Monday, February 28, 2022
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
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
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
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:
 Exploring opportunities across sectors and industries in the Digital Age
 Tips and tricks to choosing a career path
 The role of transferable skills in your chosen career path.
Charting your learning pathway.
 Finding tools and resources to learn online
 Taking advantage of Tech-focused student Loans to Upskill
This session is hosted by SkillUp Africa
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)
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
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
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:
 How to tap into the different funding opportunities for their Tourism businesses
 Why having a community is important when is comes to funding their tourism projects
 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
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
This session is hosted by Freeme Digital
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
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:
 Fundraising models being adopted by local investors in Africa
 The roles and functions of VC platforms in promoting Innovation in Africa
 How we can build more robust local investor communities in Africa
This session is hosted by Blacklight Solutions
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
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
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:
 A retrospective approach on how learning environments have been challenged in the past 2 years.
 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?
 What lessons should be learned from the lockdowns – in relation to connectivity, device access and online/virtual learning?
 With a view to the post-pandemic scenario, how can we craft and implement better digital skills development strategies?
 How can educational institutions ensure that technology is inclusive for everyone- educators and learners?
 How can we guarantee adequate up-skilling of the future workforce in a digital age?
 How do we make sure that the digital training contents offered are current and relevant?
 What are the hidden impacts of digital technology, how do we better understand, improve, and sustain them?
This session is hosted by OnlineHubNG
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
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.)
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
Poverty is multidimensional, and both a root cause and a symptom of the cycle of underdevelopment on the African continent. As such, any proposed solution for eradicating the menace should be multi-sectoral and inclusive in every sense of the word.
We have an opportunity to create sustainable systems of development when the government, especially at the local level, and private organizations work together to engage the minds of local residents in generating ideas and solutions for problems that are specific to them. There is a gap between solutions and recipients that need to be addressed for progress to be sustained.
The Panel will discuss the merits and gaps of current poverty eradication efforts, highlighting the opportunities that true community-centred development provides, and discussing the frameworks for solutions that are multi-sectoral and inclusive in every sense of the word. The key focus of these opportunities will be the human resource with conversations on how they can be adequately inspired and equipped to become the solution providers for their own specific problems. The panel will also highlight methods and processes for engaging private financiers and the government for support, as they have experience and success in doing this.
We want the audience to leave with a different perspective on bringing development to vulnerable communities while shifting their ambitions from only personal advancement to collective and collaborative progress. They will learn how to see opportunities for communal development in the midst of challenges, while also understanding new methods of engaging the government, especially at the local level, understanding their roles and holding them accountable to community engagement and development.
This session is hosted by The Project Ark initiative
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
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
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
This session wishes to address the challenges of abuse, violence and stigma of people with mental health conditions and the broader stereotypes faced in accessing mental healthcare in Nigeria. Looking at Nigeria's current laws and policies affecting mental health, we look at the opportunity of "Nothing About Us Without Us" - the mantra of the global disabilities movement.
How can we begin to ensure that people with lived experience lead, champion, consult and reclaim their space on issues that affect them? How can we leverage the psychosocial model of disability to advocate for systemic changes in mental health in Nigeria?
We will learn the human rights approach to mental health, what Nigeria is lacking and how we can bridge the gap to ensure the fundamental freedoms of all people including people with mental health conditions.
This session is hosted by She Writes Woman Mental Health Initiative
Friday, March 4, 2022
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:
 The use of technology in the workplace to ensure that everyone has carried along especially the disability community
 The use of digital tools in education to reach a larger number of unschooled children and aid learning for students with disability
 The use of digital tools to tell inclusive African stories to foster an inclusive community
At the end of the discussion:
 CEOs and Human Resources Managers will discover different digital tools to foster inclusion in the work place.
 Technology innovators will see opportunities in creating digital tools to promote inclusive learning.
 Creatives will understand the importance and benefits of telling inclusive stories.
This session is hosted by P4:13 Foundation
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
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!”
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Photo Ops Courtesy of AfricaNXT
This session is hosted by AfricaNXT
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