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Freetown, Sierra Leone  

 December 17 - December 21


 Message from
Ambassador Waleed Shamsid-Deen

Special Envoy, Trade and Investment

We have an innate responsibility to connect with the continent. Our time is now. There is no need for procrastination, excuses, delays or deterrents, we have to mend global relationships and connect with our brothers and sisters abroad for the good of humanity. The solution to our financial instabilities lies within the resources on the continent.  The resources needed to build and sustain our institutions lies within the continent. The solution to provide infrastructure improvements and to provide the industry needed for our brothers on the continent all lies within the continent.  

There is a global movement to harness the collective resources of the diaspora for reinvestment both domestically and abroad. Additionally there is a continental movement to create innovation and entrepreneurship for African sustainability. 

Business is the final frontier. Let’s pool our resources, create platforms and opportunities to harness the collective diaspora community for investment, trade and commerce on the continent. 

We have the financial resources, we have the Human Resources, we have the intellectual capacity. It’s time for implementation. The time for talk is over. 

The audacity for change is upon us. The future of our dignified existence depends on us. 

As special envoy for His Excellency, President Julius Maada Bio with the mandate for trade and investment I invite you to join me, Ambassador Waleed Shamsid-Deen, for a 9 day, 2 country intense business conference in west Africa. With the objective to connect African American Muslim business owners with “real” business opportunities in Sierra Leone and Senegal. 

Let us inspire one another as we impact global change for people of color. 


Saturday, December 17

Meet delegation at JFK in New York City to prepare for departure.


Sunday, December 18

Arrival in Lungi (Visa on Arrival) 

Sea coach Transfer from Lungi to Freetown 

Check in, registration (Fresh Fruit Drinks and Snacks) 

Welcome Packages - Arrival photo – special greetings by hosts  


VIP Welcome Reception and Mixer at Radisson Blu Freetown

6:00pm Dinner 

7:00pm Speaker – Special Greetings and Welcome to Salone 

8:00pm Fireside Chat – Doing Business Abroad (Live Streaming) 

9:00pm Entertainment  - Afro Beats Poolside


Monday December 19

Business Conference Convention Center


Shuttle to Convention Center (Every 30 minutes) 

9:00am Vendors 

10:00am Speaker

11:00am Breakout Session 

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm  Entertainment

1:30pm  Breakout session 

3:00pm Panel Discussion 

4:30pm Closing Remarks

Shuttle to Hotel (Every 30 minutes) 


Hotel Activities 

4:00pm-6:00pm – Shuttle to Market for Shopping

6:00pm Dinner Radisson Blue 

7:00pm Entertainment


Tuesday, December 20

Business Conference Convention Center


Shuttle to Convention Center (Every 30 minutes) 

9:00am Vendors 

10:00am Speaker

11:00am Breakout Session 

12:00pm Presenter Lunch

1:00pm   Closing Remarks – Speaker

2:00pm  Bus Tour – Freetown (National Museum, Peace Monument, Maroon Church, Cotton Tree)

6:00pm  Dinner Pearl 

7:00pm Entertainment 

9:00pm (Pack and Prepare for Departure)


Wednesday, December 21

Check out of Raddison Blue-Freetown

Sea Coach to Lungi 

Depart for Dakar 

Check in Radisson Blue - Dakar 

Business mixer / APIX (doing business in Dakar) 

IsDB (financing on the continent) 

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Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel
Freetown, Sierra Leone



Special Envoy Waled Shamsid-Deen 

Topic: The Time Is Now –Building Bridges Africa and the Diaspora 


Dr. Quiana Shamsid-Deen

Topic: The Economic State of Black Americans 

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Mansoor Sabree

Topic: One Ummah - Opportunities for Social Enterprise

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David K. Hasan

Topic: Building Connects - National & International Relationships

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Attorney Musa Dan-Fodio

Topic:  International Business Planning


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Reconnecting People of African descent to Motherland

Africa through Culture and Religion (Al Islam).

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Papa Yusupha Njie

 Doing Business in West Africa 

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Dr. Yahia Abdul-Rahman

Islamic Banking and Finance 


Ambassador Fode Seck

Harnessing Africa's  Arts Culture and Heritage

through Creative Industries to Boost Business Across the Atlantic Ocean

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Ayesha K. Mustafaa

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ADV. Ripple Hamza


Dr. Eno Praise


John Ifeanyi Ebokp


Baybars Altuntas

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