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Theme: Unshaken

This event occurred on
August 31, 2019
Kaduna, Kaduna

TEDxBarnawa is an independently organised TED event operated under license from TED. It is a one day event feauturing prominent speakers from different fields that will share unique ideas about their communities, their work and the world around them.

Divino Event Centre
No 23 Gongola Road off Challawa Crescent, Barnawa Kaduna
After Danbo Schoos
Kaduna, Kaduna, 062
Event type:
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Abdulbaqi Jari

Abdulbaqi Aliyu Jari, journalist with BBC Hausa service and a poet. Former head of Hausa Naij news media and former deputy editor of Nishadi TV. Jari is a social media influencer and a writer.

Ahmed Buhari

Ahmed Buhari declared his interest to run for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the 1st of October 2016. At a time when a lot of People did not think any young person could dare. Born on the 7th of April 1982, Ahmed Buhari regards himself as a true Nigerian. With family and friends from all over the country, he does not conform to the idea of State of Origin.

Aisha Sambo

Social Entrepreneur
Aisha is the Executive Director of Youth4Youth, a social enterprise that encourages volunteerism in Abuja. Through the use of Youth4Youth volunteers, Aisha and her team has successful hosted three TEDx events within in Abuja. Aisha also currently works as a strategy and communications personel for El-Amin International School Abuja.

Aishatu Ahmed Suleiman

Professional Polo Player
I am from the northern part of Nigeria,I was born and brought up in kaduna,Nigeria..I am the Last born of my family. I am not from a royal family but i developed interest in horses and polo about 2 years ago at the age of 16..I love animals,horses in particular. My parents and siblings have given me the support I needed since I started playing polo..Id love to play internationally. I have passion for polo and photography,I am a photographer and also a polo player.Playing polo as a lady from the northern part of nigeria is hard and challenging,but I believe nothing Good comes easy.I played my first tournament on my birthday,December 17th 2017 and have played 7 tournaments since then.

Alhan Islam

Writer and Poet

Amb Young Piero

Money is not everything, a good name is better than wealth. It is the right time the youths of DELTA State to take action for their future and stand for what they believe. Amb young Piero is a vibrant young man who has been on the front burner, fighting for the Interest of Niger Deltans and Nigeria at large. His effort to bring development to the people of the Niger Delta and all Nigerian youths has earned him countless numbers of Local and Global awards from different organization. Get More Details at :

Bright Jaja

CEO icreate Africa
Social Entrepreneur uplifting the profile of skilled professionals. Service should be everyone’s purpose in life, life has given you so much you can’t afford the least you could do is give back

Buba Barnabas Luka

Buba Barnabas Luka aka ClassiQ hails from Bauchi State, was born on September 21, 1991 and started singing at the age of 16. His intention is to give Hip Hop the standard it deserves and most importantly convince anyone who listens thathe can deliver the brand of Good Music they deserve.He plans to dominate Nigeria musically as he claims “Music chose me, I didn’t choose it” The first of three children from a Lecturer Father (Dr. of Geography) and a mother who is a nurse, ClassiQ’s early education started at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Staff Primary School Bauchi State in 1992 while he bagged a B.Sc in Computer from the prestigious Bayero University Kano in 2009. He is known for his prolific punch lines and witty deliver, not to mention his crazy production skills. ClassiQ has performed alongside acts like and many more. He credits andas his biggest music influences. ClassiQ’s aspiration as an artiste is to deliver feel good music that people can dance to or just sit back and relax to.

Ernest Essien

Skill Provider
Kaduna-based entrepreneur and CEO, Magvoile Vocational Centre, and Magvoile Foundation, Ernest Ubong Essien has trained 2,000 youth in different vocational skills across the country. Ernest, who recently represented Nigeria in United States of America for a one-month empowering youth through workforce development programme, said the US government was interested in empowering African youths with entrepreneurial mindset

Fakhriyya Hashim

Fakhrriyya Hashim, a finance graduate with experience in social activism since 2015 and the coiner of the Arewa Me Too hashtag, seeks to bring cohesiveness and growth to the movement. “We’re working towards creating synergy between different institutions, where beyond advocacy, policies are adopted.” Many non-governmental organizations have been working on tackling the issue of sexual violence for years, but Hashim says the lack of cohesiveness has been hindering them from achieving their goals. She and her team are working on a website to provide victims with therapists and legal support so that they pursue justice and have support.

Godwin Gaza Josiah

Film Maker
Last week, a group of talented teenagers from Kaduna, Nigeria went viral on the internet, after Reuters released a video revealing how they use nothing but a green screen and their smartphones to create incredible sci-fi short films.

Godwin Linus

Kid Electrician
Kid electrician who discovered his love for electronics and repairs from an early age of 7

Habiba Manzo

Serial Entrepreneur
Habiba Manzo, is a young serial entrepreneur with strong passion to positively impact lives & serve humanity. When she’s not designing, curating tea recipes, planning or adding the numbers, Habiba dabbles with writing and public speaking. Her focus has always been on youth, starting with herself to be the change she wants to see and make the change within her community.

Isa Ozo

Brand Management, Social Media Strategies, Advertising, Online Media Publishing, Tourism. I attend fun events and I suggest how best to have fun. I give therapy on happiness

Jesse Josh

Graffiti Artiste
Jesse Josh is a full-time artist for two years. Although he is a Mass Communication graduate, his art on everything and graffiti have become famous within and around Kaduna for their bold colours, geometry lines and theme. The Ham, Kaduna State born speaks to Arts & Ideas about finding a home in the creative industry.

