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Monday, February 26

10:30am WAT

OOTD Disrupt
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The influence of fashion and style in our lives can no longer be ignored. Fashion is big business around the world. Star actress Rita Dominic leads a panel of accomplished celebrities, fashion stylists and influencers in OOTD Disrupt to discuss all things fashion and the impact it has had on their varying careers. Get inspired as they share their fashion journey and the relevance of fashion and style.

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Maryanne Alabi

Fashion consultant and stylist, MaryanneAlabi nigeria
Maryanne Alabi is a fashion consultant, stylist, blogger and accessory designer. A fierce lover of everything fashionable, Creative director at mayreejay.com. Her portfolio boasts of clienteles and projects in the fashion, music and lifestyle industry both homegrown and internati... Read More →
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Rhoda Ebun

Lead Consultant, RTFCOMPANY
I am a Fashion & Style Consultant. My work experience has spanned styling for notable TV channels & production, Media Personalities & most importantly working with fashion brands to build the brand with focus on design, aesthetic, niché, PR & visibility.
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Denrele Edun

Award Winning Media Personality, DENRELE EDUN
Denrele Edun is an eccentric award winning television host. He is the co-host LipSync Battle and host The Boot. He has won 65 awards and is still counting. His work has been recognized with awards including The Best TV Personality at the NEAs in NewYork 2011, Dynamix Award for Best... Read More →
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Jane Michael Ekanem

Fashion Entrepreneur, Jane Michael
Jane Michael Ekanem is a celebrity fashion stylist, designer and fashion entrepreneur. Also the Dean of the School of Styling Lagos; with a capacity for unraveling fashion - related problems. With over 9 years of fashion enterprising, her expertise spans styling for music videos... Read More →
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Angel Obasi

Style Influencer, Style Connaisseur
With a degree in Communication, self expression has always come to me with ease. Although I currently work in Real Estate; Fashion, interior design, architecture, lifestyle and social media are my key interestsPeople can talk to me about:- Building your personal style- Dressing the... Read More →
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Mildred Okwo

Film Director / Producer, The Audrey Silva Company
Mildred Okwo is a Nigerian film Director and Producer whose films have been nominated and won several prestigious awards in Africa including AMVCA, AMAA, NMA and "Publix du Prix" at Nollywood Paris. A former Los Angeles litigation lawyer, her film "The Meeting" was one of the top... Read More →

Monday February 26, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am WAT
Experience Stage

12:00pm WAT

African Innovation: Disrupting From Within
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The innovation narrative in Africa has moved from innovating out of necessity to finding African-solutions-to-African-problems to innovation from Africa to the world. How do we ensure that innovative start-ups in Africa meet the needs of Africans? When it comes to disruption in Africa, one size fits none. Models can’t necessarily be lifted directly from Europe or America and implemented in Africa. They can't even be lifted from one African country and replicated in another. In line with this year's SMW theme 'Closer', African Innovation: Disrupting From Within is a panel session aimed at providing in-depth look at how African innovation develops in context and consideration of our local dynamics. We will explore the mindsets, partnerships, models and interests that underpin this idea . 

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'Yemi Adamolekun

Executive Director, EIE NIGERIA
‘Yemi currently serves on the board of Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE), a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to building a culture of good governance & public accountability in Nigeria through active citizenship. She is also the Secretary to EiE’s Board.EiE has... Read More →
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Tolulope Adeleru-Balogun

Radio/Tv Host/Media Consultant, Media Consultancy
I have over twelve years’ experience in broadcast journalism. I've hosted political television and radio shows for over ten years, bringing a distinct flair and presentation style. During my successful 7-year run on radio, my show was one of the top 5 shows in Lagos. This was no... Read More →
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Ayobami Aranmolate

Grandville Medical & Laser, GRANDVILLE MEDICAL AND LASER
Dr Aranmolate Ayobami is a Plastic Surgoen and working with Grandville Medical and Laser.He had his undergraduate training in College of Medicine,University of Lagos.He also had training in many countries around the world.He is a fellow of the West Africa College of Surgeon,Plastic... Read More →
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Deji Oguntonade

Mr. Adedeji Oguntonade, also known as Deji, has been Head of FinTech & Innovation at Guaranty Trust Bank Plc since January 10, 2017 and its Deputy General Manager since September 1, 2015. Mr. Oguntonade serves as Divisional Head of Information Technology at FinBank Plc. Mr. Oguntonade... Read More →
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Modupe Adefeso Olateju

Modupe (Mo) Adefeso-Olateju is Managing Director of The Education Partnership Centre (TEP Centre) and a policy expert specialising in public-private partnerships in education. She leads workstreams on a range of education sector support initiatives funded or assisted by international... Read More →
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Eunice Showunmi-Adeyemi

Managing Partner, Q21 SOLUTIONS LTD
Eunice has devoted her considerable competences to building a corporate focused experiential marketing support organization: Q21 Solutions which provides event management and experiential marketing support services to Corporate Nigeria. Q21 has successfully executed several major... Read More →

Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm WAT
Experience Stage

12:00pm WAT

Banking the Unbanked: Lessons from Informal Financial Services
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Many people continue to use informal financial services even as they increase use of formal services. What lessons do robust forms of informal services have for formal service providers?

According to the Central Bank of Nigeria, about 46.3% of the Nigerian adult population are excluded from financial services. This could be due to several reasons including low trust level, poor understanding of the banking system, low financial literacy level, poor financial power, inflexible bank policies, low financial technology penetration level, and a lack of tailored services to meet the needs of financially excluded adults. Due to the foregoing, financial services in developing countries like Nigeria are missing out on a big chunk of money in the economy. It is, therefore, expedient that financial services start thinking about methods, technology, and strategies for financial inclusion.

The global pursuit of financial inclusion as a vehicle for economic development had a positive effect in Nigeria as the exclusion rate reduced from 53.0 % in 2008 to 46.3 % in 2010. In 2012, the Central Bank of Nigeria launched the National Financial Inclusion Strategy with a target of reducing the exclusion rate to 20% by 2020. At the same time, adult population with access to payment services would increase to 70%.
Financial inclusion aims to grant individuals, households and businesses, irrespective of income level, access to appropriate and affordable financial services products. Financial inclusion is a key enabler to reducing poverty and boosting prosperity. Financial education is crucial to the future and stability of the financial system, to increase financial inclusion.

For this panel discussion; key questions to be discussed are:
  1. How can more opportunities be created for people to save and borrow in developing economies How can financial service providers increase the number of people using the bank? 
  2. Can banks provide financial services to people with low literacy level?
  3. How can financial service providers customise their products to overcome challenges faced in banking the previously unbanked adult population in Nigeria?
  4. What expertise and innovation can Microfinance banks, commercial banks, FinTech industries, and policy makers offer to reach the over 50 million unbanked Nigerians.
  5. How do we measure success in financial inclusion?

Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm WAT
Floor 3

12:00pm WAT

Staying Profitable In The Time Of Aggregators
Limited Capacity seats available

Staying Profitable In The Time Of Aggregators is a dynamic panel discussion lead by the Guardian.ng on how news platforms can stay financially relevant in the days of the platform business model.
  • Learn how to maximize returns on your original content 
  • Learn how to categorize aggregators
  • Learn how to profit!

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Bayo Adekanmbi

Chief Transformation Officer, MTN Nigeria
Bayo Adekanmbi is an award-winning business executive who combines 17 years of cognate industry experience in Strategy, Marketing and Analytics from two largest economies in Africa (Nigeria and South Africa).He is a hands-on Data scientist validated by Kaggle.com and in the Top 1... Read More →
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Kola Akintola

Adops, Guardian Nigeria
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Remi Dada

CEO/Founder, Spacefinish
Remi Dada is the founder and CEO of Spacefinish. Before starting Spacefinish he worked at Google as the Product Marketing lead for Sub-Sahara Africa, where he worked closely with engineering teams to develop new products for the region and grow usage of existing ones such as Search... Read More →
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Damilola Layode

Head of partnerships, Ringier Africa Digital Publishing
Damy Layode is a content solutions expert with a career that has spanned various segments of the media space. He has worked in PR, Brand Comms, Marketing Comms, Entertainment, and also as a Writer/Journalist. He currently heads the Partnership team for Nigeria at Ringier Africa Digital... Read More →
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Felicia Otolorin

Business Development Manager, Google - West Africa
Felicia Otolorin has over 10 years of professional experience spanning across the UK and Nigeria. As a Business Development Manager at Google West-Africa, she supports business growth and economic impact by helping corporations leverage the power of digital marketing.Felicia gained... Read More →

Monday February 26, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm WAT
Innovation Stage

1:30pm WAT

Bringing Lagos 'Closer' Through Social Media Inspired Community Journalism
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Bringing Lagos 'Closer' Through Social Media Inspired Community Journalism presents an excellent opportunity to highlight the role of community journalism in fostering community cohesion, and improvements in overall governance, especially against the backdrop of the growth and capabilities of social and digital media in Nigeria.

Over the years, there has been a steady decline in community journalism with relatively little or no investment in the sector. Yet, today’s mainstream journalism can be traced to the launch of community newspapers, especially, the first newspaper to be published in Nigeria in 1859 titled ‘Iwe Iroyin Fun Awon Ara Egba Ati Yoruba’.

Interestingly, we are witnessing a reversal. We are now seeing individuals, groups and organisations showing keen interest in community journalism, and the sector is re-emerging. This has been further boosted by the Lagos State Government’s declaration of support for community media to provide access to information, resources persons and advertising. In recent years community journalism has made an impact by attracting government attention to important community issues.  The goal of this session is to create community connections with the tech ecosystem to better collaborate, educate, inform, and opens the minds of people to the power of media to create change.

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Adedayo Akintobi

Adedayo Akintobi studied Business Administration at the California State University, Los Angeles. A lifelong devotee of writing and language, he parlayed his passion into a career in journalism, focusing on community reporting.He established Today Community Newspapers in 2012, an... Read More →
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Odion Aleobua

CEO, Modion Communications
I am a communications strategist, passionate about creating change and breaking new grounds. Founder, Modion Communications (an integrated PR firm) and InsideMainland.com - an online community media platform, dedicated to reporting goings-on in Lagos Mainland - the city's host to... Read More →
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Kehinde Bamigbetan

Commissioner For Information & Strategy, LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT
Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan is a Principal Officer of the Lagos State Government and the Commissioner for Information and Strategy. He holds a Bachelor’s in History & Political Science from the Obafemi Awolowo University and a Master’s in Political Science from the University of Lagos.His... Read More →
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Tosyn Bucknor

Digital Editor, KWESE AFRICA
Tosyn Bucknor, also known as ‘The Voice of Lagos’, is a multi-talented Content Creator, Digital Editor, Podcaster, Radio Host, Singer-Songwriter, TV Host and Youtuber covering Fashion, Lifestyle, Music, Pop Culture, Sports and Travel, all with a Girl-Next-Door approach.This quality... Read More →
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Funke Treasure - Durodola

Assistant Director Programmes, RADIO NIGERIA (FRCN)
Funke-Treasure Durodola is a broadcast journalist, trainer, speech and leadership coach. Since her appointment as General Manager of Radio One 103. 5FM in 2014, she has restructured and introduced interesting programmes that have transformed and accelerated Radio One as one of the... Read More →
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Taiwo Obe

Taiwo Obe, a veteran journalist and author, is the founder and director of The Journalism Clinic, an initiative targeted at raising and nurturing a new generation of first-rate journalists in Nigeria.He is also the Chief Ideas Officer of TaijoWonuKabe, a brand at the cutting edge... Read More →

Monday February 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm WAT
Floor 3

1:30pm WAT

Media Power: How To Effect Change With The Content We Produce
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This session is for content producers - digital and traditional - and media entrepreneurs who are interested in making an impact and not just money.

Join top notch panelist curated by The Guardian.ng as they discuss the power of media to effect change.

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Lolade Nwanze

Head Of Operations, Guardian Digital, Guardian Newspaper
All about media and meaningful collaborations.
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Christine Nze

Head of Projects and Partnerships, Guardian Newspapers Limited
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Kemi Lala Akindoju

CEO, Make It Happen Productions
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Femi Bakre

Founder, CEO, Kraks Tv
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Marcel Mbamalu

News Editor, Guardian.ng
Mr. Marcel Mbamalu is the News Editor of The Guardian, the Flagshipnof the Nigerian print media. He is Bloomberg-certified Data and Financial journalist. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Lagos and a Bachelor of Arts... Read More →

Monday February 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm WAT
Innovation Stage

3:00pm WAT

Inspired for Future Generations: How Music & Edutainment Can Unlock Africa’s Potential
Limited Capacity seats available

We have a passion to drive education through music and edutainment with our brands. Viacom International Media Networks Africa through its brand diversity and pop culture works to equally drive the proponent of education. Across the youth spectrum we are focused on developing an increase in local talent and education while creating a love for music, culture, creativity and authenticity.

Join us for Inspired for Future Generations a panel of enlightening discussions on How Music & Edutainment Can Unlock Africa’s Potential.

Panelist will explore:
  • How the digital era can empower the youth to learn. VIMN Africa speaker Bada Akintunde Johnson will share examples  of how we have achieved this from Nickelodeon and MTV SHUGA.
  • Shifting the stereotypes of the African continent to how we are creating opportunities. Statistics on continent and education/technology. 50% of total population growth between 2017 – 2050 is expected to come from Africa. This population is very young with 41% under the age of 15. Music and edutainment offer an important platform for social engagement.
  • Impact of technology: Almost a billion mobile phones in operation in Africa currently. Media plays an active role in edutainment, filling the gap of education.

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Folu Storms

Actor & Producer
Ada Afoluwake Ogunkeye is the actor, voice-over artist, Producer, radio & television host and explorer also known as Folu Storms. I am passionate about travel, telling & sharing stories and finding better ways for people and brands to connect.

Monday February 26, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm WAT
Innovation Stage

3:00pm WAT

PR & Branding: Challenging Africa’s So Called ‘Shithole’ Narrative
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PR & Branding: Challenging Africa’s So Called ‘Shithole’ Narrative is an all star panel that brings together a cross section of top PR and Communications professionals from Europe, US and Nigeria. Ranging from journalists to PR executives, the panel will discuss reputation management, global perceptions and the role of communications to advance the development of the African continent.

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Nkechi Ali-Balogun

At the helm of affairs of NECCI Limited is the Principal Consultant/CEO, Nkechi Ali-Balogun a multi-talented industry veteran with over 20 years of experience on both the client and services side of Public Relations and Training consultancy. She provides solutions to managerial problems... Read More →
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Claudine Moore

Founder and MD, C Moore Media
Claudine Moore is an international award-winning PR and communications executive and board member of Social Media Week, Lagos. Claudine’s career spans over 15 years of working with brands including Hill & Knowlton Strategies, Coca-Cola, HSBC, Johnson & Johnson, Louis Vuitton and... Read More →
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Charles O'Tudor

Principal Consultant, ADSTRAT
Africa’s Global BrandINNOVENTOR.Thinker.Strategist.
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JJ. Omojuwa

Public Speaker / Blogger, Omojuwa.com
I am interested in conversations around Governance | Politics | Policies | Digital Media | Culture | Africans x Nigerians

Monday February 26, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm WAT
Experience Stage

3:30pm WAT

Africans, The World's New SuperHeros
Limited Capacity seats available

Africans, The World's New SuperHeros  is panel celebrating the growth of various industries in Lagos Nigeria, also giving a platform for intellectual exchange and insight with pioneers, innovators and trail blazers across multiple industries. Panelist will give insight on how they have used social media and engagement to drive their careers and bring people closer, and how they navigate through the positive and negative side of social interaction in the digital age.

