TEDxJabi is an annual event in which the best minds converge to share life experiences, and to provide proven solutions to Nigeria’s challenges and the key to success.
The recent TEDx talks in Abuja, titled TEDxJabi took place on November 14, at Sheraton Hotels, Abuja. This year’s event was sponsored by Arik Air with AIT & Naij.com as the official media partners.
TEDxJabi has constantly provided a platform for some of the most creative minds in Nigeria to express themselves and share worthy ideas.
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This year’s event, had the unique theme of: Determination, Drive & Discipline.
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The speakers at this year’s events included: Mallam Bolaji Addullahi, a former minister of youth development and minister of sports, Buffy Okeke-Ojiudu, CEO of the Zebra Group, Kiki James, the founder of ACE Charity Africa, Sola Kuti, a politician and entrepreneur, Onyeka Nwelue, an assistant professor of African studies and literature at the University of Manipur, India, Laila St. Matthew Daniel, the founder of ACTS Generation, Aderonke Bello, a Nigerian journalist and the head of the sports desk at Naij.com, and Charles Oputa (CharlyBoy), Nigeria’s most enigmatic performer and entertainer.
In his speech, former minister Bolaji Abdullahi mentioned how increasing entrepreneurship education was killing education in Nigeria. He drew attention to the rise of the merchant mentality in Nigeria’s educational development.
According to him, the craze to raise entrepreneurs is creating a dearth of skill and competence in our public institutions.
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“Our inordinate concentration on entrepreneurship and self-employment is killing our education. It is educating our young people out of their diverse talents and potentials; it is stigmatizing knowledge and the pursuit of interests that do not make money making their primary objectives. And, it is undermining our public institutions,” he said.
“If all our young people become business owners, where will the philosophers come from? Where will the medical doctors come from? Where will the engineers come from? Where will the teachers come from?” Abdullahi asked rhetorically.
TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to ideas worth spreading. TED started as a four-day conference in California 31 years ago. Since then TED has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Global Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes.
Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Sir Richard Branson, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading”, TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a programme of self-organised local events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience where x = an independently organised TED event.
Post from Naij.com