Local Chapters

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Through the leadership of our passionate and dedicated Coordinators, Africa Unbound Chapters bring together individuals who are interested in learning and exploring ways in which they can begin to tap into their creative power.  The local chapters provide a community where members support each other’s growth and development by sharing ideas and resources.  To join a chapter listed below, send an email to the chapter coordinator.  To start a chapter in your area, complete this form.  

Lawrence Afere, Nigeria Chapter Coordinator, is the Managing Director of Morincam Industries & Resources Ltd. He is an empowerment trainer, entrepreneur, social agent and youth development facilitator. Lawrence is also the founder and coordinator of The Youth Farm Project in Ondo State, Nigeria where socio-economically disadvantaged youth are empowered through agriculture. In 2009, based on his innovative approach to solving youth unemployment in his immediate community, he was nominated for a national award by the Federal Ministry of Youth. Lawrence holds a BSc. in Business Administration from Covenant University, Nigeria.

Noeline Kirabo Mulongo, Uganda Chapter Coordinator, works with Viva Africa network, which builds the capacity of child focused organizations working to improve the quality of care for children at risk. She works with churches and indigenous organizations building their capacity to strengthen internal organizational structures to enable them deliver quality services to children and women. Noeline is a trained and ordained minister, a trained counselor and family therapist as well as a child advocate. She is committed to building a legacy that will touch and change humanity through collaboration and networking with like minded people.

Paa Kwesi Inkumsah, Ghana Chapter Coordinator, is a passionate enthusiast of personal development. A social entrepreneur, he explores his skills and talents to create and share inspiration through his writings. Paa Kwesi served as president of JCI Ghana in 2009. In 2010 he was appointed to serve as JCI UN affairs commissioner for Africa and the Middle East. He is also the co-president of International Institute for Global Education, an institute with a unique curriculum of studies to create effective global leaders.

Erick Kebeka Omari, Kenya Chapter Coordinator, is the founder and CEO of Alfa Network, a community based organization working to address the challenges faced by residents in the Kibera slum in Nairobi. He has worked as the youth coordinator in a Christian organization called Ruben Centre, where he learned to identify talents and potentials in the youth and how to make use of them. Erick is a member of International Cultural Youth Exchange program. As a community volunteer he works with local radio programs aimed at empowering the community and addressing issues of peace, unity, reconciliation, child rights and responsibility, parental responsibility and nation building.

Olita Talent Nyathi, South Africa Chapter Coordinator, is a feminist, political economist and an educator. Based in Kelinmond, South Africa, she is the Director of Training for Transformation, an organization working to build the capacity of female development workers. Olita is the Founder of Africa Book Development, an organization that promotes development through access to information in the rural areas of Zimbabwe and the co-founder of Africa Community Publishing. She has worked for various development agencies including European Union, Oxfam Novib, Swedish Embassy, the World Bank and UNDP.

Kosi Sepénou Davui, Togo Chapter Coordinator, is the Director of Initiative for a Positive Future in Lomé, Togo, where he conducts training in leadership development. He is also a volunteer at various local NGOs working in the fields of peace, human rights, and protection and promotion of children and the youth. He holds a license by the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution.


Guidelines for Article Contributions

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Africa Unbound Magazine is a channel for the critical and constructive exploration of the fundamental factors that hinder and/or promote development in Africa. The ultimate goal is to engage a broad-based readership that perceives African issues, not in isolation, but as being linked to global human concerns and the basic yearning for peace, prosperity and freedom.

While the depiction of Africa by the mainstream media has its merits, it is often predictable and repetitive, largely focusing on themes that center on conflict, failed and failing states, corruption, diseases and poverty.

Alternatively, Africa Unbound aims to delve deeper into those events and experiences that affect everyday survival and progress on the continent. This is in an effort to explore the causes and implications of various conditions, whether they are deemed positive or negative. Africa Unbound aims to foster understanding of the continent from various perspectives representing Africa’s diverse social makeup. To this end, articles are being solicited on the following topics:

  • Current events and issues – analysis of contemporary social, economic and/or political developments in African nations with an emphasis on the cause(s) that produce the specific events/effects
  • History – featuring individuals and events that have had and continue to have a significant impact on the people and/or African nations, paying special attention to motivation and intention
  • Culture – examination of belief systems and traditional practices, including their impact and benefits or lack thereof
  • Ideas – thoughts and philosophical approaches to understanding and dealing with various issues on the continent
  • Spirituality – indigenous and progressive practices of spirituality by Africans in the continent and in the Diaspora
  • Arts – the various artistic modes of expression adopted by conscientious Africans

All articles submitted will be reviewed and edited by our staff editors. We encourage you to include photographs and other graphics as appropriate.

