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February 12, 2022
Akure, Ondo

This year, we reflect on our growth & succession systems through the theme of What Next? What comes after a lockdown? What comes after a skill acquisition? Do we program and plan our journey towards growth and advancement?

We are interested in exploring some of our dearly held systems. With what next, we consider the big as well as the little things. What should you do after a breakup? What should you do after an international conference? How do we design our actions and thoughts to facilitate idea generation, solution creation, and development of our (global) community?

Conversations around this theme will separate, investigate and question the next step. Whether in tech or business, in the health sector or in academia, we hope that conversations created at TEDxFUTA: What Next will be pivotal towards triggering ideas and innovating solutions that are simple and specific, across different societal constructs.

T.I Francis auditorium
T I Francis auditorium, 340110, Akure, Nigeria
Akure, Ondo, 340110
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Adebayo Abayomi

A Documentary Photographer
Adebayo Abayomi is a documentary Photographer from Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. He has a passion for storytelling, especially reporting underreported issues in his local community such as health, social, environmental, political, and cultural stories. He has worked on projects that have successfully given a voice to marginalized and vulnerable communities. He has used his photography skills to capture images such as the Leprosarium Project whereby he curated stories of individuals affected by leprosy that are also neglected by society. He also worked on an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp story. As a photographer, he holds firm the belief that photography is a way to capture stories that can stand the test of time. He has also captured a project on African Denim for Africa Fashion Week London and other international development projects. His most recent project was with the END Fund — a multi-million dollar global health philanthropic organization based in 25 countries.

Egemba Chinonso

certified medical doctor, A Public speaker
Egemba Chinonso Fidelis is a Nigerian board-certified medical doctor, a writer, a vlogger, a public speaker as well as the founder and chief editor of aprokodoctor.com, a healthcare-focused information outlet dedicated to dispersing health in an easy to learn manner so that optimal health is achieved by everyone starting from the grassroots, by changing habits and influencing decisions, which was birthed out of a need to prevent diseases and improve the healthcare outcomes in Africa, starting from Nigeria. He has won awards in recognition of his efforts in public health education of the average Nigerian and worked with the United Nations on an advocacy project for COVID-19 in Nigeria. Has been a guest at BBC Africa, Plus TV, CNBC Africa, and numerous other stations spreading the message of preventive healthcare many others, He has also been vocal about ensuring that the government plays its role in achieving Universal Healthcare for all.

Isika Emmanuel

Founder, YIEE
Emmanuel Isika is the founder of YIEE which is providing suitable jobs to youths and making the next generation of successful entrepreneurs. He helps students, fresh graduates and young professionals get either their first or next job fast using a vertical job search strategy. Through YIEE, he has reached out to over 10, 000+ youths across 9 countries in Africa and helped hundreds get decent green digital jobs through strategic guidance and mentorship. He is working currently with a Swizardlard-based company Sharma Leadership Institute Inc. In the past, he has worked in fast-paced startups in India and Nigeria alike.

Karimot Odebode

Youth Activist and Writer
Karimot Odebode is a performance poet, writer, and activist from Ibadan Nigeria. She is the founder and project lead of the Black Girl’s Dream Initiative (BGDI) – a youth-led organization that works to end Female Genital Mutilation; promotes Education and leadership through Arts, Advocacy, and Technology. Karimot was a two-time Youth Champion for ONE Campaign where she advocated for a world free of poverty and inequality. She was one of the 45 female African activists from 15 African countries that signed the open letter for gender equality which was presented to world leaders by the ONE campaign on International Women’s Day 2019. She was the ONE in Africa representative during the European Youth Week at Brussels Belgium where she spoke on the need for African women's participation in politics and leadership. Karimot is passionate about bridging the gender gap and mentoring the next generation of impact leaders through the work she and her team do at BGDI.”

Kehinde Jacobs

co-founder, CEO, of Matacare
Kehinde Jacobs is a self-taught Software Engineer and Business developer from Ondo state,Nigeria. He’s is the co-founder, CEO, of Matacare, a company building AI-powered solutions that leverage the expertise of medical practitioners to solve maternal mortality issues in Africa. Kehinde Jacob is passionate about building something new, He’s always looking out To build innovative products because he’s always curious and asks questions about what is next.

Ogunjemite Ponmile

Founder, Pioneer Medical Initiative
Ponmile is passionate about healthcare systems and is a business development professional. She believes strongly in volunteering. She founded Pioneer Medical Initiative in 2018, where she addresses the root causes of healthcare inequalities in rural communities and urban slums with over 120 youth volunteers joining her passion drive. She has directly impacted over 2,500 lives in marginalized communities and adopted villages through her non-profit activities. Ponmile has volunteered with Impact Your World Leadership Initiative, Voice4Peaceorg, and Africa Code Week. She is the co-convener of Advancing Technology and a member of the African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative, YALI RLC West Africa, and many more. Ponmile has achieved great feats through volunteering.

