AfricaNXT 2022 AfricaNXT 2022

Monday, February 28, 2022

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THE GRAND RE-OPENING: #AFRICANXT 2022
Ngozi Odita
Ngozi Odita
AfricaNXT, Founder

10 years in the making ... Join us for the grandest of openings!

Having been forced to sit out 2021, we CANNOT wait to re-open our doors and welcome everyone back to our campus. This opening day is extra special because we're celebrating 10 years of being a part of Africa's tech ecosystem.

You definitely don't want to miss this session, we'll be jump-starting the week in the most awesome way possible. Be sure to arrive early.

After the opening presentation join our Executive Director Ngozi Odita, the #AFRICANXT team and special guests for lite bites, coffee, & networking

#PROTIP ... Arrive early to beat the registration and badge pick-up rush.

Please be advised as per COVID-19 Protocols, everyone will have to go through a health screening before entering the venue.


                                       This session is hosted by AfricaNXT 

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SOCIAL COMMERCE: HOW AFRICANS ARE CONVERTING SOCIAL INTERACTIONS TO PROFIT.
Adebunmi Ogunlewe Wellington
Adebunmi Ogunlewe Wellington
Credo, Chief Visionary Officer/Co-Founder
Vovwe Enyoyi
Vovwe Enyoyi
Credo, Lead Product Manager

Micro and small businesses are springing up phenomenally, with 55% engaged in wholesale/retail trade, and of which make up 84% of employed Nigerians and 48% of Nigeria’s GDP. Much of these businesses use social media platforms as a major sales channel, to capitalize on [social] network effects - a trend that rose exponentially during covid-19.

More specifically, we have seen how social media has connected the world through the internet - and this interconnectedness between people regardless of their geographical location has created an opportunity for a form of commerce that can most effectively digitize the likes of unstructured marketplaces like “Balogun market”. This form of Commerce is what we refer to as Social Commerce.

This masterclass will identify and highlight the different ways that social commerce is creating a new era of prosperity, in spite of a pandemic that does not seem to have an end in sight. Facilitators will share insights on how to take advantage of this new trend, driven by social media and an emerging digital economy. An overview will be provided on potential solutions to the digital infrastructure deficit that could directly exclude millions of Africans.


                                                 This session is hosted by Credo

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FROM CLUELESS TO SUCCESS....BACKSTORIES FROM MY JOURNEY IN COMMUNICATIONS
Adedoyin Jaiyesimi
Adedoyin Jaiyesimi
The Comms Avenue, Co-Founder
Sharon-Ann Adaigbe
Sharon-Ann Adaigbe
The Comms Avenue, Co-Founder

FROM CLUELESS TO SUCCESS is a collection of 20 backstories from the professional journey of a seasoned communications professional. In the book, she documents how she started her career in communications in an internship role she entered into quite cluelessly, she recounts the mistakes she made, valuable lessons learned, and how she was able to seize opportunities to drive success.  

Join the author for an intimate reading followed by an interactive discussion touching on the following:
[1] Building an impactful career as a communications professional
[2] Becoming a professional that is known for adding value
[3] Collaborating to create positive narratives about the continent

ABOUT THE BOOK
'From Clueless To Success' shows young professionals and even entrepreneurs that it is ok not to have everything figured out, but they must be willing enough to take risks and not be afraid to fail. The book is also a reflection on the different transitions in my career journey – looking at where I fell short or failed and what I could have done better. It also provides the behind the scenes perspective of how I developed the idea for The Comms Avenue community (a capacity-building and knowledge exchange platform for communications professionals) which today has over 600 professionals from 15 African countries by spotting a gap and making a decision to do something about it.


