400 Years Later…Where Do We Go From Here as Women?

Inaugural Africa – America Women’s Economic Forum

Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community hosts the Inaugural Africa-America Women’s Economic Forum during ZORA! Festival 2020. Participants will engage with a multi-cultural mix of women leaders exploring commerce and culture bridging Africa and America. Lunch is included with the purchase of the ticket.

Date: Thursday January 30, 2020

Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Venue: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts – Alexis & Jim Pugh Auditorium/DeVos Family Room for Luncheon Buffet

Address: 445 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801

Ticket Information: $75.00 (Includes luncheon buffet)

Guest Speakers

Dr Arikana Chihombori- Quao
Dr Arikana Chihombori- Quao
Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa
Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa
Anna McCoy
Anna McCoy
Dr. Pamela McCauley
Dr. Pamela McCauley
Margaret Jackson
Margaret Jackson
Nyami Mandindi
Nyami Mandindi
Danayi Musamirapamwe
Danayi Musamirapamwe

Program Overview

Zora Neale Hurston, a global literary icon, was born in Notasulga, Macon County, on January 7, 1891. Her parents were John Cornelius Hurston II and Lucy (Lula) Potts Hurston. John Hurston was born into slavery in 1861, whereas his wife was born in 1865 to freed black parents who became small landholders.

Each year, since 1990, the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.), has presented the Zora Neale Hurston™ Festival of the Arts and Humanities (ZORA™! Festival), named in her honor.

This year, 2019, marks 400 years since the first documented ship anchored the shores of America with chained Africans. There is a Mobilization of African Americans to connect with Africa through the DOOR of Our Return Initiative.

African Union Heads of Governments acknowledged the Africa Diaspora as the sixth regional economic community.

The African Union Head of Trade and Industry, Commissioner Muchanga, highlighted that African Diaspora is to invest in Africa as the Continent is creating a large market anchored on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

U.S. Government recently launched the Prosper Africa strategy aimed at boosting trade in both Africa and the U.S.

Women connecting for commerce and culture as we build the bridge between Africa and America in line with the DOOR of Our Return movement.

  • Inaugurate a mechanism whereby African women entrepreneurs and elected officials will connect and exchange with their American counterparts through the Africa-America Women Economic Forum- Sustainable Trade Conversation;
  • Begin building sustainable economic relationship between Africa and American through networking and education for women entrepreneurs and elected officials;
  • Foster trade relations between Africa and America creating access to global markets for Women Entrepreneurs; and
  • Women fostering good African culture through arts and entertainment.

Key U.S. participants will include Africa and U.S. key women government, business and community leaders.

Mrs. N. Y. Nathiri

Executive Director

Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C) &

General Manager, ZORA! Festival 2020

344 East Kennedy Boulevard, Eatonville, FL 32751

Telephone: 407-647-3307




Zienzi Dillon

Global Advisor

The DOOR of Our Return

1 Dock – 72 Way

New York, NY 10005

Email: Secretariat@thedoor.africa

Telephone: 718-413-2235