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Monday, February 4


artHERE: The Paintertainer
Limited Capacity seats available

artHERE: The Paintertainer involves creating iconic portraits and experiences with color, sound and energy.

artHERE is an initiative in collaboration with local artists. Using public space as their canvas, artHERE collaborators bring art to the people through visual, experiential and audio pop ups throughout the #africanxt pavilion. 

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Nimi Izulu

Performance Painter, AYNE Network
I’m a creator. Experiences, Art, fashion, film etc. I would to interact with people about the evolution of art and entertainment .

Monday February 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
NXT Pop Up


#AfricaNXT Opening
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AfricaNXT is back for year 2! Join us for opening day festivities ... pop up performances, interactive art installations, limited edition AfricaNXT swag, giveaways and good times to be had by all! AfricaNXT celebrates the remarkable individuals impacting communities and culture across Africa and the Diaspora.

Sounds Courtesy of Teck-zilla

Featured Artists:
Williams Chechet
The Paintertainer

AfricaNXT serves as a platform to showcase the makers, artists, creatives and doers transforming Africa. The week-long festival couples exhibitions with public programming that boldly highlights the work of Africa s next cadre of visionaries. AfricaNXT is a fertile ground for NEXT level ideas rooted in collaboration. From the decor to featured workshops, AfricaNXT serves as a key example of how we can do more and go further together. #AfricaNXT is produced by the SMW Lagos team.

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Nimi Izulu

Performance Painter, AYNE Network
I’m a creator. Experiences, Art, fashion, film etc. I would to interact with people about the evolution of art and entertainment .

Monday February 4, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
AfricaNXT Stage


Storyteller's Studio
Limited Capacity seats available

We all have a story to tell. Our stories are powerful, they change the narrative, they inspire, they transform and they have the power to change the world around us. The Storyteller's Studio is a pop up media experience that empowers attendees to tell their stories.

Through interactive conversations and hands-on workshop attendees will experiment with audio, video and photo capturing all via their mobile device. Attendees will engage with the environment around them documenting themselves and others to weave together stories. Attendees can share their work and receive feedback from award winning content creators.

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Roxanne L. Scott

Editorial Director, SMW Lagos
Freelance audio producer. Reporter for WABE News- Atlanta’s NPR station.
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Tayo Odutola

Sound engineer, str8buttah productions

Monday February 4, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
NXT Pop Up


artHERE: Community Mural Led By Williams Chechet
Nigerian artist Williams Chechet drawing inspiration from the #SMWLAGOS 2019 theme "Stories: With Great Influence Come Great Responsibility" leads attendees in creating a mixed media mural incorporating images of iconic African cultural figures, newspaper print from the last decade, acrylic paints and markers.

artHERE is an initiative in collaboration with local artists. Using public space as their canvas, artHERE collaborators bring art to the people through visual, experiential and audio pop ups throughout the #africanxt pavilion.

Monday February 4, 2019 3:00pm - Friday February 8, 2019 3:00pm
NXT Pop Up


Opening Nite Mixer
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We re rolling out the red carpet at SMW Lagos! Please join us on Monday, February 4, in the AfricaNXT Annex from 7:00-9:00 PM to celebrate the opening night of SMW Lagos. This will be an excellent opportunity to network with local marketing professionals and chat with our conference speakers and event organizers. Enjoy complimentary small chops and drinks.  

All SMW Lagos badge holders will be admitted.

Monday February 4, 2019 6:30pm - 9:00pm
AfricaNXT Stage
Tuesday, February 5


OOTD Disrupt: The Look
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Body image, body shaming, social media trolling/cyber-bulling has been reoccurring factors in today's world of social media. The average person has at one time or the other been a victim of body shaming. Why do you look skinny? Why are you so fat? Why are you so curvy? Why aren't you curvy? Where is your summer body? Why is your nose broad? These questions have seeped into our subconscious, making us feel less beautiful or desired and yearn for the desperate need for validation. The dangerous aftermath of this is depression and mental health issues.

