AfricaNXT 2022 AfricaNXT 2022

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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#TRAVELAFRICA: AFRICANS TELLING THE AFRICAN TRAVEL STORY
Ibrahim Makanjuola
Ibrahim Makanjuola
Getittome africa concept Ltd, Tour operator
Jumoke Munu
Jumoke Munu
The Smiley’s Place Travels, Experience Curator & Founder

Through the years, travel within Africa has evolved from the years that only the expatriates and travelers from other continents were the ones who explored the gem. Travels in Africa by Africans is on the rise, more Africans living in Africa and Africans in diaspora are beginning to explore the motherland and we are telling our stories like no one else would have. Despite this fast growing trend, a lot of Africans are still apprehensive of exploring their own land based on what the media says.

What are we doing to change the narrative and ensure positive and in-depth stories about different destinations for explorers/travelers to consume?

Notwithstanding the exploitations and terrorism from our stories (past), How can we make Tourism the strongest pull to Africa today (present) to guarantee a boost in the National Income of African States (Future)

We will be discussing these points and more with the panelists, who are Africans living in Africa and have traveled Africa efficiently.


                         This session is hosted by The Smiley’s Place Travels

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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 

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MEETUP: AFRICAN PROFESSIONALS & STUDENTS IN THE DIASPORA
Olorunfemi Obasa
Olorunfemi Obasa
Extrafemi, Chief Strategist

African students in the diaspora have a limited voice. Despite contributing significantly to the finances and GDP of their countries of residence and producing great research, innovations, the African perspective and necessary regulation in this billion-dollar sector are sorely lacking.

This meetup will be a discussion and networking session for African professionals and students in the diaspora or anyone with an interest in this.

The session will kick off with an interactive discussion with seasoned African professionals on how government and international policies impact the way Africans live, work, learn and play in the diaspora. Meetup participants will have the opportunity to connect, collaborate, and collectively ideate around African centered solutions and best practices to ensure all African students and professionals abroad can be successful.


                                         This session is hosted by Extrafemi

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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HOW TECHNOLOGY WILL DISRUPT THE FUTURE OF ENGINEERING, POWER, OIL AND GAS
Ibilola Amao
Ibilola Amao
Lonadek, Principal Consultant
Confidence Staveley
Confidence Staveley
CyberSafe Foundation, Executive Director
Orimolade Oluwamuyemi
Orimolade Oluwamuyemi
Microsoft, Philanthropies Lead
Emeka Okoye
Emeka Okoye
Chief Semantic Architect/Knowledge Engineer
Samuel Jackson
Samuel Jackson
Lonadek Global Services, Project Officer

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 

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THE FUTURE OF FOOD: AFRICA'S EMERGING TRENDS & TECHNOLOGY
Atim Ukoh
Atim Ukoh
Afrolems, Founder
Ozununye Ajuru
Ozununye Ajuru
HSE Gourmet, Executive Director/ Chief Operating Officer
Tunde Kara
Tunde Kara
Vendease Africa, CEO/Co-Founder
Uka Eje
Uka Eje
ThriveAgric Limited, Co-founder & CEO
Nyifamu Manzo
Nyifamu Manzo
Farmatrix, Founder

Africa generates 100 million metric tonnes of food yearly, equivalent to $4bn, which could feed 44 million people (Gabon, Botswana, Gambia, Namibia, Eritrea, Mauritania, Congo, Liberia and Gambia combined). 30-40% of this yield never makes it to the consumer due to post-harvest food loss/waste during the procurement, transportation and distribution process.

Our panel will offer insights on how and why the agritech sector is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Africa, agriculture's contributions to socio-economic growth and most importantly emerging trends in Africa's food industry. We’ll be placing a spotlight on Africa food tech, highlighting challenges and budding solutions based on the experience of our panellists who are food entrepreneurs in Africa.

Our session will also share best practices on how Agri/food business owners can scale their businesses, secure investors, collaborate with stakeholders across the value chain and identify unexplored opportunities in the food-tech sector.


                                 This session is hosted by Vend Easy Limited 

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CONNECT N TREK: INDIE ARTISTS & CREATORS MEETUP
Enyinna Patrick
Enyinna Patrick
MRXH STUDIO, DJ and Creative Director
Tamara Claudius
Tamara Claudius
Photographer and Travel Blogger

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

Industry Focus: Independent Artists and Creators

During this Walk & Talk we will collectively explore what it takes to build, grow and earn as an independent Creative. What will it take to Carve a Niche, Build Interest and Market oneself as an Independent Creative in the Fast Paced and ever Buzzing World?

