About Us

The Young African Professionals (YAP) Network is a network of more than 10,000 young African professionals in the DC Metro Area, which provides a forum for professionals interested in Africa to engage with contemporary leaders in business, technology, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship; to network and discover opportunities among Africans; support Arts and Culture from the African Diaspora; and promote entrepreneurial activities among our members.

Our History

YAP was founded in 2002-2003 by African professionals Segeni Ngethe, Nimu Waweru, and Tega Shivute. A year later, it was managed by Ehui Adovor, who is credited for building the organization’s name and reputation in the Washington, D.C. area.

Our Mission

Our mission is to establish a credible and trusted network for the exchange of innovative ideas and approaches for professional advancement.


YAP is managed and operated by volunteers who are committed to connecting African professionals for career development and opportunity creation.

Become a Volunteer

Interested in volunteering with YAP DC? Please complete the form below and a member of our team will be in touch within 48 hours. Thank you for your interest in YAP DC!

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The organization will use its mailing list, blogs, social media, and online resources to keep members informed about jobs, events,

Professional Development

Through its Networking Evenings and other events, YAP will offer members access to opportunities that promote professional and personal growth.


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Upcoming Event

YAP DC hosts events focused on networking, speakers, and building communities.

YAP August 2016 Networking Event: Featuring Imbolo Mbue, Author of Behold the Dreamers

August 23, 2016 at 6:30 am to 8:00 am
Place: Busboys and Poets (14th & Vst.) 2021 14th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20009

YAP July 2016 Event: Featuring the 2016 Mandela Washington (YALI) Fellows

July 13, 2016 at 6:00 am to 8:00 am
Place: Bukom Cafe 2442 18th Street NW Washington, DC 20009 Columbia Heights (Green/Yellow, approx. 15 minute walk) Woodley Park-Zoo/ Adams Morgan (Red, approx. 15 minute walk) *Public Garage and Street Parking Available

YAP June 2016: Featuring Obinna Onungwa, Tech Disruptor, Founder of Cue

June 24, 2016 at 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Place: Eighteenth Street Lounge 1212 18th Street NW Washington, DC 20036

Mansa Colabs and YAP Present: Creative Sector Opportunities

June 11, 2016 at 1:00 am to 4:00 am
Place: I/O Spaces: 8120 Fenton St., Suite 204, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (Nearest Metro: Silver Spring -red line)
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YAP May 2016 Event: Hello Tractor, the Uber for Tractors

May 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Place: Eighteenth Street Lounge (Gold Room) 1212 18th Street NW Washington, DC 20036

YAP April 2016 Event: IP Forum

April 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Place: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 600 Dulany Street Madison Auditorium Alexandria, VA 22314

YAP March 30, 2016 Event: Film Screening-Difret

March 30, 2016 at 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Place: Acre 121: 1400 Irving Street NW, Washington, DC 20010, Nearest Metro Stops: Columbia Heights (Yellow/Green)

YAP & I/O Spaces January 2016 Networking Event: #YourBestYou

January 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Place: I/O Spaces 8120 Fenton St Suite 204 Silver Spring, MD Closest Metro: Silver Spring Parking: Public Garage and Street Parking Available

YAP December 2015 Event: Holiday Dinner @ Enjera Restaurant

December 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Place: Enjera Restaurant 549 23rd St S Crystal City, VA 22202

YAP November 2015 Event: Featuring Author Ama Karikari Yawson

November 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Place: Eighteenth Street Lounge 1212 18th Street NW Washington, D.C. 20036
Photo: Ms. Ama Karikari Yawson, author of Sunne's Gift


YAP believes in engaging with our membership. If you are not already a member, we encourage you to signup to our newsletter using the form below. Once you have opted in, you will receive our periodic events newsletter. We are eager to hear from you!

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Our Contact Info

Use the information below to send us questions, suggestions or comments.

  • info@yapdc.org