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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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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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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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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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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CREATIVE COLLABORATION; THE KEY TO MONETIZATION
Omobolaji Ajibare
Omobolaji Ajibare
TheSocialmediaoga, Social Media manager coach
Oyinyechi Anozie
Oyinyechi Anozie
Digital creator and influencer

Creatives often fear collaboration, worried that their ideas will be stolen or worse someone will make money off their creation or invention. Although theft of ideas and intellectual property is a potential risk, the benefits of effective collaboration far outweigh the risks.

Collaboration is one of the ways by which you can grow your brand and business, while also making an impact on society and the nation at large.

In this masterclass facilitators will walk attendees though their collaboration process, providing insights on how creatives can execute successful collaborations that yield financial returns.


                            This session is hosted by TheSocialmediaoga

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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PR AND COMMUNICATIONS FOR AFRICAN TECH STARTUPS
Claudine Moore
Claudine Moore
C. Moore Media Intl. PR, Founder/Managing Director
David Idagu
David Idagu
C. Moore Media International PR, Africa Regional Lead

This masterclass will teach early-stage African tech founders the fundamentals of public relations and communications, including how to create a communications plan, business storytelling, and media relations.

Participants will learn how to raise their startup's visibility with various stakeholders, which will lead to more potential investment, at the end of the masterclass.

The sessions will provide attendees with in-depth learning experiences in a practical format, as well as a Q&A session.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE
Startup founders or marketing and communications executives from a diverse range of organizations and sectors, including health, education, finance, agriculture, and sustainability.


       This session is hosted by C. Moore Media International PR 

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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 BBC COMB PODCAST LIVE: THE POWER OF LANGUAGE
Kim Chakanetsa
Kim Chakanetsa
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Senior Presenter and Journalist
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Novelist, Humourist, Essayist
Damilola Oduolowu
Damilola Oduolowu
Journalist
Kwabena B. Taiwo aka KB Taiwo
Kwabena B. Taiwo aka KB Taiwo
Lawyer and Essayist

The Comb is a BBC Africa weekly podcast that centres on African voices and stories. We combine the rigour of the BBC newsroom with our own distinct, intimate and sound-rich approach to storytelling.

At #AFRICANXT 2022, we are bringing The Comb live and direct to attendees! Join us for a dynamic live recording, where you the audience have the opportunity to participate. In this episode we'll explore Africa’s language famine - why are African languages being marginalised in favour of English and French and what is being done about it?  We want to hear about people’s relationship to their mother tongue and find out if things are changing and why.  With the help of our panel, we hope to explore this topic in a lively and engaging panel.

MORE ABOUT 'THE COMB'
We have covered a wide breadth of topics since our launch in July 2020 from an episode exploring whether Artificial Intelligence can be racist to another looking at the headaches that come with being a single woman in search of accommodation in Nigeria. In the years since we launched, we have built a loyal and engaged fan base across Africa and beyond.


This session is hosted by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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LAUNCHING A PODCAST AND BUILDING AN AUDIENCE
Aisha Salaudeen
Aisha Salaudeen
Visual Audio Times / CNN, Producer / Multi-platform Producer
Osagie Alonge
Osagie Alonge
Visual Audio Times, Strategy and Marketing / Podcaster

Many creators and brands want to host their podcasts but face several limitations to launching like proper ideation, production, scriptwriting and technical qualities like audio engineering and distribution. Existing alternatives such as Anchor do not provide professional and customised offerings.

This workshop focuses on how promising and amateur podcasters can take a DIY approach in planning and launching their podcasts. We will cover every step of the process (scriptwriting, recording, editing, distribution, marketing) with visual references and a live demo.



                                  This session is hosted by Visual Audio Times

Thursday, March 3, 2022

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THE FUTURE OF WORK: CULTURE, COMMUNITY AND THE MODERN WORKSPACE
Joshua Ademuwagun
Joshua Ademuwagun
Phillips Consulting Limited (pcl.), Senior Managing Consultant & Head of Advisory
Rob Taiwo
Rob Taiwo
Phillips Consulting Limited (pcl.), Managing Director
Remi Dada
Remi Dada
Spacefinish & Design Match Up, Founder & CEO
Arinola Fetuga
Arinola Fetuga
Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, Head, Human Resources & Admin
Enimien Inegbedion
Enimien Inegbedion
Hugo Technologies, Strategy and Transformation Project Manager

African businesses and industry leaders face daunting tasks to navigate a post-covid economic environment that is continuously being shaped by accelerating digitization, rising hybrid workplace, diversity, globalization and Artificial intelligence. To do nothing is dangerous to businesses and the prosperity of the African continent.

We will provide deep insights on the “Future of Work” paradigm by exploring emerging trends and drivers of the “Future of Work” and distill potential impacts on critical industries across Africa.

Our panellists will contextualize and map how critical enablers of the fourth and fifth industrial revolution will profoundly drive transformation across industries and redefine the Future of Work. The African economy can forge a different pathway from the rest of the World - if opportunities in the emerging “Future of Work” are harnessed correctly by businesses and industry leaders.

Finally panelists will share best practices and offer industry-focused considerations on how business leaders need to rethink their business models and strategies to best position themselves to leverage emerging opportunities.


                    This session is hosted by Phillips Consulting Limited (pcl.)

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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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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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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)