TEDxYaba will take place on Saturday, 19 August 2017 at the Ozone Cinemas, E-Centre, Yaba, Lagos. The theme for this year’s event is “Past, Present, Future”.

The Yaba area of Lagos houses the famous technology cluster in Lagos widely regarded as Nigeria’s Silicon Valley and is a melting pot for some of the finest innovators in the country, who in true TED spirit have built the ecosystem into what it is through collaboration. It has attracted global attention including a surprise visit by Mark Zuckerberg. The current state governor has also affirmed that the area and the innovators that work there represent the future of the country. This event would be dedicated to curating ideas that reflect the innovations and the innovative spirit that have made Yaba an example to other cities in the country. What can we learn, for instance, from its history while celebrating its present and charting a course for its future. Would Yaba continue to grow as a technology hub or is the progress we’ve seen transient? What does this mean for other cities across the country and continent? What innovations can we expect to see in the coming years and how would they impact the lives of ordinary citizens? What would these interactions with technology look like and should we be intrigued or worried? What role will the arts and other areas of human endeavor play in this future?

At this TEDxYaba event, we hope to take a closer look into these and the innovations down in Nigeria’s Silicon Valley that could cause ripples across the African continent.


About TEDxYaba

TEDxYaba is a local, independently organized TEDx event in Yaba (Lagos, Nigeria), that strives to re-create the unique experience found at TED. At its core, the fundamental goal is to foster “ideas worth spreading”. Our aim is to curate ideas that reflect the innovations and the innovative spirit within the city.

About TEDx

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.