#NXTCON

Monday, February 28, 2022

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SHIFTING MINDSETS: THE MOVEMENT TO "BUY LOCAL"
Ink Balogun
Ink Balogun
Asoebi Bella, Founder
Wunmi Akinsola
Wunmi Akinsola
Fashtracker, Founder
Nicole Chikwe
Nicole Chikwe
The Mummy Summit, Model, Media Personality, Enterpreneur & Founder
Tania Omotayo
Tania Omotayo
Ziva Lagos / The Growth Forum Africa, Creative Director and Founder

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

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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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THE FUTURE OF COMMERCE IN AFRICA
Kingston Stratis
Kingston Stratis
WetFire, Cofounder and CEO
Adeyemi Adeyemo
Adeyemi Adeyemo
eTranzact International PLC, Group Head, General Manager
Mokutima Ajileye
Mokutima Ajileye
Procter & Gamble (P&G), Nigeria, Managing Director
Nathaniel Adegoke
Nathaniel Adegoke
Project People Limited, Managing Partner
Olajumoke Kujero
Olajumoke Kujero
Persianas Retail (PUMA & LACOSTE Nigeria), Head Of Marketing & Business Development,

Many of the challenges outlined in Dennis Ndonga's seminal paper on eCommerce in Africa written in 2012 still exist today. African States are yet to reap the full benefits of eCommerce, as it has not penetrated the continent to the extent experienced by Western countries. The lack of adequate ICT infrastructure, lack of basic ICT knowledge, and the threat of cyber crimes have created a significant barrier to the adoption and growth of eCommerce in many African countries.

Most of these challenges can be solved with the use of modern technologies and adoption strategies, but how do micro commerce businesses access, implement and benefit from these technologies and ideas? At The Future of Commerce in Africa, we will discuss how anyone can implement some of these tools and technologies. 

Other topics to be discussed: 

  • What is omni-commerce? How does it benefit an average merchant?
  • How do we make export easy for micro-businesses?
  • How do people with great products access financing without traditional bank loans?


                                       This session is hosted by WetFire

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THE POWER OF STORYTELLING TO STIMULATE FINANCE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Ndifreke Okwuegbunam
Ndifreke Okwuegbunam
ASPIRE CORONATION TRUST FOUNDATION, Director of Grants and Programs
Amaechi Michael Okobi
Amaechi Michael Okobi
Access Bank Plc, Group Head, Communications & External Affairs
Temie Giwa-Tubosun
Temie Giwa-Tubosun
Life Bank, Founder and Group CEO
Abosede George-Ogan
Abosede George-Ogan
Women in Leadership Advancement Network (WILAN), Founder

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.

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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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CRAFT TO COMMERCE: MAKING A SUSTAINABLE LIVING AS A VISUAL STORYTELLER
August Udoh
August Udoh
Creative Lead
Onye Ubanatu
Onye Ubanatu
Content / Event Producer
Osaze Efe
Osaze Efe
Art for Humanity Foundation/Abuja Photo Festival, Executive Director

Inspired by the economic challenges faced by young creatives in their journey to make images that matter, this session aims to broaden their understanding of early on and share learnings and best practices from seasoned creatives. This session will also provide emerging photographers with methodologies to assist them in recognizing commercial opportunities and be equipped with the right business mindset to build a sustainable career as a visual creative.  

Attendee will leave with a better understanding of:

[1] How to find and connect their works with the right audience/market
[2] The business of art
[3] How to collaborate with other members of the audience to co-create for bigger opportunities


   This session is hosted by Art for Humanity Foundation/Abuja Photo Festival

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THE AFRICAN CREATOR COMPLEX: CREATING IN AFRICA FOR AFRICANS TO THE WORLD!
Wande Thomas
Wande Thomas
Urban Gidi, Creative Director
Kayode Kasum
Kayode Kasum
Movies - Sugar rush, Soole, Kambili, Quam's Money, Award winning Nollywood Director
Kamsi Nnamani
Kamsi Nnamani
Beauty and Fashion Youtuber

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 

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TAPPING INTO THE DIGITAL AGE OF INFLUENCER MARKETING
Modupeoluwa Adekanye
Modupeoluwa Adekanye
Pulse Nigeria, Head, Influencer Partnerships
Bidemi Zakariyau Akande
Bidemi Zakariyau Akande
LSF|PR, Founder/Head of Public Relations
Ify Mogekwu
Ify Mogekwu
Ify’s Kitchen, Owner
Fisayo Fosudo
Fisayo Fosudo
Fisayo Fosudo - YouTube, Visual Storyteller & YouTube Creator
Pamilerin Adegoke
Pamilerin Adegoke
ThePamilerin Media, Creative Head

This session will speak to the fast rising influencer marketing industry in Africa. Our panelists will discuss the industry, address the challenges of creators, and proffer new paths by which brands can collaborate with influencers to connect with their audiences more efficiently and organically.

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DATA DRIVEN E-COMMERCE: MAKE BETTER DECISIONS. CREATE BETTER PRODUCTS. DELIGHT YOUR CUSTOMERS
Ndu Ekwomadu
Ndu Ekwomadu
Brand Drive, Founder/CEO
Shirley Grace Hart
Shirley Grace Hart
Heimdall Technologies, Operations
Dayo Adesokan
Dayo Adesokan
Primera, Head of Business Intelligence and Data
Brain John
Brain John
AXA, Data Scientist & Machine Learning Expert
Elijah Affi
Elijah Affi
Takeout Media, Creative Director

More and More businesses in the E-commerce industry are being created in Africa, unfortunately little will succeed. This is not because the rest don't have good business ideas but because behind every number is a user/customer.

An ecommerce businesses should rely on data especially while making business decisions. How do you recognize data. What is Data to a lady selling makeup products in her dorm room? How does she recognize the use of data?

It is our hope that every business owner not only knows how to recognize data but how to use data. We  want to change business by errors .

This session will create not just a more in depth knowledge of data and analytics using artificial intelligence but will also broaden the industry into overlooked data and create possible solutions and collaborations.

KEY TAKEAWAYS
[1] The importance of data in the e-commerce industry
[2] How e-commerce businesses can effectively leverage data
to make better decisions, create better products and improve the the customers overall experience and journey.
[3] Best practices to scale your business using analytics


                                          This session is hosted by Brand Drive

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NEW AFRICAN: THE RETURN AND ROLE OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
Samuel Baddoo
Samuel Baddoo
Fleri, Founder / CEO
Biola Alabi
Biola Alabi
media personality, investor, producer
Bowale Adeoye
Bowale Adeoye
Desmond Tutu Fellow, investment Manager
Sunil Sharma
Sunil Sharma
Techstars Toronto, Managing Director

Today the African diaspora is basically a resource for financing the needs of family back home - rarely considered beyond their ability to contribute dollars.

Yet, there is a narrative that is slowly emerging. One that sees the diaspora for its capacity to shape Africa’s future and destiny.

To refine and define what this new role of the African diaspora can be, this session will open up a conversation directly with the diaspora, as it should be.


                                                This session is hosted by Fleri 

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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 FUTURE OF WORK: EXPLORING PATHWAYS TO CAREERS IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho
Future Software Resources Limited / Skillup Africa, CEO / Founder
Tosin Faniro-Dada
Tosin Faniro-Dada
Endeavor Nigeria, Managing Director / CEO
Bola Lawal
Bola Lawal
ScholarX, Co-Founder and CEO
Oluwaseun Runsewe
Oluwaseun Runsewe
Fintech Product Leader
Nkem Nweke
Nkem Nweke
Innovation | Product & Strategy | Digital Transformation

This session is focused on discussing the Future of Work and explores pathways to careers in the Digital Age.

According to US-based management consulting firm Korn Ferry, there will be a global shortage of more than 85 million tech workers, representing $8.5 trillion in lost annual revenue. The research further shows that  the United States and Russia are expected to be short of 6 million workers each, while China could face a deficit of 12 million workers. Other economies expected to be hit hardest are Brazil, Indonesia, and Japan, facing shortages of up to 18 million workers apiece.
 
This shortage is expected to become more acute in the coming years as technology continues to play a pivotal role across industries and every aspect of business. The demand for highly-skilled tech workers would keep increasing as there continues to be a deficit in supply.  

How can young Africans tap into these opportunities of the Future of Work and how can they unlock a path to prosperity for themselves?

Our panel will deep dive into:
[1] Exploring opportunities across sectors and industries in the Digital Age
[2] Tips and tricks to choosing a career path
[3] The role of transferable skills in your chosen career path.
Charting your learning pathway.
[4] Finding tools and resources to learn online
[5] Taking advantage of Tech-focused student Loans to Upskill


                                         This session is hosted by SkillUp Africa 

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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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COPYRIGHT IN THE CREATIVE ECONOMY; THE INNOVATION BRIDGE
Welime Anwuri
Welime Anwuri
A&E Law Partnership, Associate
Damola Oyebo
Damola Oyebo
A&E Law Partnership, Legal Tech Lawyer, Associate

In our experience as IP Lawyers and digital policy experts in the African Creative economy, there is a low awareness and understanding of the often complex issues surrounding Copyright. Awareness of the opportunities for innovation in the management and monetization of copyright across the industry is low, evidenced by the decentralized system currently in place which often shortchanges some classes of stakeholders and creates room for abuse, miscommunication and avoidable disputes.

In this masterclass, we will be looking at copyright in the African creative economy through the intersecting lenses of Law, Business and Innovation. We wish to:
1. Examine the fundamentals of copyright law in selected African countries and identify the varying levels of legal protection available to different forms of creative output, from music to artworks, short films, literature, and even NFTs;
2. Analyze limitations to copyright and discuss their importance to collaboration, education and accessibility;
3. Distill root causes of typical problems along copyright value chains and consider potential solutions being tested around the world;
4. Question copyright policy from the African perspective as it guides content regulation by law makers and social media platforms and assess the net benefits of common approaches for both creators personally and the creative economy in general.

