Week 9: Celebrating the Arts

“A man who calls his kinsmen to a feast does not do so to save them from starving. They all have food in their own homes. When we gather together in the moonlit village ground it is not because of the moon. Every man can see it in his own compound. We come together because it is good for kinsmen to do so.”
Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe’s masterpiece “Things Fall Apart,” is one of Africa’s most celebrated literature classics, and this quote from the renowned bestseller is worth reflecting on as the conference approaches. A curious mind will wonder what the connection is between Chinua Achebe and the Africa Blockchain Conference because when we gather for the conference it surely will not be in a moonlit village under the moon, but more likely in a fluorescent-lit, air-conditioned conference room.

The moonlight notwithstanding, there are 3 interesting threads of connection between Achebe’s quote and the conference. Firstly, as Achebe writes about the village gathering, the conference will also be a gathering of kinsmen, a group of men and women bound by a kindred commitment to leverage the power of modern technology and the knowledge economy to improve the state of Africa. Secondly, as Achebe writes, kinsmen don’t gather to see the moon or because they are hungry, but because it is good for them to do so. By gathering together at the conference, the collective creative potential sparked with the inspiration of what is possible nurtures opportunity for business, impact and lifelong relationships; and as Achebe said, it is good to do so.

Thirdly and most pertinent is that Achebe was a renowned writer, poet, and champion of the arts in Africa; and one the greatest benefits of blockchain has been its ability to arrest the problem of copyright violation that artists world over have suffered. As we gather together for the conference, we will celebrate the arts and showcase how technologies like blockchain are protecting local sculptors, like Lillian at Makerere, and the intellectual property rights of their creations. This will be among the sessions of discussion, along with various others like the future of work, the evolution of digital payments, investment opportunities and much more.

If you have not yet bought your ticket, we encourage you to do so and join the gathering of kinsmen and 3rd and 4th of July, as we prepare Africa for the 4th Industrial Revolution.