11 Inspirational TEDx talks by Africans

Hi ASA fam

(Belated) Happy February! We always need a bit of motivation once in a while as we can lose focus when life gets busy… Not sure about you but I am expecting this quarter to be mad busy work wise and have been on the lookout for motivational messages. Since February is the #monthoflove, #Blackhistorymonth and the epic month of the release of #Blackpanter. I thought I’d bring out my inner #Wakanda warrior self and share with you a few the TEDx I’ve enjoyed, and as a cherry on top- it’s all by motherland moguls.

  1. Afu Ose, Co-founder of She Leads Africa (SLA)-How do we go beyond 30%

She is hilarious, check her IG page (@afua_osei). This talk makes such a valid point wrt to women quotas in the work place. If we would not consider 30% a pass/acceptable from our strict #Africanparents, why must it be the case for women in leadership positions?

2. Zain Asher, CNN News Anchor-Trust your struggles

I have watched this video more than 5 times, and it simply never gets old. Zain Asher is a household name in her own right as news anchor, but also happens to be Chiwetel Ejiofor ‘s sister (nominated for an Oscar for his performance in 12 years a slave) talks about how she managed to land her dream job, the importance of preparation and trusting your struggles.

3. Fred Swaniker, Co-founder of the African Leadership Academy  (ALA) and University (ALU)-The leaders who ruined Africa and the generation that can change it.

Those who know me closely know that Fred Swaniker is my #mancrusheverydayall. Why? His life mission is to build African leaders in the hope they will make better decisions and steer the continent in the right direction. He resigned from a very cosy job at McKinsey & Company to pursue his dream and later founded both through the African Leadership Academy and also African Leadership University.

4. The late Komla Dumor, CNN News Anchor-Telling the African Story

I am sad to admit that I only got to know more about this man post his passing. This video just shows how much passion he had both for his job and his continent. Definitely gone too soon, but his spirit lives on! May his soul rest in peace and his family be comforted on his tragic loss.

5. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (writer), We should all be feminists

The famous Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi is not shy to talk about 2 things: (i) she is African (Nigerian to be specific) and proudly so, and (ii) she is a feminist. She’s been quoted by Beyonce and has won multiple awards. One of her books got turned into an award-winning movie, half of a yellow sun. In this video, she explains why we should all be feminists.

6. Lindiwe Mazibuko-There is no one waiting to save us, we must save ourselves

Once very popular for being the youngest female member of parliament in the main opposition political party in South Africa, The Democratic Alliance. She later graduated from the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and decided to come back to her home country. She is currently writing a book, amongst other responsibilities.

7. Monica Musona, Don’t be  a spectator in your own economy

She was mentored by and worked for Africa’s richest man i.e. Aliko Dangote and decided to return to her home country Zambia to start a food processing company (Java Foods)

8. Vusi Thembekwayo, founder of my GrowthFund-the big lie of small businesses

A business mogul, with many titles to his name. Vusi Thembakweyo is redefining the entrepreneurial eco-system in South Africa. His main mission is to scale-up black-owned small businesses to multi-billion enterprises through his latest venture, my GrowthFrund.

9. Patrick Awuah, Founder of Asheshi University. Educating a new generation of leaders in Africa

Safe to say that my eye is easily caught by anyone in the education space on the continent. Patrick resigned from the lucrative position in a top tech company in the US to return to his home country Ghana where he founded Asheshi University, one of the top leading private universities on the continent.

10. Jason Njoku, founder and CEO of Iroko Partners-Failing all the way to success.

If you are in the tech and entertainment space on the continent, it is almost impossible not to know about Jason Njoku. He founded IrokoPartners (his 11th venture after many failed attempts), the first online distribution platform for Nigerian movies, an industry worth billions. We owe Iroko for being able to access African movies/Nollywood while on international planes. In his TEDx talk, Jason talks about his difficult journey to success.

11. Farai Mubaiwa (co-founder of Africa Matters)-We are the ones we have been waiting for

Difficult not be inspired by Farai, I have been following Africa Matters almost since day 1 and always find their articles super informative. I can relate SO much to what she says i.e. as a Congolese, I often felt very hopeless in the face of all the horror, corruption, war and rapes, ignorance I often encountered when it came to the DRCongo. My coping mechanism was to become a professional #Keyboardwarrior as she calls it but felt even more helpless when I realised that my words did not change the No. of people that died daily and/or the women raped. At only 23, she decided to stop waiting and decided to do something about it. She’s managed to build a platform with thousands of views and was awarded the prestigious The Queens Young Leader Award in 2017. Africa Matters is also having their first ambassador’s programme, check it out if interested and do apply by 5 March 2018, here.

I hope you enjoyed this and wishing you an excellent week ahead. Please share the love if there are any additional TEDx videos that has caught your eyes: sharing is caring 🙂

XxKenaya

 

 

 

 

 

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