Our choice of topic for our proposed masterclass is based on our experiential knowledge in both the regulatory and business space in Nigeria which affirms that copyright education offers a steady and sure means of building understanding and respect for creators’ rights. AfricaNXT promises the largest gathering of innovators from Africa and the diaspora and by engaging participants in a Three Pronged analysis of the creative economy - Policy, Business & Law - we intend to start a multifaceted conversation that leads to more diverse groups of stakeholders engaging with copyright on different levels.

In the long term, this will support the emergence of a more developed creative economy in Africa where there is widespread knowledge of copyright, more deliberate and proactive IP Protection and greater innovation in copyright management. This in turn, has the potential to positively impact economic development through value creation and maximization.


                                This session is hosted by A&E Law Partnership

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NFT TRAINING OF TRAINERS WORKSHOP FOR ARTISTS
Frisco d'Anconia
Frisco d'Anconia
Africa Blockchain University, President
Chinedu Enekwe
Chinedu Enekwe
African Digital Art, Co-founder

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 OUTLINE
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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.

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BRIDGING THE AFRICAN DIGITAL ECONOMY GAP
Rachael Wanogho
Rachael Wanogho
Bookings Africa, Social Media Manager & Content Creator
Barbara Anthony-Okafor
Barbara Anthony-Okafor
Bookings Africa, B2B Manager - SSA
Nosa John Garrick
Nosa John Garrick
Blend / F.A. Garrick & Co., Founder / Managing Partner
Charles Okafor
Charles Okafor
Bookings Africa, Senior Operations Manager

The fast rise of the African digital economy serves to improve the lives of Africans and transform underserved communities. Africa has a unique opportunity to become more sustainable and create economic growth through the better use of e-commerce and social space. The growing gig economy is part of the African economy that brings people closer together, creates jobs and makes societies more efficient.

Africa has a chance to successfully bridge the knowledge gap and the impact of digital technologies to monetize their skills and enhance their entrepreneurial qualities.

Our panelists will be sharing their knowledge of digital technologies and exploring various topics such as:
1. The opportunities within the African Digital Economy
2. How to leverage your current skills and stand out in the competitive online marketplace.
3. Building a social media brand/portfolio.
4. The customer service experience and how it affects service delivery.
5. Scaling a business in the digital economy (a B2C/B2B perspective). 


                          The Session is Hosted by Bookings Africa

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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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NFT UTILITY & COMMUNITY: THE FUTURE OF AFRICAN HERITAGE AND CULTURAL PRESERVATION
Maia Lepine
Maia Lepine
African Artists Coalition, Founder
Anthony Marshall
Anthony Marshall
Meta Strategist, Creative Executive
Jalina Stewart
Jalina Stewart
BLANK XR, Chief Experience Officer, CXO
Desire Yavro
Desire Yavro
Tech Consultant
Olayinka Odeniran
Olayinka Odeniran
CybSecWatch / BWBC, Founder / CTO

Long gone are the days when Africans feel the urge to leave the continent to seek opportunities for further biz development and opportunities. More importantly, we have entered an era where cultural preservation is now more possible than ever. No more will there be room for the theft of African resources, especially through the art market which presents the top earners in 2021, in the World Art Market Revenue. Covid has expedited innovation, and with the beauty of the internet, and blockchain- it is time to even out the playing field. The residual effects of colonial demarcations are wearing out, and Africa is the Future. Let's discuss how NFTs, DAOS and other blockchain utilities can address the expansion of African Artistry, on all levels. Looking forward to sharing what we've learned, with a larger community, and more importantly, being of service to our Motherland.


                               *** This Session Will Be Virtual ***

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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 

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YOUTH, TECH, HUSTLE & BUSTLE IN AFRICA... WHAT'S FAITH GOT TO DO WITH IT?
Maryam Oladosu
Maryam Oladosu
Strategic Marketing and Consulting
Omodara Adediran
Omodara Adediran
Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, Lead, Digital (New Media)
Kola Osinowo
Kola Osinowo
Jumia, Ghana, CCO
Sulaimon Olokodana
Sulaimon Olokodana
Deinde Olokodana and Associates, CEO

The covid 19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on Africa's economy and growth. It has simply widened the inequality gap and exacerbated seemingly perennial dire conditions of poverty, hunger and unemployment on the continent. Africa must create jobs for her millions of unemployed youth in order to stem the growing tide of discontent especially among young people. While governments have the primary responsibility to reduce poverty and create the conducive environment for enterprise to thrive and multiply and create jobs and opportunities, it is pertinent for non state actors including private sector and the social sector (especially faith communities) to play major role in addressing some of the gaps in systems and governance that would address this.

Our session will focus on Youth, Technology, Hustle and Bustle in Africa: expanding roles for Faith communities in driving innovation and enterprise? Our panelists are people who have a good grounding in enterprise development, business governance, policy, technology  innovation as well as in engagement with faith communities for development. They shall discuss how technology is reinventing the old concept of manna coming down from heaven by exploring the world of possibilities and opportunities waiting to be unlocked and unleashed through technology driven innovations and enterprise. How faith based NGOs are addressing stereotypes and dogma to promote an economy that prioritizes gender and youth inclusion.

The panel will also explore the roles of faith NGOs in addressing the issues of capacity and integrity deficit among young people which poses a hindrance to accessing credit, jobs and leverages. We shall also explore ideas and information on how government agencies and the financial sector can help young people to initiate bankable ideas, build viable enterprise and access public and private support/accelerator initiatives.


     This session is hosted by Movement for Islamic Culture and Awareness (MICA, Lagos)

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REDEFINING OUR VALUE PROPOSITION: A NEW PATH TO THRIVE AS A PR PROFESSIONAL IN NIGERIA
Tolulope Olorundero
Tolulope Olorundero
Nigerian Women in PR, Global PR Consultant and Founder
Adedoyin Jaiyesimi
Adedoyin Jaiyesimi
The Comms Avenue, Co-Founder

Over five decades after the establishment of a regulatory body for the practice of public relations in Nigeria, there remains an alarming level of opacity about the practice and ignorance of its value to businesses and society. Across the entire marketing function, public relations remains the desperately poor sibling, struggling in futility to show up and take its rightful place on the table where critical decisions are being made.

Our Masterclass will address this challenge, and also articulate public relations’ value in Africa’s digital-first economy with Nigeria as a case study. We will discuss public relations’ perception issues in Nigeria viz a viz the significant work being done by contemporary professionals in other countries to maintain and elevate the value of the profession.

Our facilitators, experienced public relations professionals, will guide participants in understanding how to assess clients’ briefs, craft compelling strategies beyond media engagement, determine best rates and continuously deliver value to clients to secure long term retainers.

 

                  This session is hosted by Nigerian Women in Public Relations

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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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CREATING A LIFETIME SUSTAINABLE BALLING STRATEGY
Omobolaji Ajibare
Omobolaji Ajibare
TheSocialmediaoga, Social Media manager coach
Tunji Andrews
Tunji Andrews
Awabah, CEO
Ashley Immanuel
Ashley Immanuel
EFinA, CEO
Oguche Agudah
Oguche Agudah
PenOP, CEO

In recent times, the ultimate show of success for the Nigerian youth and quite frankly, youth across the world have been flashy cars, expensive gadgets, the occasional house, and designer clothing.

While these things aren't bad, if all young Nigerians think about is how to "ball" now and ignore the fact that they need to actively plan and save towards retirement, millions will end up in penury.

Our session will shine the light on proven ways to enjoy their lives now and at retirement. This is especially important for professionals in the creator economy who are solely responsible for their retirement planning.

By demystifying micropensions, our panelists will show young people that thorough financial planning involves saving and investing for short-term needs and long-term ones like retirement because really the goal is to "ball" for every season of life.


                                             This session is hosted by Awabah  

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HOW INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGIES CAN SOLVE AFRICA'S TOUGHEST PROBLEMS
Olayinka Oloko
Olayinka Oloko
Product Manager
Michelle Ijomah
Michelle Ijomah
Agnes Health, Co-founder & Director of Product
Tomilola Majekodunmi
Tomilola Majekodunmi
Bankly, Co-founder & CEO
Douglas Kendyson
Douglas Kendyson
Selar, Founder & CEO
Jadesola Adedeji
Jadesola Adedeji
Stem Mets, Co-founder

Africa has a target to meet Sustainable Development Goal 1 – Eradicate Poverty by 2030. In 2021, the rate of poverty in Africa climbed from 489 million in 2019, to 490 million in 2021 with a total population of 1.38 billion people. This means that Africa is not on track to meet its target.

Nigeria is part of the top 10 poorest countries on the continent and with the highest population also.

For this panel, we have gathered industry experts across pivotal sectors in the economy; ranging from AgriTech, FinTech, HealthTech and EduTech to discuss the roles that their sectors play in empowering the people to be independent.


                                This session is hosted by Agnes Health Limited

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NFT TRAINING OF TRAINERS WORKSHOP FOR ARTISTS
Frisco d'Anconia
Frisco d'Anconia
Africa Blockchain University, President
Chinedu Enekwe
Chinedu Enekwe
African Digital Art, Co-founder

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 OUTLINE
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.
[1] Blockchain 101
[2] Introduction To Crypto
[3] Beginners Guide To NFTs
[4] How To Create NFTs
[5] Minting NFTs - Live at the workshop
[6] Successful NFT Artists
[7] Cashing Out Your Earnings Into Fiat
[8] Investing Your Earnings In DeFi
[9] 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.

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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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INVESTMENT - LET NOTHING STOP YOU ON YOUR WAY TO PROSPERITY
Hero Daniels
Hero Daniels
Moderator
Wole Adeniyi
Wole Adeniyi
Stanbic IBTC Bank, Chief Exceutive
Bunmi Olarinoye
Bunmi Olarinoye
Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers, Executive Director
John Okhueleigbe
John Okhueleigbe
Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers, Head, Micro Pensions
Wunmi Ehis-Uzenabor
Wunmi Ehis-Uzenabor
Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Ltd, Executive Director, Operations

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. 


