Labone

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Theme: Inform.Empower.Educate

Accra, Ghana
April 5th, 2014

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About this event

Join us on our quest of promoting positive attitudes in our society because we believe that together we can give Ghana a better future.
Labone is a district of Accra, Ghana bounded to the south by Labadi Road. Cantonments Road serves as the district's western boundary, while Labadi Crescent is the eastern boundary. The Ring road separates Labone from the southern district of Osu.
As an extension of touristy Osu, Labone offers a mix of houses dating from the early 20th century. Unlike Osu, however, Labone remains largely residential albeit with the siting of some embassies and corporate headquarters in the district and also, one of the communities in Ghana with Senior High School called Labone Senior High School.
One of the most invaluable assets in today's global economy is 'ideas'. Forming the backbone of many a great achievement, ideas stimulate creativity and innovation. At TEDxLabone, participants will take part in a TED-like experience that will ultimately equip and inspire them into boundless possibilities.

With a community focus, TEDxLabone will convene 100 of the most innovative and creative minds from across Ghana.

Believe it or not, it took us weeks to come up with a theme. In the end, we arrived at something broad, but pertinent to TEDx event. Our theme, Inform.Educate.Empower, means that we expect each TEDxTalk (a) to be informative; (b) to educate the audience; and above all (c) to empower our audience. Quite simply, ideas empower. A good idea, properly leveraged, can have an immense effect on our future. TedxLabone “ Creating Spaces for Hope and Possibility.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Uche Ofodile
    Uche Ofodile is the Chief Marketing Officer of Vodafone Ghana. Her over 15 years’ experience has seen her contribute to the success of global organizations such as KPMG, Zain and PZ Cussons. Before her current role, she The brand transformation Uche has driven, led to numerous awards including ‘Telecoms Company of the Year’ from the CIMG and ‘Best Mobile Brand’ for two consecutive years at the Mobile World Awards. Her unique combination of innovation, value and empowerment, has led to several ‘firsts’ in the Ghanaian market including the introduction of Ghana’s lowest call-rate across networks, the pioneering ICONS and Health Line television shows and a strategic approach towards music through the creation of ‘020 Live’ and sponsorship of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
  • Papa Arkhurst
    Papa is currently the Director for IT for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the founder of the African Entrepreneurship Community (AEC) which was spawned in an effort to create an avenue for entrepreneurs and investors to have easy access to each other as well as to get the needed services to get them investment ready. With a background in Entrepreneurship, Technology and Communication he has increasingly impacted the lives of the youth by participating in training seminars in communications, team building and mentor-mentee relations.
  • Paul Anomah Kordieh
    Paul is a true example that persons with disabilities can achieve their dreams. Born in 1979, he became blind at the age of five yet this did not stop him from realising his dreams in journalism. His career journey has seen him work for Radio VALCO in University of Cape Coast, as Central Regional correspondent for Choice FM and present the weekly news on Coastal TV. He is currently a reporter on ETV - a prestigious TV station owned by Global Media Alliance. There, he highlights the station’s Prime time news and the program News Extra on Fridays. His efforts have been awarded by the University of Ghana’s Students Representative Council for inspiring many with his captivating presentations.
  • Regina Agyare
    Regina is a software developer and social entrepreneur with a passion for using technology to cause social change. She runs a social enterprise called Soronko Solutions which uses basic mass technology to drive human potential. She is also works on how the disabled in Ghana can use technology to integrate better in their communities. Regina’s work has been recognised globally and featured on many prominent platforms such as her representation on the Apprentice Africa program and interview with Microsoft in Seattle. Additionally, her story has been featured in the Lean In page by Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook, Impatient Optimist by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is also an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, GOOD Fellow and a Global Shaper of the Accra hub of the World Economic Forum and a Change Leader with Tigo Reach For Change.
  • Abla Mawulolo Masoperh
    Abla Mawulolo Masoperh is a Senior Counsel at N. Dowuona & Company. During her legal career, which has spanned 18 years, she has had the privilege of advising several local and international companies on mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate finance, labour and other areas company and commercial law practice in Ghana. Abla is a graduate of the University of Pretoria, where she received an LLM, University of Ghana where she received an LLB, the Ghana School of Law and is admitted to the Ghana Bar. Prior to joining N.Dowuona & Co, she was the Head, Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary of Access Bank (Ghana) Limited, the Legal Manager for Meridian Port Services Ltd, a Senior Associate at JLD & MB Legal Consultancy and an Associate with Fugar & Company respectively.
