Episode 181 – Engaging International and Remote Groups – Interview with Cedric Nwafor, Founder of ROOTS Africa

Categories: Case Study, Deeper Why, Podcast, Purpose, Relationships, and skills.

It was a delight interviewing Cedric Nwafor, founder of ROOTS Africa. It’s my pleasure to share his story growing up in Cameroon and touch on things that our organizations have in common like: 

  • Finding the Deeper Why of an organization
  • Identifying individuals’ Deeper Why
  • Re-engaging participants, especially in remote groups
  • Leaders’ roles in discovering the Deeper Why

Listen in as we go through some of the challenges he faces with aligning groups across the globe and some solutions we brainstormed together…. all leading to a more effective and productive organization.

About Cedric Nwafor

A passion for agriculture and its people drives Cedric Nwafor, a social entrepreneur and public speaker who has organized, facilitated, and spoken at various African and US events. He is the founder of ROOTS Africa, a youth-led organization that combats hunger, poverty, and exclusion by connecting students and agricultural experts in the US to farming communities in Africa. While earning his bachelor’s degree, he visited farms in Idaho and Maryland and Rwanda, Liberia, Cameroon, Ghana, and Uganda to learn different farm life and management approaches. Along the way, Cedric became an agricultural evangelist, engaging African youth in civic affairs in both cities and rural communities. He believes that engaging the young generations in agriculture is vital to the African continent’s future and the socio-economic well-being of its peoples. 

Cedric previously served as a Managing Partner of the Afrika Youth Movement, leading its five strategic committees, and as a Mentor and Advocate for Streetwise Partners, an organization supporting low-income populations. He was a 2016 nominee for the African Youth in Agriculture Award and commencement speaker at his graduation from the University of Maryland College of Agriculture Natural Resources with a BA in Agriculture and Resource Economics focusing on Entrepreneurship. 

He has co-created and instructed a Global Agriculture course at UMD and is now managing the university’s Agriculture Innovation Program. Cedric is currently enrolled in a Non-Profit Leadership graduate program in the School of Public Policy. He is also a Do Good Accelerator Fellow and an Academy for Innovation Fellow. 

Cedric, born and raised in Cameroon, immigrated to the United States in 2010 and now resides in Maryland.

Website: https://roots-africa.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nwafor.cedric

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cedricnwafor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nwafor55

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