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TOURISM FUNDRAISING: HOW TO RAISE FUNDS FOR YOUR TOURISM ENTERPRISE
Ayomide Aborowa
Ayomide Aborowa
ìrìn journal, Founder & Creative Director
Abiola Adelana
Abiola Adelana
Sterling Bank Plc Nigeria, Tourism Business Manager
Nnenna Fakoya-Smith
Nnenna Fakoya-Smith
Nene-Uwa Hub Ltd, Tourism Promoter & Visibility Strategist
Pelu Awofeso
Pelu Awofeso
Travel Journalist & Researcher
Omolara Adewunmi
Omolara Adewunmi
Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, Director Programmes and Coordination

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:
[1] How to tap into the different funding opportunities for their Tourism businesses
[2] Why having a community is important when is comes to funding their tourism projects
[3] 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 

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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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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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DEMYSTIFYING EXPORT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN NIGERIA
Olatunde Wealth
Olatunde Wealth
African Business and Exporters Network (ABEN), President

The current foreign exchange challenges in our nation have made the exportation of non-oil products become very imperative. The current situation also underscores the fact that there is no better time to do export business profitably than now. So it is wisdom for Nigerian businesses especially Importers and SMEs to diversify into the non-oil export business. The question then is, how do we join in this export mission project to rescue our country and at the same time earn some foreign exchange? That is what this session seeks to address.

At the end of this masterclass, all the attendees will be able to understand the export business challenges and how to overcome them, handle documentation without stress, they will be equipped with skills needed to effectively market and sell their products to buyers abroad, they will be empowered to anticipate the risks inherent is export business and design different strategies to mitigate them.

Other areas of discourse at the workshop will include strategies to develop a bankable business, forming essential relationships, sustainability opportunities for small businesses, good manufacturing practices – standards, quality, and packaging. How to tap into the opportunities the African Continental Free Trade Area (Afcfta) has to offer.

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BUILT TO LAST: HARDCODING RESILIENCE INTO THE DNA OF YOUR BUSINESS
Ngozi Akinyele
Ngozi Akinyele
Union Bank of Nigeria, Head Strategic Brand Management
Ojoma Ochai
Ojoma Ochai
CC Hub, Managing Partner of The Creative Economy Practice
Bukola Akingbade
Bukola Akingbade
Kucheza Gaming, Founder and CEO
Lola Cardoso
Lola Cardoso
Union Bank of Nigeria, Head, Retail Banking & Digital

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.

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THE DIGITAL JOLLOF: THE STATE OF INFLUENCER MARKETING POST-COVID
Ariyike Owolagba
Ariyike Owolagba
Influencer / TV Host / Actor
Enioluwa Adeoluwa
Enioluwa Adeoluwa
Brand Influencer
Tiwalola Olanubi
Tiwalola Olanubi
DottsMediaHouse, CEO
Lynda Aguocha
Lynda Aguocha
Media Personality
Segun Ogunleye
Segun Ogunleye
SevenUp Bottling Company, Marketing Director

The Digital Jollof: One of the most used digital terms is “influencer”, and in the past 5years influencer marketing/content creation has grown exponentially in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. In March 2020 the pandemic hit across the world, and just like everywhere else Covid has brough changes, and impacted the influencer marketing & content creation space

Our panel will steer an engaging conversation focused on the state of influencer marketing in Nigeria, best practices, approach, new mediums & metrics POST COVID
 
Audience will learn and participate in all this and more from Our Panel of thought leaders.


                                    This session is hosted by DottsMediaHouse 

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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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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 

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TECHNOLOGY, MENTAL HEALTH AND THE FUTURE OF WORK - THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
Ebunoluwa Dosunmu
Ebunoluwa Dosunmu
Award winning TV Host, Brand Strategist and Influencer
Ehi Iden
Ehi Iden
Occupational Health and Safety Managers, CEO
Peter Ogunnubi
Peter Ogunnubi
Grace Cottage Mental Health Clinic, Founder

How has technology helped to improve work and how work will be done in the health sector?
What is the contribution of social media to this?
What is the impact on the new changes to work on mental health?
How can we manage the impact of social media exposure on mental health?


                  This Session is Hosted by Medbury Medical Services 

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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

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THE NEXT 10 YEARS: DEVELOPING AFRICAN TECH-SCAPE THROUGH INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES
Ọmọ Yoòbá
Ọmọ Yoòbá
Translator/interpreter
Hannah Oluwakemi Williams
Hannah Oluwakemi Williams
Elocutionist and Public Speaker


THE NEXT 10 YEARS: DEVELOPING AFRICAN TECH-SCAPE THROUGH INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES The inadequacy of available content in African indigenous languages and lack of participation of youth in linguistic diversity and multilingualism of the internet is the root cause of the marginalization of African languages on the web.
 
Our session will motivate participants to take up language digital activism, to give African languages visibility on the internet, and drive profound change in the African digital world, for instance, the native language in Artificial Intelligence.

The facilitators will present tested tactics and strategies that can be employed by digital rights activists, content creators, linguists, and young Africans to bridge the digital divide and marginalization of non-English content on the digital space.

Participants will go home with the open Language Digital Activism Toolkit, learn how to contribute to the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, and the opportunities for indigenous language content creators


                  This session is hosted by Yobamoodua Cultural Heritage

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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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MEETUP: AFRICAN PROFESSIONALS & STUDENTS IN THE DIASPORA
Olorunfemi Obasa
Olorunfemi Obasa
Extrafemi, Chief Strategist

African students in the diaspora have a limited voice. Despite contributing significantly to the finances and GDP of their countries of residence and producing great research, innovations, the African perspective and necessary regulation in this billion-dollar sector are sorely lacking.

This meetup will be a discussion and networking session for African professionals and students in the diaspora or anyone with an interest in this.

The session will kick off with an interactive discussion with seasoned African professionals on how government and international policies impact the way Africans live, work, learn and play in the diaspora. Meetup participants will have the opportunity to connect, collaborate, and collectively ideate around African centered solutions and best practices to ensure all African students and professionals abroad can be successful.


                                         This session is hosted by Extrafemi

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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

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS LIVE: NA WE TOK AM O
Motolani Alake
Motolani Alake
Podcast Network at Pulse Nigeria, Editor & Lead
Melody Hassan
Melody Hassan
City FM, OAP
Excel Joab
Excel Joab
Music Exec, A&R, Acquisition and Licensing Professional

Terms and Conditions is a podcast that discusses worthy culture-related conversations with insights and varying perspectives.

Join us for the Terms and Conditions Podcast LIVE @ #AFRICANXT 2022. In this special edition of the podcast, we'll discuss a number of hot topics including: [1] the different sides to Thot culture, [2] blockchain, NFTs and the music industry, and [3] the fate of Nigerian sports leagues.

Get ready for an interactive lively and entertaining conversation, that will also provide insights on challenges and opportunities before us.

The Terms and Conditions Podcast by Pulse is hosted by Motolani Alake, a Journalist, Lawyer and Strategist, Melody Hassan: an OAP, Media Trainer and A&R; Excel Joab: Music Exec, A&R consultant, culture nut and Acquisitions/Licensing Professional.

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POWERING INNOVATION FOR THE NEXT BILLION: THE ROLE OF LOCAL INVESTOR COMMUNITIES
Stephanie Etiaka
Stephanie Etiaka
Wennovation Hub, Head Operations
Subomi Plumptre
Subomi Plumptre
Volition Capital LLC, Director
Olabinjo Adeniran
Olabinjo Adeniran
Future Africa, Co-founder & Growth Partner
Fiyin Ogunlesi
Fiyin Ogunlesi
OUI Capital

As at  Q3 2021, startups in Africa had raised  $2.9Bn+ in over 515 deals according to data from Africa:The Big Deal. While most of the funding comes from investors abroad, local investors are often the ones writing cheques for early stage start-ups, usually at the pre-seed and seed stages. According to Partech, early stage companies accounted for 64% of the 359 funding rounds above $200K in 2020, representing $220M of the $1.4Bn invested in startups on the continent. 

Local investors often have first hand experience of the challenges these startups are attempting to solve and are best positioned to provide advice and honest feedback to the founders in addition to early funding (usually between $25K to $100K) needed for these startups to build out their solution and acquire the early customers to validate their solution. More money in the hands of local investors would mean more early stage startups getting funding. These early bets give startups a fighting chance.

At the end of the panel session, attendees should be able to understand: 
[1] Fundraising models being adopted by local investors in Africa
[2] The roles and functions of VC platforms in promoting Innovation in Africa
[3] How we can build more robust local investor communities in Africa


                              This session is hosted by Blacklight Solutions


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SOLVING LEARNING ISSUES USING LOW-COST TECH SOLUTIONS
Ezioma Akabike
Ezioma Akabike
Assessment and Learning Programmes, Programme Officer
Oluwatamilore Oni
Oluwatamilore Oni
Google.org Europe, Middle East & Africa, Program Manager
John Mugo
John Mugo
Zizi Afrique Foundation, Executive Director
Inyang Udo-Umoren
Inyang Udo-Umoren
TaRL Africa (Nigeria), Country Manager

Nationwide school closures in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic led to millions of children staying at home with little or no access to ongoing learning opportunities.

Protecting and prioritizing foundational learning is key to reducing the potential damage that widespread school closures will have on children as these skills are critical to developing children’s competencies and subsequent lifelong learning opportunities.
The impact of not learning at an early age is far more devastating than you can imagine- the consequences of not being able to read or write affect our health and well-being, employment and economic growth opportunities and our lifespan. According to Global Citizen, this is true for 9 out of 10 children in Sub-Saharan Africa, who find themselves left behind early on, and cannot catch up without targeted interventions.

Our panel will provide insights on ways to reduce the real possibility of learning declines occurring for children through targeted interventions and solutions that will ensure children learn properly and attain foundational literacy and numeracy skills. We will explore the use of targeted SMS learning activities from customized syllabi as well as supplementary instructional books to help children improve their literacy and numeracy skills. In addition, we will also examine ways to improve the capacity of parents/caregivers to support their children’s learning using low tech options at home.
Our panelists will also share best practices on how to address learning disparities and decline in children who are receiving the necessary educational support.  Attendees will leave the session realizing that the learning issues that exist in the Nigerian education system are not insurmountable, they are fixable.


