Monday, February 28, 2022
In Africa and for centuries, storytelling has been the core of knowledge transfer, inspiration and the unwavering drive for the community. Let's get back to the root on how to apply storytelling to drive investment that addresses the gaps in youth skills and entrepreneurship interventions which includes funding.
Our panelists will be sharing successes of storytelling from a personal and organisational perspective. The session promises to provide basic and practical steps successfully implemented in Africa and Nigeria, that can attract the right stakeholders and funders to increase sustainable funding for entrepreneurship interventions.
Our panelists have led organisations and built a career successfully not without storytelling as one of their vital tools in fundraising, stakeholder partnerships known across Africa. We will debate on the fails, successes of adopting foreign storytelling strategies in Africa and what matters more when financing entrepreneurship in Nigerian and Africa more broadly.
Who is an African Creator? Our podcast defines it as someone who is African and uses their creative talents to amplify progressive African narratives to the world, inclusive of all Africans.
The vibrant global creative economy is a sustainable career path for millions of Africans to tell their stories. In this episode of 'The African Creator,' we explore the various ways creators can amplify the stories they tell and effectively monetize. We'll also discuss how to leverage the multiverse and metaverse to tell our stories.
This session is hosted by The African Creator
“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;
 Parts of it have been hidden; never saw the generational light of day, intentionally buried or completely forgotten.
 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;
 Visual Activist Campaign (A live digital archive of personal stories told by the living African for the African of the future)
 Breaking Barriers (The narratives of Accessibility and Inclusion in Africa)
Aim of Masterclass
 Reshape how we think about narrative ownership
 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.
 How the media can facilitate the African Dream.
 Where do we go from here? Recreating the African Narrative for the African Dream.
This session is hosted by PICHA
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Let's build a network of expertly trained NFT Artists!
This 2-day workshop was designed for artists, musicians, photographers and other creatives. The goal being through hands on training to help creatives understand NFTs better and how to leverage the medium to bring their works to a global marketplace and secure their intellectual property. This workshop is also for Art Associations, Museums, and academic institutions to train their leaders who can then train other artists in their organizations and communities.
The ultimate goal of the workshop, hence its name Training of Trainers, is to give participants the capacity to train more artists.
The 2-day hands on workshop will be immersive to allow participants to grasp the concept of NFTs and go through the process of minting their first piece of digital art right on site. Artists will learn the fundamentals of Blockchain technology and why NFTs are opening opportunities for artists and collectors.
Participants after completion of the 2-day workshop will have the opportunity to join the Network of NFT African Artists, a collective of digital artists across the continent. that regularly share ideas, success stories, and experiences. The network will facilitate continuous education by inviting experienced NFT artists to share their experiences and best practices. It is a strategic means of bringing more African artists under one umbrella to engage each other around NFT, current trends, and investment opportunities in the space.
Workshop modules cover essential areas to empower artists to understand NFTs and the Blockchain, and every presentation comes with a guide booklet. Modules outlined below.
 Blockchain 101
 Introduction To Crypto
 Beginners Guide To NFTs
 How To Create NFTs
 Minting NFTs - Live at the workshop
 Successful NFT Artists
 Cashing Out Your Earnings Into Fiat
 Investing Your Earnings In DeFi
 Understanding Crypto Wallets & Which One To Use
This session is hosted by Nandi Cowry NFT Marketplace, as part of the NFT Afrika Initiative, Africa Blockchain University (ABU) series of NFT Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshops for African artists.
The session seeks to acquaint individuals new to the stock market with basic investment terms and enlighten them about the various and simple ways of earning wealth through investments with minimal funds. The discussion will border on what to know before making investments, the benefits of investing, how to invest in line with risk appetites and so on. The audience is suitable for everyone seeking to know more about investments.
At the end of the session, the audience will know how to assess their risk appetite and requirements of making an investment. The audience would have also learnt the various types of investments then the benefits and usefulness of investments.
Africa NXT 2022 is focused on reimagining Africa’s economic developments. Stanbic IBTC through its various initiatives, products and services is committed to Nigeria’s prosperity and Africa at large.
Throughout history, seasons of great crisis have fueled periods of accelerated growth and innovation driven by a collective desire to create a better world.
The bubonic plague birthed the Renaissance period, an era of enlightenment in art, music, and creativity.
The Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 ushered in the “Roaring 20s” which saw the mass production of automobiles, telephones, film, radio, and electronics in the Western world.
