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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.
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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event.
The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. All knowledge is connected and TEDx has become the place where you can discover leading edge thinking in numerous fields, and how this relates to your own life and work. For many attendees, the result is delicious, unexpected connections; extraordinary insights and powerful inspiration.
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TEDxIkoyi is the premier platform for a curated mix of 6 speakers to share fresh perspectives on important issues with some of the brightest innovators, entrepreneurs, business people and reformers in the Lagos community. After having a fascinating conversations with Nigerians that highlighted lives lived on unpopular principles, the curators decided to bring together an eclectic mix of 99 individuals to share these ideas in an open, innovative platform.
Chimamanda Adiche’s viral TED talk on "The Danger of a Single Story" about how absolute belief in one angle of a person or country is often misrepresentative provides a backdrop to the event which is themed "The Other Side of the Story". It is the curators' belief that the talks at TEDxIkoyi and resulting videos shared online will provide a more robust understanding of the Nigerian experience for Nigerians and the world at large. In 15minutes or less, TEDxIkoyi speakers will share their own Idea Worth Spreading which is recorded live, edited and uploaded to the TEDx YouTube channel for all to view. TEDxIkoyi has a direct license from TED and is not organized for profit.
Akintunde Akinleye is an award winning Reuters photojournalist whose images focus on editorial, activism and experimental documentary topics.
He was a recipient of National Geographic’s “All Roads” Award, the World Press Prize and a fellowship at the University of Texas. His works have been published in TIME magazine and the New York Times and exhibited in Lagos, Madrid, Berlin, California, Bamako and Amsterdam.
A consummate academic, he is fascinated by the opportunities of technology for education and the role that the media plays in nation building. He continues to work on projects in photojournalism and the academia. He also serves as a jury-member of the Friends of the Earth international photo competition.
Chinedu Echeruo is a partner and head of the Principal Investing group at Constant Capital, a West-Africa based investment bank. Prior to joining Constant Capital, Mr Echeruo founded and raised nearly USD $8 million for two U.S-based internet companies; HopStop.com and Tripology.com. Tripology.com was acquired in 2010 by Rand McNally. Mr Echeruo was also named Black Enterprise Magazine’s Small Business Innovator of the Year and listed in the magazine’s Top 40 under 40.
Before his entrepreneurial career, Mr. Echeruo was with AM Investment Partners, a USD $500 million volatility-driven convertible bond arbitrage hedge fund. Prior to completing his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, he spent several years in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Leveraged Finance groups of J.P Morgan Chase where he was involved in a broad range of M&A, financing and private equity transactions.
World renowned artist and owner of Nigeria’s largest art gallery, Nike Okundaye uses a variety of media to express themes from her life and Yoruba culture. Trained as a weaver, dyer and batik maker, she is best known for a modern approach to traditional themes in her colourful batik prints and paintings.
Over the past twenty years she has given workshops on traditional Yoruba textiles to audiences at home and abroad. Finding that the traditional methods of weaving and dyeing that had been her original inspiration were fading in Nigeria, she set about launching a revival of this aspect of Nigerian culture.
She is the founder and director of the Nike Centre for Arts and Culture, which offers training to young artists in the visual and performing arts. She also manages empowerment schemes for rural women in Abuja, Kogi and Osun states.
Dapo Oyewole is a policy adviser specializing in the areas of governance, international relations, public policy and development, with particular emphasis on Africa. He has headed two policy think tanks in the UK and been a senior consultant / adviser to a plethora of multilateral and international bodies, regional institutions, governments and development agencies. .
He was awarded the Yale World Fellowship in 2008 and is an Africa expert analyst for international news agencies such as CNN, BBC, AlJazeera etc. He is an avid contributor to the arts and literary development and thus, founded the Pen Circle in the early 90’s and Co-Founded ‘Infusion’ Arts and Literary Events in 2009. He is currently an Adviser in the Presidency (NPC) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Father Godfrey Nzamujo founded the Songhai Regional Centre in 1985 in Port-Novo, Republic of Benin with the aim of training young agricultural entrepreneurs who, once established, who once established, become pillars of success in their communities; commanding respect and educating the surrounding population on a sustainable system of agriculture. Father Nzamujo, is of the firm belief that Africa’s ecological characteristics are more advantageous than impedimentary.