              This session is hosted by The Education Partnership (TEP) Centre 

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#TRAVEL4IMPACT: MERGING TOURISM WITH PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOR AFRICA'S PROSPERITY
Funmi Oyatogun
Funmi Oyatogun
TVP / Leisure, Travel & Tourism, Experience Designer
Sarah Alex-Usifo
Sarah Alex-Usifo
AIESEC, Head of Business and Partnership Development

Travel contributes immensely to the continent's GDP, and while travelling to take in the sights in countries across Africa is great, one can also travel with the purpose of professional development and making an impact locally. Working on community development projects in the African countries travelled to fosters collaboration, positively impacts local communities, and contributes to achieving the SDGs. In this masterclass session, facilitators will take participants through an exploratory discussion on tourism as a pathway to employment and an opportunity for skills enhancement and professional development at the entry-level stage.

This session will be both instructive and interactive outlining several ways tourism can move beyond sightseeing and leisure, and fosters a win-win situation for young people/entry-level professionals and the local community. Specific opportunities and topics of discussion will include:
[1] Getting to work on a community development project
[2] Securing a professional internship in another country
[3] Leveraging the benefits of travelling like learning a new language, immersing oneself in diverse cultures and expanding one's worldview.


                                  This session is hosted by AIESEC in Nigeria

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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HOW TECHNOLOGY WILL DISRUPT THE FUTURE OF ENGINEERING, POWER, OIL AND GAS
Ibilola Amao
Ibilola Amao
Lonadek, Principal Consultant
Confidence Staveley
Confidence Staveley
CyberSafe Foundation, Executive Director
Orimolade Oluwamuyemi
Orimolade Oluwamuyemi
Microsoft, Philanthropies Lead
Emeka Okoye
Emeka Okoye
Chief Semantic Architect/Knowledge Engineer
Samuel Jackson
Samuel Jackson
Lonadek Global Services, Project Officer

As the energy industry balances a traditional focus with emerging technologies and solutions during its transition into a digital ecosystem, many companies are evaluating which approach to take into the future. Oil and gas companies are employing a range of enablers, ranging from increased automation, integration, and remote monitoring to newly emerging technologies.

Digital transformation in the Oil and Gas industry could unlock approximately $1.6 trillion of value for the industry, its customers and wider society.

In recent years the oil and gas industry has recovered from a downturn. There are a few new technologies that will make conditions safer in the oil and gas industry. These technologies include drones, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and electronic monitoring.

This session will expose the participants to the new frontiers in emerging technologies in Africa and will spur innovative ideas in participants.


                           This session is hosted by Lonadek Global Services 

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MINTING MUSIC: NFTs POTENTIAL TO DISRUPT THE AFRICAN MUSIC INDUSTRY
Favour Ogunlana
Favour Ogunlana
Big Cabal Media, Head of Partnerships
Jepchumba
Jepchumba
African Digital Art & Nandi, Founder
Aibee Abidoye
Aibee Abidoye
Chocolate City Music, Executive Vice President

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

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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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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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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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THE FUTURE OF MUSIC DISCOVERY IN A DIGITAL AGE
Ada Njemanze
Ada Njemanze
PR & Communication Consultant
Addy Awofisayo
Addy Awofisayo
Sub-saharan Africa YouTube, Head of Music
Tyeng Gang
Tyeng Gang
Urban FM, Head of Programs
Obinna Agwu
Obinna Agwu
Talent manager, A&R & Podcast Host, Listening Sessions
Rima Tahini
Rima Tahini
Mavins Records, Director of A&R

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

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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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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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FROM IDEATION TO SCALE: ADAPTING TO DIGITAL/VIRTUAL MARKETS. ENSURING SUCCESS
Olufisayo Bakare
Olufisayo Bakare
The Yellow of Lagos, Creative Director

Building a creative business takes grit, consistency, and determination. The ‘African way’ of doing business is predominantly transactional in terms of physical goods and services, with little value or regard for intellectual property. While creativity thrives on the imagination, some find it hard to turn their vision into products or services.

As the world increasingly moves into digital spaces, aligning your creative brand’s proposition to the needs of a virtual market is an added advantage. This masterclass sheds light on how creatives can use technology to increase productivity, generating products and services from ideation, while scaling their business. We will discuss tried and tested ‘tools of the trade’ and best business practices that support your entrepreneurial instinct.

This masterclass is ideal for:
[1] Entry-level creative entrepreneurs
[2] Creative SMEs or business owners tech enthusiasts
[3] Creative business managers


                This session is hosted by The Yellow of Lagos

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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

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NXT ERA OF DIGITAL COMMERCE - BUILDING BRANDS THROUGH CONTENT AND LIFESTYLE
Edwin Madu
Edwin Madu
Zikoko, Editor In Chief
Oge Okonkwo
Oge Okonkwo
Invest Bamboo, Head, Partnerships
Hammed Arowosegbe
Hammed Arowosegbe
The VR AR Association, Chapter President, Nigeria
Salem King
Salem King
Content Creator, Storyteller
Solomon Akinsanya
Solomon Akinsanya
Taeillo, Head, Marketing & CX

Digital commerce is a catalyst for an extraordinary new era of growth for brands and businesses.

Unsurprisingly, the internet has become a more vibrant and bustling marketplace. It became busier in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with lockdowns and social distancing creating an increasingly virtual world. Getting products and services to the right target online audience in a virtual sea of sellers and suppliers needs an actual know-how and some tenacity.

Most recently, the dynamics of buying and selling has advanced with innovations like the Metaverse, Web3.0 and NFTs, and it is important for brands to start engaging in these conversations and start securing their spots in the near future.

In this brief session hosted by contemporary furniture & lifestyle company, taeillo, we have a chat with industry leaders from Bamboo and Zikoko, and Creative entrepreneurs who have built digital products/services about the opportunities that exist for Africans and trends to look out for in this new era of digital commerce.


                                   This is Session is Hosted by Taeillo

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BUSINESS FINANCING FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS
Ayodele Ojosipe
Ayodele Ojosipe
Stanbic IBTC, Head, Enterprise Business Development
Ronke Giwa-Onafuwa
Ronke Giwa-Onafuwa
West Midlands Comms, Head, Social Media

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 


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MINING CONTENT IN AFRICA EXPORTING TO THE WORLD
Henry Ugwu
Henry Ugwu
Glitch Africa, Head, content and digital strategy
Best Amakhian
Best Amakhian
Glitch Africa, CEO/ co- founder
Nedu Wazobia
Nedu Wazobia
Media Personality and Content Creator
Korty
Korty
Content Creator / Youtuber
Titilope Adesanya
Titilope Adesanya
Empire, Product Manager

The content creation market has exponentially skyrocketed in terms of talent inclusion, revenue generation and reach. The advent of social media and global spaces have made it increasingly easier to create and promote content from Africa to the world.

Regardless, content creation in Africa is still at the development stage. We are nowhere near the biggest markets in the world. There is a huge disparity between the kind of content we churn out in Africa with what the biggest names create globally. This is mostly down to culture, budget and market need.

Our panelists understand that Africa needs a fervent content revolution. They will proffer solutions while sharing insights on the back of a vast wealth of experience on how to move the industry from the development to maturity stage.

There are many key players to be considered as well as numerous dynamics that may progress or hinder the movement. We will inspect all these factors such as content creators, creatives, collaborators, content-sharing platforms, distributors, social network aggregators and many others.

The panel will also take a deep dive into the role of government, corporate institutions and tech in the growth of the content creation market in Africa. 


                              This Session is Hosted by Glitch Africa

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THE ROI OF DESIGN: BUSINESS IMPACT OF DESIGN ACROSS VARIOUS SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY
Chisom Okechukwu
Chisom Okechukwu
Check DC, Co-Founder/CEO

Decades ago, Thomas J. Watson Jr. grew IBM on the premise that “good design is good business.” Today, design fuels the most innovative and successful companies in the world.

The impact design has on the bottomline of a business can sometimes be an oversight. This session aims to dissect how design can be used to maximise a company's brand equity, drive innovation and return on investment.

Topics covered will include:
[1] What is design? Common misconceptions and stereotypes.
[2] How design affects how brands are experienced
[3] Calculating ROI on design

At the end of this session, participants should have an overview of design by the numbers, how design shapes our thinking regarding brands and products, and how to utilise design as a tool to generate revenue across different industries.


                                         This session is hosted by Check DC

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THE 'KULA' WAY TO GET THE JOB DONE : THE 'KULA' WAY TO SUCCEED AS A FREELANCER
Godwin Toyosi Oni
Godwin Toyosi Oni
Freelance Writer and Influencer
Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti
Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti
Herconomy, Founder

This is a carefully curated masterclass that will feature a two-part session focused on the gig economy for gig providers and freelancers. 


                     This Session is Hosted by Union Bank of Nigeria

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GENERATING REVENUE ON MUSIC WITHIN THE MASS MARKET
Martin Nielsen
Martin Nielsen
Mdundo.com AS, CEO
Scot Eritemu
Scot Eritemu
Opera Mini (Africa), Product Manager
Funso Finnih
Funso Finnih
MTN Nigeria, Head Media and Entertainment Services
Jude "MI" Abaga
Jude "MI" Abaga
TASCK, CEO

Africa is expected to grow to half a billion people online by 2025 but with an average data consumption of around 10MB / day, the mass market is still highly difficult to access. Low-income consumers opt for mp3 downloads of music, often illegally and without benefitting the content creators. In this panel Mdundo CEO, Martin Nielsen will discuss how the mass market is consuming content online. 


