Festival of ideas, TEDxArkilla holds this Saturday and we are ready for it

Last year, Sokoto had its first TED-like experience with TEDxArkilla. On Saturday, 8th of December, 2018, the second iteration of TEDxArkilla will hit the city of Sokoto at the much-revered Sultan Maccido Ultra-Modern Auditorium by 9:00am.

A dazzling array of speakers and performers will combine to challenge and inspire the audience at this ‘festival of ideas’ as they explore the theme – VOIDS AND VOICES.

The Organizer/Curator of TEDxArkilla, Adedapo Treasure Adeniruju, touching on the theme, stated:

“All across human history, development and progress are proven to be strongly tied with innovation and invention. At the very roots of it, the dynamics of social change are the same: There are vacuums to be occupied and only new, emerging influencers qualify to be occupiers. These new voices are the thought leaders, risk takers and innovators whose works demonstrate a tireless quest for filling gaps, connecting dots, seeking new frontiers and paving ways towards new futures.

Over the last century, technological advances have stepped in as a game changer and have exponentially raised the bar of engagement in human interaction with economics, social structures, politics-local and international. As emerging scientific evidence and technological automation fill existing voids, they open up new voids waiting to be filled by new voices.”

TEDxArkilla 2018 Speakers, selected from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, include:

Aisha UMAR Muhammad teaches African Literature, Ecocritical Literature and Creative Writing at Nigeria’s Federal University Birnin Kebbi. She specializes in Gender literature with focus on Northern Nigerian Women Fiction. She has published with both national and international publishers. Her short story, ‘Binle’s Emerald’ is shortlisted for the 2018 African Writers Award. She is also the Sokoto State coordinator of Hilltop Creative Arts Centre.


Shadi Sabeh, an entrepreneur and educationist, founded Brilliant Footsteps Academy, Sokoto, to respond to the growing need of total education in the community. Dr. Shadi’s work has impacted the education landscape in Sokoto, and was acknowledged by United States President, Barack Obama in May 2015. He is a Tony Elumelu Fellow and was recipient of the Elumelu Legacy Prize in 2012.


Nasir Daniya is a doctoral candidate at London Metropolitan University, UK, and has studied at University of Wales, University of Oxford, University of East London, and Usmanu Danfodiyo University. Mallam Daniya is the Director of ICT/Head of ICT Directorate, Ministry of Science & Technology, Sokoto State. He is an entrepreneur and has won several local and international awards in both Nigeria and United Kingdom. He is the leader of Nigeria Computer Society Sokoto Chapter., also member British Computer Society and American Internet Society.


Jibril Shehu currently serves as Structural Quality Assurance Manager for GPD Group in Akron Ohio. He is responsible for engineering innovation, development of engineering design tools as well as overseeing the Telecommunications group QA/QC program. He Co-Founded Peloton Innovation Partners (Startup in Nigeria) where he brings over (10) years of experience to the team as VP Engineering. Engr. Jibril Shehu is a Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) State of Ohio, USA and Registered Member (COREN) Nigeria. He is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and many others.


Lawal Ahmad is the Director-General of the Nigerian Youth Chamber of Commerce (NYCC). He holds a first degree in Geography from Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto and a Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Lawal also has the rare privilege of being trained as an Agric Value Chain practitioner in Thailand and Germany. He is a fellow of the African Center of Excellence, Canada and an official partner of the World Food Program. Dr. Ahmad is also a program officer, Alliance for Renewable Energy, Berlin, Germany and consultant on mitigation and action against climate change.


Jimoh Amzat PhD. is an associate professor at the Department of Sociology at Usmanu Danfodiyo University. A scholar of extraordinary insight, Dr. Amzat has studied at University of Ibadan, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; Radboud University, The Netherlands; and University of Padua, Italy. He is a recipient of Erasmus Mundus scholarship (Europe) and Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship, Germany. He has also served as a guest lecturer at the University of Bielefeld, Germany and EHESP School of Public Health, France. His research work focuses on the African context of various health issues.


Auwal Ahmed Musa is a medical doctor passionate about youths and health. He has championed campaigns on Sickle Cell Disease and Cancer. He uses technological tools and social media to disseminate information on Sickle Cell Disease, Cancer and other Non Communicable Diseases. Dr Auwal Ahmed Musa initiated the campaign that helped raise over 5 million Naira for a lady diagnosed with liver cancer in 2017.


Amina Yahaya is a youth and women development practitioner who holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language from Usmanu Danfodiyo University, where she earned the fame of emerging the University’s first female Students’ Union and the second in Northern Nigeria in 30years. Amina sits on the board of a number of organizations and she is currently a Program Associate with the International Republican Institute in Abuja.


Muzaffar Abubakar Mahe holds a degree in Architecture from Linton University College Malaysia, where he developed a passion for sustainable green architecture which led him to a one-on-one interview with the father of Bioclimatic Design, Dato Dr Ken Yeang. In 2016, he Co-founded Makera Studio, an architectural visualisation studio that specialized in virtual reality, animation, character design and gaming. Till today Makera studio remains the only VR studio in Nigeria.

TEDxArkilla 2018 will also feature incredible artists and performers like: Hafsy Sami Sani, a writer and visual artist; musical soloist Mary Abdullahi, and spoken word artists Abulbaaqee ShayD and Yusuf Ambursa.


The event will also feature meal breaks and networking sessions. Ticket guarantees admission. (RSVP: 08067312300)

For more information and registration, log on to www.TEDxArkilla.com or check out @TEDxArkilla on Social Media channels.

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