AfricaNXT 2022 AfricaNXT 2022

Monday, February 28, 2022

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THE POWER OF STORYTELLING TO STIMULATE FINANCE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Ndifreke Okwuegbunam
Ndifreke Okwuegbunam
ASPIRE CORONATION TRUST FOUNDATION, Director of Grants and Programs
Amaechi Michael Okobi
Amaechi Michael Okobi
Access Bank Plc, Group Head, Communications & External Affairs
Temie Giwa-Tubosun
Temie Giwa-Tubosun
Life Bank, Founder and Group CEO
Abosede George-Ogan
Abosede George-Ogan
Women in Leadership Advancement Network (WILAN), Founder

In Africa and for centuries, storytelling has been the core of knowledge transfer, inspiration and the unwavering drive for the community.  Let's get back to the root on how to apply storytelling to drive investment that addresses the gaps in youth skills and entrepreneurship interventions which includes funding.

Our panelists will be sharing successes of storytelling from a personal and organisational perspective. The session promises to provide basic and practical steps successfully implemented in Africa and Nigeria, that can attract the right stakeholders and funders to increase sustainable funding for entrepreneurship interventions.

Our panelists have led organisations and built a career successfully not without storytelling as one of their vital tools in fundraising,  stakeholder partnerships known across Africa. We will debate on the fails, successes of adopting foreign storytelling strategies in Africa and what matters more when financing entrepreneurship in Nigerian and Africa more broadly.

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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

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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FUTURE OF THE AFRICAN FILM INDUSTRY: THE NXT DECADE
Izzy Idiaru
Izzy Idiaru
African Movie Channel, Head of Partnerships & Production Executive
Biodun Stephen
Biodun Stephen
Filmmaker and Director
Charles Novia
Charles Novia
Filmmaker
Moses Babatope
Moses Babatope
FilmOne, Co-founder, Group Executive Director/Managing Director

Pre-covid, the internet and technology revolution had already opened up new pathways for the funding, production and distribution of films in Africa. The pandemic further accelerated the way we produce and consume films.

With the big players like Netflix and Amazon with their huge budgets coming into the scene, there is an uncertainty about what the future holds for the African films told by Africans.

Our panel will discuss the cultural change and changing demographic tastes that are altering the African film industry. Panelists will share insights on the opportunities available for new entrants into the sector and the challenges being faced by the existing local players. The panel will also look at what projected technology advancements will mean for the future of African film and the people who make it, distribute it and consume it.  There’s never been a better time in our history to make, share, and watch films.

                  This Session is Hosted by African Movie Channel

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EDTECH MEETUP: CROSS BORDER CONVERSATIONS ON EDUCATION + TECHNOLOGY
Hassanatu Blake
Hassanatu Blake
TwinFold Media, Co-Creator
Hussainatu Blake
Hussainatu Blake
TwinFold Media, Co-Creator

African Edtech has a limited voice. Despite producing great edtech innovations, like uLesson, the African perspective in this billion dollar sector is sorely lacking.

This meetup will be a discussion and networking session for African professionals in Edtech or anyone with an interest in the Edtech sector on the continent.

The session will kick off with a live episode of TwinFold with Hassa & Hussa Blake, a podcast and web series exploring all things EdTech. Specifically, The Blake twins sisters will interview seasoned African EdTech professionals on how EdTech impacts the way Africans live, work, learn and play. This special episode will be an interactive conversation with AfricaNXT attendees about EdTech that is for and by Africans. 