                                     This Session is Hosted by Mdundo

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DIGITIZING SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES ACCESS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Chioma Omeruah (Chigul)
Chioma Omeruah (Chigul)
MC & Entertainer
Isaiah Owolabi
Isaiah Owolabi
HACEY Health Initiative, Co-Founder
Abiola Oshunniyi
Abiola Oshunniyi
Parellelpoint Consult, Technology and Innovation Consultant
Omowumi Ogunrotimi
Omowumi Ogunrotimi
Gender Mobile Initiative, Executive Director
Rhoda Robinson
Rhoda Robinson
HACEY Health Initiative, Executive Director

Young people’s access to quality Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Information and Services is yet to be achieved; Socio-cultural, Religious and provider bias still remain some of the major hindrances to its achievement. Increase in the rate of SRH issues such as unwanted pregnancies, STIs and unsafe abortion is imminent if not matched with access to contraception and other sexual and reproductive health services.  

Young people are digital natives who often use digital media platforms as a medium for information, education and communication. This medium is however yet to be optimized as a means for reaching young people and providing increased access to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information and services.

A myriad of opportunities exists in digital media which can be leveraged on to create awareness on SRHR such as short movies, comedy skits, music videos, doodles and more which if maximized will result in increased awareness and access to quality SRHR information and services. For instance, digital consultation (one on one chat) with a service provider has the possibility to cut off bias and discrimination, a major issue faced by young people at a physical facility.

This session will highlight the potential in technology and media that CSOs, State Ministries of Health, and program managers can leverage on to promote access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Information and services for young people. Panelists share insights on how to leverage digital resources to increase access to quality health for all and ensure no one is left behind. Additionally, this session will expose media and communication organizations to a new genre of content with readily available audiences to be explored.


                           This session is hosted by HACEY Health Initiative

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THE BBC COMB PODCAST LIVE: THE POWER OF LANGUAGE
Kim Chakanetsa
Kim Chakanetsa
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Senior Presenter and Journalist
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Novelist, Humourist, Essayist
Damilola Oduolowu
Damilola Oduolowu
Journalist
Kwabena B. Taiwo aka KB Taiwo
Kwabena B. Taiwo aka KB Taiwo
Lawyer and Essayist

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)

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HOW TO FIND YOUR PATH TO PEACE, JOY, AND HAPPINESS BY BEING MORE INTENTIONAL
Chine Ezekwesili
Chine Ezekwesili
Akanka, Co-Founder / Designer
Chuba Ezekwesili
Chuba Ezekwesili
Akanka / Future Africa, Designer, Data analyst, Co-founder

What does it look like for us to be less stressed? Less anxious or depressed? Less angry? What does it look like for us to communicate better? What does it look like for us to be at peace and for us to be happier? What does it look like for us to be more creative? What does it look like for our workplaces to have better culture where everyone can find their purpose?

The answer to all these questions lie in being intentional. We will be discussing how we can use the framework of intention to be more deliberate about how we make better decisions in our personal lives and work lives.


                                            This session is hosted by Akanka

Thursday, March 3, 2022

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LEVERAGING INSIGHTS & FEEDBACK FROM AFRICAN CONSUMERS TO BUILD WORLD-CLASS PRODUCTS
Isioma Eluemunor
Isioma Eluemunor
Business Strategist & Communications Specialist
Charles Njoku
Charles Njoku
Spire, CEO
Babajide Duroshola
Babajide Duroshola
M-KOPA, Managing Director
Adeola Ayoola
Adeola Ayoola
Famasi, CEO
Obakam Tom-George
Obakam Tom-George
Gecko5, Product Success Manager

The average customer in Africa today has ‘almost’ unrestricted access to the world’s best in class products, services and experiences. This often means that their feedback on what their experience should be is geography-agnostic as well as ‘world-class’ oriented. We believe that businesses from Africa with access to over 600m+ possible customer connections can take advantage of this huge opportunity to become world class businesses. But how?

It is no longer speculative to say that the African business community, especially the startup scene which has seen over $12B in venture capital since 2017  is growing exponentially, with more products and services springing up, however, scaling customer experiences that matter is an area that many businesses continue to struggle with. The complexities of a customer base with access to world class products will continue to overwhelm them, even worse is their inability to efficiently collect and manage usable customer feedback, uncovering them into useful insights that can drive action to deliver better product and customer experiences.

Some of the unending cardinal questions new and existing businesses will continue to ask throughout their existence are; 'Who are our customers?', 'What do they want?', 'How might we build products that they will love?' To answer these questions, this panel session will examine some of the most important issues with feedback and feedback management in Africa. Our panelists will dive into the problems; 'Feedback is scattered everywhere', 'Poor feedback culture', 'Process barriers to managing feedback' ‘Understanding customer pain points and complexities’ etc., while also exploring the opportunities for new market entrants to help build products that will solve these problems.

We will also be discussing how businesses across multifaceted industries and sectors in the world can use product and customer feedback as its most important growth ingredient to deliver world class products, services and customer experiences. We will also explore how businesses and startups particularly in the SSA region can lead the change for Africa.


                                              This session is hosted by Spire

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THE FUTURE OF WORK: CULTURE, COMMUNITY AND THE MODERN WORKSPACE
Joshua Ademuwagun
Joshua Ademuwagun
Phillips Consulting Limited (pcl.), Senior Managing Consultant & Head of Advisory
Rob Taiwo
Rob Taiwo
Phillips Consulting Limited (pcl.), Managing Director
Remi Dada
Remi Dada
Spacefinish & Design Match Up, Founder & CEO
Arinola Fetuga
Arinola Fetuga
Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, Head, Human Resources & Admin
Enimien Inegbedion
Enimien Inegbedion
Hugo Technologies, Strategy and Transformation Project Manager

African businesses and industry leaders face daunting tasks to navigate a post-covid economic environment that is continuously being shaped by accelerating digitization, rising hybrid workplace, diversity, globalization and Artificial intelligence. To do nothing is dangerous to businesses and the prosperity of the African continent.

We will provide deep insights on the “Future of Work” paradigm by exploring emerging trends and drivers of the “Future of Work” and distill potential impacts on critical industries across Africa.

Our panellists will contextualize and map how critical enablers of the fourth and fifth industrial revolution will profoundly drive transformation across industries and redefine the Future of Work. The African economy can forge a different pathway from the rest of the World - if opportunities in the emerging “Future of Work” are harnessed correctly by businesses and industry leaders.

Finally panelists will share best practices and offer industry-focused considerations on how business leaders need to rethink their business models and strategies to best position themselves to leverage emerging opportunities.


                    This session is hosted by Phillips Consulting Limited (pcl.)

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THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN SUSTAINING DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA
Iyanuoluwa Bolarinwa
Iyanuoluwa Bolarinwa
BudgIT Foundation, Senior Program Officer
Oluseun Onigbinde
Oluseun Onigbinde
BudgIT Foundation, Director
Oluwatosin Alagbe
Oluwatosin Alagbe
PTCIJ, Program Director

The closing of safe spaces and Democracy has been the latest  trend across the continent and what we have seen so far is that people, activists and civil society leaders do not have the safe space of asking questions or engaging tyrannical government or regime as they will like to be called. We have seen that there will be no economic stability in a country which does not allow for institutions to run without the influence of the executive. We have also seen the clamp down on the internet, social media networks and the continuous jailing of activists who speak up in different African countries or who demand for transparency and accountability.  We understand that to build better citizenry, the need to continuously engage in civic education and inspire the office of the Citizen- which is the greatest office in the land- to hold the government to account and remind elected representatives that they hold the position in trust and not perpetuity.

This session will highlight the challenges across board, look at the solutions of the past and where they have failed and see how new thoughts can help scale through the cancer which is eating deep into the fabric of our Democracy.  


                                   This session is hosted by BudgIT Foundation

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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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DIGITAL ECONOMY READINESS: EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE AFRICAN TECHNOLOGY TALENT VALUE CHAIN
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho
Future Software Resources Limited / Skillup Africa, CEO / Founder
Joseph Agunbiade
Joseph Agunbiade
Skillup Africa, Co-CEO
Elohor Thomas
Elohor Thomas
Codeln.com, CEO and Cofounder
Celestine Ukpere
Celestine Ukpere
Shule Africa, Co-Founder
Femi Madariola
Femi Madariola
PWC West Market Area (Africa), Associate Director

There are various pillars of Digital Economy Readiness - Infrastructure - Enabling Policies - Supporting Legal Frameworks and of course a sustainable Technology Talent Value Chain.

With a growing youth population and unemployment rates over 30% in many countries across the continent the question that should be top of the mind is - are we as Africans sufficiently investing in the future of our human capital on the continent?

Global research data shows that 60% of children under 12 today, will grow up to work in jobs that don’t exist yet. Furthermore an extensive new Korn Ferry report finds that by 2030, more than 85 million jobs globally could go unfilled because there aren’t enough skilled people to take them - this presents an $8.5Trn opportunity for the taking.

Governments and organizations across the continent must make talent development strategies a key priority and take steps to educate, train, and upskill the youth in order to tap into the human capital opportunities of the Digital Economy and drive socio economic development and growth.

This panel will look at how we can close the skills gap, while building a globally accessible pool of talent and ensuring that the continent can fully participate in the Digital Economy. We will also explore opportunities and sustainable models of building and expanding the African Technology Talent Value Chain


                  This session is hosted by Future Software Resources Limited  

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REHAB 2030: STRENGTHENING HEALTHCARE SERVICES THROUGH COMMUNITY DRIVEN INITIATIVES
Christabelle Asoluka
Christabelle Asoluka
REHABICA, Prosthetist/Community lead
Olufunke Akanle
Olufunke Akanle
Medical Rehabilitation Therapist Board (MRTB), CEO/Registrar
Ibraheem Salako
Ibraheem Salako
The Hearmax Centre Ltd, CEO
Ibidunni Alonge PhD, Physiotherapy (MNSP, MACSM)
Ibidunni Alonge PhD, Physiotherapy (MNSP, MACSM)
University of Ibadan, Assistant Chief Physiotherapist

To achieve universal health coverage in Africa, health system strengthening in the area of rehabilitation must become a priority. According to research published in The Lancet, one in three persons will require rehabilitative services over a lifespan and yet there is a shortage of rehabilitation professionals, services and overall lack of funding with one third of the population currently living with disabilities. This challenge can afford individuals and organizations enterprise opportunities within rehabilitation to facilitate accessible rehabilitation services.

