AfricaNXT 2022 AfricaNXT 2022

Monday, February 28, 2022

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THE CHANGING FACES OF CONTENT CREATION IN AFRICA: HOW WILL OUR STORIES BE TOLD IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?
Chuks Nwanne
Chuks Nwanne
The Guardian Newspapers on Saturday, Editor
Yinka Obebe
Yinka Obebe
Collective Media Services, CEO
Tayo Aina
Tayo Aina
Filmmaker and photographer
Tomiwa Aladekomo
Tomiwa Aladekomo
Big Cabal Media, CEO
Abimbola Kayode Badmus
Abimbola Kayode Badmus
Vskit, Public Relation/Marketing Manager

The Nigerian content creation industry has evolved into a globally recognised one. Today, there is an increasing number of content creators with a much larger portfolio of content that cuts across traditional and digital media.

Our panel will consider the changing faces of content creation across time. We’ll explore the role of technology and social media in this evolution, focusing on what this change means for Nigerian content creators and what the future holds.


                            This session is hosted by The Guardian Nigeria

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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 

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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HOW INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGIES CAN SOLVE AFRICA'S TOUGHEST PROBLEMS
Olayinka Oloko
Olayinka Oloko
Product Manager
Michelle Ijomah
Michelle Ijomah
Agnes Health, Co-founder & Director of Product
Tomilola Majekodunmi
Tomilola Majekodunmi
Bankly, Co-founder & CEO
Douglas Kendyson
Douglas Kendyson
Selar, Founder & CEO
Jadesola Adedeji
Jadesola Adedeji
Stem Mets, Co-founder

Africa has a target to meet Sustainable Development Goal 1 – Eradicate Poverty by 2030. In 2021, the rate of poverty in Africa climbed from 489 million in 2019, to 490 million in 2021 with a total population of 1.38 billion people. This means that Africa is not on track to meet its target.

Nigeria is part of the top 10 poorest countries on the continent and with the highest population also.

For this panel, we have gathered industry experts across pivotal sectors in the economy; ranging from AgriTech, FinTech, HealthTech and EduTech to discuss the roles that their sectors play in empowering the people to be independent.


                                This session is hosted by Agnes Health Limited

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

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

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

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

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


                             This session is hosted by Modion Communications

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

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

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

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


                           This session is hosted by Lumination Global Network

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BUILDING SCALABLE SMEs: AI AND THE POWER OF 'MORE'
Obinna Igwebuike
Obinna Igwebuike
Kliqr, Co-Founder
Ugo Amanoh
Ugo Amanoh
Kliqr, Co-Founder / CTO
Olusayo Odunsi
Olusayo Odunsi
360 Degrees Concepts, CEO
Brainerd Efe Odiete
Brainerd Efe Odiete
Africa Strategy Advisers, Managing Partner

A more productive small and medium scale enterprises (SME) ecosystem is a critical part of broad-based development in Africa. African SMEs provide about 80 percent of jobs across the continent through the 44 million micro, small, and medium enterprises, almost all of which are micro.

In Nigeria, SMEs make up 99% of businesses in the country and have contributed 49% of GDP in the last 5 years, according to data from PwC. This means any realistic approach to achieving SDG 8’s goal of promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, must necessarily include improving SME productivity on the continent.

Technology certainly offers options that enable SME productivity. This conversation will seek to help SMEs understand how an Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a service approach can help them increase brand exposure, improve business processes and customer experience and increase sales.

We want to have a simple conversation about a subject that is thought to be very complex, to help SMEs understand that they can be more and do more with the power of AI.


                                               This session is hosted by Kliqr 

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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

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

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

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

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


                               This session is hosted by The Guardian Nigeria

Thursday, March 3, 2022

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

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

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

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


                       This session is hosted by ViacomCBS Networks Africa

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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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LEVERAGING TECH TO SUPPORT DYSLEXICS & OTHERS WHO ARE NEURO-DIVERSE IN THEIR EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY
Anita Nchat Kevin
Anita Nchat Kevin
Amina Dyslexia Center, Founder

Dyslexia is a neurological condition, that according to the Yale Dyslexia and Creativity Center, puts 1 in every 5 children at risk of becoming illiterate. Furthermore, research from the Amina Dyslexia Center found that 98% of teachers in Northern Nigeria are unaware of this condition and its impact on learning. Statistics such as these make apparent the importance of developing new approaches to ensure children with dyslexia in Nigeria and across Africa are engaged and provided the necessary support systems to ensure the success of their educational journey. Technology has an important role to play in this regard.

Our panel will offer insights on how to identify dyslexia and ways parents and teachers can bridge the learning gap for their children who have the condition, in order for them to conquer this
difficulty and gain access to quality education. We will explore the role of parents, teachers, civil society organizations, and government agencies in creating awareness about dyslexia and other neurodiverse conditions. With a focus on technology, our panelists will also outline opportunities for collaboration, where stakeholders can work together to create an enabling environment, where children who have dyslexia can thrive and use their unique creativity to solve personal and community challenges.

We will close out our discussion by sharing best practices and providing a tech toolkit to help struggling readers. Outlining ways to leverage key technology solutions; specifically audiobooks, speech-to-text and text-to-speech apps, extensions that customize user’s web browsing experience, and study skills apps.

Attendees will leave informed, empowered and better positioned to work collectively to ensure the success of all children with dyslexia.