AfricaNXT 2022 AfricaNXT 2022

Monday, February 28, 2022

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THE GRAND RE-OPENING: #AFRICANXT 2022
Ngozi Odita
Ngozi Odita
AfricaNXT, Founder

10 years in the making ... Join us for the grandest of openings!

Having been forced to sit out 2021, we CANNOT wait to re-open our doors and welcome everyone back to our campus. This opening day is extra special because we're celebrating 10 years of being a part of Africa's tech ecosystem.

You definitely don't want to miss this session, we'll be jump-starting the week in the most awesome way possible. Be sure to arrive early.

After the opening presentation join our Executive Director Ngozi Odita, the #AFRICANXT team and special guests for lite bites, coffee, & networking

#PROTIP ... Arrive early to beat the registration and badge pick-up rush.

Please be advised as per COVID-19 Protocols, everyone will have to go through a health screening before entering the venue.


                                       This session is hosted by AfricaNXT 

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SHIFTING MINDSETS: THE MOVEMENT TO "BUY LOCAL"
Ink Balogun
Ink Balogun
Asoebi Bella, Founder
Wunmi Akinsola
Wunmi Akinsola
Fashtracker, Founder
Nicole Chikwe
Nicole Chikwe
The Mummy Summit, Model, Media Personality, Enterpreneur & Founder
Tania Omotayo
Tania Omotayo
Ziva Lagos / The Growth Forum Africa, Creative Director and Founder

The local markets and commercial districts of cities across the continent are flooded with imported goods, rather than locally produced/manufactured products. Why is this the case? As Africans, do we value goods made aboard over locally made products?

There are thousands of young entrepreneurs honing, improving, and investing in their craft and themselves - They create quality, beautiful products, and given the proper support can serve the needs of the local market and scale their business. Their sustained success leads to job creation, industry growth and economic prosperity.

This session seeks to have a frank discussion on our beliefs as Africans that imported is better. Panelists will discuss the origination of this mindset, diving deep into where it stems from, and how this thinking can be disrupted. The session will also focus on the growth and progress of the "Made in Africa" movement and the economic impact of this shift in mindset. Panelist will share strategies on incentivizing and educating consumers to shop more African-made, as well as incentivizing brands, and entrepreneurs to manufacture products locally.


                                This session is hosted by Fashtracker

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CRAFT TO COMMERCE: MAKING A SUSTAINABLE LIVING AS A VISUAL STORYTELLER
August Udoh
August Udoh
Creative Lead
Onye Ubanatu
Onye Ubanatu
Content / Event Producer
Osaze Efe
Osaze Efe
Art for Humanity Foundation/Abuja Photo Festival, Executive Director

Inspired by the economic challenges faced by young creatives in their journey to make images that matter, this session aims to broaden their understanding of early on and share learnings and best practices from seasoned creatives. This session will also provide emerging photographers with methodologies to assist them in recognizing commercial opportunities and be equipped with the right business mindset to build a sustainable career as a visual creative.  

Attendee will leave with a better understanding of:

[1] How to find and connect their works with the right audience/market
[2] The business of art
[3] How to collaborate with other members of the audience to co-create for bigger opportunities


   This session is hosted by Art for Humanity Foundation/Abuja Photo Festival

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SOCIAL COMMERCE: HOW AFRICANS ARE CONVERTING SOCIAL INTERACTIONS TO PROFIT.
Adebunmi Ogunlewe Wellington
Adebunmi Ogunlewe Wellington
Credo, Chief Visionary Officer/Co-Founder
Vovwe Enyoyi
Vovwe Enyoyi
Credo, Lead Product Manager

Micro and small businesses are springing up phenomenally, with 55% engaged in wholesale/retail trade, and of which make up 84% of employed Nigerians and 48% of Nigeria’s GDP. Much of these businesses use social media platforms as a major sales channel, to capitalize on [social] network effects - a trend that rose exponentially during covid-19.

