The first ever New Media and Governance Conference organised by Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation and EnoughisEnough Nigeria concluded its two-day run yesterday in Abuja. Local and international guest speakers painted the broad picture of the future of the interaction of new media, government and civil society, the direction they should and could be headed, and discussed the role and manner in which new media could come into play.
Speakers included: musician Banky W; Business Development Manager for Seismonoaut Africa, Jonas Lausten; and Canadian High Commissioner, Chris Cooter; and Oluwaseun Akinfolarin from WangoNET amongst many others.
Of course it sparked some conversations on twitter, and here are some of the more interesting tweets.
@OwJerry This isn’t the first time Nigeria’s government will be mouth-banning imported PCs. The biggest local manufacturer is the biggest HP importer.
@4eyedmonkI hope Banky W knows that his sub at Don Jazzy at #NGNewmedia was noted by wise men.
@saratu So how good was PR for this #NGNewMedia conference outside the twitter echo chamber? Which newspapers and radio stations carried it?
@omojuwa The ministers said at #NGNewMedia that you don’t listen to them. Who should be listening to who?
@vonschwarz Thanks for a great and motivating conference! Let’s move for ward and digitize #Nigeria – even more. Thanks to all new followers.#ngnewmedia
@vonschwarz Round up session at #ngnewmedia in #Abuja. Passion, potential and positivity are drivers that will improve governance through new media.
@bubusn #NGNewMedia Chris Cooter – I’m not saying you see Govt as ur opponent or friend. See Govt as your SERVANT. Tell them what to do in numbers.
@EiENigeria: Jonas Schwartz of Seismonaut Africa advises, “Be specific, be genuine and open your organisation to change”
#NGnewmedia. Should go beyond the urban cities and focus in the rural areas. #Targeting what chude talked about.cc @EIENigeria
@Gidi_traffic rep telling the story … 19k plus followers in 7 months at #NGNewMedia
@rotexonline Think strategically and have open engagements. Some of the most popular tools might not be good for your project #NGnewmedia
“New media is influential, can it be consequential?” – Canadian Ambassador at #NGNewMedia