Creativity & Corruption – we can learn from both

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”