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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THE FUTURE OF COMMERCE IN AFRICA
Kingston Stratis
Kingston Stratis
WetFire, Cofounder and CEO
Adeyemi Adeyemo
Adeyemi Adeyemo
eTranzact International PLC, Group Head, General Manager
Mokutima Ajileye
Mokutima Ajileye
Procter & Gamble (P&G), Nigeria, Managing Director
Nathaniel Adegoke
Nathaniel Adegoke
Project People Limited, Managing Partner
Olajumoke Kujero
Olajumoke Kujero
Persianas Retail (PUMA & LACOSTE Nigeria), Head Of Marketing & Business Development,

Many of the challenges outlined in Dennis Ndonga's seminal paper on eCommerce in Africa written in 2012 still exist today. African States are yet to reap the full benefits of eCommerce, as it has not penetrated the continent to the extent experienced by Western countries. The lack of adequate ICT infrastructure, lack of basic ICT knowledge, and the threat of cyber crimes have created a significant barrier to the adoption and growth of eCommerce in many African countries.

Most of these challenges can be solved with the use of modern technologies and adoption strategies, but how do micro commerce businesses access, implement and benefit from these technologies and ideas? At The Future of Commerce in Africa, we will discuss how anyone can implement some of these tools and technologies. 

Other topics to be discussed: 

  • What is omni-commerce? How does it benefit an average merchant?
  • How do we make export easy for micro-businesses?
  • How do people with great products access financing without traditional bank loans?


                                       This session is hosted by WetFire

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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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AFRICAN CREATORS IN THE DIGITAL FUTURE; A FOCUS ON THE NFT SPACE
Mayowa Adewale
Mayowa Adewale
Medical Doctor and a Digital/Multimedia Artist
Ade Adekola
Ade Adekola
Creator and Collector
Jumoke Sanwo
Jumoke Sanwo
Creative Director
Adebowale Majekodunmi
Adebowale Majekodunmi
Programs Officer
Rita Anwiri Chindah
Rita Anwiri Chindah
Intellectual Property Consultant and Arbitrator

The future is digital, no doubt. The COVID-19 pandemic proved it. It has further pushed digitalization and digitization across all industry sectors and blockchain is considered an innovative frontrunning technology with regards to applicability and usability in these challenging times.

In the art and creative sector, there is a massive paradigm shift with the introduction of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), as the space is acquiring a large number of artists (and non-artists) hoping to capitalize on the innovation and distribution power that blockchain technology is offering. What digitization first removed from art,
blockchain is trying to bring back; reshaping the art world with viable tools for provenance, authenticity and distribution.

The NFT space is generally murky water, especially in Africa. The identified challenges would be lack of technical know-how among the key players in the art industry, an expensive gate fee into the space, policies and legal implications. These are the major areas that will be explored in the conversation with Jumoke Sanwo, Adewale Mayowa, Ade Adekola and Seun Lari-Williams.

What does the future look like for an African Creator? What and Who is NFT for? How does one (by oneself) enter and thrive in the space? Does the government have a role to play in the space? How do they deal with policies, such as taxation, in the NFT space? These and more are some of the questions we hope to adequately answer through the panel session.


                                This session is hosted by Revolving Art Incubator

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BBC AFRICA DAILY LIVE: CAN WE BUILD CONSENSUS ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Alan Kasujja
Alan Kasujja
BBC World Service, Host, Africa Daily podcast
Feyikemi Abudu
Feyikemi Abudu
I Said What I Said Podcast, Co-host
Jola Ayeye
Jola Ayeye
I Said What I Said Podcast, Co-host
Matthew Blaise
Matthew Blaise
Queer rights activist

Africa Daily was launched a year ago and is a daily news podcast (Monday to Friday) for Africa. Each day we take a closer look at one story, one question, that is making news somewhere on the continent. We hear first-hand from the people at the centre of those stories. Our presenter Alan Kasujja and our network of reporters help us understand why things are happening and how they are changing people’s lives.  

In this live episode of the 'The Africa Daily' podcast our discussion will focus on online activism, the impact it’s having - and whether social media is becoming a space to build consensus and move forward.
 
