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Azania Mosaka who hosted the summit. Photo by Austin Malema.

In Photos: OkayAfrica and Global Citizen’s Next 100 Summit

Relive The Next 100 Summit in these images by Austin Malema.

The Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir's energetic performance set the tone for thought leaders from across the continent to share how to better life on the continent in the next 100 years. Perhaps the most moving moment was when Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah (CEO, House of Mandela), shared that she felt women empowerment starts with women being taught how to make money, because "money runs the world."


The Next 100 Summit, brought to you by OkayAfrica and Global Citizen, took place at The Venue in Melrose Arch in Joburg last week Thursday. It was part of a series of events that commemorated the centennial birth year of Nelson Mandela, the late anti-apartheid struggle hero and former president of South Africa.

Mandela is known to stand for hope, and his visions for a unified South Africa have inspired many change makers across the globe. For instance, Beyoncé recently wrote an open letter to Madiba expressing how much he inspired her.

On the day, there were panels robustly exploring exclusion and inclusion in the arts and business world, influencer culture, the role played by women in different fields and the challenges they face, music as a tool to foster social change, among other topics.

Panelists and moderators who shared their insights on the day included Dr. Precious Moloi Motsepe (co-founder and CEO of the Motsepe Foundation), Pearl Thusi (actress and Mandela 100 advocate), Trevor Stuurman (entrepreneur and multimedia visual artist), Amonge Sinxoto (youth activist and founder, Blackboard Africa), Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah (CEO, House of Mandela), Yvette Gayle (chief communications officer, Africa Creative Agency) and a whole lot more.

Performances on the day came from The Soweto Gospel Choir, Nonku Phiri, The Soil, Amanda Black, Samthing Soweto and DJ Doowap. Trevor Sturrman also curated a multi-discipline showcase that blended music, fashion and photography.

You can relive the experience in these photos taken by esteemed South African culture photographer Austin Malema (get to know him here).

The Soweto Gospel Choir opens the event. Photo by Austin Malema.

Abiola Oke, Pearl Thusi, George Sebulela, Sherwin Charles and Merafe Moloto. Photo by Austin Malema.

The audience. Photo by Austin Malema.

Photo by Austin Malema.



Thabiso Khati, Tuma Basa, Yvette Gayle, Ugo Mozie. Photo by Austin Malema.

Fireside chat between Dr. Precious Moloi Motsepe and Maria Makhabane. Photo by Austin Malema.

Photo by Austin Malema.

Photo by Austin Malema.

Upile Chisala, who moderated the panel "Who Runs The World? Girls." Photo by Austin Malema.


Remarks Randall Lane (Chief Content Officer, Forbes). Photo by Austin Malema.

Photo by Austin Malema.

Photo by Austin Malema.


Photo by Austin Malema.

DJ Doowap. Photo by Austin Malema.

The Next 100 Summit Concert

Nonku Phiri. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Samthing Soweto. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Amanda Black. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

The Soil. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

DJ Doowap's dancers. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

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