To change the world, change your illusions | Minna Salami |

In this inspiring TEDx Talk, Minna Salami shares a story about the beauty of Africa and African womanhood, her work, feminism in Africa: its contentions and opportunities, and how ultimately we all are connected.

Her words that captured me the most read as follows…. “The more illusions you have about other people which is to say the more erroneous perceptions you have about the reality of peoples lives, the less likely you are to find the meaning of yours…in this exciting but delicate times of globalization it is important more than ever that our inner worlds expand at the same pace as the outer world does, it is time for radical change but this means that we ourselves must radically change.”

Source TEDxBrixton

Is Africa really “rising”?

Source: TEDxEuston

ALI A. MUFURUKI is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tanzania Central Bank, Member of the Board Directors Technoserve, Inc. of Washington, DC and Board Member of Nation Media Group of Kenya. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board Wananchi Group Holdings Kenya, Chairman of The CEOs’ Roundtable of Tanzania and the Trustee–Mandela Institute of Development Studies (MINDS), South Africa, and Chairman of The Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) East Africa.

As an African business leader, Ali Mufuruki implored the TEDxEuston audience to scrutinise the ‘Africa rising’ narrative. In the words of young political commentator, Inez Sarkodee-Adoo , he took to the stage, boldly questioning why 6-7% GDP growth was considered impressive for African economies while 8% growth is dubbed a recession for China.  He asked why “60 years later Africa is still negotiating on a global scale for aid”.

In his speech, Mr. Mufuruki cites three short stories that can be easily paraphrased as “Africa is NOT Rising”, “Africans are NOT Changing” and “A dire prediction for Africa and the World”

These are hard questions, but questions that have to be asked on the TEDxEuston stage. Ali builds his argument in a way that will make you pause to think…and watch it again.

The leaders who ruined Africa, and the generation who can fix it

Before he hit eighteen, Fred Swaniker had lived in Ghana, Gambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. What he learned from a childhood across Africa was that while good leaders can’t make much of a difference in societies with strong institutions, in countries with weak structures, leaders could make or break a country. In this passionate TED talk, Swaniker looks at different generations of African leaders and imagines how to develop the leadership of the future.

Are you part of Generation 4?

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