Africa Now Summit 2019

NBS’ reporters Samson Kasumba, Joseph Sabiti and Canary Mugume conducting various interviews and getting quite some interesting insight from different individuals at the Africa NOW Summit as we wait for the conference to begin.

Ugandan innovations are on display at Munyonyo such as the Kira EV, a Ugandan made car. This showcases what Africa is capable of and just needs some encouragement. Joseph Sabiti is on the scene.

On African Identity

VIDEO: @SilverKayondo: African matters are worth discussing because as Africans we need to have a plan for our continent. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates pic.twitter.com/71i9PCVdLm— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

Rosa Malango: I really believe that if Africans come to peace with their identity, they’ll be able to develop themselves. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

Rosa Malango: I think the critical thing is to understand where you come from, we need to do research on why the things we’ve done in the past haven’t worked. I think this is the right time for emerging leaders to come up with new solutions & move forward with them.#AfricaNow19— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

Prof. Mondo Kagongera: Africa today is completely different, the population has changed but some aspects of our lives haven’t, we still have high child mortality rates and diseases. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

Prof. Kagongera: Lack of awareness is a very big contributor to failure to look after our families. The most challenging thing about Africa is our lack of knowledge, we’re always behind when it comes to knowledge, we need to catch up with the rest of the world.#AfricaNow19— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

Regarding technology and ICT

Youth from @Andela_UG are present at the @AfricaNow_ summit. Andela is an African company that identifies and develops software developers, connecting the most talented developers across Africa with the companies that need them.#AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates pic.twitter.com/XFs3X6i1UI— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

With regards to entertainment

Andrew Benon Kibuuka: The world is becoming a global village, entertainment has also been recognised, entertainers have a role to play if Africa is to achieve its goals. We shall start making films and songs which depict the future of Africa. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

Irene Muloni, the Cabinet minister for Energy and Minerals is also in attendance and will look to talk about the energy sector in Africa.

Minister Irene Muloni: We’ve made sure that investors join hands with us to export this oil. Before we get this oil out of the ground, we have to know and make sure we already have a place it’s going.#AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

Minister Irene Muloni: A refinery is going to be constructed in Hoima district that will produce very many things including jet fuel and petroleum. This refinery is going to serve Uganda and partner states. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

Minister Irene Muloni: We’re now looking at our first oil in 2022, we want this oil to change the lives of our people as well as add lasting value for us and generations to come. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

VIDEO: Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development: Uganda is blessed with plenty of natural resources including oil and gas & we want to make sure these natural resources are a blessing to us not a curse like it may have happened elsewhere.#AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates pic.twitter.com/ujUH5puzgd— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

The inaugural @AfricaNow_ summit is set to tackle four thematic areas;

– Leadership

– Youth, finding an Africa that works for the African youth

– Finding African solutions to African problems

– Achieving partnerships across Africa.

The President of the republic of Uganda arrives at the venue and the conference will officially begin shortly.

VIDEO: @KagutaMuseveni and other heads of state have arrived for the #AfricaNow19

National anthems playing.#NBSUpdates pic.twitter.com/84Cw8xxL9w— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

Dr. Robert Mwesigwa: It wouldn’t make any sense for @AfricaNow_ to have a discussion without youth who are almost 1 billion in Africa. As ASLC, we’re interacting with youth because we want to shape them in order for us to help shape Africa.#AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

President Museveni: I’m glad these young people (@AfricaNow_) have started a Think Tank, We have many think tanks especially in the West, however, they don’t think about Africa, they mainly think about the west. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

President Museveni: We first need to understand what is meant by transformation. In the 1960s, economics was talking about growth and development, growth was supposed to be the quantitative expansion of the respective sectors. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

President Museveni: Development was a term that implied some qualitative changes propelled the economy and society to a higher level.#AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

VIDEO: President Museveni: We first need to understand what is meant by transformation.#AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates pic.twitter.com/aKpSb1ZpMl— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

President Museveni: When we became active, I insisted on the use of the word transformation. In the 1960s, they used to talk about sustainable development, however, I insisted on transformation. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

President Museveni: After independence, I used to hear leaders talk of double production (you know politicians love slogans), meaning more production of the same product. This double production didn’t help. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

President Museveni: In the 1960s and 70s when the only affluent part of the world was Europe and America, double production meant double supply which translated into low prices. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

President Museveni: The problem with Africa is that in the last 600 years, the continent has not transformed whereas African society has regressed. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

President Museveni: The feudal class of Africa that competed for power with colonialists was decimated and only the peasantry was left. Many years of fascist revolution didn’t deliver social transformation. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

President Museveni: Education per se isn’t enough. If it only creates youth who want white collar jobs, it’s only swelling the number of unemployed people. Education must help us have literacy, numeracy and skills if it’s to be transformative. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

President Museveni: By addressing the issues of education and health, we will have removed two strategic bottlenecks.#AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

President Museveni: Apart from liberating the private sector, we say that ideological transformation is another bottleneck of transformation which then leads to a weak state.#AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

President Museveni: Education imparts literacy, numeracy, intellectuality and skills, it is an important transformative agent. Such a product is different from the pre-capitalist populations that still dominate Africa.#AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

