FALAS Annual Conference 2023: Uniting Africa’s Youth for Change

On 1 November 2023 at 01:01

Rwanda has once again played host to an extraordinary gathering of Africa’s most promising legal minds. The 2023 FALAS Annual Conference, a four-day event, kicked off with a bang, bringing together youth from various corners of the continent, eager and equipped to create positive change.

This year’s conference which took place at La Palisse Hotel promised to be a memorable one.

The FALAS Annual Conference 2023 was off to a fantastic start. With a diverse array of topics, Ms. Emily M. Kennedy and Mr. Theophilus Justice as the Moderators. A united youth force, and an unwavering commitment to positive change, this event promised to be a transformative experience for all involved.

As the days unfolded, the conference served as a platform for more inspiring discussions, networking, and the exchange of knowledge among Africa’s brightest legal minds. FALAS proved to be a dynamic platform that not only empowers the youth but also showcases their potential to lead Africa into a brighter future.

The conference officially commenced on a sunny Tuesday, 24th of October, 2023, with great enthusiasm and energy. As the clock struck 9, attendees were treated to a series of compelling opening remarks from distinguished speakers.

The President of FALAS, Mr. Siaffa Bahn Kemokai, graced the stage and set the tone for the event with a powerful message of unity and purpose. He underscored the importance of FALAS in the lives of African youth and the critical role they play in shaping the continent’s future.

He also expressed his gratitude for the collective efforts of the FALAS team The delegates from different parts of Africa.

The event continued to shine as Amb. Emmanuel E. Nwobodo, Pioneer President & Chairman Board of Trustees, FALAS shared inspiring insights, and Miss Umuringa Rolande, the Country Director, reminded attendees of the power of youth in driving positive change.

The Deputy Country Director Esther Muhozi Uwizeyimana led the congregation in a heartfelt rendition of the Rwandan national anthem, creating a sense of unity and belonging.

A delightful surprise came next, as Uwizeyimana recited a poem, touching hearts with her words of hope and inspiration in alignment with the Theme Unifying the voice of Africa.

The conference was a treat for all attendees, who were privileged to hear from several esteemed speakers. Delegates from different countries, including Maangar from South Sudan, graced the stage with powerful -provoking poetry that he called Riched Africa as A flag Of Sudan Hung from his Altar.

These speeches and poems were not just for show; they showcased the depth of knowledge and passion that FALAS members possess. It was clear that these young legal minds were well-prepared and had the skills to make a real difference in their communities and the world at large.

Mr. Kemokai, the President of FALAS also shared insights about the 2023 Conference.

The theme for this year, "Unifying the Voice of Africa," was chosen with a profound purpose. He expressed his happiness and pride in the growth of FALAS from five country members to a staggering fourteen represented at this year’s conference.

Mr. Kemokai emphasized the impact the group has made on society and expressed his gratitude for the dedication of every member. He highlighted that the speakers would delve into crucial topics, such as the role of law and innovation in accelerating the AfCFTA, digital economy and data nationalization, and the intricacies of cybersecurity in this digital age.

Amb. Nwobodo took the floor, delivering a deeply insightful speech about the journey that had led them to this significant moment. During his address, he sincerely extended his gratitude to the FALAS International Ambassador for Europe, acknowledging their unwavering attendance at FALAS conferences ever since their initial meeting. He emphasized the invaluable inspiration drawn from such steadfast support and underscored the significance of gleaning wisdom from those who surround us.

On the first day of the Conference day, a panel discussion led by Alfred Eli Dei, the former president, tackled various compelling topics.

The distinguished panelists shared their insights, and attendees had the opportunity to engage with them. The conference-goers were indeed fortunate to have luminaries like Prof. John L. Woods, Isobel Acquah, Sybil-Marie, who talked about different things such as the intricacies of cybersecurity in this age, Digital Economy and Data Nationalization and The role of Law and Innovation in accelerating the AfCFTA.

The International Secretary of FALAS, Ampumuza Dawn Abigail brought the day’s proceedings to a close with a warm and heartfelt appreciation for the entire team. She thanked everyone for their commitment and hard work in making the conference a reality.

The team didn’t just attend the conference; they also explored various places in Kigali. They made visits to the Kigali Genocide Memorial, The Parliament, held a Gala Dinner, and a cultural night where they had the opportunity to experience African cultures from represented countries. Their aim was to fully immerse themselves in the beauty of Rwanda, the gracious host country.

Both the Kigali City Tour and the Musanze Tour were resounding successes. The visit to The Kwita Izina Premises and The Twin Lakes left a lasting impression on these law students from across Africa, who were captivated by the breathtaking beauty of Rwanda. Their visit concluded with a strong desire to return to the Land of a Thousand Hills.

This year's conference promised to be a memorable one.
Cllr. Jamal Christophe Dehtho, Vice President of the Liberian National Bar Association & Legal Advisor to the International President of FALAS also graced the event.
The four-day conference took place at La Palisse Hotel in Nyamata.
Cultural night where they had the opportunity to experience African cultures from represented countries.
The conference brought together participants from different African countries.
Participants of the conference toured different places including premises of Kigali Independent University.
The team visited Kigali Genocide Memorial after attending the conference.
FALAS team also visited the Museum for Campaign Against Genocide to learn more of the history of Rwanda.
The President of FALAS, Mr. Siaffa Bahn Kemokai at Kigali Genocide Memorial.
Umuringa Rolande, FALAS Country Director reminded attendees of the power of youth in driving positive change.
Secretary-General of FALAS Ampumuza Dawn Abigail sharing ideas at the conference.
FALAS President signing the guest book at Kigali Genocide Memorial.
Consultant at the African Continental Free Trade Area and Member of Parliament of Ghana.