Each November we do something to mark "Dadamac Day". Like most annual events it's a chance to involve others, to celebrate how far we've come, and share hopes of where we're going. It usually involves the Internet, and bringing people together from the UK and African sides of Dadamac and other locations too.
Something different in 2013
This year it's different. For the first time ever Dadamac Day is being marked with a face-to-face meeting instead of something online. John Dada (the Nigerian side of Dadamac) and I (the UK side) will be together at Impact Hub Westminster under the banner of Globalnet21 reaching out to our network in London.
As I explained elsewhere (see Invitation to meet John Dada in London - November 25th ) the main focus will be on the issues of youth unemployment and what we can do to tackle it, set in the context of John's work at Fantsuam and our UK-Africa collaboration as Dadamac.
Youth unemployment - a shared problem
Unemployment - and the tragedy of wasted human potential - is a problem that blights the lives of many young people. It's a real and immediate problem not just in John's community but also here in London, and elsewhere. It's a problem that we can usefully "rub minds on", all bringing our different perspectives, practical experiences and creative suggestions.