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Our Story

A life-changing free trip to
Africa and so much more

Formed in 2015 by co-founders Walla Elsheikh and Diallo Shabazz, Birthright AFRICA’s heritage-based leadership program inspires scholars to draw pride, confidence, and creativity from their cultural roots and legacy of innovation in the U.S. and Africa.


Since 2015, Birthright AFRICA has been committed to providing a free educational trip to Africa for every youth and young adult of African descent ages 13 – 30 in the United States. With our Education Partners–high schools, colleges, and community-based organizations–61 scholars of African descent have received their birthright to explore the resilience and brilliance of their heritage locally, nationally, and across the African continent.

Our Mission

Birthright AFRICA inspires youth and young adults of African descent ages 13 – 30 to explore their cultural roots and legacy of innovation within the United States and select nations in Africa as a birthright. In collaboration with our partners, we aim to instill pride, enhance confidence, and spark the creativity of our Scholars to fulfill their leadership and entrepreneurial aspirations.

Our Vision

Birthright AFRICA is creating the next generation of global leaders and entrepreneurs that are proud of their African heritage, confident in their innovative aspirations and connected to the African continent.
Due to the global health pandemic, Birthright AFRICA has developed virtual programs and exploration to ensure that young people of African descent are still connected to their roots and legacy while we await to resume travel safely.

Birthright AFRICA seeks to ensure that every young person in America of African descent knows the birthright opportunity awaits as they come of age.

Birthright AFRICA is creating the next generation of global leaders and entrepreneurs that are proud of their African heritage, confident in their innovative aspirations, and connected to the African continent.
Due to the global health pandemic, Birthright AFRICA has developed virtual programs and exploration to ensure that young people of African descent are still connected to their roots and legacy while we await to resume travel safely.

Birthright AFRICA seeks to ensure that every young person in America of African descent knows the birthright opportunity awaits as they come of age.

Birthright AFRICA is creating the next generation of global leaders and entrepreneurs that are proud of their African heritage, confident in their innovative aspirations, and connected to the African continent.