TED Talks To Watch Before You Travel To Africa


If you are planning a little continental travel, or coming here for the first time, we suggest you watch these 10 TED Talks to gain a little insight into the land called Africa …

1. Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger Of A Single Story

This powerful talk will challenge you to reconsider not only the stories you tell and hear about the African continent, but the stories you encounter about yourself and your own country as well.

2. Chris Abani: On Humanity

The TED organisation says, “Chris Abani tells stories of people: People standing up to soldiers. People being compassionate. People being human and reclaiming their humanity. It’s “Ubuntu,” he says: the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect humanity back at me.”

3. Kakenya Ntaiya: A Girl Who Demanded School

Kakenya Ntaiya highlights the potential for female education to empower the girls themselves and the communities in which they live. Hers is a story of bravery and determination – and the belief in a better tomorrow.

4. Euvin Naidoo: Why Invest In Africa

According to Euvin Naidoo, a banking executive in South Africa and former president of the South African Chamber of Commerce in America, more investors should be looking to the African continent for their next business opportunities.

5. William Kamkwamba: How I Harnessed The Wind

At 22, William Kamkwamba shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life. He has written a book about his entrepreneurial beginnings, titled The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

6. Boyd Varty: What I Learned From Nelson Mandela

“I am, because of you.” Varty contends that we learn about our humanity and ourselves both from our interactions with other people, as well as the natural environment around us.

7. Robertson: Africa’s Next Boom

Robertson says Africa will experience incredible advances both socially and economically. As corruption falls, a new and revitalised generation of leaders will take control of the smorgasbord of social and natural resources that the continent has to offer.

8. Ludwick Marishane: A Bath Without Water

Ludwick Marishane came up with the idea for an oxymoronic product of sorts: a waterless bath. DryBath is a cheap and convenient alternative to the water bath, and might prove particularly important for the millions of people living without access to water.

9. Xavier Vilalta: Architecture At Home In Its Community

Xavier Vilalta’s shares the story of two of his projects – one in Tunisia, the other in Ethiopia. His architectural pieces don’t impose a certain style on the local environment. Rather, the buildings respond to the physical and social environments of their surroundings.

10. Saki Mafundikwa: Ingenuity And Elegance In Ancient Alphabets

Mafundikwa, a graphic designer who in 2004 founded Zimbabwe’s first graphic design school: the Zimbabwe Institute of Digital Arts, explores the African continent’s rich history of alphabets and syllabaries, including “humanity’s first alphabet.”


Source: TED Talks