Today, as the world emerges from the throes of COVID-19, advancements in metaverse activity, cryptocurrency and NFTs are already defining the post-pandemic era. Even as our continent continues to grapple with worsening economic conditions, political instability, human capital flight and more, Africans are poised to leapfrog into a more prosperous future by leveraging technological tools such as Blockchain, Robotics & AI, and more.
If history is a reliable predictor of the future, we may be entering the golden age of our time. Those who will win must have resilience, foresight, agility, innovation hardcoded into their DNA. In this session, we will discuss how Union Bank, now in its 105th year, has cracked the resilience code, and what emerging entrepreneurs and forward-looking organisations should do now to prepare for success in the future.
A special opportunity for young artists committed to becoming professional artists to receive insights to construct narratives and stretch the breadth of their practice. The session will include career guidance and critical assessment of artists' portfolios.
- The session is facilitated by Art Bridge Project and strictly by invitation.
- RSVP: [email protected]
Grounding, to help us come to terms with present socio-economic realities. Breathing exercises cleanse the energy meridian, activate the energy centres, dissipate the used up energy in the body system and increase the life force/vital energy in the cells. The movement improves circulation, loosen up tense muscles and joints and blast inertia.
This Session is Hosted by Lifelong Fitness International
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
According to a report from NonFungible.com, the sales of digital Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) soared to more than $2 billion in the first quarter of 2021- more than 20 times the volume of the previous quarter. This total excludes the sales of NBA Top Shots – the NBA video highlights are being turned into NFTs with sales exceeding $470 million in Q1 2021 and the NFT sold by Beeple for $69 million in the same quarter.
This year, the NBA Top Shot NFT has generated $200M in gross sales while spending very little on marketing. It’s grown so efficiently because users have felt like owners and part of something bigger than themselves. NFTs have created a platform that enables true peer-to-peer marketing, fueled by community, excitement, and ownership. This decentralized platform goes beyond art and film to memes, memorabilia, and music- the list goes on. In February 2022, Snoop Dog announced that Death Row Records would be an ‘NFT Label,’ making it the first NFT label on that scale to operate in the metaverse. This follows news of Snoop Dog releasing his latest album on the blockchain on February 11, 2022, and selling over $44 million worth of NFTs in five days. In August 2021, Tory Lanez, a Canadian rapper released an NFT album and sold a million copies in 57 seconds, generating more than $400,000 in initial gross sales and resales through NFTs.
Increasingly, technology is changing how people create music and consume music. Nowadays, songwriters can record and release albums without landing a record deal. The panel will highlight how African creators can capitalize on Web3 and the emergence of NFTs to make a significant positive impact in the African music industry and create sustainable wealth for creators. The panel also aims to proffer a sustainable alternative to incumbent social media platforms that have locked creators into a bundle of distribution and monetization- where creators do not get paid the value of their work.
This Session is Hosted by Nandi
Discovering new music has never been easier for fans, especially in the current digital age with TikTok and Instagram Reels. At the forefront of the ever-changing music curation landscape, our panellists will tell you where discovery is heading and how artists can find new fans by aligning themselves with the discovery trends.
This Session is Hosted by TuneCore
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
The focus of this discussion will be to enlighten attendees on how to access grants, loans, and other channels of funding, that will enable the growth of their small and medium businesses and also help in fulfilling their goals. The session is suitable for Entrepreneurs, Startups, Students, Youth and anyone interested in starting a business.
This Session is hosted by STANBIC IBTC
The early generation of African modern artists created works geared towards motivating change and reshaping the African narrative. In Nigeria, radical thinkers like Ben Enwonwu and Uche Okeke engaged with themes of cultural and national identity in their groundbreaking work. What follows is a collective consciousness to create freely and a call for change. Today, this gives rise to the call for artists who understand and rewrite history, and artistic practices situated within the narrative of Africans and the larger world. This conversation will feature artists working across diverse mediums who engage with their practice as the place to raise collective consciousness and create portals for audiences to see and understand the world around them. The artists will share insights into their creative process and speak to how they capture the constant transformation of life in their works and employ creative expression to shift socio political landscapes. Ultimately, the conversation poses the question of How art reflects the time it was created in? How do artists reflect society? And how do artists utilise their privileged visibility?
The Comb is a BBC Africa weekly podcast that centres on African voices and stories. We combine the rigour of the BBC newsroom with our own distinct, intimate and sound-rich approach to storytelling.
