Published on Oct 3, 2017
How can Africa, the home to some of the largest bodies of water in the world, be said to have a water crisis? It doesn’t, says Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò — it has a knowledge crisis. Táíwò suggests that lack of knowledge on important topics like water and food is what stands between Africa’s current state and a future of prosperity. In a powerful talk, he calls for Africa to make the production of knowledge within the continent rewarding and reclaim its position as a locus of learning on behalf of humanity.
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Freedog1351 minutes ago
Why give this speech to TED and not to Africans? The people in the audience have 5th graders who know all this.
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Khaalid Cilmi Nuur57 minutes ago
The continent of wisdom
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Sam is Dead42 minutes ago
What’s up with the dislikes on TED vids?
You all need to chill out and learn something new.
kulik0357 minutes ago
Why don’t you leave this for African channels, why this constant focus on minorities?
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Jackal In Hide56 minutes ago
You must de-colonialize ur mind, black mageek iz ruhl.
MOSSZEEE54 minutes ago
One must also have wisdom to apply that knowleadge
Ziggy The Man51 minutes ago
drink to every ”Knowledge”
J Black1 hour ago
Aarav Mishra1 hour ago
Birthplace of the humanity
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Hades y48 minutes ago
If that guy says “knowledge ” one more god damn time
Cool Guy52 minutes ago
Has no one here heard of Timbuktu and the Mali Empire?
IndigoXYZ1820 minutes ago (edited)
I don’t know so much about again, but if we’re going to do anything for Africa, we need to be able to have an adult conversation about IQ; it’s validity for measuring intellect (or at the very least the kind of intellect needed to maintain a first word society), it’s heritability, and it’s unequal representation among varying ethnicities.
There are enough of us high IQ Blacks to do something about the state of our homeland, if only we put aside our childish insecurities regarding this controversial matter and work towards a viable solution. We actually have a pretty good idea of what constitutes high intelligence from a neuroanatomical perspective, we just won’t admit it due to it’s correlation with race.
Now as it happens, impossibly complex though the neuronal architecture of the Human brain may be, the neuroanatomical differences that separate a low IQ brain from a high IQ brain, most of it is actually fairly simple. It comes down to neurological horsepower for the most part; neuronal, axonal, and glial density, thicker myeiln sheaths, more neural mitochondria, etc. All of which should be easy to select for among embryos, given that the genetic casues of most of these neurological traits are fairly simple and is what sepparates us from Chimpanzees (we have the same brains, only ours undergo three more rounds of cellular division during gestation), as well as there being pharmacological strategies to enhance these before mention neurological traits in adults.
Grom40 minutes ago (edited)
One of the greatest atrocities in Africa:
Every sixty seconds, a minute passes.
Event Hʘriךּon31 minutes ago
wow people, that dislike ratio really isnt based on anything. One word: chill.
Anthony Ellis30 minutes ago
It’s hard to be the center of anything when your country has been raped and pillaged for hundreds of years.
FinallyJeremy53 minutes ago
*Just North Africa
Lucas D45 minutes ago
Again? When did it have advanced knowledge previously? (Inb4 the debunked Egyptian theories)
Ryan Saunders9 minutes ago
Never forget Alexandria. I love this idea.
Personal Power44 minutes ago
“one word: Knowledge.”
Tai is that you? The new skin tone and the new haircut look good on you!
Apple Gun29 minutes ago
I’m now completely convinced that most people, who watch TED, do not have any idea about history and past civilizations. Do some research and stop being so ignorant.