Olabode Otolorin

Content Writer, Music Journalist
Olabode Otolorin is a content writer and music journalist with razor-sharp knowledge of music and culture. In the last three years, Olabode’s works have delved into the mysteries and controversies associated with the scene. Likewise, he’s helped to highlight and tell the stories of music creators. His remarkable quality has seen him jacked up by music companies to contribute to their content marketing efforts. With a heavy emphasis on clearly explaining topics and a core competency in storytelling, Olabode has elevated the growth of companies like Naijaloaded, Bounce Networks, Okay Africa through creating rich content. His works have also appeared on Huffington Post, Bella Naija, Native Mag, and Pitchfork. He currently contributes to growth efforts at Mavin Records and Gbedu. It’s not an opinion, it’s not a feeling, but Olabode believes companies can ascend a layer of growth and scale staggering heights by employing content marketing.

Olaoluwa Aboluwarin

UX Business Analyst/Product Manager
Kitan David is a UX Business Analyst/Product Manager, leading young Africans in the new normal world of NFTs, tokens, coins and AI preaching daily “Hello World, this is the new rich”. He’s popular with leading the movement Future of Work Africa and has been able to consistently over the past 11 years grow young talents to acquire relevant technological skills and landed them jobs in Nigeria, Ghana, Europe, the USA, UK, and Canada mostly through Future Academy Africa which he founded.

Peace Odili

A Poet
Peace Odili is a Legal Practitioner with a drive for maintaining successive progress and continuity in systems. Her broad expertise in the legal profession coupled with her passion for technology is evidenced by the level of systematic reform she facilitated into the procurement process in Ondo State. She has a credible history in the public and private sector as Programmes Manager for the Nigerian Women Techsters, a Microsoft-funded initiative, Head of Operations at the Ondo State Covid-19 Rapid Response Centre, Director of Administration at the Akeredolu/Aiyedatiwa Campaign Organization, and Head of Operations at the Ondo State Secretariat for Tribunal Process. She currently serves as the Special Assistant to the Ondo State Governor on Innovation and Partnerships and the Executive Director at Emerging Communities Africa. She is a creative writer at peaceodili.com

Solomon Ayodele

Innovation Manager
Solomon is a results-driven innovation manager, well-versed in driving business transformation, leveraging expertise in building customer-centric technology products and he currently leads the Innovation arm of Nigeria's First fully digital bank. Solomon was an Analyst, Innovation Digital Enablement and Analytics at Stanbic IBTC where he drove digital strategy execution by managing product development from conceptualization to delivery to customers; ;driving partnership engagements with the technology ecosystem and facilitating digital emersion sessions to boost the organization's digital knowledge quotient. Prior to working at Stanbic IBTC, Solomon worked as the Business Transformation Lead with an EDTech outfit and managed the Project Management and Change Management arm of the business. Solomon joined Stanbic IBTC in 2015 and worked in diverse roles across personal and business banking, IT Project management, Data Analysis and Executive Management.

Summy Smart

Serial Entrepreneur
Dr Summy Smart is the founder of the largest entrepreneurship network in Africa: African's Young Entrepreneurs, also known as A.Y.E He is the first Honorary Doctor of Entrepreneurship in Nigeria. He is the CEO of the Ondo State Entrepreneurship Agency (ONDEA) and the special consultant to the Ondo state Governor on Entrepreneurship

Victor Fatanmi

Brand analyst, Conversation leader, and Design agency founder.
In 2015, he co-founded FourthCanvas, a brand-centric design agency serving global and ambitious tech brands from Lagos, Nigeria. With an ideology defined by openness, empathy, curiosity, and optimism, he has been committed to inspiring and supporting people—within and beyond FourthCanvas—to bring remarkable ideas to life, from guiding several ambitious clients seeking distinction to mentoring over 500 Nigerian designers to date. He is renowned to have played key roles in major media campaign successes including #StopEbola (2014); 3 Presidential elections across Africa; as well as several brand identity and communication campaigns for clients in Nigeria, Europe, and the United States, bringing his much-enjoyed capacity as a facilitator to the table.

Organizing team


Akure, Nigeria
  • Oyero Abiodun Y.
  • Richard Aiyejina
  • Rotimi Olajide
  • Sodiq Ayansiji
  • Wahab A. Ọlálékan