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One Day In-Person Tickets Now on Sale!



One Day 
In-Person Tickets
Thursday or Friday

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for the

Lifetime Leadership Award

Of ten Community Nominees

five will be selected for the Award

Winners announced at the 

2022 National African Leadership Conference

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Vendors Wanted!

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3rd National

African Leadership Conference

Limited Spaces Available

News Release

National African Leadership
Conference Announcement
St. Paul, MN - African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) is proud and pleased to announce the 3rd National African Leadership Conference: Lifting as We Climb - which we are hosting on December 8 and 9, 2022, in person at Hyatt Regency downtown Minneapolis and virtually via zoom. The event will amplify African immigrant voices and facilitate meaningful dialogue among multi-sector African immigrant leaders about our communities' challenges, opportunities, and contributions across the US and internationally. The event will include art performances that showcase and celebrate African cultures' richly diverse and artistic traditions.  
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Early Bird Special Rates

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Early Bird
Special Rates

through November 15th

To book hotel reservations:

Attend December 8th & 9th

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December 8th

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. &

December 9th

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Virtual & In-Person

Tickets Available


Dr. Professor PLO Lumumba

Dr. Verna Price

Registration is Open!

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Registration for #2022 National African Leadership Conference is open. We have an amazing speakers. I hope to see you there.

Introducing Keynote Speaker

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Professor Lumumba

Joining us once again this year as the keynote is Professor PLO Lumumba, the Founder, and Chairman of the PLO Lumumba Foundation Ltd. He is a renowned Lawyer and founding Partner of Lumumba & Lumumba Advocates Law Firm. He has over 35 years of experience in legal practice and is an academician holding a Doctorate degree in The Law of the Sea from Ghent University in Belgium. Prof. Lumumba is an Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanzania, a Commissioner for Oaths, and a Notary Public. He is a Certified Secretary, a Certified Mediator, and an author of several books in the legal and other fields. He is a passionate Pan-Africanist and is the leading Voice for Africa and of Africa.

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