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 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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EXECUTIVE LUNCH SOCIAL

This session is for STAKEHOLDER + GlobalCONNECT badge holders only.

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


                                       This session is hosted by AfricaNXT

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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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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 

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NFT UTILITY & COMMUNITY: THE FUTURE OF AFRICAN HERITAGE AND CULTURAL PRESERVATION
Maia Lepine
Maia Lepine
African Artists Coalition, Founder
Anthony Marshall
Anthony Marshall
Meta Strategist, Creative Executive
Jalina Stewart
Jalina Stewart
BLANK XR, Chief Experience Officer, CXO
Desire Yavro
Desire Yavro
Tech Consultant
Olayinka Odeniran
Olayinka Odeniran
CybSecWatch / BWBC, Founder / CTO

Long gone are the days when Africans feel the urge to leave the continent to seek opportunities for further biz development and opportunities. More importantly, we have entered an era where cultural preservation is now more possible than ever. No more will there be room for the theft of African resources, especially through the art market which presents the top earners in 2021, in the World Art Market Revenue. Covid has expedited innovation, and with the beauty of the internet, and blockchain- it is time to even out the playing field. The residual effects of colonial demarcations are wearing out, and Africa is the Future. Let's discuss how NFTs, DAOS and other blockchain utilities can address the expansion of African Artistry, on all levels. Looking forward to sharing what we've learned, with a larger community, and more importantly, being of service to our Motherland.


                               *** This Session Will Be Virtual ***

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

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

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

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

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


                                             This session is hosted by Awabah  

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BUILDING A VIABLE SOCIAL MEDIA SERVICE BUSINESS. SECURING CLIENTS LOCALLY & GLOBALLY
Uchechi Ihuomah
Uchechi Ihuomah
Contently Curated, Creative Lead & Founder
Seyi Olaniyan
Seyi Olaniyan
YellowLyfe / 99Broad, Founder
Motunrayo Oduleye
Motunrayo Oduleye
The Social Mo, Online Visibility Coach/Social Media Strategist
Demilade Otayemi
Demilade Otayemi
Dhemian Design, Creative Director
Em Etetim
Em Etetim
SHE EDITED THIS, YouTuber & Founder

Social Media Marketing is an essential pillar to business success in this age. From SME to large enterprises, companies are investing in Social Media Marketing x10 more. This has inadvertently provided endless job opportunities for creatives & freelancers who are able to render Social Media Services for these businesses.

Our panel will offer insights on how freelancers/creatives can carve out unique niches & identify opportunities in online media marketing remotely & internationally which would help bridge the unemployment gap among young creatives.

Our discussion would extensively share information on how freelancers/creatives can start, systemise & scale their social media service business. As well, we will explore ways they can position, connect and collaborate to grow their online businesses.  

This panel is perfect for Social Media Managers, Content Creators, Copywriters, Virtual Assistants, Sales Funnel Experts, Content Strategists, Graphic Designers, Email Marketing Experts, Social Media Strategists & Consultants. Etc


                                      This session is hosted by Contently Curated 

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CONNECT N TREK: CREATIVES MEETUP
Tamara Aihie
Tamara Aihie
The Yellow Wall Writer, Host
Eden Benibo
Eden Benibo
Hello ICON Magazine, Writer/Poet, Founder

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

TOPIC: Personal Branding for Creatives

This is the Walk and Talk is an interactive session for creatives to share relatable stories and proven ways to stay heard and seen in the ever-competitive creative space. We'll talk about Maintaining Originality, Doing the Unusual, Carving a Niche and so much more

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

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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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THE FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN AND THE COURAGE OF COLLABORATION
Joy Azumara
Joy Azumara
Jackson, Etti & Edu, Senior Associate; Deputy Sector Head of Technology Media & Entertainment Sector
Ngozi Aderibigbe
Ngozi Aderibigbe
Jackson, Etti & Edu, Partner and Head of Technology, Media & Entertainment Sector
Uwem Uwemakpan
Uwem Uwemakpan
Ingressive Capital, VP, Fund Operations
Akan E. Nelson
Akan E. Nelson
Evolve Credit, Founder
Patrick Eromosele
Patrick Eromosele
ImpactHub Lagos, CEO

Looking at the world and different ecosystems, it is clear that no real change or value is driven or achieved by individuals alone, but instead, through teams, communities and smart collaboration. A change in mindset towards collaboration amongst businesses, government agencies and civil society in Africa is therefore essential in reimagining our approach to innovation.
 
