A passion for agriculture and its people drives Cedric Nwafor, a member of the Speakers Bureau of the African Middle Eastern Leadership Project (AMEL). Cedric grew up on the streets of Bamenda, Cameroon and immigrated to the U.S. in 2010, where he has become an activist and public speaker. He has organized, facilitated and spoken at various events throughout Africa and the United States and is a graduate of the University of Maryland-College Park, where he recently completed his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Resource Economics, with a focus on Entrepreneurship. Cedric was selected as the Student Commencement Speaker for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. A few days later, on May 25, 2018, he made his AMEL Speakers Bureau debut as the keynote speaker at the ADL's No Place for Hate recognition ceremony.
Cedric is a key leader in the Afrika Youth Movement, where he is a member of their “Power Team” and coordinator for five committees. He represented AMEL in Afrika Youth Movement’s 2nd Youth Empowerment Forum, which took place in Accra, Ghana. The forum brought together members from 14 countries across the continent. Cedric is also the founder of ROOTS Africa, a student-led organization that combats hunger and poverty by forging connections among students and agricultural experts across the U.S. and Africa. In March 2018, he brought a delegation of students to Liberia to formally launch the ROOTS Africa program on the ground.
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