Monday, February 28, 2022
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.
Who is an African Creator? Our podcast defines it as someone who is African and uses their creative talents to amplify progressive African narratives to the world, inclusive of all Africans.
The vibrant global creative economy is a sustainable career path for millions of Africans to tell their stories. In this episode of 'The African Creator,' we explore the various ways creators can amplify the stories they tell and effectively monetize. We'll also discuss how to leverage the multiverse and metaverse to tell our stories.
This session is hosted by The African Creator
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
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
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
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.
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
Join us for a live episode of the 234 Essential Podcast where we deliver general facts and dive into important conversations about Nigerian culture. The podcast offers well-rounded conversations concerning liberal and unpopular topics in Nigeria.
This session is hosted by Visual Audio Times
Globally, people are solving a variety of problems using technology. One of the recent use cases of technology in problem solving is the Blockchain, creating a borderless payment solution with Bitcoin leading this, which makes a wider adoption of Bitcoin as a store of value inevitable. Given the peculiarity of the African experience, it is only right that Africans position themselves to benefit from the creation and sustainability of wealth through Bitcoin.
This session aims to educate and simplify Bitcoin as an asset for Africans as well as highlight the importance of investment strategies like Dollar Cost Averaging. The panelists will simplify Bitcoin, the Lightning Network and what its adoption means for Africans and the future of the continent.
Terms and Conditions is a podcast that discusses worthy culture-related conversations with insights and varying perspectives.
Join us for the Terms and Conditions Podcast LIVE @ #AFRICANXT 2022. In this special edition of the podcast, we'll discuss a number of hot topics including:  the different sides to Thot culture,  blockchain, NFTs and the music industry, and  the fate of Nigerian sports leagues.
Get ready for an interactive lively and entertaining conversation, that will also provide insights on challenges and opportunities before us.
The Terms and Conditions Podcast by Pulse is hosted by Motolani Alake, a Journalist, Lawyer and Strategist, Melody Hassan: an OAP, Media Trainer and A&R; Excel Joab: Music Exec, A&R consultant, culture nut and Acquisitions/Licensing Professional.
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
The screening of African animation short films from Nigeria & South Africa. With a view to enlightening the audience about the work of some of the African women working in this genre across the different styles of 2D animation, 3D animation and Stop motion animation.
This session will also highlight the progress made globally and what it takes to work in animation.
The Shorts Program will be followed by a Director’s Q+ A and Roundtable moderated by Adebimpe Adebambo
Film Title: 3 Teaspoons of Sugar
Director: Kabelo Maaka
Country: South Africa
Runtime: 13 minutes, 47 seconds
In a household where mealtimes are a delightful feast full of bonding, fellowship, and good eating, 3 members of this tight-knit family are diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus. 3 Teaspoons of Sugar chronicles their individual experiences living with Diabetes - the highs, lows, defeats, victories, and lessons. Inspired by real events and real people.
Film Title: A Gugle Day
Director: Efe Majoroh
Runtime: 1 minute, 27 seconds
The consequences of checking symptoms on the internet.
Film Title: Tomati
Director: Esther Kemi Gbadamosi
Runtime: 3 minutes, 46 seconds
'Tomati' highlights the battles of an educated nobody with no obvious resource striving to overcome the unbearable economic downturn in Nigeria.
Film Title: The Satchel
Director: Nissi Ogulu
Runtime: 11 minutes, 55 seconds
The story dates back thousands of years, and centres around two brothers, Obatala and Oduduwa are children of Olodumare, the supreme ruler. Obatala, who is the crafter of human bodies, obtains permission from his father to create the earth with the aid of a satchel. Obatala is an artist who takes much pride in his work and celebrates the permission received from his father to create the universe. Oduduwa, on the other hand, is a charismatic lover boy type who has formed an attachment with a human. This story begs the question “Does love know any bounds?” Soon after Obatala has created the stars and the primaeval ocean, his brother Oduduwa usurps the satchel with the aim to finish the job. Oduduwa, fuelled by ulterior motives, fends off his brother and chaos ensues.
