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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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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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'THE COST OF UNTOLD STORIES': BREAKING BARRIERS WITH VISUAL ACTIVISM FOR THE AFRICAN DREAM
Joana Chemel
Joana Chemel
PICHA, Lead, Content & Partnerships

“I found mosquitoes in the Netherlands but apparently, they don't give malaria! Ha”!

This is the power of a narrative. Its ability to shape the way you think, perceive, reason, react or engage in spaces or with people, ideas, just to mention a few. Herein also lies the power of the media- the media holds the narrative, transports and delivers it in a way that directly influences the consequences of that narrative.

The African narrative has suffered two major blunders;
[1] Parts of it have been hidden; never saw the generational light of day, intentionally buried or completely forgotten.
[2] The parts that were told were for the longest time, told in a one-dimensional way by strangers.

For this masterclass, we consider two case studies;
[1] Visual Activist Campaign (A live digital archive of personal stories told by the living African for the African of the future)
[2] Breaking Barriers (The narratives of Accessibility and Inclusion in Africa)

Aim of Masterclass
[1] Reshape how we think about narrative ownership
[2] Take a critical look at how visual content enforces narratives and how African visual content can undo the harm caused by one-dimensional narratives told of us.
[3] How the media can facilitate the African Dream.
[4] Where do we go from here? Recreating the African Narrative for the African Dream.


                                                 This session is hosted by PICHA 

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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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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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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HOW CREATIVES WITH MULTIPLE PASSIONS CAN EXECUTE THEIR VISION AND MULTIPLY PROSPERITY IN AFRICA
Folakemi Odesola
Folakemi Odesola
The Vision Execution Club, Architect / Founder
Oluwafemi Sotubo
Oluwafemi Sotubo
Architect / Designer

Often, Multipassionate African Creatives fail to cross the start line and birth the next best project that could change the continent for the better because they are scared of failure (or success), they have inadequate clarity of what to focus on or they have misaligned, undefined and ambiguous goals etched in too many passions, so they cannot put in the work necessary to reap the rewards that focused and disciplined visionaries and executors enjoy worldwide.

Being multi-passionate is a blessing when creatives understand what to do with their multiple skills, ideas and passions. Within Africa, there are more multi-passionate creatives than we realize. They are true unicorns of Africa who can
bring about speedy change with proper tasks, resources, time and self-management.

Multi-passionate creatives can learn systems that help them better manage their internal chaos and the things they are interested in so they can birth their dreams while maintaining focus and productivity.

If Multipassionate African Creatives can reimagine their approach to who they are and what powers they possess, find systems to explore their gifts and resources, leverage, collaborate [to lessen the personal burden] and create thriving communities around their passions. There's no telling what the next 10 years in Africa will be like.  Africa will be prosperous and the future will truly be Africa.


                        This session is hosted by Folakemi Odesola International

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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THE FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN AND THE COURAGE OF COLLABORATION
Joy Azumara
Joy Azumara
Jackson, Etti & Edu, Senior Associate; Deputy Sector Head of Technology Media & Entertainment Sector
Ngozi Aderibigbe
Ngozi Aderibigbe
Jackson, Etti & Edu, Partner and Head of Technology, Media & Entertainment Sector
Uwem Uwemakpan
Uwem Uwemakpan
Ingressive Capital, VP, Fund Operations
Akan E. Nelson
Akan E. Nelson
Evolve Credit, Founder
Patrick Eromosele
Patrick Eromosele
ImpactHub Lagos, CEO

Looking at the world and different ecosystems, it is clear that no real change or value is driven or achieved by individuals alone, but instead, through teams, communities and smart collaboration. A change in mindset towards collaboration amongst businesses, government agencies and civil society in Africa is therefore essential in reimagining our approach to innovation.
 
Our panelists will share insights from their experiences on the fears surrounding collaboration among companies, startups, investors etc. in Africa and how they can be overcome. As stakeholders in the Startup space our discussions will touch upon the challenges and possible solutions from our informed and varied viewpoints. The session will also highlight the importance of and procedure for mergers and collaborations amongst innovators on the continent.


                                   This session is hosted by Jackson, Etti & Edu 

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PR AND COMMUNICATIONS FOR AFRICAN TECH STARTUPS
Claudine Moore
Claudine Moore
C. Moore Media Intl. PR, Founder/Managing Director
David Idagu
David Idagu
C. Moore Media International PR, Africa Regional Lead

This masterclass will teach early-stage African tech founders the fundamentals of public relations and communications, including how to create a communications plan, business storytelling, and media relations.

Participants will learn how to raise their startup's visibility with various stakeholders, which will lead to more potential investment, at the end of the masterclass.

The sessions will provide attendees with in-depth learning experiences in a practical format, as well as a Q&A session.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE
Startup founders or marketing and communications executives from a diverse range of organizations and sectors, including health, education, finance, agriculture, and sustainability.


       This session is hosted by C. Moore Media International PR 

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CONTENT THAT CONNECTS: WHY UNDERSTANDING DATA IS THE KEY TO BRAND GROWTH
Adekunbi Agbonhin
Adekunbi Agbonhin
Algorithm Media, Manager; Planning & Strategy
Soji Olaogun
Soji Olaogun
Algorithm Media, General Manager
Henry Akpede
Henry Akpede
Ogilvy Africa, Country Manager & Chief Creative Officer
Olajumoke Odunlami
Olajumoke Odunlami
AXA Mansard Insurance, Chief Customer & Marketing Officer

You have built an awesome brand visually or maybe from a product delivery standpoint but does this guarantee success and brand growth? The answer is possibly, No.

In this session, we will discuss interpreting cultural data and audience insight. We will seek how to drive productivity and growth by looking at the patterns. These patterns lead us to an intersect where failure or growth are the only two outcome.

How do we keep up with these patterns to ensure we create profitable business which in turn create employment and best economy benefit for the nation?


                                   This session is hosted by Algorithm Media