History of NEXUS in Africa
NEXUS Africa convened for the first time June 2013 in Johannesburg as a partnership between NEXUS, the Ubuntu Institute and the African Presidential Centre. The event brought together former African heads of state, governments, philanthropic leaders, emerging philanthropists and young people from the USA, Africa and elsewhere. The launch formed part of the African Presidential Roundtable. In collaboration with the Wits Business School, NEXUS Africa convened again on 12 February, 2014, to explore the role of private equity investing in poverty alleviation, the rise of social entrepreneurship, the power of youth-led innovation, and more. Since that time NEXUS chapters have developed in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and with chapters in Angola, Mozambique, Ethiopia and South Africa coming next.
At the receiving end of much of the world’s charity for the past few decades, Africa has turned the corner. Home to some of the most significant economic growth in the past few years, the African impact investing and philanthropic sectors are on the rise, with Africans, themselves, taking the lead. NEXUS is proud to support and empower this growth and rise of a philanthropic movement.
Our vision is to develop a prosperous Africa over the next 50 years.
Goals and Actions
- African Progress Panel
- Simba Education
- Disability Rights Fund
- Osei-Kusi Foundation
- UX Information Technologies
- 2013 NEXUS Africa Youth Summit, South Africa
- 2014 Continent Dialog on NEXUS Africa, South Africa
- 2016 NEXUS African Savanah Safari Learning Journey
- 2018 NEXUS Africa Forum, South Arica
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Funke Shonekan is a Social Entrepreneur and Business Connector. She studied (Bsc) International Hospitality & Tourism Management at the University of Surrey, England and is a certified International Social Etiquette Consultant.
She is the founder of Young Adult Professionals and Entrepreneurs (YAP&E), a Professional Networking Platform that is focused on linking and connecting upwardly mobile professionals from all industries through social Networking, Exhibitions, Workshops and Seminars (N.E.W.S) as well as the founder of FunKey Events; a bespoke events marketing and management company that delivers turnkey event solutions.
I am passionate about the transformation of human beings. I believe we were all put on this earth to serve and / or bring about a particular change in the world. It is my belief that my life’s purpose is to be of service to others by positively impacting their lives through varied forms of personal transformation.
Over the past 15 years I have enjoyed working as an entrepreneur in diverse industries including the fashion industry. My journey of self discovery has led me to the phenomenal world of philanthropy. I have as a result dedicated the past 12 years of my life giving back through “Didi and Friends Foundation ” a Non Profit Company I founded in 2008.
I serve as a director of the foundation. Our key focus is on education and the empowerment of those less fortunate. Our work has seen us interact with various impoverished communities, orphanages and community centers in and around Gauteng and Western Cape.
I believe in education and the power it wields in impacting and transforming lives in a manner that is not only tangible but also sustainable.
Life coaching and qualifying as a Mindfulness practitioner has been a natural progression for me in learning the skills, processes and techniques I needed to assist individuals, groups and businesses alike.
BA Industrial Psych
Life and Business Coach
Cert in Mindfulness Based Interventions
With a particular dedication to youth empowerment programs, she is the Founder of KIA Foundation, focused on the rehabilitation of young Internally Displaced Persons’ into the Nigerian society through education primarily and healthcare and mentorship.
She holds a BA in International Relations with an MSc in Development at School of Oriental and African Studies and has previous experience working at the African Union. She hopes to be an agent of change by becoming more involved in how wealth owners can invest strategically in social development but also doing further research and work in international
Mariam is a graduate of a triple accredited Masters Degree in Events Organization,Protocol & Business Tourism from EAE Business School,OSTELEA school of Tourism and LLEIDA University in Spain.
She has served as NEXUS Ambassador to Uganda since 2018, where she expands its influence to address key issues including mental health, youth entrepreneurship and the culture of philanthropy. A passionate philanthropist herself, Sharon heads Kaleke Kasome, a foundation upskilling youth in Mpigi, Uganda. Since its inception in 2010, Sharon as the Executive Director of the center, has overseen the expansion of its free services to include a library, a computer laboratory, vocational training in tailoring and bakery. Through her leadership, Sharon continues to forge partnerships which support the education of youth in rural Uganda.
What We’re Up To
Salons across the Continent
Culture of Philanthropy
Delegations to NEXUS Global
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