TEDGlobal 2017 Tanzania Session 7 โ€“ Power Up

TEDGlobal 2017 Session 7 is about discovery, liberation, and channeling of human potential in ways that make the world around us a better place.ย 

TEDGlobal 2017 Session 7 Speakers

William Kamkwambaย is the boy who first stole the hearts of the audience with his windmill presentationย in 2007 when he was only 14 years old. Since then, heโ€™s co-written a book, graduated from African Leadership Academy and Dartmouth, traveled the world, is working with farmers to get their crops into supermarkets, and more. โ€œMy dream,โ€ says Kamkamba, โ€œis to continue the work Iโ€™m doing, trying to find the ways of solving some of the problems people are facing in my community or the world in general.โ€

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Host Chris Anderson and William Kamkwamba reunite onstage in Arusha, 10 years after Williamโ€™s pioneering talkย here at age 14. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

Fredros Okumu

Catches mosquitoes for a living to study them. As mosquitoes build resistance to insecticides, new ways must be found to control their populations. Therefore, after some rather intense study of mosquito biology, Fredrosโ€™ research team has developed some rather unconventional methods for targeting and culling the malaria vector that has been described as the most dangerous animal on the planet.

Fredros Okumu studies the deadliest animal in the world: the mosquito. We know very little about this vector for malaria and other diseases, even as it develops resistance to our pesticides. (And real talk, one way you study mosquitos is to let yourself get bitten over and over.) Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

Kevin Njaboย 

Takes the state with one relatable admission. He shares that he almost became one of the four of five Africans who never return to the continent after an education abroad. Therefore, he urges more people to do so: โ€œFor every skilled African who returns home, nine jobs are created in the formal or informal sector.โ€ He points out that by building local scientific capacity, Africans can find solutions to the continentโ€™s problems.

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Audience member Amy Dickman gets onstage to tellย the inspiring story of how her organization helped convert traditional lion killers into lion protectors (read more). Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

Kola Masha

Concerned that Africa is a young continent: 41% percent of the population is under 15, according to the UNโ€™s population division. However, as the young demographic explodes, jobs have not kept up. This could spell disaster if these people do not find opportunities to make a decent life for themselves. In 2012, Masha created a company called Babban Gona to explore if it was possible to use agriculture as an engine to unlock opportunities for economic advancement to young people in Nigeria.ย 

What do you do when you return to your country and visit the library, but canโ€™t find books written by your countryโ€™s own people? Well, if you areย Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, you become a publisher. However, this is obviously not a cakewalk (brief sidebar) but has to be done. The reason? Archives are not value-free, and whoever controls them controls the narrative.ย 

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf started a publishing company to preserve African texts โ€” and to deliver them safely to future generations. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

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All Sessions

1. Session 1 โ€“ A New Map
2. Session 2 โ€“ A Path Forward
3. Session 3 โ€“ One Jump Forward
4. Session 4 โ€“ Exploring hard truths
5. Session 5 โ€“ Visual Thinking
6. Session 6 โ€“ Urban 3.0
7. Session 7 โ€“ Power Upย 
Session 8 โ€“ Manifestos

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