Social Media Week Lagos heads to London, Obi Asika, DJ Abass, others to speak on panel


Social Media Week Lagos (SMW Lagos) co-produced by Dragon Africa and AFRIKA21 heads to London, England September 27, 2013. Following the overwhelming success of the inaugural SMW Lagos February 18 – 22, 2013, the SMW Lagos team has been invited to participate in Social Media Week London (SMWLDN). SMWLDN, part of the larger Social Media Week global conference, is now in it’s fifth year an attended by close to 10,000 people. Taking place in 18 cities around the world, Social Media Week explores the social, cultural and economic impact of social media.

In partnership with world-class higher education institution Ravensbourne, SMW Lagos will host a day of programming on September 27, 2013, entitled “Africa: Open & Connected.”  The daylong event will explore how Africans are incorporating social media in their unique social, political, economic and creative landscapes.  The three featured panels are “1 Billion Strong … A Continent on The Rise,” “Open Access: Governance & Social Media in Africa,” and “E!Africa… How Social Media Is Driving Entertainment in Africa.”  Africa: Open & Connected will culminate in a special concert (SMW Lagos LIVE!) presented by Nigeria’s premiere radio station Beat 99.9FM and streamed live.

“We are hugely excited to bring SMW Lagos to London, we hope to deliver a great day of programming and also participate in the wider week and engage with the world.  We look forward to representing Africa in London and invite all Africans who make London their home to come out and support this event. With Ravensbourne as our hosts, it’s commitment to innovation in digital media, we aim to create the perfect setting to engage Africa, which is increasingly social, digital and mobile,” states Obi Asika, Founder of Dragon Africa and Chairman of SMW Lagos.

“At Ravensbourne we see social media as a very exciting space, as a level playing field where our highly creative student population can develop, mix and share ideas with a global array of companies. We are immensely proud that Social Media Week Lagos selected Ravensbourne as the venue to showcase Nigerian innovation, the event will give our students and the UK tech community a unique insider’s view into one of the world’s fastest growing mobile and tech markets.” states Will Pearson, Director of Technology at Ravensbourne..

“A connected Africa has huge implications for the world.  During Social Media Week London we will look at how social media impacts and is being leveraged by a continent of over 1 billion people.” states Ngozi Odita, Founder of AFRIKA21 and Executive Director of SMW Lagos. “Social Media Week London brings together thought leaders from various industries, hence serving as an excellent platform to discuss the opportunities for collaboration and partnership across Africa’s dynamic tech, business and creative sectors.”

YNaija Editor-in-Chief, Chude Jideonwo will be moderating a panel titled “E!Africa… How social is driving entertainment in Africa,” featuring some of Africa’s leading entertainment executives, engaging in purposeful discussion about how they are using social media to engage a market of close to 1 billion people. Panelists include: Lanre Davies  of Factory 78, iKE Onuorah of Strictly Entertainment Music, DJ Abass DJAMEDIA, Digger Elias of Wyld Pitch Records, Obi Asika of Storm 360 Entertainment and BeatFM’s Chris Ubosi.

Africa: Open & Connected will take place on Friday, September 27 from 1pm to 10:30pm at Ravensboure located at 6 Penrose Way, Greenwich Peninsula. To attend RSVP to:  For more information on SMW Lagos or Africa: Open & Connected contact:

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