Social Media Week Lagos kicks off today. I am so excited about it because in the almost 7 years (yes, it’s been that long!) since I founded BellaNaija, I have seen social media grow exponentially across Africa. In Nigeria, I am happy whenever I meet enterprising Nigerians who have been inspired by the BellaNaija story. Also, no one can deny the indelible impact that social media has had on our businesses and lives here in Nigeria.
These are just a few of the topics that will be discussed and explored during “An Evening with Leaders” at Social Media Week Lagos 2013. I am really honoured to be on the panel alongside Former Nigerian President and founder of the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation – Olusegun Obasanjo, founder of Africa 2.0 – Mamadou Toure and CEO of Sahara Energy Group/Country Chair of Africa 2.0 – Tonye Cole.
I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully will get to meet our BN family there. I hope you already registered because I hear the session is fully booked at this point.
There is a dynamic mix of events taking place – from panel discussions to mini concerts and so much more. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn, network and basically have a great time!
You can read the official press release below;
Uche Pedro, the Managing Director and founder of premier entertainment, fashion and lifestyle website BellaNaija.com will be joining a distinguished panel for the an Evening with Leaders – a premium event organized by Pan-African civil society group Africa 2.0 in partnership with Social Media Week Lagos. Other members of the panel include former Nigerian President and Chairman of the Africa 2.0 Advisory Board, H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, Founder of Africa2.0, Mamadou Toure and Country Chair of Africa 2.0 and CEO, Sahara Energy Group, Tonye Cole.
“I am very honoured and humbled to be part of such an important event, and to be able to add my voice to the conversation about growth and development of the African continent,” says Uche Pedro.
“We are proud to welcome Uche Pedro to an Evening with Leaders; she is a young innovative entrepreneur who is also a respected voice among her generation, and her views on the development of the African continent are a representation of what this both event and Africa 2.0 as an organization aim to achieve,” says Mamadou Toure, founder of Africa 2.0.
An Evening With Leaders which takes place on Tuesday, February 19 at the Porsche Centre Lagos from 7pm to 9pm, will be live streamed and is expected to attract a huge global audience online, mobile, radio and TV platforms. The session will be moderated by award-winning journalist and Social Media Week co-producer Nkiru Asika.
An Evening with Leaders adds to the impressive roster of 98 events – panels, workshops, keynotes, networking sessions and entertainment – that will take place during Social Media Week Lagos, the first of its kind in Africa. Social Media Week is powered globally by Nokia. Sponsor of the Business Information Technology Hub at the Porsche Centre is Stanbic IBTC and Associate Sponsor is EFInA (Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access). Other partners of Social Media Week include Galaxy Backbone, IPNX, Lagos State Government, Twin Pine, Beat 99.9FM, M-Net, Channels Tv, Africa Magic, Supersport, Channel O, Google, Moet and Porsche Centre.
Social Media Week Lagos is co-produced by Dragon Africa and AFRIKA21 and debuts in Lagos, Nigeria February 18 – 22, 2013. An Evening with Leaders will take place on Tuesday, February 19 at the Porsche Centre Lagos from 7pm to 9pm
The conference’s mission is to help people and organizations connect through collaboration and the sharing of ideas and information. SMW Lagos is guided by the global theme “Open and connected,” This particular session will be live streamed and is expected to attract a huge global audience online, mobile, radio and tv platforms. Social media week has been running simultaneously in 10 cities globally for the last five years. Other host cities for the upcoming event include Copenhagen, Miami, Milan, New York, Paris, Tokyo and Washington DC. In 2012, over 66,000 people attended Social Media Week in twenty-six countries globally.