On December 1, 2011, TEDxWomen will stream live from the Paley Centers in New York and Los Angeles to the world through the global TEDx community. Organizers of TEDxWomen events will watch live streams of TEDxWomen from the Paley theaters hosting an all star cast of speakers.
Throughout the day long program, attendees will hear and experience powerful ideas from women and girls and a few men, including Barbara Walters, Gloria Steinem, Dr.Oz and a performance by songwriter, recording artist, and TED Fellow Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo, who will open Session 3 hosted by Jane Fonda in the New York Paley Center main stage. Iyeoka will be presenting her fourth installment of her Lyrics For Literacy one woman musical, When Women Were Drummers.
Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media, instrumental in presenting Iyeoka in 2010, expressed Iyeoka's contribution brings a deep and significant level of inspiration and aspiration to the entire gathering. As the TEDWomen conversation continues at TEDxWomen, Mitchell adds that " we had to find a way to include [Iyeoka] and her drum! ", thrilled that Ted Global Fellow, Iyeoka had initially communicated interest in participating on the TEDWomen stage after the two had met at TEDGlobal in Oxford, England.
Iyeoka who penned the theme song for USA Network television series FAIRLY LEGAL and has music featured on HBO's original series How To Make It In America, scripted a one-woman musical that creates a bridge of awareness and action to encourage the preservation of the Esan language, an endangered native dialect of Edo State, Nigeria, through storytelling, proverbs and music. When Women Were Drummers is an audience interactive performance, delivering native folk songs, proverbs and wisdom from Esan elders, weaving a diverse tapestry of African and Western language with song and modern poetry.
In the approaching months, Iyeoka will be releasing a new book of Esan Names, Proverbs and poems to support her global cultural literacy curriculum and releasing an up tempo Remix album follow up to her 2010 release of her third studio album, Say Yes, produced by David Franz through the Underground Sun Development Company, featuring guest producers including remix contributions from Francis Phan, Relaxed Insomniac Bryan Hamilton, Josh Harris and other surprise producers and guest DJ's.