Sit back, listen, learn, engage and be inspired.

Monday February 26, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm WAT
  Panel, Africa NXT

4:30pm WAT

Digital Reputation: How To Build And Protect Your Reputation And Brand
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We live in a search-happy world. If you’ve spoken to a client recently, networked, or went in for an interview, you should absolutely assume you’re being Googled. Somewhere, someone is typing your name into that search box and making a judgment based on what they find.

Your reputation and identity in the online marketplace can make or break your personal brand or business. Whether the information is true or false, who you are in the online community has become reality in the business world. Digital Reputation: How To Build And Protect Your Reputation And Brand is a panel designed for entrepreneurs, CEOs and senior level professionals interested in building their personal brand while protecting their online reputation.

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Idagu David

Lead Strategist, DISRUPT
Idagu, David Goldfinger is a media entrepreneur and communication consultant, helping brands and individuals clarify their message and get it out through the right channels and strategies. He has expertise in corporate communication, brand strategy, marketing and digital strategyHe... Read More →

Monday February 26, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm WAT
Floor 3

4:30pm WAT

Evolution of Native Advertising - Brand Storytelling
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, we examine the emergence of native advertising trends and their effectiveness in communicating a brand's message across to the target audience. Using the #Pulse36 campaign as a case study, we explore the various elements that make for an effective native advertising campaign.

  • Pointers on quality content from the brand’s perspective.
  • Tips on content presentation and a well thought-out distribution strategy.
  • Elements/features of compelling content including content direction, format, length, Demographic and targeting etc.

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Folahan Abudu

Digital Strategist (Online Marketing, Digital Commerce & Digital Payments), DIAGEO
I’m a digital enthusiast with a passion for growing strong formidable brand with 7 years experience in digital transformation across diverse industries.Prior to being at diageo as a digital manager, I worked at fidelity bank as a digital payment product manager, UBA group as an... Read More →
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Segun Adekoye

Team Lead, Social Media, ACCESS BANK PLC
Started my professional career at Zenith Bank PLC in the marketing department. Harnessed my business development skills as a client services executive, strategy and business development officer in the media and advertising industry.I have extensive knowledge and experience as a digital... Read More →
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Tunde Kara

Head, Play Studio (Africa) || Country Head Sales & Digital Strategy (Nigeria), RINGIER AFRICA
Tunde is passionate about Marketing communications, Sales and Brands;He currently heads Ringier's PlayStudio, for the African market (currently Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya).Play Studio is a Creative Content Production agency that works with brands on content based - story driven campaigns... Read More →
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Dami Khadijah

Brand & Marketing Lead/Brand & Content Strategist, TEDXEUSTON & EX BBC WORLDWIDE
Dami Khadijah is a marketeer, brand builder and visual storyteller with experience working at BBC Worldwide, TEDxEuston and European Bank of Reconstruction and Development. Having worked with BBC StoryWorks which is the BBC’s global creative content division, part of BBC Advertising... Read More →
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Opeyemi Lawal

Senior Manager Digital, Media & Brand Sponsorships, AIRTEL NIGERIA
Goal oriented and insights driven marketing specialist with strengths in brand management, digital marketing, media strategy and communications. With my strong analytic, evaluation and projection skills, i am excited by change and constant ability to do better.My interests include... Read More →

Monday February 26, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm WAT
Innovation Stage

5:00pm WAT

Comic Connect Africa : Let's Talk
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Comic Connect Let's Talk explores the Comic Book and Animation Industry in Nigeria, ways to generate revenue from a Global Audience, how to harness art skills in Nigeria, how to improve skills and aid ease of publishing . This session will also explore tools that can be used to drive great quality art out of Africa.

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Niyi Akinmolayan

Niyi Akinmolayan is an acclaimed film director and media consultant. He is the creative director of Anthill Productions, one of the biggest growing motion picture and animation production and postproduction studios in Nigeria.Niyi Akinmolayan is the director of the most successful... Read More →
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Ibrahim Ganiyu

Ibrahim Adeola Ganiyu, (AKA SirGAI), is a Brand communications expert, Creative entrepreneur and a Creative Solutions Provider. Graphic designer by Education, Illustrator and comic artist by choice, Animator by design and an all-round Creative business person .He is a graphic design... Read More →
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Jide Martin

Jide is the CEO of Comic Republic, a Comic Book Start-up that is shaping the reputation narrative of Africa using quality art and stories in the form of Comic Books. In 2018, he was identified by a United Nations program headquartered in New York that provides humanitarian and developmental... Read More →
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Adaora Mbelu-Dania

Adaora is currently Head Of Innovation at A2 Creative - a Trellis Company. She has a passion for innovation and a belief in the power of creativity to achieve extraordinary business results.Her experience spans across various industries, where she has gathered priceless experiences... Read More →
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Tokini Peterside

Founder & Director, ART X LAGOS
Tokini Peterside is the Founder and Director of ART X Lagos, West Africa’s first international contemporary art fair, which debuted in 2016. She created ART X Lagos to widen Nigeria’s connection to the contemporary art scene in Africa and internationally, to contribute to the... Read More →

Monday February 26, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm WAT

6:00pm WAT

The Future Of Work
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As digital disruption continues to change business operating models, the workplace and work itself continues to evolve. With a changing business landscape, new challenges emerge, and as a result, many organisations are rewriting the rules. With new rules, organizations and employeer require new capabilities to forge ahead; a paradigm shift that embraces and empowers new competencies. The Future Of Work is a panel discussion aimed at preparing business leaders and employees to better understand the oportunities that abound with digitisation and be better prepared to embrace the future of work.

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Funmi Bucknor

Managing Consultant, HRMADAM CONSULTING
I am an HR expert with over 15yrs experience. I founded and run the company called HRmadam Consulting which caters to the people needs of SMEs in Nigeria.
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Lola Esan

Director, Ernst & Young West Africa
’Lola is an Organisation Design and Transformation specialist, whose professional background spans media and advocacy, strategic human resources management and management consulting from different sectors in Mexico, Switzerland , United Kingdom and Nigeria.Today, Lola practices... Read More →
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Adora Ikwuemesi

Current focus on Reinventing People Management practices in Nigeria. Talk to me about providing opportunities that develop people and organisations. Founder of Kendor Consulting and HR Nigeria. Speaker, Writer, Creative, Wife, Mum, Technology Lover
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Emmanuel Michael

Head of Human Capital, Letshego MFB
Emmanuel Michael who tweets @enmichael is a multiple global award winner, Head of Human Capital at Letshego MFB, and the Founder & Host of #HRwithEM, a weekly #TwitterSession. He is also a member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF).For a detailed profile, please... Read More →
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'Tominiyi Oni

Senior business and hr professional with 20+ years experience in the field of human resources, change management and process improvement as a line and project manager and as an external consultant. Experience cuts across government, oil & gas, consulting, FMCG, manufacturing and non-profit... Read More →

Monday February 26, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm WAT
Floor 3
Tuesday, February 27

10:30am WAT

Destination Next: Making Lagos The Innovation Capital Of Africa
Limited Capacity seats available

Working with the 2018 theme of “Closer” for Social Media Week Lagos, the LSETF  launches its tech programme “Lagos Innovates”.

Following the successful start of its loan programs, the LSETF has recently turned its attention to “Innovation-Driven Enterprises” (IDEs) popularly known as “Tech Start-ups”. The Lagos State Government and LSETF jointly recognize the importance of the “IDEs” and the strategic need to make Lagos a destination for tech development, innovation and financing.

Lagos is on a quest to become the investment destination for Technology driven solutions and Lagos Innovates is positioned to be the only formal, structured tech start- up focused program of its kind by a government or quasi- government organization in Sub-Saharan Africa to drive this movement.

Join us as we celebrate and discuss!
- Particpate in the formal launch of the Lagos Innovates program
- Help us bring awareness in the tech community for the opportunities of Lagos Innovates
- Celebrate and highlight the growing profile of Lagos as an investment destination

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Temie Giwa-Tubosun

CEO and Founder, LifeBank
Temie Giwa-Tubosun studied International Health Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She has over 10 years of health management experience with organizations like the Department For International Development (DFID), World Health Organization, UNDP, and... Read More →
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Oluyomi Ojo

CEO, Printivo
CEO & Cofounder @Printivo. Building the future of print across Africa starting from Lagos! Adman @urbanbaze. Serial Entrepreneur... Read More →
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Nkem Okocha

Founder, Mamamoni
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Akintunde Oyebode

Executive Secretary, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (Lsetf)
Economist, Cohiba lover and Manchester United fanatic.
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Olumide Soyombo

Partner, Bluechip Technologies

Tuesday February 27, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am WAT
Innovation Stage

12:00pm WAT

Connecting The Dots: Hospitality, Social Media & The Customer Experience
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Social media has changed the rules of engagement. We now have online travel agencies, hotel booking companies, and several players that never used to be a part of the mix. This session will explore the new players, the new rules and disruption, as it pertains to social media, customer experience, and businesses.

Connecting The Dots: Hospitality, Social Media & The Customer Experience is a meeting point for customers, hotel management and key stakeholders in the hospitality and tourism sector. Panelist will reflect on the changes, the challenges, the gains, and everything in between. Customers will learn how to benefit  from new opportunities while businesses will gain insight on how to better deliver key messages to get better business results and better serve their customers.

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Kayode Abass

VP, Growth Engineering, StackFX
Kayode Abass is a Digital business development, social media expert and marketing trainer. He helps managers and business owners improve sales and profits through online marketing and business development. As VP, Growth Engineering at StackFX, he oversees Channel & Business Development... Read More →
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Omolara Adagunodo

Managing Director, JUMIA TRAVEL
Travel. Tourism. Hospitality. Business Management. Customer Service
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Iyadunni Gbadebo

Sales Manager, EKO HOTELS & SUITES
A lady that loves to impact lives.
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Wonuola Lamidi

Wonuola Olatunde-Lamidi @wonulamidi is a curator of memorable experiences who followed her passion to form Diamonds and Pearls Travels with her husband David Lamidi in October 2010. As A Travel Expert, She goes out of her way to provide bespoke Tour packages for individuals, couples... Read More →
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Obianuju Onyia

Training / Career Development Coordinator, WOMEN IN HOSPITALITY NIGERIA
I am a HR Consultant, Content Writer and a Business Woman.A very dedicated and reliable individual known to meet deadlines, I have the strength of character to manage others, and I pay attention to relevant details. A self-starter, flexible, creative, well-motivated to learn new things... Read More →
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Anthony Shishler

As a hands-on Managing Directior and the CEO of A Simple Management Solution ( a hospitality and logistics company), Mr. Anthony has been able to adapt to a diverse range of tasks and responsibilities. Flexibility and the ability to travel on short notice has been his key. Possessing... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm WAT
Experience Stage

12:00pm WAT

Digital Transformation: Does Your Business Have What It Takes To Survive In The Digital Age?
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Digital technology is changing every industry we know, from manufacturing to health, retail, banking, agriculture and education. For African entrepreneurs, this provides exciting opportunities for innovation and new business models. But where do the best opportunities exist? What are investors most attracted to? And what skills and tools do you need to run a successful modern business?

This panel discussion will bring together experts from the technology, business and startup industry to explore how entrepreneurs can make technology work for them, saving time and money, and enabling them to compete in a digitally transforming business ecosystem. It further aims to address what skills entrepreneurs need to build a modern business that attracts investment.

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Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata

Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. “CFA,” FounderCFA is a renowned and multi-award winning tech media personality, visible in the print, broadcast and digital media.He co-produces and presents Tech Trends, a weekly Tech show on Channels Television, (www.CFA.ng/tv), as well as Tech on... Read More →
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Akin Ayodele

General Manager, Infrastructure Technology, WRAGBY BUSINESS SOLUTIONS & TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
Akin Ayodele is an Information Technology Professional, with well over 20 years’ technology industry experience. With a specialized focus on IT Infrastructure Consulting, he has worked in various capacities offering solutions and services based on Microsoft, IBM, HP, Symantec and... Read More →
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Akin Banuso

Country General Manager, MICROSOFT NIGERIA
Akin Banuso is the Microsoft Nigeria Country General Manger. His mandate as a change leader is to drive the overall country business performance (people, revenue, and profitability), including the short-term and long-term performance of all customer segments.Banuso has been in the... Read More →
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Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu

Director Of Partnerships & Evaluation, THE TONY ELUMELU FOUNDATION
Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu is the Director of Partnerships and Evaluation at The Tony Elumelu Foundation. In this role, she is charged with forging local and international strategic partnerships to scale the $100m TEF Entrepreneurship Programme across Africa with development Organizations... Read More →
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Soromfe Uzomah

Partner Business Development Manager, MICROSOFT 4AFRIKA
Soromfe Uzomah currently leads strategic partnership engagements for Microsoft’s 4Afrika team (Africa Initiatives), building cross-industry relationships that drive impact on the African continent. He has over a decade of experience (business development, strategy and marketing... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm WAT
Innovation Stage

12:00pm WAT

What Are Our Children Doing Online?
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Mindguard leads us on an engaging exploration of what children experience while they surf the internet and spend time on social media platforms. Panelist will discuss how children are first exposed to social media, why they go on it and why they enjoy it. There will be focus on the dangers and pitfalls which will lead to a talk on what positive social media behavior is about and how parents can impact this into their children.
Mindguard is a part of the UnoTelos Group. Its focus is specifically on how to protect the experience of children on social media as well as foster positive relationships between parents and children. #SMWMindguard - Enhancing parent-children relationship and educating children on safe online habits.

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Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

Nigeria's very own UN WFP ambassador, Amnesty International activist, Founder Oyep, philanthropist,and Time1000 most influential people in the world, Omotola Ekeinde will be speaking on chilren with Mindguard.
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Charles Odii

Is the founder of SME100 Nigeria
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Lanre Olusola

Lanre Olusola, founder of the Olusola Coaching Academy (OLCA) has worked widely across Africa, offering a range of motivation and performance improvement management.
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Adesuwa Onyenokwe

Adesuwa Onyenokwe is the editor at TW Woman, Founder and host of "Today's Woman with Adesuwa, and top celebrated newscaster wityh the Nigerian Television Authority
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Idris Bello Osagie

Pastor Idris Belo-Osagie is the resident pastor of The LifePointe Church. He is passionate about developing young people for generational impact.
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Olayinka Somoye

The Head of School at Salvation International School. She will be moderating the panel.

Tuesday February 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm WAT
Floor 3
  Panel, Studio

1:00pm WAT

Sustainable Tourism: A Tool For Community Development
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Tourism is one of Nigeria's ‘biggest gold mines’ and ‘over-flowing oil wells’ that can never run dry. There is a poor conservation culture of our tourism resources but we can preserve and harness our tourism resources to help boost both domestic and international travel in Nigeria. 

What is Sustainable Tourism? It is the concept of visiting a place as a tourist and trying to make a positive impact on the environment, economy and society. To promote the preservation of our cultural heritage, historical sites and natural resources, there is a need for both locals and visitors to under the need and benefits of practicing Sustainable Tourism in Nigeria.

Sustainable Tourism: A Tool For Community Development is a panel that seeks to educate travelers on how to be “Responsible Travelers” by using tourism activities as a tool for developing the economy, society and environment. Panelist will share stories about using social media to make an impact in their communities through tourism.

