The TEDxBulawayo Salon event that was held on the 11th of August 2017 at the NUST American Space was the first of its kind ever to be held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The event started at 2:30pm and ended at around 5pm. The theme of the Salon event was “Hope and Courage”.
The guest speaker was Dr Nothabo Ncube. Dr Thabo as she is affectionately known, inspired and challenged the 90+ people who were part of the crowd to be the best versions of themselves. She drew heavily from her own journey to be a medical doctor that started at the age of 14 when she promised her mother who had just passed that she will one day practice. She expounded on how she turned her pain into purpose. The audience of the event included business people, students, captains of industries and aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators.
Nothabo Ncube “Dr.Thabo” is an MD, motivational speaker and a millennial mentor. Having overcome her own personal and professional obstacles, her powerful story encourages this generation to face their challenges and conquer them. Her story led her to meet the media mogul, Oprah Winfrey and just recently shared her life journey on the TEDx platform. Through a whirlwind of inspirational lectures, round table discussions and media appearances she positively influences, challenges and reconnects young women with their passions. She uses incredible wit and candor to empower women and girls. Dr. Thabo envisions a world where all women are given the opportunity to become the best versions of themselves, not only to dream bigger, but to create and shape the world they have always desired. Having lost her mother at the age of 14 years old, she made a promise to her to become a doctor. Her journey leading to the fulfilment of the promise has been one filled with loss, pain, failures, mistakes, resilience, courage, faith, hope, grace and overcoming adversity. She is now on a mission to empower, educate, encourage, inspire, uplift and motivate this generation to use pain as a pedestal toward the pinnacle of purpose.
The TEDx Bulawayo Salon Event was organised by Jeff Chivheya (TEDx Bulawayo license holder and lead curator) and team. The team hopes to engage the Bulawayo community with more such events to spark deep discussion and communication on issues related to the community.
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized subject to certain rules and regulations.