Over the years, Father Nzamujo has achieved several degrees including two Ph.Ds in fields ranging from philosophy to engineering. He has also been a Research Fellow/Professor at the University of California, and Associate Pastor, St Nicolas Catholic Church, Laguna Hills, California, and Associate Professor of Engineering at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California. Father Nzamujo is a member of the UN Independent Commission on "Africa and the Challenges for the Third Millennium", and has been conferred with numerous awards in recognition of his work.
Conscious music best describes singer/ song writer Nneka’s soulful sound. She cites famous compatriot Fela Kuti and legend Bob Marley as well as contemporary rappers Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Mobb Deep as key influences. Her voice strikes an eerie balance between rage and pain offering commentary on Africa’s social and political landscape.
Her raw yet distinctive style of songwriting and harmonies has brought her to the attention of top acts touring across a wide range of styles. She has opened shows for Gnarls Barkley, Nas and Damien Marley. Add Lenny Krawitz and Lauryn Hill to that list and you get an idea of the sheer reach of the Nneka sound.
While love, hope and optimism form the bedrock of all Nneka’s recorded work, her new material delves into some of the tough realities of modern politics – both personal and international. As she puts it herself: "I do it in a sweet way - but I sing to speak the truth".
Lade Ibraheem is a strategist on the pulse of the African technology revolution. He co-founded Cyberaccess –an internet service company in 2000, and more recently founded Brand Faculty, which helps create valuable interactions between brands and their customers. He has also played key marketing and communications roles in Filtim Huzod and MultiChoice Nigeria where he currently manages the company’s online marketing and communications.
Lade graduated from the University of Lagos with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and is an alumni of the Pan African University. He is a music and gadget lover, his most recent obsession being the Cubify 3D printer.
As TEDxIkoyi curator, Lade hopes to help facilitate not just ideas worth spreading, but ideas worth doing.
Saze Osayande is passionate about effecting change through creative engagement. Eternally curious, her interests include the internet, environment, arts, food and business. An Economics graduate of the University of Manchester and Integrated Marketing alumnus of New York University, she has held marketing and business development positions at Multichoice (DStv), Abuja Technology Village and the Ford Motor Company.
Currently, she leads the team at 4Twenty3 Marketing Agency to help brands engage better with their customers. She is also excited about the possibilities that technology provides for learning and discovering new ways of doing things. In curating TEDxIkoyi, she hopes to help share ideas worth spreading and showcase another side to the Nigerian story
Dreamer, thinker, writer, designer, lawyer, bohemian, perpetual-student, planner, bargain-hunter, supporter.
Likes intellectual property law, enjoys playing dress-up, curious about everything, loves her family, believes in fairness and the appropriate application of common sense.
Product of the London School of Economics & Political Science, and the University of California, Berkeley.Lola Ola
With almost a decade of experience in the Entertainment Industry in Nigeria, Lola Ola has assumed various key roles in Marketing & Public Relations, Artist Management and TV Production Management for M-Net and MultiChoice Nigeria. She has worked on projects such as Idols West Africa, M-Net Face Of Africa, Tinsel, Deal or No Deal and Big Brother Africa. Lola currently works with the Corporate Communication department for MultiChoice Nigeria where she manages strategies in Internal Communication, Employee Engagement, and Organizational culture change.
Lola is excited about healthy living, fashion & lifestyle and is still on the continuous search of self actualization and the true essence of living.Muyiwa Ibraheem
As CTO at CRE80VTY Interactive, MUYIWA has worked with teams on a number of web based, mobile and offline apps for a few start-ups and larger companies