TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology,
Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are collectively, shaping our future.
In fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline.
Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a day long journey into the
future.” The diverse audience of CEOs, scientists, creatives, and philanthropists is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included former President Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.
TED was first held in Monterey, California, in 1984. In recent years, TED has expanded to include an international conference, TEDGlobal; media initiatives, including TED Talks and TED.com; and the TEDPrize.
Today, nearly 2,000 talks from past TED conferences are now freely available online at TED.com
TEDxOkpanam is an independently organized TED event; the very first in this side of town.
Just like other TEDx Talks, TEDxOkpanam looks to inspire the community through the power of IDEAS WORTH SPREADING. We are not looking at only inspiring the community, we are looking at inspiring the world by leveraging on the over 22.2 million subscribers to the TEDx Talks YouTube Channel spread across all countries of the globe.
TEDxOkpanam was conceived by a group of young people with a passion for Delta State, but the desired outcome is that TEDxOkpanam will be the birth of a new mentality and positive change. The event seeks to bring people of all ages, gender, tribes, religions, political ideology, etc. together for an improved community.
TEDxOkpanam has come to stay and will be an annual event only to be held once a year. The theme for the events would be based on factors influencing our world vis-a-vis the community. For the maiden edition, the theme is WHAT NEXT?.
Why The Theme “What Next?”
As we go through life, we all get to significant transitional points in our journey. In our life’s pursuits, there would always be things we pursue and reach out to get. The achievement of one goal evidently leads to the birth of another. And so the pursuit continues.
There are however unexpected events that would happen, against our plans and projections. Things would happen that would ruffle our lives and force us to take
necessary actions almost immediately. At that point, the relevant question to ask is WHAT NEXT?
In 2020 for instance, the entire world was shaken by the Covid19pandemic and a lot of structural adjustments had to be made globally.
Undoubtedly, at the verge of a success or failure, we all need a hand lent to us, to enable us climb the next steps.
After achieving a major feat and everything seems to be in place, what should I do next to ensure I keep up the pace?
After a major disappointment, what do I do next to pick up the broken pieces and move on?
Whether positive or negative, one truth is that we all get to points where a major decision needs to be taken in order to usher us into a new season of our lives.
This reality transcends career, education, marriages, life visions and ambitions and anything you can think of.
How do you decide if your next line of action would deliver to you the intended results?
How do you rise up from a disappointing situation and maximize your living?
These and many more would TEDxOkpanam be addressing via the theme WHAT NEXT?
Meet our 2022 Speakers
Owoabasi Onuk is an Energy Consultant with more than 14 years of professional expertise in Solar power Systems Engineering. He is fully committed to providing solar energy solutions across the country. He is also the CEO of Cleanergy, a leading Solar Energy Company in Nigeria, that has successfully installed hundreds of solar power systems spread across 15 different states in Nigeria, providing 24/7 Electricity to homes, businesses, commercial buildings, banks, data centers, etc.
Omu is a transformational leadership expert who delivers high-energy keynotes presentations that challenge audiences to leverage their values and pay attention to what matters most at work and in life. Audiences love her practical strategies they can apply personally and professionally.
Omu is a founding member of the John Maxwell Team. She also is an Executive Director and national trainer in BNI
Nigeria. With over 8 years of active global networking experience, a knack for making meaningful connections with audiences and an insatiable appetite for helping others maximize their potential, A Neuroencoding Specialist, Omu knows how to rock a platform, connect with a crowd and provide training so that others can effectively do the same.
Omus’ down-to-earth humour compels audiences to laugh while they learn. She engages groups from the moment she steps in front of them and leaves them with empowering tools and focused mindsets that they will use long after the lights have gone out on the event.
Omu is passionate about people, leadership and successful businesses. She is especially inspired to help people take their careers – and themselves – to unprecedented levels.
Oh, did we mention that Omu is Nigerian? Why does that matter? Well, it means that she’s warm, funny entrepreneurial and loves life. Her wanderlust has taken her to different parts of the world. She also considers herself an unofficial introvert ... and a really bad dancer.
Dr. Ogbedo Ernest
Dr. Ogbedo Ernest
Dr. Ogbedo Ernest started his Medical Education in the University of Port Harcourt Nigeria from 1989 to 1996. He started his career in Civil service with the Delta State Hospitals Management Board in Agbor, Nigeria in 2006 before he became the Zonal Medical Director after moving to Asaba in 2008. During his career in Delta State Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Ogbedo was involved in several medical missionary outreaches to poor urban and rural citizens. In 2009, he was in Seychelles Island Indian Ocean where he practiced as expatriate ophthalmologist. In 2011, he left for the Gambia, where he was Head of Clinical Services in Shiekh Zayeed Regional Eye Centre Kanifing, and was in-charge of training of post graduate Ophthalmologists and mid-level eye health workers drawn from over 12 countries in Africa.
Dr. Ogbedo is currently at Federal Medical Centre Asaba Nigeria where he is consultant ophthalmologist. His key interests are; paediatric ophthalmology, community outreaches, capacity building in eye health workers and training of microsurgical skills.