How has changing or improving one's style resulted in body image positivity and confidence? How have fashion influencers with different body types inspired their followers to be more confident in themselves? OOTD DISRUPT: THE LOOK is a panel discussion that will challenge these question while sharing stories on how style and body image can impact lives!

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Idia Aisien

TV Host, Arise News
Idia Aisien is an award winning TV Host. She has worked with Fox 5 News, the AARP Foundation, Discovery Communications, the Foreign Policy Initiative, the United Nations and Atlas Mara.She has modeled for many brands, such as BMW Nigeria, LAN Airlines, Black Opal, Nivea, Alice + Olivia... Read More →
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Eva Alordiah

Performing Artiste/Author
Eva Alordiah is a Nigerian rapper, entertainer, make-up artist, fashion designer and entrepreneur.She is considered one of the best female rappers in Nigeria.Since her breakthrough into the Nigerian music industry, Eva has garnered several awards including one Nigeria Entertainment... Read More →
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Eku Edewor

Actor/TV Personality
Eku Edewor is an actress, television personality and host of the award-winning entertainment show, 53 Extra – which showcases the latest in music, film, fashion and red carpet events across the African continent. Whether gracing the covers of magazines, interviewing... Read More →
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Denola Grey

Media Presenter/Actor
Dénola Grey is a media public figure with a career in television presenting, acting and digital content creation. He is also a fashion consultant and freelance writer. Over the last five years, he has become a representative of the new vibrant and brave generation of young Nigerians... Read More →
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Kate Henshaw

Actor, Nollywood
Kate Henshaw is a talented actress and one of the very best in theNigerian Movie Industry.The gracious mother of an adorable daughter is known to give her best inwhatever she does. Her wealth of experience and rich character has earned her a place in the hearts and minds of many.She... Read More →
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Latasha Ngwube

Editor/Lifestyle Journalist, Vanguard Allure
Latasha Ngwube’s career path has been so multi-faceted, that many may find it a bit challenging to exclusively define who she is. This is actually an advantage, as it means there’s really no one else she can be compared to in her fields of specialization. She is one of Africa’s... Read More →

Tuesday February 5, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
AfricaNXT Stage


Redefining The Beauty Of African Hair
Limited Capacity seats available

Who sets the standards on what is perceived as acceptable hair on an African? Why are we afraid of the kink in our roots? How do we redefine the standard of Beautiful African hair?

In recognizing who we are, we able to respect and improve ourselves as individuals; in turn our immediate environment and the world. Redefining The Beauty of African Hair is a conversation that will dig deep in examining our self worth as Africans starting with our crowns. In the famous words of Lucille Ball "Love yourself first and then everything else falls into line".

We will discuss:
  • A fresh perspective on what it means to be beautiful  
  • How social media is shifting the mindset that western standards (straight hair) are the only acceptable norm. 
  • Breaking negative stereotypes around African hair.
  • How social media is creating new role models for African identity.

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Ade Balogun

CEO, Locitude
Ade is the founder and CEO of Locitude Enterprise, a business that functions as a platform for thousands of people with dreadlocks (locs).After 4 years of battling with societal acceptance of dreadlocks, limited styling options and unprofessional salon services, Ade re-created styles... Read More →

Tuesday February 5, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
NXT Lit Lab


Social, Stylish & Sustainable
Social, Stylish & Sustainable demystifies the process of running a successful fashion business in this social era. Social media has provided a platform for fashion buyers, fashion sellers, fashion window-shoppers and fashion commentators to connect. As a brand it's important to understand how to make use of social media to market to new and existing customers. 

This event anchored by media girl Mimi Onalaja, aims to start a conversation about translating 'likes' to sales in order to grow and run a sustainable fashion business in Nigeria. In a fun and engaging session featuring a panel of seasoned fashion experts- a fashion designer, fashion blogger, fashion buyer and fashion stylist, this event will teach you how to make the most of the many social platforms available to you.

