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 TEDxEuston 2015: Vision to Reality

Saturday 5th December ’15

The Mermaid Conference Centre, Blackfriars, EC4V 3DB

 It’s Time For Action

“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs Dreamers who Do.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

Let’s not only talk about the African continent.

Let’s help shape it.

 It’s Time For Actio

Watch the first talk released from TEDxEuston Vision to Reality by Miatta Gbanya – the Deputy Incident Manager in Liberia’s Command and Control Structure during its response to the Ebola outbreak of 2014 – 15 in Liberia.

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Speakers

Abdoulaye Samb

Abdoulaye Samb

Irineu Nogueira

Irineu Nogueira

Sandra Mbanefo Obiago

Sandra Mbanefo Obiago

Chi-Chi  Nwanoku MBE

Chi-Chi Nwanoku MBE

Music does not discriminate

Ije Nwokorie

Ije Nwokorie

Creativity will disrupt the focus on management

Monica Musonda

Monica Musonda

Don't happily be a spectator in your own economy

Mark Essien

Mark Essien

Leveraging networks to build a business

Miatta Gbanya

Miatta Gbanya

Liberia - we will not give up

Lindiwe Mazibuko

Lindiwe Mazibuko

Kechi Okwuchi

Kechi Okwuchi

Girls - know thyself

Dr. (Mrs.) Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili

Dr. (Mrs.) Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili

Nancy Kacungira

Nancy Kacungira

Change the narrative to a dialogue

Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy

My body belongs to me

Christian Purefoy

Christian Purefoy

News is dead long live notifications

Robtel Neajai Pailey

Robtel Neajai Pailey

Fight Gbagba- there is nothing uniquely African about corruption

Komla Dumor

Komla Dumor

Telling the African story

Cobhams Asuquo

Cobhams Asuquo

The Gift of Blindness

Jepchumba

Jepchumba

Asking “Why?”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We should all be feminists

Her Royal Highness, The Nnabagereka (Queen) Sylvia Nagginda Luswata

Her Royal Highness, The Nnabagereka (Queen) Sylvia Nagginda Luswata

Called to serve

Albie Sachs

Albie Sachs

The soft vengeance of a freedom fighter

Amina J Mohammed

Amina J Mohammed

Choosing a path of service

Alcinda Honwana

Alcinda Honwana

Africa in the hands of the youth

Jacqueline Novogratz

Jacqueline Novogratz

Power in our interconnectedness

Jason Njoku

Jason Njoku

Failing all the way to success

Ndidi Nwuneli

Ndidi Nwuneli

Rage for change

Trevor Ncube

Trevor Ncube

Embracing life’s challenges

Inua Ellams

Inua Ellams

Performance

Frank Njenga

Frank Njenga

The changing role of grandparenting

Lola Shoneyin

Lola Shoneyin

Boys, Sex and Control

Kwame Kwei-Armah

Kwame Kwei-Armah

Standing On Shoulders Of Giants

Jerome Okolo

Jerome Okolo

Not Learning from History

Herman Chinery-Hesse

Herman Chinery-Hesse

Powering the African Marketplace

Kola Karim

Kola Karim

Pushing entrepreneurial boundaries

Dr. Kayode Fayemi

Dr. Kayode Fayemi

Don’t be Afraid of Politics

Helen Lieberman

Helen Lieberman

Unlikely Heroes

Rt. Hon Paul Boateng MP

Rt. Hon Paul Boateng MP

Only The Best Is Good Enough For Africa

Toyin Saraki

Toyin Saraki

Unlikely Activist

Arnold Ekpe

Arnold Ekpe

Africans can save Africa

Moky Makura

Moky Makura

Finding African Stories

Jose Hendo

Jose Hendo

The Resonance Collection

Femi Temowo

Femi Temowo

Back To My Guitar Roots

Hadeel Ibrahim

Hadeel Ibrahim

People Powered Leadership

Paula Akugizibwe

Paula Akugizibwe

Between the Lines

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Don’t Trivialise Corruption, Tackle It