This panel will bring together stakeholders in the rehabilitation industry in Nigeria to discuss key health system strengthening strategies that are in line with the WHO rehabilitation 2030 goal wherein key emphasis is on collaborative initiatives. By highlighting the six building blocks of health system strengthening in rehabilitation, we hope to expose participants to opportunities in health information systems, rehabilitation financing and rehabilitation services delivery.

Panelists will discuss the critical role of rehabilitation to ensure a functional healthcare system. Other topics to be explored include how collaboration with other industries facilitates community based interventions and research. Finally, panelists will give an overview of financial partnerships that can be built to ensure that every member of society has access to rehabilitative services.


                                           This session is hosted by REHABICA  

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THE IMPACT OF INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ON NIGERIA'S CREATIVE INDUSTRY
Ilooise Omohinmin
Ilooise Omohinmin
ViacomCBS Africa, VJ / Culture Squad Member
Bada Akintunde-Johnson
Bada Akintunde-Johnson
ViacomCBS Africa, Country Manager
Abuchi Peter Ugwu
Abuchi Peter Ugwu
Chocolate City, Chief Executive Officer
Daniel Owolabi
Daniel Owolabi
Sony Music Africa, Label Manager
Nissi Ogulu
Nissi Ogulu
Animation Director

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

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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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CONNECT N TREK: CIRCULAR ECONOMY + SUSTAINABILITY MEETUP
Jeremiah Hinmikaye
Jeremiah Hinmikaye
Biostar Green Solutions, Founder / CEO
Dr Femi-Idowu Adegoke
Dr Femi-Idowu Adegoke
Ecoviridis Technology limited, CEO

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

TOPIC: Circular Economy & Opportunities for Young Africans

During this Connect N Trek session we'll walk and talk about the circular economy, job opportunities, and local initiatives like the Lagos States Waste to Wealth initiative.  If you're interested in preserving the environment and sustainability or just curious about opportunities in emerging industries this Connect N Trek is for you.

CONNECT N TREK is refreshed by #AFRICANXT …  post-walk refreshments will be served in the Creators Hub

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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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#AFRICANXT 2023 LOADING....
Ngozi Odita
Ngozi Odita
AfricaNXT, Founder
Kene Nwe
Kene Nwe
AfricaNXT, Programme Lead

With hundreds of pitches submitted every year, landing a spot on the #AFRICANXT stage is never easy. Stop by The Creators Hub for a drop-in Info/Q+A session. Our Programming Lead, veteran Session Hosts, and #AFRICANXT Founder will be on hand to discuss how to craft a winning pitch, trends, future opportunities and what we will be looking for in 2023.


                                          This session is hosted by AfricaNXT 

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AFRICA TO THE WORLD: CREATING ANIMATION STORIES FOR A GLOBAL AUDIENCE
Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson
Zero Gravity Studios, Co-Founder, Creative Director
Dami Solesi
Dami Solesi
Smids Animation, Founder

Within the last couple of years a lot of attention has been on the continent of Africa from the global animation industry.

In 2018, a young Nigerian content creator won Cartoon Network’s Storylab competition with his story pitch - Garbage boy and Trashcan. Cartoon Network has since begun to develop the winning entry into what will become its first African superhero series.
Streaming giant; Netflix, announced its acquisition of its first African children's animation; Mama K's Team 4 in 2019.
The Annecy Animation Festival, the largest animation Festival in the world, decided to focus on the continent of Africa for its 2020 and 2021 editions while Disney announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Kugali a Pan-African entertainment company, to bring "Iwaju" a science fiction series to its Disney+ platform by 2022. They also announced an animated anthology series called Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire, with stories from several animation creators from across Africa (including Nigeria) presently in development and also set to premiere globally in 2022. To date, several African students have also received scholarships to study at one of the biggest animation institutions in the world; Gobelins l'ecole de l'image.

Needless to say, these are exciting times for African animation content creators and storytellers alike, as several opportunities for collaboration with some of the biggest studios in the world are now available. However, these opportunities do not seem immediately apparent to storytellers outside of certain circles as evidenced by the relatively low number of annual submissions to the competitions and platforms that present these opportunities.

We will discuss available opportunities and how storytellers and content creators can start to take advantage of them even if they have no prior animation experience. We will also look at how they can get their projects noticed by the right audiences with the aim of having more African stories told by Africans, for a global audience. This session will give practical insights and ideas on getting your work noticed internationally, from people who have created winning pitches while telling uniquely African stories.


                                 This session is hosted by Zero Gravity Studios 

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COMMUNITY CENTERED DEVELOPMENT: A CASE FOR COLLABORATION AND SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS
Alero Ayida-Otobo
Alero Ayida-Otobo
Incubator Africa / Project Ark Initiative, Founder / Chair
Jennifer Soba-Pearse
Jennifer Soba-Pearse
GiveBackNigeria, Founder
Tonye Cole
Tonye Cole
Sahara Group / MindSwap Initiative, Co-Founder / Visioner
Emmanuel Dania
Emmanuel Dania
Project Ark Initiative / AmourOG Oil and Gas, Board of Trustees / CEO
Tolulope Makinwa
Tolulope Makinwa
Tolulope Makinwa Initiative for Africans, Founder / CEO

Poverty is multidimensional, and both a root cause and a symptom of the cycle of underdevelopment on the African continent. As such, any proposed solution for eradicating the menace should be multi-sectoral and inclusive in every sense of the word.

We have an opportunity to create sustainable systems of development when the government, especially at the local level, and private organizations work together to engage the minds of local residents in generating ideas and solutions for problems that are specific to them. There is a gap between solutions and recipients that need to be addressed for progress to be sustained.

The Panel will discuss the merits and gaps of current poverty eradication efforts, highlighting the opportunities that true community-centred development provides, and discussing the frameworks for solutions that are multi-sectoral and inclusive in every sense of the word. The key focus of these opportunities will be the human resource with conversations on how they can be adequately inspired and equipped to become the solution providers for their own specific problems. The panel will also highlight methods and processes for engaging private financiers and the government for support, as they have experience and success in doing this.

We want the audience to leave with a different perspective on bringing development to vulnerable communities while shifting their ambitions from only personal advancement to collective and collaborative progress. They will learn how to see opportunities for communal development in the midst of challenges, while also understanding new methods of engaging the government, especially at the local level, understanding their roles and holding them accountable to community engagement and development.


                           This session is hosted by The Project Ark initiative

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INNOVATIVE REGULATION: HOW SOUND LAWS AND STRONG BUSINESS POLICIES CAN CREATE AND SUSTAIN INNOVATION IN AFRICA
Beverley Agbakoba-Onyejianya
Beverley Agbakoba-Onyejianya
Sports, Entertainment and Technology Practice (Olisa Agbakoba Legal), Head
Senator Ihenyen
Senator Ihenyen
Infusion Partners, Lead Partner
Nneka Ukay
Nneka Ukay
Innovation Support Network (ISN), Executive Secretary
Mitchell Aghatise
Mitchell Aghatise
Olaniwun Ajayi LP's Government Business Team, Legal Practitioner

Does regulation inhibit innovation and if so, by how much? Regulation is often mentioned as a barrier to innovation in various industries across the world. Issues such as delayed market entry, licensing fees, fiscal and monetary policy, government interference and so on are some frequently mentioned barriers. How then do we foster innovation in Africa (particularly Nigeria) and what role does the government have to play in this process?

Regulations are intended to improve the efficiency of the markets in delivering goods and services. There is a growing consensus that the quality of business regulation and the institutions that enforce it are major determinants of prosperity. Regulations that show a lack of understanding of the tech and innovation ecosystem will have a negative impact on innovation and the economy at large. Nigerian regulators have on several occasions opted for bans rather than regulating around innovative processes.

Our session at this year’s Africa NXT will bring together leading experts in the legal, policy, tech and business space to discuss how overregulation and regulatory uncertainty continues to cripple startup development and innovation in Nigeria and across the continent. Our expert panel will also advise how the startups/tech space can be better regulated to boost productivity and contribution to the economy.

Our major focus will be on how reforms by Governments can be a powerful stimulus to further innovation, growth and the emergence of a new set of business leaders.


                              This session is hosted by Olisa Agbakoba Legal 

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STARTUP FUNDING: CREATING AND GIVING A WINNING PITCH
Emmanuel Abara Benson
Emmanuel Abara Benson
Business Insider Africa, Editor
Michael Oluwole
Michael Oluwole
Touch and Pay Technologies Ltd, Co-Founder and CEO
Tunde Kara
Tunde Kara
Vendease Africa, CEO/Co-Founder
Dare Odumade
Dare Odumade
Chekkit Technologies Corp, Founder / CEO
Dr Ola Brown
Dr Ola Brown
Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company, Founder

While a great idea and a talented team are necessary to a successful startup, they are not sufficient. Learn what VCs look for in a startup and in a pitch, and learn what you need to do to create and give an investor pitch that will get your startup noticed and funded.

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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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CRISIS MITIGATION. A BLUEPRINT TO ANTICIPATE AND ADDRESS CRISIS COLLECTIVELY
Benazir Hilali
Benazir Hilali
Axle International, Co-founder, CEO
Nathaniel Jowitt
Nathaniel Jowitt
Axle International, COO

Over the last decade, sub-Saharan Africa has experienced the highest proportion of violent demonstrations globally, with civil unrest growing by almost ten times. Our traditional governance models are not adapted to contemporary challenges. However, the pandemic gave us a new sense of urgency in reflecting global strategies to tackle structural vulnerabilities and create a blueprint to anticipate and address crises collectively. 

Sharing insights from the field, this session will take a deep dive in to practical ways to mitigate crisis. In addition, contemporary and historical examples will be used as case studies to help understand the influence of media coverage in risk and crisis management.

