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 ShonekanNEXUS Nigeria Outreach Ambassador, NEXUS Africa Regional Director
Tutu AdebiyiNEXUS Nigeria Outreach Ambassador
Mariam NdabagengaNEXUS Tanzania Outreach Ambassador
Moreover, she is a Social Entrepreneur who uses Fashion and Entertainment for realizing Social Change, specifically on Girls’ Education. Among successful projects are Girls’ Dormitories initiative with Tanzania Education Authority (Ambassador), TAI Tanzania Sanitary pads for Girls students (Mentor and Fundraiser), A Desk for Every Child with the Hassan Maajar Trust Fund (Digital Influencer), Dada2Dada Mentorship programme (Initiator).
Currently, Mariam works with the Ndaba Family as a co-Founder of the Ndaba Foundation which aims at providing financial and moral support to underprivileged children to attain their Primary, Secondary and University education in Tanzania.
As a personal challenge, Mariam is working with the Tanzanian local authorities to find ways of building Girls’ dormitories in each Village, for both Primary and Secondary school girls. This project is in the initial stage and every idea, suggestion and partnership is welcome and appreciated.
What We’re Up To
Salons across the Continent
Culture of Philanthropy
Delegations to NEXUS Global
Interested in joining or sponsoring the NEXUS Africa network? Are you an exceptional young social entrepreneur, philanthropist or impact investor? Interested in doing good and shaping the future of philanthropy and social innovation in Africa? We’d love to hear from you. Please send us a message and we’ll be in touch shortly.