                               This session is hosted by The Comms Avenue

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THE CLASS PREFECTS LIVE! :: WE'RE TALKING SOULMATES! ::
Immanuel Anosike
Immanuel Anosike
The Class Prefects Podcast, Host
Mike Oshai
Mike Oshai
The Class Prefects Podcast, Co-host
Debbie Romeo
Debbie Romeo
FurieXFurie, Host, MC & Owner
Tamara Aihie
Tamara Aihie
The Yellow Wall Writer, Host

Join us for a live recording of 'The Class Prefects' podcast, where discuss pop culture news, personal stories and welcome audience interaction.

In this episode, we’re talking soulmates!

It’s the month of love and while some of you are reeling from your Valentine’s Day shenanigans (or lack thereof) we want to examine the concept of a soulmate.

Can a friend be your soulmate?
Can you have more than one soulmate?

We’ll discuss all this and more on this special Class Prefects episode


                                  This session is hosted by The Class Prefects

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OPENING NITE MIXER

It's a celebration! Happy #AFRICANXT!

Please join us in the Creators Hub to celebrate the opening night of #AFRICANXT 2022. This will be an excellent opportunity to network with attendees and chat with our conference speakers, event organizers and international delegates.

Complimentary small chops and drinks.

All #AFRICANXT badge holders will be admitted.


                                           This session is hosted by AfricaNXT

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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

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

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

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

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


                             This session is hosted by Modion Communications

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ADOPTING INNOVATIVE MEDIUMS LIKE NFTS TO FURTHER CONNECT WITH AUDIENCES IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY.
Michael Ugwu
Michael Ugwu
Metaphrase, Chief Community Officer

NFTs have opened up new ways of brand storytelling and consumer interaction; the two main pillars of an effective marketing strategy.

With NFTs, you can create unique brand experiences, increase brand awareness, encourage interaction, and create interest in your brand and product. In Web 3 brands will be built from the ground up with community ownership as a focus not an afterthought.

In this session, attendees will learn about Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs) as they apply to driving innovation in small to large projects from an individual or corporate perspective. Attendees will be presented with some practical examples of the successful use of NFTs in starting up businesses i.e Bored Apes Yacht Club (BAYC), growing business i.e Christie's Auction House, Nike and Adidas as well as driving value back to consumers (a core ethos of Web 3.0). Attendees will also learn how to differentiate between low-effort and high-quality NFT projects as we all navigate this new paradigm.

The Bored Ape is called Metaphrase BAYC #8754 

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                                          This session is hosted by Freeme Digital

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NEXT GENERATION STORYTELLING - YOUTH WRITING WORKSHOP
Tonye Ekezie Faloughi
Tonye Ekezie Faloughi
TEEOF Media / Simone's Oasis, CEC, Author, Content Producer and Special Needs Advocate
Adesola All
Adesola All
Kids Literary Circle, Founder

*** THIS SESSION IS BY INVITATION. FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN ONLY ***

This will be a creative writing workshop aimed at children. We are specifically looking to address the lack of African authors and stories out there and accessibility to those stories.

Sharing our unique stories and seeing others who look like us in the media fosters a sense of belonging and connection that’s vital for us to feel included, appreciated and validated.

Right now we are looking at an African creative renaissance and it is important that we do not leave the children, our future, out of the movement. By sharing with them the skills and techniques of creative writing, we give birth to more thought narrative in this direction. We are empowering the next generation to dream about possibilities they may not have entertained or felt entitled to.

To grow this industry, we need more people with the skills. Let's lay the strong foundation now. It is time.


                        This session is hosted by TEEOF Media / Simone's Oasis

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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SKILLS DEVELOPMENT & AFRICAN FUTURES: THE EDTECH HORIZON
Adebayo Ishola
Adebayo Ishola
OnlineHubNG, Creative Director
Godwin Smart
Godwin Smart
Smart Tutors, Founder
Olawumi Adeniyi
Olawumi Adeniyi
Digital Teachers Academy, Executive Director
Omolara Dada
Omolara Dada
Earnipay, Communications Specialist
Adewale Shobande
Adewale Shobande
Brandimproov Global Consult, Lead Strategist

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:
[1] A retrospective approach on how learning environments have been challenged in the past 2 years.
[2] 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?
[3] What lessons should be learned from the lockdowns – in relation to connectivity, device access and online/virtual learning?
[4] With a view to the post-pandemic scenario, how can we craft and implement better digital skills development strategies?
[5] How can educational institutions ensure that technology is inclusive for everyone- educators and learners?
[6] How can we guarantee adequate up-skilling of the future workforce in a digital age?
[7] How do we make sure that the digital training contents offered are current and relevant?
[8] What are the hidden impacts of digital technology, how do we better understand, improve, and sustain them?


