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Our unique events focus on moving our communities forward.

From career-oriented to entrepreneurship, to cultural identity — our events are designed to allow the members of the diaspora to engage, inspire, and share their unique perspectives.

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Upcoming events

Members have access to additional events and activities on our community platform.

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Baobab Nights: Rotterdam Edition

Saturday, May 11
17:00-21:00 CET
Rotterdam (Location to be announced)

Baobab Nights is an Omek networking series designed to connect you to like-minded creators, thinkers, and leaders from communities of African descent in the Netherlands and beyond. This series is about great people enjoying good vibes, so come as yourself and we’ll handle the rest! 

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Welcome Hour (open to all)

First Tuesday of every month
17:30-18:30 CET
Online

Step into our vibrant world—for one hour: experience the spirit of our bicultural community of African descent, open to everyone across the globe. Whether you're a new member or simply curious about the magic behind our thriving community of over 2,000 members, come peek behind the curtain and discover how we vibe, grow, and collaborate.

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Saturday Writer's Cafe

Every other Saturday
Online

A working virtual session where poets, journalists, researchers, novelists and other writers can come to focus and work. Become an Omek member to join on our community platform. Become an Omek member to join these events on our community platform. 

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“Omek events go beyond and above by enabling this incredible community. They allow each one of us to share our stories, wins, struggles, and tips with our brothers and sisters in the diaspora. There is so much value that we all derive from these gatherings.”

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MARTHA MGHENDI-FISHER

Founder and CEO

Under the Baobab

An ongoing monthly discussion series. Join a safe and trusted space to discover, learn, and share knowledge about our African culture, identity, and history.

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Past events

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North Star Networking Night

March 2024
Felix Meritis, Amsterdam

Omek set the stage for a night of collaboration, forward-thinking ideas and impact! The evening kickstarts a shared journey, with varied starting points but one common direction: breaking down silos that keep Black Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) far from their potential influence within and outside their organizations.

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Baobab Nights: Changing Narratives

February 2024
The Extra Mile, Amsterdam

An evening where narratives shifted and connections were made, all in the spirit of unity and understanding. 150+ attendees met like-minded people in our community, enjoyed engaging conversations, exciting games, and good vibes. Additionally, there was great food, drinks, and music, all created in collaboration with Patta.

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Omek Talent Lab x Booking.com

November 2023
Booking.com Amsterdam HQ

We invited tech and product professionals of African descent to a 3-hour forum for insights on succeeding in the corporate world without losing their identity, and to connect with Booking's in-house Black employee network, recruitment teams, and leadership.

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Omek Talent Day 2023

November 2023
Online

Not your typical career fair, Omek Talent Day is an online event designed to introduce bicultural talent and recruiters at leading global brands, while facilitating real career opportunities and giving first hand insight into company cultures.

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Speaking the Brand Language in Your Voice

November 2023
Online

Ever wondered how creatives maintain authenticity while crafting successful campaign collaborations within the creative community? Omek x Eastpak are joined forces to bring you an exclusive workshop with Creative Director of eeh Studio, Estelle Ebenga Hénot, who has been collaborating with Eastpak for the past three years. 

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Omek Summit 2023: Imagined Futures

October 2023
Amsterdam & Online

Under the theme of Imagined Futures, we created space for members, allies, thought leaders, and community partners to demonstrate the pivotal role of mentorship and technology in collaborative development. 

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Omek Talent Lab x Nike

October 2023
Nike European Headquarters

Explore internship opportunities at Nike, Jordan & Converse brands at the Nike European HQ in Hilversum. Crafted exclusively for bicultural students of African descent, this event offered unique insights into these iconic brands. This Talent Lab was designed to provide students with valuable insights into upcoming internship opportunities.

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Omek x Holland Festival

June – July 2023
Multiple venues, Amsterdam

Omek was thrilled to partner with Holland Festival, bringing our community exclusive deals to attend the largest international performing art festival in the Netherlands.

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Baobab Nights: Africa Day

May 2023
The Extra Mile, Amsterdam

Baobab Nights commemorated Africa Day through African cuisine and culture. The sold out evening was filled with a jollof tasting contest, pan-African food-themed activities, and plenty of time for networking in a laid-back context. 

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Black Employee Networking Night

March 2023
Felix Meritis, Amsterdam

Black Employee Networking Night gave the opportunity to connect with leaders in Black ERGs in different sectors, exchange ideas and learn best practices for building an inclusive workplace. The sold out event featured a leadership panel, round table discusses and open networking.

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Baobab Nights: Diaspora Rising

March 2023
OSCAM, Amsterdam

In response to popular demand, Omek presents ‘Baobab Nights’, a networking series designed to connect like-minded creators, makers, and thought-leaders from Black communities in the Netherlands and beyond. The sold out event featured conversation, music, games, food and networking activities. 

