The saying that “There is always something new coming out of Africa” has been a quoted by great thinkers such as Aristotle and world leaders, for centuries since it was first stated by the Roman Statesman and scholar Pliny, the Elder who lived from 23 to 79 A.D.

 TED, being committed to “ideas worth spreading” has therefore come to Africa to find out, by hosting an Ideas Search in February in Nairobi and Lagos. The TED Idea Search is a chance to find fresh voices to ring out on the TEDGlobal stage. Some of these talks will be posted on the online TED platform; other speakers will be invited to expand on their talks on the TEDGlobal 2017 main stage in Arusha, Tanzania, in the summer of 2017, themed Builders. Truth-tellers. Catalysts.  Previous TED Talent searches discovered speakers such as Saki MafundikwaRichard TurereZak EbrahimSally KohnHyeonseo Lee.