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Theme: From Chrysalis to Butterfly

This event occurred on
May 25, 2024
Cape Coast, Central

The conference was inspired and motivated by the profound journey from chrysalis to butterfly, drawing poignant parallels with the current state of our world. In a realm where untapped potential and scarce opportunities prevail, this conference ignites the collective imagination, envisioning a resplendent transformation. Like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, we aspire to witness a self-metamorphosis, where barriers dissolve, and boundless opportunities unfurl. Brace yourself for a TEDxUniversityofCapeCoast conference that redefines what it means to soar.

This third maiden edition of the TEDxUniversityofCapeCoast conference will transcend boundaries. Through a captivating blend of live speakers, empowering performances, and networking, we aspire to illuminate minds and ignite deep conversations on embracing unconventional and innovative approaches to tackling life's challenges.

Join us on this exhilarating journey as we inspire our superpowers to unlock our full potential within our community.

School of Medical Sciences Auditorium
University of Cape Coast
Cape Coast, Central, 000
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Abdul-Rauf Nasir

Actuarial Science Student
Abdul-Rauf Nasir is a dedicated student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science at the esteemed University of Cape Coast. Alongside his academic pursuits, he has also taken on the role of a co-founder at 'TEAM ToDo,' an organization dedicated to providing valuable mentorship and guidance to its members, empowering them on their journey towards fulfilling their dreams. Abdul-Rauf is deeply passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of others, and finds immense joy in utilizing the resources available to him to support and uplift those around him. In addition to his altruistic pursuits, Abdul-Rauf finds solace and motivation in the world of literature. Reading serves as both an escape from life's challenges and a source of inspiration, propelling him forward in the pursuit of his own dreams.

Afia Ayeyi Yiadom-Boakye

Motivational speaker and ambassador for OI Foundation Ghana
Infragilis Ayeyi is a twelve-year-old girl who hails from the Central Region of Ghana. She is the ambassador for Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation Ghana. And through her work with the foundation, she has greatly advocated for the significant spread of knowledge of the condition Osteogenesis Imperfecta. She has embarked on several media rounds to educate the public on the said condition. She has appeared on several broadcasting platforms such as BBC, TV3, Joynews and ATL FM. Due to her passion in creating awareness of the condition and also in breaking stigmatization in the country, she shares deep and inspiring stories on her social media pages which reaches over thousands of people. Every year, she partners with the foundation to bring up projects that amplifies the condition in the country and to a large extent, the world. These projects include the organization of health programme a at the Cape Coast Teaching hospital dubbed "Pamidronate Infusion Treatment

Afrakoma Nyamebofour Otoo

Mental Health Activist
Nyamebofour Otoo is a young, aspiring polymath interested in the intersections of politics, economics and technology. She has a youtube channel called The Graye Space that is dedicated to telling the stories of people who deal with mental illnesses. She is also a poet and has self published a poetry book through amazon called "Goddess Unsung" She is a strong believer in embracing diversity and extending grace to people who defy social norms

Dr. Marvin Opoku-Manu

Doctor of Optometry
Marvin Opoku-Manu, OD, is a dedicated optometrist committed to providing high-quality visual care and promoting eye health in diverse communities. As a practitioner at Blackwood Optometry+, he examines patients, conducts tests, and prescribes treatments to maintain and improve vision. Beyond clinical work, Marvin collaborates with healthcare professionals to advance research in visual sciences. He is also deeply passionate about outreach, leading eye care screenings and programs for underserved populations. Through his captivating storytelling, Marvin bridges the gap between medical knowledge and human understanding, fostering empathy and awareness around rare eye conditions

Dr. Stephen Moore

Senior Lecturer, University of Cape Coast.
Dr. Stephen Moore is a senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana with an impressive academic and professional background. He is a computational scientist with graduate studies from top universities in Germany and Austria, and has worked at renowned research institutions across Europe. Since relocating to Ghana in 2018, Dr. Moore has made significant contributions to the country's Al ecosystem. He is the co-founder of Ghana Natural Language Processing and serves as the university's coordinator at the UNESCO International Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Moore was also part of the teams that developed Ghana's Al policy framework and the National High Performance Computing Center. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Moore has secured prestigious grants and awards, including from The World Academy of Science, Google, and RUFORUM. He was named the Best Evolving College Researcher at the University of Cape Coast.

Edna Frimpong

Author, Entrepreneur and shoemakergurl
Edna Frimpong is an award-winning entrepreneur popularly known as the shoemakergurl thriving in a male-dominated shoemaking industry. She authored the motivational book "The Shoemakergurl". Edna is the PR of Ahofade, a popular classic fashion brand in West Africa. Having a BA in Communication a focus on Public Relations. She has made a notable impact as a voice for females in academia and the entrepreneurial space. If she is not making shoes or called on stage for an award, she loves to share her experiences to help build the young generation and unleash their potential through mentorship and coaching.