Our panelists will share insights from their experiences on the fears surrounding collaboration among companies, startups, investors etc. in Africa and how they can be overcome. As stakeholders in the Startup space our discussions will touch upon the challenges and possible solutions from our informed and varied viewpoints. The session will also highlight the importance of and procedure for mergers and collaborations amongst innovators on the continent.


                                   This session is hosted by Jackson, Etti & Edu 

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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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CONTENT THAT CONNECTS: WHY UNDERSTANDING DATA IS THE KEY TO BRAND GROWTH
Adekunbi Agbonhin
Adekunbi Agbonhin
Algorithm Media, Manager; Planning & Strategy
Soji Olaogun
Soji Olaogun
Algorithm Media, General Manager
Henry Akpede
Henry Akpede
Ogilvy Africa, Country Manager & Chief Creative Officer
Olajumoke Odunlami
Olajumoke Odunlami
AXA Mansard Insurance, Chief Customer & Marketing Officer

You have built an awesome brand visually or maybe from a product delivery standpoint but does this guarantee success and brand growth? The answer is possibly, No.

In this session, we will discuss interpreting cultural data and audience insight. We will seek how to drive productivity and growth by looking at the patterns. These patterns lead us to an intersect where failure or growth are the only two outcome.

How do we keep up with these patterns to ensure we create profitable business which in turn create employment and best economy benefit for the nation?


                                   This session is hosted by Algorithm Media

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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 

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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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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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NOT YOUR REGULAR CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE: VIRTUAL REALITY MEETS REALITY
Natasha Atirene
Natasha Atirene
The Transgenerational Business, Founder
Fred Allison
Fred Allison
Truedis Media, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Ferdy Adimefe
Ferdy Adimefe
Magic Carpet Studios, Founder/CEO
Banky Ojutalayo
Banky Ojutalayo
Gbedu, Co-founder
Emmanuel Sunday
Emmanuel Sunday
Truedis Media, Sound Designer

African-themed content has become globally desirable. However, if we are to sustain this desire for the longest period of time, there is a need for our visual content to be of global technical standards in tune with technological advancements in content consumption.

Our session will address:
[1] The need for immersive sound designing leveraging on Virtual Reality technology to enhance story-telling effects.
[2] The need for mind-stimulating and engaging story-telling through cinematography in content creation.

Discussions during our session will focus on the total production of visual content that is of international standard from start to finish. Touch points will be: The processes involved in creating great sound design for content and the impact/importance of sound design in a great cinematic experience. The impact of virtual reality, vfx and 3d in visual content. The art of skillful composition, framing and compelling storytelling in cinematography.


     This Session is Hosted by Truedis Media and Digital Company Limited

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STARTUP FUNDING: CREATING AND GIVING A WINNING PITCH
Emmanuel Abara Benson
Emmanuel Abara Benson
Business Insider Africa, Editor
Michael Oluwole
Michael Oluwole
Touch and Pay Technologies Ltd, Co-Founder and CEO
Tunde Kara
Tunde Kara
Vendease Africa, CEO/Co-Founder
Dare Odumade
Dare Odumade
Chekkit Technologies Corp, Founder / CEO
Dr Ola Brown
Dr Ola Brown
Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company, Founder

While a great idea and a talented team are necessary to a successful startup, they are not sufficient. Learn what VCs look for in a startup and in a pitch, and learn what you need to do to create and give an investor pitch that will get your startup noticed and funded.

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MOVING FORWARD STEADILY: SOCIO-ECONOMIC SIGNIFICANCE OF DEPLOYMENT OF 5G SERVICES
Dr Omoniyi Ibietan
Dr Omoniyi Ibietan
Nigerian Communications Commission, Head, Online Media
Usman Aliyu
Usman Aliyu
Nigerian Communications Commission, Head, Space Services, Spectrum Administration Department
Babagana Digima
Babagana Digima
Nigeria Office for Developing the Indigenous Telecoms Sector, NODITS, Team Lead
Tony Ikemefuna
Tony Ikemefuna
Fixed Networks and Converged Services, Head

The deployment of 5G services in Nigeria has been approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria. What impact will 5G services have on society and industries? How can this technology be leveraged to achieve socio-economic benefits?