He is the founder of Restore Sight Africa Initiative –an NGO committed to prevention of blindness through Medical mission to the poor rural and urban communities. In 2018 Restore Sight Africa Initiative carried out free eye treatment on over 40,000 persons, gave out glasses to over 25,000 persons and carried out surgeries on over 2,500 persons in Delta, Anambra, Edo, Enugu, and Imo States in Nigeria.
Through deep selfless service to humanity Dr. Ogbedo Ernest holds an award of Excellence as “DELTA STATE ASSOCIATION OF THE BLIND MAN OF THE YEAR 2017,” UNSUNG HEROES AWARD 2018 BY DELTA ECONOMIC SUMMIT GROUP.
Dr. Ogbedo Ernest is married to Lawrentta Aidevuo Ogbedo and they are blessed with God-fearing Children.
Dr. Newton Jibunoh
Dr. Newton Jibunoh
Dr. Newton Jibunoh, is the Founder of the Nigeria's foremost environmental non-governmental organization, Fight Against Desert Encroachment (FADE). Accredited to UNEP and UNCCD, FADE Africa, which was founded in 2000, is focused on combating desertification and its fall-outs such as climate change, poverty, migration and conflict.
Dr. Jibunoh is specificallytrained in the Science of Desertification from the Ben-Gurion University at the Negev, Israel; the CAREERI Institute in China studying the Gobi Desert; and the American Desert Commission in Nevada studying the Arizona and Nevada desert.
His moniker –Desert Warrior—came as a result of his numerous desert exploration. Dr Jibunoh has crossed the Sahara Desert (driving from London to Lagos, and Lagos to London) three times. He embarked upon two solo expeditions in 1966 and 2000. The third expedition in 2008 was in the company of five other desert warriors. In 2011, Dr Jibunoh partnered with the Lagos State Government to establish the first ever Green Reality TV Show called, “Dr. Newton Jibunoh’s Desert Warriors Reality Show”.
A lover of Arts, Dr Jibunoh is the Founder of DIDI Museum, Nigeria's first private museum established May 13, 1983. He has authored many books and publications, and recently, he writes weekly as a columnist for the Sun Newspaper where he focuses on issues affecting the nation and the environment.
Dr Jibunoh was also Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Costain (West Africa) Plc, and later became the Chairman until he retired in 2006. He is an internationally acclaimed speaker and has represented Nigeria in a number of Climate Change summits and conferences such as Bangkok, Copenhagen, and Cancun.
Chief Osasu Igbinedion
Chief Osasu Igbinedion
Chief Osasu Igbinedion is an astute and renowned media personality with cognate experience in journalism and media operations. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of TOS TV Network. She obtained her bachelor's degree from Stonehill College in Easton Massachusetts and thereafter a master's degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She later received a certificate in TV and Film Production from New York Film Academy in New York, United States of America. She’s the founder of TOS Foundation.
She is a well decorated media guru and has been a recipient of several awards throughout her career which includes but not limited to the following:
- 2016: Exemplary Distinguished Leadership Honour by West Africa Students Union Parliament Kwame Nkrumah.
- 2017: Service Excellence Award for the Osasu Show Journalistic Excellence by the Institute for Service Excellence and Good Governance.
- 2017: Role Model to the Girl Child by the Nigeria Entrepreneurs Award.
- 2017: Sworte Talks Champion by Sworte Talks
- 2017: LEMA (Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Mentorship, Advocacy) Award by YOSIncorporated in Conjunction with SPEBS (Stanley Power Entrepreneurship & Business School)
- 2018: Humanitarian of the year by Green October Events Award.
- 2018: Award of Honour as Icon of Hope by Nigerian Youth Advocacy for Good GovernanceInitiative Award.
- 2018: Award of Recognition for Contribution to the Future of Girls and Women in Nigeria by the Girl’s Show Nigeria.
- 2018: INEC FCT Ambassador.
- 2018: Outstanding Innovation and Leadership Award by Emerging Entrepreneurs Multi-PurposeCooperative Society.
- 2018: Seasoned Professional of the Year by Woman on Fire Abuja Awards.
- 2018: Seasoned professional of the Year by NFOB Global Entertainment.
- 2018: Humanitarian Awards by La Mode Magazine Green October
- 2018: Global Impact Ambassador Award by United Nations Sustainable Development Goals inAssociation with Sustainable Development Solution Network on Youths Affiliated with Global
Race against Poverty & HIV/AIDS.
- 2018: Paint My Face with Glamour, a compilation of Poems by Benjamin Ubiri in Honour of Osasu Igbinedion.
- 2018: Most outstanding TV personality of the Year by National Impact Merit Awards.
2018: Award for Significant Contribution towards Deepening Democratic Ideas and Creating a Platform to Promote Investigative Journalism in Nigeria 2018 by National Young Professional Forum.
- 2018: Young Achiever of the year by DAAR Awards Prize.
- 2019: Media Personality of the Year Award by the Difference Global Awards -
- 2019: Social Media For Social Good Awards Africa
- 2020: Young and Bold Award by BOEA (Best of Edo Award)
• 2020: Recognition award – Phenomenal Woman of Worth (Shining a Light for Humanity) African Women in Leadership Organization (AWLO)
• Legendary Bridge Builder Award by Emerging Entrepreneurs Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society Ltd.
• Most Inspiring Mentor Award by Eminent Emerging Entrepreneurs Foundation.