Accra, March 5, 2016: TEDxAccra has announced a diverse speaker lineup for this year’s TEDxAccra conference under the theme ‘Re-Think’, to take place from April 19, and to climax on the 23rd at the National Theatre from 9 am – 3pm.
Speakers for this year’s conference features entrepreneurs, educators, engineers, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers and doctors both in Ghana and the diaspora. With ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who will lead a masterclass, broadcaster Gilbert Aggrey (Abeiku Santana), actor and talk show host KSM, and Kenneth Ashigbey, a few of the notable names on the bill.
The other powerful speakers also include Edwina Momoh, Priscilla Birago, Princess Umul Hatiyya Ibrahim Mahama, Robert Nii Arday Clegg, Mamadou Toure of African 2.0, Parminder Vir, Dan Meyer, Amanda Budge, Steven Wallace, Tina Tangalakis, Paul Miller, Lisa Lovatt-Smith, Edem Adzaho, Jide Otoki, Fredrick Amissah, Justice Julia Sarkodie Mensah, NanaAma Dowuona, Daniel Marfo, Dr. Thomas Tagoe, Emmanuel Awumee, Dilys Sillah, Nana Amoako-Anin, Adjoa Boateng, Dr. Paul Henry Dsane. Full speaker bios are available at www.tedxaccra.org
TEDxAccra will also feature performances from top acts including, Wanlov the Kubolor, Phrimpong, Naki Abrobettoe, Chief Moomen, Ama Asantewa Diaka and MzVee.
Speaking about this year’s conference, the Communications and External Relations lead of TEDxAccra 2016, Cynthia Ofori-Dwumfuo said: “Every year, our mission is to secure speakers, performers and artists who have a deep connection to Africa and who have innovative ideas worth spreading. This year is no exception; we’ve selected a group of people who will speak to the inspiration and spirit of re-thinking our priorities.”
“Our speakers will engage participants to deconstruct, decipher, explore and rethink about some of the greatest challenges and innovations facing our society today. “TEDxAccra is not is only meant to create dialogue and action, it also serves as a platform for people to share their thoughts, actively apply ideas and ultimately bring positive change to our society today”, Ms Ofori-Dwumfuo added.
TEDxAccra2016 will occur from April 19 to 23 with a variety of events to be held across the city. Tickets for TEDxAccra2016 are on sale now with limited seats available. See www.tedxaccra.org for more information and stay tuned for further information.
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 video 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. TEDxAccra is operated under license from TED. TEDxAccra is annual event, where thinkers and doers of our community are gathered to create and share ideas. It seeks to develop and leverage the TED experience at a community level, bring together innovative thinkers to connect and discuss great ideas.
At TEDxAccra, participants will take part in a TED-like experience that will ultimately equip and inspire them into boundless possibilities.
The concept is to reflect ideas and inspire thinking of a new generation of African thinkers and leaders, presenting to an audience committed to engaging and reengaging in an active and meaningful manner with the continent.
TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.” The diverse audience — CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists — is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck, Anas Aremeyaw Anas and Bono.