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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THE CHANGING FACES OF CONTENT CREATION IN AFRICA: HOW WILL OUR STORIES BE TOLD IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?
Chuks Nwanne
Chuks Nwanne
The Guardian Newspapers on Saturday, Editor
Yinka Obebe
Yinka Obebe
Collective Media Services, CEO
Tayo Aina
Tayo Aina
Filmmaker and photographer
Tomiwa Aladekomo
Tomiwa Aladekomo
Big Cabal Media, CEO
Abimbola Kayode Badmus
Abimbola Kayode Badmus
Vskit, Public Relation/Marketing Manager

The Nigerian content creation industry has evolved into a globally recognised one. Today, there is an increasing number of content creators with a much larger portfolio of content that cuts across traditional and digital media.

Our panel will consider the changing faces of content creation across time. We’ll explore the role of technology and social media in this evolution, focusing on what this change means for Nigerian content creators and what the future holds.


                            This session is hosted by The Guardian Nigeria

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EXECUTIVE LUNCH SOCIAL

This session is for STAKEHOLDER + GlobalCONNECT badge holders only.

Good Food. Great Conversation. Connect with your fellow ecosystem builders over lunch. Stop by the Premium Lounge for lunch & networking.


                                       This session is hosted by AfricaNXT

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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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BBC AFRICA DAILY LIVE: CAN WE BUILD CONSENSUS ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Alan Kasujja
Alan Kasujja
BBC World Service, Host, Africa Daily podcast
Feyikemi Abudu
Feyikemi Abudu
I Said What I Said Podcast, Co-host
Jola Ayeye
Jola Ayeye
I Said What I Said Podcast, Co-host
Matthew Blaise
Matthew Blaise
Queer rights activist

Africa Daily was launched a year ago and is a daily news podcast (Monday to Friday) for Africa. Each day we take a closer look at one story, one question, that is making news somewhere on the continent. We hear first-hand from the people at the centre of those stories. Our presenter Alan Kasujja and our network of reporters help us understand why things are happening and how they are changing people’s lives.  

In this live episode of the 'The Africa Daily' podcast our discussion will focus on online activism, the impact it’s having - and whether social media is becoming a space to build consensus and move forward.
 
Young people have been at the heart of shaping the hope for the future of Nigeria. Through the power of social media, the youth have brought to light issues around injustice, violence against women, unemployment, infrastructure, healthcare, and most recently police brutality.

Currently, over 16% of the country’s population are considered to be ‘youth’ aged 15 to 35. It’s now over a year since the biggest protests the country has seen about mistreatment by police. This, like most youth led movements, grew on social media in parallel to the movement on the streets.
 
In conversation with Alan Kasujja, will be prominent voices on social media in Nigeria - lawyer Feyikemi Abudu, blogger, Jola Ayeye, and queer rights activist, Matthew Blaise. We'll also be inviting YOU the audience to join the discussion.


                                                This session is hosted by BBC 

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GOING DIGITAL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION
Rhoda Robinson
Rhoda Robinson
HACEY Health Initiative, Executive Director
Amaka Momah-Haruna
Amaka Momah-Haruna
UNFPA, National Programme Officer
Joel Ogunsola
Joel Ogunsola
PruneEdge Development Technologies, Managing Partner
Temi Popoola
Temi Popoola
Lawyer and Public Speaker

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a gender-based violence, a violation of the rights of women and girls, and a CRIME in Nigeria. However, people still have poor knowledge and understanding of the negative impacts it has on the lives of women and girls, are unaware of the existing laws on FGM, and reporting of FGM cases is still very low.

Our panel will highlight opportunities for the application of digital technology in creating solutions that can be utilized by individuals, FGM advocates and organizations to create more awareness on FGM, monitor and evaluate the progress of anti-FGM initiatives and commitments. The panel will also explore the potential in harnessing the power of the media in protecting women and girls from FGM, and how to better provide support for survivors and girls at risk of FGM.

