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NAIJA BETA: African Innovation, Diaspora and Youth Entrepreneurship


"Going Home, Bearing Gifts: African Innovation, Diaspora and Youth Entrepreneurship"

The MIT Club of Boston and the Division of Student Life present a screening of NAIJA BETA, a film by MIT alum Arthur Musah (SB '04, MEng '05), with a panel discussion examining the film’s themes of youth entrepreneurship, innovation, and homecoming in an age of globalization. A light supper will be served. Current students may attend the film and panel discussion for free (dinner not included), but must register in advance.

Film: NAIJA BETA follows a team of MIT undergraduates who dream of shaking up education in Nigeria, their home country by virtue of their immigrant heritage. They head to Nigeria one summer to teach technology to high school students through a competitive robotics camp in Lagos. As they seek to contribute to a new and better Nigeria, their idealism is tested by reality. The film premiered in April at the Pan African International Film Festival in Cannes, France, and recently screened at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where it won the Best Documentary Short Film Award at the Roxbury International Film Festival.

M. Amah Edoh will lead a discussion among 3 panelists on the themes of homecoming, entrepreneurship and technology transfer as they pertain to African immigration to and from the West.

Moderator: M. Amah Edoh (SB '02, PhD '16), 

M. Amah Edoh (SB '02, PhD '16) is currently a postdoctoral research associate in Francophone African studies in MIT's Global Studies and Languages program. A cultural anthropologist, Amah's research interests are at the intersection of material culture and the politics of knowledge production on and in Africa. Originally from Togo, Amah has also lived in Zimbabwe and Zambia. 


Perihan Abouzeid (MBA '15) Founder/CEO, MoviePigs Inc.
Perihan Abouzeid is a serial entrepreneur from Egypt, with extensive experience in web technologies and digital communication. Her MoviePigs platform streams and crowdfunds international films. Previously, she co-founded Qabila Media Productions, a digital content creator that operated across the Arab region, and worked with Google Ireland Ltd as a Business Strategist, where she consulted with large tech companies on their digital advertising strategies. In 2012, she was awarded as the Best Female Entrepreneur from the MIT Enterprise Forum - Pan Arab Region. She was also a Legatum Fellow and a Dean’s Leadership Fellow while at MIT.

Nse Umoh Esema (MCP '12)
MIT CoLab Program Director, Community Media Projects Nse Umoh Esema is a Nigerian-American urban planner whose work both at MIT and elsewhere is focused on social justice and centering the expertise of marginalized communities. She is currently involved in various projects that are making transnational links between Africans in the diaspora and on the Continent and US-based projects focused on ensuring our African immigrant communities have the resources to survive and thrive in our home away from home.

Arthur Musah (SB '04, MEng '05)
Film Director/Producer - Naija Beta, One Day I Too Go Fly
Arthur Musah is an engineer turned filmmaker from Ghana, creating films exploring Africa and Africans in the age of globalization. His current projects - the completed Naija Beta, and the work-in-progress One Day I Too Go Fly - delve into the lives of youth at MIT whose identities are shaped by America as well as their countries of origin in Africa. He studied filmmaking as an Annenberg Fellow at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts.

Date: Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30PM

Venue: MIT, Bush Room 10-105


MITCOB members/guests: $15
Non-members/guests: $20
DSL staff/guests: $15
Current students: free (dinner not included) but pre-register by contacting Bonny Kellermann <bkellermann@mitcob.org>


6:30 pm    Registration and dinner

7:00 pm    Film

8:00 pm    Panel discussion with Q&A

8:45 pm    Conclude

Contact Information

Primary Contact

Bob Ferrara

Secondary Contact

Bonny Kellermann

Date & Location

Date: 9/28/2016
Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: 10-105 (Bush Room)

222 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139