x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Being More

This event occurred on
January 30, 2021
Kogi, Kogi

This year's theme “Being More” dedicates itself to addressing the challenges faced by youths
in Okene, Kogi state, and Nigeria at large in finding their true values through self-development
and how they can contribute to nation-building in their little or big way.

This theme was further inspired by the challenges brought by the COVID19 pandemic. This theme hopes to address the
challenges and inspire the next big step in being more of ourselves through self-development.
The speakers are well-drawn from different fields to inspire us on the line: “If I can do it and
be more of myself, more to the society, then you can too”

TEDxOkene is an independently organised TED event operated under license from TED. It is a
one day event featuring eminent speakers from different fields that will share unique ideas about
Nigeria and the world. This year’s theme is “BEING MORE”.

Afims Hotel
GRA, Okene
Kogi, Kogi, 263101
Event type:
Standard (What is this?)
See more ­T­E­Dx­Okene events


Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Abdulfatah Otori


Aisha Ahmad Suleiman

Polo Player
Aisha Ahmad Suleiman born is a Northern Nigerian female polo player, photographer and an entrepreneur. She is from Kogi state. She was born and brought up in Kaduna state, Nigeria. Aisha is one of the very few black female polo players in the world and the only female polo player from the Northern Nigeria at the moment. She plays for the Kaduna Polo Club.

David Otu

Digital Communications Expert

Elizabeth Ovayioza Ajayi


Faiza Nasir


Halima Abdulkareem Onyekehi

Child advocate
Child activist

Hamzat Lawal

Community Activist
Hamzat Lawal (Hamzy!) is an activist who has successfully led grassroots campaigns in over 40 African countries with over nine years experience in the non-profit sector and specializes in practical issues associated with Climate Change, Open Data, advocacy campaigns and development policies as it affects rural and deprived grassroots communities. Hamzy! is also the Founder of Follow The Money, a Pan-African grassroots data-driven movement and leads a team of technology & innovation driven campaigners to amplify voices of marginalized communities in promoting accountability as it affects utilization of public funds focusing on specific communities across Africa. He is currently the Chief Executive of Connected Development (CODE), under his leadership CODE won the ONE Africa 2016 Award which recognizes, rewards, and advances the exceptional work of Africa based organisations; dedicated to helping the continent achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Inya Ode

Inya J. Ode is a trained Veterinary Surgeon from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a Broadcaster of repute, with over 10 years experience. Inya has interests in children and women affairs including health, education and general well-being. She has been involved in various humanitarian outreaches with various organizations to cater to the needs of the poor and vulnerable including IDPs, orphans, widows and young people. Inya is guided by set values in life including integrity, hard work, transparency, respect for humanity, generosity, charity & discipline. Inya is currently in the development space & works with the Lux Terra Leadership Foundation, an indigenous non-profit organization offering specialized training, capacity building & advocacy experiences aimed at the transformation of the Nigerian society towards good governance, justice, unity, peace & wholesome development. Inya comperes events & also teaches Public Speaking. She sings, reads & willing to learn new skills.

Malik Ado Ibrahim

CEO, NEXT TV Africa. Founder, BICENERGY Ltd

Nasiruddin Shuraim Abdulmumin

Talk Show Host
Founder/Host, Did You Know with Shuraim Show

Ohize Stephen

Public Health
Doctor with focus on public health

Oyiza Adaba

Arts Promoter

Ozavogu Abdulsalam Khalid

Documentary Photography/Filmmaker
Ozavogu Abdulsalam Khalid is an Independent Travel Documentary Photographer and Filmmaker based in Abuja, Nigeria. Khalid sees Photography and Filmmaking as a medium of expression and even more, it is a great way to preserve memories, make meaningful connections and experience the world. Khalid believes that Photography and Filmmaking can inform, educate, and shape narratives and as such for him, it is always about storytelling and as much as truthtelling — to better help us see and understand situations. Khalid is an internationally published Photographer who has been on assignments for international and local organizations such as UN Women, World Food Programme, EHealth Africa, NEEM Foundation, and has also been commissioned for brands like TECNO Mobile. With a passion for growing the Art community in Nigeria, Khalid founded WakaSnapNG, a community of advanced and beginner photographers.

Sanusi Ohiare

Renewable Energy Expert
Dr. Sanusi Ohiare was appointed as the Executive Director, Rural Electrification Fund under the Rural Electrification Agency at 32 years, making him the youngest Executive Director in a Federal Agency. His love for education and passion for the electricity sector propelled him to enrol and obtain a PhD degree in Rural Energy Development from the prestigious Institute for Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD), De Montfort University, Leicester, UK in 2014, and is currently the only Nigerian with that specialization. Before his appointment in April 2017, he worked with the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), as a National Advisor on Rural Electrification, under the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP), co-funded by the European Union and German Government. In this capacity, he provided technical support to the Rural Electrification Agency and Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission; Sanusi has over 11 years’ experience within the Rural Electrification Space.

Usman Umar

Teacher, traveler

Organizing team

Mustapha Ozo

Kogi, Nigeria

Fatimah Iyiyi

Abuja, Nigeria
  • Hanifa BabaSadiq
  • Isa Mubarak
    Team member
  • Ridwan Adeniyi Abdullateef