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We want to know how you’re getting on making your pledge a reality.

Send us a 2-minute video stating your pledge and progress so far. You can upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo, and email the link to team@tedxeuston.com with a short bio about yourself by the Sunday 16th August ’15.

We can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to and we will be selecting a few stories to follow and share during this year’s conference!

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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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The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

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05.12.15

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You asked and here we are again TEDxEuston, Season 7! It’s that time of the year to remember to save the date and tell friends & family! Watch this space, 4 months to Saturday 5th Dec 2015!

The TEDxEuston team has been working incessantly across continents since January to bring you another exciting line-up of speakers and an unforgettable event supported by our partners.

Yet, we do not want to stop there…we want to help to connect the dots and accelerate the development of innovative ideas that benefit the African continent.

The TEDxEuston community, Friends of TEDxEuston and Partners are an essential part of making our vision become a reality. We still have a few spaces for like-minded partners to collaborate with TEDxEuston. For further enquires and to receive a partnership proposal pack contact: amina@tedxeuston.com.

TEDxEuston 2015 is uploading and coming soon!

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The other narrative of Africa | Viewpoint

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This July marks 30 years since one of the world’s most memorable concerts took place in London’s Wembley Stadium. Live Aid was a popular well-intended concert held to provide relief to people affected by the famine in Ethiopia.

At the time images of famine, disease and helplessness played well in the UK media and succeeded in tugging at the heart – and purse – strings of many who wanted to help ‘poor Africans’.

Unfortunately though, because of the ‘danger of the single story’ as celebrated former TEDxEuston speaker Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie describes so eloquently at another TED event, many Westerners knew very little else about Africa as the media provided no other narrative.

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That was 30 years ago. Fast forward to present-day 2015, and still we struggle to read the full African narrative. We have to strain our ear to learn of Africa’s resourcefulness, innovation, and entrepreneurship; or about the overwhelming hospitality, and generosity, or of the unbridled (and, some may argue, unrivalled) natural beauty of the continent, which can – literally – take your breath away.

Don’t get me wrong: I do not attempt to throw rose-tinted paint all over this verdant, mineral rich, well-populated continent. I know much better than to suggest that Africa is trouble-free.

But no continent is. I had to go to Africa to fully appreciate just how badly wrong the story is told here in the UK, and how desperately that narrative needs to be filled out. Uganda was the first country I visited.

Overwhelmed by its beauty, vibrancy, and richness and Ugandans’ hospitality, generosity and resourcefulness, I was startled at just how far removed my version of Africa is from the images perpetuated in UK media.

Since then, every trip to other parts of Africa confounds the Western tale and reconfirms my own narrative.

A snapshot of my version of #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou

  • A ten-year-old boy who, with the help of his uncle, built his own home for himself and younger brother
  • Overwhelming generosity of every home-maker, irrespective of income
  • The extraordinary beauty of the undulant hills and rich-green of Virunga Park, the stunning beaches of Maputo, or the wildlife reserves in Kenya

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Then there’s William Kamkwamba the young man who built a windmill; or the technological innovation of women such as harnessing solar energy as seen by our recent TEDxEustonSalon speaker Olasimbo Sojinrin from Solar Sister. Or the progress in entertainment as seen by former TEDxEuston speaker Jason Njoku’s Iroko TV , and the list goes on.

TEDxEuston is about championing, celebrating and inspiring others about Africa. We are determined to play our role in providing that fuller narrative of the African story. Year after year, through our TEDxEuston events, we successfully inspire and encourage Africans and African aficionados to promote all dimensions of the continent.

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We will continue to press on, celebrating in the richness and fullness of this great continent, determined to see in 30 years’ time, Africa is represented in all its fullness, richness and beauty.

 

 

Eulette Ewart is a TEDxEuston team member and jointly leads TEDxEuston communications. As a communications professional who has specialised in human rights and sustainable development across the continent, Eulette has travelled to Africa on several occasions.

The Making of TEDxEuston | Ventures Africa

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We were delighted to be interviewed by Ventures Africa recently. The online and print magazine celebrates and champions business, lifestyle and innovation within the continent and the African diaspora throughout the world.

Some of the TEDxEuston team shared their insights into the origins of how the annual conference started, its development over the years and the growth that we have experienced over the last few events. Off the back of our successful TEDxEustonSalon this Summer, journalist Felicity James delves further into what makes the team tick here and what inspires us to continue pushing Africa forward.

 

Read ‘The Making of TEDxEuston” on Ventures Africa

TEDxEuston Salon | Oh what a night!

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TEDxEustonSalon – Oh what a night!

It’s hard to believe a whole week has passed since we hosted TEDxEustonSalon at the Crowne Plaza in London. Looking back here are a few highlights!

1) So many new faces! Delighted to hear how you heard about TEDxEuston, that you enjoyed it and we can’t wait to see you again in December. Welcome to the TEDxEuston Family!

 

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2) Solar Sister’s Olasimbo Sojinrin shared her drive to eradicate energy poverty using solar energy and female empowerment.

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3) Baobab enthusiast Andrew Hunt energised us with his provocative talk about the potential of Baobab changing the lives of women and their communities in West Africa. Watch out for him, we see things happening for the Aduna team soon.

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4) BINGO!! Did you ever find out who had a twin? And, “Can you Shoki?!

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5) Richard Blk got us moving, and reminded us that whenever we feel down, or we’re tempted to ‘juk him in de eye’, we should instead ‘SMILE’!

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6) Eunice Baguma Ball, founder of the Africa Technology Business Network concluded the formal part of the evening with her powerful testimony of the obstacles she faced before achieving success. Many of us in the room  could identify with her talk.

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7) The Afterparty! Drinks and dancing after the event is a TEDxEuston tradition. If you didn’t know how to shoki you would have by the end of the night.

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All in all, it was an incredible evening. If you missed it, fear not – the talks will be released in the next few weeks.

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In preparation for our December event, tell us what you thought of TEDxEustonSalon. We’d really appreciate it. Please complete the feedback form using the link below. It won’t take more than 5 minutes.

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Keep a look out for the talks and for ticket sales for TEDxEuston’s December event.

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SOLD OUT! | See You Later

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TEDxEustonSalon 2015 – Facing Forward:  Harnessing Energy has arrived!

If you have not already purchased your ticket, it’s now too late as we are SOLD OUT.

The TEDxEuston Team, in collaboration with Shell, our principal partner, is incredibly excited to meet you all and look forward to continuing the conversations we started last year.

You will find us on the lower ground floor of the Crowne Plaza – City hotel, in Blackfriars in the Conference Centre.

Registration opens at 5.30pm, and if you’ve attended a TEDxEuston event before, you know you do not want to miss the start.

As always, there will be our trademark goodie bags provided courtesy of Shell filled with keepsakes.

In true TEDxEuston fashion, no event is complete without our networking AfterParty. After the talks make sure you take a moment to talk to like-minded TEDx-ers you have never met before and shake a leg to the tunes played by our DJ for the night  – DJ Josiah, winner of 2014’s International Music Conference, Best New Producer Award.

Our TEDxEustonSalon speakers  – Andrew Hunt, Eunice Ball and Olasimbo Sojinrin are ready to share their stories and ideas with you. Richard  ‘Rich BLK’ Mkoloma is ready to energise you. The TEDxEuston Team is ready to welcome you! We hope you’re prepared for what we promise will be an incredible evening.

See you soon!