                                        This session is hosted by OnlineHubNG 



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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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LAUNCHING A PODCAST AND BUILDING AN AUDIENCE
Aisha Salaudeen
Aisha Salaudeen
Visual Audio Times / CNN, Producer / Multi-platform Producer
Osagie Alonge
Osagie Alonge
Visual Audio Times, Strategy and Marketing / Podcaster

Many creators and brands want to host their podcasts but face several limitations to launching like proper ideation, production, scriptwriting and technical qualities like audio engineering and distribution. Existing alternatives such as Anchor do not provide professional and customised offerings.

This workshop focuses on how promising and amateur podcasters can take a DIY approach in planning and launching their podcasts. We will cover every step of the process (scriptwriting, recording, editing, distribution, marketing) with visual references and a live demo.



                                  This session is hosted by Visual Audio Times

Thursday, March 3, 2022

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THE FUTURE OF WORK: CULTURE, COMMUNITY AND THE MODERN WORKSPACE
Joshua Ademuwagun
Joshua Ademuwagun
Phillips Consulting Limited (pcl.), Senior Managing Consultant & Head of Advisory
Rob Taiwo
Rob Taiwo
Phillips Consulting Limited (pcl.), Managing Director
Remi Dada
Remi Dada
Spacefinish & Design Match Up, Founder & CEO
Arinola Fetuga
Arinola Fetuga
Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, Head, Human Resources & Admin
Enimien Inegbedion
Enimien Inegbedion
Hugo Technologies, Strategy and Transformation Project Manager

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.)

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THE NIGERIAN CREATIVE: MAINTAINING RELEVANCE IN THE INDUSTRY
Bamidele Osagie
Bamidele Osagie
Media Personality
Stephanie Ugbeye
Stephanie Ugbeye
Vocal Coach / Voice Actor
Bolurin Onafeso
Bolurin Onafeso
Photographer
Tiyan Omo-Idehen
Tiyan Omo-Idehen
The Ladies Hive, Media Consultant

Join us for the Ladies Hive Podcast live @ #AFRICANXT! In this episode, we'll discuss the challenges creatives face in Nigeria, and the struggles they face to stay relevant in a saturated industry.

Our featured guests are creatives that have unique experiences from different parts of the creative sector. They'll share how they've been able to navigate the space and find success.

The goal at the end of the show is for attendees to have a better understanding of the various opportunities and pathways to earn a living as a creative, acquire the relevant skills, and develop without having to compromise.

 
                                                This session is hosted by LHWT 

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COMING SECOND - CONVERSATIONS WITH AWESOME INDIVIDUALS THAT WEREN'T THE FIRST
Shirley Grace Hart
Shirley Grace Hart
Heimdall Technologies, Operations
Davids Okey
Davids Okey
Ichad Foundation
Elizabeth Oyok
Elizabeth Oyok
Project Manager

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

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AFRICAN STORYTELLING THROUGH THE GAMING EXPERIENCE
Ovie Paul-Ejukorlem
Ovie Paul-Ejukorlem
Animation Nigeria, Trustee
Hugo Obi
Hugo Obi
Maliyo Games, Founder
Arome Ibrahim
Arome Ibrahim
Experis Immersive, Virtual Tour Pro & 360°VR Developer
David Olamide
David Olamide
Dimension11 Games, Co Founder & Gameplay Engineer

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 

Friday, March 4, 2022

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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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'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