Africa was labelled the “dark continent” sometime in the 19th century by people of other descent. Their reason? They knew nothing about it. It is easier for others to comfortably embrace unawareness but the unawareness isn’t good for us, the talked about Africans. We’re two centuries down the line, and a large part of the world still has vague knowledge of arguably the most diverse continent. Although most of the world has uncovered “the mystery of Africa”, a handful of the known facts are misconceptions; a large part on the other hand still sees it as poorly illuminated.
TEDxSurulere is aimed at changing the African narrative; we want the world to hear the different voices that have been simplistically summed up into mild whisperings. We are sharing our stories and reclaiming the African narrative, the easiest way to tell our success stories is to show them. “Ibosam”, the theme of this event, is an Okirika (a tribe in the southern part of Nigeria, West Africa) word for “welcome”. We are set to unveil Africa, the Motherland in its true, rich light. The African narrative to the rest of the world is a mash up of untold and fairly accurate stories. Doing something ourselves because we want it done and done well is our situation; there is no better person to tell our truth than us. Fortunately some of us are not just telling our narrative, they are living it.
Our speakers are pacesetters constantly breaking norms; as Africans, in Africa and across the world. These vibrant individuals enhance Africa’s voice in their endeavors, passionately making changes while at the same time moving with the tide in the various fields. Africans have cut across all sectors and are finally being recognized for it. We would be looking at various salient topics and the issues making headlines amongst us today, how they affect us and how we can channel their effects and use them to our own advantage. Africa is not just about backwardness, underdevelopment, inexperience and lack of exposure, and there are people whose lives portray this. We believe Africa and Africans can change the narrative by making bold statements and taking giant strides that leave lasting impressions around the world, and these are some of the people that have gone one step ahead with that knowledge and are walking the walk.
We will be unveiling our speaker list very soon.