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David Atabo

I am David Atabo, a Nigerian but what even makes me more awesome is that I am an igala man. A tech guy by degree but a sustainable tourism evangelist by passion- I personally believe that tourism should be used as a force for good.Passionate about everything Africa - with comemakewego.org... Read More →
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Nnenna Fakoya-Smith

Tourism Enthusiast, NENE-UWA HUB LTD
Nnennaya Fakoya-Smith aka Ajala Nene of Nene-Uwa is a Tourism Enthusiast: Tourism Booster/Promoter, Tour Broker & Travel Blogger. She is also a Deltiologist (Postcard Lover), A Philatelist (Stamp Collector), A Numismatist (Coins and Banknote Collector) and an Afrocentric Enthusiast.Nene-Uwa... Read More →
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Sikemi Ifederu

Sikemi Ifederu is the Founder and CEO of TAMBOLLO. She is a graduate of Politics and International Relations from Aston University, Birmingham. TAMBOLLO was founded with the aim of inspiring Young Africans to travel more, leave their comfort zone and immerse themselves in new cultures... Read More →
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Ugochi Oluigbo

News Anchor, VR/Environmental Journalist, TVC News
Ugochi Oluigbo, graduate of Imo State University, Owerri, stated her career as a radio presenter with Imo Broadcasting Corporation then moved on to Aso Radio and TV, Abuja as news anchor and presenter.She has won several journalism fellowships and awards including the Climate Change... Read More →
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'Funmi Oyatogun

Lead Experience Designer, TVP Adventures
TVP Adventures is a company focused on designing creative and meaningful travel experiences within Nigeria and Africa. Our mission is to break through African borders and facilitate group, corporate and educational travel experiences that are 'off the beaten path'. From cultural and... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm WAT

1:30pm WAT

Edtech: The Revolution Of Learning In Africa
Limited Capacity seats available

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Statistics reveal that EdTech Startups are still so few compared to their counterparts in other industries and that those existing few struggle to survive.   In light of the tremendous challenge education poses across Africa, we have put together a seasoned panel representing the value chain in the industry to share their insights and chart the way forward.  #SMWEdTech: The Revolution Of Learning In Africa panelist will discuss what everyone ought to know about the challenges and trends affecting education technology and online learning in Nigeria and across Africa. 

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Adetunji Adegbesan

I live at the intersection of people, technology, and strategy. My goal is to use strategy & technology to battle the world's social development demons at scale.In this line, Gidi Mobile's mission is to deliver at massive scale, the learning & opportunity required to "fit" the developing... Read More →
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Joseph Agunbiade

Joseph is the Chancellor of Univelcity a training school for software developers and designers. In September 2011 he co-founded BudgIT. Before starting BudgIT, he worked at Silicon Harbour Investment Company, where he headed Product Development and Management.He has also worked at... Read More →
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Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji

Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Entrepreneur, Author and Thought Leader in the best practice of Public Sector Leadership named by Forbes as one of the 20 most Powerful Young Women in Africa, she is the Founder / CEO of RISE NETWORKS, Africa’s leading Social Enterprise whose mandate focuses... Read More →
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Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho

CEO, Future Software Resources Ltd.
A seasoned Information Technology professional with over 15 years of industry experience in Africa’s largest emerging economy with a deep purpose and focus on bridging the digital divide and transforming Africaby harnessing the benefits of digital.Currently CEO of Future Software... Read More →
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Folawe Omikunle

Folawe is a Social Entrepreneur who is passionate about education and social development. Folawe is the Chief Executive Officer of Teach For Nigeria, a social enterprise focused on developing leaders who will drive the movement towards educational equity and excellence in Nigeria... Read More →
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Dele Tejuoso

Dele Tejuoso a pioneer in education technology, is a computer science and engineering graduate and would be rounding up her MBA at the Warwick University. She has worked as a strategic planner in a leading advertising company and worked as digital brand consultant for over 10 years... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm WAT
Innovation Stage

1:30pm WAT

Exponential Technologies For Our Collective Future
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Virtual Reality has been heralded as the next computing platform and is already providing unprecedented scope for scale, inclusion and access. During this panel discussion we explore how the exponential technologies of Virtual and Augmented Reality offer possibilities for disruption in numerous industries, and how this will transform life in Nigeria and beyond. Panelists will discuss the use of emerging technologies for the Arts, Real Estate, Education and Mental Healthcare sectors- highlighting their impact in Nigeria.

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Toks Bakare

Toks Bakare is an international behaviour analyst who has over a decade of experience in the field of developmental psychology. In early 2014 she founded asktoks.com, a start-up organization for families in need of professional behavioural advice, treatment and support. At asktoks.com... Read More →
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Uchechukwu Okolie

Principal Partner, CLEEC DESIGNS
Okolie Uchechukwu is an Archviz expert with an exceptional eye for details and Realism. He is an architect, animator, 3d artist and programmer. He finished his 1st degree from University of Nigeria and his 2nd degree from the University of Lagos.He is the Principal Partner at CLEEC... Read More →
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Jumoke Sanwo

Creative Director, Revolving Art Incubator
Jumoke is a storyteller, cultural interlocutor and the founder/creative director of Revolving Art Incubator [RAI], a trans-disciplinary incubator space focused on localising knowledge and ideas for artistic and social development.RAI was listed in a New-York Times article in February... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm WAT
Floor 3
  Panel, Studio

3:00pm WAT

A PPP Model That Works: The CodeLagos Case Study
Limited Capacity seats available

CodeLagos is bringing the Public and Private Sectors CLOSER as collaborators to attain our mutual goal of equipping a workforce competent to meet current technology demands in Lagos State, and even across the globe!

It's been said that the role of education is to prepare a society for the quantity and quality of manpower required for the prevailing needs. As Lagos advances into a tech-driven future, the State has over the past two years, been deliberate about innovative Education initiatives with the FUTURE in view.

CodeLagos is an initiative of the Lagos State Ministry of Education, aimed at preparing the workforce of the future by teaching coding skills to 1 million Lagos residents.

After a successful pilot in May 2017, the first CodeLagos “in-school” cohort commenced classes in September 2017; this was followed shortly by the kick-off of the “out-of-school” cohort in November 2017.

Now approaching the 20,000 mark for number of participants, we invite you to reflect with us on lessons learned and the successes achieved through strategic private sector partnerships. 
Join the Special Adviser on Education to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, and top executives from partner organizations - PricewaterhouseCoopers, SystemSpecs, ARM, 9Mobile and Oracle - for an engaging panel discussion on the topic: A PPP Model That Works: The CodeLagos Case StudyThe session will be moderated by Education Development Expert and PPP Advocate, Mo Adefeso-Olateju.

What to expect:
  • Learn about how we are achieving our objectives through strategic collaboration with the private sector
  • Find out about upcoming initiatives and opportunities for small business owners in the education and technical/vocational training spaces, who may wish to collaborate with Lagos State to move Education forward.
  • Highlight your innovative ideas for preparing Lagos State for a tech-driven future through Education
  • We'd love to hear about private sector education programs and initiatives in line with our strategic objectives that the government may be able to support.
  • Bring your ideas. Bring your well-thought-out questions. Bring your profound suggestions for revamping Education in Lagos State as we charge full-throttle into a tech-driven future

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DeRemi Atanda

ED, SysemSpecs
‘DeRemi Atanda features regularly on the Nigerian and African Tech trail and is currently the Executive Director that leads the strategy functions of SystemSpecs, Nigeria’s FinTech giant and owners of Remita.Over the past 25 years, ‘DeRemi has played different roles in the conceptualisation... Read More →
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Obafela Bank-Olemoh

Special Adviser To The Governor On Education, LAGOS STATE
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Sadiq Mohammed

Sadiq Mohammed is currently a Deputy Group CEO of ARM and prior to that was the Managing Director of ARM Pension Managers (PFA) Limited between 2011 and 2014. Previously, at different points he served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of ARM Group and the Managing Director in... Read More →
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Modupe Adefeso Olateju

Modupe (Mo) Adefeso-Olateju is Managing Director of The Education Partnership Centre (TEP Centre) and a policy expert specialising in public-private partnerships in education. She leads workstreams on a range of education sector support initiatives funded or assisted by international... Read More →
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Pedro Omontuemhen

Partner, PwC Nigeria
Pedro has over 24 years of professional experience with PwC. His experience covers a wide spectrum of business advisory services. These include audit, tax, accounting, business consultancy services for companies in the energy industry among others.He has led the audits of major companies... Read More →
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Adebayo Sanni

Managing Director, Oracle Corporation
Adebayo Sanni is the Managing Director for Oracle Nigeria where he joined about 4years ago. In his role, he provides leadership role for Oracle Nigeria’s operations, growth and profitability. Having spent over 2 decades in the ICT industry, he has developed robust experience in... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm WAT
Innovation Stage

3:00pm WAT

Disruptive Journalism & New Media
Limited Capacity seats available

The aim of this panel is to uncover the effects, opportunities, and possibilities of new media in the field of journalism. Journalism as we know it is rapidly changing, as the emergence of social media and new media has expanded the possibilities for journalists to tell stories in unique ways. New media is giving the journalism industry, an opportunity to break boundaries with the use of new media, while telling the world’s most important stories.  

As the leading Business daily in West Africa, BusinessDay Media aims to further the conversation on the disruption in journalism brought about by the emergence of new media. The panel of well- seasoned journalists and new media enthusiasts, will focus on the effect of new media on their work using their own careers as case studies, while also discussing the current state of the journalism industry. This will provide an opportunity to dive into possible ideas and recommendations on how the industry can benefit from the ongoing disruption.

 Audience members can expect to learn practical industry knowledge from the esteemed panelists who have adapted to the shift of new media in journalism as well as industry insights as it pertains to the emergence of new media.

  • Learn how to maximize the disruption caused by new media as a story teller
  • Learn from west Africa's most recognizable journalists and new media enthusiasts
  • Learn how to your journalistic content

Tuesday February 27, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm WAT
Experience Stage

4:30pm WAT

Digital Design & Business Success
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Good design is good for business. In a complex and highly connected world, people expect meaningful products and services from brands. In an increasingly competitive business landscape, design is the new battleground and the success of your business depends on it. By analysing brands such as Apple and Google, we will be addressing three core areas of design that affect customer acquisition and retention

- User Interface & Experience Design

- Product Design

- Branding & Identity Design

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Evans Akanno

CEO, Cregital Design Agency
Evans is the Founder of Cregital - A Digital Design & Development Agencythat collaborates with brands to increase their value and impact through branding and digital experiences. He is also Founder of Zegist.com a social network for everyday people.
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Ogeh Ezeonu

Front-End Developer, CREGITAL
Ogeh Ezeonu is a Front-End developer and UI/UX designer at Cregital, with a passion for product development. She loves creating awareness for the growth of technology in Nigeria, as well as helping to facilitate its advancement by providing solutions to everyday problems through the... Read More →
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Habeeb Sanni

Senior Designer, CREGITAL
Habeeb is a brand designer at Cregital. He has over three years experience spanning across strategic branding, graphic design and digital marketing. An advocate of a modern, clean and user-friendly design, Habeeb is passionate about helping businesses solve communication problems... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm WAT
Floor 3

4:30pm WAT

Harassment In The Information Age - Rising Above Cyber Bullying
Limited Capacity seats available

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Cyber bullying continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing social media users.  Research from anti-bullying charity, Ditch the Label suggests that social media is making youngsters more anxious, with a lot of them depending on likes on their posts to build their self confidence and the number of followers linked to their self worth. Not only is social media redefining the climate of bullying, it is having clear impacts upon the identity, behavior and personality of its users. 

Instagram has been highlighted as having become the vehicle most used for harmful comments with less figures for Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat. This has led to Instagram developing a machine learning technology to block offensive comments, also giving people the option of disabling comments altogether or making their own list of banned words or emojis.

This panel will explore how social media and online reputation can impact individuals now and into the future as well as what we can do as a community to rise above cyber bullying.

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Lilian Afegbai

Lilian Afegbai also known as Lily Afe is a NIgerian Actress, Model and TV presenter. The beautiful actress has featured in Mnet's series Tinsel and so many other movies, she was a Nigerian housemate at 2014 Big Brother Africa reality TV show season 9.
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Ubi Franklin

Ubi Franklin is a serial business man who from owning and running a successful musical record label, Made Men Music has launched a new company called Instantpickup operating in Lagos and Abuja.
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Kelvin 'Radiokelv' Ibrahim

Communications strategist, Edge04 media
Kelvin (Radiokelv) is an experienced Broadcast Journalist with over 6 years experience in Radio and TV hosting. He is a communications and brand strategist with proven track record. He is currently the Communications strategist for Edge04 Media.
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Evelyn Ngugi

AboutYouTuber. Worldwide, but I sleep in Austin, Texas.BiographyThe Internet Cousin You Didn't Know You Needed.AwardsKenyan with the slowest mile time
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Uriel Ngozi Oputa

Uriel Oputa is a musician, model, actress and business owner. She was a contested in the 2017 edition of the reality TV show, Big brother naija. She's an ambassador for payporte and nexus appliances.
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Raoul John Njeng-Njeng, who performs under the mononym Skales, is a Nigerian rapper, singer, and songwriter. In 2000, he started writing rap songs in Kaduna. Between 2007 and 2008, he travelled to Jos to work with Jesse Jagz and Jeremiah Gyang. In 2008, he entered the Zain Tru Search... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm WAT
Innovation Stage

4:30pm WAT

The Power Of Storytelling In Driving Social Change
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How can digital platforms be used to tell stories, change behaviour, and drive impact? 
There is no denying that storytelling serves as a powerful tool for not only inspiring action and creating social change but also in influencing thought leaders, funders, and decision makers. Whatever the cause we promote, we need to tell new narratives that will bring people closer to our messages by connecting with their deepest motivations and promoting more radical action among individuals and communities. Stories engage people at every level - not just in their minds but in their emotions, values and imaginations, which are the drivers of real change.

So you have a “big idea” that’s game-changing. That’s great! Now what?
Whether you’re selling a product, launching an app, or trying to improve lives and drive social change, you need to know how to get people to buy into your big idea. We will discuss how to use digital platforms and storytelling to build a community around your idea, advocate for social change, and drive individuals’ behaviour to maximize your impact and reach your goals. This session will also include discussions on how you can use individual experiences to create a “village” of collaborators and partners to help you champion your cause, be more innovative, have a larger impact, connect communities and bring your ideas closer to each individual.

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Toyin Adesola

Executive Director, Sickle Cell Advocacy and Mgt Initiative
Toyin Adesola is a graduate of Economics from Lagos State University. A coach, a consultant, speaker, sickle cell warrior and advocate, she is presently the Executive Director/ Founder of Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative a non-profit focusing on issues dealing with sickle... Read More →
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Joel Benson

Craetive Director, JB Multimedia Studios/360VR Stories
Joel Benson is the founder and Creative Director at JB Multimedia Studios Lagos based independent production company committed to the very best local content, presented, as it has never been seen before. Primarily focused on documentaries and short films, we also work with clients... Read More →
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Arit Okpo

Arit Okpo is a Media Entrepreneur with a focus on Presenting, Event Hosting, ContentProduction and Writing. She has produced and presented content for the EbonyLife TV platformand is the current season host for Untold Facts, a talk series focusing on perspectives andexperiences surrounding... Read More →
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Remi Owadokun

Remi Owadokun is a Certified Health Coach, Life Coach & Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic ProgrammingHer unique passion for personal development and transformation positioned her to becoming the Founder of the Total Makeover Program Academy, (an initiative of Total Makeover... Read More →
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Niniola Soleye

Managing Director, DRASA (Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh) Health Trust
Niniola is the Managing Director of DRASA (Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh) Health Trust, a public health organization working to keep Nigeria safe from public health threats through the advancement of infection control practices, hygiene and sanitation behaviors, and outbreak preparedness... Read More →
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Wana Udobang

Founder, Wana Udobang
Wana Udobang is a Nigeria-based journalist and filmmaker who works at the intersection of women’s rights, social justice, personal narratives, culture and the arts. She has worked with BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Nigeria's Inspiration FM 92.3. Her work has appeared on Al... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm WAT
Experience Stage

5:00pm WAT

What’s Next For Fashion Retail in Africa?
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Driven by fashion weeks and an explosion of consistent marketing, communication and pr efforts, Africa's fashion retail sector is growing. An emerging number of platforms and outlets are catering for and to African brands and designers to promote and distribute their products to a mass or niche market. Not to mention the abundant assortment of international brands and designers available to the African consumer. 

