After an amazing TEDx Accra Day 1, the second day of the event finally dawned. Like the first day, TEDx Accra Day 2 event kicked of with another wake-up call poem from the talented poet and activist, Lamer Kofi James.
In the poem, Lamer emphasizes on Africans’ need to change their mindset, turn away from the influence of the western world, and remain true to who they are.
Let’s face it, social media plays a very significant role in almost all aspects of people’s lives, Africans included.
From how we communicate with each other, to doing businesses and any other day-to-day activities, social media impacts them all.
On Day 2 of the TedxAccra virtual event, Max Rivera, head of EMEA Expansion and a social media guru who oversees Snapchat’s commercial expansion into Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, touched on the evolution of web, devices, communications, and cameras, which are all key components related to social media.
According to Max, the intention of addressing this topic was to provoke and open a dialogue which would either lead to a short history lesson, or spark some powerful ideas.
The virtual event also would not be complete without someone addressing the issue of climate change.
In attendance to the show was Yayra Agbofah, a creative social entrepreneur from Ghana who co-founded AfroDistrict, a creative hub and consultancy addressing social and environmental issues through art, education, and entrepreneurship.
While addressing the virtual event, Yayra talked about several things that are resulting in excessive environmental pollution in Africa, among them being over-reliance on the use of plastics and the excessive importation of second-hand clothes that ends up thrown away.
Yayra also touched a bit on what can be done to prevent further environmental pollution and safeguard our planet including producing and purchasing what we can use and using biodegradable materials.
Another speaker who graced the virtual event was Mohammed Shehu, a data-driven marketing professional and content strategist helping simplify and refine brand messaging for high-growth startups. Shehu addressed one of the major challenges facing the African youth today after completing their education.
For most Africans, the end of the college studies marks the beginning of another daunting journey of finding something to do in the professional world.
The journey is never easy. According to Shehu, if you want to stand out in the professionals’ world, young African professionals need to start thinking globally; they need to equip themselves with the mentality that it’s possible to work anywhere in the world in the contemporary society through remote working… https://bit.ly/2Oy7I7k