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Monday, February 4


Tales Of The Start By Startups
Limited Capacity seats available

Everyone and their cousin wants to own or be called a Founder of a Startup. But what does it really mean to own AND run a Startup?

Tales of the Start by Startups is an intimate chat and behind the scenes look at popular Startups in Nigeria. We'll sit down with two startup founders to break down the HOW & the WHY behind these businesses and what their stories were like in the beginning.

We also know that, as they say, the Start is the most important part. We will drill down on the birthing pains behind these businesses, the mistakes they made in the beginning and the advice that they have for other people intending to own Startups.

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Olumide Soyombo

Partner, Bluechip Technologies
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Joshua Chibueze

Co-founder/CMO, Piggy Bank
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Busola Bakinson

Senior Associate, Jackson, Etti and Edu
Experienced Solicitor and Barrister with a demonstrated history of working in the law practice industry.She is a Senior Associate, Business Development personnel in the Intellectual Property (IP) Department and Deputy Sector Head of Technology, Media and Entertainment sector of Jackson... Read More →
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Onyeka Akumah

CEO and Founder, Farmcrowdy
Onyeka Akumah is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Farmcrowdy leading a team of 40 innovative Nigerians to establish Nigeria’s First Digital Agriculture platform which has so far impacted the lives of over 7,000 small-scale farmers across 10 states in Nigeria in less than... Read More →

Monday February 4, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Speakeasy Suite
Tuesday, February 5


Vote Stories: Local Insights & Storytelling
Limited Capacity full
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The world is a global village but people still respond a lot more to content and communication that fits within their local context and environment. How do you find insights relevant to your local context? How do we translate brand proposition in a way that remains relevant to consumer aspirations? How can businesses translate local insights into market propositions?

"In the past years of social media inclusion in Nigeria some Brands, Government and Key Influencers seems to have displayed some fear and concerns around the power of stories across social media in the hands of the general populace, seems one never knows what works, how do we measure success is it strictly about "virality" or emotions evoked. Leo Burnett a Humankind global creative solutions agency seeks to help these influencers embrace stories as a powerful creative tool to transform people's behavior towards positive goals.

Local Insights & Story Telling A Tool For Influencing Consumers Lifestyle will address storytelling across the following focus points-
What makes a great story?
Consumerism (highlighting the best practices for Brands)
2019 Political Campaign (opportunities for the aspirants- how do we use this tool to attracts Youths involvement in governance and election)
Inclusiveness (ways to support Nigerians' dream of regional and religious inclusiveness)

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Adeola Kayode

Strategy Lead, Insight Publicis Lagos
Adeola Kayode works at the intersection of social culture, brand marketing and digital technology. He is a firm believer that consumers not products should be at the very core of marketing. With over 10 years developing communication and creative strategy for brands, Adeola has been... Read More →

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Chuka Obi

Executive Creative Director, Insight Publicis
Chuka has amassed a decade’s experience in various creative functions including Copywriting, Art Direction, Illustration and Music & Sound Design across several leading brands. Before venturing into Advertising in 2008 he was a comic book writer & illustrator, and a graffiti artist.He... Read More →
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Sinmisola Hughes-Obisesan

Creative Director, Leo Burnett Lagos
The first of her name, the slayer of briefs, the all-around Wonder Woman, warden of Humankind (TM) and transformer of human behaviour.Sinmi is a global award-winning creative with over 13 years of advertising experience on a plethora of brands. The second female Creative Director... Read More →
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Emeka Obia

Strategy Lead, Leo Burnett Lagos
Emeka, once described as a “human-swiss pocket knife” - is a pop culture observer and commentator on the flux generation – obsessed with innovation, business, music, consumer trends, emerging markets, and the African continent.He currently Leads the Strategy and Planning team... Read More →
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Tunde Shobanjo

Business Director, Leo Burnett Lagos
With more than 13 years in the service industry with a passion for defining, developing and executing a business vision, Tunde is dedicated to ensuring that all people and processes are in place to support business strategies and deliver results. He is a man of many talents who somehow... Read More →
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Beatrice Olumhense

Account Management Director, Insight Publicis
Beatrice is a creative and commercial marketing leader with 18 years experience in global, emerging market and startup scenarios. Managing brand & marketing strategy, product portfolio & propositions, integrated Go-To-Market, demand generation campaigns & marketing investments for... Read More →

Tuesday February 5, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Masterclass Suite


Lunchtime Massages
Limited Capacity seats available

High stress levels are taking their toll on employees and their companies. We all know that unchecked stress both mental and physical causes countless health problems. Massage decreases muscle tensions and stress points, and prevents the development of serious injuries. Added benefits include increased energy levels and concentration, decreased absenteeism, and enhanced well-being. Lunchtime Massages is the perfect chance to drop in and find a massage therapy that is best for your stress level.