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Omek Talent Program x Nike

June – July 2022
Online & Nike European Headquarters

Nike Digital and Omek partnered to create a 4-week hiring program for digital talent. The program provided Nike and the Omek bicultural community the chance to authentically engage with each other and create space for collaboration and career opportunities within Nike.

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Omek x Holland Festival

June 2022
Multiple venues, Amsterdam

The world-renowned Angélique Kidjo, curated a line up for Holland Festival of some of the best up-and-coming Black artists from around the world including Yemi Aladé, Abd Al Malik, and a club night dedicated to female rappers. Omek created opportunities for our community to meet and celebrate Holland Festival's 75th anniversary over the course of the festival.

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Omek Summit x Africadelic 2022

May 2022
Amsterdam, Accra & Online

We celebrated Africa Day with a one-of-a-kind cultural festival filled with music, films, talks, a club night, lunch sessions, networking and more. 

See the recap

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Omek Talent Day 2022

May 2022
Online

Omek x Talent Diverse Berlin are creating a safe and trusted space where you can engage directly with selected brand partners. The event was filled with job and career opportunities, presentations, and Q&A sessions.

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Omek Member Days

February 2022
Online

Under the theme of Family, we gathered for an incredible lineup of online activities including a children’s book reading, a intergenerational conversation, a panel discussion around NFTs and community, and a networking event bringing together this beautiful Omek family. 

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Student Meet & Greet

January 2022
Online

Hosted by Omek’s Student Circle, the 2-hour event was a dedicated time and space for all students within the Afro and bicultural communities to meet each other based on shared interests and experiences from around the world. 

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Omek Member Days

October 2021
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A 2-day celebration for our global community to meet and engage. Omek members connected online for curated workshops, networking, poetry, and collaboration pitches.

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adidas Internship Info Session

October 2021
Online

The adidas Spring 2022 Intern Info Session brought together prospective students with the internship team (as well as past and present interns) to discuss insights into the application process.

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Under the Baobab: The Pursuit of Wellbeing

August 2021
Oosterpark, Amsterdam

In striving to achieve happiness, health, love and peace, we are confronted with questions, challenges and opportunities. We gathered at Oosterpark in Amsterdam to discuss our pursuit of personal and collective wellbeing. 

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Rapsodia Negra: Watch Party + Post-film Discussion

June 2021
Online

Rapsodia Negra follows the journey of “The Witch Doctor” Alfonso Córdoba, one of the last afro-Colombian “Griots” of the 20th century, and a musical legend. 
Presented in partnership with Cinewax.

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Omek Summit 2021

April 2021
Online

This edition stretched across two days and engaged audiences across numerous continents. 

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Omek Talent Lab x Nike

March 2021
Online

This 3-hour event amplified the voices, energy, and talent of bicultural students of African descent and introduced Nike’s 2021 internship program. Nike’s leadership spoke about the future of work, attendees were able to connect, network, and apply for internships.

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Omek Talent Lab x adidas

February 2021
Online

Our first edition of the Talent Lab was packed with career opportunities, insights on recruitment best practices, and discussions with adidas leadership about values, representation, and opportunity.

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Omek Summit 2020

November 2020
Online

When we no longer define ourselves through borders, we can unlock our bicultural potential. Let’s draw on our collective wisdom and unique experiences to inspire a new generation of changemakers.

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Under the Baobab: What’s Next?

July 2020
Online

During this special edition of Under the Baobab, we organized a wider discussion about the next steps of the Black Lives Matter Movement. We brought together community leaders who shared their perspectives and highlighted their work fighting racism and discrimination in the Netherlands.

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Inside Scoop with José Cabaço

April 2020
Online

In this session, José Cabaço, Adidas Global Brand Director of Storytelling, took us through his journey from Mozambique to Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands, and the US. He reflected on how his childhood experiences became the foundation for his career in creativity and multidisciplinary approach.

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Under the Baobab: Culture Informs Craft

April 2020
Online

How does culture inform your craft and creative work? How do we develop our voice while living in multiple cultures? We invited creatives, organizers, educators, and academics to help explore these questions and speak about their personal experiences around the world.

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African Diaspora Entrepreneurs Roundtable

October 2019
Impact Hub, Amsterdam

For Black Achievement Month, we brought together entrepreneurs in FoodTech, MedTech, AI, and Clean Energy to share success stories, best practices, and discuss practical solutions on how we can best support each other.

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Omek Summit 2019

June 2019
Impact Hub, Amsterdam

In June 2019, Omek brought together African diaspora organizations and leaders in The Netherlands from all backgrounds and industries to begin to connect the dots.

Interested in participating?

If you’d like to be a speaker or volunteer at a future event, please drop us an email.

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