7th Digital Africa Conference & Exhibition 2019

The 7th digital edition of digital africa conference and exhibition 2019 has just ended with a sprung of success.

The three days conference was held at Baze University, Abuja from 25th – 27th June, with the theme “Africa’s Tech Renaissance: Positioning Africa For The Age of Abundance”.

Day 1

Topic: The Emerging Era of Abundance with a focus on The Age of Abundance.

It was discussed by the following panelists and intellectuals:

Mr. Adebisi Shonubi ( Deputy Governor, Operations, Central Bank of Nigeria. )

Danladi Inuwa, GGM, ITD of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

Adedamola Yusuf, Technology Advisory Partner, PWC.

Prof. Magnus Kpakol – Chairman, CEO, Economic and Business Strategies (EBS).

Shade Ade Joseph – PhD researcher at UCL Bartlett, London.

This session involved a lot of brainstorming solutions by these intellectuals whom tried to provide solutions to the current issues of Africa such as endemic poverty, ravaging hunger, water scarcity and lack of basic amenities.

A second panel was also initiated which the Topic: Empowering Africa through Abundant Connectivity. The Focus Area : Connectivity.

This session was moderated by Bosun Ayeni, Chief Operating Officer, Compumetrics Solutions.

The panelists included

Engr. Babagana Digima, Assistant Director, Nigeria Communication Commission

Engr. Tunji Gaafar, Managing Director, Digital Communications Konsult.

Folorunso Aliu, Managing Director, Telnet.

Yusuf Kazaure, Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone.

At the end of this session, Problems about 4G and 5G Network was discussed extensively. Bringing more insight to the importance of these in Various sectors and how these can bring about positive impact to the economy.

Day 2

The intelligent Prof Joe Amani Echebdu from the Graduate, School of Technology Management, University of Pretoria, South Africa 🇿🇦 started the day with a keynote presentation bringing more insight on Revamping, Renewing and Exploiting Africa’s Capabilities, Knowledge and Technical Know-how. He discussed briefly on

1. Age of Abundance

2. Africa, Globalism and Populism

3. Africa’s IK, Human Capital and Development

4. Africa, 4IR and Globalization

5. Africa’s Renaissance

He also noted the biggest price of Abundance is COST

Another session was initiated Dr. Yele Okeremi, Managing Director, Precise Financial System whom was the moderator of the following Panelists with a precised focused area on Intelligence of Things (IOT)

1. Mrs Monisola Udoh – Director, ICT, Federal Min of Communication

2. Prof Joe Amadi Echendu

3. Dr. Joshua Attah, Managing Director, Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN)

4. Dr. Collins Agu – Director, Corporate Planning & Strategy Department, National Information

5. Shade Ade – Joseph – PhD Candidate, University College London (UCL)

The topic discussed by these panelists was Africa’s Smart Future – Are we ready?

At the end of this session, the importance of Smart education, Smart health, Smart telecommunications, Smart agriculture, Smart governance and Smart cities was discussed with the disadvantages to Africa.

After a quick lunch and networking, another group of panelists talked about Smart Industries. Moderated by Dr Armstrong Takang, Special Adviser to the Honorable Minister for Finance. The group of panelists to speak on this topic was

1. Dr A P Amadi- Echendu, Dept of Operations Management, University of South Africa

2. H. E. Dr Schlagheck Bernhard Stephan, Ambassador, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

3. Chibuike Goodnews, CEO, Dochase

4. Dr. Dumebi Mordi – Principal Consultant & Owner

5. Kelechi Ojukwu – CEO, Petrosmart Ltd

Day 3

It started up with various success stories of start- ups

1. Wennovation Hub

2. Techspecialist Academy

3. Box Office Hub

4. Paritie

The topic discussed: Innovation and the future of work in Africa

Moderator for this session was Mercy Olorunfemi – Business Operations, Development and programs Lead, Network of Incubators and innovators in Nigeria.

The group of panelists who led this session included

1. Nkoyo Efretei, Founder, Insiteful Solutions, Abuja

2. Lanre Phillips, CEO, Elpee Consults, Abuja

3. Bankole Oloruntoba, CEO, Nigeria Climate Innovation Centre

4. Khadizat Bisallah, President, KTB Designs Ltd

A second session started up after a brief lunch and networking. With the focus area on Tech Research and Investment. The topic discussed was Funding and Promoting Exponential Technologies in Africa. The moderator for this session was Chinwe Egwim – FBN Quest Merchant Bank

The panelists were

1. Micheal Oluwagbemi – Co-founder Wennovation and LoftyInc Allied Partners Ltd

2. Ifedayo Durosinmi Etti- Founder, Parliamo Bambini

3. All. Yusuf Modibbo- Vice Chairman, Tiddo Securities Limited

4. Ogbonna Ukuku – CEO, ONS Triumph

5. Prof. Olusegun Okunnu – Managing Director/ CEO, Entech Dynamics Limited

6. Ayoola Oke, ICT derivatives

The end of this session ended the conference. A group picture was conducted and a lot of networking was also done.

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