Massages on the Menu
  • foot reflexology
  • back massages
  • head & shoulder massages

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Tega Gbadagri

Founder, The Mobile Spa
Tega Gbadagri is a self massage enthusiast. She believes individuals can ease their tensed muscles and improve their well- being, through self massage.She is a multilingual (French & English) beauty therapist. She is a certified educator for the prestigious Gemology Cosmetics, Paris... Read More →

Tuesday February 5, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
OFFLINE Wellness Studio


Inclusion For All: Making Financial Inclusion A Reality For Nigeria
According to the World Bank, Financial Inclusion is "the ability of individuals and businesses to access useful and affordable financial products and services that meet their needs transactions, payments, savings, credit and insurance delivered in a responsible and sustainable way".   Financial Inclusion also refers to citizens access to financial services in such a manner that enables every adult citizen to realize his/her full potential and life aspirations. Growing financial inclusion as a means of lifting citizens out of poverty, improving citizens quality of life and enhancing the capacity of citizens to contribute meaningfully to national development. In Nigeria, only 41 % of Nigerians had bank accounts in 2017, a decline from 44 percent in 2014, according to the World Bank. With 2018 starting out with stagnant financial inclusion numbers in June of 2018 the Central Bank of Nigeria announced a National Financial Inclusion strategy review in order to stay on track for the 2020 80% financial inclusion goal. The reviewed strategy puts forward a draft of suggestions on the best model to help drive financial inclusion in the country. Others have said the country is a peculiar one and as such, it needs a tailor-made strategy, as compared to the mobile money model that has spurred financial inclusion growth around the world. Meanwhile, in furtherance of its mandate to promoting a sound financial system in Nigeria and the need to enhance access to financial services for the unbanked rural segments of society, Nigeria 's Central  Bank recently proposed Payment Service Banks (PSB) aimed at helping to achieve the set 80 percent financial inclusion rate by 2020.

Inclusion for all is the only way to achieve economic prosperity for Nigeria. Every Nigerian is needed to improve the quality of life for all. Inclusion For All: Making Financial Inclusion a reality for Nigeria is a panel by BusinessDay Media Limited, which aims to shed light on financial inclusion issues and opportunities to speak to uncover the bottlenecks that are currently being faced and realistically pan out how to achieve the 2020 80 % financial inclusion goal. This session will bring together Nigeria's most influential public figures and financial inclusion experts to move the needle forward in 2019.

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Jide Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Gubernatorial candidate, APC
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Nkem Okacha

Founder of Mama Moni Nigeria, Mama Moni Nigeria
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Jay Alabraba

Co-Founder & Director of business development, Paga Tech
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Temitope Akin Fadeyi

Head, Financial Inclusion Secretariat, Central Bank of Nigeria

Tuesday February 5, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Innovation 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


Enhancing Broadband Infrastructure Access In Nigeria: Initiatives, Deployment & Challenges
Enhancing Broadband Infrastructure Access in Nigeria: Initiatives, Deployment & Challenges is an engaging panel discussing broadband penetration in Nigeria, a driver for national economic growth and development.

We will explore
1. Initiatives for Broadband Penetration.
2. Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Plan.
3. Broadband Deployment Challenges

Wednesday February 6, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Experience Stage


TalkOverFood 3.0 - The Future Of Food In Africa
Limited Capacity full
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TalkOverFood is a premier knowledge exchange platform where foodprenuers, food enthusiast and players across the food value chain spark deep conversations on the business, culture and future of food.

Attendees are invited to participate in an interactive panel session followed by Food Pitch Springboard, an opportunity for food startups to share there food business idea for feedback and funding support.

TalkOverFood 3.0 - The Future Of Food In Africa
will explore:
  • Funding for foodpreneurs by examining opportunities, challenges and solutions for Africa.
  • Food tech and innovation
At the end of event , we look forward to equipping participants with new knowledge and empowered with support that will not only change the way they think about food business, but inspire them to create more impact because the future of food is now.

