TEDxAccra 2015 launched ahead of April 11 event

General News of Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Source: Dorcas Aba Annan | GhanaWeb


Mr Emmanuel Addae Leslie, Curator of the TEDxAccra has explained that TEDxAccra 2015 scheduled April 11, 2015, will be the biggest TEDx event in Ghana.

He said “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 Emmanuel Addae Leslie made this statement at the official launch of TEDxAccra 2015 at the International Press Centre, Accra on 28th January, 2015.

Speaking about how TEDxLabone has evolved to become TEDxAccra, Mr Leslie said the event was independently organized by TED talk and was formerly operated under the brand TEDxLabone until higher status was recently granted to the Curators by TED global for it to become TEDxAccra to bring together innovative thinkers and pioneering doers.

He added that the 2014 event focused on Informing, Empowering and Educating, where speakers informed, empowered and educated audience on their ideas; hence, the next chapter of Ghana’s success story must now be told.

TEDxAccra 2015 which will be an annual event will take place at the National Theatre on 11th April, 2015 from 7am to 7pm on the theme “The Next Chapter”.

Mr Addae Leslie said speakers have been selected from distinguished nominations list including those in Ghana as well as Ghanaians in the Diaspora and they will deliver inspirational talks, performances and presentations on new ideas, innovative creations and 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 their own personal next chapter.”

He encouraged all interested parties to closely monitor and follow pre and post event activities closely through online and offline platforms; adding, tickets are already selling online ahead of the event.

Mr Amos Ghunney who spoke on the Concept and Future of TEDxAccra explained that the main aim of organizing TEDx event in Ghana is to create space for hope and possibilities for the future leaders in the country.

“With TEDxAccra, we are looking at organizing this event annually for two years and then add a youth based event called [email protected] for Ghanaian youth,” he added.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences run by the private non-profit Sampling Foundation, under the slogan “Idea Worth Spreading”.

TED which was founded in 1984 had its early emphasis on technology and design but has broadened its focus to include talks on many scientific, cultural and academic topics.

TEDxAccra is for thinkers, doers and dreamers of Accra to meet and share ideas to enable them create ripple effects of action.

Speakers selected by the team members to share ideas at the TEDxAccra 2015 include Gena West, Peace Hyde, Sylvester Phish, Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson, Mansa Ayisi-Okyere, Audrey Forson, Mohammed Issa, Isaac Badu Boateng, Kwame Leslie Dougan, Sena Dede Ahadji, Bernard Koku Avle, Street Etiquette, Eyram Tawia, Rita Kusi, Princess Umul Hatiyya and Ibrahim Mahama.

TEDxAccra 2015 is proudly sponsored by headline sponsor Vodafone Ghana and supported by Voltic Ghana, Club Minerals, Chale, Caminn MakeOver, Jumia, Trap Shoes, Scout Numero Uno, Type Printing, Azaliabooks.com, Zepto, Generic 7 Consult, Kwaku David Photography, Sketch Ghana and Quantum Shift Consulting.

Other media partners include GhanaGist, Enewsgh.com, Daily Graphic, Daily Guide, Ghanaian Times, Business World Magazine, Viasat 1, Peace FM, GhanaWeb, among others.

See below the TEDxAccra 2015 Event Schedule on April 11, 2015:
7:00am Registration and Information desk
7:00am Community Health Screening
7:00am Social Spaces
8:00am Active Studio
9:00am Introduction About “The Next Chapter”
9:30am Session 1: Ideas Discovery
11:00am Morning Break/Networking
11:00am Speaker 2: The Dream Makers
A TED talk: Recorded: Fred Swaniker-The leaders who ruined Africa, and the generation who can fix it
1:00pm Community Lunch/Networking
1:00pm Speakers Meetups/Networking
2:00pm Session 3: The Fighters
4:00pm Afternoon Break
4:00pm Speakers Meetups
4:30pm Empowering Businesses
5:30pm Open Mic
6:00pm Innovative Sponsor Talk
7:00pm Good Bye