Youth Festival


YouthFirst Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony will encapsulate the spirit of the Youth First festival and set the tone for the days to come. Our opening performance will be delivered by Nana Asaase, a poet and spoken word artist whose work reflects the...


Strengthening Links between Feminist Generations

Examining the delineation of Feminists Movements into various waves of activities, which historical perspectives have described as the different generations of women who have agitated for gender equality through the course of time, this session shall seek to explore methods...


The African Feminist Literary Tradition: Origins and Newer Manifestations

“Think of our lives and tell us your particularized world. Make up a story. Narrative is radical, creating us at the very moment it is being created.” - Toni Morrison This session will cover the parallels and connections between early...


Reinterpreting and Reintegrating Food Traditions

This session will focus on the ways in which people have continued to honour indigenous food traditions from the familiar tastes and smells of dishes rooted in tradition to community-level maintenance of indigenous sustainable food practices. It will unpack the...


Queer Feminism in Africa

This session will establish the place and roles of queer feminists groups and associations in the context of the larger feminism landscape in Ghana, with respect to the issues that affect them like discrimination in all strata, concentrated violence, inability...


The Magic of the Intersections – The Case for Cross Genre Collaborations

When people from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary traditions engage with each other, magic happens. In this session, we hope to uncover the ways in which different branches of knowledge and different approaches to creative process enrich each other and produce...


Sisterhood and Solidarity in Art Spaces

“Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister. ” — Alice Walker This discussion will be centred on the unique challenges women face as they navigate creative space, what existing networks of support exist that...


Rethinking Responsible Political Engagement

“It comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future.” - Thomas Sankara This discussion will focus on how we, as African youth, define our own relationships to political space,...


YouthFirst Closing Ceremony

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Youth Follow up Plans and New Initiatives

Getting more young persons to explore new initiatives and also drive such initiatives sustainably is the goal, but how? This session will explore this. Happening on the final day, 24th of September, with Maame Adwoa Marfo, Marie-Helene Ndiaye and Nyeleti...


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