Our panelists will share key insights on aspects where technology can play a key role in the fight against FGM, providing valuable information for Techsters and digital media enthusiasts in developing their own solutions. The panel will provide a starting point for the creation of interventions that can leverage on digital technology to amplify their impact


                               This session is hosted by HACEY Health Initiative

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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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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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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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CONNECTING WITH GEN-Z: PATHWAYS & POSSIBILITIES OF WHAT PURPOSE-LED TEENAGERS IN AFRICA CAN CREATE
Adaora Mbelu
Adaora Mbelu
Lumination Global Network, Co-founder
Karishma Daryani-Chugani
Karishma Daryani-Chugani
Lumination Global Network / AIS Lagos, Cofounder / Director Communications

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.

ABOUT LUMINATION-Z
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

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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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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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BITCOIN AND THE FUTURE OF AFRICA
Mary-Victoria Imasuen
Mary-Victoria Imasuen
The Nobcast, Host
Bernard Parah
Bernard Parah
Bitnob, CEO/Co-Founder
Rebecca Asseh
Rebecca Asseh
Blockchain & Bitcoin Journalist
Joseph Peculiar
Joseph Peculiar
Crypto.com, Blockchain Engineer

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.

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CREATIVE COLLABORATION; THE KEY TO MONETIZATION
Omobolaji Ajibare
Omobolaji Ajibare
TheSocialmediaoga, Social Media manager coach
Oyinyechi Anozie
Oyinyechi Anozie
Digital creator and influencer

Creatives often fear collaboration, worried that their ideas will be stolen or worse someone will make money off their creation or invention. Although theft of ideas and intellectual property is a potential risk, the benefits of effective collaboration far outweigh the risks.

Collaboration is one of the ways by which you can grow your brand and business, while also making an impact on society and the nation at large.

In this masterclass facilitators will walk attendees though their collaboration process, providing insights on how creatives can execute successful collaborations that yield financial returns.


                            This session is hosted by TheSocialmediaoga

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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HOW TO USE MOVIES TO TELL THE NIGERIAN STORY TO AN INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE
Umoren Imoh
Umoren Imoh
Film Director and TV Producer
Martin Gbados
Martin Gbados
Film Maker and Producer

The Nigerian film industry has grown and stands strong as the third-largest industry in the world. With the entry of international streaming giants like Netflix, Nigerian films have grown to be loved and seen by many.

Our masterclass will proffer various ways Nigerian films can be used to communicate the Nigerian culture and heritage.

We’ll explore the transition from old school Nollywood to New school Nollywood, focusing on the increase in viewers, fusion between Nollywood and international film industries as well as the role of technology and social media in this growth.

Our speakers will also proffer new ways through which we can continue to tell our stories using film.


                               This session is hosted by The Guardian Nigeria

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LOCALIZING DIGITAL, DIGITIZING LOCAL. MAKING THE CASE FOR INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE POLICY
Yinka Iyinolakan
Yinka Iyinolakan
Center for the Digitization of Indigenous African Languages (CDIAL), Founder
Oyelakin Omolewu
Oyelakin Omolewu
Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, Manager, Brand Events and Sponsorships
Dr Na’ima Idris
Dr Na’ima Idris
Medical Doctor and a health advocate
Shona Olalere
Shona Olalere
Center for the Digitization of Indigenous African Languages (CDIAL), Lead, Partnerships and Policy
Yadichinma Ukoha-Kalu
Yadichinma Ukoha-Kalu
Artist and illustrator

The 4th Industrial Revolution is taking over the world, altering lives, work and human-machine interaction. Unlike anything, the transformation is expanding, creating opportunities and improving lives in its wake. However, a substantial digital divide limits the potential of Africans to maximize these opportunities. According to CIPESA, only about 1% of all indigenous African languages are available digitally. According to the 2021 Mo Ibrahim Forum Report, 82% of Sub-Saharan Africans, the majority of youth and rural populations, have limited internet access to effectively learn, interact, and create digitally, compared to their contemporaries across the world.

Our panel will offer insights into the potential benefits of localized digital platforms to African citizens and businesses, from startups to large corporations, especially in the creative, healthcare, financial and agricultural sectors.
 
We will also utilize a multi-dimensional approach to explore the potentials of digitized local languages to amplify opportunities within Africa in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Furthermore, the panel will discuss why Nigeria's localized language policy is due.

