Oct
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2010

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Fellows Friday is a weekly series on the TED Blog that profiles one TED Fellow each week. We have asked the Fellows to answer our question below to share their knowledge and advice with other social entrepreneurs, innovators, and changemakers who are coming up with big ideas that can change the world.

Africa has beautiful stories to tell, says Peace Anyiam-Osigwe. At 16 years old, the Nigerian published her own magazine. She later continued bringing a “voice to voiceless issues” as a talk show host and film producer. Founder of the African Movie Academy Awards, Peace now dedicates her time to building cinemas in rural Africa, and helping other Africans tell the untold stories of their homeland.

Sokunthea: There are many aspiring social entrepreneurs out there who are trying to take their passion and ideas to the next level. What is one piece of advice you would give to them based on your own experiences and successes? 

Peace: I think you need to just keep going at it. Don’t give up.

You also need to follow the rules, so make sure you have answers to most of the questions you’re going to be asked. Do your homework. Be as prepared as you can be.

Most people who you will do presentations for expect you to be extremely good at them. Your presentations have to be short, concise, and to the point. For my presentation, I did a lot of homework, I studied different learning procedures, and I got somebody to teach me how to make presentations that would work. At first, I felt my presentations weren’t up to par, so I got people to show me how to put the presentations together. And I got some help TED from as well.

If you’re able to have the tenacity to keep going, be patient, and don’t expect miracles to happen overnight, you’ll actually make it. It’s a lot about working and not giving up on your dream. For me it’s been all about just keeping going.

Read the rest of Peace's Fellows Friday interview here.

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