AfricaNXT 2022 AfricaNXT 2022

Monday, February 28, 2022

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THE FUTURE OF COMMERCE IN AFRICA
Kingston Stratis
Kingston Stratis
WetFire, Cofounder and CEO
Adeyemi Adeyemo
Adeyemi Adeyemo
eTranzact International PLC, Group Head, General Manager
Mokutima Ajileye
Mokutima Ajileye
Procter & Gamble (P&G), Nigeria, Managing Director
Nathaniel Adegoke
Nathaniel Adegoke
Project People Limited, Managing Partner
Olajumoke Kujero
Olajumoke Kujero
Persianas Retail (PUMA & LACOSTE Nigeria), Head Of Marketing & Business Development,

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

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THE AFRICAN CREATOR COMPLEX: CREATING IN AFRICA FOR AFRICANS TO THE WORLD!
Wande Thomas
Wande Thomas
Urban Gidi, Creative Director
Kayode Kasum
Kayode Kasum
Movies - Sugar rush, Soole, Kambili, Quam's Money, Award winning Nollywood Director
Kamsi Nnamani
Kamsi Nnamani
Beauty and Fashion Youtuber

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 

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AFRICAN CREATORS IN THE DIGITAL FUTURE; A FOCUS ON THE NFT SPACE
Mayowa Adewale
Mayowa Adewale
Medical Doctor and a Digital/Multimedia Artist
Ade Adekola
Ade Adekola
Creator and Collector
Jumoke Sanwo
Jumoke Sanwo
Creative Director
Adebowale Majekodunmi
Adebowale Majekodunmi
Programs Officer
Rita Anwiri Chindah
Rita Anwiri Chindah
Intellectual Property Consultant and Arbitrator

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

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COPYRIGHT IN THE CREATIVE ECONOMY; THE INNOVATION BRIDGE
Welime Anwuri
Welime Anwuri
A&E Law Partnership, Associate
Damola Oyebo
Damola Oyebo
A&E Law Partnership, Legal Tech Lawyer, Associate

In our experience as IP Lawyers and digital policy experts in the African Creative economy, there is a low awareness and understanding of the often complex issues surrounding Copyright. Awareness of the opportunities for innovation in the management and monetization of copyright across the industry is low, evidenced by the decentralized system currently in place which often shortchanges some classes of stakeholders and creates room for abuse, miscommunication and avoidable disputes.

In this masterclass, we will be looking at copyright in the African creative economy through the intersecting lenses of Law, Business and Innovation. We wish to:
1. Examine the fundamentals of copyright law in selected African countries and identify the varying levels of legal protection available to different forms of creative output, from music to artworks, short films, literature, and even NFTs;
2. Analyze limitations to copyright and discuss their importance to collaboration, education and accessibility;
3. Distill root causes of typical problems along copyright value chains and consider potential solutions being tested around the world;
4. Question copyright policy from the African perspective as it guides content regulation by law makers and social media platforms and assess the net benefits of common approaches for both creators personally and the creative economy in general.

Our choice of topic for our proposed masterclass is based on our experiential knowledge in both the regulatory and business space in Nigeria which affirms that copyright education offers a steady and sure means of building understanding and respect for creators’ rights. AfricaNXT promises the largest gathering of innovators from Africa and the diaspora and by engaging participants in a Three Pronged analysis of the creative economy - Policy, Business & Law - we intend to start a multifaceted conversation that leads to more diverse groups of stakeholders engaging with copyright on different levels.

In the long term, this will support the emergence of a more developed creative economy in Africa where there is widespread knowledge of copyright, more deliberate and proactive IP Protection and greater innovation in copyright management. This in turn, has the potential to positively impact economic development through value creation and maximization.


