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TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, opens its TEDGlobal 2017 Conference in Arusha, Tanzania.

Themed Builders Truth-tellers Catalysts, the event host 700 attendees for a program of 45 plus speakers and performers sharing ideas in TED’s signature format of short, powerful talks no longer than 18 minutes.

The four-day event will also feature presentations and performances from 27 TED Fellows. It marks TED’s first return to Africa since the memorable TEDGlobal 2007 Conference held at the same location.

Some of the Kenyan speakers include Kamau Gachigi, Technologist, Kisilu Musya, a Farmer and filmmaker, Afro-pop band Sauti Sol, Fredros Okumu a Mosquito scientist and Washington Wachira, one of the country’s best Wildlife ecologist and nature photographer.

Our event here a decade ago led to so many meaningful ideas, connections and collaborations,” said head of TED Chris Anderson. “Now, we have a chance to reignite those sparks. The ideas emerging from Africa have the potential to create transformative impact, not just here on the continent, but worldwide,” he added.

This gathering couldn’t come a moment too soon,” said TEDGlobal co-curator Emeka Okafor.

Adding, “Africa has experienced spectacular economic, demographic and creative growth, but both opportunity and danger are rising at an exponential rate. Our conference will gather the idea catalysts, problem-solvers and change-makers already hard at work here charting Africa’s own path to modernity.”

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