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Building People Power: Lessons from Grassroots Citizen Movements


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Building People Power: Lessons from Grassroots Citizen Movements in Cameroon and the U.S.
Kah Walla, Cameroonian Political Leader, Activist, and Entrepreneur
Tuesday, April 3rd
041 Haldeman Center, Kreindler Conference Hall

Grassroots citizen movements in Cameroon are empowering and engaging women and youth in political reforms. Kah Walla connects movements to actions in the USA—in particular the current gun violence protests across the country. Kah Walla is a Cameroonian political leader who in 2011 challenged the political status quo when she announced her candidacy for the presidential elections and became the first woman ever to run for the presidency of the nation. Kah started her advocacy for political change in 1992 following the reintroduction of multipartism in Cameroon.

Featured in the book The Next Africa, Kah symbolizes the new generation of African political leadership which firmly believes in the continent’s ability to achieve global standards of development and demands that this be done in respect of principles of good governance, equity and democracy. Kah’s leadership can be summarized in her own words, "I believe in Africa and our innate ability to succeed as a people."

Sponsored by the Dickey Center and made possible by the Class of 1957 Great Issues Innovations Fund.