                                       *** This Session Will Be Virtual *** 


                                    This session is hosted by TwinFold Media 

Thursday, March 3, 2022

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THE IMPACT OF INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ON NIGERIA'S CREATIVE INDUSTRY
Ilooise Omohinmin
Ilooise Omohinmin
ViacomCBS Africa, VJ / Culture Squad Member
Bada Akintunde-Johnson
Bada Akintunde-Johnson
ViacomCBS Africa, Country Manager
Abuchi Peter Ugwu
Abuchi Peter Ugwu
Chocolate City, Chief Executive Officer
Daniel Owolabi
Daniel Owolabi
Sony Music Africa, Label Manager
Nissi Ogulu
Nissi Ogulu
Animation Director

Different technologies have deeply impacted the creative industry. For instance, the increasing popularity of streaming platforms such as Netflix, Paramount+, Soundcloud, BET+, Amazon Prime, DIsney plus and so much more has in turn greatly influenced streaming culture in Africa, with over 5 million people subscribed to these services, the creative industry is as a result affected.

Streaming services have been really impactful for creatives, with these platforms fighting for inclusion and diversity as a way to draw large audiences, creatives are being presented with more opportunities to have their craft disseminated to a global audience. Although this poses good things for some creatives, it might not be the same for others who are still subscribed to traditional channels.

Our panelists will discuss the impact of Innovative Technologies on Africa’s Creative Industry, giving practical examples of different scenarios where innovative technology solutions such as streaming platforms, cinemas, augmented reality, virtual reality and others are shaping the creative sector.
 
Attendees will also learn about key steps ViacomCBS Networks Africa is taking to improve the creative space in Africa -- striving for creative excellence and cultural impact across programming, motion pictures, and digital experiences that live online, on mobile, and across multiple platforms.  
 
For the concluding part, our panel will share meaningful steps and practical solutions that creatives across Africa can employ to help them better leverage the available Tech solutions of 2022 and beyond.


                       This session is hosted by ViacomCBS Networks Africa

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AFRICA TO THE WORLD: CREATING ANIMATION STORIES FOR A GLOBAL AUDIENCE
Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson
Zero Gravity Studios, Co-Founder, Creative Director
Dami Solesi
Dami Solesi
Smids Animation, Founder

Within the last couple of years a lot of attention has been on the continent of Africa from the global animation industry.

In 2018, a young Nigerian content creator won Cartoon Network’s Storylab competition with his story pitch - Garbage boy and Trashcan. Cartoon Network has since begun to develop the winning entry into what will become its first African superhero series.
Streaming giant; Netflix, announced its acquisition of its first African children's animation; Mama K's Team 4 in 2019.
The Annecy Animation Festival, the largest animation Festival in the world, decided to focus on the continent of Africa for its 2020 and 2021 editions while Disney announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Kugali a Pan-African entertainment company, to bring "Iwaju" a science fiction series to its Disney+ platform by 2022. They also announced an animated anthology series called Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire, with stories from several animation creators from across Africa (including Nigeria) presently in development and also set to premiere globally in 2022. To date, several African students have also received scholarships to study at one of the biggest animation institutions in the world; Gobelins l'ecole de l'image.

Needless to say, these are exciting times for African animation content creators and storytellers alike, as several opportunities for collaboration with some of the biggest studios in the world are now available. However, these opportunities do not seem immediately apparent to storytellers outside of certain circles as evidenced by the relatively low number of annual submissions to the competitions and platforms that present these opportunities.

We will discuss available opportunities and how storytellers and content creators can start to take advantage of them even if they have no prior animation experience. We will also look at how they can get their projects noticed by the right audiences with the aim of having more African stories told by Africans, for a global audience. This session will give practical insights and ideas on getting your work noticed internationally, from people who have created winning pitches while telling uniquely African stories.


                                 This session is hosted by Zero Gravity Studios 

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THE DESIGN SCIENCE OF EVERYTHING MADE: CHANNELING CREATIVITY, EXECUTING POWERFUL IDEAS
Olalekan Akinyele
Olalekan Akinyele
7even Interactive / Xaine Ingenius, Creative Director / Design & Innovations Director

Many young African creatives, craftsmen, designers, makers, and entrepreneurs often make products by Africanising existing foreign ideas which are executed without a thorough design process and a blueprint. This makes it difficult to create disruptive innovations to develop Africa and improve the quality of lives within it at scale.