New trends in fashion retail are developing, with increasing numbers of local and international multi-brand boutiques and e-commerce platforms. According to McKinsey, Africans could be buying $75 billion worth of goods and services online by 2025. In Nigeria, the continent's largest consumer market, revenue has doubled each year since 2010. The country has the largest online apparel market in Africa, and is expected to grow from an estimated $104m in 2014 to nearly $1.1bn in 2019 according to research by Euromonitor International. This panel discussion; What’s next for fashion retail in Africa? will be to discuss the challenges and opportunities, trends, insights and what’s next for Africa's fashion retail sector!

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Funmi Daniel

I am an experienced fashion retail professional who has had vast experience in both the UK and in Nigeria. With knowledge ranging from product planning and selection, to branding and creative direction, I am your go-to fashion retail guru!

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Shola Akinlade

Shola Akinlade is the Co-Founder and CEO of Paystack, an online payments company that helps African merchants get paid by anyone, anywhere in the world.Over 7,000 businesses use Paystack to collect both one-time and recurring payments, including some of Nigeria’s largest brands... Read More →
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Sophia Ike-Onu

Founder, The5KShop
Sophia Ike-Onu is a trained architect and entrepreneur pioneering the fusion of fashion and technology in Africa. She is the Founder and CEO of The5kShop, a fashion tech company headquartered in Nigeria. With an ambitious vision that African fashion can compete globally, The5kShop... Read More →
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Oroma Itegboje

Retail Manager, ALARA
My passion for fashion is innate and has always been a part of who I am. However as a kid I always looked up to my mother who was a Lawyer. With good brains and perfect grades in the arts, I decided to pursue a career in Law.As they say, man is only great when he acts from passion... Read More →
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Timilehin Tikolo

T.M. Lewin Brand Manager, SMARTMARK
Having obtained my MA in Fashion Retail Management from the London College of Fashion, I went on to work in a wholesale and business development role for Michael Kors menswear. In this role my team and I were tasked with the development and growth of MK’s men’s business in the... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm WAT
  Panel, Africa NXT

5:30pm WAT

The Individual African Traveler As A Value Creator In The Community
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“We travel because distance & difference are the secret tonic of creativity; when we get home, home is still the same but something inside our minds has changed, and that changes everything.” - John Lehrer

In recent years, there has been intense focus on Africa as the new tourist hub. Through social media the world is able to see Africa’s rich heritage & beautiful landscape. However, the conversations omit one key group in the value chain, the African Traveler. Misconceptions have been perpetuated about the African traveler primarily due to the negative portrayal of Africans in the media. Misconceptions include overstaying, illegal immigration, among others - which have typically lead to tighter border controls and increased visa restrictions for Africans.

Can travel be a tool to change the socio-economic landscape of Africa?  Africans travelers have the potential to add significant value to the global economy and can help broker a shift in conversations on travel barriers. This panel will explore how exposing our citizens to other cultures via immersive travel can foster individual & economic development while encouraging Africans to become real-life ambassadors of our heritage.

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Kazeem Abayomi

Yomi Kazeem is a reporter at Quartz, covering Africa-specific stories on politics and how it intersects with business, innovation, startups and culture.
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Philip Akesson

Country Manager, TRAVELSTART
Country Manager, Travelstart Nigeria
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Monisola Baruwa

CountlessMiles is a technology enabled travel startup whose aim is to transform the typical African’s perception of travel from shopping trips to immersive life-changing experiences and to ultimately change the world's negative perceptions of Africans. We are travel-loving, risk-seeking... Read More →
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Zainob Fashola

Content creator, ZeeGoes
Zainob Fashola is the content creator behind ZeeGoes, a travel platform that showcases travel adventures around the world from her perspective. Follow some of my travel stories on www.youtube.com/zeegoes.
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Rosemary Okoli

Rosemary Okoli, popularly known as Rory, is an avid traveler whose journeys have led her to 15 countries and over 50 cities. She is the founder of TripZapp, a travel consulting and curating company which promotes travel as a lifestyle and provides all-inclusive curated trips and experiences... Read More →
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Kemi Onabanjo

I am a Management consultant by day and a world travel enthusiast and blogger by night. While travelling all over the world on my Nigerian passport, I exceeded my goal of visiting 30 countries by 30 (currently on my 35th country) and I plan to conquer more ground. I share my adventures... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm WAT

6:00pm WAT

Driving Travel Decisions And Building Symbiotic Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

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The power of SoMo - Social Media and Mobile Technology- in driving travel decisions is an evolving conversation that digs deep at the heart of stakeholders in Nigeria's travel and tourism industry. In today's world, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the key to growth is in building communities; and this can be accelerated by engaging the symbiotic relationship between social and mobile. Indeed, a strategic convergence between these two bed fellows is instrumental in creating and curating unique experiences for enthusiasts, patrons and investors.

So what really does this mean for travel business owners? How can tour operators and travel agents plug into this reality to scale their businesses to the next level? What is in it for investors looking to explore blue ocean opportunities in this sector? What are the existing tech tools that can be deployed by travel and tourism businesses to drive growth? What are the gaps in travel tech development and how can they be filled? How can functional communities be built and engaged for social impact and business profitability?

These and many more are the issues to be discussed by the panelists in this session. The overall aim is to explore the exponential impact of travel technology on social media engagement and how it can be profitably deployed to build new communities and encourage collaboration.

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Sam Adeleke

Chapter Leader, Travel Massive Lagos
The Lagos Chapter of Travel Massive brings together everybody that works in the travel industry - tour operators, travel agencies, state tourism boards, online travel companies, hotels, airlines and travel aficionados. Our events and activities are aimed at promoting ideation, tech... Read More →
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Bukky Akomolafe

Commercial Manager, Travelstart
Bukky Akomolafe is the Commercial Manager at Travelstart, Africa’s largest online travel agency. With offices more than four offices in Africa and the Middle East, Bukky is in charge of Travelstart Nigeria’s local brand strategy, offline marketing and selecting mutually beneficial... Read More →
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Michael Balogun

My name is Michael Balogun. A Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship selectee for 2016, CEO and Co founder of Xtrm Tours 2 Nigeria Limited. Also a senior Contributor on Tripadvisor with 46,000 Readers on my account. Il love the outdoor and traveling in general and i guess that was why it was... Read More →
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Ayeni Ekundayo

CIO, Businessplus services
Ayeni Ekundayo is an alumnus of the Harvard University, Executive Program. With his hard work, he finally got into Harvard University where he took training in Digital marketing.Ekundayo has worked with numerous brands across the world as a digital marketing consultant to deliver... Read More →
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Temitayo Ige

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Yejide Runsewe

Experience Curator, Naija Nomads
Naija Nomad's curate and create unique experiences for the green passport holder. So imagine an online platform where you get all the tips and tricks of traveling with a green passport, get inspiration from or inspiring fellow green passport travelers, sign up for their uniquely curated... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm WAT
Experience Stage

6:00pm WAT

The Kick - Football & Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

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From new-age, revolutionary expressions like Goal line technology, Opta stats metrics and 360 fan experience platforms, technology has slowly disrupted the way the game is being played, bringing closer than ever, the overall fan engagement experience. The KICK Social Media Week event will bring together a rich mix of industry stakeholders in a never-been-seen conversation on football, technology and their unveiling expressions.

With an interesting panel that encompasses key stakeholders in segments like Football Business, technological innovation and Partnership initiatives, THE KICK  harness es the critical hybrid of football and technology and the possibilities we can co-create in this space.

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Wofai Egu Ewa (Wofaifada)

Comedian, Afang & Yogiegee
Wofai Egu Ewa, popularly known as Wofaifada attended her primary and secondary school in cross river state . She also attended University of Calabar were she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre and media studies.She is an actor, Social Media Influencer, TV presenter... Read More →
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Lasisi Elenu (Nosa Afolabi)

Comedian, SumJusAppenRighNow
Nosa Afolabi, popularly known as Lasisi Elenu is a Nigerian comedian, Content Creator, On Air Personality (OAP), Actor, Event MC and a Moderator.Born in 1991, he is a graduate of Agriculture and Bio-system Engineering from the University of Ilorin. Lasisi kick started his career as... Read More →
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Segun Agbede

Sports Analyst, SUPER SPORT
Segun Agbede is a Football Pundit and analyst at SuperSports. He is an ace radio broadcaster, a dogged sports journalist and a sports entrepreneur. He is a husband and a father.
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Osagie Alongie

Loose Talk Podcast
Media and Tech executive. Pioneer of podcasting in Nigeria via Loose Talk Podcast.
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Amobi Ezeaku

Lawyer, Sports Enthusiast & Football Analyst., RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB
Amobi Chilavert Ezeaku is a Lawyer, Sports enthusiast and Football analyst. He is the Team Manager of Rangers Football Club, Enugu State; He is youngest African to be a Football Team Manager and youngest manager in the Nigerian professional football league.
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Asisat Oshola

Ex Nigerian Footballer
Asisat Lamina Oshoala is a Nigerian professional footballer. She plays for Chinese side Dalian Quanjian F.C. She was named best player and was the highest goal scorer at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. She was also named best player and second top goalscorer with the Super Falcons... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm WAT
Innovation Stage
Wednesday, February 28

9:00am WAT

Maximize Your ROA – Turning Likes into Dollars
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Likes! Re-tweets! You are racking up interest for sure, but where is all that engagement getting you? It has become the business of Social Media to help you build an audience, but when it comes to mobilizing these ‘’fans’’ to buy merch, tickets or experiences, they fall short. However, this panel will look into the causes of that disconnect and examine some tools to turn those likes into dollars.

Panel: - Ebele Okobi (Facebook),  Falz (Entertainer),  Bukola Akingbade (Neukleos), Yemi Alade (Entertainer)

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Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi

OAP, The Beat99.9 FM
Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi is a Nigerian broadcaster and presenter known for presenting programmes on Cool FM and The Beat 99.9 FM... Read More →

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Teju Ajani

Country Manager, Android, Google Nigeria, Google
Teju Ajani is the Country manager, Android for Google in Nigeria. She is focused on ensuring access to affordable Android devices for Nigerians along with varied data options to ensure Nigerians can access valuable and relevant information on the internet.Prior to this, she was the... Read More →
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Bizzle Osikoya

Co-Founder/Principal Consultant,The Plug, THE PLUG NG
Nigerian Entertainment Consultant, Social Media Influencer and Promoter

Wednesday February 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am WAT
Innovation Stage

9:00am WAT

Tech-Village Square: What’s Hot, What’s Not
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As the African start-up ecosystem continues to grow and investment options for entrepreneurs widen, our attention is diverted to the investors to tell us what makes for an attractive business. What’s hot and what’s not in this region.

Tech-Village Square: What’s Hot, What’s Not  will explore the critical roles emerging technologies can play in helping to address its age-old development challenges and achieve exponential growth over the next decade. The discussion will focus on security, Artificial intelligence (AI), Blockchain /Cryptocurrency, VR/AR, Internet of things and how they can be used to deliver disruptive outcomes and reshape digital business.

How can key stakeholders help nurture a vibrant and high impact technology innovation ecosystem?, What do they think about startups taking advantage of these technologies? How can we align with entrepreneurs using disruptive technologies within sectors? And how can entrepreneurs take advantage of these trends? With a show of the 'what’s hot' or 'what’s not' sign, panelist are prompted to talk a bit on the topic being addressed and based on the sign they raise we are sure to know where they stand on that topic!

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Wale Ayeni

Regional Head, Africa Venture Capital, IFC Venture Capital
Wale Ayeni leads venture capital investments in Africa on behalf of the IFC, the International Finance Corporation is part of the World Bank Group. He has over a decade of global technology experience spanning several roles including Venture Capital, Investment Banking, Corporate... Read More →
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Barbara Iyayi

Venture Partner, LATERAL CAPITAL
Barbara Iyayi is a Venture Partner at Lateral Capital, a venture capital fund that invests in early-stage technology enabled businesses in various sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. Within Lateral Capital, she leads their fintech investments across Africa.Recently, Barbara was part of... Read More →
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Nnena Nkongho

Nnena Nkongho is a Principal at DiGAME Investment Company. DiGAME or, Digital Growth Africa, is an investment company with a mandate to invest in the digital transformation of the region. DiGAME invests growth stage capital, ranging from US$4MM - US$20MM in African businesses across... Read More →
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Chika Nwobi

Founder & CEO, L5LAB
Founder & CEO of L5Lab focused on Company-building and seed-stage investing in the rapidly expanding mobile and internet space in Africa.Chika is a Non-Executive Director of Unilever Nigeria and a Partner at Rise Capital a VC Fund focused on Early-Stage internet opportunities in Emerging... Read More →
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Eloho Omame

Managing Director, ENDEAVOR NIGERIA
Eloho Omame is the Managing Director of Endeavor Nigeria, a non-profit, active in 31 countries, that supports some of the most exciting high-impact entrepreneurs and scale-up companies globally. she recently worked with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, LSETF, to develop and... Read More →
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Seni Sulyman

Country Director, ANDELA
Seni currently the Country Director at &ela Nigeria, with about 400+ (and growing monthly) team.He is very passionate about building an ecosystem of exemplary African businesses and leaders.Seni has a background in strategy, operations and management includes evaluating, refining... Read More →

Wednesday February 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am WAT
Experience Stage

10:30am WAT

Paid In Full: Fixing Music Rights for Artists
Limited Capacity seats available

Music is tough for songwriters and artists now that consumption has shifted from buying albums to streaming playlists. A tangled web of rights-holders and opaque processes make distributing the correct royalties to deserving parties hard. In our world today, a single song stream triggers payments to writers, performers, publishers, labels and others across multiple services and this eventually translates to billions of micro-transactions every day. While music rights are a mess, the good news is; people are looking to fix them and that is basically what this panel is targeted at.
Moderator: Dami Elebe
Panel: -Sarz (Record Producer), Chinedu Chukwuji (COSON), Ezegozie Eze (Universal Music Group), 

Wednesday February 28, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am WAT
Innovation Stage

10:30am WAT

The Future Of Selling In Africa: New Customers & New Locations
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Factors such as high foreign exchange rate, high unemployment and large youth populations have created the governmental and economic will to make Nigeria and Africa less resource dependent... and this is where business technology steps in.

Without sales no business can survive. Most businesses in Nigeria and Africa have been limited to their local communities/urban areas with limited trade in distant locales, leading to locked up opportunities for business  growth. We will explore how technology is making distant locations closer, as well as practical cases of businesses disrupting their industries by using technology to sell offline to attain scale and profitability.

