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The prelude ......#TEDxEuston 2012 TEDxEuston 2012 - Challenging Conventional Wisdom

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Very often we read the autobiographies of politicians or other public figures. Rarely, one stumbles on an autobiography of a person that could so easily fit the the experiences of many of us that attend TEDxEuston. Aminnata's book "The Devil that Danced on the Water" is one such books.

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http://www.tedxeuston.com/

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http://tedxeuston2012.eventbrite.co.uk/

TEDxEuston is a TED-like event locally organised by a team of African professionals in the spirit of “ideas worth spreading”, devoted to leveraging the power of ideas to change the world. 
TEDxEuston focuses on issues important to Africa and our objectives are to: 
Inspire a new generation of people engaging responsibly with Africa.
Bring together people that are seeking innovative approaches for the continents challenges.
Foster an environment for embracing our passion and commitment for the continent
This year we have an exciting line of speakers, great thinkers and doers creating a new brand of leaderships for African communities. This year’s event will hold at the beautiful Mermaid Conference & Events Centre on the North Bank of the Thames.
The theme is “Challenging Conventional Wisdom”
We have put together another incredible line-up of speakers from across the continent and beyond.
- Chimamanda Adichie (Novelist, Nigeria)
- Jacqueline Novogratz (CEO of a non-profit global venture capital fund , USA) 
- Wanuri Kahiu (Film Director. Kenya) 
- Sada Mire (Archaeologist, Somalia) 
- Aminata Forna (Novelist and Journalist, Sierra Leone) 
- Cobhams Asuquo (Music producer, Nigeria) 
- Ndidi Nwuneli (Social Entrepreneur, Nigeria) 
- Trevor Ncube (Publisher, Zimbabwe) 
- Jason Njoku (New media entrepreneur, Nigeria) 
- Amina Az Zubai (Former SSA to the President of Nigeria on the MDGs, Nigeria) 
- Albie Sachs (Former Constitutional Court Judge, South Africa)
- Queen Sylvia Nagginda Luswata (The Queen of Buganda, Uganda)
- Frank Njenga, (Psychiatrist, Kenya)

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Public sector leaders in many African countries, more so in Nigeria receive a lot of criticism from a citizenry eager for development, and frustrated that our public sector is not keeping up with the pace of development occurring in the private sectors. Once in a while, a leader emerges in the public sector and there is almost complete agreement in his/her competence and sincerity of purpose in service. One such person is Amina Az-Zubair. It is no surprise therefore that  Mrs Az-Zubair served 3 Nigerian Presidents as a Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Millennium Development Goals, coordinating the expenditure of Debt Relief Funds (US $1bn p.a) aimed at achieving the MDGs in Nigeria. Prior to this, she was the National Coordinator for Education for All in Nigeria (2001-2005). She currently serves on numerous International advisory panels and boards, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN Global Sustainability Panel and Chairs the Advisory Board of the UNESCO Global Monitoring Report on Education.

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TEDxEuston is a TED-like event locally organised by a team of African professionals in the spirit of “ideas worth spreading”, devoted to leveraging the power of ideas to change the world.  
TEDxEuston focuses on issues important to Africa and our objectives are to:   
Inspire a new generation of people engaging responsibly with Africa.
Bring together people that are seeking innovative approaches for the continents challenges.
Foster an environment for embracing our passion and commitment for the continent
This year we have an exciting line of speakers, great thinkers and doers creating a new brand of leaderships for African communities. This year’s event will hold at the beautiful Mermaid Conference & Events Centre on the North Bank of the Thames.
The theme is “Challenging Conventional Wisdom”
We have put together another incredible line-up of speakers from across the continent and beyond.
 -  Chimamanda Adichie (Novelist, Nigeria)
 -  Jacqueline Novogratz (CEO of a non-profit global venture capital fund , USA) 
 -  Wanuri Kahiu  (Film Director. Kenya) 
 -  Sada Mire  (Archaeologist, Somalia) 
 -  Aminata Forna (Novelist and Journalist, Sierra Leone) 
 -  Cobhams Asuquo  (Music producer, Nigeria) 
 -  Ndidi Nwuneli (Social Entrepreneur, Nigeria) 
 -  Trevor Ncube (Publisher, Zimbabwe) 
-   Jason Njoku  (New media entrepreneur, Nigeria) 
 -  Amina Az Zubai (Former SSA to the President of Nigeria on the MDGs, Nigeria) 
 -  Albie Sachs (Former Constitutional Court Judge, South Africa)
 -  Queen Sylvia Nagginda Luswata (The Queen of Buganda, Uganda)
-   Frank Njenga, (Psychiatrist, Kenya) 

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When a young Tunision boy set himself on fire, frustrated with life and his future in Tunisia, no one could quite imagine the chain of events that would follow. Hadeel Ibrahim eloquently describes how that one action sent shock waves across the African continent. Can civil society be put back into a box in Africa after these events? Can emerging business elite turn the continent around? Will social media and mobile phones really have the impact we imagine? Hadeel carefully makes the arguments and leaves us deep in thought and inspired on the potential to change our experience of our continent - and not just during the election year. From exit strategies to game changers – this talk will leave you deep in thought about the things that matter most!

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Femi Temowo thrilled us at +TEDXEuston and took time out to tell us a bit about his journey...thanks bro for brightening up the world with your music.

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TEDXEuston speaker Jerome Okolo speaks on Not learning from history, on the day last year that we received news of Ikemba's passing- it earned him a standing ovation- watch this and see why
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