Saturday, December 8, 2012
Uganda Hosts TEDx Event to Showcase African Youth Leadership
Department of State
December 7, 2012
Speakers and youth leaders from across Africa will participate in TEDxYouth@Bukoto, to be held on December 14, 2012 in Kampala, Uganda. This forum will showcase innovative solutions to some of Africa’s most pressing challenges – solutions that have been envisioned and implemented by Africa’s most dynamic and creative young change-makers. Using the theme “Our Moment,” the event will show how young people are harnessing untapped energy and potential to create a new future for themselves and their communities. These youth leaders have been working closely with the U.S. State Department to develop leadership, media, and entrepreneur skills.
Presented by the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Special Representative to Muslim Communities, the Office of Global Youth Issues, and U.S. Mission Uganda, TEDxYouth@Bukoto will feature 11 speakers who will share their inspirations, ideas for social good, and their vision for the future of Africa. Many of the speakers have been empowered by one of many U.S. State Department programs in Africa designed to encourage local talent to address local challenges.
Confirmed speakers include women’s empowerment advocate Precious Simba; Nandimobile.com founder and BloggingGhana executive Edward Amartey Tagoe; Emmanuel Bukenya, founder of a company that builds stoves that use low-cost, readily available fuels such as agricultural wastes; Spoken Word Rwanda founder Diana Mpyisi, who showcases poetry and spoken word from young Rwandans; and Sudanese stage actor Nahla Alamin, who teaches Sudanese youth to use theater to express themselves.
Hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Kampala, the event will be live streamed to a global audience and will feature interactive participation on Twitter, using the #TEDxYouthBukoto tag, and on Facebook. Information can be found at the TEDx website.