May 18th - 26th 2018

  • About

    A series of events and activities that were held across Beijing between May 18th and May 26th to celebrate Africa and increase positive engagement with Africa in China. The theme for the inaugural Africa Week was: Ijinle - a Yoruba word, which means source/root. Through carefully curated activities we highlighted Africa as a source of rich cultures and experiences of the past, present and future.


    Our initiative brought together over 650 people of diverse nationalities, ages and interests to celebrate Africa and engage with China's dynamic African community. The week long of activities culminated in a start-up competition, where a promising African Start-Up: Nani's Creations was awarded the profits from Africa Week: 30,000 RMB.


    • To highlight the dynamism of African communities in China through stories, art and entrepreneurship 
    • To reverse the trend of superficial and problematic portrayals of Africa in China 
    • To showcase Africa as a source of rich traditions, histories, cultures and vibrancy 
    • To respond to the call for group economics put out by Black Livity China 
  • Africa Week Launch Party

    May 18th, Marina

    Africa Week Launch Party


    To kick-off the week, Kente and Silk hosted a launch party powered by Thrive Beijing. Those who attended had a chance to experience African food, music, networking and dance performances.


    Photo credit: Keyu Jiang

    China Africa Stories,

    19th May, Hotel Jen

    In a day-long forum, 'China Africa Stories' broke away from the mainstay conferences on Sino-Africa affairs, and explored questions around the changing nature of the relationship from a cultural and human-based perspective, and the role of young people in writing the new chapter of the Sino-Africa story.

    Move Like an African

    20th May, Project Pengyou & CS Flow Studio

    Afro-dance expresses the dynamism of Africans, the richness of our cultures and our global connections. To celebrate the diversity and evolution of African dance we hosted two dance classes:


    African Drumming & Dancing by Abbe Dance Company and

    Afrobeats by Yoofi Greene.  


    20th May, Caravan

    A special African themed menu by the award winning - Caravan Restaurant. The set menu took attendants on a culinary tour of Africa with meals from all parts of the continent!

    A Night of African StoryTelling,

    22nd May, Bookworm

    In traditional African societies, oral tradition was an integral way to pass down knowledge, history and create community. People gathered by firesides to hear stories narrated by village elders.

    In an evening filled with artistic and literary traditions from across Africa: traditional African folklore stories, call & response singing, and readings from Modern African literature we gave our full house of attendees a chance to experience the powerful traditions of storytelling in Africa.

    Art Afrik

    23rd May, Caravan

    Art Afrik was a live art installation and series of workshops designed for participants to both watch African artists create modern works of African art in a live paint and creative session, and an opportunity to take part in the creative process.


    The night also featured a live North African Band!

    African Feminism 101

    Cafe Zarah

    24th May, 1900 - 2100

    A night that celebrated and facilitated interaction with African women in China making their mark to redefine Africa-China affairs!


    The evening featured a panel discussion focused on the experiences of three outstanding African female leaders in China: Maria Kargbo - Sierra Leonean Star Performer; Her Excellency, Tania Romualdo - Ambassador of Cabo Verde to China; Dr. Samantha Sibanda - Founder of the Africa Appreciate Africa Network and was moderated by Olivia Lamb, co-founder of Black Expo and Africa 2.0 board member.

    Finale - Pitch Event

    26th May, Schwarzman College

    5 Short-listed African Business Ideas/Start-Ups presented their pitch to a panel of distinguished experts, professionals and entrepreneurs in China.

    The panel was carefully selected to ensure that finalists received expert opinions and perspectives.


    Nani's Creations was the winner of the Start-Up Competition and received 30,000 RMB!

  • Our Sponsors and Partners

    Africa Week was made possible due to their support