Invisible Giants:  TrustAfrica Celebrates Agents of Transgenerational Leadership in Africa

January 24th, 2023

On Saturday, 18 May 2024, TrustAfrica, in partnership with the Invisible Giants Foundation and, held a successful public event on Leadership in Africa and the Critical Roles of Invisible Giants. The public event, which was attended by key leaders in government ministries, civil society organisations, the academia, and policy think tanks, reflected on the critical situation in Africa, including worsening inequalities, climate crisis, divisive identity politics and the changing landscape of democracies on the continent.

The event underscored the need for Africa to address the various challenges contending with sustainable development on the continent and embrace new paradigms and urgent actions in the march towards fair, just, equal and prosperous societies.

Prior to this important event, a roundtable discussion moderated by TrustAfrica’s Executive Director, Dr Ebrima Sall, highlighted the urgent need to democratise the energies of the youth as drivers of change and reimagine the global economic and financial architecture to drive the aspiration towards the Africa we want.

At the heart of this paradigm shift are the Invisible Giants, who are rising above injustices and inequalities to shift narratives, change power balance and advance alternatives in governments, civic spaces, and legal institutions, among many other spaces. As each of the Giants recounted the road they have travelled, the women, the youth, and the men in the room harnessed the energies of change and the agency that we all need to prepare and propel us to new futures of hope.

TrustAfrica honours and acknowledges the efforts of these Invisible Giants for their trailblazing work in advancing social justice in Africa. Also, TrustAfrica recognizes and celebrates five incredible women who have consistently demonstrated a resolute commitment to navigate systemic barriers to lead, while exemplifying transgenerationality in the leadership space. In this regard, the following people stand out as trailblazers in the collective aspiration towards a better society:

Aicha Bah-Diallo: Former Minister of Education in Guinea and former President of the Board of Directors of TrustAfrica, who’s dedicated her life to nurturing young minds and paving the way for a brighter future.

Sibongile Mkhabela TrustAfrica Board member, from South Africa, former CEO of the Nelson Mandela Fund for Children and the Hospital Foundation and current Director of the Barloworld Empowerment Foundation, is a tireless advocate advocate for inclusive development and a force in youth development whose resilience and leadership ignite hope and inspiration across generations.

Fatimata Mbaye* from Mauritania, is a lawyer and president of the Mauritanian Association of Human Rights (AMDH) and a champion of human rights, whose courage in the face of adversity has brought justice and dignity to countless lives.

Marema Toure, from Senegal, is an advocate for women’s rights. She was former head of the unit of social and human sciences at the UNESCO regional office in Dakar, former president of the Council of Senegalese Women (COSEF), and current Vice-President of the Scientific Committee of CODESRIA.

Prof Fatoumata HANE is a social anthropologist, Associate Professor in the sociology department, and Coordinator of the Family, Health and Gender Education Institute (IESFG) at Assane Seck University in Ziguinchor. She also held the department head position there from 2014 to 2016. She will leave this position following her appointment as Director of the Higher Institute of Professional Education (ISEP) of Bignona until January 2020.

Below are some video links to the successful event:

Dr. Ebrima Sall, Executive Director,

Stephanie Nekesa Wamalwa, Project Manager @ TrustAfrica on the importance of youth in Africa

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