This discussion will bring together key stakeholders to discuss the significance of deploying 5G services in Nigeria and across Africa, particularly focusing on the derivable benefits of 5G services to individuals, businesses and the national economy. This panel will also address community concerns and misinformation on 5G technology and its impact on citizens and society.

This session will also provide insights into the Nigerian Communications Commission and federal governments process for engaging stakeholders through consultation, dissemination of information and an open vendor bidding process.

Ultimately attendees will leave this session:
[1] More informed on 5G technology,
[2] With a better understanding of how 5G service will be rolled out in Nigeria
[3] Knowledge of opportunities that can be harnessed to improve quality of life, businesses and the economy.  

              This session is hosted by Nigerian Communications Commission

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DESIGN INCLUSIVITY AND MATURITY: PUSHING PIXELS TO SELL YOUR THINKING
Anakhuagbor Sule
Anakhuagbor Sule
The Awesome Brief, Design Thinker and Art director
Oluwajoba Oloba
Oluwajoba Oloba
The Nest Hub Nigeria, Co founder
Oti Ukubeyinje
Oti Ukubeyinje
VP Product Marketing
Ized Uanikhehi
Ized Uanikhehi
Loose Media, Chief Executive Officer
Victor Fatanmi
Victor Fatanmi
FourthCanvas, Managing Partner

Many African Businesses/organizations see and use the visual capabilities of designers but are unaware of how to tap into the power of design and how designers can apply these principles in helping solve business problems. This often results in designers being unable to effect real change in the system either as individuals or as a collective.

Our panel will offer insights on design thinking and design maturity, and how design-based solutions can be used to create solutions to African problems both in the corporate space & society. It will also highlight why African designers need to move from a mindset of “pushing pixels” to “selling thinking”, and explore how designers & companies can harness these tools for strategic solutions.

This conversation is not just for designers, but all stakeholders in the creative and corporate spaces (CEOs, digital marketers, creatives e.t.c.). Our panel members are diverse and bring unique perspectives which should spark further conversation and hopefully inspire an Africa where design thinking is applied in boardrooms & designers are leading the conversation.


                                  This session is hosted by The Awesome Brief

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TECHIE TALK WITH THE TEKES: THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON RELATIONSHIPS IN AFRICA
Collins Teke
Collins Teke
Black Voice Media Communications, Founder/Media Consultant/Broadcaster
Andrea Odu-obi Teke
Andrea Odu-obi Teke
Broadcaster,Counsellor ,Life coach
Claire Idera Nnani
Claire Idera Nnani
Multimedia Artist, Fashion and arts

This live episode of 'Techie Talk' will take a look at the impact of social media on relationships in Africa, with a view to promote strong family bonding in the digital era.

Collins and Andrea Teke are the co-hosts of 'Techie Talk' and 'Family Talk with the TEKES' airing on Nigeria Info FM Lagos.


                 This session is hosted by Black Voice Media Communications

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ONE MARKET: OPPORTUNITIES. PROSPERITY.
Rotimi Olawale Opeyemi
Rotimi Olawale Opeyemi
JRFarms Africa, CEO/Founder
Rotimi Olawale
Rotimi Olawale
YouthHubAfrica, Founder
Wemimo Adewuni
Wemimo Adewuni
Media Founder, Trainer and Consultant
'Tola Onayemi
'Tola Onayemi
Norebase, Chief Executive Officer
Oremeyi Akah
Oremeyi Akah
Interswitch, Chief Customer Success Officer

Africa is being viewed as the last frontier for man in almost all ramifications. Ever since the beginning of the industrial revolution, Africa has trailed the world in terms of innovation and development and this has continued into the 21st century. However, Tech is giving Africa some form of springboard to plug into the world economy beyond being the raw material compound of the world. The advent of tech offers Africa an opportunity to key into the world economy. It is therefore important that we create policies that enhance the growth of African markets in the global emerging markets.
 
