Annual Lectures Series & Gala Night - May 2, 2020

The Ivory Club of Tampa Bay will hold its Annual Lecture Series and Gala night on May 2 2020. 

Please join us as we celebrate the 16th anniversary of our signature charity event. 

VenueWestshore Grand Hotel, 4860 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa 

Time - 6pm (Silent Auction), 7pm (Dinner, Lecture, and entertainment)

Theme: "The Economic Scramble for Africa: Gains and Pitfalls".

Keynote Speaker - Mr. Peter Okwoche, Journalist, BBC World News (TV) 

The Ivory Club of Tampa Bay, a non-profit organization, has been a mainstay in the Tampa Bay area for more than 20 years. An “Evening in Africa” is a charity event that serves as a key fundraising vehicle the Ivory Club of Tampa Bay relies on to support its key programs such as:

  • ⇒  University of South Florida (USF) Endowed Scholarship. Since 1999, the Ivory Club has awarded need and merit based scholarships annually to deserving students.
  • ⇒  International Student Exchange Program where recipient USF Students are sent to an African university for a semester
  • ⇒  Disaster relief and social assistance – Donations to Haiti earthquake and West African Ebola relief efforts, Tampa Bay Boys & Girls Club, and more

This year’s fundraiser will be focused on funding the "Ivory Center", our proposed African Cultural Center.

We invite you to come and experience the night with us. 

 Lecture Excerpt: "The Economic Scramble for Africa: Gains and Pitfalls"

On January 31st 2020, the UK will officially depart the European Union. The UK government has made no secrets about the fact that it wants to strengthen ties with the African countries post BREXIT and the recent UK Africa summit was to do just that. China, Russia, Turkey , India and Saudi Arabia have all held Africa summits in the last year in a hope to boost investment with Africa, in fact, Boris Johnson described Africa as The beautiful Bride that the world is courting, but what is Africa getting in return?

Are the present African governments prepared and experienced enough to maximize the advantages of this Scramble? Many analysts believe not.

About the Keynote Speaker

Peter Ogbu Okwoche is an award-winning Senior Presenter for BBC World News television and BBC World Service Radio. He has been in the broadcasting industry for about 27 years, over 15 of them with the BBC. He is a regular face on BBC World News TV – particularly as the main anchor of Focus on Africa, the channel’s flagship African affairs program which is broadcast around the globe. He has also worked on several of the BBC’s flagship radio programs like the World Today, Focus on Africa, Network Africa, and Fast Track, among others. He is Nigerian but has spent an extensive amount of time in Europe, both as a student and as a journalist for the BBC.

Peter is regularly deployed across Africa to cover major events, including major elections and sporting tournaments. He has interviewed many of the continent’s Presidents and Heads of State including those of Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi. He has also spoken to leaders of industry, politicians and other news makers across the world and is highly respected internationally in the profession.

He recently oversaw BBC’s largest expansion project in Nigeria for six decades, which added BBC Pidgin, BBC Yoruba and BBC Igbo to the BBC’s language services.

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