The main takeaways of the session would be a better understanding of system-thinking approaches in risk assessments and preventative frameworks to help anticipate future crisis. The interrelations between risk drivers and the growing influence of various actor groups, including media, private and public sectors, international communities, citizens and marginalized groups, would also be explained to help shift narratives from a continent permanently at war with itself to one that can pioneer innovative approaches to governance.


                                  This session is hosted by Axle International

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MOVING FORWARD STEADILY: SOCIO-ECONOMIC SIGNIFICANCE OF DEPLOYMENT OF 5G SERVICES
Dr Omoniyi Ibietan
Dr Omoniyi Ibietan
Nigerian Communications Commission, Head, Online Media
Usman Aliyu
Usman Aliyu
Nigerian Communications Commission, Head, Space Services, Spectrum Administration Department
Babagana Digima
Babagana Digima
Nigeria Office for Developing the Indigenous Telecoms Sector, NODITS, Team Lead
Tony Ikemefuna
Tony Ikemefuna
Fixed Networks and Converged Services, Head

The deployment of 5G services in Nigeria has been approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria. What impact will 5G services have on society and industries? How can this technology be leveraged to achieve socio-economic benefits?

This discussion will bring together key stakeholders to discuss the significance of deploying 5G services in Nigeria and across Africa, particularly focusing on the derivable benefits of 5G services to individuals, businesses and the national economy. This panel will also address community concerns and misinformation on 5G technology and its impact on citizens and society.

This session will also provide insights into the Nigerian Communications Commission and federal governments process for engaging stakeholders through consultation, dissemination of information and an open vendor bidding process.

Ultimately attendees will leave this session:
[1] More informed on 5G technology,
[2] With a better understanding of how 5G service will be rolled out in Nigeria
[3] Knowledge of opportunities that can be harnessed to improve quality of life, businesses and the economy.  

              This session is hosted by Nigerian Communications Commission

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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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DISMANTLING COLONIAL STRUCTURES AMID AFRICA'S TECHNOLOGICAL GLOW UP
Shaina Pomerantz
Shaina Pomerantz
RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism, Executive Director
Caitlin Popp
Caitlin Popp
RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism, Director of Programming
Donna Maxey MEd
Donna Maxey MEd
Founder/Board President/Director Emeritus, RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism

It is no secret that Africa is the newest frontier for technology development and experiencing a bit of a global glow up. With an abundance of natural resources, the Continent continues to offer Western investors an abundance of opportunities. Through the pandemic, society has become dependent on technology in new and profound ways. Similarly, the global digital divide remains vast and polarizing. African nations are no exception to these disparities, and ultimately, will face challenges of discerning true investment from exploitation. While richly melinated people of the Continent do not experience a white supremacist problem like their Black sisters and brothers in the United States, Africa is still recovering from the effects of imperial colonialism and fighting against further exploitation from outside nations seeking her abundance.  

This workshop will take a deep dive to collectively explore the  consistent pattern of intersectional disenfranchisement that occurs along racial, gender, and socio-economic lines and experienced by black people globally.

Workshop facilitators will leverage their experience as a Black women-led organization based in the United States focusing specifically on building community relationships by using race and racism as a vehicle to engage people in conversation, and by extension, build community. Outside of the United States, gender and socio-economic disparities remain consistent; however, where racial lines are not dominant, there are still issues of classism, sexual orientation, religious and tribal affiliations that create barriers for collaboration and community building. Facilitators will discuss how much of this is deeply rooted in colonialism, and by extension, white supremacy.

The goal of this session is to offer tools that can help to dismantle colonialism and strengthen relationships among Black leaders in tech. While technology is part of our collective future and gives Black people throughout the diaspora a foothold into generational wealth, it is an extension of capitalism, a colonial system. While we can not single-handedly dismantle colonialism, we of the global majority can create and expand without imitating our colonizers.

                                      This session is hosted by RACE TALKS

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HOW TO WORK REMOTELY AND NOT GET FIRED
Joy Kika
Joy Kika
ContentCocoon, Marketing and Communications Lead

'How To Work Remotely and Not Get Fired' is a timely and down-to-earth book with sprinkles of humour and loads of strategies for freelancers and remote workers looking to do excellent jobs while living their best life. It explores Myths and Stereotypes, Mental Health, Work-life balance strategies, as well as accountability worksheets.

Sharing excerpts from the book, attendees and the author will explore and discuss best practices around productivity, work-life balance, and mental health as it relates to working from Home.

This session will help guide people who are already working remotely or seeking to work remotely and to do so in a way that is beneficial to the organization while still staying true to themselves.

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THE DESIGN SCIENCE OF EVERYTHING MADE: CHANNELING CREATIVITY, EXECUTING POWERFUL IDEAS
Olalekan Akinyele
Olalekan Akinyele
7even Interactive / Xaine Ingenius, Creative Director / Design & Innovations Director

Many young African creatives, craftsmen, designers, makers, and entrepreneurs often make products by Africanising existing foreign ideas which are executed without a thorough design process and a blueprint. This makes it difficult to create disruptive innovations to develop Africa and improve the quality of lives within it at scale.

This masterclass will offer insights, as well as practical and applicable steps on how design principles and thorough design thinking processes can be applied to ideas. We'll explore strategies and methodologies to help bring out the best of creativity, ingenuity, and disruption; creating better opportunities and fostering economic growth.

I will explore the role of design, design thinking, and technology in the execution of powerful ideas that have shaped the world and also developed most countries that young Africans are migrating to.
 
I will be sharing some case studies, local and global best practices that will empower attendees and provide a roadmap for how they can channel their creativity, using design to solve problems within Africa, make living out of it, and develop Africa ultimately.


                                      This session is hosted by Xaine Ingenius 

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LEVERAGING TECH TO SUPPORT DYSLEXICS & OTHERS WHO ARE NEURO-DIVERSE IN THEIR EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY
Anita Nchat Kevin
Anita Nchat Kevin
Amina Dyslexia Center, Founder

Dyslexia is a neurological condition, that according to the Yale Dyslexia and Creativity Center, puts 1 in every 5 children at risk of becoming illiterate. Furthermore, research from the Amina Dyslexia Center found that 98% of teachers in Northern Nigeria are unaware of this condition and its impact on learning. Statistics such as these make apparent the importance of developing new approaches to ensure children with dyslexia in Nigeria and across Africa are engaged and provided the necessary support systems to ensure the success of their educational journey. Technology has an important role to play in this regard.

Our panel will offer insights on how to identify dyslexia and ways parents and teachers can bridge the learning gap for their children who have the condition, in order for them to conquer this
difficulty and gain access to quality education. We will explore the role of parents, teachers, civil society organizations, and government agencies in creating awareness about dyslexia and other neurodiverse conditions. With a focus on technology, our panelists will also outline opportunities for collaboration, where stakeholders can work together to create an enabling environment, where children who have dyslexia can thrive and use their unique creativity to solve personal and community challenges.

We will close out our discussion by sharing best practices and providing a tech toolkit to help struggling readers. Outlining ways to leverage key technology solutions; specifically audiobooks, speech-to-text and text-to-speech apps, extensions that customize user’s web browsing experience, and study skills apps.

Attendees will leave informed, empowered and better positioned to work collectively to ensure the success of all children with dyslexia.

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AFRICAN STORYTELLING THROUGH THE GAMING EXPERIENCE
Ovie Paul-Ejukorlem
Ovie Paul-Ejukorlem
Animation Nigeria, Trustee
Hugo Obi
Hugo Obi
Maliyo Games, Founder
Arome Ibrahim
Arome Ibrahim
Experis Immersive, Virtual Tour Pro & 360°VR Developer
David Olamide
David Olamide
Dimension11 Games, Co Founder & Gameplay Engineer

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 

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DESIGN INCLUSIVITY AND MATURITY: PUSHING PIXELS TO SELL YOUR THINKING
Anakhuagbor Sule
Anakhuagbor Sule
The Awesome Brief, Design Thinker and Art director
Oluwajoba Oloba
Oluwajoba Oloba
The Nest Hub Nigeria, Co founder
Oti Ukubeyinje
Oti Ukubeyinje
VP Product Marketing
Ized Uanikhehi
Ized Uanikhehi
Loose Media, Chief Executive Officer
Victor Fatanmi
Victor Fatanmi
FourthCanvas, Managing Partner

Many African Businesses/organizations see and use the visual capabilities of designers but are unaware of how to tap into the power of design and how designers can apply these principles in helping solve business problems. This often results in designers being unable to effect real change in the system either as individuals or as a collective.

Our panel will offer insights on design thinking and design maturity, and how design-based solutions can be used to create solutions to African problems both in the corporate space & society. It will also highlight why African designers need to move from a mindset of “pushing pixels” to “selling thinking”, and explore how designers & companies can harness these tools for strategic solutions.

This conversation is not just for designers, but all stakeholders in the creative and corporate spaces (CEOs, digital marketers, creatives e.t.c.). Our panel members are diverse and bring unique perspectives which should spark further conversation and hopefully inspire an Africa where design thinking is applied in boardrooms & designers are leading the conversation.


                                  This session is hosted by The Awesome Brief

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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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HUMAN RIGHTS IN MENTAL HEALTH POLICY, LAW & PRACTICE
Hauwa Ojeifo
Hauwa Ojeifo
She Writes Woman Mental Health Initiative, Executive Director / Human Rights Watch Marca Bristo Fellow
Faiz M. Aliyu
Faiz M. Aliyu
She Writes Woman Mental Health Initiative, COO

This session wishes to address the challenges of abuse, violence and stigma of people with mental health conditions and the broader stereotypes faced in accessing mental healthcare in Nigeria. Looking at Nigeria's current laws and policies affecting mental health, we look at the opportunity of "Nothing About Us Without Us" - the mantra of the global disabilities movement.

How can we begin to ensure that people with lived experience lead, champion, consult and reclaim their space on issues that affect them? How can we leverage the psychosocial model of disability to advocate for systemic changes in mental health in Nigeria?

We will learn the human rights approach to mental health, what Nigeria is lacking and how we can bridge the gap to ensure the fundamental freedoms of all people including people with mental health conditions.