At #AFRICANXT 2022, we are bringing The Comb live and direct to attendees! Join us for a dynamic live recording, where you the audience have the opportunity to participate. In this episode we'll explore Africa’s language famine - why are African languages being marginalised in favour of English and French and what is being done about it? We want to hear about people’s relationship to their mother tongue and find out if things are changing and why. With the help of our panel, we hope to explore this topic in a lively and engaging panel.
MORE ABOUT 'THE COMB'
We have covered a wide breadth of topics since our launch in July 2020 from an episode exploring whether Artificial Intelligence can be racist to another looking at the headaches that come with being a single woman in search of accommodation in Nigeria. In the years since we launched, we have built a loyal and engaged fan base across Africa and beyond.
This session is hosted by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Thursday, March 3, 2022
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
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
Advocating for equal representation of women in the arts, this talk will feature leading female artists sharing the unique experiences of their career and stereotypes attached to being a woman in art. Women are forgotten by art history and major institutions have failed to support the careers of women artists working on the margins and often only support women artists in a performative manner and for publicity purposes. This conversation seeks to address the need for more institutions and role models nurturing women artists from a young age and the need to discover women doing innovative work and to work towards greater diverse gender representation in the art industry.
Africa is being viewed as the last frontier for man in almost all ramifications. Ever since the beginning of the industrial revolution, Africa has trailed the world in terms of innovation and development and this has continued into the 21st century. However, Tech is giving Africa some form of springboard to plug into the world economy beyond being the raw material compound of the world. The advent of tech offers Africa an opportunity to key into the world economy. It is therefore important that we create policies that enhance the growth of African markets in the global emerging markets.
“One Market” is a panel-styled conversation that seeks to bring together young professionals, Pan-African entrepreneurs, emerging marketers, social activists and stakeholders to discuss the rapid development of the African market, the current technological trends and its key role in intra-African Trade.
The biggest challenges faced by African markets include currency exchange, import-export regulations, access and utilisation of digital and technology amongst others. Importantly, Africa has a large expanse of brilliant young people who can tap into the worldwide gig economy but are stopped from doing so due to challenges caused by our regulatory framework. This conversation will highlight the history of policies, the present policies and how the present realities can influence policies in such a way that it brings economic prosperity to Africa. A deep dive into the realities of African markets and opportunities for growth by industry experts will bring to foresight areas for improvement and encourage off-stage conversations.
***************This session is hosted by YouthHub Africa********************
Friday, March 4, 2022
For centuries, one narrative that has been promoted in many societies is the one about the girl child and as handheld technology increasingly becomes a regular part of children’s lives, there's no denying that social media is impacting the way young girls view themselves.
Using the platform provided by Africa NXT and inspiration from the book ‘African Power Girls', the author, Adebola Williams seeks to bring mainstream the conversation and required commitment in building our young girls to be future-ready, helping them find their superpower to become the best version of themselves.
These discussions would center around clear ways of using the power of communication and especially social media to combat narratives that entrench misogyny and chauvinism into young girls, strategically targeted at disempowering and limiting them.
The session will be divided into three parts:
The first part would be a short reading from the book, followed by a keynote address, while finally, the panel will then delve into why we must tell these stories and the scope of influence of social media and our roles as individuals in building this next generation of girls.
This Session is Hosted by RED MEDIA AFRICA
It's the age of the craftsman, the maker, the innovator. In most recent years, creative economy players have significantly participated in and influenced the world economy. They have given rise to the new world of business which has impacted nations and the world at large. The impact of the creative economy has changed the world of work, the dynamics of professions and the number of income streams available to the average working-class individual. While this has prospered creatives from most parts of the world, a majority of Africa's creative industry players appear to benefit the least when compared to their counterparts in other parts of the world. Why is this the case? How can you (the creative reading this) experience overall improvement and growth in your craft?
In this session, we look to highlight key challenges peculiar to creatives within the African creative ecosystem and will also share specific approaches to circumventing them. We'll also share best practices and innovative frameworks employed by creative industry participants in other parts of the world which has enabled them to attract resources, navigate tough business challenges and scale their craft exponentially by selling to a global audience successfully.
 Share new approaches and work with attendees to develop an action plan to secure and retain their next 1,000 users.
 Participants will leave the session empowered and eager to deploy learned systems for better business results.
This is Session is Hosted by Hifive.ng
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!”
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Photo Ops Courtesy of AfricaNXT
This session is hosted by AfricaNXT
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