TalkOverFood was created by The Kitchen Space to fill the knowledge gap in the food space, create opportunities for collaboration and spur institutional support for food businesses.

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Tobi Ricketts

Founder, The Kitchen Space
Tobi is a strategist focused on business, marketing, social impact and innovation. She is the founder of The Kitchen Space an innovative food hub empowering foodpreneurs by providing co-working space, developmental support and access to new market opportunities.Having started her... Read More →

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Ozoz Sokoh

Founder, Kitchen Butterfly
Ozoz Sokoh, an exploration geologist and food explorer is passionate about food – cooking, eating, dreaming, writing and photographing it, especially on her blog, Kitchen Butterfly. A ‘Traveller by plate’,she uses foodways – the social, cultural and economic practices relating... Read More →
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Ifedayo Durosinmi - Etti

Founder, Parliamo Bambini
Ifedayo Durosinmi – Etti is a sales and marketing expert with over 10 years of management and leadership experience working in the fashion, marketing and manufacturing Industries. She holds a first degree in Biochemistry and an MBA in Global Business.Prior to moving back to Nigeria... Read More →
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Adewale Yusuf

CEO, Techpoint
Adewale Yusuf is a visual storyteller with a strong interest in Technology and humanity ecosystem. He has followed closely the happenings in the African tech sector for more than 7 years. He is the Founder and CEO of an African leading technology media platform Techpoint.ng. Techpoint.ng... Read More →
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Sola Oyawale

VP Corporate Development & Partnerships, FarmCrowdy
Olusola is a Business Process and Organizational Development professional, he holds a B.Eng.(Civil Engineering) from the Federal University of Technology Akure, MBA from EdinburghBusiness School Herriot Watt University, Scotland.With a significant part of his career in Business Consulting... Read More →
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Renee Chuks

Director, Umami Centre for Culinary Arts
Renee Oluwaseun Chukwuemeka (Renee Chuks) was born in Lagos. She grew up as the only child of her mum and was introduced to cooking from age 8, when she was the last in the assembly line for Saturday moin-moin breakfast alongside her Grandma and her Mum.A career in television led... Read More →

Wednesday February 6, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
AfricaNXT Stage


TalkOverFood Springboard Meetup
Limited Capacity seats available

TalkOverFood is a premier knowledge exchange platform where foodprenuers, food enthusiast and players across the food value chain spark deep conversations on the business, culture and future of food.
Following our panel session, attendees are invited to the TalkOverFood Springboard Meetup, an opportunity for food startups to share there food business idea for feedback and funding support while networking

TalkOverFood was created by The Kitchen Space to fill the knowledge gap in the food space, create opportunities for collaboration and spur institutional support for food businesses.

Wednesday February 6, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Meet Up Lounge
Thursday, February 7


Agritech For Profit In Emerging Markets
Limited Capacity seats available

Emerging Technology is disrupting the way agriculture is being practiced in Africa. Innovative technologies like blockchain, drones and soilless technologies are promoting inclusivity and increased profit for youths and city dwellers. As climate change continues to reduce crop productivity, it is important to explore technologies that are climate smart.

Agritech for profit in Emerging Markets is an intimate talk that will draw on the knowledge and experience of industry experts locally and internationally who will not only educate participants on effective strategies of tech use in agriculture but will expose opportunities, networks and organizations to help put this knowledge to good use.

Participants will learn from experts:
  • how the use of tech in Agriculture can proffer a sustainable solution to youth unemployment in Nigeria and how they can use it to create wealth.
  • how aggregators, commodity traders and smallholder farmers can earn more profits trading their commodities on a blockchain base exchange.
  • how city dwellers can grow fresh foods (Tomatoes, vegetables) with little use of water, space and resources for good health and extra income.
  • how key actors involved in crop production can use drones as a cost-effective and real-time innovative way of acquiring data to guide farmers decisions for productivity and increased returns on investment.