This masterclass will offer insights, as well as practical and applicable steps on how design principles and thorough design thinking processes can be applied to ideas. We'll explore strategies and methodologies to help bring out the best of creativity, ingenuity, and disruption; creating better opportunities and fostering economic growth.

I will explore the role of design, design thinking, and technology in the execution of powerful ideas that have shaped the world and also developed most countries that young Africans are migrating to.
 
I will be sharing some case studies, local and global best practices that will empower attendees and provide a roadmap for how they can channel their creativity, using design to solve problems within Africa, make living out of it, and develop Africa ultimately.


                                      This session is hosted by Xaine Ingenius 

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AFRICAN STORYTELLING THROUGH THE GAMING EXPERIENCE
Ovie Paul-Ejukorlem
Ovie Paul-Ejukorlem
Animation Nigeria, Trustee
Hugo Obi
Hugo Obi
Maliyo Games, Founder
Arome Ibrahim
Arome Ibrahim
Experis Immersive, Virtual Tour Pro & 360°VR Developer
David Olamide
David Olamide
Dimension11 Games, Co Founder & Gameplay Engineer

A lot of popular stories have travelled around the world through gaming, stories as old as Mario saving a Princess. Gaming's immersive capabilities and capacity to draw players and audiences into an experience makes it a great medium for telling African stories. In this regard gaming enables Africa to export its stories to the world.

This session will facilitate a discussion on how animation and gaming as story telling vehicles are vital mediums for preserving and propagating African heritage. In addition, we'll look at industry challenges, such as infrastructure and sourcing talent. Panelists will share best practices and insights on how they are navigating the challenges and getting their work on in the world.

Panelists will include animation studio owners and game development studio owners.


                                  This session is hosted by Animation Nigeria 

Friday, March 4, 2022

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CREATIVE INCLUSION: TELLING THE AFRICAN STORY THROUGH STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS
Ekene Ajayi
Ekene Ajayi
Chenist Communications, Client Service Director
Adejuwon Soyinka
Adejuwon Soyinka
The Conversation, Regional Editor, West Africa
Chineze Amanfo
Chineze Amanfo
9mobile Nigeria, Public Relations Lead
Nnenna Onyewuchi
Nnenna Onyewuchi
Yellow Brick Road, Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation
Uzoma Onwuchekwa
Uzoma Onwuchekwa
Envivo Communications Ltd, Chief Operating Officer

The Continent continues to face challenges with misrepresentation on the global stage. This discussion will focus on how we can leverage strategic communication and the power of collective creativity to change the narrative and drive prosperity, both of which can have positive economic impact across industries and communities.

Guiding our conversation is the assertion that "One of the continent's greatest assets is the diversity of its people." Our discussions will centre on the importance of inclusive creativity. Our panelists will also share a range of perspectives and insights on how the combination of effective strategic communications, creative activities, and social media provide Africans with the tools to tell stories that impact global culture and drive trends. We will also look at how we can harness the power of collective and inclusive creativity to promote and grow local industries, ultimately propelling the African economy to a more sustainable and prosperous future.


                           This session is hosted by Chenist Consulting Limited 

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THE FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR'S GUIDE TO CREATING BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH EFFECTIVE BRANDING
Onyeka Nwobu
Onyeka Nwobu
Disruptiv by Design (DBD AFRICA), Director of Strategy

Did you know that for every 5 thriving startups, more than double have failed due to lack of branding? More specifically to women, research has shown that 40% of female owned businesses say that marketing skills are absent from their businesses and this in turn limits their visibility to customers as well as investors.

With these stats, it is clear that access to wealth, business opportunities and funding is heavily dependent on effectively building a profitable brand - not just a business.

The goal of this masterclass is to share practical ways in which female entrepreneurs can start creating more wealth by harnessing the power of branding because with effective branding, more female-led startups will further become visible to the investors and other stakeholders and become valued firms.


                  This session is hosted by Disruptiv by Design (DBD AFRICA)