Exclusive first look at all the speakers at TED Global this year

Updated 12:54 PM ET, Fri July 21, 2017

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  • A first look at all the speakers at TEDGlobal this year
  • The conference is back in Africa for the first time in a decade
  • Curator Emeka Okafor says the chosen speakers have "fresh, unique perspectives in their initiatives, pronouncements and work."

Emeka Okafor is the Curator of TEDGlobal 2017, themed "Builders. Truth-tellers. Catalysts." It is being held in Africa for the first time in a decade in Arusha, Tanzania in August.
He writes below about why TED has gathered some of the brightest thinkers on the continent and why the world should be listening. Find out more about the speakers on TED.com
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