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Samson Ogbole

Co-founder, PS Nutraceuticals Int ltd
Agriculture for Mr. Samson is more than just food production (zero hunger), it is the foundation for sustainable development, job creation (no poverty), healthier living as well as national development. He believes agriculture must adopt the business mindset, technology, automation... Read More →
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Olalekan Sipasi

CEO/Founder, ProtectOzone
Sipasi Olalekan Ayodele is the CEO of L’Afrika Integrated Farms, ONE Champion 2017, Fellow Thinking School Africa, 2016 Winner of the African Youth Award in Agriculture, a seasoned NYSC SDGs Facilitator, The Future Award Africa for Agriculture nominee and the CEO/Founder of ProtectOzone... Read More →
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Lilian Akunna Onyegbulam

Academic Staff, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike Abia State
Innovative, passionate, food value chain and agribusiness incubation expert, witty development researcher and a polyglot best describes me. I have varied experiences working with United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome, Italy promoting demand-led research extension... Read More →
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Aliu Oluwafemi Royal

Founder, MyFarmbase Africa
Aliu Oluwafemi Royal is the Founder of Nigeria’s Agric-tech Organization, MyFarmbase Africa (http://myfarmbase.com.ng) leveraging ICT/digital media for quality research, extension and sustainable agricultural development in Sub Saharan Africa.Femi was named amongst 2017 AAIN top... Read More →
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Lateef Sanni

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development), Federal University Of Agriculture Abeokuta
I am passionate about user friendly technological advancement for sustainable development. I am a team player, go getter and always strive for excellence.

Thursday February 7, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Speakeasy Suite
Friday, February 8


Disrupting For Inclusion – Changing The Game Of Money In Africa
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Nigeria is one of the fastest growing economies in the world with about 40 million micro, small and medium-sized businesses across the country, contributing to about 48% of the country s GDP.

It is surprising, however, that Nigeria remains one of the most underbanked countries in the world. As at June 2018, about 37% of Nigeria s adult population (ca. 50m people) had no access to financial services or credit, according to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The fin-tech sector in Nigeria is fast growing and the opportunities are endless with the potential to redefine the financial landscape in years to come.
Join this session to learn how players in the fin-tech space are leveraging technology and innovation to drive financial inclusion across Africa.

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Owen Odia

Country Manager, LUNO
Owen is the Country Manager for Luno Nigeria, she previously worked in Zenith bank as the Mobile Payment Lead.People can talk to me about Mobile money and Cryptocurrencies adoption in Nigeria.
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Khadijah Abu

Paystack, Product Partnerships Lead
Product Manager, Payments Enthusiast
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Apekhade Idogho

Renmoney, Chief Marketing Officer
Marketing | Growth Strategy | Customer Experience | Innovation | Product Development

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


State Of The Period
Limited Capacity seats available

We invite you to attend State Of The Period, a panel discussion with local experts who will talk about Responsible Tourism, menstrual hygiene management and what we can do to ensure every woman and girl can manage her menstruation in a hygienic way wherever she is in privacy, safety and with dignity using technology.

The purpose of this session is to move from research to action, and to demonstrate innovative, sustainable and scalable models to address the needs of adolescent girls and women. This discussion will gather Menstrual Hygiene Advocates using Social Media to assist their communities.

During this session Padman Africa will be unveiling Africa s first digital PadBank that focuses on creating a robust self-sustaining system that serves as a bridge to solve the identified problem through the support of donors, volunteers, celebrities and women in need.

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Busayo Tomori

Chief Commercial Officer, Padman Africa
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Kelechi Okoro

Executive Director, Heal for Africa Initiative
Kelechi Okoro, is a medical doctor who does a lot of work beyond the walls of the hospital. She is a public health enthusiast, health communicator, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Advocate, humanitarian and content creator.Shei is the convener of the "Healthertainer" brand... Read More →
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Mohammed Abdullahi

Principal PR & Media Consultant, TOPCOMM PR Concept & Events
Public Relations. Media Relations. Travels. Stakeholder Relations. Tourism.
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Oluwatobi Aigbogun

Co- Founder, Social Good Lagos
Popularly known as "The Guy Behind the Scene", Oluwatobi is a New Media Specialist, Business Development Specialist, Girl Child Education Advocate, Visionary Member of the Global Citizen Foundation and a Certified Diplomat. He is the Co-founder of a United Nations backed Social Enterprise... Read More →
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Tina Chidimma Nwanya

Senior Tour Consultant, Njetours Ltd
A travel consultant. South Africa specialist and Dubai expert. I would welcome discussion on travels. Destination to visit. Visa guidance and tourism
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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 →

Friday February 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Studio Suite

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