A total of 10 Africans are part of the 21 young innovators from five continents selected as the 2017 TEDGlobal Fellows.
TED began over three decades ago as a Technology, Entertainment and Design conference. Today the program provides transformational support to an international community of visionaries who collaborate across disciplines, from science to global issues, to create positive change around the world by spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks of not more than18 minutes.
Every year, the TED Fellows program invites doers, makers, inventors, advocates, filmmakers and photographers, musicians and artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, NGO heads and human rights activists over the age of 18 to apply for the fellowship.
The program staff, through extensive reference checking and consultation with field experts, then selects 20 Fellows based on their accomplishments, impact of their work and character, to attend each TED Conference.
The new Fellows class includes a Somali computer scientist catalyzing the tech scene in Somalia and Somaliland; an international touring percussionist working to elevate the place of the African woman in music; and the founder of Botswana’s first and only LGBT-themed theatre festival.
They will share their ideas at TEDGlobal2017: Builders. Truth-Tellers. Catalysts. from 27 to 30 August 2017, in Arusha, Tanzania.
The 2017 TEDGlobal Fellows from Africa are:
Abdigani Diriye, Somalia|UK, Tech entrepreneur and inventor: Somali computer scientist catalyzing the tech-scene in Somalia and Somaliland through coding camps, incubators, and accelerator programs. An inventor and advocate for innovation and research in Africa.
Mennat El Ghalid, Egypt|France Mycologist: Egyptian microbiologist studying fungal infections in humans, in an effort to discover their causes and develop new treatments and co-founder of ConScience, a non-profit dedicated to science education.
Robert Hakiza, DRC|Uganda, Urban refugee expert: Congolese co-founder of the Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID) which empowers refugees and builds community through vocational education, English classes, access to sports and computer literacy skills.
Saran Kaba Jones, Liberia|USA, Clean water advocate: Liberian founder and CEO of FACE Africa which strengthens water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure in rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa through the establishment of community-based WASH Committees and post-implementation support services.
Adong Judith, Uganda, Director and playwright: Ugandan director and playwright creating theatre that promotes social change and provokes dialogue on issues from LGBTQ rights to war crimes.
Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile, Botswana, Performance artist and activist: Writer, educator, and founder of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival, Botswana’s first and only LGBT themed theatre festival.
Yasin Kakande, Uganda, Investigative journalist and author: Ugandan journalist working undercover in the Middle East to uncover the human rights abuses of migrant workers.
Kasiva Mutua, Kenya, Percussionist: International touring percussionist working to elevate the place of the African woman in music. Her performance style integrates African traditional music with modern styles such as Jazz, Hip-hop, Reggae, and Zouk.
Wale Oyéjidé, Nigeria|USA, Fashion designer and artist: Nigerian fashion designer and artist that uses textile and apparel design to convey stories about immigrant populations to the Western world.
Carl Joshua Ncube, Zimbabwe, Comedian: Zimbabwean stand up comic who uses his creative work to approach culturally taboo topics on the African continent.
Applications for the TED 2018 fellowship will open on 18 July 2017 and close on 10 September 2017.