Our panelists understand that diversity fosters innovation. Therefore, we will also share best practices on how young women and men can stand out and utilize their variety to stand out in the constantly expanding digital ecosystem.


                                 This Session is Hosted by CDIAL

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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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ROAD2BLOW
Taiwo Adeyemi
Taiwo Adeyemi
BoxxCulture Management, Founder,
Olumide Oworu
Olumide Oworu
Nollywood Actor, Singer
Isabella Adediji
Isabella Adediji
Yellow Tamarind Productions, Media Entrepreneur

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
Country: Nigeria
Year: 2021
Runtime: X Hour, X minutes, X seconds


                   This Session is Hosted by BoxxCulture Management

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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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CREATING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH AFRICA'S CREATIVE INDUSTRY
Peace Anyiam-Osigwe
Peace Anyiam-Osigwe
Africa Movie Academy Awards, Founder
Moses Babatope
Moses Babatope
FilmOne, Co-founder, Group Executive Director/Managing Director

In 2020, the creative industry, an industry that has huge potential to address the unemployment problem across the continent was disrupted by the pandemic. The disruption of the creative industry – an industry that is majorly driven by young persons - has further deepened Africa’s unemployment problem, a big issue for the continent as Africa continues to witness population increase. Also, it is a known fact that Africa is not providing enough jobs to many skilled labours to tackle the rising unemployment in the continent.
 
In Africa, design, film and television, music, fashion, crafts, and the arts have been identified as key drivers in creating employment and economic growth. In Nigeria alone, the country’s popular movie industry, Nollywood, is the second largest provider of work in the country. Despite this, many people within the industry are still poorly paid, while some are also faced with issues ranging from lack of industry knowledge, lack of access to the global market, intellectual theft to a poor investment.
 
There is clearly a need to train and educate creatives to better leverage opportunities within the creative economy. This masterclass will Xray the potential of the continent’s creative industry and its value. It will also facilitate collaboration and the sharing of best practices on how to better execute projects in the motion picture industry.
 
Facilitators will take a deep dive to explore many of the challenges facing the creative industries including poor policy, low patronage, piracy and a broken value chain. Participants will benefit from insights shared and learn new approaches to address challenges.
 
In the end, the participants will be exposed to platforms that give Africans a creative voice and access to global markets. Also, it will afford young creatives the opportunity to learn more about the industry and how to increase their productivity and profitability to help transform the creative economy in Africa.

      

                        This Session is Hosted by Africa Film Academy

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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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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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HACKING THE LAST MILE: DEMOCRATIZING ACCESS TO HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION USING OPEN DIGITAL TOOLS
Chinonso Linda Ugwu
Chinonso Linda Ugwu
RedAid Nigeria, CBID Officer
Carolin Gunesch
Carolin Gunesch
German Leprosy and Tuberculosis Relief Association, Special Projects and Innovation
Udochukwu Njoku
Udochukwu Njoku
Computer Communications Center, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Deputy Director
Ajuluchukwu Edechiene
Ajuluchukwu Edechiene
RedAid Nigeria, Team Lead, Public Relations & Fundraising
Chinweuba Ezeigwe
Chinweuba Ezeigwe
Mediamode Nigeria, Co-founder

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a fundamental global transformation towards new digital and artificial intelligence (AI)-based technologies in healthcare. Over the past year, we have seen that in response to the current global public health crisis, the use of new digital tools and AI for tasks ranging from outreach and mapping to contact tracing or diagnostics has been rapidly expanding in many countries.

However globally, more than half the world’s population already lacked access to essential health services before the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of these deprived people in Africa still cannot have basic information and knowledge that is to motivate and give them a foundation to be seeking and utilizing available health and development services for fulfilled and sustainable living. Digital tools can overcome this gap but often lack adequacy to meet the need of the communities where health services are already scarce. Barriers like lacking ICT infrastructure, weak or no education, the digital skills gap, bias on the internet colonialistic tools, languages and content that dominate the Internet, and economic hardship need to be overcome to ensure that no one is left behind.

In this panel, we will discuss the above and some of the other challenges and opportunities of democratizing the digital transformation to allow for adequate and appropriate solution finding in health and development services. Further, we will show-case two promising new initiatives from the field – the localization process of Wikipedia as well as the implementation of Audiopedia – an open-source solution fostering digital outreach especially targeting marginalized populations.


