Young people adorned with enthusiasm and passion highlighted bit by bit from the campus shuttles, some would later stroll down after Friday classes to catch a glimpse of what TEDx is all about. Briskly, they walk to the gate and flash their tickets to be allowed entry into the venue. They are greeted by a serene environment,beautiful flora,aesthetic tyrenitures(furniture made from recycled tires) and young ushers directing them to the registration stands. The maiden edition of TEDx in any university in the Niger Delta was set to begin.
This was my first TEDx event and I was overjoyed that it came to my campus in my time. I already purchased my ticket earlier that week and could not wait for the event to unfold before my very eyes. I had a 7AM class that day but was happy when the class ended about an hour and 30 minutes later. Off, I went to the park and took a shuttle to the venue. One of the things that caught my interest was the theme: Beyond The Walls.
TED is a global foundation devoted to ”ideas worth spreading.” It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing people together from three worlds: Technology,Entertainment and Design. The ‘x’ symbolizes an independently organised TED event.
TEDx is a program by TED that gives communities around the world an opportunity to create their own TED-like experiences. At TEDx events, local speakers deliver talks and people spark in deep conversations. TED has held over 148 events held all over Nigeria including cities like Port Harcourt, Benin, Warri, Lagos, Abuja, Owerri, Lokoja.
Due to unforeseen circumstances,the event was delayed and kicked off officially at 10:30AM with a soulful rendition from Beauty Eru. We were wowed by the stage mastery of Host Mayowa and Host Nene.
Overview of speakers and topics for the day:
- Onimim E. Karibo gave us a brief talk about her journey in the food industry and a topic she tagged: ‘May Hunger not Kill Us.
- Godsgift Unwana on tackling Depression and Addictions
- Wonne Afronelly on The Environment and the Verdant’s Role
- Asawo Ibifuro on why Nigerian youths need to start Using Technology to Break The Walls
- Ekwerike Chukwuma on Celebrating your differences
- Peter Juan Triumphant on Breaking The Walls in Our Mentality
By sharing ideas in their niche with us, these speakers have been able to solve humanity’s problems like technology, hunger, depression, suicides, addictions, the environment, mastering your uniqueness and understanding the need to break walls in mental faculties.
Kindly drop a comment on your niche and how can you solve humanity’s most pressing needs in the above sectors?
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