Nt’abiseng

Nt’abiseng

Print of my heart

Nkwo Onwuka

Nkwo Onwuka

No Ordinary Fashion Designer

Wanuri Kahiu

Wanuri Kahiu

No More Labels

Sada Mire

Sada Mire

Cultural Heritage: A Basic Human Need

Herman Mashaba

Herman Mashaba

Against All Odds

Teresa H. Clarke

Teresa H. Clarke

Bridging the Diaspora Divide

Catherine Phiri

Catherine Phiri

Debunking the made-for-Africa script

Emeka Okafor

Emeka Okafor

The Crazy Ones

Jacqueline Nwobu

Jacqueline Nwobu

Reshaping an Industry

Fadekemi Akinfaderin-Agarau

Fadekemi Akinfaderin-Agarau

Finding my Calling

Ikenna Azuike

Ikenna Azuike

My Wakeup Call

Pascal Dozie

Pascal Dozie

Making Long Term Bets

Vuyiseka Dubula

Vuyiseka Dubula

Our Struggle Is Not Over

Ayo-Dele

Ayo-Dele

Ayo-Dele

Fred Swaniker

Fred Swaniker

The Ripple Effect of Training Young Leaders

Emeka Keazor

Emeka Keazor

History Rediscovered

PIUS ADESANMI

PIUS ADESANMI

Africa is the forward that the world needs to face

CHUDE JIDEONWO

CHUDE JIDEONWO

Occupying the office of the citizen

ZAIN ASHER

ZAIN ASHER

Trust your struggle

FATIMA B MUHAMMAD

FATIMA B MUHAMMAD

Empowered women will change our world

BINYAVANGA WAINAINA

BINYAVANGA WAINAINA

Conversations with Baba

TUTU AGYARE

TUTU AGYARE

Where are the contemporary Pan-African intellectuals

FRANCES MENSAH WILLIAMS

FRANCES MENSAH WILLIAMS

Where is home

KENE MKPARU

KENE MKPARU

Consider what you have in your hands

PATRICK NDIMUBANZI

PATRICK NDIMUBANZI

To build a country

DOLIKA BANDA

DOLIKA BANDA

Time to give back

ALI A. MUFURUKI

ALI A. MUFURUKI

Is Africa really rising?

CHIOMA OMERUA

CHIOMA OMERUA

Dont be a waste

SUNDAY OLISEH

SUNDAY OLISEH

Education made the difference

YVONNE ADHIAMBO OWUOR

YVONNE ADHIAMBO OWUOR

World for worlds

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TEDxEuston celebrates the diversity, vibrancy and potential of Africa as it reflects the ideas and inspired thinking of those who are committed to engaging meaningfully with the continent. TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

At TEDxEuston we are committed to “African Ideas Worth Spreading”. Through our annual conference and other activities, including TEDxEuston Salon, blog platforms and other conversations, we connect people who have innovative approaches to Africa’s challenges, encourage responsible engagement with the continent, and create an environment to passionately embrace the continent.

TEDxEuston is organised by a team of global professionals operating in the UK and elsewhere, including Nigeria, Ghana, Germany, USA and India. Dedicated to the success of TEDxEuston, we believe in the power of ideas, the strength of stories and in the bright future of Africa.

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Blog

Final 2015 talks and performances

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It’s been over 3 months since our life changing TEDxEuston and we are posting up our final talks and performances. First up we have Sandra Mbanefo Obiago is a multi-faceted writer, photographer, poet, art collector & curator, and award winning filmmaker. She has curated art shows and worked with the local creative industry to promote the best of Nigerian art. The TEDxEuston crowd was treated to a personal insight into Sandra’s passion for the arts in its many forms of expression.

Sandra walked us through her experience in the art world and gave examples of some of the projects she has worked on – “I believe that art can change lives.” She says. Sandra finishes by boldly stating that “Art has the power to move us from vision to reality”.

 

Secondly Irineu Nogueira is a Brazilian who has been living in London for the last 5 years. He has been exploring paths to express his background in Afro Brazilian Dance and Orixás through cross-discipline experiences such as opera, theatre, musicals, cinema and circus, which transformed him into a complete artist. He took the TEDxEuston audience’s breath away with his ensemble of acrobats and energy.

