I met Grant Harris for the first time in October, 2012 as part of the Young African Leaders, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the United States. What struck me at first was his calmness and the ease at which he enthused and shared his passion for seeing things work in Africa. I realized that this was not just because of his job function as President Obama’s Special Assistant and Senior Director for African Affairs. It was more of honest excitement on his part.

Grant Harris

Young African Leaders #IVLP at the Old Executive Office Building with Grant Harris, President Obama’s Special Assistant and Senior Director for African Affairs. A positive vision for Africa’s future!

Enough about my thoughts. It is my pleasure to invite you to join Grant Harris on Thursday, 24th April, 2014 for a Young African Leaders Twitter Chat using the hashtag, #YALICHAT.

Here is a Twitter announcement by the US Embassy, Abuja, Nigeria.

During this chat, Grant will answer your questions about U.S. foreign policy toward sub-Saharan Africa from the @YALINetwork Twitter handle.

Here are the steps to join Thursday’s chat:

Step 1 of 3 to join tomorrow’s chat with Grant Harris: Follow @YALINetwork for your questions and the corresponding answers. #YALICHAT

Step 2 of 3 to join tomorrow’s chat with Grant Harris: Use your Twitter account to ask questions and also include #YALICHAT in your tweets.

Step 3 of 3 to join tomorrow’s chat with Grant Harris: Click #YALICHAT and click “All” at the top, to connect with other participants.

Note: I purposely numbered them so you can just copy, paste and tweet to amplify the conversation.

You can add to the conversation and help build the YALI Network by encouraging your friends to join Thursday’s chat and the official YALI Network: http://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/contact/

The timing remains:

  • 13:00 – 13:40 UTC
  • 14:00 – 14:40 West Africa Time (WAT)
  • 15:00 – 15:40 Central Africa (CAT) and South Africa Standard Time (SAST)
  • 16:30 – 16:30 Eastern Africa Time (EAT)