Participants will get the chance to network and learn new tips and tricks from some of the hotshots in the fashion industry in a fun, laid back and engaging environment.

  • How to identify industry trends and be part of the conversation.
  • Things to know before deciding on what line of fashion to go into.
  • How to take advantage of social commerce (online sales)
  • How to carve a niche for yourself in the expanding fashion industry.
  • How to build valuable relationships in the fashion industry.
  • How to grow your social media following.

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Oluwatomiwa Oladele

Tomiwa Oladele is a serial entrepreneur and the Creative Director of House of Ayaba, a fast growing fashion and lifestyle brand based in Lagos Nigeria and parent company of (AYABA BRIDAL- the brand’s bridal line, AYABA OFFICIAL- it’s made-to-measure line, AYABA WOMAN-it’s ready... Read More →

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Moses Ebite

Creative Lead, Moses Ebite Company
Moses Ebite is the creative Lead at the Moses Ebite Company formerly Moashystyling Company. With 5yrs experience, Moses has worked on several fashion campaigns and runway events which includes: Arise Fashion week, Lagos Fashion & Design Week. Magazine jobs: This Day Style, Allure... Read More →
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Aderinola Odugbesan-Thomas

Aderinola Odugbesan-Thomas is the Nigerian fashion industry’s best-dressed accident.She started her career in the fashion industry in the business development department of a multi-title publication that also happened to have a fashion magazine in its stable.Her closest brush with... Read More →
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Bidemi Zakariyau

Founder & CEO, LSF|PR
Founder & CEO of LSF|PR, a full service public relations agency in Lagos, Nigeria - Forbes 30 Under 30 (2018)

Tuesday February 5, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Experience Stage


Guides On Publishing Literature In Nigeria In 2019
Interaction with traditional and online publishers on the state of publishing and book business in Nigeria. Audience will able to engage directly with industry experts on business opportunities within the literary space


Okechukwu Ofili 
CEO, OkadaBooks Digital Publishing and Distribution Company

Steve Shaba
Publisher, Kraft Books
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Writer, company: Daily Trust

Toni Kan
CEO, This is Lagos

Tuesday February 5, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
NXT Lit Lab
Wednesday, February 6


Digital Media & The Music Biz
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Digital Media & The Music Biz is an event aimed at discussing important issues surrounding the entertainment industry with a special focus on music.

A lot of upcoming artist  believe they can only ''blow'' if they feature a big artist on a song...but is that strategy a waste of energy and resources?  Panelist will discuss digital music distribution, split sheets, ROI, Content for artists and growing a fan base with best practices from social media.

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Eze Ezegozie

General Manager (Africa), Universal Music
Eze Ezegozie Jr. is the General Manager for Universal Music Group Nigeria & West Africa. He is a seasoned and tested entertainment industry executive with a focus on bridging the gap between Africa and the world. With an ear for sound and an eye for brand potential, Eze is developing... Read More →
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Joey Akan

Journalist, CNN
Multi Award-winning Journalist.Music Intelligence.Columnist: @guardiannigeriawords: @okayafrica, @CNN, @newyorkermagNo Ketchup Podcast
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Akinyemi Ayinoluwa

Lawyer, Greysage
Experienced Entertainment Lawyer championing Creativity, Innovation, Culture, and Wealth Creation.
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Fola Folayan

Boradcast journalist, Digital Media Manager, Operations Director & Lecturer at BRMC_NG
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DJ Klem

Producer, DJ Klem Studios
With production credits for some of Nigeria's finest artists including Wizkid, Mo'Cheddah, Sasha P, VECtor, EVA , Ice Prince, Sound Sultan, Sauce Kid (Sinzu), Phenom and many more, and with two critically celebrated albums (Six8Ten and Afrofunkydiscosoul) to his name, DJ Klem is undoubtedly... Read More →
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Bizzle Osikoya

Partner, Plug NG
i am an A&R | Music & Entertainment Consultant | Digital Marketing and founder, The Plug.

