Monrovia to Host First Ever TED Event

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The first-ever TED event in Monrovia will take place on Monday at the Monrovia City Hall.

TED is a global set of conferences devoted to spreading innovative ideas in the form of short and powerful talks. It welcomes people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. The conferences have covered nearly all topics from science to business to global issues in more than 100 languages.

The conference organizers have allowed independent events, called TEDx events, promoting the same concepts. Organizers of TEDx events can obtain a free license and agree to follow specific rules prescribed by TED.

Liberian academic, author and activist Robtel Pailey previously spoke at a TEDx event held in the United Kingdom.

Logan Campbell, the TEDxMonrovia organizer, and founder, said the event would include talks from inspiring speakers, TEDx videos from around the world, and live performances from some of the best musical stars in the country.

“The main event will be live streamed around Monrovia and its environs,” Campbell said, including on a large screen at the Vamoma intersection.

Campbell has assembled a diverse group of speakers for the event, ranging from thinkers, leaders, change makers, and community builders. They include President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner; the speaker of the Liberia National Children Representative Forum, Satta Sheriff; Liberian hipco artist, Henry ‘Amaze’ Toe; and infectious disease epidemiologist, Dr. Mosaka Fallah.

Barku Tubman, proprietor of Peace Café and Capital Room, is also among the speakers, including tech entrepreneur Vivian Jones and religious leader Sister Barbara Brilliant.

“We want to give them the platform they deserve to showcase their ideas and generate conversations around what comes next. A space to share their great ideas,” Campbell added.

Accountability Lab’s Executive Director Blair Glencorse said while tickets are on sale for the event, for US$50, the US Embassy is helping to purchase tickets to enable people who may not afford the ticket cost to attend.

“Organizing this event cost a lot of money, so money generated will go toward organizational cost,” Glencorse said.

The event is being independently organized by TEDxMonrovia in partnership with Accountability Lab, Liberian TV, US Embassy, Liberty and Justice, and Monrovia Football Academy. Smart Liberia and The Bush Chicken are also partners to the organizers.

Featured photo by Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah Senah

Senah is a graduate of the University of Liberia and a recipient of the Jonathan P. Hicks Scholarship for Mass Communications. Between 2017 and 2019, he won six excellent reporting awards from the Press Union of Liberia. They include a three-time Land Rights Reporter of the Year, one time Women's Rights Reporter of the Year, Legislative Reporter of the Year, and Human Rights Reporter of the Year.

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