Note: Writers are responsible for obtaining permission to republish their articles, prior to submitting an article to Africa Unbound.

Please send your articles as a Word file by e-mail attachment along with a brief bio stating your name, city and country of residence, profession, and e-mail address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you,

Rahel Kassahun, Ph.D.
Length of Articles: 1000-2000 words


Why Register

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Our aim is to offer people around the world, and particularly Africans in the continent, free-of-charge access to positive and uplifting articles and discussions about Africa and Africans. We do not release any information that personally identifies our subscribers. We do, however, share information about our members in aggregate form to generally inform advertisers about the nature of our subscriber base. If you have any questions about our privacy policy please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Us

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Our mission is to empower members of our community to be
agents of change!

The purpose of Africa Unbound is to establish
peace, prosperity, and freedom in Africa
through awakened and enlightened individuals.

Africa Unbound is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a development approach that focuses on personal transformation. We believe that as individuals engage in the process of self-awareness and become empowered in their own lives, they are naturally called into action in a way that will allow them to make meaningful and significant contributions to the advancement of their communities.

Through various media (print, radio, social and online) Africa Unbound seeks to raise awareness of the responsibility and value of each person’s contribution to the development process.

Through thought-provoking articles and constructive dialogue among members, we aim to provide transforming knowledge that will help us grow in consciousness individually as well as collectively. Our objective is to inspire individuals to actively engage in the development of Africa.

We know that what we focus on, what we fix our attention on, grows and expands. Thus we don't dwell on poverty, diseases, and conflicts. Instead, we explore ways of bringing forth prosperity, wellbeing, peace, and liberation.

We are taking a stand for Africa.

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The Africa Unbound Leadership Team

Rahel Kassahun

Rahel Kassahun, Ph.D.—Founder and Executive Director

Rahel Kassahun sets the overall direction of the organization.  She develops and oversees the implementation of the organization's strategies and promotes Africa Unbound's mission.  Prior to finding her lifework in Africa Unbound, she worked for the World Bank in Washington D.C. (2002-2010).  Dr. Rahel has also worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme in New York and taught at University of California, Riverside (1996-2000). A native Ethiopian, Ms. Kassahun holds a Ph. D. in Economics from University of California, Riverside.

Regina Trigg

Regina Trigg—Director of Community Outreach

Regina Trigg develops and facilitates the outreach and volunteers program. She supports the Chapter Coordinators in the various countries across the continent. Regina has over 15 years of experience working in organizations committed to the upliftment of underserved children, youth, families, and communities. Her personal mission is to dedicate her time, talents and energy to providing practical and spiritual means for individuals to experience inner peace regardless of their outer circumstances, to cultivate their creative gifts and to know their self-worth.

Eric Chinje

Eric Chinje—Senior Communications Officer

Eric Chinje guides the communication strategy of the organization. Currently, he leads the Global Media Program at the World Bank Institute. Between 2004-2008, he was the Head of External Affairs and Communications at the African Development Bank. Eric serves as a board member of the African Media Initiative and is the co-founder of the African Media Forum. His work experience also includes Editor-in-Chief and News Anchor at the national television in Cameroon, journalism lecturer at the University of Cameroon, contributing reporter to CNN World Report, and stringer for Deutschewelle, the BBC, and Voice of America.

Philip Effiong

Philip Effiong, Ph.D.—Senior Editor and Writer

Philip Effiong is the editor of the Africa Unbound Magazine. He is also a writing consultant and Professor of English at the University of Maryland University College. He holds a Ph.D. in dramatic literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and has taught writing, drama, literature and cultural studies at the University of Calabar (Nigeria), the University of Wisconsin, the University of Tennessee at Martin, the University of Delaware at Newark and Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Philip is committed to uncovering extraordinary but largely unknown stories about Africa and Africans, as well as celebrating those “silent” heroes and heroines that remain unsung.

Judith Royer

Judith Royer—Editor and Mentorship Program Coordinator

Judith Royer edits academic articles, dissertations, books, and other documents. She also writes education focused grant proposals. She currently teaches a course on world cultures at Minnesota State College. Judith was a Peace Corps volunteer in Samoa. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations. In whatever situation she finds herself, she strives to support people to know their value and to be their unique selves.

Latest Comments

Ajayi Olutayo

Ajayi Olutayo

11. October, 2012 |

People like you are needed on this continent to take us to where we should be. Keep it up man!

Marcus Edibogi Akor

Marcus Edibogi Akor

11. October, 2012 |

Thanks for this powerful article. I am very glad I read it. Keep up your great work and remain Blessed Law!

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