More specifically, we have seen how social media has connected the world through the internet - and this interconnectedness between people regardless of their geographical location has created an opportunity for a form of commerce that can most effectively digitize the likes of unstructured marketplaces like “Balogun market”. This form of Commerce is what we refer to as Social Commerce.

This masterclass will identify and highlight the different ways that social commerce is creating a new era of prosperity, in spite of a pandemic that does not seem to have an end in sight. Facilitators will share insights on how to take advantage of this new trend, driven by social media and an emerging digital economy. An overview will be provided on potential solutions to the digital infrastructure deficit that could directly exclude millions of Africans.


                                                 This session is hosted by Credo

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BUILDING WITH GRIT AND EMPATHY
Uwem Uwemakpan
Uwem Uwemakpan
Ingressive Capital, VP, Fund Operations
Lola Ekugo
Lola Ekugo
Union Bank of Nigeria, Head, Digital and Innovation
Aniedi Udo-Obong
Aniedi Udo-Obong
Google, Program Manager, Developer Ecosystem for Sub-Saharan Africa
Khaulat Abdulhakeem
Khaulat Abdulhakeem
DiverseK, Founder

As we seek to reimagine our approach to innovation and building great companies and organizations, the importance of grit and empathy cannot be overemphasized.

In this live podcast, guests will be joining us to share their stories and best practice on building in Africa. Attendees will have the opportunity to join the conversation via a live Q+A.


                                              This session is hosted by DiverseK

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SETTING HEALTHY BOUNDARIES: A GUIDED SESSION ON EFFECTIVE AND PRACTICAL METHODS TO PRIORITIZE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IN YOUR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE
Mudrakat Alabi-Macfoy
Mudrakat Alabi-Macfoy
Africa’s Mental Health Matters, Partnerships & Outreach
Vanessa Adebayo
Vanessa Adebayo
Africa’s Mental Health Matters, Founder

The session is to navigate work and personal life to avoid potential toxic environments and create a clear path for you to do your best work without being taken advantage of or burning out. The ultimate goal is to prioritize our mental health to have an optimal work-life balance.

With the skills we share, we will equip participants with the mental resources needed to ensure that each experience is suited to the Nigerian situation. Progress in this area looks like a healthy corporate and personal environment where there is mutual respect without the threat of penalties. 


                  This Session is Hosted by Africa’s Mental Health Matter

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YOUTH, TECH, HUSTLE & BUSTLE IN AFRICA... WHAT'S FAITH GOT TO DO WITH IT?
Maryam Oladosu
Maryam Oladosu
Strategic Marketing and Consulting
Omodara Adediran
Omodara Adediran
Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, Lead, Digital (New Media)
Kola Osinowo
Kola Osinowo
Jumia, Ghana, CCO
Sulaimon Olokodana
Sulaimon Olokodana
Deinde Olokodana and Associates, CEO

The covid 19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on Africa's economy and growth. It has simply widened the inequality gap and exacerbated seemingly perennial dire conditions of poverty, hunger and unemployment on the continent. Africa must create jobs for her millions of unemployed youth in order to stem the growing tide of discontent especially among young people. While governments have the primary responsibility to reduce poverty and create the conducive environment for enterprise to thrive and multiply and create jobs and opportunities, it is pertinent for non state actors including private sector and the social sector (especially faith communities) to play major role in addressing some of the gaps in systems and governance that would address this.

Our session will focus on Youth, Technology, Hustle and Bustle in Africa: expanding roles for Faith communities in driving innovation and enterprise? Our panelists are people who have a good grounding in enterprise development, business governance, policy, technology  innovation as well as in engagement with faith communities for development. They shall discuss how technology is reinventing the old concept of manna coming down from heaven by exploring the world of possibilities and opportunities waiting to be unlocked and unleashed through technology driven innovations and enterprise. How faith based NGOs are addressing stereotypes and dogma to promote an economy that prioritizes gender and youth inclusion.

The panel will also explore the roles of faith NGOs in addressing the issues of capacity and integrity deficit among young people which poses a hindrance to accessing credit, jobs and leverages. We shall also explore ideas and information on how government agencies and the financial sector can help young people to initiate bankable ideas, build viable enterprise and access public and private support/accelerator initiatives.


     This session is hosted by Movement for Islamic Culture and Awareness (MICA, Lagos)

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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CREATING A LIFETIME SUSTAINABLE BALLING STRATEGY
Omobolaji Ajibare
Omobolaji Ajibare
TheSocialmediaoga, Social Media manager coach
Tunji Andrews
Tunji Andrews
Awabah, CEO
Ashley Immanuel
Ashley Immanuel
EFinA, CEO
Oguche Agudah
Oguche Agudah
PenOP, CEO

In recent times, the ultimate show of success for the Nigerian youth and quite frankly, youth across the world have been flashy cars, expensive gadgets, the occasional house, and designer clothing.

While these things aren't bad, if all young Nigerians think about is how to "ball" now and ignore the fact that they need to actively plan and save towards retirement, millions will end up in penury.

Our session will shine the light on proven ways to enjoy their lives now and at retirement. This is especially important for professionals in the creator economy who are solely responsible for their retirement planning.

By demystifying micropensions, our panelists will show young people that thorough financial planning involves saving and investing for short-term needs and long-term ones like retirement because really the goal is to "ball" for every season of life.


                                             This session is hosted by Awabah  

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INVESTMENT - LET NOTHING STOP YOU ON YOUR WAY TO PROSPERITY
Hero Daniels
Hero Daniels
Moderator
Wole Adeniyi
Wole Adeniyi
Stanbic IBTC Bank, Chief Exceutive
Bunmi Olarinoye
Bunmi Olarinoye
Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers, Executive Director
John Okhueleigbe
John Okhueleigbe
Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers, Head, Micro Pensions
Wunmi Ehis-Uzenabor
Wunmi Ehis-Uzenabor
Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Ltd, Executive Director, Operations

The session seeks to acquaint individuals new to the stock market with basic investment terms and enlighten them about the various and simple ways of earning wealth through investments with minimal funds. The discussion will border on what to know before making investments, the benefits of investing, how to invest in line with risk appetites and so on. The audience is suitable for everyone seeking to know more about investments.

At the end of the session, the audience will know how to assess their risk appetite and requirements of making an investment. The audience would have also learnt the various types of investments then the benefits and usefulness of investments. 

Africa NXT 2022 is focused on reimagining Africa’s economic developments. Stanbic IBTC through its various initiatives, products and services is committed to Nigeria’s prosperity and Africa at large. 


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EXECUTIVE LUNCH SOCIAL

Good Food. Great Conversation. Connect with your fellow ecosystem builders over lunch. Stop by the Premium Lounge for lunch & networking.

This session is for STAKEHOLDER + GLOBAL CONNECTOR badge holders only


                                            This session is hosted by AfricaNXT 

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BUILDING SCALABLE SMEs: AI AND THE POWER OF 'MORE'
Obinna Igwebuike
Obinna Igwebuike
Kliqr, Co-Founder
Ugo Amanoh
Ugo Amanoh
Kliqr, Co-Founder / CTO
Olusayo Odunsi
Olusayo Odunsi
360 Degrees Concepts, CEO
Brainerd Efe Odiete
Brainerd Efe Odiete
Africa Strategy Advisers, Managing Partner

A more productive small and medium scale enterprises (SME) ecosystem is a critical part of broad-based development in Africa. African SMEs provide about 80 percent of jobs across the continent through the 44 million micro, small, and medium enterprises, almost all of which are micro.

In Nigeria, SMEs make up 99% of businesses in the country and have contributed 49% of GDP in the last 5 years, according to data from PwC. This means any realistic approach to achieving SDG 8’s goal of promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, must necessarily include improving SME productivity on the continent.

Technology certainly offers options that enable SME productivity. This conversation will seek to help SMEs understand how an Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a service approach can help them increase brand exposure, improve business processes and customer experience and increase sales.

We want to have a simple conversation about a subject that is thought to be very complex, to help SMEs understand that they can be more and do more with the power of AI.


                                               This session is hosted by Kliqr 

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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HOW TECHNOLOGY WILL DISRUPT THE FUTURE OF ENGINEERING, POWER, OIL AND GAS
Ibilola Amao
Ibilola Amao
Lonadek, Principal Consultant
Confidence Staveley
Confidence Staveley
CyberSafe Foundation, Executive Director
Orimolade Oluwamuyemi
Orimolade Oluwamuyemi
Microsoft, Philanthropies Lead
Emeka Okoye
Emeka Okoye
Chief Semantic Architect/Knowledge Engineer
Samuel Jackson
Samuel Jackson
Lonadek Global Services, Project Officer

As the energy industry balances a traditional focus with emerging technologies and solutions during its transition into a digital ecosystem, many companies are evaluating which approach to take into the future. Oil and gas companies are employing a range of enablers, ranging from increased automation, integration, and remote monitoring to newly emerging technologies.

Digital transformation in the Oil and Gas industry could unlock approximately $1.6 trillion of value for the industry, its customers and wider society.

In recent years the oil and gas industry has recovered from a downturn. There are a few new technologies that will make conditions safer in the oil and gas industry. These technologies include drones, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and electronic monitoring.

This session will expose the participants to the new frontiers in emerging technologies in Africa and will spur innovative ideas in participants.


                           This session is hosted by Lonadek Global Services 

Thursday, March 3, 2022

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CREATING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH AFRICA'S CREATIVE INDUSTRY
Peace Anyiam-Osigwe
Peace Anyiam-Osigwe
Africa Movie Academy Awards, Founder
Moses Babatope
Moses Babatope
FilmOne, Co-founder, Group Executive Director/Managing Director

In 2020, the creative industry, an industry that has huge potential to address the unemployment problem across the continent was disrupted by the pandemic. The disruption of the creative industry – an industry that is majorly driven by young persons - has further deepened Africa’s unemployment problem, a big issue for the continent as Africa continues to witness population increase. Also, it is a known fact that Africa is not providing enough jobs to many skilled labours to tackle the rising unemployment in the continent.
 
In Africa, design, film and television, music, fashion, crafts, and the arts have been identified as key drivers in creating employment and economic growth. In Nigeria alone, the country’s popular movie industry, Nollywood, is the second largest provider of work in the country. Despite this, many people within the industry are still poorly paid, while some are also faced with issues ranging from lack of industry knowledge, lack of access to the global market, intellectual theft to a poor investment.
 
There is clearly a need to train and educate creatives to better leverage opportunities within the creative economy. This masterclass will Xray the potential of the continent’s creative industry and its value. It will also facilitate collaboration and the sharing of best practices on how to better execute projects in the motion picture industry.
 
Facilitators will take a deep dive to explore many of the challenges facing the creative industries including poor policy, low patronage, piracy and a broken value chain. Participants will benefit from insights shared and learn new approaches to address challenges.
 
In the end, the participants will be exposed to platforms that give Africans a creative voice and access to global markets. Also, it will afford young creatives the opportunity to learn more about the industry and how to increase their productivity and profitability to help transform the creative economy in Africa.

      

                        This Session is Hosted by Africa Film Academy

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CONNECT N TREK: CIRCULAR ECONOMY + SUSTAINABILITY MEETUP
Jeremiah Hinmikaye
Jeremiah Hinmikaye
Biostar Green Solutions, Founder / CEO
Dr Femi-Idowu Adegoke
Dr Femi-Idowu Adegoke
Ecoviridis Technology limited, CEO

Walk. Talk. Build. Connect N Trek switches up the conference vibe, bringing like-minds and future collaborators together in an unconventional and refreshing way. Let’s connect for a walk and talk around campus, that is sure to inspire. #weoutside

TOPIC: Circular Economy & Opportunities for Young Africans

During this Connect N Trek session we'll walk and talk about the circular economy, job opportunities, and local initiatives like the Lagos States Waste to Wealth initiative.  If you're interested in preserving the environment and sustainability or just curious about opportunities in emerging industries this Connect N Trek is for you.

CONNECT N TREK is refreshed by #AFRICANXT …  post-walk refreshments will be served in the Creators Hub

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COMING SECOND - CONVERSATIONS WITH AWESOME INDIVIDUALS THAT WEREN'T THE FIRST
Shirley Grace Hart
Shirley Grace Hart
Heimdall Technologies, Operations
Davids Okey
Davids Okey
Ichad Foundation
Elizabeth Oyok
Elizabeth Oyok
Project Manager

Coming second is a compilation of stories of people that are the second to break the status quo, the second act in love, a second change in career, a second chance at freedom.

Were there pressures to supersede the first? Did you have to scale through difficult embargoes to succeed because the first to break the status quo messed up? What have you learnt from coming second?

This live episode of 'Coming Second' will be an authentic and healing ground that will shine a light on stories of coming second - Not first. Guests will include awesome individuals that weren't the first to bring home the achievement or to walk through a door, yet making giant strides Coming Second!


                     This session is hosted by The Lifetime Show with Shirley

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BOOK READING: IKIGAI: JAPANESE SECRETS TO A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE
Kemi Bawa-Allah
Kemi Bawa-Allah
Spa Pampering At Home, Founder / Wellness Practitioner

The book covers the 'Art of living', As well as tries to understand the longevity secret of centenarians and supercentenarians. 


                          This Session is Hosted by SILENCE BY SPAH

Friday, March 4, 2022

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PRACTICAL AI SYSTEMS & DATA INTEGRATION FOR BUSINESSES - NEW APPROACHES TO SCALING
Tolulade Ademisoye
Tolulade Ademisoye
Reispar Technologies, Founder & CEO
Uchechukwu Mpamah
Uchechukwu Mpamah
Enterprise Technology Consultant

For a decade, businesses in Nigeria have struggled with a pragmatic approach towards implementing cutting edge technologies such as; Artificial Intelligence & Analytics in their daily operations.
 
This masterclass will offer bankable insights on how businesses in the region can scale their day to day operations using simplified analytics and swift deployment of AI.
 
To balance innovation with basic human values, we will propose some recommendations for moving Africa forward with AI which include; improving data access, open-source data systems, increasing government investment in AI, among others. We'll also touch upon taking bias seriously as an AI issue, human control and oversight maintenance mechanisms, penalizing fraudulent acts and promoting cybersecurity.


                       This session is hosted by Reispar Technologies

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BREAK THE BIAS: HOW SOCIAL MEDIA CAN BUILD THE NEXT GENERATION OF AFRICAN POWER GIRLS
Adebola Williams
Adebola Williams
RED | For Africa, Group CEO
Funke Akindele
Funke Akindele
Producer & Actress
Comfort Lamptey
Comfort Lamptey
Representative, UN Women to Nigeria and ECOWAS

For centuries, one narrative that has been promoted in many societies is the one about the girl child and as handheld technology increasingly becomes a regular part of children’s lives, there's no denying that social media is impacting the way young girls view themselves.

Using the platform provided by Africa NXT and inspiration from the book ‘African Power Girls', the author, Adebola Williams seeks to bring mainstream the conversation and required commitment in building our young girls to be future-ready, helping them find their superpower to become the best version of themselves.  
These discussions would center around clear ways of using the power of communication and especially social media to combat narratives that entrench misogyny and chauvinism into young girls, strategically targeted at disempowering and limiting them.

The session will be divided into three parts:
The first part would be a short reading from the book, followed by a keynote address, while finally, the panel will then delve into why we must tell these stories and the scope of influence of social media and our roles as individuals in building this next generation of girls. 


                        This Session is Hosted by RED MEDIA AFRICA

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EXECUTIVE LUNCH SOCIAL

Good Food. Great Conversation. Connect with your fellow ecosystem builders over lunch. Stop by the Premium Lounge for lunch & networking.

This session is for STAKEHOLDER + GLOBAL CONNECTOR badge holders only 


                                           This session is hosted by AfricaNXT 

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AFRICA'S NEXT TECH FRONTIER: THE INFORMAL ECONOMY & THE ROLE OF DATE
Khalil Halilu
Khalil Halilu
The CANs, Founder/Board Chairman

Gathering data is very important, and more so data, drawn from the informal economy in Africa. Data properly obtained and if put to proper use can unravel groundbreaking insights, simplify problem solving, business development, nation building and planning.

This session hopes to model people into becoming dedicated ambassadors to the call for the need to capture data in the informal sector, consolidate data in order to mitigate occurrences like pandemics as well as solidify their understanding of the role of technology in data collection for better planning.

To really understand the power of data, and insights, let’s use this simple analogy. In Kano, a basket of tomatoes goes for N5,000 but in Lagos, the price multiples itself by 10. Imagine if data was collected and tracked to know where the margin lies and how best to approach it, this brings new variables to the conversation. It is paramount that data-driven decisions and not just any kind of data but quality data are put into effect to build for efficiency, feasibility and sustainability. There are professionals and master insight obtainers skilled to do this but first, that mental shift is needed. 


                            This Session is Hosted by The CANs

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SPECIAL MUMS AFRICA - REAL TALK ON SPECIAL NEEDS PARENTING
Tonye Ekezie Faloughi
Tonye Ekezie Faloughi
TEEOF Media / Simone's Oasis, CEC, Author, Content Producer and Special Needs Advocate
Bukola Ayinde
Bukola Ayinde
P4:13 Foundation / DPI Services, Founder/ CEO
Yemisi Fajimolu-Taiwo
Yemisi Fajimolu-Taiwo
Actress, TV presenter and Special Needs Advocate
Obafeyikemi Luther
Obafeyikemi Luther
Chef, Actress, Vulnerability/Sensual Mama

This podcast is hosted with 3 mums with special needs children. In this episode of the podcast, we reflect on social media and technology and how it has assisted and played a part in the special needs journey. What are the benefits and what are the negatives? We talk community, access to resources, information and knowledge, content, vocations and more in relation to special needs.


                      This session is hosted by  Simone's Oasis / TEEOF Media

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'A GREAT DAY IN GIDI' DAY PARTY + PHOTO SHOOT

A Great Day in Gidi’ is a gathering of Lagos most innovative minds in the tech, media & creative space. From Industry Stakeholders to Digital Activists to Award-winning artists, ‘A Great Day In Gidi’ is a snapshot, of the individuals who collectively are re-defining Lagos and Africa in general. It's a celebration ... and some say “the most epic day party EVER!”

Beats Courtesy of Teck-Zilla
Photo Ops Courtesy of AfricaNXT


                                         This session is hosted by AfricaNXT 

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SETTING HEALTHY BOUNDARIES: A GUIDED SESSION ON EFFECTIVE AND PRACTICAL METHODS TO PRIORITIZE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IN YOUR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE
Mudrakat Alabi-Macfoy
Mudrakat Alabi-Macfoy
Africa’s Mental Health Matters, Partnerships & Outreach
Vanessa Adebayo
Vanessa Adebayo
Africa’s Mental Health Matters, Founder

The session is to navigate work and personal life to avoid potential toxic environments and create a clear path for you to do your best work without being taken advantage of or burning out. The ultimate goal is to prioritize our mental health to have an optimal work-life balance.

With the skills we share, we will equip participants with the mental resources needed to ensure that each experience is suited to the Nigerian situation. Progress in this area looks like a healthy corporate and personal environment where there is mutual respect without the threat of penalties. 


                  This Session is Hosted by Africa’s Mental Health Matter