To marks its sixth anniversary, TEDx PortHarcourt brought different communities together in a way that is truly meaningful, held last weekend, Saturday, November 17 at Horlikins Event centre, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The life-changing event, themed, ReFRAME, was well-attended by various industry experts and prominent personalities offered creative insights into how to so issues related to the Niger Delta region as well as discussed topical issues include the ability of perspective to alter reality, and its implications in technology, entertainment, design and so much more.
Among the speakers who graced the occasion were a renowned educationist, Professor Ebiegberi Alagoa, Dr. Charles Okeibunor; communication and media expert and Heritage Bank boss, Ifie Sekibo, amongst others.
Dialoguing on the issue of titled, ‘My Niger Delta Story’, Prof. Alagoa recalled the rich cultural heritage of the Niger Delta people and encouraged youths to learn from those who, in spite of the challenges of the environment, have surmounted barriers to become useful citizens.
“I have lived in the Niger Delta for a very long time and we are a people of history. The youths should take pride in their history and refuse actions that cast away their heritage and bring the region to shame,” Alagoa said.
On his view, Ifie Sekibo stressed the need for a return to the leadership principles and teachings contained in the Niger Delta culture. In his view, many of the problems encountered by the region have already been tackled by culture’s emphasis on conscientiousness and community. He also stressed the necessity for collaborative efforts towards achieving objectives.
However, the prominent work place transformer, Charles Okeibunor noted the need to reframe and not refrain, while also emphasised on the important of embracing relationships management skills to all our approach.
Other speakers included the Special Adviser to the Governor of Rivers State on Social Media, Oraye St. Franklyn, TEDx licensee, Mr. Donald Okudu, Development Communication Expert, Florence Kayemba; Consultant Urologist and Philanthropist, Dr. Jack Omodu; Legal Counselor and Activist, Omolara Oriye; Aniedi Udo-Obong and many others.
Music performances were by Jable Ogranya and Victor “Dr. Barz” Akpomon.