  • D.K Yaw Osei
    DK Osei-Yaw is a poet, writer, rapper, actor, musical and recording artist who popularized Spoken-Word (Slam) Poetry in Ghana during his days on the University of Ghana campus as an undergraduate student of Psychology. During this period, his works were acknowledged by the A&R of Young Money Records in the US. DK leads Gaari-FכTכ Ventures, the production team for his Baasa Kro exhibitions formed from a Pan African and global network of partners. He is also recognised for ‘Poetry Installations’ from DK Osei-Yaw’s 2013 ‘AFRICAN IMAGE – BAASA KRO’ exhibition sponsored by the German Goethe Institute which seeks to project a globalized African Identity. His poem, ‘Plenty People Chasing One Ball’ appeared in the north American anthology, ‘And The Crowd Goes Wild’ published by Friesen Press in 2011. Furthermore, he has played and toured as a Spoken-Word poet and rapper with the French Band Archimusic, and scouted for the Badilisha Poetry Podcast Project based in South Africa.
  • Benjamin Gregory Aggrey
    As an Entrepreneur Benjamin Gregory Aggrey is the CEO of Effusion Africa, a transformational firm committed to creating sustainable enterprises and empowering a new generation of entrepreneurs and change agents across Africa. He is also the founder of the award winning WOMAN 2.1. Summit. He received a United States Congressional Recognition award in 2010 and a nomination in the 10th Annual Global Professional Achievers awards in 2011. A regular speaker at conferences and workshops, Benjamin has appeared in several national and international media including CNN NewsWire, GTV, Houston Style Magazine, Viasat One, Daily Guide and Business and Financial Times.
  • Patricia Obo-Nai
    Patricia Obo-Nai joined Vodafone Ghana as the Chief Technology Officer in January 2011 after working with TIGO where she gained 14 years of experience in Technology and IT. Since graduating as an electrical engineer from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, she has progressed to become the only female CTO in the telecommunications industry in Ghana and the first female CTO across the Millicom Group operating in 16 countries. Her achievements include successfully handling the technical part of a major transaction of monetising Millicom’s passive infrastructure valued at millions of dollars; delivering the biggest fibre project in Millicom’s Africa operations of over 950km of fibre; expansion of the company’s network from an average of 300 base station to over 1000 in 3 years despite the challenges with network deployment in Ghana
  • Patricia Obo-Nai
    Patricia Obo-Nai joined Vodafone Ghana as the Chief Technology Officer in January 2011 after working with TIGO where she gained 14 years of experience in Technology and IT. Since graduating as an electrical engineer from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, she has progressed to become the only female CTO in the telecommunications industry in Ghana and the first female CTO across the Millicom Group operating in 16 countries. Her achievements include successfully handling the technical part of a major transaction of monetising Millicom’s passive infrastructure valued at millions of dollars; delivering the biggest fibre project in Millicom’s Africa operations of over 950km of fibre; expansion of the company’s network from an average of 300 base station to over 1000 in 3 years despite the challenges with network deployment in Ghana
  • Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
    Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah is a Ghanaian Entrepreneur and an ace broadcaster. He holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce, an MBA in Marketing and is a Fellow of the Henry Crown Fellowship of the Aspen Institute. Though starting as a treasury analyst at British American Tobacco in 2006, his passion for broadcasting propelled him to take up job at JOY-FM in Accra Ghana between 2006 till date. He is famous for hosting flagship programs including the Super Morning Show, News File and the 2012 Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates. His private firm, BROWNSTONE Capital, operates three subsidiaries - in Marketing Communications, Financial services and logistics. Over the years, he has served as a resource person to many corporate organizations including Standard Charted Bank Ghana, Barclays Bank Ghana, Friedrich Ebert-Stiftung Foundation, The University of Missouri, TIGO Ghana, Enterprise Life and the Springboard Roadshow Foundation.
  • Hayford Siaw
    At 22, Hayford founded a social enterprise that has grown to be a leading indigenous internship and volunteer placement organisation in West Africa. Founded in 2007, the Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa is already charting a new course in volunteering and internship in Africa, with its unique approach to development issues, innovative programs and emphasis on sustainability. Hayford Siaw is a Change Leader of the Reach for Change incubation program and a Goodwill Ambassador of the World NGO Day. He has lead consortiums on varied development projects and is frequently sought for consultation by governments and development organisations within and outside the continent.
  • Toni Manieson
