An array of Africa’s finest talent comes to London for TEDx Euston
A dazzling array of some of the best of African talent will attend this year’s TEDx Euston on Saturday 6 December which takes place at the Mermaid Conference Centre, Blackfriars, London.
The spectacular line-up includes South African classical music performer Pumeza Matshikiza; Nigerian former footballer and coach Sunday Oliseh, award-winning writer and intellectual, Binyavanga Wainaina from Kenya, Rwanda’s Health Minister Dr Agnes Binagwaho and one of Africa’s most successful businessmen, Ghanaian Tutu Agyare.
Speakers will focus on the theme for this year’s TEDx Euston: “Facing Forward”. The theme draws on the words of Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah, who said: “we face neither east nor west, we face forward”. Speakers and performers will consider how Africans standing together and facing forward can achieve even greater prominence and success for the continent.
Now in its fifth year, TEDxEuston– an independenty organized TED-llike event organized under licence from TED – is a global landmark occasion for Africans, and those with a passion for the continent. Each year attendees from across Africa, the USA, the UK and other European countries travel to London to attend this inspirational day. This celebration of Africa’s finest has historically drawn some of the world’s most recognised names, including author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and the late BBC broadcaster Komla Dumor.
What: TEDx Euston 2014: “Facing Forward”
When: Saturday 6 December 2014: doors open at 9am, event begins at 10am
Where: Mermaid Conference Centre, Blackfriars, London
TEDx Euston 2014 speakers:
Zain Asher – National business and personal finance correspondent for CNN
Binyavanga Wainaina – Kenyan author, publisher and cultural worker, founding editor of Kwani and on TIME magazine and Foreign Policy’s lists of the world’s ,most inflyential thinkers in 2014
Kene Mkparu – MD/CEO of FilmOne Distribution Limited and Filmhouse Cinemas Nigeria
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor – Kenyan writer named “Woman of the Year” by Eve Magazine in 2004 for her contribution to the country’s literature and arts.whose critically acclaimed novel Dust was published this year
Chioma Omerua – also known as c-flow, aka Chi-gul is a popular Nigerian comedian singer and entertainer.
Ali A. Mufuruki – Chairman of the Board Wananchi Group Holdings Kenya.
Dolika Banda – Joined CDC from the International Finance Corporation
Chude Jideonwo – Managing Partner of Red Media Africa, Y! Africa, and YNaija.com; and listed as one of Forbes Africa’s 30 best entrepreneurs under 30.
Frances Mensah Williams – Chief Executive of Interims for Development Ltd., the Publisher of ReConnectAfrica.com
Tutu Agyare – Founder of Nubuke Investments and one of a handful of Africans who sit on the board of an FTSE 100 company.
Fatima B. Muhammad – Demand Side Advisor for DFID supported Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Nigeria
Agnes Binagwaho – Minister of Health of Rwanda and a Paediatrician.
Sunday Oliseh – former professional footballer and coach from Nigeria.
Pius Adesanmi – Nigerian academic and public intellectual, Professor of English and African Studies at Carleton University, Canada.
Pumeza Matshikiza – South African professional opera singer/performer