Young people have been at the heart of shaping the hope for the future of Nigeria. Through the power of social media, the youth have brought to light issues around injustice, violence against women, unemployment, infrastructure, healthcare, and most recently police brutality.

Currently, over 16% of the country’s population are considered to be ‘youth’ aged 15 to 35. It’s now over a year since the biggest protests the country has seen about mistreatment by police. This, like most youth led movements, grew on social media in parallel to the movement on the streets.
 
In conversation with Alan Kasujja, will be prominent voices on social media in Nigeria - lawyer Feyikemi Abudu, blogger, Jola Ayeye, and queer rights activist, Matthew Blaise. We'll also be inviting YOU the audience to join the discussion.


                                                This session is hosted by BBC 

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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)

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OPENING NITE MIXER

It's a celebration! Happy #AFRICANXT!

Please join us in the Creators Hub to celebrate the opening night of #AFRICANXT 2022. This will be an excellent opportunity to network with attendees and chat with our conference speakers, event organizers and international delegates.

Complimentary small chops and drinks.

All #AFRICANXT badge holders will be admitted.


                                           This session is hosted by AfricaNXT

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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TOURISM FUNDRAISING: HOW TO RAISE FUNDS FOR YOUR TOURISM ENTERPRISE
Ayomide Aborowa
Ayomide Aborowa
ìrìn journal, Founder & Creative Director
Abiola Adelana
Abiola Adelana
Sterling Bank Plc Nigeria, Tourism Business Manager
Nnenna Fakoya-Smith
Nnenna Fakoya-Smith
Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd, Tourism Promoter & Visibility Strategist
Pelu Awofeso
Pelu Awofeso
Travel Journalist & Researcher
Omolara Adewunmi
Omolara Adewunmi
Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, Director Programmes and Coordination

One of the major things that has hindered the growth of tourism in Africa is poor funding. There are many African businesses with great initiatives that could revolutionize the industry on both small and large scale, unfortunately access to funding possess a problem.  To profer solutions to this problem, our panel would be discussing funding opportunities such as crowdfunding, trust funds and tourism banking for Tourism businesses.

Crowdfunding, which is the practice of funding a project by raising money from a large number of people who each contribute a relatively small amount, has become the fastest-growing trend in fundraising and it’s a predominantly useful tool in times of crisis. Our speakers, Pelu Awofeso and Ayomide Aborowa, who are tourism entrepreneurs, would be  sharing how they were able to raise funds for their projects through crowdfunding. Our other speakers, Omolara Adewunmi and Abiola Adelana would be sharing other funding opportunities that Tourism businesses could tap into such as Trust Funds and Tourism Banking.

Attendees will leave this session with further insights on:
[1] How to tap into the different funding opportunities for their Tourism businesses
[2] Why having a community is important when is comes to funding their tourism projects
[3] How to utilize digital platforms and traditional media to build visibility for their tourism fundraising projects


                                  This session is hosted by Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd 

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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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ADOPTING INNOVATIVE MEDIUMS LIKE NFTS TO FURTHER CONNECT WITH AUDIENCES IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY.
Michael Ugwu
Michael Ugwu
Metaphrase, Chief Community Officer

NFTs have opened up new ways of brand storytelling and consumer interaction; the two main pillars of an effective marketing strategy.

With NFTs, you can create unique brand experiences, increase brand awareness, encourage interaction, and create interest in your brand and product. In Web 3 brands will be built from the ground up with community ownership as a focus not an afterthought.

In this session, attendees will learn about Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs) as they apply to driving innovation in small to large projects from an individual or corporate perspective. Attendees will be presented with some practical examples of the successful use of NFTs in starting up businesses i.e Bored Apes Yacht Club (BAYC), growing business i.e Christie's Auction House, Nike and Adidas as well as driving value back to consumers (a core ethos of Web 3.0). Attendees will also learn how to differentiate between low-effort and high-quality NFT projects as we all navigate this new paradigm.

