Our 2017 Word of the Year was Complicit.

Complicit means “choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having partnership or involvement in wrongdoing.” Or, put simply, it means being, at some level, responsible for something . . . even if indirectly.

Time magazine declared the Silence Breakers the 2017 Person of the Year.

For giving voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable, the Silence Breakers are the 2017 Person of the Year.


2018 – Our Year of Voice!

These two syntheses of 2017 say it all. Most importantly for us, it has reminded us that we must keep steadfast in our role as griots who break the silences and dispel the myths about Africa. New voices are emerging and are more important than ever… through We Will Lead Africa, we are contributing to this movement and are declaring 2018 our Year of the Voice. We hope that you will come along with us, raise your voices and share your stories.


This year, we are launching calls for We Will Lead Africa stories on Governance, Women and Technology.


About We Will Lead Africa


The We Will Lead Africa book series is edited collections of stories about the work and impact of everyday Africans who are leading change and transformation on the continent. It includes stories of capacity building, innovation, action and progress with a demonstrated impact on the continent; representing all geographic regions of Africa and a variety of socio-cultural and industry sectors.