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Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales, Governor Babatunde Fashola, Tolu Ogunlesi & others to speak at Youth Marketing Conference in Lagos – 27th & 28th March 2012



Founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales will lead a line up of speakers at the second edition of Youth Marketer Converge Conference (YMC 2.0) scheduled to take place in Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos between March 27 and 28, 2011.

The Youth Marketer Converge Conference, with the theme: ‘What are Young People really searching for?’ will be the largest gathering of marketing professionals focused on the youth demography in Nigeria.  It will also feature other professionals from the African continent and Europe, UK and the USA for peer reviews and best practices.

The series of events scheduled to take place include: a 1-day conference and exposition tagged, INTERACTIVE for Brand Managers, Marketing Managers, Marketing Directors, CEOs, Creative and Advertising Media Agencies, Brand Custodians, Social Entrepreneurs, Youth Leaders/Trend Setters, other Marketing Professionals, Researchers and other professionals in the Brand and Marketing industry around the continent.

The impressive speakers list includes: His Excellency, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Executive Governor of Lagos State; Tolu Ogunlesi; Arts Manager, British Council, Enioma Anaba; Group Head of Marketing, Interswitch, Bisi Awoyemi; Project Director, L.E.A.R.N. (Lagos State Empowerment & Resources Network), Lanre Aina; Business Development Analyst, Google Nigeria, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo; CEO, CNSSL/President, Royal FM , Mike Saunders; CEO, Digitlab South Africa, Japheth Omojuwa; Curator, , Lade Adeyemi; CEO, Negotiation Pros and Chiekezie Dozie; CEO, Persnickety.

Beyond the conference, YMC will continue to exist through the year as an information and resource portal with updates on the Youth Marketing scene across the continent and a reference source for data on Youth Marketing and Research. The outcome of this initiative is a more professional, competitive and impactful youth market with many luring brands that are focused on engaging young people.

F.B. Initiatives, a fast rising marketing and advertising firm are the organizers of this epoch-making event. Led by the dynamic Funke Babatola, “ This conference will hold again because of the long-term vision, which is to elevate the professionalism employed in this market to become commensurate to its size and relevance in the overall marketing spend of brands and consumption levels. We have identified that there still exists a gap between youth brands and their targets and therefore provides this platform to engage professionals, stakeholders from all over Africa to expose these professionals to statistics and data that will escalate purchasing power of young people, foster better-informed policy decisions, produce more creative and well-thought-out brand campaigns and results”.

The International Conference
Date: Tuesday 27th March 2012
Time: 8 AM – 5 PM
Venue: Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos

The Mega Youth Panel
Date: Wednesday 28th March 2012
Time: 8 AM – 5 PM
Venue: Indoor Sports Hall, Rowe Park, Yaba

Contact: For more info and general enquiries
Call 08191881892, 08191881893
Email [email protected]
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Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. christy

    March 23, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Jimmy wales, Wikipeadia founder 4 real?

    • Anonymous

      March 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      Yes, he is. Actually, the co-founder with Larry Sanger.

  2. madman

    March 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    So many conferences —- little collaboration going on and little to no jobs being created. People need jobs??? Enough with all these bourgeois events.

  3. amaefule kingsley

    March 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    i will be at work on those days.

  4. oluwaseun

    March 26, 2012 at 3:40 am

    i reall wish to be there,but i would be at work

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