Feb 1-7, 2023 ONLINE

Free 7-day summit


Everyone Is Welcome!

Bringing Together Thought Leaders to Engage in Conversations of Liberation, Inspiration and Transformation

Not only did the dawn of human life as we know it arise in Afrika, the continent is the home of great civilizations and cultures and also much traditional and modern wisdom, not to mention freedom struggles that have changed our world.

I am very glad to see the advent of this Summit, inspired by the work of my friend and colleague Vimalasara Mason-John, and bringing together an inspiring roster of teachers, truth-speakers, and guides.

Gabor Maté M.D.
Author, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture

Who can Benefit from the Summit?

People of all races and backgrounds who would like to live with more happiness, joy, inspiration, healing, pride, connection, and love for humanity
Anyone who is new to Afrikan wisdom
Anyone who would like to deepen their existing knowledge and appreciation for the wisdom of Afrika
Anyone who would like to connect more deeply with their Afrikan heritage
Anyone searching for a better understanding of the history and experiences of people of Afrikan descent

Here’s Some of What You’ll Experience…

Discover rich wisdom from Afrika to feed your mind, your heart and your soul
Learn how to communicate love, hope and gratitude through the vibrant practices of Afrikan artists
Explore ways we can all draw strength from our ancestors
Learn about the importance of healing trauma, including inter-generational trauma
Discover the influence of Afrikan culture on religious and spiritual traditions
Come to a deeper understanding of the origins and goals of Black liberation movements, including Black Lives Matter
Learn how generations of powerful Afrikan wisdom can be a source of strength for all people

Why the K in Afrika?

While British and Portuguese colonialists spelled Afrika with a C, in Swahili and other indigenous Afrikan languages it has always been spelled with a K. In the spirit of bringing you authentic Afrikan wisdom, we are spelling it with a K.

35+ Leading Experts to Guide You

Learn from visionaries, leaders, scholars, educators, theologians, artists, activists, trauma experts, and more.

Practical Skills and Practices You Can Use Now

Learn practical tools and practices for cultivating more happiness, joy, inspiration, healing, pride, connection, and love for humanity.

Free Access to Each Session for 48 Hours

You can enjoy each day’s presentations any time of day or night for 48 hours. Watch all 35+ sessions from your computer, phone or tablet. Bring the Afrikan Wisdom Summit with you anywhere.


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35+ Experts to Guide You

Kenneth Hardy, PhD

Director of Eikenberg Institute for Relationships, Professor, Trauma Specialist, Author

Mungi Ngomane

Human Rights Activist, Patron of the Tutu Foundation UK, Author of Everyday Ubuntu

Justin Michael Williams

Transformational Speaker, Recording Artist, Author of Stay Woke

Tarana Burke

Activist, Founder of Me Too International, 2017 TIME Person of the Year

Resmaa Menakem

Therapist, Trauma Specialist, Author of The Quaking of America: An Embodied Guide to Navigating Our National Upheaval and Racial Reckoning

Lady Phyll Opoku-Gyimah

Political Activist, Co-founder of UK Black Pride, Executive Director of Kaleidoscope

Bayo Akomolafe, PhD

Author, Philosopher, Writer, Activist, Professor of Psychology

Afua Cooper, PhD

Historian, Author, Poet, named on Canada’s Maclean’s Power List

Luisah Teish

Author of the bestselling book Jambalaya, Spirit Leader, Arts Activist, Teacher

Syrus Marcus Ware, PhD

Co-founder of Black Lives Matter Canada, Abolitionist, Visual Artist

Kaira Jewel Lingo

Dharma and Mindfulness Teacher, Former Buddhist Nun, Author of We Were Made for These Times

Robert Taylor

Photographer with permanent collections in the National Portrait Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum

