The 2nd annual AHYD 2017 event took place in Lagos, Nigeria on the 7th and 8th of July, 2017. The event was hosted by the Humanist Assembly of Lagos and Sponsored by IHEU and IHEYO.
The theme for this year’s event was “African Youth for critical thinking and active Humanism”. It was attended by African humanists and Executive members of African humanist Organisations from Jicho Jipya Think Anew group from Tanzania, Common sense Humanists, Humanist Association of Ghana and Humanist Service Corps from Ghana and The Atheist Society of Nigeria, Nigeria Humanist Association and Humanist Society of Northern Nigeria from Nigeria and also attended by the IHEYO Chair of the African working group and President of the Humanist Association of Ghana, Roslyn Mould.
The event was broadcast live on the IHEYO African working group facebook and twitter pages as well as the Humanist Assembly of Lagos’ Facebook page.
Speakers for the event included Dr. Leo Igwe speaking via video call on iDoubt: Critical Thinking, Dogma and African Enlightenment in an Internet Age and Dr. Olatunde Olayinka Ayinde, Humanist, Psychiatrist and Social Critic speaking on Religion and Critical Thinking In Mental Health Practice in Nigeria. Michael Osei-Assibey, Organizing Secretary of the Humanist Association of Ghana also gave a presentation on Critical thinking.
The IHEU’s Director of Advocacy, Elizabeth O’ Casey gave her presentation via video call on Humanism, the IHEU & Advocacy issues in the African Region.
All the delegates gave presentations on their groups’ activities, challenges and resolutions since the onset or revival of their groups, Activism and Advocacy projects as well as plans on furthering their work. Achievements of Humanists were celebrated and lots of information shared on how to use strategies in the promotion of critical thinking.
An Award was presented to Dr. Leo Igwe by the IHEYO African Working group in recognition of his outstanding dedication and commitment to the promotion of Humanism in Africa and certificates were awarded to volunteer team members of the IHEYO African working group who have supported and worked with the Chair for the past year. Award ceremony is initiative started by the Chair, Roslyn Mould and supported by the IHEYO President, Marieke Prien to motivate and show appreciation for the hard work of African Humanists.
The AHYD presented a good opportunity for African humanists to meet and network most of whom met for the first time and to start working relationships to build the African working group and the African Humanist Community. The event gave a platform for many across the continent to be informed on social and political issues across the continent and how Active Humanism amongst the youth can be used to help advance positive change in their various countries.