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TEDxGrandValley - James Kofi Annan - Surviving Child Trafficking

James Kofi Annan is a survivor of child trafficking. Despite severe poverty and abuse circumstances, James rose to become a university graduate and later became manager at Barclays Bank of Ghana. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Challenging Heights. James, the last and only educated out of twelve children of his illiterate parents, worked as a child fisherman in more than 20 villages along the Volta Lake between the ages of 6 and 13, before he liberated himself. In April 2007, he resigned from Barclays Bank of Ghana in order to devote full time to mobilizing resources to promote the mission of Challenging Heights. James who now holds a Masters degree, is the recipient of 4 international awards -- Frederick Douglass Freedom Award winner, World Education Promoter of the Year, Barclays Bank Africa Community Award winner, Barclays Bank Global Community Award winner. James has been a keynote speaker at several events both locally and internationally. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.)
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