Eldra Jackson III

Co-Executive Director of Inside Circle, Father, Spiritual Warrior

Deran Young

Founder and CEO Black Therapists Rock, Writer, Entrepreneur

Teneshia Samuel

Counselor, Psychoeducator, and Interdisciplinary Artist

Pamela Ayo Yetunde, ThD

Author, Assistant Professor, Co-founder of the Center of the Heart

Devi Ward Erickson

Author, Founder of the Institute of Authentic Tantric Education, Certified Sexologist, Tantra Healer

Max Gaston

Human Rights Lawyer, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at University of Notre Dame Law

Femi Otitoju

Founder and Managing Director of Challenge Consultancy, Writer, Keynote Speaker

Veta Goler, PhD

Doctor of African American Studies, Dance Historian, Choreographer, Performer

Jana Long

Co-founder and Executive Director Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, Yoga Therapist, Wellness Educator

Rev. Matthew Wesley Williams

Interim President of the Interdenominational Theological Center, Ordained Elder Presbyterian Church

Queen Hollins

Teacher, Dancer, Visionary of sacred ancestral traditions

Roger Griffith, MBE

Writer, Producer, Educator, Social Activist

Opal Palmer Adisa, PhD

Cultural Activist, Gender Specialist, Writer, Editor in Chief

Olusola Adebiyi

Storyteller, Author, Founder of Narrative Mindfulness

Aleta Alston-Toure

Social Change Mother, Cultural Artist, Political Educator

Ofosu Jones-Quartey

Hip Hop Electronic Music Artist, Meditation Teacher

Will Coleman, PhD

Theologian, Master of Divinity, Practitioner of African-American spiritualities

Rosalina Edwards

Political Scientist, Editor, Producer

Edwin Patterson

Former Congressman, Cacao Grower, Restauranteur

Vinna Best

Entrepreneur, Founder of the CurlyTreats Festival

Andrea Thompson

Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Educator, Author

Cosmore Marriott

Transpersonal Counselor, Elder in the Dagara Tradition of West Africa, Reiki Master

Alexis Edwards-Williams

Educator, Teacher, Parent

Gabriel Grenot

Father, Ex-Political Prisoner, Yoruba Practitioner

Nisa Muhammad

Writer, Researcher of Afrikan Studies

Arisika Razak

Professor Emerita, Writer, Internationally renowned Spiritual Dancer

Shaka Khalphani

Researcher, Urban Warrior, Truck Driver

Summit Co-Hosts

Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John

Afrikan Wisdom Summit Co-Founder, Curator and Co-Host; Editor of the book Afrikan Wisdom; Public Speaker

Dawa Tarchin Phillips

Founder/CEO Empowerment Holdings, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, President of International Mindfulness Teachers Association



Free Access to Each Session for 48 Hours

Watch all 35+ sessions from your computer, phone or tablet. Bring the Summit with you anywhere.

Day 1: Wisdom in the Afrikan Diaspora

Day 2: Wisdom of Religious and Spiritual Traditions

Day 3: Wisdom of Our Ancestors

Day 4: Wisdom of the Arts

Day 5: Wisdom of Black Liberation Movements

Day 6: Wisdom of the Body and Healing Trauma

Day 7: Wisdom of Raising the Next Black Generation

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Editor of the Anthology, Afrikan Wisdom


Afrikan Wisdom Summit is focusing on the rich wisdom that has been passed down from generation to generation. The birth of this summit came from the anthology, Afrikan Wisdom, edited by Dr. Valerie Mason-John M.A (hon.doc) and published in 2021 by North Atlantic Books.

Valerie wanted to ensure that the theme of Afrikan Wisdom is not overshadowed by the intergenerational trauma that is so often focused on. She approached Wisdom for Life founder Eric Forbis to help bring Afrikan Wisdom to a wider audience.

Together they co-founded the Afrikan Wisdom Summit as equal business partners. The intention is that this will become an annual event bringing together thought leaders and experts to explore a wide variety of Afrikan Wisdom.




Special thanks to Sidy Maiga for the use of his song “Mali Kadi” in the Afrikan Wisdom Summit video presentations.