The Ivory Club of Tampa Bay 2022 Annual Lecture Series & Gala Night

The Ivory Club of Tampa Bay 2022 Annual Lecture Series & Gala Night

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$50 – $3,250

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Phyllis P. Marshall Student Center

4103 USF Cedar Circle

Tampa, FL 33620

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The New Economic Scramble for Africa: The COVID-19 Impact. Featuring Mr. Peter Okwoche of BBC World News

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The Ivory Club of Tampa Bay Lecture Series & Gala Night, 

"The New Economic Scramble for Africa: The COVID-19 Impact."

Featuring Mr. Peter Okwoche of BBC World News as keynote speaker.

Join us as we celebrate the 16th anniversary of our Lectures Series on Africa

Under the theme “The New Economic Scramble for Africa: The COVID-19 Impact.”, the evening will include a silent auction, raffle draws, dinner, African cultural dancers, and culminate with dancing to music from across the continent.

An “Evening in Africa” is a charity event that serves as a key fundraising vehicle the Ivory Club of Tampa Bay relies on to support its key programs such as:

  • Annual University of South Florida (USF) Endowed Scholarship, initiated in 1999
  • International Student Exchange Program where recipient USF Students are sent to an African university for a semester
  • Disaster relief, social assistance, and Reading Programs among others.
  • This year’s fundraiser will be focused on funding the "Ivory Center", an African Cultural Center serving the Tampa Bay area.

The raffle draw will include top giveaways including large LG 4K HDR Smart LED UHD TV,  10'' Amazon Fire Tablet with Alexa, Tickets to Tampa Bay Rays Game, Lowry Zoo, Tampa Bay Aquarium, Morean Art Center (St. Pete) and Mosi, and store gift cards from Publix, Sam's Club, and Top Golf.

Lecture Excerpt: "The New Economic Scramble for Africa: The COVID-19 Impact."

On January 31st 2020, the UK officially left the European Union. The UK government has made no secrets about the fact that it wants to strengthen ties with the African countries post BREXIT and the recent UK Africa summit was to do just that. China, Russia, Turkey , India and Saudi Arabia have all held Africa summits in the last year in a hope to boost investment with Africa, in fact, Boris Johnson described Africa as The beautiful Bride that the world is courting, but what is Africa getting in return? Are the present African governments prepared and experienced enough to maximize the advantages of this Scramble? Many analysts believe not.

About the Keynote Speaker

Peter Ogbu Okwoche is an award-winning Senior Presenter for BBC World News television and BBC World Service Radio. He has been in the broadcasting industry for about 27 years, over 15 of them with the BBC. He is a regular face on BBC World News TV – particularly as the main anchor of Focus on Africa, the channel’s flagship African affairs program which is broadcasted around the globe. He has also worked on several of the BBC’s flagship radio programs like the World Today, Focus on Africa, Network Africa, and Fast Track, amongst others. He is Nigerian but has spent an extensive amount of time in Europe, both as a student and as a journalist for the BBC.

Peter is regularly deployed across Africa to cover major events, including major elections and sporting tournaments. He has interviewed many of the continent’s Presidents and Heads of State including those of Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi. He has also spoken to leaders of industry, politicians and other news makers across the world and is highly respected internationally in the profession.

He recently oversaw BBC’s largest expansion project in Nigeria for six decades, which added BBC Pidgin, BBC Yoruba and BBC Igbo to the BBC’s language services

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