The Bored Ape is called Metaphrase BAYC #8754 

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                                          This session is hosted by Freeme Digital

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HOW CREATIVES WITH MULTIPLE PASSIONS CAN EXECUTE THEIR VISION AND MULTIPLY PROSPERITY IN AFRICA
Folakemi Odesola
Folakemi Odesola
The Vision Execution Club, Architect / Founder
Oluwafemi Sotubo
Oluwafemi Sotubo
Architect / Designer

Often, Multipassionate African Creatives fail to cross the start line and birth the next best project that could change the continent for the better because they are scared of failure (or success), they have inadequate clarity of what to focus on or they have misaligned, undefined and ambiguous goals etched in too many passions, so they cannot put in the work necessary to reap the rewards that focused and disciplined visionaries and executors enjoy worldwide.

Being multi-passionate is a blessing when creatives understand what to do with their multiple skills, ideas and passions. Within Africa, there are more multi-passionate creatives than we realize. They are true unicorns of Africa who can
bring about speedy change with proper tasks, resources, time and self-management.

Multi-passionate creatives can learn systems that help them better manage their internal chaos and the things they are interested in so they can birth their dreams while maintaining focus and productivity.

If Multipassionate African Creatives can reimagine their approach to who they are and what powers they possess, find systems to explore their gifts and resources, leverage, collaborate [to lessen the personal burden] and create thriving communities around their passions. There's no telling what the next 10 years in Africa will be like.  Africa will be prosperous and the future will truly be Africa.


                        This session is hosted by Folakemi Odesola International

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POWERING INNOVATION FOR THE NEXT BILLION: THE ROLE OF LOCAL INVESTOR COMMUNITIES
Stephanie Etiaka
Stephanie Etiaka
Wennovation Hub, Head Operations
Subomi Plumptre
Subomi Plumptre
Volition Capital LLC, Director
Olabinjo Adeniran
Olabinjo Adeniran
Future Africa, Co-founder & Growth Partner
Fiyin Ogunlesi
Fiyin Ogunlesi
OUI Capital

As at  Q3 2021, startups in Africa had raised  $2.9Bn+ in over 515 deals according to data from Africa:The Big Deal. While most of the funding comes from investors abroad, local investors are often the ones writing cheques for early stage start-ups, usually at the pre-seed and seed stages. According to Partech, early stage companies accounted for 64% of the 359 funding rounds above $200K in 2020, representing $220M of the $1.4Bn invested in startups on the continent. 

Local investors often have first hand experience of the challenges these startups are attempting to solve and are best positioned to provide advice and honest feedback to the founders in addition to early funding (usually between $25K to $100K) needed for these startups to build out their solution and acquire the early customers to validate their solution. More money in the hands of local investors would mean more early stage startups getting funding. These early bets give startups a fighting chance.

At the end of the panel session, attendees should be able to understand: 
[1] Fundraising models being adopted by local investors in Africa
[2] The roles and functions of VC platforms in promoting Innovation in Africa
[3] How we can build more robust local investor communities in Africa


                              This session is hosted by Blacklight Solutions


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 

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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 



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THE MYTH OF THE MULTI-HYPHENATE
Rodney Omeokachie
Rodney Omeokachie
The Young God, creative consultant/podcaster/photographer
Aisha Augie
Aisha Augie
Public Servant/Photographer
Bright Jaja
Bright Jaja
iCreate Africa, CEO / Founder

Young people deal with several challenges when it comes to professional and creative work: they are interested in everything but committed to nothing, and they have learned multiple skills but struggle with deploying them with intention and strategy.

In this live episode of 'The Young God' Podcast, we'll bring to the fore the age-old struggle between being a specialist or a multi-potentialite, while making the case for the latter being a vehicle for progress -- large scale social change and personal financial freedom.

Diverse and niche opportunities exist for those that are able to mix, match, and master a set of skills. Creatives today need to embrace the multi-hyphenate mindset in order to open up unprecedented doors, make deeper connections personally and professionally, and thrive in this highly competitive world.

Our guest will share their perspective and best practice on how they navigate their different interests and purists. Attendees will have the opportunity to join the conversations as well.