                                This session is hosted by A&E Law Partnership

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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234 ESSENTIAL PODCAST LIVE @ #AFRICANXT
Ayomide Tayo
Ayomide Tayo
Opera News, Senior Editor
Ugochi Anyanwu
Ugochi Anyanwu
Nectar Beauty Hub, Marketing Manager

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

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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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MAKING FOOD FAIR
Ayoola Kassim
Ayoola Kassim
Channels TV, Head of Programmes (Environment and Development)
Folayinka Dania
Folayinka Dania
Lagos State Resilience Office (LASRO), Chief Resilience Officer
Mansur Bako Matazu
Mansur Bako Matazu
Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Director General/CEO
Dr. Vincent Ahonsi
Dr. Vincent Ahonsi
Oxfam International, Nigeria Office, Country Director
Ayobami Kareemah Oladipo
Ayobami Kareemah Oladipo
Ignitia, Project Manager

Rationality ends Where HUNGER begins, so the saying goes. The violence and looting that followed the #EndSARS nationwide protest last year is quite instructive for Nigeria. There is hunger in the land, and there is poverty occasioned by lack of jobs, social welfare and opportunities for millions of young people in Nigeria. Agriculture will help Nigeria diversify the economy and create jobs and opportunities for the mass of unemployed youth as well as address the issues of hunger and malnutrition. Agriculture is the largest employer of labour in Africa though mostly involving smallholder engagement and characterised by low tech and inadequate investment.  Climate change is an additional stressor to agriculture in Africa, thus making it imperative to promote climate smart agriculture and technology driven agricultural innovations.

This session will highlight innovative ideas and advocacy efforts to make food production and distribution sustainable, profitable and efficient. In addition, discussions will focus on the role of technology, youth engagement and government's policies and programs. We'll also look at early warning systems in building a resilient and fair food production and distribution system, as well as best practice in bridging the gap in climate information services.


   This session is hosted by Human and Environmental Development         Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre)

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THE BBC COMB PODCAST LIVE: THE POWER OF LANGUAGE
Kim Chakanetsa
Kim Chakanetsa
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Senior Presenter and Journalist
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Novelist, Humourist, Essayist
Damilola Oduolowu
Damilola Oduolowu
Journalist
Kwabena B. Taiwo aka KB Taiwo
Kwabena B. Taiwo aka KB Taiwo
Lawyer and Essayist

The Comb is a BBC Africa weekly podcast that centres on African voices and stories. We combine the rigour of the BBC newsroom with our own distinct, intimate and sound-rich approach to storytelling.

At #AFRICANXT 2022, we are bringing The Comb live and direct to attendees! Join us for a dynamic live recording, where you the audience have the opportunity to participate. In this episode we'll explore Africa’s language famine - why are African languages being marginalised in favour of English and French and what is being done about it?  We want to hear about people’s relationship to their mother tongue and find out if things are changing and why.  With the help of our panel, we hope to explore this topic in a lively and engaging panel.

MORE ABOUT 'THE COMB'
We have covered a wide breadth of topics since our launch in July 2020 from an episode exploring whether Artificial Intelligence can be racist to another looking at the headaches that come with being a single woman in search of accommodation in Nigeria. In the years since we launched, we have built a loyal and engaged fan base across Africa and beyond.


This session is hosted by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Thursday, March 3, 2022

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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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THE RISE OF THE MICRO-INFLUENCER: E-COMMERCE'S POWERFUL ARBITERS
Adaeze Mokaeze
Adaeze Mokaeze
Media Personality
Ellena Affah
Ellena Affah
The Influencer Marketing Hub NG, Founder
Nonye Udeogu
Nonye Udeogu
Thisthingcalledfashion, Entrpreneuer / Content creator
Uche Kene
Uche Kene
Zazuu London, Growth Marketing Manager
Reni Abina
Reni Abina
Rendoll Lagos, Creative Director

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

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5-DAY GUIDED MEDITATION
Sadam Waziri
Sadam Waziri
Therapist

Mental wellness, Meditation is a traditional method of restoring the state of mind.

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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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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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5-DAY GUIDED MEDITATION
Sadam Waziri
Sadam Waziri
Therapist

Mental wellness, Meditation is a traditional method of restoring the state of mind.

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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