Panelist will discuss:
  • Importance of doing market research.
  • The type of products/services & strategies suitable for direct sales.
  • Things to consider in selling to the mass market, dealers and distributors.
  • New technology tools to enter new markets and new locations.
  • Achieving sustainable presence in the market online & offline
  • How important is speaking & presenting in local dialect to push sales?
  • How businesses can still benefit from new offline sales
  • How does season affect some products?
  • New ways to execute Door to Door & in-store merchandising sales
  • How technology online is helping to extend need ways of marketing offline
  • New ways to access sales & marketing intelligence for decision making to drive sales.

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Seun Abolaji

Sales/Brand Director, WILSON'S JUICE
Seun Abolaji was born and raised in new bussa Nigeria. At the age of 8 he migrated, grew up and went to university in the USA. He is passionate about creating a better life, thus the lemonade business. The business started as a smoothie and other fresh squeezed juices stand at Covenant... Read More →
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Bayo Adedeji

Snr Finance Manager, AMAZON
Bayo Adedeji is a retail expert with years of real world experience and knowledge that connects the dots between the past and future to help drive and deliver sales, profit and turns while building sound financial foundations and developing executable operational strategies.During... Read More →
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Tunji Meshioye

Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, BET9JA
An experienced, hands-on marketing expert responsible for leading the design, development, execution, and management of innovative, results-oriented, cross-channel marketing campaigns for top brands in Nigeria over the last 13 years. A seasoned digital marketing executive, leader... Read More →
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Segun Ogunlana

Founder, Kanako Intelligence Ltd - Afripreneur Company Limited
Segun is a Social Innovator, systemic designer & salesman. He is the founder at Avata M&T, Afripreneur, AgentMe & Kanako which are social innovations with a focus on using technology to provide infrastructure support for businesses & entrepreneurs to attain scale and success.
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Ized Uanikhehi

Director, Max
Ized Uanikhehi is a digital media consultant with a mission to optimize digital marketing efficiency for organizations in Africa.Convener of the DigiClan Africa community (A community of African digital marketers and enthusiasts in careers spanning all aspects of digital media where... Read More →

Wednesday February 28, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am WAT
Experience Stage

12:00pm WAT

Breaking The Bubble Of Online Investing
Limited Capacity seats available

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We live in an age of investment bubbles. Stock markets, property, cryptocurrency, multilevel marketing and treasury bills have all been blown to unnatural highs by years of monetary stimulus and incredible interest rates. Nobody knows how this will end but the signals from history are worrying: ultimately, bubbles always burst. And the bigger they are blown up beforehand, the messier the explosion.

This session aims to demystify the different investment trends and help consumers determine best strategies to adopt to ensure efficient financial planning and management.

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Segun Akintemi

Segun is currently the MD/CEO of Page International Financial Services Limited with almost 30 years’ experience in the banking/financial services industry of which he spent 15 in Senior Management and Executive positions.He has a B.Sc in Information Technology and a Master in Business... Read More →
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Onyeka Akumah

Onyeka Akumah is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Farmcrowdy - a start-up he founded in September 2016 and is currently referred to as Nigeria’s First Digital Agriculture platform. Impacting on the lives of over 1,500 small-scale farmers already over the last 10 months... Read More →
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Tunji Andrews

Lead Economist, TTAC AFRICA
Tunji &rews is the Lead Economist at Time, Trade and Commodities (TTAC), Africa and the European Union consultant in Nigeria under the EU SUFEGOR project. He is a financial literacy advocate, Macro-Economics thought leader and a renowned media personality.He was a member of the team... Read More →
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Oluwatosin Olaseinde

Oluwatosin is a chartered accountant with over 9 years of experience spanning across accounting, audit, financial management and taxation. She is the Founder/CEO of Money Africa, a platform that enhances financial literacy and wealth management coaching. She started her first job... Read More →
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Ms. Subomi Plumptre

Director, Volition Capital Investments Limited
Subomi is an Executive at Alder Consulting, a leading creative intelligence firm. She has keen interests in investment, investment education, strategy, social media and cultural trendspotting. She is a Director at Volition Capital, a company that helps the honest & hardworking to... Read More →

Wednesday February 28, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm WAT
Experience Stage

12:00pm WAT

Merge - The Closing Gap Between Technology And Humanity
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We will be doing a more detailed review of our topic Merge: The closing gap between technology & humanity. Attendees will have more time to ask questions and be able to interact more with the speaker

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Wayne Bishop

Managing Director, PHD Media, Johannesburg
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Dozie Okafor

Managing Director, PHD Nigeria Limited

Wednesday February 28, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm WAT
Floor 3
  Panel, Studio

1:00pm WAT

Feminism & The Nigerian Kitchen
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Feminism & The Nigerian Kitchen is a round table discussion to explore the extent to which the role of women in the household has changed.

We'll be asking;
Is it still a woman's role to be in the kitchen? Should Nigerian women be expected to know how to cook certain cultural dishes?  To what extent has social media influenced the dynamics of the modern Nigerian family and the way that we cook and consume food? This will also be a chance to hear from some of the leading female chefs carving a space for themselves in the food industry in Nigeria, what has the reception been like for them?
  • Exploring how social media has influenced the dynamics of the modern Nigerian family and the way that we cook and consume food
  • Discovering what the current food consumption trends are in Nigeria
  • Looking at the opportunities within the food industry in Nigeria for both men and women

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Chef Benedict

I go by the name chef Benedict, I grew up in Florence, Italy. My professional culinary journey started towards the end of 2013 when I started my culinary school at le Cordon Bleu Firenze (Scuola d'arte Culinaria Italiana), i then worked at Ristorante Vincanto a high end restaurant... Read More →
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Alex Oke

I’m currently chef owner at XO Boutique Bakery on Victoria Island in Lagos. We feature traditional French and new world breads, viennoiserie, and pastries with a modern flair. I enjoy hosting dinner events with other Lagos based chefs and culture collectives, and consulting on cafe... Read More →
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Adaobi Okonkwo

Creative Director, DOBBYS SIGNATURE
Dobby is a food lover, explorer & writer. She's the creative director of the Nigerian culinary and lifestyle website Dobbyssignature.com a site focused on showcasing Nigerian dishes, Exploring Traditional/continental food recipes and Flavors with strong emphasis on Photography, Diversity... Read More →
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Yetty Williams

Yetty WIlliams is the founder of LagosMums, a resource for mothers, parents and caregivers on raising children in the 21st Century. LagosMums is the first Nigerian parenting website dedicated to offering a one- stop destination for parents in Lagos, Nigeria and the diaspora.LagosMums... Read More →

Wednesday February 28, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm WAT
  Panel, Africa NXT

1:30pm WAT

How Podcasts Close The Gap Between Individuals & Businesses
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At the centre of every industry you will find an inner circle of people who are the most well-known and highly valued people. These people are in demand; they don’t chase opportunities, they curate them. And one central thing with them is that they have learned to bridge the divide between them and those who direly need their services and offerings.

How Podcasts Close The Gap Between Individuals & Businesses will help you connect, engage and inspire your tribe in the most intimate way possible - through the power of your authentic voice. This panel session is an engaging conversations around podcasting where you will become more aware of the fact that this digital revolution has changed everything, and is connecting more people in unusual ways.

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Samuel VII Adeoye

Co-Founder, PODLOBE
Samuel VII Adeoye is a budding Civil Engineer and Online Entrepreneur. As a podcaster, he is deeply passionate about helping people and business find their voice through podcasting. & as a Civil Engineer, he concerned with solving the common yet unique problem of traffic congestions... Read More →
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Segun Akiode

Lead Hr Consultant, CRESCITA CONSULT
Segun Akiode is a Chemical Engineer turned Strategic HR Professional and Author. He is a man of many parts in his quest to be a thought leader in the field of Human Resources in Sub-Sahara Africa, with Lagos, Nigeria as his current base. Segun is a veteran panelist at Social Media... Read More →
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Mercy Frank

Lead Strategist, FRAMES MEDIA
Mercy Frank is a radio/TV presenter in Lagos, Nigeria.She birthed and is the host of 'The Coach Speaks Podcast', a mentorship platform aimed at connecting the dots between the successful and the starter and has interviewed veterans from diverse industries.She is a storyteller equipped... Read More →
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John Obidi

John Obidi is an Online Business Consultant who helps thought leaders to communicate and monetize their knowledge, using the Internet.In 2013, he was nominated for The Future Awards Africa Prize for New Media for his contributions to the industry.He's the founder of SmartBcamp, an... Read More →
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Dayo Samuel

The Community for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Interested In Using Podcasts and Online Presentations to Connect, Engage and Inspire Their Tribe, and Market Their Businesses. The Nigeria Podcast Network (NPN) was founded to allow for the participation of community and collaboration... Read More →

Wednesday February 28, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm WAT
Floor 3

1:30pm WAT

Show Me The Money: Making Subscription Revenue Models Work For African Media
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Media companies around the world have seen paid subscriptions surge - can this revenue model be replicated successfully in the African context? The theme of SMW Lagos 2017 is “Closer,” which is fitting, because one of the most interesting things happening in media today is the growth of paid memberships in media communities. 

Whether it’s the venerable New York Times, or new disruptors like The Information, more media companies are learning how to turn drive-by viewers - who consume content for free - into loyal audiences who make recurring payments in return for access. Not only do these companies secure predictable revenue every month, subscriptions deepen the relationship between publisher and community member.

Can this model work in our African context? Would African audiences pay a subscription for content? The answer is a resounding yes, and 5 companies at the forefront of experimenting with subscription payments will show us how.

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Shola Akinlade

Shola Akinlade is the Co-Founder and CEO of Paystack, an online payments company that helps African merchants get paid by anyone, anywhere in the world.Over 7,000 businesses use Paystack to collect both one-time and recurring payments, including some of Nigeria’s largest brands... Read More →
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Elizabeth Amkpa

General Manager, Kwesé Tv Nigeria, KWESÉ TV
Elizabeth Amkpa is Nigeria Country Manager for Kwesé TV. a distinctly African entertainment company, disrupting the industry by breaking through the confines of traditional approaches to broadcasting. Kwesé is a brand of Econet Media Limited, the media arm of Econet, one of Africa’s... Read More →
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Jason Njoku

CEO. Founder. Nollywood. Consumer Internet. Investor
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Linda Ochugbua

Linda Ochugbua specializes in Media and Brand Communication. After completing her Master's at the University of Surrey and working for a few years in the UK, she returned to to Nigeria in 2012 to work with BusinessDay Newspaper.At BusinessDay, she previously managed the SME department... Read More →
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Emmanuel Quartey

Head Of Growth, PAYSTACK
Over 7,000 businesses of all sizes use Paystack’s modern, secure payment gateway to accept one-off and recurring payments online. Paystack merchants include some of Nigeria’s best-known brands, such as Domino’s Pizza, Taxify, Axa Mansard, BusinessDay, God is Good Motors, and... Read More →
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JJC Skillz

Popularly known by his stage name JJC, Abdul Rasheed Bello is CEO of Scene One Productions, the subscription movie streaming site and home of the popular web series, Jenifa’s Diary.

Wednesday February 28, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm WAT
Experience Stage

1:30pm WAT

The Artist as a Brand… Defining Your Value
Limited Capacity seats available

There has been a growing concern as regards the role of social media in harnessing the brand value of the Nigerian artiste. Does social media actually harness the brand value of these artists or does it cheapen their brand value? It is a known fact that social media has its perks but then in it lies the peeves of over exposure and accessibility. Thus the reason for this panel; to look into social media involvement in terms of an artiste’s brand value. In this regard is Social media a blessing or a curse?

Moderator: Maria Okanrende
Panel: - Akintunde Bada (MTV, Nigeria), Oyebowale Akideinde (Boomplay Music), Godwin Tom (Godwin Tom Company), Lanre Masha (Trace), Tiwa Savage (Entertainer)

Wednesday February 28, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm WAT
Innovation Stage

3:00pm WAT

Harnessing The Power of Influencers For Brand Growth
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If influencer marketing is not part of your brand marketing strategy in 2018, it’s time to consider it. Social media Influencers have changed the way consumers discover and interact with brands. Research shows that 83% of consumers trust influencers more than they do billboards or traditional celebrity endorsements. Contrary to popular belief the power of social media influencers is not limited to the number of followers amassed but the ability to engage, curate/create and most importantly drive actions.

Influencer marketing is still a third or fourth consideration for many Nigerian brands. Attention is currency and this session will show brands how to get ahead of the curve and learn the next trends in influencer marketing.

During this masterclass OMG Hypebuzz will share their experience working with top tier influencers, brands and agencies and give deeper insights of how to successfully harness the power of social media influencers for brand growth. 

You will learn:
  •  How to select the right influencers for your brand campaign.
  • Platform Effectiveness - One of the most important elements in harnessing influencers for brand growth, is using influencers and the platforms they exist on in the right way. 
  • Driving Conversions - Influencers can help you drive tangible actions but far too often the concern is only with numbers of views, likes, reposts and retweets (Vanity metrics). We’ll show you what you should really be looking for to judge if your campaign has been a success and how to calculate the true ROI.

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Frederik Obasi

Frederik Obasi, is a serial entrepreneur and investor. Day to day Frederik manages brand partnerships for some of the best talent in sports and entertainment in Africa and the UK.

Wednesday February 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm WAT
Experience Stage

3:00pm WAT

Man’s Not Hot - How Radio and Radio Personalities Still Pioneer Pop Culture
Limited Capacity seats available

Before the rise of Digital Media, it was a known fact that the Radio and Radio personalities were actually active players in trends, as they did influence to a large extent what was and was not to trend. But then the invention of Digital Media has birthed a lot of uncertainties, making it quite difficult to verify who really is behind today’s trends; the Radio/ Radio personalities or Digital media. This panel will look into just how this relationship between Radio/ Radio personalities and Pop culture actually does occur using Michael Daapah as a case study.

Moderator: Douglas Jekan
Panel: - Folu Storms (MTV/Smooth FM), Dotun (Cool FM), Shedy K (Urban), VJ Adams (Soundcity)

Wednesday February 28, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm WAT
Innovation Stage

4:30pm WAT

Making Money From Creativity
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Very often creatives are caught up in the excitement of their creative bubbles without giving sufficient thoughts to extracting commercial value from their creativity. Many times, it is not apparent to creatives that their creative output have real commercial value beyond the expression as it is.

Making Money From Creativity will engage participants on how creative activities translate to intellectual property rights, and how these intellectual property rights can generate revenue. We will point participants to the legal framework that enables the commercialization of creative works . The discussion will also shed light on how to avoid common pitfalls  of such commercialization.

Panelist are drawn from diverse creative sectors and will share their experiences with the purpose of showcasing how they have succeeded in converting their creativity to revenue.

