You'd have to be living under a rock not to know that this week was President Barack Obama's historic U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington, D.C.
And it was definitely the place to be!
With nearly 50 African Heads of State, their respective First Ladies, and many of Africa's brightest and finest in attendance, the #USAfrica Summit saw the continent finally being made a U.S. priority.
Both professionally and personally, the summit added to my knowledge base, while further opening up my mental ceiling on all of the endless opportunities that are present throughout my beloved continent.
Between covering for U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama at her #YALI and #InvestinWomen events, standing in on former N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's press remarks, interviewing iconic businessman Aliko Dangote, running in to a South Sudanese rally in downtown D.C., being blessed with the sounds of Soul Children of Chicago, and meeting up with respected colleagues, the U.S.-Africa Summit was an important win all around.
And with hope, it will be a concrete platform for an even brighter future for Africa -- as long as we Africans are the owners and leaders of our present and future (check Dangote and Mo Ibrahim).
You can see some of my moments here:
Here, Bloomberg talks about how Africa has progressed as well as what areas it needs to focus on. To the left and below, you can see that civil rights icon Jesse Jackson is a part of the audience. Everyone is trying to get a piece of Africa!
Jesse Jackson Sr. and Bloomberg
I'm such a fan of Aliko Dangote!
First Ladies Salma Kikwete of Tanzania and Michelle Obama
U.S. Second Lady Jill Biden at the #InvestinWomen luncheon
The Soul Children of Chicago rocked the First Ladies at the luncheon. In the front row, you can see Mrs. Obama dancing and they even get her to get on stage. #GoMrsO
Ugandan First Lady Janet Museveni talking with Mrs. Obama.
This is Adesewa Josh of Nigeria's Channels TV. Great people!
Who is this with the red hair? The First Lady of Cameroon Chantal Biya of course! Too bad my closer pics didn't come out!!!
My fellow journalists getting in position to cover Mrs. Obama's event.
The Kennedy Center
The fabulous April Ryan of course!
On the press bus, getting ready to handle our business!
U.S.-Africa Press Pool Credentials!
South Sudanese protest rally against their President.