– Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, a top Nigerian philanthropist, is named among other Africans to speak at a United States Black Philanthropy Month
– The event commencing on Tuesday, August 4, will focus on the challenges facing the black population worldwide
– Muhammed-Oyebode says there is need for collaboration to help fight COVID-19 in Africa and the virtual event will look at this
The United States of America will host pan-African crusaders who will speak at a virtual August 2020 Black Philanthropy Month summit.
A statement made available to Legit.ng on Monday, August 3, listed the names of the top Africans expected to speak at the event to include Graca Machel, Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome, Folake Marcus Bello, and Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode.
The statement signed by Muhammed-Oyebode described the Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), founded by Jackie Bouvier Copeland as a global celebration, which focuses on revival and mobilisation of black giving in all its forms.
The event is also an opportunity to address significant challenges faced by black communities, with about 17m people celebrating it worldwide.
Among already featured speakers at the summit, which aims at adopting new black funding principles particularly on the COVID-19 pandemic are Soledad O’Brien, Benjamin Jealous, Bakari Sellers, Jessica O. Matthews, and Joy Buolamwini.
Others are Dikembe Mutombo, Susan Taylor Batten, Latanya Mapp Frett, Trista Harris, Kwanza Jones and Solome Lemma.
Muhammed-Oyebode, daughter of late Nigerian Head of State Murtala Muhammed and head of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation, will speak on ‘African Philanthropy post-COVID-19’.
“With the situation of the novel COVID-19 pandemic taking its toll on Africa and realising that African governments have limited resources to deal with challenges to overcome post-COVID-19, there is a need for concerted philanthropic support for the continent,” Muhammed-Oyebode said.
She described the BPM as now more important than ever, as the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and anti-Black racism have decimated communities everywhere.
This global celebration and social action initiative promote a culture of giving and mutual support year-round to buoy the spirits and capacity of stressed black communities to recover and rebuild, the statement added.
The United Nations and over 30 governmental bodies have declared every August Black Philanthropy Month with a combination of sophisticated social media, in-person, and virtual events organised by changemakers in cities all over the world.
These convenings and discussions are designed to mobilise black philanthropists, social and angel investors, venture capitalists as well as non-black allies, along with leaders of nonprofits, businesses, communities and movements to create a set of shared funding guidelines for effective black community rebuilding.
The WISE Fund will coordinate follow-up implementation of BPM summit recommendations and action steps in collaboration with partners and attendees over the next year.
Legit.ng earlier reported how the Women’s Leadership Board of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, invited Muhammed-Oyebode onto its board.
Muhammed-Oyebode is the CEO of MMF, a lawyer, administrator and well-known philanthropist. She is also the daughter of former Nigerian military president, General Murtala Muhammed.
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