This Session is Hosted by Adebimpe Adebambo Productions
Young people deal with several challenges when it comes to professional and creative work: they are interested in everything but committed to nothing, and they have learned multiple skills but struggle with deploying them with intention and strategy.
In this live episode of 'The Young God' Podcast, we'll bring to the fore the age-old struggle between being a specialist or a multi-potentialite, while making the case for the latter being a vehicle for progress -- large scale social change and personal financial freedom.
Diverse and niche opportunities exist for those that are able to mix, match, and master a set of skills. Creatives today need to embrace the multi-hyphenate mindset in order to open up unprecedented doors, make deeper connections personally and professionally, and thrive in this highly competitive world.
Our guest will share their perspective and best practice on how they navigate their different interests and purists. Attendees will have the opportunity to join the conversations as well.
This session is hosted by The Young God
Pre-covid, the internet and technology revolution had already opened up new pathways for the funding, production and distribution of films in Africa. The pandemic further accelerated the way we produce and consume films.
With the big players like Netflix and Amazon with their huge budgets coming into the scene, there is an uncertainty about what the future holds for the African films told by Africans.
Our panel will discuss the cultural change and changing demographic tastes that are altering the African film industry. Panelists will share insights on the opportunities available for new entrants into the sector and the challenges being faced by the existing local players. The panel will also look at what projected technology advancements will mean for the future of African film and the people who make it, distribute it and consume it. There’s never been a better time in our history to make, share, and watch films.
This Session is Hosted by African Movie Channel
The rise to the top in Nigeria's entertainment and creative industry is a story of grit, tenacity, ups, and downs. Experiences that are mostly not spoken about.
Road2Blow is a documentary film that tells these candid stories by chronicling the journeys of some of Nigeria’s most ambitious talents; who are going through the difficult realities of becoming superstars.
Director: Deji Ayoola
Runtime: X Hour, X minutes, X seconds
This Session is Hosted by BoxxCulture Management
Thursday, March 3, 2022
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
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
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:
 The need for immersive sound designing leveraging on Virtual Reality technology to enhance story-telling effects.
 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
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.
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
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
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
In today’s hyperconnected world, Collaboration is the bedrock upon which great achievements are built. To unlock the gains stashed in the future for Africa, we must be deliberate in building collaboration pipelines across various verticals where we desire prosperity.
The rise of new tools and technologies has broken down barriers and turned the world into a truly global village. This year Ckay's 'Love Nwantiti' hit 15 billion streams on TikTok. Wizkid & Tems “Essence’ keeps blowing up global music charts. Burna boy won the Grammy. Nigerian Tech startups have raised billions of dollars in collaboration with both local and foreign VCs. These events underscore the importance of technology as a tool for collaboration and a compass to economic prosperity for Africa.
This session will:
 Highlight some of the ways brands are harnessing the power of Collaboration and Technology.
 Expose the various ways Africans can use technology as a tool for economic prosperity.
 Dissect the correlation between Technology, Opportunities, Collaboration and Prosperity.
 Explore new opportunities for radical collaboration.
The global success of African Music, Movies and Technology brands was made possible through innovation and strategic collaboration. This presents a template upon which various other sectors can build for rapid prosperity.
As the world evolves, collaboration and partnership are key ingredients that can unlock prosperity for the African continent. This interactive panel will discuss and highlight the various ways through which we can use technology and collaboration to achieve these goals.
This session is hosted by PODTOPIA
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 SJW Show centralizes around discussing social issues that young people are currently facing in society.
In this episode we will share the stories of amazing women; showcasing their accomplishments and highlighting the great things they are doing in Africa.
Our guests will discuss the challenges they faced as women starting and growing their businesses, offering attendees valuable insights and best practices on ensuring success in any endeavour. We also aim to have an interactive and lively discussion on the importance of women believing in themselves and their dreams.
The SJW Show is about positive affirmations and reminding young women of their worth and value.
The SJW Show is hosted by The Sapphire Fire Network
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