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Social Media Week Lagos 2019 Focuses on Future of Africa
Africa’s largest tech and media gathering,Social Media Week, returns to Landmark Centre in Lagos, Nigeria on the 4th through the 8th of February 2019. The event hosts thousands of people from globally recognized brands, leading business executives, pop culture luminaries, and the like, all keenly focused on Africa and its future annually, had 23,364 visitors across the week and garnered an online social reach of 646.6 million in 2018.
The conference tagged ‘Stories: With Great Influence Comes Great Responsibility’ looks to debut two new programming tracks; Prospr- gathers fintech founders, finance executives, bankers, economists and other stakeholders to discuss how we leverage technology and digital media to achieve financial inclusion for all and ensure a prosperous Africa for generations to come and WomenFWD, which features female founders and key executives from some of Africa’s most innovative brands and women-led tech startups. Programming fosters discussions on the unique challenges women face in the tech space and the huge opportunities available, while also celebrating the accomplishments of African women in tech. In addition, it hopes to improve upon the conference and heighten the attendee experience.
“Our stories serve as a reference point and are integral to our identity as Africans. The current digital paradigm has allowed for the amplification of our stories and enabled us to have tremendous impact beyond our communities, our countries and the continent’s borders. It is also the case, that with this impact comes great responsibility and an obligation to use our collective influence to move Africa forward.” – Ngozi Odita, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Social Media Week Lagos.
The event will take a deep dive into the power of stories told and how as content creators, policymakers, brands, journalists and citizens can influence our community, customers, audience and constituents for the greater good.
Also, new for 2019 are two international collaborations, with German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle and US media power house HuffPost. Finally through a partnership with GIGM.com SMW Lagos will introduce daily shuttles from the mainland to the SMW Lagos Campus.
Social Media Week Lagos conference programming will feature on three mainstages, in a masterclass suite, studio suite, speakeasy suite, Meetup Lounge, and 3 Workshop spaces. Experiential programming includes the offline Wellness Studio, the AfricaNXT Annex. This years event will feature over 400 speakers including Lasisi Elenu, Joey Akan, Collins Onuegbu, Obinna Ezekie, Afua Osei, Eva Alordiah, JJ Omojuwa, Idia Aisien, Banky W, Nedu Wazobia, Eku Edewor, Nkem Begho, Tomi Davies, Basketmouth, Odunayo Eweniyi, Folu Storms, and Bizzle Osikoya
Social Media Week Lagos 2019 is set to take place at Landmark, Centre and runs from the 4th to the 8th of February 2018. To attend, register for a badge at http://smwlagos.com/attend/. Registered attendees can build their schedule at: http://smwlagos.com/schedule/.
The 2019 edition partners with Stanbic IBTC, Deutsche Welle, TROYKA, Nigeria Communications Commissions, AFEX Commodities Exchange Limited, Virgin Atlantic, The Wheatbaker, GIGM.com, MainOne, Nigeria NLG Limited, Coca Cola, Red Bull, renmoney, The Guardian, HuffPost, Black Enterprise, Doculand, Cregital, eNitiate, Insight Redefini, Legit.ng, African Business, New African, Beat99.9 FM, BellaNaija, MTVBase, Business Insider by Pulse.ng, The Nerve Africa, Business Day, Lost In Lagos, wecyclers, Ken Saro Wiwa Foundation, Pop Up Africa, and Travel Massive Lagos