Our History

We have been here since 2017

Lets dive into 2020

TEDxYouth@AKAMombasa 2020 has become a tradition for the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa community. Started in 2017 by our Student Representative Council, we are proudly continuing the event today, enhancing and building upon our experience every year. We are proud to have this longstanding partnership with TEDx and work to distinguish ourselves as an intellectual and creative hub in Kenya. We are indebted to the various community partners that support our initiatives and has made these events possible.


TEDxYouth@AKAMombasa 2019

The unstoppable? Embracing uncertainty?

In 2019, TEDxYouth@AKAMombasa held yet another successful event, maintaining legacy from previous event in 2018. The team focused on the theme, “​One in a Billion: A Piece of the Puzzle”, exploring different perspectives on the evolution of Africa and the future of the continent. Find an excerpt from our theme description below:

  The theme “One in a Billion: A Piece of the Puzzle” invites speakers to step into a space of vulnerability and explore the evolution of our existence in the African context. With a population of over 1 billion people, Africa remains at the mercy of its inhabitants, and in their actions independently and as a group. This theme encourages the individual to question the state of our being, to promote visionary campaigns, to analyse the ideals and the reality and thus, seek our individual truth. “

Out of 21 speakers and performers from the event, there were topics ranging from sustainable farming presented by Cinzia Torriani to Laiqa Walli’s talk which questioned Westernization in Africa as a reason to the degradation of African culture. Below are some videos of the wonderful ideas presented at the event:





Our First Event: TEDxYouth@AKAMombasa 2017

Decrypting Fantasy: Tales of the Unseen

In 2017, TEDxYouth@AKAMombasa was in its infancy. The team focused on the theme, “​Decrypting Fantasy: Tales of the Unseen​“, originating from the thought that although numerous notions seem intangible or unrealistic, they are in fact, ​viable or better still, ​palpable. Find an excerpt from our theme description below: 

“Tales of the unseen encompasses grand areas of discussion, ranging from: the ‘big questions,’ abstract ideas, feelings, the future of Africa and the rest of the world, visionary projects, the feasibility of an ideal, analysis of historical events, to even seemingly mythological symbology. The unseen has a lot of potential; perhaps, the only way to unravel it is speak of them.This theme encourages speakers to delve into topics which question what we already know of, demonstrate original thought, but most importantly, give the audience tons to think and converse about.”

Out of 23 speakers, we had topics ranging from Simran Khataw’s promotion of urban farming to Bijou Mwaura’s embracing of natural African hair to Shehzana Anwar’s journey to the the Olympics. Find these talks and more below:


Simran Khataw’s “Why we should all be urban farmers”

Bijou Mwaura’s “Embracing Hairitage”

Shehzana Anwar’s “My journey to the Olympics”