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9 Must-see TED Talks By Africans In Tech

Here's a list of nine stunning TED Talks by Africans who are using technology as a catalyst for change.

DIASPORA—From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “The Danger of a Single Story” to Chris Abani’s “Telling Stories From Africa,” African thinkers have consistently delivered unforgettable TED Talks—many of which deal with identity, representation and the power of narratives.


Another narrative is currently being written around digital innovation and information technology on the continent, and much to our delight, there are a number of TED Talks that touch on these very subjects.

Everyday Africans are exploring new ways to approach challenges and foster growth in their communities. Below is a list of nine stunning TED Talks from Africans throughout the continent, who are using technology as a catalyst for change.

Regina Agyare (Ghana)

In "Changing Africa's Single Story With Science and Technology," the social entrepreneur, tells us how technology can be utilized to transform harmful narratives surrounding African life.

Juliana Rotich (Kenya)

In "BRCK Internet access built for Africans" the tech entrepreneur, talks about how she’s working to help bring reliable internet connectivity to African cities with the wifi-enabling microserver, BRCK.

Saki Mafundikwa (Zimbabwe)

In "Ingenuity and elegance in ancient African alphabets" graphic designer, Saki Mafundikwa, urges fellow African designers to explore various forms of written communication as a source for creative thinking.

William Kamkwamba (Malawi)

The inventor was only 14 years old when he built an energy-generating windmill for his family to use. In "How I built a Windmill," he shares how he built it, using only scrap parts and inspiration from a book he read as a child entitled “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.”

Siyanda Mohutsiwa (Botswana)

In "How Young Africans Found a Voice on Twitter," the young tech maven explores how the social media site has revolutionized the way African millennials communicate and share their stories.

Bandi Mbubi (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

In "Demand a Fair Trade Cell Phone," Mbubi advocates for a major shift in the way cell phones, computers and other electronic devices are produced. His TED Talk is a poignant call to end the practice of tantalum mining, which aids war in the DRC.

Ory Okolloh (Kenya)

In this illuminating talk, entitled "How I became an Activist," the co-founder of open source software company Ushahidi.com, speaks about how she's channeled her tech work into social activism.

Achenyo Idachaba (Nigeria)

In "How I turned a Deadly Plant Into a Thriving Business" the green entrepreneur tells us how she’s transforming the poisonous water hyacinth plant into eco-friendly handcrafted items, through her company, MitiMeth.

Ludwick Marishane (South Africa)

In "A Bath Without Water," the South African innovator behind DryBath—the world's first bath-substituting lotion, chronicles how he created a groundbreaking product that provides a productive solution to water shortages. Marishane was named the 2011 Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his invention.

BONUS: Enuma Okoro (Nigeria)

Ok so this one isn't really about tech, but we enjoy it all the same. Watch as the award-winning writer, champions diversity and stresses the importance of cross-cultural exchanges.

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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