The world as we know it, is increasingly changing. People are seeking new and improved ways of doing things and everywhere, innovations across diverse sectors are redefining tastes and cultures. Nigeria and indeed, Lagos, is not left out.It is on the back of these, that we are pleased to introduce the TEDxYaba 2017.

Themed “Past, Present, Future”, is dedicated curating ideas that reflect the innovations and the innovative spirit that have made Yaba an example to other cities in the country. Collectively, our line-up of speakers will be answering questions on what innovations should be expected in the coming years and how they would impact the lives of ordinary citizens; what these interactions with technology would look like and if we should be intrigued or worried. The role of the arts and other areas of human endeavour in this collective future would also be explored.

TEDx Yaba 2017

TEDx Yaba 2017

At the event, we will also look back at history to see what can be learnt while celebrating the present as we chart a course for the 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?  This is because as a geographical location, Yaba houses the famous technology cluster in Lagos widely regarded as Nigeria’s Silicon Valley. It is equally a melting pot for some of the finest innovators in the country, who in true TEDx spirit have built the ecosystem into what it is through collaboration. It has also attracted global attention including a surprise visit by Mark Zuckerberg.

TEDxYaba 2017 is scheduled to hold as follows: 

Date: 19th August, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Venue:  Hall 1, Ozone Cinemas, E-Centre, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos.

Confirmed to speak at the event include Maryam Uwais (Special Adviser to the President on Social Protection), Omobola Johnson (Senior Partner, TLCom Capital/Nigeria’s former ICT minister), Seni Sulyman (Country Director, Andela), Judith Okonkwo (Founder, Imisi3D and organiser of Nigeria’s first virtual reality hackathon), Lala Akindoju (Actress, Producer, Casting Director) Folakunle Oshun (Artistic Director, Lagos Biennial) and other speakers to be confirmed in the coming days.

TEDxYaba 2017 is a free event but registration is required. Please visit our website on and visit our social media pages listed below to see more details. For sponsorship and partnership details, send an email to or call 08183944905




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About TEDx

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxYaba, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxYaba, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to  thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.