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Theme: Beneath. Beyond. Above.

This event occurred on
November 25, 2017
Sokoto, Sokoto

The theme for TEDxArkilla 2017, “Beneath. Beyond. Above,” sought to define possible futures by examining the variable dimensions of previously-unquestioned narratives and exploring the various shades of past and present.

We went beneath, beyond and above the conventional to trigger narratives that shine the floodlight on underexposed ideas. Our focus was to curate a platform where the brightest ideas are fetched from the crevices of shadows and have the spotlight bring them to fore.

TEDxArkilla 2017 was the prime moment to push every idea—around arts, science, culture, technology, business, philosophy, psychology, etc.—to the edges, and imagine how we can build a dynamic future for our community.

A dazzling array of speakers combined with carefully-selected TED Talks to spark robust conversations and connection.

Iman International School
4 Federal Low Cost, Arkilla Road
Gwiwa, Gumbi
Sokoto, Sokoto, 840224
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Asabe Kabir-Usman

Researcher + Author + Professor of Oral and African Literature
A Professor of Oral and African Literature in Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria. Her interest in, and study of, the place of women in Oral and African Literature in relation to their socio-cultural background and history makes her an ardent researcher in the field and this has earned her several publications in national and international journals/books. Author of Destinies of Life (a novel), Professor Kabir has served in several capacities including as president of the Literary Society of Nigeria.

Bello Shagari

Youth development advocate + filmmaker
Founder of Barcode Mulitimedia, Bello Shagari is an entrepreneur and youth development advocate. He is co-founder and President of the Association of Young Media Entrepreneurs in Abuja and the Chairman of #SaveOurTomorrow. Grandson to Nigeria's former president Shehu Shagari, Bello currently serves as the Chairman of National Youth Council of Nigeria, Sokoto.

Daniel Madu

Memory Act
Daniel is a Memory Act with a distinctly strong imagination. He creates memorably quintessential experiences in an engaging and interactive manner.

Danladi Bako

Retired Broadcaster + Politician
Mallam Danladi Bako, pioneer of live-talk shows in Nigeria, is a renowned broadcasting prodigy that ruled the Radio airwaves with a masterly delivery in both Hausa and English languages, at age 16. Having served in various capacities including the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission and Commissioner of Information for Sokoto State, Bako continues to reiterate the need for purposeful national integration as well as propagation of social justice and egalitarianism in the country.

Hafsat Dange

Corporate Lawyer + Entrepreneur + Women's Rights Activist
Hafsat is a corporate lawyer, social entrepreneur and advocate for women's rights and economic development. She currently heads the Sokoto State branch of Nigeria's Corporate Affairs Commission. Through her NGO, Association of Northern Women Entrepreneurs (ANWE), she strives to ensure women’s participation in economic development as the country stabilises from the economic recession. She is a Mandela Washington Fellow and continues to create opportunities for women and girls of Northern Nigeria.

Inioluwa Aboluwarin

Ini is a visual artist, creative writer and Spoken Word performer. He uses his art as a tool to challenge minds to conscious thought, communicating profound stories alongside. He is the founder of Pend'afrique and Team Lead at Gini Arts Initiative.

Olaoluwa Balogun

Roboticist + Educator
Founder of Tanteeta, a Robotics and Software company founded in 2011 with the mission to groom and nurture Africa’s next generation of innovators.

Paul Alaje

Economist + Business Management Consultant
A Senior Economist with SPM PROFESSIONALS, a Fellow of International Management Consultants Board (FIMCB), USA and also a Fellow of Institute of Economists (fce), Nigeria.

Organizing team

Adedapo Treasure

  • Bolaji Temiloluwa
  • Imasuen Osamudiamen
    Post production
  • Joy Kika
  • Lawrence Oni
    Team member
  • Ogunoye Adetunji
  • Ola Victor
  • Sarah Esene
    Team member
  • Stephanie Malu
  • Taiwo Isola
  • Tosin Jemilehin
    Team member