The current economic climate and the Covid 19 pandemic has drawn our focus to immediate needs closest to home. Now, more than ever, it is critical to keep acknowledging and be aware that we are part of an inter-connected, global community. With this awareness, comes the continued reality that many within our communities cannot meet their most basic needs of food, clean water, life-saving medical treatment, alongside mental and emotional well being. The global upheaval we are experiencing has shown us that we cannot proceed with business as usual.
TEDxOysterbay 2021, took a step back and looked at the big picture: Why should we, as a society, continue to invest in our sustainable wellbeing and development? How can we work across borders, barriers and political boundaries to make positive change? And what returns can we expect on our investments?
Featuring talks by some of Tanzania's most inspired thinkers and doers, we are looking at what changes have taken place around us, and what more needs to be done to ensure the health and well-being of future generations.
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MusicianBeda Andrew is a Tanzanian award-winning gospel artist who possesses a sublime talent for narrating stories through delightful music. He uses gospel songs to communicate a life lived in love, mercy, hope and courage. #2021TEDxOysterbay Beda Andrew uses his music to express his beliefs and share his story, allowing himself to be vulnerable in hope of connecting with someone. His expressive voice is an alarming sound that hope lies in us and make our dreams into reality.
Molecular BiologistBrian is a research scientist at Ifakara Health Institute (IHI). Brian is trained in molecular biology & bioinformatics and his research focuses on mosquitoes that transmit diseases such as Malaria and Dengue. Brian leverages his knowledge and skills to understand why certain mosquitoes are better than others at transmitting these diseases by looking at the complex interaction between mosquitoes and the parasite they carry. Through his research, Brian hopes to gather novel insights that will lead into the identification of potential new strategies such as drugs or vaccines for the control of vector borne diseases.
Singer and SongwriterChi is a singer/songwriter hailing from Tanzania. Spurned on by her colorful upbringing, she began writing music at the age of 13 on the piano before moving onto the guitar, expanding her musical horizons and perfecting her signature soulful sound. Chi is also known for the platforms she creates for showcasing other talents that Tanzania has to offer. A world filled with creative expression is what she aims for and whether it be writing and performing her own tomes or sharing those of others, storytelling in all its artistic forms is what Chi embraces.
Happy Itros Sanga
TechprenuerHappy Itros Sanga is a (23 years, Tanzanian) Psychologist, Gender Activist, Techpreneur and Vice President of The University of Dar es salaam Students’ Government leading more than 30,000 students. She has been part of different youth movements solving society challenges since 2014. Currently, she is developing a software system (Psycho-tech assistant) that can help her local community solve different mental health challenges digitally. She believes for any community to reach its full potential, its vital to take seriously the mental health issue. And so having a digital platform will ease the accessibility of the service to both marginalized and non-marginalized individuals.
Jane Masha (NEASH)
MusicianJane Masha a multi-talented lady born in Tanzania and blessed to be raised in Uganda, exposing her to different cultures that expanded her food menu, taste in music and exciting new dances. This is the world she comes out to play as “NEASH”, a name that she created from both her names to stand true to who she is as she blooms in her journey in music. Bloom is the bigger picture in her mind that pushed her to get a degree in computer graphics and now she is in love with the building and sharing stories based on real-life scenarios but also creating content for adverts; you name it, and she will put her mind to it
Creative EntrepreneurBorn and raised in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Mohamedhussein Raza has always asked the question “why not?”; this simple practice has led him to expand upon his curiosities and constantly seek new challenges. After obtaining a Bachelors in Business Management, he went on to join the family business and simultaneously co-founded an accessories brand called SHONA Tanzania. Inspired by the vibrant culture of Africa and the unique skillsets of its people, Mohamedhussein and SHONA aim to celebrate the continent’s creativity by creating meaningful accessories that give a sense of identity to those who use them and a source of income for all those involved in it’s making
Entrepreneur & StorytellerPrincely is the Co-founder and Director of Storytelling & Strategy at OnaStories. Our world is built on stories - Princely helps you find and tell yours well. He works with people and businesses to find their audiences, clarify their goals and sharpen their message. Princely is an award-winning impact communications expert with over 10-yrs experience leading world-class communications in development and the private sector. From managing national campaigns promoting innovative M-nutrition approaches to help rural mothers give their kids the best start in life, to directing Tanzania's first-ever Augmented Reality gallery, Princely is a sought-after storytelling and strategy expert.
Tumaini John George
PoetTumaini is an 11-year-old poet, studying at Sunrise school in standard seven. Her favourite subject is Civic and moral. She started doing poetry five years ago when she was asked by her teacher to recite a poem on a graduation day. She has performed on different platforms including Innovation week curated by HDIF. She has been featured on BBC News and other local media in Tanzania. Tumaini’s poetry is for inspiration and change-making in the community. She aspires to be an inspiring poet and a travelling journalist.
ChefMeet Zena, she is the founding member of Parachefs Tanzania, a locally owned food business established by persons living with disabilities. She is a passionate advocate for empowering girls and young women with disabilities. In recognizing her impact among the young women with disabilities, Zena was listed among 100 Tanzanian SHEROES in 2020 and won Women in Management Africa (WIMA) abilities award in 2021. Zena believes that a disability is not an inability, her work centers around a quest for inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in society.
Amina AllyTeam member
Barbara HenryTeam member
Betrida MugandaTeam member
Reginald SagaTeam member
SIMON SONGELAELITeam member