                                       This session is hosted by RedAid Nigeria

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HASHTAGS TO BALLOTS: THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA TO INFLUENCE NIGERIA'S 2023 ELECTIONS
Aisha Yesufu
Aisha Yesufu
Citizen's Hub, Founder
Samson Itodo
Samson Itodo
YIAGA Africa and #NotTooYoungToRun movement, Founder
Joshua Olufemi
Joshua Olufemi
Dataphyte, Founder
Atedo Peterside
Atedo Peterside
President/Founder, Anap Foundation
Yemi Adamolekun
Yemi Adamolekun
Enough is Enough Nigeria, Executive Director

Advancements in technological innovations are increasingly disrupting democracies across Africa, with the emergence of an empowered electorate and decentralized access to governance. We’ve seen this play out at different levels, through citizen-led social movements such as Nigeria’s #EnoughisEnough and #EndSARS protests; Ghanaians’ clamor to #FixTheCountry; and the world turning #BlueForSudan.

Now more than ever, social media has the power to change not just the message, but the dynamics of nation building. Through the use of social media in elections and governance, political participation has become less private and more susceptive to public perception. How do we channel this social consciousness from online to offline citizen engagement, with the objective of influencing electoral processes that truly represent the voice of the people?

Ultimately, the session will aim to broker a stakeholder centric solution to a pressing challenge, leveraging the Africa NXT platform and StateCraft Inc.’s experience in driving good governance and sustainable citizen participation programmes.


                                        This session is hosted by StateCraft Inc


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TECHIE TALK WITH THE TEKES: THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON RELATIONSHIPS IN AFRICA
Collins Teke
Collins Teke
Black Voice Media Communications, Founder/Media Consultant/Broadcaster
Andrea Odu-obi Teke
Andrea Odu-obi Teke
Broadcaster,Counsellor ,Life coach
Claire Idera Nnani
Claire Idera Nnani
Multimedia Artist, Fashion and arts

This live episode of 'Techie Talk' will take a look at the impact of social media on relationships in Africa, with a view to promote strong family bonding in the digital era.

Collins and Andrea Teke are the co-hosts of 'Techie Talk' and 'Family Talk with the TEKES' airing on Nigeria Info FM Lagos.


                 This session is hosted by Black Voice Media Communications

Friday, March 4, 2022

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INCLUSION STORIES & TECH COLLABORATION TO ENSURE NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND
Dare Adebayo
Dare Adebayo
Edves/ Edtech Advocate, Co-founder/ COO
Dolapo Agbede
Dolapo Agbede
Will Way Paradigm, Inclusion Expert
Tonye Ekezie Faloughi
Tonye Ekezie Faloughi
TEEOF Media / Simone's Oasis, CEC, Author, Content Producer and Special Needs Advocate
Bukola Ayinde
Bukola Ayinde
P4:13 Foundation / DPI Services, Founder/ CEO
Titi Adewusi
Titi Adewusi
9ijakids, CEO

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:
[1] The use of technology in the workplace to ensure that everyone has carried along especially the disability community
[2] The use of digital tools in education to reach a larger number of unschooled children and aid learning for students with disability
[3] The use of digital tools to tell inclusive African stories to foster an inclusive community

At the end of the discussion:
[1] CEOs and Human Resources Managers will discover different digital tools to foster inclusion in the work place.
[2] Technology innovators will see opportunities in creating digital tools to promote inclusive learning.
[3] Creatives will understand the importance and benefits of telling inclusive stories.


                                  This session is hosted by P4:13 Foundation

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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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THE SJW SHOW LIVE:: DEVELOPING YOUR VISION/DREAM - THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET
Jasmine Cannon-Ikurusi Wigodo
Jasmine Cannon-Ikurusi Wigodo
The Sapphire Community Group, CEO
Beverly Owoghiri
Beverly Owoghiri
Kle Studio, Founder
Nancy Chisom Obioha
Nancy Chisom Obioha
King Give Foundation / Swanguzy properties, Founder
Mosimiloluwa Oduwole
Mosimiloluwa Oduwole
VAV Art Initiative, Founder

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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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