Jessica Ineh

Child Author
Jessica is a 12 year old who developed interest for books and writing ever since she was 5. She began to compile her short poems and stories last year and will want to publish them someday

Lawal Usman

Talent Manager
Lawal Usman T is an award winning Entrepreneur,Talent & Event Manager,Nightlife Consultant,Content Creator & Digital Strategist Specialist, he has work with various global brands and organizations to build and implement effective Marketing Campaigns with a brand unique story,Communications,Top notch Live Event experience and Conducting effective Customer Engagement. Lawal loves to writes,he’s also a Keynote Speaker, Mentor and Founder of 123 Media & Management Company.

Mary Olarerin

Public Health Officer
SPECIAL ADVISER ON RESULT DELIVERY KADUNA STATE GOVERNMENT Head, Results Delivery Office: Projects, Programmes and Process Facilitator and Analyst to the Governor of Kaduna State. Operates by liaising with Ministries, Departments and Agencies to help operationalize proper implementation and completion of priority projects and programmes, and to facilitate efficient workflow process on business directives of the Chief Executive of the State.

Maryam Awaisiu

Class valedictorian, 2012 at the American University of Nigeria, and NBMA Humanitarian Award winner, 2016, Maryam Awaisu is now the author of Burning Bright, which was shortlisted for the NLNG Literature Prize, 2016, and Ms. Joana’s Rules, shortlisted for the African Writers Award, 2018. A staunch feminist, she is an activist and advocate for gender equality, prevention of sickle cell anemia, and social justice. She is a member of the #ArewaMeToo Movement, which gained traction globally since February, 2019, for speaking up about sexual abuse in the North by men in power. She worked in the media until 2015. Maryam lives and works in Kaduna, where she also supports the Sickle Cell Patient Health Promotion Center, Ease a Burden foundation for orphans, and the Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative.

Moses John

Fashion Designer
Born Moses John. From Edo state but he's based in kaduna state. The thing about Moze apparel is he has the most captivating prints on tees I have ever seen in Nigeria. I mean lots of people make clothes but the finesse with which Moses creates his tees is really amazing. He takes every detail as important right from the sketch of the artwork on the tees to the kind of print he uses on his tees. Its of american standard. My favourite artwork has to be the "BERNIE DOPE BOY" its the cutest ever. Moses has styled Celebrities like Banky W for his popular Yes/No video, Wizkid *Starboy*, Skales wears his clothes to like every concert and even Praiz cant get enough of him. they just cant resist him. He is a young entrepreneur on the rise and he's definitely one to watch out for. He just might be the Tom Ford of Nigeria

Murkthar Suleiman Muhammad

With a background in Mass Communications and Media Studies, a member of the African Council for Communication Education, The Rural Sociological Association of Nigeria and the Association of Communication Scholars and Practitioners, Suleiman Muhammad Murkthar is the curator/organizer of TEDxAhmaduBelloUniversity, a research and communication analyst with the Directorate of University Advancement Ahmadu Bello University and also the Director of the Centre for Development and Advance Learning (CENDAL), an NGO poised to providing applicable knowledge to students and mentoring them on how they can best through their careers solve one or more of the sustainable development goals. He was also a Project Facilitator with the ENACTUS ABU team. Suleiman has always had a passion for social advocacy and exacting change in practical solution oriententation

Salamatu Yar’adua

Research Engineer
Her ethos has always been that Nigeria can’t move forward without energy independence. She also believes that Nigeria has to be able to build all value chain around technology and not rely on always acquiring these technologies. This led her to discover Offset policy as a very instrumental tool for technology transfer and industrialization.

Sanusi Ismaila

CoLab is Kaduna's first Co-Working Space and Innovation Hub. Everything from designing and setting Colab up from scratch, Designing and implementing all the programs, overseeing the day-to-day activities and managing both local and international partnerships and relationships.

Toka Mcbaror

Film Maker
I'm a Nigerian born and breed. I'm a film-maker in every aspect of film production. I am the founder, CEO and CCO of the entertainment company trade marked Evolution Studio66. As a well known entertainment producer/director, I have worked with a variety of high-profile names in the industry: Sammie Okposo, Don Pedro Obasekie, Sir Kingsley Ogoro, Charles Novia, Stella Damasas, Foluke Daramola, Rugged Man, Jodie to name just a few. I oversee the development and maintenance of multi-media content including video, audio, still photos and graphics. I bring a unique and creative perspective to my consultative works in companies such as Daar Communication plc (aka AIT, Daarsat), Don Pedro Media (ACC), Discovery Media (aka Brekete TV) etc I also coach and consult with production companies, filmmakers, screenwriters and actors in a wide-variety of areas including Film Business Plans, Film Festival strategy, Film Marketing, Publicity and Distribution.

Umar Yunusa

Kid programmer
Umar Yunusa is a 12 year old kid programmer who has developed his own games, built websites and constantly learning everyday to even be better and pick up new skills.

Yomi Bas

Hyper Realistic Painter
Yomibas, is a painter best known for his hyper-realistic style. Born in Kaduna State, Nigeria, in 1995, his early work is a compilation of random photographs that depict his expressions of his experiences and observations. He developed an early interest in portraiture, exploring the power of the medium with the aim of connecting his viewers to his subjects.

Organizing team

Adeniyi Abdullateef

Kaduna, Nigeria


Kaduna, Nigeria
  • Adnan Ismail
    Post production
  • Ayeni Obatobi
  • David Ochaju
  • Hauwa Alhaji Musa
    Team member
  • Ibrahim Gusau
  • Olakanmi Ogunbanke
    Post production
  • Oluwatomisin Amida
  • Samuel Okopi
  • Tochukwu Thomas
    Team member
  • Tolu Adetunji
  • Tope Akintayo