TED Talk Video Gallery
TED Talks has established a reputation as a space where great minds come together to share insights and ideas on globally relevant topics. Over the years, various global TED and individually organised TEDx events have attracted leading African women entrepreneurs who have shared inspiration and advice.
The Possible Impossible | Shalom Lloyd, founder of Naturally Tribal
Source: TEDx Talks | Published on Jul 12, 2018
We spend time obsessing about the future, worrying, sometimes regretting whatâ€™s in the past rather than be in the NOW, focus on what is possible today. If we go by the future others have predicted for us or that which we have predicted for ourselves, we would never start. We create our future, our impossible NOW by moving forward, without thinking about the barriers.Â
A Global Leader in the Pharmaceutical Industry and proud Founder of Naturally Tribal Skincare Ltd, Shalom Lloyd holds a BSc and MSc Pharm from the Ukrainian Academy of Pharmacy and an MBA from the University of Liverpool. With a keen interest and passion for people, business and trade in emerging markets with a special interest in Africa, Shalom is an active mentor, supporting women to connect and find their voice through networking, developing relationships and championing trade. Leadership to her means combining the â€˜whatâ€™ with the â€˜howâ€™ and the â€˜whoâ€™ - looking at opportunities that present themselves, putting and connecting with the right people and doing this courageously, continuously challenging the status quo, with integrity, passion and fairness. A proud CommonwealthFirst Export Champion, Precious Award 2017 Outstanding Woman in STEM, Finalist 'Female Entrepreneur' Women Leaders MK Awards 2017 and Women4Africa Awards 2018 finalist. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Achenyo Idachaba: How I turned a deadly plant into a thriving business
Published on Feb 11, 2016 --- The water hyacinth may look like a harmless, even beautiful flowering plant — but it's actually an invasive aquatic weed that clogs waterways, stopping trade, interrupting schooling and disrupting everyday life. In this scourge, green entrepreneur Achenyo Idachaba, founder of Mitimeth in Nigeria, saw opportunity. Follow her journey as she turns weeds into woven wonders.
Eleni Gabre-Madhin: Building a big, bold, beautiful market
Published on Oct 20, 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Eleni describes building a big, bold, beautiful market for a billion people in Africa. This market would improve the livelihoods of millions of small farmers and traders. She has done this successfully in Ethiopia and is started to branch out across Africa. She believes this idea will help end poverty in Africa.
Juliana Rotich: Meet BRCK, Internet access built for Africa
Published on Jun 18, 2013 --- Tech communities are booming all over Africa, says Nairobi-based Juliana Rotich, cofounder of the open-source software Ushahidi. But it remains challenging to get and stay connected in a region with frequent blackouts and spotty internet hookups. So Rotich and friends developed BRCK, offering resilient connectivity for the developing world.
Magatte Wade: The four stages of bringing an idea to life
Published on Mar 20, 2014 --- Magatte Wade, an African serial social entrepreneur, presented "The Four Stages of Bringing an Idea to Life." She asserted how today everyone wants to work with tech companies and never for other consumer brands, to which she replied, "More room for me." After $32 million raised, she abandoned her Sengalese beverage company to create a high-end natural skin-care company. She knew that for the world to change its perception of Africa, and for Africa to change its perception of the world, that she should use the power of consumer brands: "At the end of the day, we are nothing more or less than human beings. I want to enhance the human experience."
Margaret Hirsch: Shooting from the hip
Published on Sep 8, 2015 --- When she was 12 her father died leaving her mother to fend for herself and two small children. Margaret’s strong sense of survival and her positive attitude helped pull her little family through the tough times. Having had to battle from an early age, she found that it is possible, through share determination and a positive attitude, to get ahead and now all Hirsch’s staff members are encouraged to better themselves and are shown that by uplifting themselves they will ultimately uplift those around them.