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Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

Iyinoluwa is CEO and Co-founder of Flutterwave, a global payments technology company connecting Africa to the global digital economy with payments infrastructure that helps financial institutions and businesses build more seamless and secure payments experiences for their customers... Read More →
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Niyi Akinmolayan

Niyi Akinmolayan is an acclaimed film director and media consultant. He is the creative director of Anthill Productions, one of the biggest growing motion picture and animation production and postproduction studios in Nigeria.Niyi Akinmolayan is the director of the most successful... Read More →
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Addy Awofisayo

YouTube Content Partnerships, SSA, YouTube
I currently manage YouTube Content Partnerships, Sub-Saharan Africa. I am responsible for building and managing strategic relationships across Creators, Broadcasters, Publishers and Artists in the market. Prior to this, I worked with CBS in Content strategy and business development... Read More →
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Isaac Emokpae

Business Development, Jackson, Etti & Edu
Isaac Erhabor Emokpae, is a multi-faceted Visual Artist whose approach to Art is based broadly on the principle of duality. He studied Visual Arts under the tutelage of Professor Abayomi Barber at the University of Lagos. During this time, Isaac honed his skills as a painter churning... Read More →
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Bizzle Osikoya

Co-Founder/Principal Consultant,The Plug, THE PLUG NG
Nigerian Entertainment Consultant, Social Media Influencer and Promoter

Wednesday February 28, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm WAT
Floor 3

4:30pm WAT

Prenups For Artists: When Bands Agree to Disagree
Limited Capacity seats available

When music is your business, then your bandmates are your partners. This session discusses all the things you wish you knew when you and your best friend formed a band. Or maybe it’s your sibling. Best case scenario, that hit you wrote together generates enough income where it’s worth fighting over. This session discusses how to protect yourself and your bandmates when working through co-writes, studio splits and other pitfalls that you never considered.
Moderator: Osi Suave
Panel: - G Worldwide Rep, Dotun Adebayo (Lawyer),Kiss Daniel (Entertainer), Brymo (Artiste), Osagie Alonge (Pulse), Ibidun ‘Aibee’ Abidoye (ChocolateCity Group),

Wednesday February 28, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm WAT
Innovation Stage
Thursday, March 1

9:00am WAT

Millenials And Money: How The Social Media Generation Interacts With Finance
Limited Capacity full
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Millennials face the most uncertain economic future of perhaps any other generation. Although they have frequently been labeled as materialistic, spoiled and saddled with a sense of entitlement, many millennials feel that they will not be able to achieve material goals like finding their dream job, buying a house or face retiring until much later in their lives than their parents did. And the truth is, many millennials just weren't taught about money!

For many young people there is an innate distrust of the current banking landscape. Millenials are entering an economic system where all we see is a huge financial crisis with huge financial implications. Finance is built on trust, and if we do not have that trust in the system, it is a disadvantage for us — and the system, too. When millennials believe the larger world of finance is broken, it’s hard to make the argument that we should invest time and energy in our personal finances. We avoid the subject because there’s a certain inevitability around it; a feeling that larger forces at work will ruin our chances of financial security. So why even try?

Only 24 percent of Millennials have demonstrated a basic understanding of how to manage their money, women more than men. Many have no clue how to or when to start saving. Only a select percentage know how to invest their income. Only a few know how to properly save for responsibilities.

Why are millennials wary of tackling personal finance?Why is the struggle so real? How can millennials become better financially educated, better savers and smarter spenders, wary borrowers? How can we help millennials achieve financial stability?

Around 87 percent of millennials all over the world use online banking apps or websites to move money from one account to another, and check their balances. This mix of technology and finance has vast implications for the future of personal finance. This panel will show young people how we can marry tech with financial literacy, and build financial systems worth trusting.

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Jolaoluwa Ayeye

Content Developer and Podcaster, I Said What I Said Podcast
Jola is a writer and noisemaker, passionate about television, books, entertainment and social justice & development. When she's not writing or making noise, she theorizes on ways or young Nigerians to live fuller lives. She also like people, a lot. Well... on most days.
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Chijioke Dozie

Chijioke Dozie is a CEO and co-Founder of Paylater.ng. He was previously an Investment Analyst at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) responsible for sourcing investment opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to IFC, Chijioke worked with Zephyr Management LP in the US... Read More →
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Odunayo Eweniyi

Co-Founder & Chief Operations Officer, Piggybank.ng
Odunayo Eweniyi, Co-founder & Chief Operations Officer, Piggybank.ng: I previously co-founded pushcv.com, one of the largest job sites in Africa with the largest database of pre-screened candidates. I have 5 years’ experience in Business Analysis and Operations; and I’m a First-Class... Read More →
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Anny Robert

Sole Proprietor, ANNY ROBERT
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Arese Ugwu

Arese Ugwu is the author of the bestselling and ground-breaking The Smart Money Woman, the financial-chick-lit novel that has taken Africa by storm. She is helping young Africans discover their power to build their future and make smarter money decisions through Smart Money Africa... Read More →

Thursday March 1, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am WAT
Experience Stage

9:00am WAT

Technology And Improving Governance - What Citizens Need To Know
Limited Capacity seats available

Until citizens demand good governance, the system will most likely remain the same. The demand for good governance and public accountability will require adequate information, knowledge about policies and the right tools for engagement. New innovations in technology are bridging the gap by providing a robust platform for productive civic engagement. The session will expose citizens to the various tools that are shaping the civic engagement space and how to demand for good governance with them.

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'Yemi Adamolekun

Executive Director, EIE NIGERIA
‘Yemi currently serves on the board of Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE), a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to building a culture of good governance & public accountability in Nigeria through active citizenship. She is also the Secretary to EiE’s Board.EiE has... Read More →

Thursday March 1, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am WAT
Innovation Stage

10:30am WAT

Citizens, Government & Technology: Making Government Better & The Office Of The Citizen
Limited Capacity seats available

This panel will focus on how institutions and agencies of government have adopted the use of different channels of technology in its activities e.g for election management and fiscal transparency. Also, the session will reiterate the importance of an uncensored country and how citizens can lobby for increased use of technology in governance online and offline.

Thursday March 1, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am WAT
Innovation Stage

10:30am WAT

Selling on Social Media vs E-commerce - Where's The Real Money?
Limited Capacity full
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Will the fast emerging, millenials-driven world of social media trump the billion dollar e-commerce industry? Is there some truth to the theory of a future of social selling? Or will e-commerce maintain its strong foothold on the online ecosystem?

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Olamide Bada

Managing Director, JUMIA FOOD NIGERIA
Olamide Bada is the Managing Director of Jumia Food Nigeria, the #1 food delivery platform across Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt - ensuring the food you love, delivered fast! Since its launch in November 2012, Jumia Food has expanded to 11 African countries and has attracted hundreds... Read More →
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Otis Elendu

Elendu Otis .E is a business man from Imo state, Who has strong passion for E-Commerce, Telecommunication and Politics. Started Business immediately after leaving school in 2014 with Jumia Market place. He Schooled in Federal University of Technology Owerri with a B.Tech. Went ahead... Read More →
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Toju Foyeh

Founder, Toju Foyeh
Toluwaloju Olowofoyeku (Toju Foyeh) was born in the late 80’s, developed a passion for fashion at a young age. Growing up, she was surrounded by several family members who were into fashion. As a young couple her parents started a clothing line and her grandmother was a designer... Read More →
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Adebayo Oke-Lawal

Adebayo Oke-Lawal is the creative director behind the cult brand Orange Culture.
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Ehinomen Rose Umane

Business Development Lead, BellaNaija
Rose Umane is the Business Development Lead at BellaNaija.com where she has worked on majorbrands in various sectors ranging from financial institutions, white goods, FMCG, NGO’s amongothers. She is quite skilled in the monetization of media (tech), partnerships and building pr... Read More →

Thursday March 1, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am WAT
Experience Stage

10:30am WAT

Stanbic IBTC - Financial servicing in the social age
Limited Capacity seats available

The session is designed to explore our role as a full-fledged universal financial services organization in the new media age; how we have journeyed on the path of innovation through digitization and how we make progress real beyond just delivering products and services for our clients and prospects, but also advisory services to take our clients from financial stability to security; wealth management to creation and ultimately make progress real for them, whatever stage in life they are.

  • Personal Finance tips in the social age.
  • An open-invitation to collaborate with us and create the future of digital technology.
  • Our journey to being the leading universal financial services organization in Nigeria through innovative products to bank, invest and serve the customer instantly (Instant Account for Bank and Mutual Funds, USSD banking et al)

Thursday March 1, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am WAT
Floor 3
  Panel, Studio

12:00pm WAT

Innovating On The Edge Of Innovation: Growing Startups In An Avant-garde Sector
Limited Capacity seats available

Innovating On The Edge Of Innovation: Growing Startups In An Avant-garde Sector is a panel discussion that explore innovating in a sector that is an innovation in itself. We are going back to basics to discuss competing with the intangible.

We'll Cover:
  • highly competitive environments/market dynamics demand innovation to survive
  • Agility/adaptiveness/localisation
  • Finding the gap in the market and the market in the gap

Thursday March 1, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm WAT
Experience Stage

1:00pm WAT

The Business of Style - Ideas, Influence & Income
Limited Capacity full
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It's so amazing how many opportunities are available on social media, and by extension, the internet. How do you tap into these opportunities just like the influencers you know did and are doing?

How one can move from the fashionista who posts his/her outfit of the day every day to entertain and keep up with his/her loved ones, to becoming a style inspiration for thousands? Or how can a pretty lady who enjoys doing her own makeup transition to an online tutor for thousands of viewers worldwide? And finally, how do you make money off doing what you love? It all lies in an idea, a unique idea. In this panel session, you'll learn easy steps to becoming an influencer and making money from it.

If you want to go the entrepreneurial route, how do you balance it with your daytime job and ensure that no one suffers? You'll learn about key steps you should take to avoid being overwhelmed with the activities you have to complete. You'll also learn how to manage your finances and make wise investments to protect your business and brand.

The ideas, influencer and income panel at the 2018 SMW hosted by BellaNaija Style is for you if you're currently asking the questions. Be sure to register to attend and let your journey begin... or accelerate, for some.

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Mary Edoro

BellaNaija Style
Since discovering her passion for writing at a young age, she has developed her skill by writing for renowned websites, using words to express her love for fashion. Mary blogs about her personal style and offers guides to her favourite city, Lagos on her blog - Lagos City Chic.She... Read More →

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Aderonke Adefalujo

Fashion Influencer, Rhonkefella
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Ozinna Anumudu

Brand Consultant
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Stephanie Coker

Stephanie Coker is a Nigerian on-air personality and a television presenter for MTV Base Africa and Ebony Life TV.
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Adebayo Oke-Lawal

Adebayo Oke-Lawal is the creative director behind the cult brand Orange Culture.
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Tajé Prest

Tv Host, Dzrpt tv
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Kehinde Smith

Entrepreneur, Beauty & Lifestyle Influencer, MY EXTENSIONZ
Kehinde Smith is a successful entrepreneur and a proud co-owner of a respected beauty brand (My Extensionz) that has been in operation in the United States for over 6 years and recently, NigeriaShe further expanded My Extensionz Nigeria into a full blown hair & nail salon as well... Read More →

Thursday March 1, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm WAT
  Panel, NXT Stage

1:30pm WAT

Battling Violent Extremism in Nigeria
Limited Capacity seats available

Battling Violent Extremism in Nigeria features individuals working in and around north east Nigeria and will provide a glimpse into how they have all in their own unique ways, contributed to the battle against violent extremism. The session will be Moderated by Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, the Executive Director, North America for Quilliam International. He is an expert on violent extremism issues and a scholar on Africa.

Thursday March 1, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm WAT
Innovation Stage

1:30pm WAT

Get Paid! - Hustler To Pan-African Mogul!
Limited Capacity filling up

You need a:  Campus Badge to attend this event.

Listen to "built from scratch" brand leaders share tips & opportunities on building bankable pan-African companies offline after the social media buzz is over.

What happens when the "feel good" inspiration wears off and your company is still in a bad situation? The session features a diversified panel of speakers from across Africa who have successfully built companies from scratch and scaled their businesses across the world.  Discover tips for managing logistics, building a shopping site, online payment platforms, production and packaging and scaling your company beyond your local market to get paid!

Get inspired to succeed and learn how to get your business in front of the people that will pay for your products! The GET PAID! panel session is an initiative of ISOKO AFRICA . 

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Kola Aina

Founder, Ventures Platform
My name is Kola.I am an entrepreneur and investor.At Ventures Platform we invest capital in early stage companies, provide capacity building and build community.
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Sarah Codjo

PERLICIOUS © is a trademark of luxury handcrafts. In 2011 this brand arises from the entrepreneurial project of a young woman freshly holder of a Master's degree in Audit and Management control: SARAH CODJO. Described as Beninese of nationality and African of heart, Sarah CODJO accumulates... Read More →
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Shade Ladipo

SHADE LADIPO is the Country Director for WEConnect International in Nigeria, a travel and media entrepreneur, and social activist. At the age of 25, Shade founded Avienti Limited a Destination Management Company with three offices in Nigeria. She has worked with the United Nations... Read More →
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Sonia Mugabo

Founder/Fashion Designer, SONIA MUGABO
Born and raised in Kigali – Rwanda, Sonia Mugabo (27 years old) is an ambitious, creative, and proactive young lady. In 2013, after completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Buena Vista University majoring in Visual Communication and Graphic Design, with a Digital Media minor, she... Read More →
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Michael Femi Simeon

Michael Femi Simeon is the chief executive officer at VoguePay, an online payment bridge connecting Africa and the rest of the world with over 50,000 merchants spread across 4 continents (North America, Asia, Europe and Africa).Michael has over 17 years of business experience, mainly... Read More →

Thursday March 1, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm WAT
Experience Stage

3:00pm WAT

Digital Superheroes
Limited Capacity seats available

Digital Superheros explores the ways technology brings people closer together to build communities out of individuals with diverse beliefs, backgrounds and orientations.

This all star panel features a cross-section of digital media experts who have disrupted their respective industries creating viral, consumable contents for global audiences. Panelist from the worlds of comedy, music and blogging who have worked their way up to thousands of followers and views  will share their  "Mama I made it" come-up stories, challenges and tips for monetizing  social content.  

Speakers will discuss:
  • How to build your craft and maintain a high level of audience in the digital media space.
  • Monetizing creative content: From a grassroots development level to the world stage.
  • From a small audience to a large audience, how to build it right.

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Funke Akindele

Funke Akindele was born on the 24th of August 1977. As a young girl, Funke had a dream to become a big Actress, writer, and producer. Her mum discovered her talent and she supported and inspired her. Staying true to her dreams, she started writing scripts in her secondary school days... Read More →
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Mark Angel

My name is Mark Angel and I am the founder and CEO of Mark Angel Comedy, Mechanic Pictures & The Mark Angel Entertainment conglomerate. I was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. In 2008 I gained admission to study medicine in University but never had the opportunity due to financial... Read More →
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Chidi Anyina

Content & Digital Manager, TRACE TV
Chidi Anyina is Head of Content and Digitial at Trace TV. He is overseeing the company's expansion into mobile and digital assets as Viewer behaviour morphes in this digital age. Before Trace Chidi has consulted with Huawei's Music Plus as well as worked on big budget oil projects... Read More →
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Temitayo Ige

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Bowo Odunsi

Born Bowofoluwa Oluwafisayo Odunsi, his solo career began to take off in 2016 under talent management company KME (Kimani Moore Entertainments), he released his debut EP Time of Our Lives (TOOL) which received raving reviews from fans and critics alike. His style of music consists... Read More →

Thursday March 1, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm WAT
Experience Stage

3:00pm WAT

Youth & Battling Violent Extremism Via Social Media
Limited Capacity seats available

Youth & Battling Violent Extremism Via Social Media will feature youth from north eastern Nigeria who have used social media as a tool to battle violent extremism. Featured will be youth from the North East Intellectual Entrepreneurship Fellowship (NEIEF) who have successfully used the #NotAnotherNigerian on social media to battle violent extremism and young photographers from the #UntoldStoriesOfTheNorthEast photo Campaign

Thursday March 1, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm WAT
Floor 3
  Panel, Studio

3:30pm WAT

Social Media, Promoting Culture Through Live Events
Limited Capacity full
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Live Events have become an integral part of promoting culture. From Live music concerts, theatre, to pop up parties. It is evident there is an increasing need for people to connect and share experiences. As the most populous black nation in the world with diverse cultures, social media has helped accelerate affinity for our music, movies, fashion, and food. The Social Media, Promoting Culture Through Live Events panel session will look into the opportunities, challenges and the way forward to promoting our culture through Live Events. Our panelists are selected from several disciplines in Live Events- Theatre, Live Music and Event Production.

