Four Ashesi students have been awarded fellowships by TEDGlobal to attend the first TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference to be held in Africa. The students selected are Daniel Aduodeh (Class of 2010), Rachelle Philips (Class of 2009), Sulemana Mohammed (Class of 2007) and Zubair Abubakar (Class of 2008).

Zubair and Daniel are IT enthusiasts and budding entrepreneurs. Both of them have set up IT related businesses and have passion for using IT to develop Africa. Rachelle is an aspiring international broadcaster. She is also dedicated to improving the lives of women in Ghana. Sulemana believes the pen is a powerful instrument to address Ghana’s political and socio-economic issues. He is an aspiring banker & politician.

TEDGlobal is a sister conference to TED and an invitation-only event. Since 1984 its conferences have been bringing together people in the fields of Technology, Entertainment and Design. This year’s global conference, “Africa: The Next Chapter,” will explore the solutions Africans themselves are creating to solve some of the toughest health and infrastructure problems facing the continent. Speakers include: Carol Pineau (journalist and producer of the documentary Africa Open for Business), George Ayittey (economist and author "African Unchained"), Yassour N’Dour (musician), and Hector Ruiz (CEO of Advanced Micro Devices - AMD) among others. TED conferences are fast-paced, with 50+ speakers over four days plus short talks, performances and evening events.