This year’s Africa Agenda Summit will consider how various communities across the continent have adapted and thrived throughout the last decades in the face of COVID or other challenges. As a home to some of the oldest peoples on the planet, the citizens of the 54 countries of Africa are both stewards of high culture and inventors of strategies for resilience in the face of colonialism, natural disasters and other crises.

The Summit will consider strategies that are working across the continent and that are applicable to addressing challenges at home and across the world. Africa Agenda seeks to dispel the myths about the continent and improve the coverage and understandings of its major accomplishments and contributions. The Summit will provide a fun and fascinating voyage through the inventive, vibrant landscape of modern Africa.

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Keynote Speaker

Zaneta Varnado Johns

was recognized in 2007 as one of the University of Colorado’s Women Who Make a Difference. She is a former human resources leader who believes that every word shared is an opportunity to love. Also known as Zan, she is a 2-time bestselling author whose debut book of poetry, Poetic Forecast: Reflections on Life's Promises, Storms, and Triumphs (2020) became a Hot New Release on Amazon and topped Amazon's Bestseller List at #1 in six categories; it reached #3 in another. Johns is a contributing author in the #1 International Bestseller, Voices of the 21st Century: Resilient Women Who Rise and Make a Difference (February 2021). Johns is also a contributing author in Jane Austen: an anthology of thoughts & opinions (June 2021). Her poems appear in Fine Lines Literary Journal-Summer 2021, as well as in her Voices of the 21st Century and Jane Austen collaborations.

Silence is no longer an option for Zaneta Varnado Johns! Her recent publications and bestseller rankings have ignited her passion for making a difference in the world. Her writing inspires, comforts, and challenges our thinking. A wife, proud mother and grandmother, Johns resides in Westminster, Colorado.

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Event schedule

Join us for an evening filled with authentic African food, education, entertainment, and a chance to collaborate on issues facing Africa and its people.


August 3, 2021

Guest Speakers

We'll kick off our evening with democratic campaigner, human rights activist and distinguished former UN official, Dr. Simon Munzu. An inspiration to many, Dr. Munzu has worked tirelessly across African nations to ignite change, bring peace, and influence many in his community and beyond.
August 3, 2021

Table Discussions

In addition to the influencer Dr. Munzu, we'll welcome a diverse group of experts and speakers to lead nuanced country discussions on about 15 African Countries.
August 3, 2021


We'll end our evening with connections, entertainment and the inspiration to bring positive improvements back to the community. You'll have the chance to network with others who share the belief that the vibrant contributions of Africa and African society make a better life for everyone.

Food and Entertainment


Chihera is the Muchineripi family band from Zimbabwe, 3 generations of family members now living in Colorado: Parents Tafadzwa Obert and Mandy Dube-Muchineripi, children Chipo Veronica, Farai Chamunorwa, and Chiedza, Obert's Father Edward Muchineripi, and family friend Mary Ellen Garrett. Chihera plays, arranges, and composes Zimbabwean traditional and contemporary music using mbira, marimbas, percussion, soaring vocals and keyboard. Chihera has performed in Denver, Boulder, Aurora and Ft. Collins in house concerts, schools, community benefits and festivals, on KGNU Radio, and at the 2015 and 2016 Zimbabwean Music Festivals in Monmouth, Oregon. Chihera recently performed at the Telemundo’s Denver 2017 Hispanic Day Auto Show. See samples on Chihera’s youtube channel:

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