Wednesday February 6, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Studio Suite
Thursday, February 7


The Art Of Ingenious Storytelling
Influencing in the millennial age has been given a whole new meaning, and the responsibility of players has never been greater than it is today.

The Art of Ingenious Storytelling is a robust panel discussion designed to dissect the degree of importance of influencing in this age, and how to best influence through expert ingenious storytelling.

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Claire Idera

Claire Idera, Designer/Artist
I freelanced for the past 6years as an illustrator, designer and artist. I am constantly creating a practice for myself while making magic for several brands like Lisa Folawiyo, Hugo Boss, Rele Gallery and others.

Thursday February 7, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Experience Stage


#SMWSHOPAFRICA Pop Up Style Studio
Limited Capacity seats available

SMW Lagos's very own #SHOPAFRICA Pop Up Style Studio curated by The Kach It Project a collaboration between Pop Up Africa and US based Celebrity Stylist Kanayo Ebi's Kach Me If You Can Showroom. The pop up will feature designers from across the continent and the diaspora including a few London and NYC based African designers.

Attendees can shop the collection of local and diaspora designers, sign up for a style consultation, sit for a fashion portrait, and go home with a styled out polaroid.

Thursday February 7, 2019 12:00pm - 8:00pm
NXT Pop Up


The Democratisation Of Fashion: New Media, Storytelling & The Role Of Technology In The African Fashion Industry
In a hyper connected digital age, it can be a challenge for brands to tell their stories and cut through the noise with clarity and credibility. Add in a broken distribution system, a news cycle that moves at warp speed and heated political and social climate - social media can feel fraught with peril for both established and emerging brands.

Technology is breaking down barriers, exponentially increasing communication channels and forcibly evolving business models. What does this mean for the future of African fashion?

Successful retail brands, designers and industry creatives must employ strategy and build individual roadmaps for their businesses that foster growth, sustain creativity, drive connection, and build community.

Whether you re just getting started in the industry marketing or are looking for ways to elevate your brand to the next level, this panel will cut to the chase and show you exactly what methods leading industry professionals at the top of their respective careers are doing to navigate these waters. From what apps they use, how streetwear is influencing the runway , why trends never die and more.

Join BellaNaija Style, as we showcase creative and fashion leaders who have mastered the elusive balance between technology and fashion and are at the forefront of shaping the industry s future.

Thursday February 7, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Experience Stage


Story Telling & Social Media: Growing A Community Of Readers
Award-winning writers and literary influencers  will about the use of social media as a creative producers which tools they are utlizing to build their personal brands, and engage with and grow their audiences and followership. Story Telling & Social Media: Growing A Community Of Readers will also discuss the impact of social media on literature and reading in Nigeria.

Olakunle Kasumu - The Host Of Channels Book Club. (Moderator)
Toni Kan, - writer, editor, public relations executive, and teacher.
Enagite Efumuaye – Managing Editor Kachifo Nigeria Ltd.
Jude Idada -  Screen writer, actor, poet, playwright and producer best known for writing the multi-award feature film, The Tenant.
 Ḱlá Túb̀sún -  Linguist, writer, scholar and cultural activist whose work and influence span the fields of education, technology, literature,  and journalism.

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Enajite Efemuaye

Managing Editor, Kachifo Nigeria Ltd
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Jude Idada

Screen Writer, The Tenant

Thursday February 7, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
AfricaNXT Stage


#SMWSHOPAFRICA Portfolio Reviews
Emerging designers, stylists and fashion bloggers are invited to join us for #SMWSHOPAFRICA Portfolio Reviews, an opportunity to get 1-2-1 feedback from a a small group of industry experts.

Thursday February 7, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
NXT Workshop


All Access! A Behind The Scenes, No-Holds-Barred Look At Fashion Week Across Africa
There are more and more fashion weeks across the continent and with the recent formation of the Africa Fashion Federation, this panel discussion will explore the growth of Lagos Fashion Week and the emergence of other fashion weeks across the continent.

