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TSU to Host “Building Opportunities for Business in Africa” Panel Discussions

HOUSTON, TX –January 25, 2021 – Texas Southern University’s Office of the Provost, in partnership with the Office of External Affairs and KTSU 90.9FM, will host “Building Opportunities for Business in Africa,” from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. CST on Tuesday, January 26. This virtual event is a part of the Conversation Series celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., Day and honoring Black History Month.

“I am excited to have our office host an event that brings together experts to discuss how we can provide our community and those interested in business advancement with the knowledge to do so,” said TSU Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Research Dr. Kendall Harris. “This conversation is a part of our series that honors Black History Month and monumental figures like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who made an international impact through representation, identity and diversity.”  

The following individuals will participate in the panel discussions: 

Panel 1 Discussion – 10: 15 a.m. – 11: 45 a.m. CST

Moderator: Gregory Maddox, dean of the Graduate School, Texas Southern University


  • Lennard Tenende, formerly of KBR 
  • Edward Wycliff, founder, Bow Shoeshoe, Mountain Kingdom Clothing 
  • Shannette Prince, founder, Africa on my Back  
  • Emeka Duruigbo, professor, Thurgood Marshall School of Law 

Panel 2 Discussion – Noon – 1:30 p.m. CST

Moderator: George Kieh, dean of the Barbara Jordan Mickey-Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University


  • Dr. Denise Adjei, president of Protocol International  
  • Bill C. Littlejohn, retired judge, founder of Sustainable Agricultural Innovation for Liberia (SAIL) 
  • Val Thompson, chief executive officer of the Houston International Trade Development Council  
  • Ronald Kirk, former U.S. Trade Ambassador senior counsel, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 

Click here to register for the event. For more information about the Division of Academic Affairs and Research, visit