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Theme: Change your World

This event occurred on
July 13, 2024
10:00am - 3:00pm WAT
(UTC +1hr)
Minna, Niger

Every world changer first had to accept that they can, because you can never grow beyond your mind.
“Here’s to the crazy ones.” These are the opening words to Apple’s iconic Think Different commercial.

Here’s the poem in its entirety:
[By Steve Jobs; 1955-2011]

Here’s to the Crazy Ones!
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,
disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you cannot do is ignore them.

Because they change things.
They invent. They imagine. They heal.
They explore. They create. They inspire.
They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or, sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?
Or, gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

TEDxFUTMinna is where ideas converge, minds expand, and inspiration thrives. Join us for an unforgettable experience that will leave you empowered and ready to make a difference.
We are always in the spirit of ideas worth spreading from the Federal University of Technology Minna to exploring, learning, and sharing with the world!

Federal University of Technology, Minna
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Anne Obize

Personal Development & Communication Strategist
Anne Obize also known as MacAnne, is an innovative communication specialist, personal development strategist, author, and social entrepreneur with experience in brand communication, TV presenting, event hosting, and youth and community mobilisation. She is the founder of "Teens Connect Africa" a social enterprise that is connecting teenagers to mentorship, resources, and opportunities to develop their potential and become productive members of society. Anne is a changemaker committed to personal and community development. She is a graduate Nnamdi Azikiwe University and Mckinsey Forward Program. Anne believes that everyone, regardless of age, deserves to live a life of impact, influence, and income, which is why she is on a mission to assist young people in living intentionally. She aspires to raise a generation of young people who are critical thinkers and use innovative learning approaches to solve problems in their communities for sustainable development across Africa.

Blessing Ewa

Founder, YASIF Nigeria
Blessing Ewa is a passionate advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, a youth and community engagement expert, and an active contributor to the global effort to combat climate change. In her role as the West Africa Coordinator for Net Zero As Soon As Possible (NZASAP), she works towards promoting climate action within workplaces across Africa, where she strives to make a significant impact on the way businesses approach sustainability and environmental responsibility towards the 2060 agenda for achieving Net Zero. Founding the Young Advocates for a Sustainable and Inclusive Future (YASIF) Nigeria, Blessing has demonstrated her commitment to empowering youth and communities and fostering sustainable environmental solutions. Blessing is also serving as a member of the board at CIVICUS, an international alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society across 180 countries.

Jibril Bala

Researcher, Control Engineer & Academic
Jibril Bala is an accomplished academic and researcher specializing in Mechatronics Engineering, affiliated with the Department of Mechatronics Engineering at the Federal University of Technology, Minna. Jibril's research and interests encompass Intelligent Control Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Intelligent Mechatronics, and Precision Agriculture. Jibril has received recognition for his achievements and contributions, including scholarships from organizations such as the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), and NNPC/Chevron. He has also been involved in research projects funded by prestigious institutions including the Royal Academy of Engineering, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, NCC and others. These research grants focus on areas such as Artificial Intelligence, STEM education, clean energy, intelligent transport systems, precision agriculture, embedded systems and robotics.

Kemi Adesoye

Architect, Screenwriter & Filmmaker
Kemi Adesoye is a prolific screenplay and multiple award winning writer. Kemi wrote the screenplay for “The Figurine,” Nigeria’s break-out cinema movie and winner of five AMAA awards. Figurine was produced by notable Nigerian producer Kunle Afolayan of under which Kemi also wrote “Phone Swap,” a drama-comedy released in 2012 which won Nollywood’s Best Original Screenplay award. Both films are currently streaming on Netflix. She also penned Fifty, A Naija Christmas, Omugwo, Glamour Girls, and others. Kemi holds a Bachelor's and Master’s degree in Architecture from the Federal University of Technology Minna. She then studied scriptwriting and directing at New York Film Academy, Los Angeles. She then studied scriptwriting and directing at New York Film Academy, Los Angeles. Kemi Adesoye is owner of content production company “Buffy K Productions” based in Lagos, Nigeria from where she continues her adventures in screenwriting.

Oladotun Akangbe

Architect, Blockchain Expert, Community and Marketing Strategist
Oladotun Akangbe is a blockchain veteran with over 5-year of experience in the industry. His expertise lies in strategizing around Blockchain and Web3 communities, bridging the gap between complex technical innovations and practical applications for users, and spearheading marketing initiatives for Blockchain and fintech products. Currently, he serve as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for Flincap, a leading blockchain-based financial services company dedicated to revolutionizing digital finance. Concurrently, he consult for various Web3 companies as a community strategist. He holds a degree in Architecture from the Federal University of Technology Minna. Throughout his career, he had made significant contributions to popular Blockchain foundations such as Band protocol, Dfinity Foundation, Solana Labs, Nervos foundation and Injective Labs, furthering the advancement of the global decentralized space.

Samuel Ogbe

Urban Farmer, Botanist & Agronomist
Samuel Ogbe is a botanist, agronomist, pastry chef and passionate vegetable farmer with expertise in greenhouse and open field production of vegetables He is passionate about sustainable agriculture, digital agriculture and youth empowerment in agriculture. Samuel is the founder of Farm Natics - a business that serves as an agricultural hub committed to promoting food security in Africa, train and mentor youths on sustainable agriculture. Samuel has trained, both virtually and on-field, over 160 Nigerian youths on sustainable vegetable production. As a social media enthusiast, Samuel maximizes social media platforms to promote agriculture among youths in Africa. He generates strategic contents to change the negative narratives and misconceptions about farming in Africa.

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Minna, Nigeria