Lagos Social Media Week 2015 set to hold in February


The Lagos Social Media Week 2015, a component of the worldwide conference connecting people and content to promote conversation on media and emerging trend, is scheduled to take place at the Landmark Centre from February 23 to 27, 2015. It is informed by the global event ‘Social Media Week and the theme for the year is “Upwardly Mobile: The Rise of a Connected Africa”, adapted from the global theme “Upwardly Mobile: The Rise of the Connected Class”.

The Selected SMW Lagos 2015 theme is expected to set the stage for thought-provoking and insightful discussions on the impact of mobile technology across Africa. With Africa being the second fastest growing mobile technology market and the largest mobile market in world, it is important to take a critical look at what a connected continent of 1 billion people means for the global economy and the world at large.

The format of the week-long conference will be a mixture of keynotes, panels, workshops, and networking events/mixers that explore a wide range of topics including business, entertainment, education, technology and politics. Social Media Week Lagos is also expected to play host to more than 25,000 people over the course of 5 days as well as enhance the conference’s program offerings to include digital installations, co-working spaces, executive meeting rooms, exhibitions and a pop-up marketplace.

SMW Lagos is free and open to the public. It also attracts some of the most skilled, dynamic and fun loving young Nigerians.

The Social Media Week Lagos 2015 is the third edition of the conference and is significant because it brings together thought leaders, key stakeholders and the public to explore issues that are important for the modern world. It is the largest, tech, new media and business conference on the continent of Africa.

Speakers expected at the event include a wide range of celebrity and media personalities including,  Obiageli Ezekwesili, Senior Economic Advisor, Open Society Foundation; Sound Sultan, Naija Ninjas; Chude Jideonwo, Owner, Red Media; Miriam Elder, Foreign Editor, BuzzFeed; Fade Ogunro, Radio Host/ TV Producer, BEAT 99.9FM/ Film Factory; Jason Njoku, CEO, iROKO; ‘Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria; Edetaen Ojo, Executive Director, Media Rights Agenda; and Yinka Adegoke, Quartz, Editor.

Others are MI Abaga, Musician, Chocolate City; Olamide Adedeji, Channel Manager/Group Channels Producer, Soundcity/ONTV Nigeria, SpiceTV, Televista, Trybe, Access 24; Ohimai Godwin Amaize, Founder, Rethink Nigeria; DJ Jimmy Jatt; Eku Edewor Actress and TV Presenter, Eclipse West Africa; Lanre Da Silva AJayi; Lynxxx, Musician, Record Label Owner; Noble Igwe, CEO, 360 Nobs; Linda Ikeji, Blogger; Funke Babs Kufeji, Assistant Style Editor, This Day Style; Audu Maikori, CEO, Chocolate City Group; Toke Makinwa, Multimedia Personality & Presenter, Rhythm 93.7; and Nnenna Nwakanma, Co-Founder, Free Software & Open Source Foundation for Africa;

Other expected participants are Amaram Nwakpa, Coordinator, Public Policy Initiatives, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation; Tolu Ogunlesi, Journalist, Author; Fatu Ogwuche, New Media Consultant, Independent National Electoral Commission Citizen Contact Centre; Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, CEO, Women Arise for Change; Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Broadcaster/CEO/Media Consultant, The Beat 99.9 FM / Speakerboxx; Japheth Omojuwa, Curator,; among others.

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