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

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FUTURE OF THE AFRICAN FILM INDUSTRY: THE NXT DECADE
Izzy Idiaru
Izzy Idiaru
African Movie Channel, Head of Partnerships & Production Executive
Biodun Stephen
Biodun Stephen
Filmmaker and Director
Charles Novia
Charles Novia
Filmmaker
Moses Babatope
Moses Babatope
FilmOne, Co-founder, Group Executive Director/Managing Director

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

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RISE IRRESPECTIVE ... NAVIGATING & RISING ABOVE CHALLENGES
Aishah Adams
Aishah Adams
The Support Lounge, COO/ Author
Dawn Ntekim-Rex
Dawn Ntekim-Rex
The Support Lounge, Creative Director

Rise Irrespective is a book that takes the readers through the steps they can take to rise from whatever challenges they face.  It not only shares theories and principles they can put to practice but also provides examples of potential pathways forward based on the lived experiences of the author.  

During this reading and interactive session participants and the author will explore how to navigate pain. How do we move from a place where we view pain as something happening to us and embrace new approaches that enable us to reframe the experience as one that is valuable. How do we reposition ourselves, and move forward in the midst of discomfort?

We all have the capacity to thrive and be great, even when life throws us in the opposite direction, we have the innate ability to rise from the challenges.

This will be an open and safe space for discussion, exploration and collaboration.  


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DIGITIZING SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES ACCESS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Chioma Omeruah (Chigul)
Chioma Omeruah (Chigul)
MC & Entertainer
Isaiah Owolabi
Isaiah Owolabi
HACEY Health Initiative, Co-Founder
Abiola Oshunniyi
Abiola Oshunniyi
Parellelpoint Consult, Technology and Innovation Consultant
Omowumi Ogunrotimi
Omowumi Ogunrotimi
Gender Mobile Initiative, Executive Director
Rhoda Robinson
Rhoda Robinson
HACEY Health Initiative, Executive Director

Young people’s access to quality Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Information and Services is yet to be achieved; Socio-cultural, Religious and provider bias still remain some of the major hindrances to its achievement. Increase in the rate of SRH issues such as unwanted pregnancies, STIs and unsafe abortion is imminent if not matched with access to contraception and other sexual and reproductive health services.  

Young people are digital natives who often use digital media platforms as a medium for information, education and communication. This medium is however yet to be optimized as a means for reaching young people and providing increased access to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information and services.

A myriad of opportunities exists in digital media which can be leveraged on to create awareness on SRHR such as short movies, comedy skits, music videos, doodles and more which if maximized will result in increased awareness and access to quality SRHR information and services. For instance, digital consultation (one on one chat) with a service provider has the possibility to cut off bias and discrimination, a major issue faced by young people at a physical facility.

This session will highlight the potential in technology and media that CSOs, State Ministries of Health, and program managers can leverage on to promote access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Information and services for young people. Panelists share insights on how to leverage digital resources to increase access to quality health for all and ensure no one is left behind. Additionally, this session will expose media and communication organizations to a new genre of content with readily available audiences to be explored.


                           This session is hosted by HACEY Health Initiative

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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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LEVERAGING INSIGHTS & FEEDBACK FROM AFRICAN CONSUMERS TO BUILD WORLD-CLASS PRODUCTS
Isioma Eluemunor
Isioma Eluemunor
Business Strategist & Communications Specialist
Charles Njoku
Charles Njoku
Spire, CEO
Babajide Duroshola
Babajide Duroshola
M-KOPA, Managing Director
Adeola Ayoola
Adeola Ayoola
Famasi, CEO
Obakam Tom-George
Obakam Tom-George
Gecko5, Product Success Manager

The average customer in Africa today has ‘almost’ unrestricted access to the world’s best in class products, services and experiences. This often means that their feedback on what their experience should be is geography-agnostic as well as ‘world-class’ oriented. We believe that businesses from Africa with access to over 600m+ possible customer connections can take advantage of this huge opportunity to become world class businesses. But how?

It is no longer speculative to say that the African business community, especially the startup scene which has seen over $12B in venture capital since 2017  is growing exponentially, with more products and services springing up, however, scaling customer experiences that matter is an area that many businesses continue to struggle with. The complexities of a customer base with access to world class products will continue to overwhelm them, even worse is their inability to efficiently collect and manage usable customer feedback, uncovering them into useful insights that can drive action to deliver better product and customer experiences.

Some of the unending cardinal questions new and existing businesses will continue to ask throughout their existence are; 'Who are our customers?', 'What do they want?', 'How might we build products that they will love?' To answer these questions, this panel session will examine some of the most important issues with feedback and feedback management in Africa. Our panelists will dive into the problems; 'Feedback is scattered everywhere', 'Poor feedback culture', 'Process barriers to managing feedback' ‘Understanding customer pain points and complexities’ etc., while also exploring the opportunities for new market entrants to help build products that will solve these problems.

We will also be discussing how businesses across multifaceted industries and sectors in the world can use product and customer feedback as its most important growth ingredient to deliver world class products, services and customer experiences. We will also explore how businesses and startups particularly in the SSA region can lead the change for Africa.


