African innovation in the spotlight as TEDGlobal returns to Tanzania


TEDGlobal, an annual conference “celebrates human ingenuity by exploring ideas, innovation and creativity” returns to Tanzania on Sunday – a decade since the country first hosted the event.

The conference runs from August 27 to August 30, highlighting key challenges and opportunities for the Africa. Innovators and creatives from across the continent are speaking at the event, which this year is themed as: “Builders. Truth Tellers, Catalysts.”


‘Passionate about the future of Africa’

“We want to reignite those sparks and invite anyone passionate about the future of Africa, and the future of the world to come and be part of something special,” TEDGlobal organisers announced on their website.

The four-day event will be held in the northern city of Arusha, which rests at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro.

This year’s speakers include Rwanda President, Paul Kagame; President of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim; writer and activist, OluTimehin Adegbeye; Neurotechnology entrepreneur, Oshiorenoya Agabi; and Biomedical engineering professor, Tania Douglas.

Business and technology leaders will also be speaking at the event and entertainment will be provided by some of Africa’s best talent.

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.