About the pillar
Culture and creative industries are the most dynamic sectors of world affairs. Thanks to its rich history, young population, and digital dynamism, Africa has developed unparalleled soft power potential through art, music, fashion, sports, cinema, literature, and more. The far-reaching influence of Africa’s creative output has signaled a cultural revolution that is reshaping the social and economic landscape of the international system. In a time of global recovery and transition, the Africa Center aims to explore business opportunities and these promising markets. By connecting Hollywood and Nollywood and positioning the diasporas at the front of this dynamic. This cultural transatlantic dialogue will enhance connections between the African American community and the continent. As the African creative industries are backed by innovative systems, the digital soft infrastructure, fintech, and cryptocurrencies play a major role in national security.
African Creatives Spotlight Series
The Africa Center’s creatives spotlight series highlights creative industries on the continent by showcasing artists who are driving positive change during unprecedented challenges such as health and migration crises, economic uncertainty, and a changing climate.
Each episode aims to redefine dominant narratives about Africa, direct investment toward local communities, and demonstrate the boundless potential of African creativity.
Featured commentary &
New Atlanticist Mar 15, 2022
Africa’s sports industry is revving up. It will fuel a generation of young leaders.
By Katherine Walla
Here are highlights from the Africa Center’s Sports Business Forum which covered everything from optimizing youth talent across Africa to fostering inclusion in sports.
New Atlanticist Oct 18, 2021
Africa’s cultural revolution is here. Meet some of its movers and shakers.
By Katherine Walla
The Atlantic Council brought together Africa’s brightest cultural minds—and the policymakers who’ve helped make their achievements possible—to understand Africa’s cultural revolution and rising soft power.
AfricaSource May 11, 2021
The Basketball Africa League has arrived: Here’s why it matters
By Luke Tyburski
With the Basketball Africa League set to launch, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center reached out to sports stakeholders across the BAL’s inaugural countries to hear their perspective on why the BAL represents a historic moment. Their feedback provides a compelling case for the developmental, diplomatic, and economic potential of African basketball.
The Africa Center works to promote dynamic geopolitical partnerships with African states and to redirect US and European policy priorities toward strengthening security and bolstering economic growth and prosperity on the continent.