They inspired us, they unified us, they motivated us. These TED Talks, delivered by African thought-leaders and visionaries, became a sensation on the world stage, challenging long-standing ideals and perceptions about Africa and bringing hope to a new generation of young people determined to change its future.
Launched in 1984 in the United States, TED is a global conference where some of the best and brightest minds from around the world share their thoughts on a wide range of topics. In 2007, Africa hosted its first TED global event in Arusha, Tanzania.
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Several Africans took to the stage at that event, and many others have done so in subsequent TED events, sharing with the world their inspiring stories and revolutionary ideas for a better Africa and a better world.
Click next to explore our picks for the five most inspiring TED talks by Africans: