AfricaNXT 2022 AfricaNXT 2022

Monday, February 28, 2022

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THE FUTURE OF WORK: EXPLORING PATHWAYS TO CAREERS IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho
Future Software Resources Limited / Skillup Africa, CEO / Founder
Tosin Faniro-Dada
Tosin Faniro-Dada
Endeavor Nigeria, Managing Director / CEO
Bola Lawal
Bola Lawal
ScholarX, Co-Founder and CEO
Oluwaseun Runsewe
Oluwaseun Runsewe
Fintech Product Leader
Nkem Nweke
Nkem Nweke
Innovation | Product & Strategy | Digital Transformation

This session is focused on discussing the Future of Work and explores pathways to careers in the Digital Age.

According to US-based management consulting firm Korn Ferry, there will be a global shortage of more than 85 million tech workers, representing $8.5 trillion in lost annual revenue. The research further shows that  the United States and Russia are expected to be short of 6 million workers each, while China could face a deficit of 12 million workers. Other economies expected to be hit hardest are Brazil, Indonesia, and Japan, facing shortages of up to 18 million workers apiece.
 
This shortage is expected to become more acute in the coming years as technology continues to play a pivotal role across industries and every aspect of business. The demand for highly-skilled tech workers would keep increasing as there continues to be a deficit in supply.  

How can young Africans tap into these opportunities of the Future of Work and how can they unlock a path to prosperity for themselves?

Our panel will deep dive into:
[1] Exploring opportunities across sectors and industries in the Digital Age
[2] Tips and tricks to choosing a career path
[3] The role of transferable skills in your chosen career path.
Charting your learning pathway.
[4] Finding tools and resources to learn online
[5] Taking advantage of Tech-focused student Loans to Upskill


                                         This session is hosted by SkillUp Africa 

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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DISRUPTIVE PR IN THE IMMINENT METAVERSE ERA
Olubunmi Adeleye
Olubunmi Adeleye
Leadway Assurance Company Limited, Associate Director & Head, Corporate Communications & Services
Odion Aleobua
Odion Aleobua
Modion Communications, CEO
J.J Omojuwa
J.J Omojuwa
Halifax International Security Forum, Board Member
Bidemi Zakariyau Akande
Bidemi Zakariyau Akande
LSF|PR, Founder/Head of Public Relations
Adebola Williams
Adebola Williams
RED | For Africa, Group CEO

There is a need to deliberately repurpose Africa’s narrative in the imminent metaverse era.

With Internet of Things and the digital revolution, PR is taking a very disruptive form. Being a soft power, it is driving change in crafting alternative narratives, elevating social purpose, and providing the tools to navigate a social media verse that is dominated by activism.

With the imminent metaverse paradigm, where immersive interaction is spliced by augmented reality and Artificial Intelligence, how would PR shape Africa’s perceptions in this new world of alternative reality?

Evolving technology will continue to revolutionise consumer behaviour as well as democratise how people interact with and consume media. The place of PR in the metaverse era will have to push creativity and innovations beyond the realm of today’s value creation. This session is geared at interrogating how PR will influence the new normal and how young Africans can leverage these capabilities to disrupt and repurpose the African narrative.


                             This session is hosted by Modion Communications

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CONNECTING WITH GEN-Z: PATHWAYS & POSSIBILITIES OF WHAT PURPOSE-LED TEENAGERS IN AFRICA CAN CREATE
Adaora Mbelu
Adaora Mbelu
Lumination Global Network, Co-founder
Karishma Daryani-Chugani
Karishma Daryani-Chugani
Lumination Global Network / AIS Lagos, Cofounder / Director Communications

Society is continuously evolving at an exponential rate. Gen-Z (youth aged 9-24 years) face a lot of pressure that many parents didn't experience growing up. Some of these pressures stem from self-esteem issues, academic or professional career-path stress, bullying, depression, cyber addiction, and anxiety over friendships and relationships. As algorithms increasingly choose what we watch, listen to, or whose opinion we hear on social media and other digital platforms, the fundamental questions of ‘Who am I?’ ‘What do I want to do?’ ‘What do I stand for?’ ‘How can I contribute to something bigger than myself?’ are increasingly challenging to define. Parents of teens are often focused on kids’ academics, and general welfare while overlooking their health, social and emotional learning, creative endeavours, and transition to work. What used to work on the path towards ‘success,’ often gets imposed on our youth, without truly understanding the information, innovation, and pathways to the possibility that exist ahead of them.

Our Gen-Z kids on this continent are brilliant and motivated. When our youth have ideas and are ready to work for change, how do we build their mindset, resilience, self-esteem, and habits to carry them forward? How do we empower them to speak their truth, share their voice, and contribute meaningfully to this ever-changing world? We've seen where traditional paths of success and the pressure to achieve have taken over and have left many youths more lost, dazed, and confused, than ever. If we provide them 'with the best,' that can potentially lead to entitlement, inertia, and an overall lack of direction. This podcast episode will talk about how we can support Gen-Z to build the life skills necessary to deliberately decide the impact they want to make on the world around them and to lead with courage and empathy. We will first define the challenges facing our youth and future leaders today, and then talk about nurturing self-awareness, world-awareness, and purpose-driven action - as parents, teachers, bosses, coaches, mentors, peers, and leaders.

ABOUT LUMINATION-Z
Lumination-Z is a purpose-centric thought leadership content platform and community for adolescents on the African continent aged 13 to 19 years. We are committed to building a generation of purpose-driven leaders that will be equipped with the mindset, skill-sets, and emotional intelligence to make sure the continent of Africa prospers. Our content and experiences include social media platforms, podcasts, workshops, events, immersive experiences, and resources targeted to Gen-Z. We are building a nation of bright lights and we’re starting early!


                           This session is hosted by Lumination Global Network

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SOLVING LEARNING ISSUES USING LOW-COST TECH SOLUTIONS
Ezioma Akabike
Ezioma Akabike
Assessment and Learning Programmes, Programme Officer
Oluwatamilore Oni
Oluwatamilore Oni
Google.org Europe, Middle East & Africa, Program Manager
John Mugo
John Mugo
Zizi Afrique Foundation, Executive Director
Inyang Udo-Umoren
Inyang Udo-Umoren
TaRL Africa (Nigeria), Country Manager

Nationwide school closures in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic led to millions of children staying at home with little or no access to ongoing learning opportunities.

Protecting and prioritizing foundational learning is key to reducing the potential damage that widespread school closures will have on children as these skills are critical to developing children’s competencies and subsequent lifelong learning opportunities.
The impact of not learning at an early age is far more devastating than you can imagine- the consequences of not being able to read or write affect our health and well-being, employment and economic growth opportunities and our lifespan. According to Global Citizen, this is true for 9 out of 10 children in Sub-Saharan Africa, who find themselves left behind early on, and cannot catch up without targeted interventions.

Our panel will provide insights on ways to reduce the real possibility of learning declines occurring for children through targeted interventions and solutions that will ensure children learn properly and attain foundational literacy and numeracy skills. We will explore the use of targeted SMS learning activities from customized syllabi as well as supplementary instructional books to help children improve their literacy and numeracy skills. In addition, we will also examine ways to improve the capacity of parents/caregivers to support their children’s learning using low tech options at home.
Our panelists will also share best practices on how to address learning disparities and decline in children who are receiving the necessary educational support.  Attendees will leave the session realizing that the learning issues that exist in the Nigerian education system are not insurmountable, they are fixable.


              This session is hosted by The Education Partnership (TEP) Centre 

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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HOW TO USE MOVIES TO TELL THE NIGERIAN STORY TO AN INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE
Umoren Imoh
Umoren Imoh
Film Director and TV Producer
Martin Gbados
Martin Gbados
Film Maker and Producer

The Nigerian film industry has grown and stands strong as the third-largest industry in the world. With the entry of international streaming giants like Netflix, Nigerian films have grown to be loved and seen by many.

Our masterclass will proffer various ways Nigerian films can be used to communicate the Nigerian culture and heritage.

We’ll explore the transition from old school Nollywood to New school Nollywood, focusing on the increase in viewers, fusion between Nollywood and international film industries as well as the role of technology and social media in this growth.

Our speakers will also proffer new ways through which we can continue to tell our stories using film.


                               This session is hosted by The Guardian Nigeria

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SKILLS DEVELOPMENT & AFRICAN FUTURES: THE EDTECH HORIZON
Adebayo Ishola
Adebayo Ishola
OnlineHubNG, Creative Director
Godwin Smart
Godwin Smart
Smart Tutors, Founder
Olawumi Adeniyi
Olawumi Adeniyi
Digital Teachers Academy, Executive Director
Omolara Dada
Omolara Dada
Earnipay, Communications Specialist
Adewale Shobande
Adewale Shobande
Brandimproov Global Consult, Lead Strategist

The importance of skills development in African growth cannot be overemphasized. More particularly, digital skills have been a driver of economic growth and development all over the world. While advanced economies have used their education system to champion digital skills development, African schools appear to be playing little or no active role in the development of their future workforce. For example, a report by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) shows that several countries in Africa have no active policy or plan to implement science, technology, and innovation into the education system.

With the COVID-19 epidemic, there has been an immediate and urgent demand for new skills, notably digital skills, in order to maintain and improve education delivery in Africa. A recent report by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in Nigeria showed that in the country’s public primary schools, more than 60% of instructors lack the digital literacy needed to work effectively in an e-learning setting.

It has become crystal clear that educational technology would ultimately shape the skills development deficit we have in Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the World. This session will be a solution-focused discussion on how we can collectively tackle the challenges before us.

While a range of paths is possible, we cannot forget that we already have the tools & technology to make social change happen... Let's Explore!

Topics/Questions To Be Explored:
[1] A retrospective approach on how learning environments have been challenged in the past 2 years.
[2] Teaching and learning disruptions affected the plans of education institutions and highlighted the importance of comprehensive digital strategies. How did schools, colleges and universities fare?
[3] What lessons should be learned from the lockdowns – in relation to connectivity, device access and online/virtual learning?
[4] With a view to the post-pandemic scenario, how can we craft and implement better digital skills development strategies?
[5] How can educational institutions ensure that technology is inclusive for everyone- educators and learners?
[6] How can we guarantee adequate up-skilling of the future workforce in a digital age?
[7] How do we make sure that the digital training contents offered are current and relevant?
[8] What are the hidden impacts of digital technology, how do we better understand, improve, and sustain them?


                                        This session is hosted by OnlineHubNG 



Thursday, March 3, 2022

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DIGITAL ECONOMY READINESS: EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE AFRICAN TECHNOLOGY TALENT VALUE CHAIN
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho
Future Software Resources Limited / Skillup Africa, CEO / Founder
Joseph Agunbiade
Joseph Agunbiade
Skillup Africa, Co-CEO
Elohor Thomas
Elohor Thomas
Codeln.com, CEO and Cofounder
Celestine Ukpere
Celestine Ukpere
Shule Africa, Co-Founder
Femi Madariola
Femi Madariola
PWC West Market Area (Africa), Associate Director

There are various pillars of Digital Economy Readiness - Infrastructure - Enabling Policies - Supporting Legal Frameworks and of course a sustainable Technology Talent Value Chain.

With a growing youth population and unemployment rates over 30% in many countries across the continent the question that should be top of the mind is - are we as Africans sufficiently investing in the future of our human capital on the continent?

Global research data shows that 60% of children under 12 today, will grow up to work in jobs that don’t exist yet. Furthermore an extensive new Korn Ferry report finds that by 2030, more than 85 million jobs globally could go unfilled because there aren’t enough skilled people to take them - this presents an $8.5Trn opportunity for the taking.

Governments and organizations across the continent must make talent development strategies a key priority and take steps to educate, train, and upskill the youth in order to tap into the human capital opportunities of the Digital Economy and drive socio economic development and growth.

This panel will look at how we can close the skills gap, while building a globally accessible pool of talent and ensuring that the continent can fully participate in the Digital Economy. We will also explore opportunities and sustainable models of building and expanding the African Technology Talent Value Chain


                  This session is hosted by Future Software Resources Limited  

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COMMUNITY CENTERED DEVELOPMENT: A CASE FOR COLLABORATION AND SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS
Alero Ayida-Otobo
Alero Ayida-Otobo
Incubator Africa / Project Ark Initiative, Founder / Chair
Jennifer Soba-Pearse
Jennifer Soba-Pearse
GiveBackNigeria, Founder
Tonye Cole
Tonye Cole
Sahara Group / MindSwap Initiative, Co-Founder / Visioner
Emmanuel Dania
Emmanuel Dania
Project Ark Initiative / AmourOG Oil and Gas, Board of Trustees / CEO
Tolulope Makinwa
Tolulope Makinwa
Tolulope Makinwa Initiative for Africans, Founder / CEO

Poverty is multidimensional, and both a root cause and a symptom of the cycle of underdevelopment on the African continent. As such, any proposed solution for eradicating the menace should be multi-sectoral and inclusive in every sense of the word.

We have an opportunity to create sustainable systems of development when the government, especially at the local level, and private organizations work together to engage the minds of local residents in generating ideas and solutions for problems that are specific to them. There is a gap between solutions and recipients that need to be addressed for progress to be sustained.

The Panel will discuss the merits and gaps of current poverty eradication efforts, highlighting the opportunities that true community-centred development provides, and discussing the frameworks for solutions that are multi-sectoral and inclusive in every sense of the word. The key focus of these opportunities will be the human resource with conversations on how they can be adequately inspired and equipped to become the solution providers for their own specific problems. The panel will also highlight methods and processes for engaging private financiers and the government for support, as they have experience and success in doing this.

We want the audience to leave with a different perspective on bringing development to vulnerable communities while shifting their ambitions from only personal advancement to collective and collaborative progress. They will learn how to see opportunities for communal development in the midst of challenges, while also understanding new methods of engaging the government, especially at the local level, understanding their roles and holding them accountable to community engagement and development.


                           This session is hosted by The Project Ark initiative

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CRISIS MITIGATION. A BLUEPRINT TO ANTICIPATE AND ADDRESS CRISIS COLLECTIVELY
Benazir Hilali
Benazir Hilali
Axle International, Co-founder, CEO
Nathaniel Jowitt
Nathaniel Jowitt
Axle International, COO

Over the last decade, sub-Saharan Africa has experienced the highest proportion of violent demonstrations globally, with civil unrest growing by almost ten times. Our traditional governance models are not adapted to contemporary challenges. However, the pandemic gave us a new sense of urgency in reflecting global strategies to tackle structural vulnerabilities and create a blueprint to anticipate and address crises collectively. 

Sharing insights from the field, this session will take a deep dive in to practical ways to mitigate crisis. In addition, contemporary and historical examples will be used as case studies to help understand the influence of media coverage in risk and crisis management.

The main takeaways of the session would be a better understanding of system-thinking approaches in risk assessments and preventative frameworks to help anticipate future crisis. The interrelations between risk drivers and the growing influence of various actor groups, including media, private and public sectors, international communities, citizens and marginalized groups, would also be explained to help shift narratives from a continent permanently at war with itself to one that can pioneer innovative approaches to governance.


                                  This session is hosted by Axle International

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HASHTAGS TO BALLOTS: THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA TO INFLUENCE NIGERIA'S 2023 ELECTIONS
Aisha Yesufu
Aisha Yesufu
Citizen's Hub, Founder
Samson Itodo
Samson Itodo
YIAGA Africa and #NotTooYoungToRun movement, Founder
Joshua Olufemi
Joshua Olufemi
Dataphyte, Founder
Atedo Peterside
Atedo Peterside
President/Founder, Anap Foundation
Yemi Adamolekun
Yemi Adamolekun
Enough is Enough Nigeria, Executive Director

Advancements in technological innovations are increasingly disrupting democracies across Africa, with the emergence of an empowered electorate and decentralized access to governance. We’ve seen this play out at different levels, through citizen-led social movements such as Nigeria’s #EnoughisEnough and #EndSARS protests; Ghanaians’ clamor to #FixTheCountry; and the world turning #BlueForSudan.

Now more than ever, social media has the power to change not just the message, but the dynamics of nation building. Through the use of social media in elections and governance, political participation has become less private and more susceptive to public perception. How do we channel this social consciousness from online to offline citizen engagement, with the objective of influencing electoral processes that truly represent the voice of the people?

Ultimately, the session will aim to broker a stakeholder centric solution to a pressing challenge, leveraging the Africa NXT platform and StateCraft Inc.’s experience in driving good governance and sustainable citizen participation programmes.


                                        This session is hosted by StateCraft Inc


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UNLOCKING PROSPERITY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY AND COLLABORATION
Chiedozie Igweonu
Chiedozie Igweonu
Podtopia, Co-Founder
Teni Apata
Teni Apata
Musician
Ifeyinwa Ejindu
Ifeyinwa Ejindu
Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Communications Manager

In today’s hyperconnected world, Collaboration is the bedrock upon which great achievements are built. To unlock the gains stashed in the future for Africa, we must be deliberate in building collaboration pipelines across various verticals where we desire prosperity.

The rise of new tools and technologies has broken down barriers and turned the world into a truly global village. This year Ckay's 'Love Nwantiti' hit 15 billion streams on TikTok. Wizkid & Tems “Essence’ keeps blowing up global music charts. Burna boy won the Grammy. Nigerian Tech startups have raised billions of dollars in collaboration with both local and foreign VCs.  These events underscore the importance of technology as a tool for collaboration and a compass to economic prosperity for Africa.

This session will:
[1] Highlight some of the ways brands are harnessing the power of Collaboration and Technology.  
[2] Expose the various ways Africans can use technology as a tool for economic prosperity.
[3] Dissect the correlation between Technology, Opportunities, Collaboration and Prosperity.
[4] Explore new opportunities for radical collaboration.
 
The global success of African Music, Movies and Technology brands was made possible through innovation and strategic collaboration. This presents a template upon which various other sectors can build for rapid prosperity.

As the world evolves, collaboration and partnership are key ingredients that can unlock prosperity for the African continent. This interactive panel will discuss and highlight the various ways through which we can use technology and collaboration to achieve these goals.


                                            This session is hosted by PODTOPIA 

Friday, March 4, 2022

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THE POWER OF COLLABORATION & TECHNOLOGY TO BRIDGE THE EDUCATION GAP
Nonso Clark
Nonso Clark
Song of Africa, Executive Director
Oluwakemi Odedeyi
Oluwakemi Odedeyi
Bunmi Adedayo Foundation, Executive Director
Eyitayo Ogunmola
Eyitayo Ogunmola
Utiva, CEO
Femi Martins
Femi Martins
Impact Base Consulting, Founder
Oluleye Opeyemi
Oluleye Opeyemi
Geitwei Communications, CEO

In a report by the World Bank and UNESCO’s Institute of Statistics “Learning Poverty” is measured by the number of 10-year old children who cannot read and understand a simple story by the end of primary school. In low- and middle-income countries “learning poverty” stands at 53%, while for the poorest countries, this is 80% on average.

Our discussion will focus on how we collaboratively can develop approaches to address "Learning Poverty." Panelist will discuss the challenges and opportunities of creating scalable, affordable digital learning environments and also provide insights on effective digital learning tools that solve real-world problems.

We will explore the strategies that ensure we take advantage of the right collaborations so as to close the digital divides in Education and leverage the power of technology to accelerate learning, reduce learning poverty, and support skills development

We also plan to provide insights into the role of public, private, youth partnerships in driving innovation in education for the next generation to ensure we build a more resilient and equitable future