TED Idea Search Events in Africa

We received this email from Kelo Kubu, As you all know TEDGlobal is coming to Tanzania next August 2017.

TED will be hosting speaker auditions in Lagos and Nairobi next February. The closing date for applications is December 13th. Below is the application link. Please share with your community.

Have a TED Talk idea? Apply to our Idea Search events in Africa

Nairobi and Lagos might be a bit far but it might be something worth doing. Here’s more details:

We’re in the middle of the TED Africa Idea Search — a talent search for the next great TEDGlobal speaker. Could it be you?

We’re thrilled to announce that applications are open for two new events in Africa: TEDLagos and TEDNairobi 2017 Idea Search!

Here are just a few speakers who were discovered during past talent searches — and who’ve seen more than a million views on their great ideas:

Here’s how to enter the TED Africa Idea Search: Complete the entry form and make a 1-minute video. Your 1-minute video can and should be very simple: Just explain your idea in a few sentences, and give us a flavor of how you’d present it.

Would you like to get an email of tips for making a great audition video? Sign up here.
Applications will close on Friday, December 16 at 6pm Lagos time / 8pm Nairobi time. We encourage local applicants to Lagos and Nairobi. Please choose only one event to apply to — applying to both events will not increase your chances of being selected to speak.
We can’t wait to hear your idea!


Zelda La Grange – Change Starts With You

Recently it was the 3rd anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s greatest leader. Inspired by the book: Good Morning Mr Mandela, I found this delightful TEDx Talk by Zelda La Grange:

It is easier to change others, than it is to change yourself” Nelson Mandela. After having worked alongside Nelson Mandela for 19 years his former Personal Assistant shares the lasting lessons from her experiences.

Former PA and ‘honorary granddaughter’ to the late Nelson Mandela during his administration.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Live from TEDSummit – a look back at a productive week

Hello TEDx’ers!

We have just come out of the final session at the TEDSummit in Banff, Canada where nearly 400 members of the TEDx community came together for a week long first-of-its-kind experience. Here we were joined by many of the most prolific TED and TEDx speakers and members of all TED’s communities — together almost 1000 strong. The theme of the conference was ‘Aim higher, together’ and we certainly did!

2016 TEDSummit TEDx community Cananda
We wanted to share with you some of the highlights from the week.

  • We kicked off the week with a pre-conference gathering for TEDx’ers which we named the TEDx Global Forum.This was not an ordinary workshop but rather a journey centered on Passion, Purpose, and Action! In more than 30 breakout rooms, TEDx’ers articulated our shared passions, wrote out purpose statements, and brainstormed on actions we can take as a community. The outcomes of the sessions were rich and plentiful. As soon as we have a chance to process and organize all the ideas we will share them with you so we can explore and advance them together. In the meanwhile we wanted to share pictures from these breakouts.

  • Also at the TEDx Global Forum, Chris Anderson addressed TEDx’ers and spoke about his experiences as a curator (and included some amusing examples of talks “gone wrong”), his hopes for the TEDx community and his excitement to find new ideas that are emerging from new voices.The next day he hosted the TEDx community for a conversation about his latest book on speaker coaching.

  • TEDx’ers work hard and play hard! After a busy morning we went on an amazing adventure to Lake Louise where we hiked, canoed on the gorgeous blue glacier water, played lawn games and socialized against one of the world’s most magnificent backdrops.This was followed by a festive reception hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon.

  • TEDSummit kicked off on Sunday with a concert under the stars hosted by our TED Fellows, and in the opening session Chris spoke about the power of TED, the challenges we face today as the world sometimes doesn’t live up to our expectations; and, why ideas matter, now more than ever.

  • More than 114 community-led workshops and activities were offered at the Summit. The program book was 128 pages (check out a digital copy here). TEDx’ers hosted many sessions including one on tackling trauma by Jo Dee Davis and augmented learning by Eric Hawkinson. One of the most popular sessions was hosted by TEDxBeaconStreet speaker Robert Waldinger on happiness.  And best of all, many of us got to attend so many of these sessions that offered unique opportunities for learning.

  • As always, there were an abundance of fascinating talks. Jennifer Brea gave a heart wrenching talk about battling Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and eL Seed discussed the profound impact art has on our lives and our perceptions.

  • Through a pre-recorded video that was played during Session 3, Marwa al-Sabouni, an architect who lives in Syria, gave the audience insight into perhaps another reason for the war in Syria: architecture.

  • Fun gatherings were plentiful, here are just a few highlights.

  • In the end, this is how we all aim higher together.

We wish we could have all come together in one room. We missed you dearly and hope we catch you at the next TED event!  We look forward to sharing with you even more details about our time and outcomes from TEDSummit in the coming weeks!

We are excited to continue to aim higher, together, with all of you.

Until then,

Jay, Salome and the TEDx team

Joe Slingers: Ek bring vir jou my kind

This story was originally published in Volksblad newspaper in Bloemfontein in 2012. We share it here because Mr Joe Slingers, an educator from Uitenhage, will be one of our speakers at the TEDxPortElizabeth conference on Friday, 1 July 2016 at the AFDA Film School, Port Elizabeth.

ONDERWYSER, ek bring vir jou my kind.

Met hierdie eenvoudige dog roerende woorde sal tienduisende ouers aanstaande maand hul kind voor die deur van ’n gr.1-klaskamer afsien en hom of haar die eerste keer aan die sorg van ’n onderwyser toevertrou.

Die mens wat hierdie kosbare woorde van opeenvolgende generasies ouers in herinnering bring, is Joe Slingers, ’n veteraan-onderwyser en skoolhoof. Hy word vereer op Uitenhage, ’n klein dorp waarvan die ekonomiese voortbestaan byna uitsluitend van die Volkswagen-aanleg op sy drempel afhang.

Een van sy mees vooraanstaande studente uit die Hoërskool Uitenhage, Ghauderen Coetzee, het ’n pragtige lofgedig ter ere van Slingers geskryf. Dit is opgeneem in die nuwe boek Great South African Teachers.

Joe Slingers, Ghaudren Coetzee, Jonathan Jansen Book Signing
Joe Slingers, Ghaudren Coetzee, Jonathan Jansen Book Signing in 2012

Ek luister aandagtig na die goed bewoorde toespraak van die veteraan-onderwyser.

Met apologie aan dienende onderwysers: Ek hoor nie meer sulke belesenheid, balans, emosie, gedissiplineerdheid, sorg en welsprekendheid in die stemme van onderwysers nie.

Sy beheerste ontleding van wat ouers van die ontvangende gr.1-onderwyser verwag, vervul ’n mens met besorgdheid namate jy begrip kry vir die ontsaglike verantwoordelikheid wat oorgedra word in die woorde: “Ek bring vir jou my kind.”

Met die oorhandiging van hul kind aan die onderwyser ervaar die ouers verskillende emosies. Die ma wat haar kind oorhandig, verwag nie dat die kind sal misluk nie. Sy kan haar ook nie voorstel dat haar kind in die komende 12 jaar, of meer, van formele skoolopleiding op die skoolterrein of in die klaskamer seergemaak, misbruik of verneder word nie.

Sy veronderstel dat haar kind dieselfde sorg, liefde en toewyding as dié wat sy as moeder koester, sal ervaar.

Tog weet sy in haar hart dat die oorhandiging risiko’s inhou en dat, afhangend van die skool, die kans skraal kan wees dat haar kind gr.12 gaan bereik, en nog skraler dat die kind haar finale jaar ongedeerd sal bereik.

En so hoop ’n mens dat die kind nie te erg afgeknou sal word nie, dat endemiese stakings deur vakbonde nie die kind se vordering sal kortwiek nie, dat die meisie wellustige manlike onderwysers gespaar sal bly, en dat die kind raakgesien sal word wanneer sy in ’n oorvol klas haar hand opsteek.

Ek bring vir jou my kind.”

Dié oomblik van oorhandiging is vir enige ouer verskriklik. Ek het dit twee keer gedoen.

Terwyl jou kind hand aan hand saam met die onderwyser wegstap, kyk hy of sy na jou terug.

Tensy jy ’n hart van klip het, vloei die trane dan.

Jy hoop maar net dat die ses jaar van sorg en koestering onder jou voogdyskap jou kind die volgende 12 jaar taai sal maak vir die moeilike omgewing, genaamd skool. En jy wens ten diepste dat die nuwe volwassene wat in loco parentis sal optree, jou kind met dieselfde toewyding as jy sal liefhê, versorg en onderrig.

Terwyl ek na die onderwyser Joe Slingers se passie en oortuigingskrag luister, hoor ek die stemme van ander meester-onderwysers: Nat Bongo, H.H. Dlamenze, Ernie Steenveld, Winkie Direko, Harold Samuel, T.W. Kambule en talle ander.
Strydrosse soos hulle is deesdae skaars.

Onderwyser, ek bring vir jou my kind.

Waarop die ontvangende onderwyser – in die onvergeetlike woord van Joe Slingers – sê: “Sannie, kom saam met my. Ek is jou onderwyser.” En met daardie woorde van liefde en gesag begin vir die kleintjie ’n nuwe lewensreis

source: Prof Jonathan Jansen in Volksblad (2011)

Bobby Shabangu – Wikipedia Editor

Bobby Shabangu Wikipedia Editor TEDx Port ElizabethYarning for articles native to people and traditions of Africa, in late 2012, Bobby Shabangu began to edit both SiSwati and English Wikipedia. “I discovered that if I don’t edit, no one will edit,” he says. “[I wanted] to activate people into talking about Wikipedia and the work they do and everything…that’s actually how I got involved with the whole thing.”

Today, Bobby volunteers with the Jo’burgpedia project, which aims to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of the city of Johannesburg. The project works with institutions in the city to host editing events for students. He also encourages the students who attend the events to edit in their native languages. He is also deeply involved with the South African Wikimedia chapter that promotes local awareness of the projects and their proper academic use, encourage translation efforts into local languages and support the creation of local free knowledge and media, which he says is growing stronger now more than ever.

His Topic: Wikipedia & Africa’s Role