Eve Asante

Managing Director
Eve Asante is the Managing Director at Asante & Partners, a corporate consulting firm specializing in Investment Consulting and Project Management. With 8 years of experience, she fosters UK- Africa investment, excelling in Project Management and resource management. She initiates Social Responsibility Projects, empowering Ghanaian youth through job creation, entrepreneurship, education, and skills development. Over 160,000 youths benefit from this project. Eve's projects receive support from prestigious organizations like the Commonwealth, British Council, UNDP, and KGL Foundation, commitment to Africa's future.

Jemima Akosua Okaikor Okai

Project Administrator and Public Speaker
Jemima Akosua Okaikor Okai is a seasoned Confidence and Public Speaking Coach. With a fervent dedication to rebuilding confidence, she has left audiences captivated through her engaging speeches, whether moderating, speaking, or training. Jemima has a Master's Degree in Development Management from GIMPA and a Bachelor's in Political Science from the University of Ghana. Jemima possesses a rich background spanning over 7 years in Administration, Project Management, Impact Communications, and Monitoring & Evaluation. When not coaching, she contributes her skills as a Project Administrator for Heat Adaptation for Vulnerable Groups in Africa (HABVIA), a pioneering research project focused on Climate Change, Health, and Environment, demonstrating her commitment to driving positive change on a global scale.

Kow Kwegya Amissah Abraham

Senior Lecturer, Classics & Philosophy Dept,UCC.
Kow Kwegya Amissah Abraham holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in Philosophy, all from the University of Cape Coast Ghanaa Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt, Germany. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, Qualification Certificate in Law (QCL). He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Classics and Philosophy, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, where he has gained considerable experience in teaching and research. He is also a lawyer and solicitor with expertise in various areas of litigation. He co-founded the Centre for Policy Research and Training, (CEPRAT) a public policy organization which focuses on policy analysis, research and advocacy. His research interests are in Philosophy specifically Ethics and Political philosophy; Law, and Public Policy

Philomena Esi Agudu

Medical Student
Philomena Esi Agudu is a fifth-year medical student at the University of Cape Coast, an accomplished student leader, an engaging public speaker, and a talented writer of both fiction and non-fiction genres. Her writing has flourished across multiple platforms, including a notable publication in an anthology with the esteemed Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing. Driven by her passion for philanthropy, Philomena discovered a profound sense of fulfillment through the art of public speaking. In 2023, she showcased her exceptional skills by leading a team to victory in the medical school pitching contest, aptly named "Think Outside the Box." The prize money garnered from the contest was then directed towards a community service initiative benefiting the Ayeboafo Community in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Beyond her academic pursuits, Philomena is a staunch advocate of mindfulness, cherishing moments of solitude that allow for introspection and personal growth.

Prof. George Kwaku T. Oduro

Fmr. Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Coast
Prof George K. T. Oduro is a Former Pro Vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC). He is a Professor of Educational Leadership at the UNESCO Category 2 Institute of Educational Planning & Administration (IEPA) of UCC. He holds a PhD (CANTAB) degree from the University of Cambridge, UK. Prof Oduro is a professional teacher who has taught at all levels of Ghana's educational system and has a strong passion for learning -centred leadership. He is Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Australian Leadership Awards Fellowshio (ALAF) Scheme and the Galilee International Management Institute

Samuel Acheampong, PhD

Assistant Lecturer, Dept. Of MBB, University of Cape Coast.
Samuel Acheampong was born at Abosamso, a small farming community in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He was raised in a household comprising peasant farmers. Samuel is an Assistant lecturer at the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, School of Biological Sciences, UCC. He holds a Bachelor Degree (First Class Honours), two Masters Degrees, and has recently completed his PhD studies. Samuel is driven by a fervent desire for progress and transformation. His academic path aim at harnessing modern biotechnology for agricultural transformation. As a lecturer, Samuel focuses on equipping students with knowledge, skills and technologies which will make students more curious, independent and industrious. He emphasizes on adoption of technology in the things we do.

Sulemana Mohammed

Product Developer Lead and Medical Student
Sulemana Mohammed serves as the co-founder and product development manager at JAASGROW Limited, specializing in the production of climate-smart dual-purpose products that integrate fertilizer, pesticide, and soil amendment benefits. Additionally, he pursues a career as a Biomedical researcher and is currently studying medicine at the University of Cape Coast. Sulemana is deeply committed to sustainable solutions that enhance agricultural practices and environmental health.

Organizing team

Haruna Mohammed

Cape Coast, Ghana


Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Baratu Mohammed
    Team member
  • Dzifianu Afi Edoh-Torgah
  • Eugenia Elikem Lawoe
  • Hulaifa Muhammad
    Team member
  • Prince Zigli
    Team member
  • Rukaiya Abdul-Aziz