                              This session is hosted by The Young God

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MAKING FOOD FAIR
Ayoola Kassim
Ayoola Kassim
Channels TV, Head of Programmes (Environment and Development)
Folayinka Dania
Folayinka Dania
Lagos State Resilience Office (LASRO), Chief Resilience Officer
Mansur Bako Matazu
Mansur Bako Matazu
Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Director General/CEO
Dr. Vincent Ahonsi
Dr. Vincent Ahonsi
Oxfam International, Nigeria Office, Country Director
Ayobami Kareemah Oladipo
Ayobami Kareemah Oladipo
Ignitia, Project Manager

Rationality ends Where HUNGER begins, so the saying goes. The violence and looting that followed the #EndSARS nationwide protest last year is quite instructive for Nigeria. There is hunger in the land, and there is poverty occasioned by lack of jobs, social welfare and opportunities for millions of young people in Nigeria. Agriculture will help Nigeria diversify the economy and create jobs and opportunities for the mass of unemployed youth as well as address the issues of hunger and malnutrition. Agriculture is the largest employer of labour in Africa though mostly involving smallholder engagement and characterised by low tech and inadequate investment.  Climate change is an additional stressor to agriculture in Africa, thus making it imperative to promote climate smart agriculture and technology driven agricultural innovations.

This session will highlight innovative ideas and advocacy efforts to make food production and distribution sustainable, profitable and efficient. In addition, discussions will focus on the role of technology, youth engagement and government's policies and programs. We'll also look at early warning systems in building a resilient and fair food production and distribution system, as well as best practice in bridging the gap in climate information services.


   This session is hosted by Human and Environmental Development         Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre)

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THE ROI OF DESIGN: BUSINESS IMPACT OF DESIGN ACROSS VARIOUS SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY
Chisom Okechukwu
Chisom Okechukwu
Check DC, Co-Founder/CEO

Decades ago, Thomas J. Watson Jr. grew IBM on the premise that “good design is good business.” Today, design fuels the most innovative and successful companies in the world.

The impact design has on the bottomline of a business can sometimes be an oversight. This session aims to dissect how design can be used to maximise a company's brand equity, drive innovation and return on investment.

Topics covered will include:
[1] What is design? Common misconceptions and stereotypes.
[2] How design affects how brands are experienced
[3] Calculating ROI on design

At the end of this session, participants should have an overview of design by the numbers, how design shapes our thinking regarding brands and products, and how to utilise design as a tool to generate revenue across different industries.


                                         This session is hosted by Check DC

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HOW TO FIND YOUR PATH TO PEACE, JOY, AND HAPPINESS BY BEING MORE INTENTIONAL
Chine Ezekwesili
Chine Ezekwesili
Akanka, Co-Founder / Designer
Chuba Ezekwesili
Chuba Ezekwesili
Akanka / Future Africa, Designer, Data analyst, Co-founder

What does it look like for us to be less stressed? Less anxious or depressed? Less angry? What does it look like for us to communicate better? What does it look like for us to be at peace and for us to be happier? What does it look like for us to be more creative? What does it look like for our workplaces to have better culture where everyone can find their purpose?

The answer to all these questions lie in being intentional. We will be discussing how we can use the framework of intention to be more deliberate about how we make better decisions in our personal lives and work lives.


                                            This session is hosted by Akanka

Thursday, March 3, 2022

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IT'S MORE THAN CODING AND TECH!
Seun Abimbola
Seun Abimbola
Rent It, CEO
Omodara Adediran
Omodara Adediran
Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, Lead, Digital (New Media)

What makes a great product? What drives the success of a product? How do tech entreprenuers access the funds to launch a great product? How do they get these products to those who need them? These are the questions we want to answer during this session. Creating a product that works is just the beginning of the journey, getting it to the market is a different ball game entirely. We have prepared  a session showcasing:

1. Real life case studies.
2. Data driven solutions.
3. Marketing strategies that work.

This is a practical session teaching entrepreneurs how to make their market entry all taught in a fun and creative manner.


                               This session is hosted by Brandable Sketches

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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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THE NIGERIAN CREATIVE: MAINTAINING RELEVANCE IN THE INDUSTRY
Bamidele Osagie
Bamidele Osagie
Media Personality
Stephanie Ugbeye
Stephanie Ugbeye
Vocal Coach / Voice Actor
Bolurin Onafeso
Bolurin Onafeso
Photographer
Tiyan Omo-Idehen
Tiyan Omo-Idehen
The Ladies Hive, Media Consultant

Join us for the Ladies Hive Podcast live @ #AFRICANXT! In this episode, we'll discuss the challenges creatives face in Nigeria, and the struggles they face to stay relevant in a saturated industry.

