My first TED event
TEDxSurulere's event on Saturday was really nice. I learnt a lot and met a lot of interesting people.
There were 9 speakers, and each shared an idea that was worth listening to. I want to mention each speaker, and what I learnt from them.
Itua Sowho is a vegan, who explained how cow milk is actually a bad source of calcium (Okro and Sesame seed are better sources), and meat consumption contributes to cancer. We spoke during one of the breaks, and there is definitely a lot to learn from her. You can check out her site here - https://www.eatrightnaija.com, and read up on more facts about Nutrition here - http://www.nutritionfacts.org.
Olabukola Williams explained Gender and after checking my dictionary, I realize what she said was true. I left her talk understanding that Gender is a social construct that categorizes people based on how they behave, and how the Society around them have defined it. I agree with her, especially how, when a Man starts to show more emotions, people generally say "stop behaving like a woman".
Kola Tubosun is a linguist, whose talk helped me see the value in learning my own language. He explained how the way English is taught isn't how it is spoken. And also, how English will always be a foreign language, because Nigeria has its own English. Words like traffigate and youth corper do not exist in the normal English language.
Kemi Windapo spoke on the drain of doctors in Nigeria, and how even when doctors want to stay, the economy makes it harder. She talked about her visit to Kenya, and how in Kenya, they have water and light, and test results were almost always ready 30 mins after they have been submitted in the lab. I could really see and feel her pain, and it rejuvenated my want to fix health in Nigeria. I am definitely reaching out to her to work on Disease Info.
Eniola Adewale is a computer engineer who showed us how words are like art. She is a wonderful spoken word artist.
Justin Irabor (aka mogwai.) amongst other things, is the curator of Obaranda and a wonderful storyteller. His talk was on curating your feeds. He explained how the information you consume everywhere is actually hurting you more than it is helping. I won't say much here, because I plan to write a full post on this.
Abimbola Oshodi talked about her life living with her brother, who has Down Syndrome. And how even if he just learnt how to take his bath and get dressed up in the morning by himself around 18 or so, he is a better swimmer than she is, and is currently learning the keyboard. There is definitely nothing down with him.
Michael Okeyode is a data analyst who studied TheReadClub's activities for 9 months to answer the question; Do Nigerians Read? And his findings were interesting. He found out that Nigerians preferred short religious books written by African authors.
And finally Amanda Iheme talked on how she managed depression and recovered from almost committing suicide, by surrounding herself with people who love her and countering her negative inner voices, that have been fueled by the negative comments of her peers with positive comments.
It was a wonderful event, and I am definitely going for the next one.