27th April, 2012 has been confirmed as the date for TEDxIfe, an independently organized event, operated under license from TED. The event will be held at the Conference centre, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state.
The event which is themed “Create/Redefine/Change” will feature 12 of this nation’s leading thinkers, innovators, artists, and entertainers. The audience will consist of young Nigerians and students enthusiastic about art, creativity, the web and technology.
“I am passionate about seeing change happen in Nigeria and Africa. I strongly believe that these key areas – art, creativity, the web and technology – are drivers of the change we are part of,” says Emmanuel Iduma, organizer and host of TEDxIfe. “This is not the first time TEDx is happening in Nigeria, but this will be the most publicized and biggest of all the events so far. For me, I am not merely passionate about organizing an event. I am passionate about talking about change in practical terms.”
Speakers include pioneers in art, creativity and web technology – the co-founder of Nigeria’s hottest job website, Opeyemi Awoyemi, the founder of an art collective, Emeka Okereke; a top radio show host, Tosyn Bucknor, acclaimed political cartoonist, Mike Asukwo, among many others like Victor Ehikhamenor, Qudus Onikeku, Gbenga Sesan, Chineze Anyaene, Tolu Ogunlesi, Segun Adefila, Eghosa Imasuen, Omotola Fawunmi…
Information about the speakers and the event can be found at www.tedxife.com
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.
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 TED Fellows 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.
For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration