10 best TED Talks given by Africans


I confess, I am a TED video addict. Every morning while I go to work, I watch one TED Talks on my IPhone  to kickstart a highly inspirational day. Now, you might ask yourself why I love these videos so much. Let’s revisit the concept of TED talks. The global TED forum is a meeting place for thinkers, innovators, experts and entrepreneurs. Just a quick look at the “About TED section” of their website, one can read this statement:

“TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference and TEDGlobal — TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.”

While I am having my morning Venti Bold coffee from Starbucks, I inspire myself with a video or two. Or rather, brillant Africans inspire me.

Broad ranges of highly innovative Africans speakers have given talks to TED on different subjects.  As you can imagine, choosing 10 videos was not easy especially when we know that they are all excellent talks.

Here is my list of best TED Talks given by Africans :

A quick trick to access almost all the African talks in one shot,  select themes on the search box you will see “Africa: The Next chapter” start right there!

Ory Okolloh, activist, lawyer and blogger from Kenya. Ory Okolloh maintains the blog Mzalendo, providing an unprecedented look at the doings of Kenya’s parliament — information once unavailable to Kenyan citizens.