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Maiden Edition of TEDxRAYFIELD in Jos Plateau State - Details

TEDx will be launched in Plateau State Nigeria with the theme, “Shifting Paradigms” powered by a movement with the hashtag #Josshift whose aim is to push for an aligned narrative of a Forward Mental, Physical, Economic and Social Shift in Plateau State and the country at large. See press statement below...


All Protocols duly observed.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, Good Morning.

The TEDx Program is a globally recognized brand created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." It supports independent organizers who want to create a TED event in their own community. The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection. This maiden edition of TEDx in Plateau State Nigeria with the theme, “Shifting Paradigms” is powered by a movement with the hashtag #Josshift whose aim is to push for an aligned narrative of a Forward Mental, Physical, Economic and Social Shift in Plateau State and the country at large. TEDxRayfield will be held in Rayfield, the traditional Seat of Power in Plateau State and the Home of Jos Business School.

Our theme “Shifting Paradigms” is designed to motivate young people to activate their leadership potentials as positive change agents of their immediate environment by engaging them in intellectually stimulating conversations that spur positive action. The aim is to challenge their commitment to issues that responsibly address questions and solutions which affect their community, their country Nigeria and the world at large. Our most important objective is to further the cause of Peace Building as a Panacea for Economic Development in Plateau State and Nigeria in general and there is no better stage to spark these discussions than here in Jos Plateau State. The #Josshift believes these ideals and virtues Plateau state is known for has been threatened by unnecessary ethno religious tensions and this event seeks to ‘shift’ the Plateau State narrative to its glorious reputation as the Home of Peace and Tourism.

TEDxRayfield will open opportunities to engage the local audience in Jos Plateau State with vibrant and insightful messages designed to inspire them into positive actions and to also increase the profile of the Plateau state nationally and internationally against the backdrop of a globally recognized brand.

At the moment Ladies and gentlemen of the Press, no stone is left unturned as we are mobilizing social influencers especially youth across the state for this august event. Most notable is the massive media campaign nationwide on all traditional and social platforms and the responses from potential guests to the event have been immensely positive so far as this event promises to be one of Nigeria’s most intellectually engaging event in recent times. Amongst other levels of preparations, is the assemblage of an indigenously exceptional and experienced team that are confident to meet TED’s outstanding standards and experience in design and production. The team has engaged and are in conversation with vendors and associates for the required partnership to bring an event of this magnitude to reality.
In the light of the objective for this TEDxTalks, the following array of speakers who are excelling in their various fields are billed to speak on various topics at the event. They include;

Phillip Shuaibu: Keynote Speaker
Accountant, Activist, Deputy Governor of Edo State, and former NANS President will be speaking on the topic  ‘’Not Too Young To Run - Why we need more young people in politics’’ His wealth of experience and epic rise in politics from student to mainstream politics holds lessons in early engagement, tenacity and focus for young aspiring politicians.

Imam Muhammed Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye
This team have a profound story of reconciliation and peace building, reminds us of our shared humanity and the base ingredients that is needed for a lasting peace process. In all their engagements, they aim to find common grounds in what binds us than what separates us as a people. They co-founded and are co-directors of the Muslim-Christian Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) in Kaduna state Nigeria. They are receipients of a number of awards for their work and have also been the subject of two documentary films: The Imam and the Pastor (2006) and An African Answer (2010).

Ezekiel Gomos OFR
Director General of the Jos Business School and a mentor to many young minds who through his vast experience is determined to accelerate the economic and social development of youth and anyone who seeks to be economically empowered. Mr. Gomos is the recipient of several honors and awards, which includes the award of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR).

Troy Zenret Pyelshak
Former NFL Pro athlete and super Bowl champion turned Investment Guru, a successful Businessman and Serial Entrepreneur in different continents of the world. He is an avid traveler with a penchant for adventure. At every opportunity he gets with young people, Troy is eager to share his story fame, fortune and everything we all don’t see in between like discipline and tenacity. He will share his profound concept on Building a Deep Sense of Self in these changing times where it seems there are less opportunities and prospects.

Ufuoma Ejenenobor Mcdermott
Ufuoma McDermott is an award winning Nollywood star and an accomplished Actress, Producer and Director will be speaking on the need for Beauty to keep up with Brains in today’s flaky world. She holds certificates from the New York Film Academy, Hollywood Film Institute and the London Business School. She is married and a proud mother of two children.
AbdulRazaq Bello Barkindo.
Veteran Journalist & Press Director – Nigerian Governor’s Forum: Abdulrazaq Bello Barkindo brings a refreshing in-depth perspective on The Role of the Media in Keeping the Peace in a Time of Escalating Global Conflict.

Fauno B Nadah
Is a Systems Engineer and Social Entrepreneur with a passion for transformational change.  Nadah will be bringing his insightful knowledge of Business and Technology to the talks with the witty topic ‘’How to Tame Neat Ninjas in Wicked Mermaids’’.

Dr Chinnan Mclean Dikwal
Dr. Mclean is an Oil & Gas Strategy Consultant and Director IHS VANTAGE Middle East & Africa. He seeks to rattle our collective consciousness in an age of ‘’selfism’’ in his talk. Dr Mclean makes a call to a life of impact and communal engagement in the era of selfism.

Solomon Chikan
A global motivational speaker and driving force for entreupeurship in Nigeria. He will be distilling his wealth of experience in the profound talk on ‘’The Concept of Becoming’’

Pastor Yusuf Akila
A connoisseur of words will take us on a journey into the world of ‘shifts’ with his brilliant topic The Anatomy of a Paradigm Shift. He is an international motivational speaker at business meetings across the globe.

The event will also have poetry performances by Uwanna Udobang, Ruddapoet and Semshak Deshi.

TEDxRayfield is convened by Delmwa Deshi-Kura, a Media Professional from Plateau State with a deep passion for propagating Storytelling & Conversations as a means to engaging and mobilizing consensus that can accelerate positive actions at a community level, which inturn yields and scales visible & measurable economic and social impact for the country at large. The Co-convener of the event is Kate Pam a business strategist and community activist who like, Delmwa has a burning desire for the advancement of plateau State and the country as a whole. They hope that the talks will add to the current narrative of unbiased, non-political Peace and Economic conversations.

TED talks have been hosted in more than 20 countries worldwide and here in Nigeria, the independent TEDx talks have so far been hosted in Port Harcourt, Abuja, Ogun and Lagos state respectively. It is worthy of note that this TEDxRayfield is the first of its kind in Jos, Plateau State and is scheduled to take place as follows:

Date: December 9, 2017
Time: 9:00 Am
Venue: Jos Business School, Rayfield- Jos, Plateau State. Nigeria

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are so humbled and amazingly honoured to receive all the support and confidence from the resilient Plateau people, our partners, volunteers, associates, ladies and gentlemen of the Press and the state government. For us, this highlights one impression. i.e everyone on the Plateau welcomes any cause that promises an accelerated pace to peace and development of Plateau state. This gives this historic occasion a significant mileage as it promises to push Plateau State and Nigeria rightly on the global map as the home of youth vanguard, vigour and promise.  On that note we say Thank you.

Delmwa Deshi- Kura