A poet and 27 public speakers inspired the audience at the 8 th edition of the African Leaders

Showcase on March 10.Showcase on March 10. The African Leaders’ Public Speaking Series promotes public speaking skills, as student immerse themselves in Black excellence–embodied by the leadership of both our ancestors and contemporary role models in academia, the arts, business, engineering, health, mathematics, politics and the sciences.

This Women’s History Month, we celebrated the iconic freedom fighter and civil rights activist Fanny Lou Hamer; environmental activist Wanjari Mahai; dancer, choreographer, and cultural icon Katherine Dunham; tech trailblazer Erica Hairston; inventor, computer scientist and educational activist Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon; along with formerly enslaved multi-millionaire philanthropist Bridgette “Biddy” Mason, who was one of the founders of California’s economy.

As is evident by our line-up, the series focuses on positive role modelsto inspire students’ interest and self-confidence as they research phenomenal achievers, synthesize language, and embody the characteristics of excellence through their speeches Each UPP Oral Communication group and several BSS courses held speaking competitions in class to choose the top speakers to appear in the Showcase. This semester’s program began with “Black and Gold,” a slam poem by Ms. Unglid Paul, an English Teaching Assistant at Lycée Excellence and guest of the U.S. embassy. She was followed by eight speakers from BSS history courses and 19 UPP students.

Ange Eunice Mienmoh DIBY Survey of US History Graca Machel Mozambique
Ian Amour Jonathan DUPONT Survey of US History Oliver Law USA
Ninko Pennon Zara TCHAKALA Survey of US History Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon UK
Pierre-Anthony CADIO-AMMANN African & African American History Rev. Anthony Bowen USA
Fatoumata Sakinat Bint Ky TRAORE African & African American History Bridgette “Biddy” Mason USA
Yves Kouadio Axel Christian N’ZUE African & African American History Garrett Morgan USA
Abdoul Jalilou ADAMOU African & African American History Cudjoe Jamaica
Offoyeh Keren Yasmine KOUADIO African & African American History Gabriel Prosser USA
Grace Innocente Affouminou ME Advanced A Fanny Lou Hamer USA
Elloh Yann Auriol AMATCHE Advanced A Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor USA
Sialait Yann Euphraim TOIPLI Advanced B Tunde Folawiyo Nigeria
Keren-Happuc Eberechukwu NWABUIKE Advanced B Ory Okolloh Kenya
Ouele Junior Jeremie ZOULOU Advanced C Joaquim Alberto Chissano Mozambique
Affi Daniel Tedeum-Laudamus N’KOUASSE Advanced C Ludwick Marishane South Africa
N’guettia Paul Emmanuel KOUASSI Advanced D Iyinoluwa Aboyeji Nigeria
Oumar Habib TRAORE Advanced D Wanjira Mathai Kenya
Ibrahim DOUMBIA Intermediate A Robert Sutherland Jamaica
Patrick Ayomide ADIGUN Intermediate A Sir Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton United Kingdom
Awa Gnelle COULIBALY Intermediate B Fabrice Sawegnon Côte d’Ivoire
Kouadio Ahmed AHI KOFFI Intermediate B George Dixon Canada
Berhane Noura Jahnai MESSOU Intermediate C Changamire Dombo Zimbabwe
Ronald Armel ZAHUI Intermediate C Erika Hairston USA
Ketura Othniel Sollet Divine GRAH Intermediate D Lebohang Monyatsi Mode South Africa
Madjoua Laure- Ange Myriame KOUASSI Basic A Katherine Dunham USA
Mamadou FOFANA Basic A Anton Wilhelm Amo Ghana
Loboue N’drin Yves Junior AYEKPA Basic B Fats Waller USA
Siofoloh Christ –Nathanael SILUE Basic B Queen Pokou Ghana/Côte d’Ivoire