          This session is hosted by She Writes Woman Mental Health Initiative

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THE UTILITY OF BLACK TECH MEDIA ACROSS THE DIASPORA
Sherrell Dorsey
Sherrell Dorsey
The Plug, Founder and CEO
Tomiwa Aladekomo
Tomiwa Aladekomo
Big Cabal Media, CEO

A fireside chat on Black media’s role in covering tech movements, investments, and smart insights across the diaspora. We’ll share how coverage has evolved, why journalism in these spaces is critical for competing for business intelligence across the technology landscape, and predictions for 2022.


                                                THIS IS A VIRTUAL SESSION 

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ANIMATE NOW!
Somtochukwu Onubogu
Somtochukwu Onubogu
Schucks Media, CEO/Creative Director

The global animation industry is a multi-million dollar industry and is fast growing. We are seeing an upsurge in the demand for true authentic African stories and this has created great opportunities for us to tell our own stories ourselves through the medium of animation. While Nigeria is the creative content hub for Africa, our animation industry is still at its infancy and we have few animators.

This training is part of an effort to increase the number of animators we have on the African continent. With this training, we will familiarize trainees with Adobe After Effects which is an industry-standard software that is used for animation. The trainees will be walked through how to create and animate a simple animated character. With this, I will show the trainees that animation can be fun and rewarding. Animation is a beautiful medium for telling stories and passing information. There are great opportunities for employment and creative expression that is yet to be tapped and that is why I would like as many as possible to Animate Now.


                                This session is hosted by Schucks Media 

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ENGAGING YOUNG PEOPLE IN OPEN GOVERNMENT
Ikanna Okim
Ikanna Okim
Teennation INC, Advisory Board Member
Gideon Edem
Gideon Edem
Paul Usoro & Co, Graduate Trainee
Emediong Akpabio
Emediong Akpabio
FII Geneva, Africa Regional Coordinator
Vanessa Kelechi
Vanessa Kelechi
Chartered arbitrator and frontend developer
David Etido
David Etido
Lawyer/Good Governance Advocate

Youth in Africa are isolated and underrepresented in governance across the continent. This is often the case in most parts of the world, but the ratio of under-representation of youth in Africa is alarmingly high. They are left out from key decision making processes. In many cases, the younger generation is more knowledgeable, equipped, and prepared to address the fast-moving issues of today than the establishment leadership.

With 60 percent of its 1.25 billion people under the age of 25 years old, Africa has the youngest population in the world. But this young majority is not being represented in government. This fundamental disconnect between policymakers and youth amplifies problems and causes African society in general to digress and feel dated.

The cries for change from Africa’s youth have mostly been ignored. Policymakers pay lip service to the issue, but rarely do anything to correct it. There is no awareness of youth inclusion in the electoral or administrative process. Sadly, this leaves us with old leadership and institutions that are unable to take any meaningful action to address the issues most relevant to young people. If instead governments focused on inclusion, the youth could have tremendous potential to positively effect change and economic growth.

This session focuses on; Senior leadership, the aspirations of the youth,  cultural invasion and, imperialist influence.

Youth are the most important human capital of any economy. Not only are they agile, adaptable, and receptive, but the modern youth also understand employment in the millennial age. They are tuned in to opportunities of the gig economy, constantly aware of and ready to seize upon the newest and latest trends.


                                  This session is hosted by Teennation

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ONE MARKET: OPPORTUNITIES. PROSPERITY.
Rotimi Olawale Opeyemi
Rotimi Olawale Opeyemi
JRFarms Africa, CEO/Founder
Rotimi Olawale
Rotimi Olawale
YouthHubAfrica, Founder
Wemimo Adewuni
Wemimo Adewuni
Media Founder, Trainer and Consultant
'Tola Onayemi
'Tola Onayemi
Norebase, Chief Executive Officer
Oremeyi Akah
Oremeyi Akah
Interswitch, Chief Customer Success Officer

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.


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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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EMPOWERMENT + INCLUSION: THE ROLE OF WOMEN AS STAKEHOLDERS IN A POST COVID ECONOMY
Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti
Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti
Herconomy, Founder
Tosin Olaseinde
Tosin Olaseinde
Money Africa, Founder
Tomie Balogun
Tomie Balogun
Twelve, Founder
Dr Noimot Abisola Balogun
Dr Noimot Abisola Balogun
Linka.NG, Founder

According to a report by Mckinsey Global Institute, progress towards gender equality has stalled, and Africa’s women lag behind their sisters in most other regions in most areas of their life. For Africa to reach its targeted potential women need to be empowered as the challenges being faced by the continent are likely to be reduced when women play an identical role in the labour market like their male counterparts.

Progress can be made but it has to be a deliberate effort from institutions, individuals, and government bodies combined, our panel session will focus on the role institutions can play to empower women, how individuals women could leverage technology, and institutional objectives to empower women of this generation and the next, and also how institutions can support through policies and laws.

In addition, we will review real-life case studies where there have been deliberate efforts towards empowering women, what have been the challenges, and the resultant outcome.  Finally, we will also be sharing relevant industry knowledge on how women could get stakeholders involved in causes that empower women.


                                          This session is hosted by Herconomy  

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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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PRACTICAL AI SYSTEMS & DATA INTEGRATION FOR BUSINESSES - NEW APPROACHES TO SCALING
Tolulade Ademisoye
Tolulade Ademisoye
Reispar Technologies, Founder & CEO
Uchechukwu Mpamah
Uchechukwu Mpamah
Enterprise Technology Consultant

For a decade, businesses in Nigeria have struggled with a pragmatic approach towards implementing cutting edge technologies such as; Artificial Intelligence & Analytics in their daily operations.
 
This masterclass will offer bankable insights on how businesses in the region can scale their day to day operations using simplified analytics and swift deployment of AI.
 
To balance innovation with basic human values, we will propose some recommendations for moving Africa forward with AI which include; improving data access, open-source data systems, increasing government investment in AI, among others. We'll also touch upon taking bias seriously as an AI issue, human control and oversight maintenance mechanisms, penalizing fraudulent acts and promoting cybersecurity.


                       This session is hosted by Reispar Technologies

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BREAK THE BIAS: HOW SOCIAL MEDIA CAN BUILD THE NEXT GENERATION OF AFRICAN POWER GIRLS
Adebola Williams
Adebola Williams
RED | For Africa, Group CEO
Funke Akindele
Funke Akindele
Producer & Actress
Comfort Lamptey
Comfort Lamptey
Representative, UN Women to Nigeria and ECOWAS

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

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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 POWER OF COLLABORATION & TECHNOLOGY TO BRIDGE THE EDUCATION GAP
Nonso Clark
Nonso Clark
Song of Africa, Executive Director
Oluwakemi Odedeyi
Oluwakemi Odedeyi
Bunmi Adedayo Foundation, Executive Director
Eyitayo Ogunmola
Eyitayo Ogunmola
Utiva, CEO
Femi Martins
Femi Martins
Impact Base Consulting, Founder
Oluleye Opeyemi
Oluleye Opeyemi
Geitwei Communications, CEO

In a report by the World Bank and UNESCO’s Institute of Statistics “Learning Poverty” is measured by the number of 10-year old children who cannot read and understand a simple story by the end of primary school. In low- and middle-income countries “learning poverty” stands at 53%, while for the poorest countries, this is 80% on average.

Our discussion will focus on how we collaboratively can develop approaches to address "Learning Poverty." Panelist will discuss the challenges and opportunities of creating scalable, affordable digital learning environments and also provide insights on effective digital learning tools that solve real-world problems.

We will explore the strategies that ensure we take advantage of the right collaborations so as to close the digital divides in Education and leverage the power of technology to accelerate learning, reduce learning poverty, and support skills development

We also plan to provide insights into the role of public, private, youth partnerships in driving innovation in education for the next generation to ensure we build a more resilient and equitable future

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REBRANDING TO BECOME THE NEXT GLOBAL BRANDS FROM THE AFRICAN TECH ECOSYSTEM
Victor Fatanmi
Victor Fatanmi
FourthCanvas, Managing Partner
Opeyemi Olugbemiro
Opeyemi Olugbemiro
FourthCanvas, Partner, Communications & Strategy

Rebranding: From Start To Becoming The Next Global Brand
The startup world anywhere across the globe has always focused laser-like on the solutions themselves. Whether you are trying to remove the barriers of transactions or simplifying public transport, founders have always cared solely to directly solve these problems while trusting that sustains the "brand". As startups become scale-ups, they eventually see the need to be intentional about how they present their imaging and storytelling, while building on the layer of great service.

in this masterclass, we will discuss the importance of branding and how to successfully rebrand. We will take a deep dive into storytelling and also look at successful rebranding efforts as case studies.

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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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RETHINKING YOUR ROAD TO MARKET : TOWARDS YOUR NEXT THOUSAND USERS
Emmanuel Emordi
Emmanuel Emordi
Hifive.ng, Chief Marketing Officer
Owo Anietie
Owo Anietie
Afrodroids, Founder

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.

Takeaways
[1] Share new approaches and work with attendees to develop an action plan to secure and retain their next 1,000 users.
[2] Participants will leave the session empowered and eager to deploy learned systems for better business results.


                         This is Session is Hosted by Hifive.ng

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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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DISCOVERING, EXPERIENCING AND LOVING YOUR CITY
Adebayo Adenekan
Adebayo Adenekan
Lost In Lagos, Head Admin and Finance
Uzoamaka Umeh
Uzoamaka Umeh
El Padrino Restaurants Limited, Founder
Taiwo Kamson
Taiwo Kamson
Foodie in Lagos, Founder
Edache Obe
Edache Obe
CEO/Founder, Dacheo Media And Branding

This session will cover a conversation around the business and consumer relationship journey, the bottlenecks and how Lost in a City is positioning itself as a platform provider to her bridge this gap and make the process seamless. e.g
For businesses a proper customer acquisition and customer service appreciation solution and for consumers a better customer experience journey. 


                            Session is Hosted by LOST IN LAGOS

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