Affirmative Action Group president and businessman Chamu Chiwanza will join other world-renowned speakers at the inaugural Essence Festival in Durban, South Africa next month. The festival seeks to equip small businesses through empowerment seminars across various sectors, including career guidance workshops and other empowerment initiatives aimed at the youth.
The panel that includes American comedian and television host Steve Harvey, civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton among others will headline the festival that has also drawn singers Kelly Price and Estelle.
The first ever Essence Festival Durban-a sister event to the annual Essence Festival New Orleans, will be running from November 8-13 at the International Convention Centre and the Moses Mabhida Stadium.In an invite sent to Dr Chiwanza seen by The Herald, one of the organisers of the event, Ms Busi Tshabalala, said,
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to be a speaker at the 2016 Essence Festival in Durban, South Africa. The inaugural Essence Festival Durban, will be held November 8–13, 2016. The first-ever Essence Festival Durban — the sister event to the annual Essence Festival New Orleans — will feature international performers, world-renowned speakers and local artists.
Chiwanza said he was elated by the invitation to share a platform with world-renowned speakers.