We'll ask how Fashion Week has impacted the fashion industry in Africa, what opportunities and value they bring and explore the criticisms of those who say the phenomenon is elitist and cliquey. We'll unpack how social media helps to raise the profile of contemporary African style and enables host countries to connect with one another.

Thursday February 7, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
AfricaNXT Stage
Friday, February 8


The Art Of Storytelling
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A good story lives forever. Every good story understands storytelling to be more than just an activity but an art. This masterclass will feature expert storytellers as they share their secrets to reaching more audiences across all age barriers while making impact through their stories.

The Art Of Storytelling will:
  • shape the audience ideas into compelling and well-structured narratives and complex story worlds
  • teach attendants on how to create cohesive user experiences across different platforms
  • teach on how to evaluate existing and emerging technologies to share your story with the world, and how to help your audience participate in the larger story world

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Xavier Ighorodje

Principal Creative Officer, Ogbonor
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Chekwube Okonkwo

Art Director, Magic Carpet Studios
An art director with the passion to express my perceptions of life in forms and ways that would communicate the right emotions of people and the society.

Friday February 8, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Masterclass Suite


The Urban Plus Size Woman
Limited Capacity seats available

Society has for a very long time fed off our self doubt and body concerns while plus sized people in particular are often targeted online for ridicule.

The Urban Plus Size Woman is a session which will cover how plus sized woman can stay confident on and offline, boost their self esteem, and practice self love while reminding everyone that size shouldn't invalidate dreams or create barriers for professional and personal success.

Panelist will discuss health, fitness, fashion and lifestyle for plus sized professional women in the digital age.

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Lateefah Hassan

Co Founder, Pop Up Curve
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Temitope Akintola

Founder, The Urban Plus Life
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Ify Anadu

Health/Fitness Blogger, I am Fit to be Me
I am Fit to be Me

Friday February 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Speakeasy Suite


Story Story: Read A Book & Spend More Time Offline
Limited Capacity seats available

What type of stories do you like to read? When was the last time time you unplugged to enjoy the benefits of a good book? Join us for Story Story: Read A Book & Spend More Time Offline and scratch a title off of your reading list! Find a unique selection of reading materials to help you zen out and enjoy more time offline.

Friday February 8, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
OFFLINE Wellness Studio


360 Documentary Screening: In Bakassi
Limited Capacity seats available

Imisi 3D hosts a screening of In Bakassi the first Nigerian made 360 documentary shot in an IDP camp.

In Bakassi, a film by Joel Kachi Benson debuted at the Cairo International Film Festival as the first Nigerian VR film to screen at an international film festival.

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Judith Okonkwo

Founding Director, Imìsí 3D
Judith Okonkwo is a Technology Evangelist, Business Psychologist and Organisation Development Consultant with experience working in Africa, Asia and Europe. She sits on the Board of the European Organisation Design Forum, advises Startups, not-for-profits and SMEs on emerging technologies... 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 →

Friday February 8, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meet Up Lounge


The Future Of Africa's Creative Economy: Beyond The Folktales
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When you think of the creative economy in Africa, at first glance, the rich history and splendor of the arts, music and entertainment sectors continue to dominate the space. While these sectors continue to bring in the top dollars, the continent needs to posture for the future and break into the highly lucrative sub-genre of fantasy fiction. Let's take an example of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which is one of the leaders in this space, they have grossed over $12bn since the release of the first film from its stable in 2008 (Iron MAN). Ironically the MCU title with the largest sales is Black Panther with a plot and theme centered around a fictional African country (Wakanda) and it grossed just over $700mn at the box office. This speaks to the latent global demand for original fictional content from the continent be it comic books, short films, TV and digital series. While Africa has a plethora of untold stories, some writers are already blazing the trail and setting a benchmark for the global acceptance of the African Fantasy Fiction Genre. Tomi Adeyemi ( Children of the blood and bone), Nnedi Okorafor (Binti), Tochi Onyebuchi ( Beasts Made of Night). Move over Game of Thrones these African titles and more coming.

Friday February 8, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
AfricaNXT Stage

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