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Wise words from Nancy Kacungira and Chi-Chi Nwanoku MBE

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New year and the new set of TEDxEuston videos are being released across TEDx YouTube channel. Time for the world to experience what we all shared  at Vision To Reality on that special Saturday in December 2015.

First up is Nancy Kacungira. Nancy has many accolades including entrepreneur and award- winning journalist. A US State Department Professional Fellow, and the winner of the inaugural BBC World News Komla Award. In 2010 she also co-founded Blu Flamingo; a digital media management company that has now grown to manage an impressive roster of clients in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Her ambition and clarity of thought came to fore on the TEDxEuston 2015 stage. She wasted no time in succinctly urging the audience not to point fingers to international media for not covering African news fairly, when African media are not covering it fairly themselves. Nancy looks at the African narratives and argues that we should move away from narratives and have dialogues. Narratives makes you a subject, dialogue makes you a participant, she said.

 

Chi-Chi Nwanoku MBE is the Founder, Artistic Director of Chineke!, Europe’s first classical orchestra of Black and Ethnic Minority musicians and is also the Principal Double bassist and founder of the Orchestra of the Age of Entertainment. Chi-chi is a professor of Double Bass History Studies at the Royal Academy of Music and was made a Fellow there in 1998. Chi-chi gracefully opened the TEDxEuston 2015 stage. She declared we are all born musicians; everyone of us has a heartbeat connected to something. It was a privilege for the audience to hear her personal journey through her early introduction to music and her experiences as a black women in the classical music industry. She narrates how she is fighting the good fight to bring diversity to the classical world and encourages the audience to “Never be afraid of a challenge”.

Special TEDxEuston Moments

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In truth, you never know what that special moment will be for you at TEDxEuston, when the tears start rolling down and you glance around to check if you are the only one. Or the occasions when a talk resonates so much with you that you stand up over a standing “O” until your neighbour pulls you back down to your feet. Attendees have come back to us years after with testimonies of how that ONE talk at TEDxEuston made them find the strength to execute on an idea that was always there, or how they found the courage to chart a completely new course. Sometimes it’s the speaker – like – Cobham’s Asuquo’s beautiful and powerful talk “The Gift of Blindness”, sometimes it’s the music like N’tabiseng’s unforgettable rendition of her song “Print of my Heart”, and sometimes it is the person sitting next to you.

 

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But most times, it’s the combination of all this, add the after-party to the mix and you have a pulsating day for the mind and body.

TEDxEuston is always curated in that spirit – in the spirit of sitting together under iroko trees like our fore fathers did, sharing communion. It is much more than the normal event with a few powerpoint slides telling us what the future holds.

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At TEDxEuston we curate an event by us, for us and of us. Even in those moments where there are small technical problem with the microphone or slides, we forgive, because we know, that while we are not perfect, we always strive to produce the best event for us.

Do something special for yourself this December. Get one of the last tickets here.

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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