Fight Gbagba- there is nothing uniquely African about corruption
Telling the African story
The Gift of Blindness
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
We should all be feminists
Her Royal Highness, The Nnabagereka (Queen) Sylvia Nagginda Luswata
Called to serve
The soft vengeance of a freedom fighter
Amina J Mohammed
Choosing a path of service
Africa in the hands of the youth
Power in our interconnectedness
Failing all the way to success
Rage for change
Embracing life’s challenges
The changing role of grandparenting
Boys, Sex and Control
Standing On Shoulders Of Giants
Not Learning from History
Powering the African Marketplace
Pushing entrepreneurial boundaries
Dr. Kayode Fayemi
Don’t be Afraid of Politics
Rt. Hon Paul Boateng MP
Only The Best Is Good Enough For Africa
Africans can save Africa
Finding African Stories
The Resonance Collection
Back To My Guitar Roots
People Powered Leadership
Between the Lines
Don’t Trivialise Corruption, Tackle It
Print of my heart
No Ordinary Fashion Designer
No More Labels
Cultural Heritage: A Basic Human Need
Against All Odds
Teresa H. Clarke
Bridging the Diaspora Divide
Debunking the made-for-Africa script
The Crazy Ones
Reshaping an Industry
Finding my Calling
My Wakeup Call
Making Long Term Bets
Our Struggle Is Not Over
The Ripple Effect of Training Young Leaders
Africa is the forward that the world needs to face
Occupying the office of the citizen
Trust your struggle
FATIMA B MUHAMMAD
Empowered women will change our world
Conversations with Baba
Where are the contemporary Pan-African intellectuals
FRANCES MENSAH WILLIAMS
Where is home
Consider what you have in your hands
To build a country
Time to give back
ALI A. MUFURUKI
Is Africa really rising?
Dont be a waste
Education made the difference
YVONNE ADHIAMBO OWUOR
World for worlds
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.
TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Having started out as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives.
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.
TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
The TEDxEuston team is at it again and the wheels are turning! Thinking back to Vision to Reality on Sat 5th Dec 2015 we announced that this was likely to be the very last event. In a really tough year, we felt we had come as far as we could.
We were all filled with mixed emotions of pride for successfully completing our 7th year, sadness that it could come to an end, and the nagging notion that as a team we would like to see TEDxEuston continue. The response from you the community was emphatic. There was a strong drive from delegates and partners alike to find a way. It was simply too important not to.
TEDxEuston would cease to exist without you – our incredibly supportive community. Many of you have approached us in the last 9 months to say we had to go on! From the entire TEDxEuston team and foundation board we thank you for believing in us. Your messages of encouragement have galvanised us.
Buoyed by the electric atmosphere at Vision to Reality and motivated by our incredible line up of speakers, members of the team have been living that theme.
Nancy Adimora launched AFREADA, an African creative writing community. Tosin Adeniji relocated to the United States to embark upon an MBA at Cornell University. Our tremendously inspiring TEDxEuston co-founder, TED fellow and resident epidemiologist Chikwe Ihekweazu was appointed the Head of Nigerian’s Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). We are very proud of the entire teams collective achievements, as this is just a handful of what we’ve been up to.
So you see, although we’ve been quieter, your support has kept us pushing. Now we are delighted to announce that the next TEDxEuston conference will be in December 2017! Thanks to the generosity of our partners we will continue to provide a platform for ‘African ideas worth spreading’.
To whet appetites for those who can’t wait until then, we will conclude the Vision to Reality series with REFUEL, our TEDxEustonSalon that will take place on Saturday 12th November 2016 at the RIBA (Royal Institute of Architecture).
This is a special half-day Salon with six confirmed speakers and performers that we will announce next month. As per usual, tickets for the Salon are limited. Earlybird tickets are available now for 2 weeks only. Don’t delay to purchase because if you miss, you miss.
We look forward to welcoming you to the RIBA as we refuel and share a true dialogue about the continent we love.
Yes, unfortunately, December, Christmas, TEDxEuston and New Years Day were all 9 months ago, but we hope your last dose of TEDxEuston does not feel like a distant memory!
This year we have been somewhat quieter, but we have a special announcement this Saturday! So keep following us on twitter, facebook and instragram to find out more.
Until then, here are 9 TEDxEuston Vision to Reality highlights to reminisce upon, whilst you enjoy the last of summer sunshine.
1.Robtel Neajai Pailey introduced us to ‘Gbagba’ (trickery). Her beautiful book that seeks to empower our children and future generations, to boldly tackle corruption.
Perhaps someone should send Robtel’s talk to a certain ex-PM to remind them there is nothing uniquely African about corruption…
2.Question. Are you a protagonist in your own dialogue, or a subject in that of another? Thank you Nancy Kacungira for encouraging us to consult one another, tell our own stories and share our progress. Oh and thank you for telling us ‘cowardising’ is a word in Uglish.
3.Remember the emotion felt in the room as we gave Kechi Okwuchi a resounding standing ovation?
4. Ije Nwokorie predicted that creativity WILL save us. He made a rallying call to embrace our creativity as an asset as it will challenge our future work environment.
5. The ladies of BBFA and Site Specific transformed the Queenhithe room into a spectacular celebration of Art in various mediums.
6. News is dead, long live selfies?
Adaugo, Imad and Sheila – we salute you.
7. Sandra Obiago’s entire presence and grace was everything.
8.Lindiwe Mazibuko announced that she would not go back into politics unless we go with her.
9.Our final highlight…. the One and Only TEDxEuston Afterparty. If you missed it, you missed.
No matter where you are in your journey of making your visions a reality, it’s always good to take a moment to reflect and appreciate the special moments along the way. We hope TEDxEuston has been a continued highlight in your calendar and that you’ve enjoyed reminiscing with us. With that said, the countdown is on! Only two day’s until our special announcement…
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.
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!”
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.