An African Future | The awakening of the young lions of Africa | Ashanti Kunene | TEDxStellenbosch


Ashanti Kunene is a South African poet, writer, activist and former Stellenbosch University student leader involved in the #FeesMustFall revolutions of 2015/2016. This is a powerful talk in which she unpacks what she sees as the future of Africa and its youth. Ashanti Kunene is a postgraduate student at Stellenbosch University. Her research focuses on the nexus between knowledge, knowledge production, power, and black womxnhood; specifically looking at the systematic erasure of black African womxn from knowledge and knowledge production in academia and society using the 2015/2016 #FeesMustFall protests as a lens.

She was Primaria of Metanoia during the 2015/2016 #FeesMustFall protests and an active member of the fallist collective at Stellenbosch University. During her time as an intern at the Institute for Justice and

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Ashanti has published articles with the Huffington Post, The Daily Maverick, and News24. She is an avid reader and writes poetry in her spare time. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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