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This event occurred on
July 15, 2023
Mbabane, Hhohho

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

Waterford Kamhlaba
Kamhlaba Road
Mbabane, Hhohho, P.O.Box 52
Event type:
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Adrian Nkhoma

Junior Financial Analyst
Adrian Nkhoma is an introspective and multifaceted individual, hailing from the nation of Malawi. Below his outward appearance lies a complex inner world, rich with thoughts and passions. His passion for driving transformation extends beyond himself, as he aims to transcend mere rhetoric and become a catalyst for igniting the flame of change in others. His talk will inspire listeners to explore the profound depths and intricate paradoxes within faith, inviting them on a transformative journey of spiritual discovery. Adrian aims to illuminate how these paradoxes can fortify one's own spiritual path while embarking on a collective endeavor to piece together the intricate puzzle of faith.

Ashley Njanike

Ashley Njanike, from Zimbabwe, is passionate about promoting the diverse and rich African culture. Recognizing the value of her own heritage, she is dedicated to bridging cultural gaps and fostering a better understanding of Africa's vibrant traditions. In her TED talk, Ashley shares compelling stories and perspectives on the significance of embracing and celebrating African culture. She emphasizes the need to challenge stereotypes, embrace diversity, and foster cultural appreciation to create a more inclusive and interconnected Africa.

Benita Basemera

Benita Basemera is an IB1 student from Uganda who is passionate about authenticity and optimistic human denouement specifically towards the youth, (including herself) who along the course of adolescent metamorphosis have struggled to identify themselves as notable individuals aside from the standards of institutional, media, cultural and social influence.

Claire Piron

Claire Piron (she/her) is a Barbadian and Belgian dancer and student. She is passionate about bringing awareness to how dance changes people and communities as well as how it can be used to change the healthcare system. In her TED Talk ‘From steps to solutions: The Power of Dance’ she will be speaking about exactly that, sharing how dance has shaped her and how the arts can be a catalyst for social change. She hopes that her talk will inspire and challenge all to find something that they are truly passionate about, and use it as a tool to create change in the world around them.

Ikmal Momin

Youth Social Activist
Ikmal Momin (he/him), a dedicated youth Bangladeshi philanthropist, is the founder of MOMEDS, a youth charity organization. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, he tirelessly traversed Bangladesh, leveraging his organization to provide essential medical equipment to underdeveloped hospitals in need. Ikmal's unwavering commitment to youth advocacy shines through in his selfless endeavors. His remarkable journey, from personal tragedy to creating a meaningful NGO, will be the focal point of his upcoming TEDx speech. With a fervent desire to make a positive impact, Ikmal Momin exemplifies the power of turning adversity into an opportunity to uplift others and create lasting change in society.

Khalil Abida

Khalil Abida (He/Him) is an IB2 student at Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA and is from Tunisia. His main passion is social advocacy. A Former Ted-ed Speaker who is fond of defying social codes, his talk will be articulated around race as a social construct and the means to break free from it.

Kiara Fonseka

Kiara Fonseka(she/her) is originally from Sri Lanka but born and raised in Eswatini. The multicultural aspect of herself has played a vital role in defining her identity. She is passionate in finding her own journey as an individual as well as helping others in solving their own puzzle. Kiara and her friend Ruth have never found it easy answering the question ‘Where are you from?’ By sharing life altering experiences and challenges they encountered, they strive to break the matrix that an individual must be monocultural, and rather convey the beauty of being multicultural.

Lisha Lovely

Lisha (she/her) is an IB2 student at Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA. She is German/South African by nationality but has lived in Eswatini for the majority of her life. Her passions and interests include photography, hockey, art, cooking, running etc. Her TED talk is called "Why we make decisions that suck and how to stop". She uses current real-world examples to illustrate how bias, groupthink, and lack of knowledge leads us (at both the personal and governmental level) to make awful choices.

Liya N'diaye

Liya N’diaye is passionate about the power of knowledge and nature. Her philosophy consists of combining the power of human’s knowledge and the environment which would mathematically lead to a much more profitable and money-making society in a sustainable manner. Those two concepts, often seen as problematic, are indivisible for a successful future in harmony with nature. In her TED talk, « And the innovation Prize of 2023 goes to..Nature», she will explain how our industries and society should inspire themselves from the nature cycle which is all based on the circular economy from a technical and artistic perspective because…after all, nature is the best economist never existed. She hopes her stories will inspire others to free their brain and adopt a new vision of nature in order to piece the puzzle, in order to piece our puzzle

Lorien Bray

Lorien (she/her) is a seventeen-year-old questioning our relationship, as teenagers, to the climate crisis. Her involvement in environmental research, activism, and conservation has led her to reconsider what it means to make a difference. In her TEDx talk she will be reflecting honestly and unapologetically on whether, as a generation, we really do care about climate change. She will inspect her own personal doubts, hopes, and questions on this topic, hoping to open the door to unfiltered honesty when we think about climate change.

Martha Katamba

Martha Katamba is an IB2 student from Uganda who has a strong interest in the power of self awareness and using the influence we hold, regardless of how minute it may feel to raise up the people that surround us. In a joint talk with her friend and classmate Benita, also from Uganda, the two bring to light the questions we subconsciously ask ourselves, not just as teenagers and young adults but also at later stages in life. Questions such as “How do I place myself in the puzzle that is society and where does my piece fit?” “How do I increase the value of my influential wealth?” “How do I find the right puzzle piece to my social identity?”

Ruth Lyaga

Ruth Lyaga(she/her) was born in Uganda but raised in Eswatini. Throughout her life she’s met people from various backgrounds and this has nurtured her fervent love for culture and expression of identity. Ruth and her friend Kiara have never found it easy answering the question ‘Where are you from?’ By sharing life altering experiences and challenges they encountered through a joint talk , they strive to break the matrix that an individual must be monocultural, and rather convey the beauty of being multicultural.

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