennial Factivists’, will discuss ways technology and data can be used to turbocharge development by making governments more transparent, accountable and better providers of public services. They will also explore the ways technology encourages greater public participation in decisions that affect their daily lives and how ‘Factivism’ can help meet the current Millennium Development Goals and be used for framing a post-2015 agenda focused on eradicating extreme poverty by 2030.
Femi Oke is an Al Jazeera journalist, social media curator, moderator, and television and radio correspondent. Femi is currently based in Washington D.C. where she hosts “The Stream”, Al Jazeera English’s hit social media and interactive current affairs show. Femi also writes for the social media platform Upworthy. Femi was also named Nigerian media personality of the year in 2007 and picked up the Interaction media award in 2008 for her commitment to broadcasting the complex issues of Africa.
Boniface Mwangi is a Kenyan activist who uses traditional and new technologies to drive social change in his country. When Boniface organized the first-ever nationwide street exhibition showcasing photos of the 2007 post-election violence, more than 600,000 Kenyans came together to reflect on the national tragedy and sign pledges committing themselves to upholding peace and promoting non-violence. Boniface organized the “Occupy Parliament” campaign in Kenya to protest pay rises for parliament.
Japheth Omojuwa is a Nigerian social activist and blogger on socio-economic and political issues such as governance and corruption. Japheth is also the Editor of AfricanLiberty.org and the founder and curator of www.omojuwa.com, one of the most popular web pages in Nigeria. With a large Twitter following, he is one of the most influential Nigerians on social media and a thought leader among his peers. Japheth was also voted the Best Nigerian Political Blogger in 2011.
Tarik Nesh-Nash is a Moroccan social activist and hi-tech CEO who uses online tools to bridge the gap between citizens and government. Tarik launched the Arab world’s first online crowdsourcing platform to solicit recommendations for the new Moroccan constitution and is now focusing on creating more tools for citizens to engage in the country’s political process. Tarik helps average citizens move beyond simply voicing long-held frustrations to actually taking part in the political decision-making process.
Taiye Selasi is a writer and photographer of Nigerian and Ghanaian origin. She is producing a documentary film that aims to bring more African voices into the development process and ensure that they are active in shaping the next development agenda. She coined “Afropolitans”, combining African and cosmopolitan to describe a contemporary generation of Africans, popularized in her essay, “Bye-Bye, Babar (Or: What is an Afropolitan?)” In 2013, she released her critically acclaimed novel, Ghana Must Go.
Juan Elias Chebly is PHD Candidate in Sustainable Development at Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela. He is also founder and CEO of Voipebox.com, and currently works for the United Nations Millennium Campaign as a Global Youth Advocate. In 2009 he founded Voipebox.com, a telecom startup introducing innovative and pioneering VOIP telephony solutions in South America and the US. He is advocating for the United Nations Millennium Campaign’s fight against poverty at UNDP New York Head Quarters.
Bright Simons is president of the mPedigree Network, a system that empowers consumers to instantly verify with a free text message whether their medicines are safe and not counterfeit. He is the former Director of Research at the IMANI Centre for Policy and Education in Ghana, where he helped steer the organization’s award winning research activities. Bright is a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils and Technology Pioneers.
Gbenga Akinnagbe is an actor best known for his roles on HBO’s The Wire and USA’s Graceland. He 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.