Aïssa Dione: Le grand paradoxe
Published on Jul 18, 2013 --- En 1992, Aïssa Dione, peintre et designer textile, a créé la société Aïssa Dione Tissus (ADT). Son ambition première est de se positionner dans le développement de la filière textile au Sénégal, tout en encourageant la pérennisation et le développement d'un savoir-faire traditionnel en voie de disparition. Très tôt, l'entreprise se concentre sur les procédés de transformation du coton, créant une très longue chaîne de valeurs ajoutées - non seulement tissus, mais aussi mobilier et accessoires - sur la matière première de base. Aujourd'hui, ADT compte une centaine d'employés en grande partie spécialisés dans le tissage, mais aussi dans la menuiserie, la sculpture sur bois, la confection et la broderie.
Victoria Kisyombe: Compassion & seeds of empowerment in Tanzania
Published on Mar 26, 2015 --- Victoria Kisyombe has founded micro-financing for women in Tanzania, and is now working to empower women worldwide. Dr. Victoria Kisyombe is a leader who has used innovation, initiative, and determination to empower women in Tanzania to become economically self-sufficient. Given women’s lack of collateral and resulting lack of access to capital, Victoria began pioneering micro-leasing as a solution. Pioneering micro-leasing model as an alternative way to financing women has generated praise beyond Tanzania, and efforts are under way to expand the model to other countries in the region.
Don't happily be a spectator in your own economy | Monica Katebe Musonda
Source: TEDx Talks | Published on Jan 27, 2016
Do u want to be a spectator or participant in your country? Monica narrates her journey into entrepreneurship as a Zambian woman. Working for the richest man in Africa, her former employer Dangote asked “Where are the Zambian Banks & Factories?” Monica reflected on how Nigerians run their economy and this inspired her to actively participate in her own country’s economy. Monica Musonda is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Java Foods, a Zambian based food processing company. It is committed to providing high quality and nutritious food from local products at affordable prices. Java Foods’ first product was “eeZee Instant Noodles”, which is Zambia’s leading instant noodle brand today. Monica is a dual qualified English solicitor and Zambian advocate. She has held senior positions in private practice with Clifford Chance & Edward Nathan. She has also worked as in house corporate counsel at International Finance Corporation and for Dangote Group. Her experience working with Aliko Dangote, one of Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs, gave her the impetus to start Java Foods.
Creating one Million Creative Jobs in Africa | Dorothy Ghettuba
Source: TEDx Talks | Published on Jun 28, 2017
If you were raised by Africans, you know that a job in any 'creative' industry was not one of their dreams for you. Art, music, fashion, acting, writing, dance... all hobbies that could be pursued as long as they did not interfere with 'real' life. Dorothy Ghettuba wants to change that with the creation of an actual creative industry. Dorothy Ghettuba is the CEO of Spielworks Media regional leader in content creation boasting 15 Television Shows, over 20 web shows, and more than 40 movies for Television.
I Am The Code an African led global movement | Mariéme Jamme
Source: TEDx Talks | Published on Nov 15, 2016
At TEDxAmsterdamWomen 2016 Mariéme Jamme unveiled her new venture of launching IAMTHECODE – an African-led global movement aimed at supporting girls through creative learning and code training in STEAMD: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Design. Mariéme Jamme is a Senegalese-born British businesswoman in technology. Her consultancy company Spotone Global Solutions helps technology companies to set a foothold in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She has supported many organisations such as Google, Ernest and Young, The Africa Progress Panel chaired by Kofi Annan, The Obama Administration, and multiple African governments through their STEM policies. Mariéme was named one of the 100 most influential Africans by the African Business Magazine and 20 youngest powerful women in Africa by Forbes. Mariéme newly became Advisory Board Member of Data Pop Alliance, a global coalition promoting a people-centered Big Data revolution and a judge and Academy member of the Prestigious Global Teachers Prize Academy. Mariéme was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for her activism work in empowering and investing in young girls and women in Africa.