Oxford Africa Conference 2021

Rewriting Our Story & Asserting Africa’s Future

The Oxford Africa Conference hosted by the Oxford University Africa Society is Africa’s leading multidisciplinary conference. The conference brings together heads of state, policymakers, business leaders, academics, artists, students, and professionals of African descent to critically deliberate on and chart Africa’s way forward. The conference is also the society’s annual call to action: a chance for merging ideas and initiatives that can augment and create opportunities for African citizens, governments and organisations.

The 2021 virtual edition themed ‘Rewriting Our Story & Asserting Africa’s Future’ will feature practical and solution-oriented conversations centred on Africa’s development in the backdrop of prevailing economic, political, environmental and health challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic. For years Africa has been painted with one brush, and we want to use this conference as a platform to change this narrative and showcase the expertise and talents on our continent. We believe this programme will allow us to create long-lasting programmes and commitment to assert Africa’s future. The time is now, and we all have a part to play.


Innovation Fair

The 2021 Innovation Fair of the Oxford Africa Conference will bring together African entrepreneurs that are addressing some of the most critical challenges in key sectors of African economies and societies. Selected businesses will receive masterclasses and mentorship from world-class industry experts inside and outside of the University of Oxford, as well as the chance to participate in a pitch competition. The Innovation Fair will be a two-day VIRTUAL event during the conference for selected small and medium businesses in African countries that operate within the creative, healthcare, and sustainability sectors. The event will take place on May 28th and 29th, 2021.