Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Introducing TEDxEuston 2014 Speaker Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and educated at the Kenyatta University, the University of Reading and University of Queensland. She received the 2003 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story, “Weight of Whispers.” Her writing has appeared in numerous publications worldwide including Kwani? and McSweeney’s, and her story "The Knife Grinder’s Tale" was made into a short film in 2005. Her first novel, Dust, was published to critical acclaim by Knopf in 2014  received widespread critical recommendations as a vivid and often poetic portrayal of the violent history of Kenya in the second half of the 20th century.

She has a fascinating story to tell at TEDxEuston 2014. To here her, get one of the remaining tickets here.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Introducing TEDxEuston 2014 Speaker Tutu Agyare

Tutu Agyare is the straight-talking Ghanaian who “baptised” the floor of the London Stock Exchange by being the first African to trade on it in his early 20s. He later pursued a successful career at UBS investment bank for two decades, where he became head of Europe, Middle East and African investment. In 2007 he set up Nubuke Investments, a company solely focused on African investment opportunities. Today, he is a much sought-after business leader and investor, and one of a handful of Africans who sit on the board of a FTSE 100 company. Agyare is known for confronting critics of the African investment trajectory and challenges them to “wake up and smell the coffee” and realise that the rest of the world is making a beeline for Africa. Having experienced the best of the South and the West, Agyare uses his experience to navigate his way through what he describes as a rich environment for opportunity. Most recently voted one of the 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine. He is a keen supporter of the arts and a founder director of the Nubuke Foundation in Ghana, co-Chair of the Tate Modern African Committee and a board member of 1-54 London’s premier Contemporary African Art Fair.

So you can see why we absolutely had to get him on the TEDxEuston stage. This may be the quickest we have ever sold out! Get your ticket today. We have also just released a few student tickets (but only for students! :))

Friday, 5 September 2014

Introducing TEDxEuston 2014 Speaker Zain Asher

Zain Asher was born and raised in London to Nigerian parents. Asher is a business and personal finance correspondent for CNN, where she appears across platforms covering the latest news on money and the economy. She often reports from the New York Stock Exchange, covering equities and IPOs and interviewing entrepreneurs and dignitaries. She served as a contributing reporter for Forbes.com, where she covered business trend and consumer stories. She has lived and worked in Mexico, France and Nigeria. Asher is fluent in French, Spanish and Igbo (her native Nigerian language). Who knows what language she will use for her TEDxEuston talk!

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Introducing TEDxEuston 2014 Speaker Binyavanga Wainana

Born in 1971 in Kenya, popularly known as "The Binj" and often referred to fondly as "a force of nature', Binyavanga Wainana is the  author of "One Day I’ll Write about this Place".  He won the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing. With his prize money,  Binyavanga set up a literary magazine, Kwani?, to publish work by new (Kenyan) writers. One of the short stories  published in Kwani won the 2003 Caine Prize. In that same year, the Kenya Publisher’s Association presented him with an award in recognition of his contributions to Kenyan literature. In 2007, Wainana was nominated by the World Economic Forum as a "Young Global Leader". He declined the award. Until 2012, he was the Director of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists at Bard College. In 2014, he came out publicly as gay. In the same year, he was named by Time magazine as one of "100 most influential people in the world''. Its a no-brainer that "The Binj" will be on the TEDxEuston stage on December 6 2014.

To register, find other speakers, listen to past talks, join our social media channels, go to our website www.tedxeuston.com 

Friday, 29 August 2014

TEDxEuston 2014 Speakers to be announced from Monday September 1

It is finally that time of the year when we offer you the product of months of scrutiny and discussions. We have searched the continent for stories: stories that are ours to own and to tell. Stories that will make you think, smile and strive. We have searched too for the people to tell them - people that we want to hear from, and we know you will too. We want to keep challenging conventional wisdom on perspectives from and about our continent.

Despite the challenges across the continent, we are convinced that there is much more good than bad going on....and this year we will reflect of that famous quote from one of the founding fathers of contemporary Africa; Kwame Nkrumah -  “We face neither East nor West; We face forward". This is a great metaphor for seeking a path that we define and design. A path that is ours. We hope that you'll join us again at TEDxEuston 2014!

It may be better to get you tickets now....

or you could wait until Monday :) 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Music as a journey - Bumi Thomas at TEDxEustonSalon 2014

Bumi Thomas is a singer/songwriter with an acoustic style composed of a fusion of Jazz, folkore, blues, high life, afro-beat rythms and reggae. Bumi uses her understanding of humanity as well as her interpretation of the journey of the human life as inspiration in her art, to evoke heart-felt feelings and to positively awaken the human emotional spectrum. Listen as she serenades, captivates and engages her audience at the TEDxEuston salon 2014 with her sultry voice. She is a true example of how we can use our unique gifts to stimulate the human consciousness.

Relax, watch, listen and enjoy…here

Missed it? Register now for TEDxEuston 2014!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Precious Simba at TEDxEustonSalon 2014- Should we be complacent about the safety of our schools?

Precious is a Zimbabwean social activist. She is the founder and Programs Director for the Girls Development Initiative, a non-governmental girl empowerment organisation based in Zimbabwe. In 2011, Precious was chosen to participate in the Young African Women Leaders forum headed by Michelle Obama in South Africa. In 2012, she received a ‘Global Women Leaders’ Goldman Sachs; Fortune Global Women Leaders award. Precious did not start out as an activist. She had ambitions in retail and had planned to build on her marketing degree and progress her career with further education in an international MBA specialising in finance. But her career took an interesting twist. Precious introduced her talk with Brigham Young’s famous quote on education: “When you educate a man, you educate a man, when you educate a woman you educate a generation”....and you may think that you know where she was headed to. But you will be surprised...and where her talk ends up! Watch, listen and learn as she encourages us to become more active and less complacent at school, at home, at work by sending out the right messages about African girls and their education, and creating female role models for them to identify with.

Watch her talk here!

Get your tickets for TEDxEuston 2014 here!