                                              This session is hosted by Spire

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DIGITAL ECONOMY READINESS: EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE AFRICAN TECHNOLOGY TALENT VALUE CHAIN
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho
Future Software Resources Limited / Skillup Africa, CEO / Founder
Joseph Agunbiade
Joseph Agunbiade
Skillup Africa, Co-CEO
Elohor Thomas
Elohor Thomas
Codeln.com, CEO and Cofounder
Celestine Ukpere
Celestine Ukpere
Shule Africa, Co-Founder
Femi Madariola
Femi Madariola
PWC West Market Area (Africa), Associate Director

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  

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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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INNOVATIVE REGULATION: HOW SOUND LAWS AND STRONG BUSINESS POLICIES CAN CREATE AND SUSTAIN INNOVATION IN AFRICA
Beverley Agbakoba-Onyejianya
Beverley Agbakoba-Onyejianya
Sports, Entertainment and Technology Practice (Olisa Agbakoba Legal), Head
Senator Ihenyen
Senator Ihenyen
Infusion Partners, Lead Partner
Nneka Ukay
Nneka Ukay
Innovation Support Network (ISN), Executive Secretary
Mitchell Aghatise
Mitchell Aghatise
Olaniwun Ajayi LP's Government Business Team, Legal Practitioner

Does regulation inhibit innovation and if so, by how much? Regulation is often mentioned as a barrier to innovation in various industries across the world. Issues such as delayed market entry, licensing fees, fiscal and monetary policy, government interference and so on are some frequently mentioned barriers. How then do we foster innovation in Africa (particularly Nigeria) and what role does the government have to play in this process?

Regulations are intended to improve the efficiency of the markets in delivering goods and services. There is a growing consensus that the quality of business regulation and the institutions that enforce it are major determinants of prosperity. Regulations that show a lack of understanding of the tech and innovation ecosystem will have a negative impact on innovation and the economy at large. Nigerian regulators have on several occasions opted for bans rather than regulating around innovative processes.

Our session at this year’s Africa NXT will bring together leading experts in the legal, policy, tech and business space to discuss how overregulation and regulatory uncertainty continues to cripple startup development and innovation in Nigeria and across the continent. Our expert panel will also advise how the startups/tech space can be better regulated to boost productivity and contribution to the economy.

Our major focus will be on how reforms by Governments can be a powerful stimulus to further innovation, growth and the emergence of a new set of business leaders.


                              This session is hosted by Olisa Agbakoba Legal 

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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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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.

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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********************

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UNLOCKING PROSPERITY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY AND COLLABORATION
Chiedozie Igweonu
Chiedozie Igweonu
Podtopia, Co-Founder
Teni Apata
Teni Apata
Musician
Ifeyinwa Ejindu
Ifeyinwa Ejindu
Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Communications Manager

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:
[1] Highlight some of the ways brands are harnessing the power of Collaboration and Technology.  
[2] Expose the various ways Africans can use technology as a tool for economic prosperity.
[3] Dissect the correlation between Technology, Opportunities, Collaboration and Prosperity.
[4] 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

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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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CONQUERING POVERTY WITH TECH: WOMEN & THE NEXT DECADE
Maryam Abdulsalam
Maryam Abdulsalam
W.TEC, Programmes Manager
Ommo Clark
Ommo Clark
iBEZ, CEO
Samuel Odeleye
Samuel Odeleye
CIS School, ICT Educationist
Mary Abiodun
Mary Abiodun
StrikingCVs, Business Lead

According to World bank data, women form nearly 50% of the population of sub Saharan Africa, however studies also show that in a country like Nigeria 70% of poor Nigerians are women. The good news is that the proliferation of technology and the opportunities that technology provides has the potential to accelerate the empowerment of women.

Over the next decade, high speed data and strategic use of digital platforms will provide many women with the right tools to connect to employment opportunities, start and grow businesses online, and possibly create value and wealth. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the paradigm of what work looks like, transforming "work" from something that takes place within an office, within certain hours and in a central location to something that happens anytime in indeterminate locations by a distributed team.

This session will explore how we can create an enabling environment to ensure women are successful in this new world of work. The discussion will focus on equitable access to technology, knowledge of how to leverage digital tools, and the ability to function effectively within the evolving paradigm of work.

Our panelists will also offer insights on, "The Future of Women and work in Africa: In the next decade" paying special attention to the challenges and opportunities presenting by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attendees will leave with:
[1] A better understanding of the skills needed to be an effective member of the work teams of the future.
[2] Greater insights on what work will look like over the next decade
[3] A roadmap for future success as an entrepreneur
[4] Practical approaches to address issues around access to digital tools


This session is hosted by Women's Technology Empowerment Centre  - W.TEC 

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'A GREAT DAY IN GIDI' DAY PARTY + PHOTO SHOOT

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!”

Beats Courtesy of Teck-Zilla
Photo Ops Courtesy of AfricaNXT


                                         This session is hosted by AfricaNXT 

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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