Our featured guests are creatives that have unique experiences from different parts of the creative sector. They'll share how they've been able to navigate the space and find success.

The goal at the end of the show is for attendees to have a better understanding of the various opportunities and pathways to earn a living as a creative, acquire the relevant skills, and develop without having to compromise.

 
                                                This session is hosted by LHWT 

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THE RISE OF THE MICRO-INFLUENCER: E-COMMERCE'S POWERFUL ARBITERS
Adaeze Mokaeze
Adaeze Mokaeze
Media Personality
Ellena Affah
Ellena Affah
The Influencer Marketing Hub NG, Founder
Nonye Udeogu
Nonye Udeogu
Thisthingcalledfashion, Entrpreneuer / Content creator
Uche Kene
Uche Kene
Zazuu London, Growth Marketing Manager
Reni Abina
Reni Abina
Rendoll Lagos, Creative Director

Due to an increasing number of social media platforms and audiences, it can be difficult for brands to understand how to effectively engage various consumer segments. A one-size-fits-all approach has been proven to be ineffective and a conscious approach to targeting is required. The key question this panel discussion seeks to interrogate is: how can brands identify more responsive audiences in order to earn more revenue and eliminate excess costs while increasing returns on investment?

Discussions will centre on the exact role of and expectations of micro-influencers as a distinct category from influencers. Further, the panel would examine how micro-influencers enable brands to achieve better targeting and to understand why their success is linked to consumer psychology. Also, consumers will benefit from this panel discussion as it offers them insights regarding how to make the best purchase decisions in a space that can be trust-deficient.


                   This session is hosted by The Influencer Marketing Hub NG

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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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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 

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ANIMATE NOW!
Somtochukwu Onubogu
Somtochukwu Onubogu
Schucks Media, CEO/Creative Director

The global animation industry is a multi-million dollar industry and is fast growing. We are seeing an upsurge in the demand for true authentic African stories and this has created great opportunities for us to tell our own stories ourselves through the medium of animation. While Nigeria is the creative content hub for Africa, our animation industry is still at its infancy and we have few animators.

This training is part of an effort to increase the number of animators we have on the African continent. With this training, we will familiarize trainees with Adobe After Effects which is an industry-standard software that is used for animation. The trainees will be walked through how to create and animate a simple animated character. With this, I will show the trainees that animation can be fun and rewarding. Animation is a beautiful medium for telling stories and passing information. There are great opportunities for employment and creative expression that is yet to be tapped and that is why I would like as many as possible to Animate Now.


                                This session is hosted by Schucks Media 

Friday, March 4, 2022

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INCLUSION STORIES & TECH COLLABORATION TO ENSURE NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND
Dare Adebayo
Dare Adebayo
Edves/ Edtech Advocate, Co-founder/ COO
Dolapo Agbede
Dolapo Agbede
Will Way Paradigm, Inclusion Expert
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
Titi Adewusi
Titi Adewusi
9ijakids, CEO

Largely across Africa inclusivity is not a priority, often entire communities are marginalized and discriminated against based on their tribe, gender, disability, age, and economic status. Today, the world has realised the importance of inclusion in the workplace and the community at large. However, Africa is still lagging behind in inclusive practices. The panel discussion will look at the use of technology to close the gap.

Our discussion will focus on:
[1] The use of technology in the workplace to ensure that everyone has carried along especially the disability community
[2] The use of digital tools in education to reach a larger number of unschooled children and aid learning for students with disability
[3] The use of digital tools to tell inclusive African stories to foster an inclusive community

At the end of the discussion:
[1] CEOs and Human Resources Managers will discover different digital tools to foster inclusion in the work place.
[2] Technology innovators will see opportunities in creating digital tools to promote inclusive learning.
[3] Creatives will understand the importance and benefits of telling inclusive stories.


                                  This session is hosted by P4:13 Foundation

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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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'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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#AFRICANXT 2022 GRAND CLOSING

Join us as we close out an EPIC week in grand style! 


                                            This session is hosted by AfricaNXT