Lastly, Abdoulaye Samb is a guitarist, singer and composer from Senegal. His original music is inspired by Fula and Mandinka cultures and his distinctive musical style has grown out of his travels, collaborations and researches in Africa and Europe. Abdoulaye took to the TEDxEuston stage to play a truly remarkable mixture of Senegalese blues, drawing on the rich Fula tradition.

The time is now!

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Two iconic women took the stage on Saturday 5th December with their powerful talks. Both Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian-American journalist and activist and Lindiwe Mazibuko,youngest-ever parliamentary leader in South Africa each unique in delivery, varied in aspect but linked in thought provoking essence. Urging us all to be active. Watch, digest and get moving. #VisionToReality

Mona Eltahawy is an award winning Egyptian-American journalist. She is writer, activist and public speaker on Arab, Muslim issues and global feminism. While covering the protests in Eygpt in November 2011, she was physically and sexually assaulted and detained by interior ministry and military intelligence.
Mona became an icon of the Egyptian revolution and her piece “Why Do They Hate Us?” became a viral sensation, followed by her book “Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution.”

 

Lindiwe Mazibuko was until recently the Leader of the Opposition in the South African National Assembly, making her the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) youngest-ever parliamentary leader and the first black woman in South African history to be elected to the post of Leader of the Opposition. Mazibuko has committed herself to making Parliament the true centre of robust political debate and engagement in South Africa. On the TEDxEuston stage her commitment shone as the TEDxuston audience were enthralled by her powerful talk. She stated that Africa has a problem of nicely polished policies without implementation. She made a case for young people not to be disgusted with politics but get in there and be the change we believe. She said: ‘Remittance isn’t enough for the diaspora who want to give back. They must also share their skills and experience with Africa. Your country and continent needs you. Not later… Now!”

 

From Germany to Nigeria – Mark Essien talks leverage

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Mark Essien is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria-based Hotels.ng, an online hotel-booking agency, which is the first and largest of its kind in Nigeria. Since establishing Hotels.ng in 2013, Mark has overseen the growth of hotel listings on the platform from just over 100 at launch to over 7,000 hotels al over Nigeria with millions of transactions every year.

At TEDxEuston 2015 Mark eloquently and seamlessly took the audience on his journey, how he started in Germany and took the leap to Nigeria to run Hotelsng. He discussed the difficulties and pitfalls of running a business and shared some of the stories he learnt along the way.

Creativity & Corruption – we can learn from both

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Robtel Neajai Pailey is a Liberian academic, activist and author with over a decade of combined professional experiences in Africa, Europe and North America.

Robtel is the author of Gbagba, an anti-corruption children’s book published in 2013 to critical acclaim and subsequently placed on the list of supplemental readers for 3rd to 5th graders in Liberia. Robtel’s determination and bold ambition to challenge the status quo was evident as she spoke to an engaged audience at TEDxEuston 2015. She eloquently discussed her ‘bloodless revolution’ to fight Gbabgba (corruption) in Liberia. She states that corruption is not just about private or public sector graft but also about dubious ways in which we all cheat the system. She reminds us all that there is nothing inherently African about corruption.

 

Ije Nwokorie joined Wolff Olins in 2006, one of the world’s most influential brand businesses. He is presently its Chief Executive Officer of creative consultancy. Born in America, Ije spent his early years in Nigeria, an experience he credits with underpinning his creative outlook, as he believes it is a world where commerce, culture and creativity are necessarily intertwined in every day life. The TEDxEuston 2015 audience was treated to Ije creative outlook and focus on the power of creativity! Ije discussed the power of creativity (akon’uche) linking it to his upbringing as an Igbo man. He explores how management is most celebrated, and creativity is relegated to the few but strenuously argues that “Creativity belongs to us all…but is in stark contrast to how we think of creativity in the industrialized world”

 

Social Media can change the world

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It’s been brewing for a while, but on Saturday 5th December it was confirmed: “News is dead, long live notifications”

Christian Purefoy, a multimedia and digital specialist, thrilled the audience with his entertaining TEDxEuston talk. Charting his transition from a CNN correspondent to his current position as a Director at BattaBox.com, the honorary Yoruba Chief walks us through the innovative, youth-driven means of translating ideas and discussing topical issues. His humorous talk demonstrates how social media continues to relegate traditional reporting to the back-burner as young Africans find new, pioneering ways to narrate their own story.