Youthhubafrica organised a twitter conference to mark the International Youth Day which held on August 12, 2013.

The conference had as panelists, Dr. Djibril Diallo a Senior Adviser to the UNAIDS Executive Director, Babtunde Rosanwo, a PhD student in Poland, Maureen Agena, a Development Communications Expert working in Netherlands, Zied Mhirsi, a US trained Tunisian Public Health Expert and Medical Doctor; and Erasmus Mweene, a Youth Development Professional based in Zambia.

The conference with the theme: Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward attracted participants who joined online on twitter from across the continent and beyond using the hashtag #IYDAfrica to engage with the panelists and discuss among each other.

The conference which had a clear agenda was moderated by Ruth Aine, Youthhubafrica’s Ugandan Correspondent @ruthaine and Rotimi Olawale, Youthhubafrica’s Co-Founder @rotexonline.

The conference reached over 163,000 twitter users and with a combined exposure of more than 1million. The conference analysis can be viewed here.

The conference proceedings have been storified here and here Youthhubafrica is at the fore-front of using new technologies to engage young people and provide them with a platform to contribute to shaping development on the African continent. The twitter conference is one of such platforms.

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Rotimi Olawale, co-founder of is a youth development expert. For more than six years he has been involved in leading youth advocacy efforts mainly around the Millennium Development Goals. In 2006, he represented Nigeria as a youth ambassador at the United Nations Global Youth Leadership Summit held at the UN Headquarters in New York. Rotimi has held several global leadership positions including; member, UNFPA Global Youth Advisory Panel for 2 years; member, African Youth Panel. Rotimi is currently involved in shaping local, national and global policies to benefit youth and also leverage opportunities for young people. He was listed by the Nigerian government as one of 15 Nigerian youth on the world stage in 2008.