Monday, February 28, 2022
The local markets and commercial districts of cities across the continent are flooded with imported goods, rather than locally produced/manufactured products. Why is this the case? As Africans, do we value goods made aboard over locally made products?
There are thousands of young entrepreneurs honing, improving, and investing in their craft and themselves - They create quality, beautiful products, and given the proper support can serve the needs of the local market and scale their business. Their sustained success leads to job creation, industry growth and economic prosperity.
This session seeks to have a frank discussion on our beliefs as Africans that imported is better. Panelists will discuss the origination of this mindset, diving deep into where it stems from, and how this thinking can be disrupted. The session will also focus on the growth and progress of the "Made in Africa" movement and the economic impact of this shift in mindset. Panelist will share strategies on incentivizing and educating consumers to shop more African-made, as well as incentivizing brands, and entrepreneurs to manufacture products locally.
This session is hosted by Fashtracker
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
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
One of the major things that has hindered the growth of tourism in Africa is poor funding. There are many African businesses with great initiatives that could revolutionize the industry on both small and large scale, unfortunately access to funding possess a problem. To profer solutions to this problem, our panel would be discussing funding opportunities such as crowdfunding, trust funds and tourism banking for Tourism businesses.
Crowdfunding, which is the practice of funding a project by raising money from a large number of people who each contribute a relatively small amount, has become the fastest-growing trend in fundraising and it’s a predominantly useful tool in times of crisis. Our speakers, Pelu Awofeso and Ayomide Aborowa, who are tourism entrepreneurs, would be sharing how they were able to raise funds for their projects through crowdfunding. Our other speakers, Omolara Adewunmi and Abiola Adelana would be sharing other funding opportunities that Tourism businesses could tap into such as Trust Funds and Tourism Banking.
Attendees will leave this session with further insights on:
 How to tap into the different funding opportunities for their Tourism businesses
 Why having a community is important when is comes to funding their tourism projects
 How to utilize digital platforms and traditional media to build visibility for their tourism fundraising projects
This session is hosted by Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd
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
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Africa generates 100 million metric tonnes of food yearly, equivalent to $4bn, which could feed 44 million people (Gabon, Botswana, Gambia, Namibia, Eritrea, Mauritania, Congo, Liberia and Gambia combined). 30-40% of this yield never makes it to the consumer due to post-harvest food loss/waste during the procurement, transportation and distribution process.
Our panel will offer insights on how and why the agritech sector is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Africa, agriculture's contributions to socio-economic growth and most importantly emerging trends in Africa's food industry. We’ll be placing a spotlight on Africa food tech, highlighting challenges and budding solutions based on the experience of our panellists who are food entrepreneurs in Africa.
Our session will also share best practices on how Agri/food business owners can scale their businesses, secure investors, collaborate with stakeholders across the value chain and identify unexplored opportunities in the food-tech sector.
This session is hosted by Vend Easy Limited
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)
People often go into the food business without the competence and structure to run it effectively. There is a lot of hit-and-miss when knowledge and skills are absent.
Our panel will share insights on how the restaurant and catering business works and ways to optimize operations. We will share best practices to enable food business owners to better achieve their business goals, maximize opportunities, effectively manage their finances and deliver first-rate customer service.
Attendees will leave this session informed on the basics of how to start up a food business (large and small scale), as well as a better understanding of the major challenges food business owners face and how to tackle them.
This Session is Hosted by RentaChefNG
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Different technologies have deeply impacted the creative industry. For instance, the increasing popularity of streaming platforms such as Netflix, Paramount+, Soundcloud, BET+, Amazon Prime, DIsney plus and so much more has in turn greatly influenced streaming culture in Africa, with over 5 million people subscribed to these services, the creative industry is as a result affected.
Streaming services have been really impactful for creatives, with these platforms fighting for inclusion and diversity as a way to draw large audiences, creatives are being presented with more opportunities to have their craft disseminated to a global audience. Although this poses good things for some creatives, it might not be the same for others who are still subscribed to traditional channels.
Our panelists will discuss the impact of Innovative Technologies on Africa’s Creative Industry, giving practical examples of different scenarios where innovative technology solutions such as streaming platforms, cinemas, augmented reality, virtual reality and others are shaping the creative sector.
Attendees will also learn about key steps ViacomCBS Networks Africa is taking to improve the creative space in Africa -- striving for creative excellence and cultural impact across programming, motion pictures, and digital experiences that live online, on mobile, and across multiple platforms.
For the concluding part, our panel will share meaningful steps and practical solutions that creatives across Africa can employ to help them better leverage the available Tech solutions of 2022 and beyond.
This session is hosted by ViacomCBS Networks Africa
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
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
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