News — August 12, 2015
Delegates Celebrate Impact at this Year's 2015 JCI Africa and the Middle East Conference
From 34 different countries, 420 delegates gathered at the 2015 JCI Africa and the Middle East Conference. Workshops, forums and seminars at this year’s Conference focused around creating positive change by starting at the local level and following the JCI Active Citizen Framework to ultimately be the organization that unites all sectors of society to create sustainable impact.
The 2015 JCI Africa and the Middle East Conference started off with 150 delegates in attendance at the First Timers Orientation. Energized by the 2015 JCI Vice Presidents, this group of inspired young active citizens set out on their first Conference experience energized to make the most of their time in Accra, Ghana. That evening, surrounded by the vast culture of the host country, the JCI National Presidents displayed their national pride on the Opening Ceremony stage where an exhilarated and eager audience greeted them. The Honorable Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts welcomed delegates to the city as the Officer of the Ceremony. Following Ofosu-Adjare’s warm welcome, a colorful and lively welcome party of traditional dancers and musicians took the stage.
The following day, JCI Morning Show opened with the first ever JCI Impact Talk featuring 2006 JCI Executive Vice President, Jokotade Odebunmi. Odebunmi spoke on the critical happenings in her life that led to her making impact in the lives of others. The first JCI Impact Talk was well received by the audience and is available to view on the JCI YouTube Channel. Other well-attended Conference events included the brand new JCI Regional Partnership Summit featuring Mr. Sering Falu Njie, Deputy Director, Policy and Africa Regional Director, United Nations Millennium Campaign. Njie engaged the audience by discussing the importance of engaging young people in 21st century civic affairs so that they can learn to be effective leaders in their communities. Other well-attended events included the JCI Active Citizen FrameWorkshop and the newly launched JCI Official Course, JCI Effective Leadership.
JCI Programs brought a lot of excitement this year to the 2015 JCI Africa and the Middle East Conference with the 2015 JCI Public Speaking Championship final topic covering social equality. Winner Aminata Bore from JCI Mali excelled while presenting the final topic: “Social equality is not about seeing everyone as the same.” JCI Mali was not only the home of this years Public Speaking Champion but also the home of one of the 2015 JCI World Debating Championship teams. JCI Mali was the winning team for the French title while the English winning team went to JCI Zimbabwe. The JCI Twinning Ceremony ended with 24 signed twinning agreements to collaborate for impact.
While delegates of the 2015 JCI Africa and the Middle East Conference took action to create impact during the day, they also participated at night by attending National Parties and JCI 100th Anniversary celebrations. Nations night brought 17 JCI National Organizations together to showcase drinks and dishes from their home countries, allowing delegates to gather and enjoy the mosaic of cultures. On the final evening at the Closing Banquet, the 100th Anniversary celebrations were in full swing as the audience enjoyed a live show that included a performance of the winning 100th Anniversary song “Time to Celebrate” by songwriter Paul Akingbola. Conference delegates left Accra with a renewed passion to take action to commit, connect and care for a better tomorrow.
See you next year at the 2016 JCI Africa and the Middle East Conference May 4–7 in Johannesburg, South Africa! Begin your adventure by registering today!
Also, don’t miss out on further opportunities to connect and collaborate for positive change. Register today for the 2015 JCI Global Partnership Summit, July 28–31 in New York City, USA.