VIDEO: President Museveni: Education per se is not enough. If it creates people who only want white-collar jobs with no skills to enable them to produce goods and services, then it will only swell the number of the unemployed. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates pic.twitter.com/PEHsslqOwI— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

Tony Elumelu: We have growth today but we need more inclusive growth. Today, we have inequalities where the poor are getting poorer and the rich richer. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

Tony Elumelu: The middle class in Africa is almost disappearing; when we, therefore, talk about the kind of leadership we need, it must be a long exercise. Leadership isn’t about the public sector, it’s also about people and the private sector.#AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

Tony Elumelu: We need leaders who care about humanity, who are interested and genuinely committed to leaving the society better than they found it, leaders who understand legacy and care about the future of Africa. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

Tony Elumelu: We need to make sure that in every action that we take, we are committed that the future of Africa is in the hands of our people. We need leaders who realise and know when to speak up, leaders who realise that poverty anywhere is poverty everywhere.#AfricaNow19— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

VIDEO: @TonyOElumelu: Leadership isn’t about public sector, presidents or state governors. It also includes people and the private sector.#AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates pic.twitter.com/RBymf4vq1s— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

VIDEO: @TonyOElumelu: The joblessness we have in Africa can’t be fixed by government alone.#AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates pic.twitter.com/gyJKm08Gfm— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 12, 2019

Tanzanian vice president Samia Hassan Suluhu believes that the discussion at the Africa Now Summit should rotate around the leadership needed to stimulate the development that Africa needs. According to her, the continent is in need of a major transformation and investing in the youth shall ensure that Africa has good demographic dividends.

To help transform Africa, major decisions have to be made and that means we should concentrate on the young ones as well because they need all the guidance and it is a sustainable strategy.
It is time to groom, plan for and support our leaders if we are going to help change the African narrative. Let us walk the talk and our leaders are the biggest players when it comes to ensuring that this happens because they help with the implementation process.


Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, CEO Tony Elemulu Foundation: At each point in Africa, we have been plagued with war, famine and political instability and this did not give our leaders time to plan for our countries and what was the result of this? Africa’s social economic state suffered. Right now, we are witnessing a change on the continent. Leaders are now understanding what our priorities should be. Africa’s social economic state suffered.

The continent is witnessing a change. Leaders are now understanding what the priorities should be. The UN issued a report that the frustration of youth who have no hope is the greatest cause of instabilities. This meeting here today should help remedy this.
President Yoweri Museveni: Fortunately i have cheated all of you. I have been here for quite some time. In the 1960s, these people were talking education education but people got education and nothing changed because some things were not there. I am very happy to see all of you with your ideas. I am happy to be here and I advise you to have comprehensive plans.

DAY 2

The second and final day of the summit and NBS is providing full coverage.

Nobert Mao is in attendance and spoke to our reporters on the scene.

VIDEO: @norbertmao: The reason why there is anger, people don’t have a safe space at which to express their ideas. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates pic.twitter.com/OLWXOFfUAK— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 13, 2019


VIDEO: @norbertmao: Ideas can not be put into practice unless we have certain type of leaders.
Question is, what sort of leadership does Africa require? #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates pic.twitter.com/hYZwu3EnQE— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 13, 2019

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda takes the podium.

Ruhakana Rugunda: The challenge is to make the real diagnosis of real problems of Africa and find real solutions. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates pic.twitter.com/tTQ9yPzV96— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 13, 2019

Ruhakana Rugunda: If we(Africans) were united, we would now be having a voice at the United Nations Security Council!#AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates pic.twitter.com/4zW3GYmPwo— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 13, 2019

VIDEO: Ruhakana Rugunda: Africa is the way it is (underdeveloped, marginalized) partly because of external reasons other than reasons caused by ourselves. #AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates pic.twitter.com/LSYxVh1trJ— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 13, 2019

Khayar Oumar Defallah takes the podium

VIDEO: Khayar Oumar Defallah: In the vision of president, somebody who is young, is one who still dreams for his country, family and projects therefore it has nothing to do with physical age.
#AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates pic.twitter.com/6UUKCqltKi— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 13, 2019

Samia Nkrumah, a Ghanaian politician, chairperson of the Convention People’s Party and daughter of Kwame Nkrumah is at the podium.

Celestin Monga, the Vice President of African Development Bank goes forward.

VIDEO: Celestin Monga: Many countries still have vulnerable employment rates and this is where we should focus.#AfricaNow19 #NBSUpdates pic.twitter.com/0NHSnliqqA— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 13, 2019

VIDEO: Celestin Monga, Vice President and Chief Economist: The general economic situation in Africa is good. #NBSUpdates #AfricaNow19 pic.twitter.com/JvwIBGsRUg— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 13, 2019

President Museveni: I don’t like the import businesses. There are agents of other businesses. They are taking blood from us
The export businesses are good because they add blood to us.#NBSUpdates #AfricaNow19 pic.twitter.com/zwG33GwVGX— NBS Television (@nbstv) March 13, 2019

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