“One Market” is a panel-styled conversation that seeks to bring together young professionals, Pan-African entrepreneurs, emerging marketers, social activists and stakeholders to discuss the rapid development of the African market, the current technological trends and its key role in intra-African Trade.
 
The biggest challenges faced by African markets include currency exchange, import-export regulations, access and utilisation of digital and technology amongst others. Importantly, Africa has a large expanse of brilliant young people who can tap into the worldwide gig economy but are stopped from doing so due to challenges caused by our regulatory framework. This conversation will highlight the history of policies, the present policies and how the present realities can influence policies in such a way that it brings economic prosperity to Africa. A deep dive into the realities of African markets and opportunities for growth by industry experts will bring to foresight areas for improvement and encourage off-stage conversations.


***************This session is hosted by YouthHub Africa********************

Friday, March 4, 2022

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EMPOWERMENT + INCLUSION: THE ROLE OF WOMEN AS STAKEHOLDERS IN A POST COVID ECONOMY
Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti
Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti
Herconomy, Founder
Tosin Olaseinde
Tosin Olaseinde
Money Africa, Founder
Tomie Balogun
Tomie Balogun
Twelve, Founder
Dr Noimot Abisola Balogun
Dr Noimot Abisola Balogun
Linka.NG, Founder

According to a report by Mckinsey Global Institute, progress towards gender equality has stalled, and Africa’s women lag behind their sisters in most other regions in most areas of their life. For Africa to reach its targeted potential women need to be empowered as the challenges being faced by the continent are likely to be reduced when women play an identical role in the labour market like their male counterparts.

Progress can be made but it has to be a deliberate effort from institutions, individuals, and government bodies combined, our panel session will focus on the role institutions can play to empower women, how individuals women could leverage technology, and institutional objectives to empower women of this generation and the next, and also how institutions can support through policies and laws.

In addition, we will review real-life case studies where there have been deliberate efforts towards empowering women, what have been the challenges, and the resultant outcome.  Finally, we will also be sharing relevant industry knowledge on how women could get stakeholders involved in causes that empower women.


                                          This session is hosted by Herconomy  

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THE NEW NORMAL FOR THE OUT OF HOME INDUSTRY
Ope Filani
Ope Filani
JCDecaux Nigeria, Sales Director
Emmanuel Ajufo
Emmanuel Ajufo
The Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria, President
Chike Oputa
Chike Oputa
Aegis Media Fuse Nigeria, General Manager

One of the oldest forms of promotion, outdoor or out-of-home (OOH) advertisement is employed by advertisers to promote their products and services in public spaces. The advertisements can be placed on billboards and posters; in bus shelters, airports, shopping centres, kiosks and stadiums; inside and outside buses, trains and taxis. Outdoor advertising represents a cost-efficient and long-lasting form of advertisement with wide coverage.

Since the start of the pandemic however, restrictive measures on people movement, including mandates for remote working and social distancing and closure of all commercial activities adversely impacted the market for outdoor advertising all through the year 2020. Fortunately, outdoor advertising is among the many sectors that  showed recovery signs all through 2021. This session will look at how the leveraging of new technologies and the adoption of new approaches to programming media played a roll in the recovery.

With adoption of outdoor advertising formats moving beyond the conventional boundaries of the retail sector, emerging end-user industries include the financial services industry (i.e. banks, financial institutions), hospitals, schools, and organizations for employee communications, among others. Several major advertisers have started expanding their capabilities for in-house programmatic media buying. New technologies like visual sensors and mobile location data are anticipated to take forward programmatic in the Digital Out Of Home industry, taking it away from the realm of real estate to a data centric service that can compete in the digital era.

Our panel will offer insights into the new model of the out of home industry, the impact of innovation on the new normal and the role of legislation in ensuring a business already facing a difficult time gets the support it needs to survive.

In addition, we'll explore the role of audience planning in uncovering new opportunities to engage the audience as opposed to media planning that used to be the norm. .

Finally, our panelists will also share best practices on how programmatic media buying has changed the game for all stakeholders in the advertising industry.


                                   This session is hosted by JCDecaux Nigeria

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EXECUTIVE LUNCH SOCIAL

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

This session is for STAKEHOLDER + GLOBAL CONNECTOR badge holders only 


                                           This session is hosted by AfricaNXT 

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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)

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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