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.

Flagship summit

October 15, 2021

Africa Creative Industries Summit

Soft power is the new hard power. The Summit features high-level dialogue and critical conversations surrounding the many opportunities, pathways, and challenges of African culture and creative industries.


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.