    Toni was born in Los Angeles, California and has no doubt she was born to sing Jazz. Her experiences have taken her from the West Coast, Southern and Northern parts of America, Asia & finally on the continent of the West Coast of Africa where she has been labelled as the pioneer of ” Keeping Jazz Alive ” for the last 16 years in Ghana. She has performed in New York, California, Georgia, Japan, Togo, Sierra Leone, Nigeria & Ghana before many distinguished guests including Heads of State, Ambassadors and Political leaders and other occasions too numerous to mention. She currently performs regularly around Ghana with her self-taught Ghanaian Jazz Pianist.
  • Hanna Tetteh
    Hon. Hanna Tetteh was born in Szeged, Hungary. Between 1986 and 1989, she studied law at the University of Ghana where she obtained the Bachelor of Law (LL.B) degree. She then attended the Ghana Law School, becoming a Barrister-at-Law in 1992. She has many years of experience serving as Legal Officer with the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice in Ghana. She has also worked with the Ghana Agro Food Company and in private legal practice at the Ansa-Asare and Company Hencil Chambers. She is currently the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the incumbent government after serving as the Trade and Industry Minister under the Mills administration and the Member of Parliament for the Awutu Senya Constituency for one term in the year 2000.
  • Ms. Eva Lokko
    Ms. Lokko is the first Satellite Communications Engineer in Ghana, the first woman Engineer in the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and one of the Engineers who installed Ghana’s first colour television infrastructure. She is the only female Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation – GBC, since its inception in 1935 and managed GBC’s transition to digital radio and television production and to satellite transmission and digital-ready broadcasting, nationwide. Her impact has been felt globally, having contributed to high profile conferences including the Yale Conference on Women and Development, FICSA, INET, NEPAD, UNDP-HDR, ICANN, ADF and the UNDP. Ms. Lokko has received numerous awards including TV-Africa’s Ɔbaa Mbo Award for her Unique Contribution to Communications Technology and UNDP Award for Excellent Human Resource Management. Her work in youth activism is unrivalled supporting unemployed graduates into careers and businesses as the CEO and founder of the NGO “Totally Youth”.
  • Anthonia Senam Fesu
    Recognized in the maiden edition of the Ghana Fashion Awards, Anthonia’s passion for art turns into an unusual exploration of herself and heritage after the university. Aided with these real time experiences, she is passionate about helping people appreciate and express themselves in order to make life meaningful and worth living whiles looking forward to pursue her dream career. She says “It’s about time we made that decision to celebrate our own”. Think Home, Think Ghana, Think Africa
  • Makafui Awuku
    Makafui Awuku holds a BSc Marketing Degree from UPSA and dedicates his time to assist students rediscover their role in national development through his NGO Students’ Initiative. His belief in harnessing the power of the creative mind has moved many young people from dormancy to a state of effective leadership in many social circles. He also works as a project manager with an advertising company where his creative mind continues to break the age old methods to advertising and injecting freshness and originality into the industry.
  • Makafui Awuku
    Makafui Awuku holds a BSc Marketing Degree from UPSA and dedicates his time to assist students rediscover their role in national development through his NGO Students’ Initiative. His belief in harnessing the power of the creative mind has moved many young people from dormancy to a state of effective leadership in many social circles. He also works as a project manager with an advertising company where his creative mind continues to break the age old methods to advertising and injecting freshness and originality into the industry.
  • Ken Fiifi Amoah
    Ken Amoah is a summa cum laude Bachelors of Science in Finance graduate from Florida Memorial University. While in school, he was awarded the most promising student of the year in 2009. He was further recognised by the National Collegiate Scholars Association as the national scholar of the week of January 10, 2010. Ken has spoken on a number of international platforms such as the National Association of African American Honors Program held in Miami, induction ceremonies such as the Financial Management Association and youth events both in the USA and in Ghana. Currently, he works in the tax department of Ernst & Young and has a passion for inspiring young people to reach for excellence in all endeavours.
  • Prince Williams Oduro
    Mr. Oduro is the Founder and President of Africa Policy Initiative for Sustainable Development in Oil and Mineral Producing Regions. He is also the Leader of the Leadership and Productivity Executive Development Institute and Central Missions Account-Africa. In March, 2007 Prince Williams Oduro started a charity network, known as African Rights Initiative International with the mandate of promoting Human Dignity and Sustainable Livelihood. His vision is to build the world’s largest African humanitarian network (with a strong local base) viable of providing result oriented services to the African people. On 13th March, 2012, Prince’s works was recognized with an AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE by Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE-GHANA) in recognition for his high standard of excellence for youth development in Ghana.

Venue and Details

Kama Conference Center
Labone
Accra, 233
Ghana

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Emmanuel Leslie Addae
Accra, Ghana

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