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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BUILDING WITH GRIT AND EMPATHY
Uwem Uwemakpan
Uwem Uwemakpan
Ingressive Capital, VP, Fund Operations
Lola Ekugo
Lola Ekugo
Union Bank of Nigeria, Head, Digital and Innovation
Aniedi Udo-Obong
Aniedi Udo-Obong
Google, Program Manager, Developer Ecosystem for Sub-Saharan Africa
Khaulat Abdulhakeem
Khaulat Abdulhakeem
DiverseK, Founder

As we seek to reimagine our approach to innovation and building great companies and organizations, the importance of grit and empathy cannot be overemphasized.

In this live podcast, guests will be joining us to share their stories and best practice on building in Africa. Attendees will have the opportunity to join the conversation via a live Q+A.


                                              This session is hosted by DiverseK

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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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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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BUILDING SCALABLE SMEs: AI AND THE POWER OF 'MORE'
Obinna Igwebuike
Obinna Igwebuike
Kliqr, Co-Founder
Ugo Amanoh
Ugo Amanoh
Kliqr, Co-Founder / CTO
Olusayo Odunsi
Olusayo Odunsi
360 Degrees Concepts, CEO
Brainerd Efe Odiete
Brainerd Efe Odiete
Africa Strategy Advisers, Managing Partner

A more productive small and medium scale enterprises (SME) ecosystem is a critical part of broad-based development in Africa. African SMEs provide about 80 percent of jobs across the continent through the 44 million micro, small, and medium enterprises, almost all of which are micro.

In Nigeria, SMEs make up 99% of businesses in the country and have contributed 49% of GDP in the last 5 years, according to data from PwC. This means any realistic approach to achieving SDG 8’s goal of promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, must necessarily include improving SME productivity on the continent.

Technology certainly offers options that enable SME productivity. This conversation will seek to help SMEs understand how an Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a service approach can help them increase brand exposure, improve business processes and customer experience and increase sales.

We want to have a simple conversation about a subject that is thought to be very complex, to help SMEs understand that they can be more and do more with the power of AI.


                                               This session is hosted by Kliqr 

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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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 

Thursday, March 3, 2022

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IT'S MORE THAN CODING AND TECH!
Seun Abimbola
Seun Abimbola
Rent It, CEO
Omodara Adediran
Omodara Adediran
Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, Lead, Digital (New Media)

What makes a great product? What drives the success of a product? How do tech entreprenuers access the funds to launch a great product? How do they get these products to those who need them? These are the questions we want to answer during this session. Creating a product that works is just the beginning of the journey, getting it to the market is a different ball game entirely. We have prepared  a session showcasing:

1. Real life case studies.
2. Data driven solutions.
3. Marketing strategies that work.

This is a practical session teaching entrepreneurs how to make their market entry all taught in a fun and creative manner.


                               This session is hosted by Brandable Sketches

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UNDERSTANDING GEN Z: FUTURISTIC INSIGHTS FOR CIVIC TECH ORGANISATIONS
Gusi Tobby
Gusi Tobby
Girl Hub Africa, Executive Director
Obinna Osisiogu
Obinna Osisiogu
WeVote, Convener
Gabriel Okeowo
Gabriel Okeowo
BudgIT Foundation, Principal Lead/CEO
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji
Future Africa, Founder & General Partner
Adetola Onayemi
Adetola Onayemi
Norebase, Chief Executive Officer

In October 2020, Nigerian youths staged a series of nationwide peaceful protests for 12 days –an affirmation of young citizens’ democratic and constitutional right to peaceful assembly as well as freedom of association. The protests had a snowball effect on the consciousness of citizens, especially young people, who become increasingly active in demanding quality services across other sectors.

The emergence of these active citizens, particularly Gen Zs, have important implications for reforms across all sectors. Citizens, leaders and most importantly, civic tech organisations need to pay attention to major trends shaping this call for a better governed country.

Gen Zs in Nigeria have been tagged the “SòròSókè” generation which simply means “SPEAK UP”. This group of young individuals born between 1997 and 2015 embody traits that are sure to shape our collective future in the coming decades. In 2021 they are 6 - 24 years old but in 2031 (next 10 years), they will be 16 - 34 years old. Most will then  be of voting age and own an incredible opportunity to shape the 2031 elections as awareness and engagement increases in 2023 and 2027.
What a potential turning point this would be for Nigeria if we set the agenda today!

An in depth look into the correlations and trends that are present within Gen Zs will reveal key insights civic tech organisations can leverage to grow in their endeavours and continue expanding their reach with the next generation of leaders, trailblazers and visionaries.

Through this session, we seek to explore the trends among Gen Zs that makes them a potentially indomitable force in birthing a new Nigeria and how Civic Tech organisations can harness this force in creating mechanisms that empower young people in their demand for good governance.

Key Take-Out

Attendees will leave the session with a broader perspective of how and what young people think about governance. And how Civic Tech organisations can tap into their strengths and traits to create solutions that empower, inspire and unite them in their demand for good governance and active engagement in civic duties.


                          This session is hosted by Enough is Enough Nigeria

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

In today’s hyperconnected world, Collaboration is the bedrock upon which great achievements are built. To unlock the gains stashed in the future for Africa, we must be deliberate in building collaboration pipelines across various verticals where we desire prosperity.

The rise of new tools and technologies has broken down barriers and turned the world into a truly global village. This year Ckay's 'Love Nwantiti' hit 15 billion streams on TikTok. Wizkid & Tems “Essence’ keeps blowing up global music charts. Burna boy won the Grammy. Nigerian Tech startups have raised billions of dollars in collaboration with both local and foreign VCs.  These events underscore the importance of technology as a tool for collaboration and a compass to economic prosperity for Africa.

This session will:
[1] Highlight some of the ways brands are harnessing the power of Collaboration and Technology.  
[2] Expose the various ways Africans can use technology as a tool for economic prosperity.
[3] Dissect the correlation between Technology, Opportunities, Collaboration and Prosperity.
[4] Explore new opportunities for radical collaboration.
 
The global success of African Music, Movies and Technology brands was made possible through innovation and strategic collaboration. This presents a template upon which various other sectors can build for rapid prosperity.

As the world evolves, collaboration and partnership are key ingredients that can unlock prosperity for the African continent. This interactive panel will discuss and highlight the various ways through which we can use technology and collaboration to achieve these goals.


                                            This session is hosted by PODTOPIA 

Friday, March 4, 2022

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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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'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