Its 71 days, 20 hours and 41 minutes until the #TEDGlobal Conference to be held in Arusha, Tanzania from August 27-30, will kick off and 7 African innovators will be speaking at the event.

Emeka Okafor, a curator, describes the crop of speakers as a group of people with “fresh, unique perspectives in their initiatives, pronouncements and work.” Going further to add that “Africa has an opportunity to re frame the future of work, cultural production, entrepreneurship, agribusiness. We are witnessing the emergence of new educational and civic models. But there is, on the flip side, a set of looming challenges that include the youth bulge and under-/unemployment, a food crisis, a risky dependency on commodities, slow industrialization, fledgling and fragile political systems. There is a need for a greater sense of urgency.”

TEDGlobal 2017, will see an extraordinary  group of speakers who can collectively help shape how the event will play out. Embeded in these speakers  include Dreamers and doers. Technologists and entrepreneurs. Business leaders and creatives.

The event aims to  reignite the sparks of 10 years ago, when TEDGlobal last visited the continent.  and invites anyone passionate about the future of Africa, and the future of the world to come and be part of something special.

See the list of speakers below:

Mohammed Dewji, Business Leader | Tanzania

Oshiorenoya Agabi, Computational Neuroscientist | Nigeria

Kamau Gachigi, Maker | Kenya


Gus Casely-Hayford, Historian | Ghana

Touria El Glaoui, Art Fair Founder | Morocco

Meron Estefanos, Refugee Activist | Eritrea


Natsai Audrey Chieza, Design Researcher | Zimbabwe

TEDGlobal2017: “Builders. Truth-Tellers. Catalysts.”


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