I was lucky to be invited to the maiden edition of TEDxUnilag. I applied on the website to attend, my application was successful and I was sent a text message and E-mail. TED is an acronym for technology, entertainment and design which it started with but TED also captures from Art to Business to Global Issues. TED features exceptional people who are doing great things to talk about their life, ideas worth spreading and to inspire others. TED started in 1984 and speakers include Chimamanda Adichie, Chris Abani, Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, James Cameron (director of Titanic, Avatar, The Terminator), Billy Graham, Thandie Newton. TEDx is an independently organized TED event done in local communities because not everyone can attend the global conference.
TEDxUnilag was organized by a hardworking team of University of Lagos students headed by Oluwatosin Adeshokan. The theme was “Breaking through the box”. The speakers were talented individuals who despite all odds have managed to break through the box. They include Yemisi Bokini – doctor; Cecelia Okpo – student, poet, writer; Kunle Idowu aka Frank Donga – actor, comedian; Seun Odukoya – freelance writer, poet, award-winning author; Funfere Koroye – design technologist; Kene Uduze – front-end developer and user interface designer; Folarin Falana (Falz the bad guy) – lawyer and entertainer; Wale Adetula – systems engineer, media marketer, brand manager; Chibuzo Ikonta – dancer; David Apaflo – chartered accountant, business adviser.
The speakers were amazing with powerful stories to tell, it’s hard to pick my favourite talk but my top four speakers are Dr Yemisi Bokini who talked about African healthcare, Seun Odukoya who talked about rape extensively, Kunle Idowu who talked about his experiences looking for jobs and how he created a humorous character Frank Donga on Ndani tv to encourage and youths how to represent themselves well. And finally, Wale Adetula who despite all financial and technical odds found a way to be successful by truly breaking through the box. I met wonderful people, not just the speakers but attendees who are exceptional in their fields. Two TED talks were viewed, Dangers of a Single Story by Chimamanda Adichie and What does the Future Hold by Sarah Jones. I glad I did attend because I almost missed the event.