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Emeka Ebeniro

Chief Astronaut, Karakuri Limited
Execution is everything. In all you do, make sure you execute. I'm an Entrepreneur and Marketing Communications Professional. Founder of www.seatsandtickets.com ( a full-service ticketing and event management firm) and www.shopkaqu.com (everything print).
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Lydia Idakula Sobogun

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Malaika Toyo

I am interested in developing and designing innovative and experimental games that can help people understand and simplify complex issues .Talk to me about designing games and simulation exercises.

Thursday March 1, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm WAT

4:30pm WAT

Leveraging Technology For Young People's Sexual And Reproductive Health And Rights
Limited Capacity seats available

You need a:  Campus Badge to attend this event.

Many young people, especially women and girls lack adequate information and access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and rights services. In Nigeria, little priority is placed on providing SRH services for young people  even though global policies and studies have shown the dire consequences of a lack of access to these services. The societal stigma attached to victims of sexual violence and assault as well as young unmarried girls and women seeking information and accessing contraceptives also proves a major barrier to access. Many young people also do not know where to get help and information regarding SRH and rights.

Leveraging Technology For Young People's Sexual And Reproductive Health And Rights is a panel discussion aimed at exploring the challenges young people face in accessing information on safe sex, contraception, menstrual hygiene and puberty as well as reporting sexual violence. It will also feature a discussion on HACEY solutions: the SALVUS and TOMBEY platforms which makes use of mobile technology to improve access to services and information on SRH and sexual violence.

Salvus, meaning "Safe" is an online platform that enables survivors and witnesses of sexual violence report incidents anonymously and securely, and access help from registered support service providers. The TOMBEY platform helps young people locate youth-friendly SRH centres near them, identify services available at these centres, and provide the opportunity for them to access needed services.

The panel session will focus on:
1. Identifying challenges young people face in accessing SRH
2. Current SRH policies and policy gaps
3. Youth mainstreaming in policies addressing SRH for young people
4. Gathering and using Data for SRH planning and policy
5. Helping young people tell their stories and share experiences on accessing SRH services.

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Dr. Omasanjuwa Edun

I am a medical doctor and a public health specialist with nine (9) years’ work experience in clinical medicine, public health, and health sector development. I have a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH, USA), and currently work with the John Hopkins University Center for Communications... Read More →
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Joel Ogunsola

Project Lead, TECH4DEV
I have strong passion for sustainable development, technology and social entrepreneurship.Professionally I serve as the founder/managing partner for Prunedge an enterprise technology solutions provider based out of Nigeria. Prior to which I was the Microsoft Education Technical Advisor... Read More →
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Chidinma Onuoha

Program & Human Resources Manager, DKT NIGERIA
A trained lawyer from the University of Lagos, Chidinma helps design and implement programs focused on helping people, especially in hard-to-reach and disadvantaged communities access family planning and reproductive health products and services.Currently, Chidinma is the Program... Read More →
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Rhoda Robinson

Director, Gender and Development, Hacey Health Initiative
Rhoda is a Gender expert with over 9 years’ experience working with women and girls in under-served communities on interventions and policy advocacy on issues ranging from sexual and reproductive health, human rights, maternal health to economic empowerment. She served on the Department... Read More →

Thursday March 1, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm WAT
Experience Stage

4:30pm WAT

Training The Next Generation Of Creatives & Digital Specialists - Creating High Skilled Jobs
Limited Capacity full
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Due to the high unemployment rate in Nigeria, retraining our young graduates, jobseekers, and undergraduates with globally recognised and relevant skills is a critical task.  Workes need skills that will not just be in demand in Nigeria but also allow them to compete for jobs from anywhere in the world.

This panel session will discuss why and how we can best train our youth, jobseekers and entry level professionals in relevant 21st century skills including ICT Literacy, critical thinking, technical analytics, problem solving, business communications, relationship building and strategic thinking.

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Banke Alawaye

Digital Transformation Specialist, BAV
Banke Alawaye is a digital transformation specialist and business analyst based in Lagos Nigeria. With over 20 years of work experience with many businesses, she has been helping personal brands and organisations make the best of digital tools for years.Banke is a Chartered Management... Read More →
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Gbenga Bada

Entertainment Editor, Pulse Nigeria
Ringier entered the African market in 2011 with a clear focus on capitalizing on the massive digital potential of the market. Few years later, Ringier Africa is operating the leading classifieds and media groups on the continent - ROAM (Ringier One Africa Media) and RADP (Ringier... Read More →
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Florence Olumodimu

Founder/Principal Consultant, LIFE DEVELOPERS NETWORK
Life Developers Network is a social enterprise founded to help organisation actualise the maximum potential in business processes, branding, marketing, sales and operations.The Founder Florence Olumodimu is a Marketing Communications Consultant and thus a major focus is on Marketing... Read More →
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Funke Osae-Brown

Funke Osae-Brown is a senior journalist and founder, The Luxury Reporter, a luxury lifestyle magazine focused on reporting the luxury sector for the discerning man or woman with taste for rare quality.She is a former deputy editor, BusinessDay on Sunday/former Editor BusinessLife... Read More →

Thursday March 1, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm WAT
Floor 3

5:00pm WAT

REdressing Africa
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Presenting the businesses on a mission to REdress Africans and discuss the social and economic impact of "sustainable" fashion models in Africa.

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Yoanna "Pepper" Chikezie

Pepper Chikezie Founder 
of The Assembly, a serial Entrepreneur who has worked in Fashion production, marketing and branding for 10 years. Extensive experience in roles varying from Stylist to Fashion Editor, Consultant to Brand Manager and Head of Channel of a 24/7 African fashion... Read More →

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Ginikachi Eloka

I'm a photographer, freelance writer and content creator who is passionate about building communities.I'm currently based in Lagos, Nigeria, and I co-manage Thrift Projects, a thrift shopping platform that's obsessed with creating alternative experiences through style, stories and... Read More →
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Ifeyinwa Ojekwe

Ifeyinwa Ojekwe is a beauty enthusiast and founder of multi-award winning natural cosmetics brand Ajali Handmade Naturals. At the end of last year she launched into the fashion industry with her latest business venture – Konsign Afrika. Konsign Afrika is a premium fashion consignment... Read More →
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Innocent Udeogu

Innocent is the founder and CTO of OnceNOut.com, an online community for easily selling, donating and buying designer pre-owned fashion items while supporting the less-privileged with a proportion of the proceeds. An alum of MESTAfrica and a Yunus & Youth Fellow, Innocent is also... Read More →

Thursday March 1, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm WAT

6:00pm WAT

Enhancing Home Grown Food Potential: The Agric-Tech Fusion Need
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Over the years the Nigerian agricultural landscape has relied on archaic methodologies and mostly manual inputs. This has limited our potential for locally grown food in terms of production, processing, data collection and analysis for research, disease control, preservation and ultimately sales.

Enhancing Home Grown Food Potential: The Agric-Tech Fusion Need  is a meaningful panel conversations that aims to address agricultural challenges and ultimately proffer tech-based solutions to that can improve all aspects of the agricultural value chain.

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Onyeka Akumah

Onyeka Akumah is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Farmcrowdy - a start-up he founded in September 2016 and is currently referred to as Nigeria’s First Digital Agriculture platform. Impacting on the lives of over 1,500 small-scale farmers already over the last 10 months... Read More →
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Ayodeji Balogun

Ayodeji Balogun currently serves as the Country Manager for AFEX Commodities Exchange Limited (AFEX Nigeria) and the Regional Director for Africa Exchange Holdings Limited in West Africa, where he is pioneering the development of a private sector led commodities exchange and warehouse... Read More →
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Deola Kayode

Digital Strategy Manager, INSIGHT PUBLICIS
Deola Kayode is a Digital Strategy Manager at Nigeria's leading Advertising Agency, Insight Publicis. He is also an editor of Marketing Lab Africa and the Author of Digital Epidemic, a Strategic eMarketing Guide for growing your business in the age of Conneted Customers... Read More →
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Abolaji Osilowo

Lead Strategic Person, PATRIARCHS
We are dynamic Agricultural enterprise that focuses on providing access to locally grown food using technology as a key tool to achieve this.

Thursday March 1, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm WAT
Floor 3
  Panel, Studio
Friday, March 2

9:00am WAT

Improving Service Delivery In Rural Communities Through Technology
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Can technology intersect civic engagement and institutional reform to enhance service delivery? Like every other country, Nigerian government and agencies have public data and information that can help citizens make informed decisions. Today's citizens should know how government revenues are expended in the delivery of public infrastructure and funding of the budget.

Technology is a broad sphere, which is key to good governance. It is imperative that  citizens exploit innovation to establish transparent and accountable systems in our society. Budeshi and Tracka are digital tools designed to enhance transparency and accountable government in Nigeria.

This panel session will highlight how Budeshi.ng and Tracka have been used in enhanced implementation, tracking and red flagging of contractors and projects in over 20 states and 1,200 projects.

About Budeshi.ng Budeshi “open it” in the Hausa language) is an initiative of Public and Private Development Centre that aims to make government contracting information more transparent. It is doing this by linking budget and procurement data to the provision of public services and structuring the data, using the Open Contracting Data Standard, so that it can be visualized, searched, compared, and used. Budeshi’s work responds to the need for open, coherent, and usable data to enable better tracking and monitoring of public finance projects. 

About Tracka.ng Tracka was established by BudgIT to address critical issues surrounding social and economic development in Nigeria, precisely the lack of citizens inclusion in developmental projects, an ever-increasing number of abandoned projects and poor execution of the few projects implemented. Over the years, Nigerians in rural communities have little or no ideas about government projects in their communities, Tracka then enables citizens to collaborate, track and give feedback on public projects in their community. Tracka uses both online and offline engagement channels to keep residents informed about government projects. 

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Ayodeji Balogun

Ayodeji Balogun currently serves as the Country Manager for AFEX Commodities Exchange Limited (AFEX Nigeria) and the Regional Director for Africa Exchange Holdings Limited in West Africa, where he is pioneering the development of a private sector led commodities exchange and warehouse... Read More →
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Uadamen Ilevbaoje

Tracka Lead, BUDGIT
Uadamen is a Program manager with Nigerian-based BudgIT, an NGO.His work spans several projects funded by the UN Development Fund, Open Society Initiative for West Africa, United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, Making All Voices Count and Omidyar Networks, to improve... Read More →
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Juliet Ibekaku - Nwagwu, LL.M

Barrister Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu has twenty-four (24) years postgraduate experience as an international criminal law attorney and development expert. She was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1993. She has a Masters degree in International Human Rights, Humanitarian... Read More →
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Gift Omoidedia

Budeshi Program Director, PPDC
Gift Omoidedia currently serves as the Budeshi Program Director with the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC). She is very passionate about using Open Data advocacy to drive improved transparency, accountability and citizen's participation in governance. An avid supporter... Read More →
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Ayodeji Rotinwa

Freelance Journalist
Ayodeji Rotinwa is a Lagos-based freelance journalist who covers culture, development and social innovation across Nigeria and elsewhere on the African continent. He can be found online on Twitter - @ayodejirotinwa. Talk to me about LAGOS, things to know and places to go in the city... Read More →

Friday March 2, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am WAT
Floor 3

10:30am WAT

Bridging The Gender Digital Divide: Yali Leading The Way
Limited Capacity seats available

Developing countries around the world experience a gender divide in which an average of 25% fewer women than men have access to the internet, and this percentage surpasses 40% in sub-Saharan Africa (Women in the Web, Intel Corporation). In addition to this, the African continent has the lowest proportion of individuals using the internet in terms of total population and people aged 15-24, only 21.8% and 40.3% respectively (ICT Facts and Figures 2017, Intl. Telecommunication Union) . The Mandela Washington Fellowship and YALI are working to change this.

Come learn about the deeper causes of the Gender Digital Divide, complex ways it limits Africa’s economic and human potential and and what you can do to help. This session is powered by the passion and success of Mandela Fellows from across the continent and was coordinated by the Mandela Washington Fellows Alumni Association (Nigeria Chapter) and IREX.

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Kelechi Mbah

Business Strategy Lead, SERVICE DESK LTD
PROFILEKelechi Mbah is a Business Development Strategist with over a decade of working experience in the Telecoms, Media, Consulting and Technology industry.She has a background degree in Biomedical Sciences with a specialization in Clinical Chemistry and a post graduate diploma in... Read More →
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Patricia Ngoy

Patricia Ngoy is an IT specialist from the DRC.International speaker andpassionate mentor for young girls dreaming to pave their way in ICT,she is commited to bridging the digital gender gap in technology.Patricia founded Piccolo Africa, a platform that gives young women technology-based... Read More →
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Nkechi Okwuone

She is the Country Lead for Code for Nigeria, a local chapter of Code for Africa - the continent’s largest independent Open Data, Civic Media and Civic Technology Initiative. A former employee of Microsoft Nigeria with the Philanthropies team. She also served as the Head, Open Data... Read More →

Friday March 2, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am WAT
Experience Stage

10:30am WAT

Social Media As A Tool To Achieve The SDGs By 2030
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Social Media As A Tool To Achieve The SDGs By 2030 is an opportunity to emphasize the impacts of social media as a positive tool to drive the actualization the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs by 2030. This session is aimed at increasing awareness, stimulating discussions & showcasing social good works in all sectors.

Every year, we monitor the progress of the SDGs action packages in Nigeria and as of 2017, the major drivers of the Goals- Nigeria's youth , are less involved in the consensual actualization of the plan. This panel session invites major stakeholders in business, government and not for profit who are actively driving the Global Goals in Nigeria to help share information to increase awareness and influence young people to participate until we actualize the key programs of the Goals for the development of our nation, Nigeria.

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Runcie C.W. Chidebe

Runcie C.W. Chidebe, 31, a cancer control advocate, researcher, psychologist and one of the leading voices advocating for Nigeria to make cancer control a national health priority. Founder & Executive Director, Project PINK BLUE; and Founder, Abuja’s first Breast Cancer Support... Read More →
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Olumide Idowu

Olumide Idowu is an entrepreneur, environmentalist and activist who has successfully led grassroots campaigns in over 42 African countries with over seven years experience in the non-profit sector and specializes in practical issues associated with Climate Change, Open Data and development... Read More →
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Adepeju Jaiyeoba

A trained lawyer, Adepeju is passionate about making a difference in the lives of women and girls across the world as well as working to ensure Nigeria takes the health of women and children seriously.A skilled community development advocate, Adepeju is a Coady Institute Alumna and... Read More →

Friday March 2, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am WAT
Innovation Stage

12:00pm WAT

Cultivating Confidence for Creatives
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Research studies have revealed that creative professions are prone to depression and various other mental conditions at a higher rate than the general population. The purpose of this talk is share how to deal with the highs and lows of being a creative professional and how to cultivate confidence in your career and work.

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Moses Ida-Michaels

Director, AVAILSYS
Moses Ida-Michaels is a Director/co-owner of Availsys Limited. He has specialisms in tech sales covering Internet access, collaboration, cloud and industrial automation. He blends these with a passion for mental health and wellness in the workplace.Moses trained at the Copenhagen... Read More →

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Oyinda Fakeye

Creative Entrepreneur & Mindfulness Expert
Oyindamola Fakeye is a creative entrepreneur and mindfulness expert. In 2014 she started Sound Mind Africa as a platform to connect users and mental health professionals, provide holistic health promotion in the area of mental and emotional wellbeing and create advocacy around mental... Read More →
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Sharon Ojong

Creative Communications Director, D.E.E.V.A.S
I am a Creative Communication Specialist with over a decade of experience in the African fashion industry, with my focus on inspiring and empowering challenger brands to think bigger, by sharing knowledge and lifestyle across multimedia platforms.You can ask me anything on how to... Read More →
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Victor Ugo

A Medical Doctor, a Mental Health Advocate and the Founder of Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative, a non-governmental nonprofit working to improve on the dire state of mental health and access to care for the mentally ill in Nigeria.

