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TEDx Mogadishu

Mogadishu hosted its second TEDx event on Aug. 31, featuring 15 prominent speakers from the Somali Diaspora as well as from within the country.

Speakers included author of Guban Abdi Latif Ega, Mohamed Ali of Iftin Foundation and military commander Iman Elman. Under the theme, Rediscover, the event aimed to reflect on the past, present and future.

The Agence France-Presse reported,

The TEDx talks are an offshoot of the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conferences that began over 30 years ago in California as an annual haven where elite thinkers got together to explore life from challenging or unusual perspectives under the slogan of “ideas worth spreading.” TEDx talks are independently planned and organized on a local level.

Despite ongoing violence, the Somalia talks — the second year held in Mogadishu — showcased the best of the capital, while still recognizing how far Somalia has still to come, with over two decades of war still raging.



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