TEDxAccra has officially been launched in Accra. The event, an independently organised TED talk organised by local communities, formerly operated under the brand TEDxLabone until a higher status was recently granted to the Curators by TED global so that it became TEDxAccra.
TEDxAccra takes inspiration from TED talks, and will leverage the TED experience at a community level, bringing together innovative thinkers and pioneering doers.
TEDxAccra 2015 will be an annual event and will take place this year on 11 April, at the National Theatre from 7am to 7pm. It is expected to be the biggest TEDx event in Ghana to date. The theme for this year’s TEDxAccra is “The Next Chapter”. Speakers have been selected from a distinguished nominations list, and include many based in Ghana as well as Ghanaians in the Diaspora. Speakers will deliver inspirational talks, performances and or presentations on new ideas, innovative creations and new, better ways of serving societal and business needs. The objective is that through each and every one of the presentations and performances, the audience is encouraged and inspired to move to their own personal next chapter
In 2014, under its former name of TEDxLabone, organisers convened a host of rousing speakers such as the Honourable Hannah Tetteh (Foreign Minister), Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (former JOY FM Super Monrning Show Host), Mrs. Eva Lokko (Politician, Gender Activist, and CEO Totally Youth), Uche Ufodili (former Vodafone Ghana Chief Marketing Officer), M. Masoperh, Abla (Legal & Strategic Adviser), Paul Anomakodie (ETV visually impaired Newscaster), Papa Arkhurst (Entrepreneur & Public / Motivational Speaker), and Anthonia Senam Fesu (Broadcaster & Creator of Art)
Other speakers were: Regina Agyare (Software Developer & Social Entrepreneur) D.K Osei-Yaw (Writer, rapper, actor, musical and recording artist), Benjamin Gregory Aggrey (Social Entrepreneur & Brands Specialist), Patricia Obo-Nai (Chief Technical Officer, Vodafone Ghana), Daniel Antwi (Business Consultant & Entrepreneur), Makafui Awuku (Social Entrepreneur), Ken Fiifi Amoah (Writer and Financial Tax Auditor), Prince Williams Oduro (Social Entrepreneur & Business Consultant), Hayford Siaw (Social Entrepreneur & a Change Leader of the Reach), Toni Manieson (Jazz Musician) and Nathaniel Padi (Student & Mobile App Developer).
Speaking about how TEDxLabone has evolved to become TEDxAccra, the Curator of TEDxAccra Mr Emmanuel Addae Leslie, said: “With the 2014 event focusing on Informing, Empowering and Educating, where speakers informed, empowered and educated audience on their ideas, the next chapter of Ghana’s success story must now be told. At TEDxAccra 2015 participants will take part in a TED-like experience that will ultimately equip and inspire both speakers and the audience alike unto boundless possibilities. The concept is to reflect ideas and inspire thinking of a new generation of African thinkers and leaders.” Mr Addae added that speakers have been already selected for the event, and informed that tickets are already selling online ahead of the event. He encouraged all interested parties to closely monitor and follow pre and post event activities closely through both online and offline platforms.
Various members of the organising team gave details of the event activities at the press launch as seen below in the press kit of this press launch. They included Curator, Leslie Addae who spoke on the journey from TED, TEDx & TEDxLabone to TEDxAccra; Ruka Sanusi on Speakers’ Selection, Nabil Rafui on Volunteers’ Selection; Kate Gyasi on the line-up of activities for the Whole Day Event; Amos Ghunney about the Concept and Future of TEDxAccra; and Victor Brachi who spoke on the community’s website, Ideas.tedxaccra.org.
TEDxAccra 2015 is proudly sponsored by Vodafone Ghana, and supported by Voltic Ghana, Type Printing, Azaliabooks.com, Zepto, Club Minerals, Chale, Generic 7 Consult, Quantum Shift Consulting, Sketch Ghana, Kwaku David Photography, Caminn MakeOver, Jumia, Trap Shoes and Scout Numero Uno.
Our strong media partners are Citifm, GhanaGist.com, Enewsgh.com, Daily Graphic, Daily Guide, Ghanaian Times, TV3, Business World Magazine, LiveonCampus, Face2Face, Wasuptek, GhanaWeb, Ghana News Agency, Radio Universe, Joy FM, Metro TV, Viasat 1, Peace FM, ETV and Starr FM.