Friday March 2, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm WAT

12:00pm WAT

Female African Powerhouses: Leveraging Social Media To Build Globally Recognised Brands
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The Black woman is finally being recognized as a force to be reckoned with by people of all races the world over! Female African Powerhouses Who Have Leveraged Social Media To Build Globally Recognised Brands delves into the minds of female powerhouses who have shattered the status quo. Our featured panelist are creating a different narrative of how the world views Black & African women. With themes such as Black skin is beautiful, kinky hair is amazing, black women can lead tech, black people travel, etc. Black woman are leading brands that are recognised globally.

This panel represents #BlackGirlMagic at its finest! Panel members will:
  • Give a history of their brands & how they began
  • Talk about their initial vision
  • Talk about how they were able to use social media to put this vision across
  • Talk about obstacles faced, or where they were pleasantly surprised at how quickly their ideas were adopted, while challenging the norm to bring their African brands to western markets
  • Talk about how they were able to get noticed on a global platform
  • Advise on how their success can be emulated
  • Talk about how they continue to use social media and how they envisage their social media use will evolve over time

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Lola Maja-Okojevoh

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Afua Osei

Afua Osei is a co-founder of She Leads Africa, a media company for millennial African women. She is an expert in creating digital content and live experiences that impact and connect with a new generation of smart, ambitious African women.Afua has been all over the world with her... Read More →
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Chika Uwazie

Recruiter, Career Queen
Chika Uwazie is a human capital expert for small business owners who want to build amazing teams. Through her years as a serial entrepreneur, recruiter, and running a HR software company, she’s here to show you how to hire, retain, and inspire your employees while doing it on a... Read More →

Friday March 2, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm WAT
Experience Stage

1:00pm WAT

Design, Perception & Identity
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Founded in 2011 by Rukky Ladoja and Obida Obioha, Grey’s thematic collections revolve around the concept of simultaneously globalising and localising African culture using contemporary fashion as a medium.  Taking ideas or stories rooted in the traditions of Ladoja’s culture and making them globally relatable.
Our priority is to explore ways to make culturally inspired fashion approachable while providing feminine style options for women who are looking to incorporate beautiful fragments of African society directly into their cosmopolitan wardrobe. Previous seasons have seen collections based on basket weaving and traditional royal accessories local to western African cultures and identities; breaking the norms and ideas behind these traditions into bold woven and screen prints while keeping the shapes contemporary and functional.
Over the years, as well as presenting at the prestigious Lagos fashion and design week annually, Grey has had successful presentations at the international fashion showcase at London fashion week. It has also focused its marketing and sales strategies towards trade shows such as the WWD Women’s Magic trade show in Las Vegas. Rukky Ladoja has won local awards for her contemporary designs and for being a pioneer in the Nigerian ready to wear fashion industry including the British council Young creative entrepreneuraward in 2013.
In this panel session we explore how design helps to construct and inform our identity and perception, including the following:
  • Using clothing as communication:communicating gender, social identity and consumer culture.
  • Are you what you wear? Dissecting the identity of the fashion label vis a vis the identity of the label’s target customer.
  • The evolution of a brand’s aesthetic,including the impact of appealing to an international market on your brand’s aesthetic and design.
  • How creative elements in the visual identities of brands affects consumer perception (luxury v high street /affordable)

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Latti Bamisedun

Latti is the founder of BWL Agency, a boutique PR agency based in Lagos, Nigeria. A highly seasoned PR expert, Latti has advised multinational companies such as PANDORA, MOET HENNESSY as well as many non-government, looking to expand their foot print in Africa.She studied Media and... Read More →
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Tsemaye Binitie

Head Designer/Founder, TSEMAYE BINITIE
Tsemaye Binitie (Shey-mah-yeh Bee-nee-tee-a) launched his namesake fashion label following on from stints on the creative teams at Stella McCartney, John Richmond and Burberry. The Tsemaye Binitie label is a contemporary fashion brand, characterised by exquisite clothing encapsulating... Read More →
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Veronica Odeka

The name Veronica Ebie-Odeka is one easily recognized by all in the fashion, entertainment and lifestyle industry. She is an international stylist born and raised in Houston Texas, USA with a ten year background in high fashion runway modeling, print, and commercial and spokes modeling.Upon... Read More →
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Tokini Peterside

Founder & Director, ART X LAGOS
Tokini Peterside is the Founder and Director of ART X Lagos, West Africa’s first international contemporary art fair, which debuted in 2016. She created ART X Lagos to widen Nigeria’s connection to the contemporary art scene in Africa and internationally, to contribute to the... Read More →

Friday March 2, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm WAT
  Panel, NXT Stage

2:30pm WAT

Storytelling Through Film - A Panacea
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Movies and all forms of visual storytelling, have always been more than just a tool for entertainment. Over the years, film has been used as a tool for social re-engineering, promoting themes which form the notions and opinions of viewers. Film often forms the first impressions people have for other societies and cultures and  when utilized skillfully, has proven to be a huge tool in social development.

The current state of our nation and society, is heartbreaking. There is a crisis of fitting the identities of the individual (ethnicities) within the constructs of the community (nation). Internally, there are so many lines that divide. This is evident oftentimes in the manner in which harmless conversations on social media rapidly degenerate into a hate filled back and forth, which often play along the prejudiced lines of tribe, religion and societal status. 

Nollywood has a huge role to play by emphasizing storytelling as a tool for nation building. Telling the right stories and promoting positive themes, can provoke necessary discussions among individuals, in homes, offices and streets. Passing the right information will go a long way in correcting wrongly held views and notions, while promoting a society that is more accommodating, and tolerant to the individual as well as the society as a whole.

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Desola Ade-Unuigbe

Showbiz/Events Editor, BELLA NAIJA
Adesola Ade-Unuigbe is currently the Showbiz and Events Editor for Africa’s leading online lifestyle platform, BellaNaija.com. With an educational background in Mass Communications, she has had over 5 years experience in the media industry.
She has several notches on her belt... Read More →
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Bolaji Kekere Ekun

Bolaji Kekere-Ekun is the founder of the 37thState media production company and a graduate of the Mastersprogramme in Film & Television production at the world’s foremost film school, The USC School of Cinematic Arts.He has been featured on MTV Base and BET Africa as one of Africa’s... Read More →
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Tope Oshin

Tope Oshin is a Nigerian television and film director, producer and casting director. In 2015 Pulse magazine named her as one of "9 Nigerian female movie directors you should know" in the Nollywood film industry. As a child she engaged in drawing, singing and dancing, and had aspirations... Read More →
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Jade Osiberu

Founder, TRIBE85
Jadesola Osiberu earned her first degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from the University of Manchester, but after a brief stint as a Software Engineer at Neptune Software, she returned to her true passion and went on to obtain a Masters in Media and Communications.Her career... Read More →
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Imoh Umoren

IMOH UMOREN’S BRIEF PROFILE Imoh Umoren is a multiple-award winning Director and Producer. Born on 13th August 1982. He is vastly experienced in all parts of production, Studied Television and Film in Ryerson, Canada. Severally nominated for The Future Awards Screen Producer Of... Read More →

Friday March 2, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm WAT
  Panel, NXT Stage

3:00pm WAT

The CNN Debate: How Can Social Media Be Used To Drive The African MeToo Conversation?
Limited Capacity seats available

CNN Africa will  debate how social media can be (and is being used) to drive the conversation beyond the Western #MeToo movement to include African voices who have also been victims of abuse and harassment.

We will speak to some of the Nigerian #Silencebreakers who have been brave enough to share their stories with us and also women who have spoken out via social media about their experiences. This session will also include women who have started using the #NoMore hashtag on social media to drive the Nigerian narrative around this issue.

The CNN Debate: How Can Social Media Be Used To Drive The African MeToo Conversation? will also include male allies who can help to push the conversation into places where women are often shut out to bring about awareness and a mindset shift.

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Stephanie Busari

Editor, CNN Africa
Stephanie Busari is an award-winning journalist and passionate community activist, central to pioneering CNN's first digital and multimedia bureau in Lagos, Nigeria. In April 2016, she exclusively obtained the proof of life video that showed that the missing Chibok girls kidnapped... Read More →
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Kemi Dasilva- Ibru

Anita Kemi DaSilva - Ibru MD; MPH
 Founder | Women at Risk International Foundation | WARIF Anita Kemi Dasilva is a specialist Obstetrician and Gynecologist with a medical back-ground that extends to Public Health. A qualified and experienced specialist since 2002, Dr. Dasilva has... Read More →
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Eurel Nwafor

Twenty two year old Eurel Nwafor is a survivor, who runs her own business, Yurellz leading tech ventures, A strong young lady who took to Social media to call out her abuser, in spite of the fact that she was threatened against doing so, She has become a voice and an example in helping... Read More →
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Edmund Olotu

Edmund Olotu has founded and financed several Technology companies in Nigeria and the USA. US Companies include Novira Therapeutics Inc.-a novel antiviral drug discovery company sold to Johnson and Johnson for $600M in 2015 and Generate4Schools LLC -a first data payment partner using... Read More →
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Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi

Founder, STER
Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi is a graduate of Development Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations with specialization in Gender Studies from Swansea University, United Kingdom. She commenced her advocacy work by interning at... Read More →
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Ireti Bakare - Yusuf

Principal Partner - Nottinghill Media
Ireti Bakare-Yusuf is the Principal Partner of NottingHill Media, a Marketing, Public Relations and Media company. She is a radio personality on the popular radio News show – Freshly Pressed on Smooth FM. She is also the writer, co-director and producer of the award nominated documentary... Read More →

Friday March 2, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm WAT
Experience Stage

4:30pm WAT

de:Brief - A Meetup For Digital Experts
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de:brief is a platform where industry experts discuss topics relating to the digital and creative advertising industry. de:Brief - A Meetup For Digital Experts is a panel discussion that aims to create and foster an ecosystem for people in the digital industry to share their experiences, views, ideas and suggestions about the development of the industry.

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Evans Akanno

CEO, Cregital Design Agency
Evans is the Founder of Cregital - A Digital Design & Development Agencythat collaborates with brands to increase their value and impact through branding and digital experiences. He is also Founder of Zegist.com a social network for everyday people.
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Oluwaseyi Bank-Oni

Senior Account Manager, WEBCOUPERS
A combination of her experience in Digital Marketing working with major brands, along with an MBA in Marketing & Brand Management quickly earned this bubbly young woman the nickname “Branding Powerhouse”.With a solid understanding of the digital world, Seyi develops and executes... Read More →
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Olufunbi Falayi

Olufunbi is a Computer Science & Economics graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Also, studied Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Executive) at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB).He is a Partner at Passion Incubator; an early stage technology incubator and accelerator... Read More →
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Neo Ighodaro

Neo is currently the Chief Technical Officer at hotels.ng (the biggest online booking platform in Nigeria) and the Founder of CreativityKills, a software development agency. He has over 12 years of experience building and designing software.Neo is an active tech community builder... Read More →
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Jeti Olaf

UI/UX Consultant, Jeti Olafimihan
Jeti is a creative consultant offering a wide range of solutions to Organisations, SMEs and Start-Ups. She specializes in Ideation, Branding and User Interface/Experience Design. Her academic & professional experience in technology, business, and design along with her keen interests... Read More →
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Abiola Seriki

Client Service Manager, Webcoupers Consulting
I’m passionate about the growth and management of sustainable businesses across the world through digital transformation. I have over 4 years of experience strategizing and curating digital experiences for startups, SMEs and large businesses in Nigeria & UK. In my current role at... Read More →

Friday March 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm WAT
Floor 3
  Panel, Studio

4:30pm WAT

The Digital Takeover: How Millennials Are Changing The Financial Landscape
Limited Capacity seats available

Every generation leaves its mark on the world, and every generation is influenced by the world they are nurtured in. Infact, with each passing generation comes a new set of values and expectations.

Today, we are so caught up on the millennial discussion. What trends are they driving? What are their interests? Why do they do the things they? Finally, how can industries adapt to continue to appeal to their newest target audience?

Growing up with an anytime, anywhere outlook to accessing a proliferation of online content and social media, millennials expect the same convenience and ease from their service providers - regardless of the industry. The financial services sector is no exception.

As millennials’ purchasing power continues to increase, this ‘always-on’ generation is continuously transforming banking by demanding and creating upgraded digital services that meet and exceed their own increasingly high service delivery expectations.

Their interest in solutions that simplify daily tasks such as bill payments, bank transfers, withdrawals and deposits, is already inspiring traditional financial institutions to push the industry envelope, thinking outside the box to offer banking solutions that keep pace with their online-only competitors.

2018 Social Media Week Lagos (#SMWLagos) provides us with a veritable platform to deepen discussions on this subject matter. Fidelity Bank, on the other hand is organizing a focused session on ‘The Millennial Takeover: How Millennials Are Changing The Financial Landscape”. Don’t be left out of the conversation, join us!

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Mo Abudu

CEO, EbonyLife TV
ABOUT MO ABUDUMo Abudu has achieved success in various fields, including energy, hospitality and human resources before entering the world of media as the Creator and Hostess of “MOMENTS WITH MO”, earning the accolade of Africa’s ‘first lady of chat’. The show was the first... Read More →
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Bayo Adekanmbi

Chief Transformation Officer, MTN Nigeria
Bayo Adekanmbi is an award-winning business executive who combines 17 years of cognate industry experience in Strategy, Marketing and Analytics from two largest economies in Africa (Nigeria and South Africa).He is a hands-on Data scientist validated by Kaggle.com and in the Top 1... Read More →
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Shola Akinlade

Shola Akinlade is the Co-Founder and CEO of Paystack, an online payments company that helps African merchants get paid by anyone, anywhere in the world.Over 7,000 businesses use Paystack to collect both one-time and recurring payments, including some of Nigeria’s largest brands... Read More →
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Gbolahan Joshua

Chief Operations & Information Officer, Fidelity Bank Plc
Gbolahan has over 17 years experience in assurance and banking where he has held leadership positions including Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Strategy Officer, and Chief Information Officer (CIO). He is currently the Chief Operations & Information Officer of Fidelity Bank with... Read More →
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Ndidi Nwuneli

Founder/Director, LEAP Africa
Ndidi Nwuneli is the Founder of LEAP Africa, a leading youth leadership nonprofit organization, and co-Founder of AACE Food Processing & Distribution, an indigenous agroprocessing company that was founded in 2009 to fight malnutrition, reduce post-harvest losses among smallholder... Read More →
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Sam Onyemelukwe

Managing Director, Trace
Mr. Onyemelukwe comes from a creative background with a degree in Fine Arts and began his career at Walt Disney in Burbank, California.He has been works in media and entertainment in Nigeria and across The Continent since 2008 and was most recently Business Development Manager, Nigeria... Read More →
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Oluwole Oyeniran

Technology & Digital, Deloitte & Touche
I am the Technology & Digital leader for Deloitte & Touche in West Africa. In this role I have responsibility for enterprise solutions and the technical elements of digital transformation. I also have oversight of other technology advisory areas. I assist my clients understand and... Read More →

Friday March 2, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm WAT
Experience Stage