Cedric Nwafor


“From living on the streets in Bamenda, Cameroon to immigrating to the US, I have focused on making a difference in the lives of my fellow youth.”

A passion for agriculture and its people drives Cedric Nwafor. A graduate of the University of Maryland-College Park, he recently completed his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Resource Economics, with a focus on Entrepreneurship. His commitment led him to the Afrika Youth Movement, where he is a member of their “Power Team” and coordinator for five committees. He is a public speaker who organized, facilitated and spoken at various events in across Africa and the US. Additionally, he is the founder of ROOTS Africa, a student-led organization that combats hunger and poverty by connecting students and agricultural experts in the US and Africa. He previously served as a Mentor and Advocate for Streetwise Partners, an organization supporting low-income populations. While earning his Bachelor’s degree, he visited the state of Idaho, Maryland and the countries of Rwanda, Liberia and Uganda, to compare farms in those varied places to farm life in Cameroon, from where he immigrated to the United States in 2010. Along the way, Cedric has become an agricultural evangelist, engaging African youth in civic affairs in both cities and rural communities. He believes an increase in agricultural education must occur across the African continent -- first for survival and then as a means to thrive. Cedric was a 2016 nominee for the African Youth in Agriculture Award and commencement speaker at his recent graduation from the University of Maryland's College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. He resides in suburban Washington, DC.

Topics include: social entrepreneurship, Africa, food security, youth empowerment, combating racism & hate, transforming stereotypes, building bridges, inclusion, diversity & more.

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