The African Diaspora’s Greatest Minds To Gather At Social Media Week In Lagos

Written by Staff

 Social Media Weekis a worldwide event exploring the social, cultural and economic impact of social media in order to help people and organizations connect through collaboration, learning and the sharing of ideas and information.

In its seventh year, the Social Media Week Lagos 2019 theme: “STORIES: With Great Influence Comes Great Responsibility” will explore the power in the stories we tell, and how as content creators, policymakers, brands, journalists and citizens we can influence our community, customers, audience and constituents for the greater good.

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Happening February 4-9, 2019, #SMWLagos will be held at Landmark Centre, a state-of-the-art event space in Victoria Island, Lagos and will feature more than 400 speakers, 200 panels, discussions, meetups, masterclasses, digital installations, experiential talks and networking sessions exploring a wide range of topics including business, entertainment, education, technology and politics. 

#SMWLagos has the largest attendance and online social media reach of all of the Social Media Week events around the world and is the largest black-led tech conference on the globe with the majority of presenters and attendees being people of African descent. Founded by Ngozi Odita, a first-generation, Nigerian-American woman who is based in Brooklyn, New York, #SMWLagos is the first African city to host the annual event.

“#SMWLagos is a destination for the African diaspora’s most innovative minds. People from across the African diaspora make the journey to Lagos — the largest populated city in Africa — to exchange the best and brightest ideas and trends in the realm of communications, technology, publishing, and of course, social media,”Odita said. “The conversation at #SMWLagos will bring together a diversity of perspectives to discuss the most productive ways to harness our collective influence to drive African innovation, improve consumer experiences and bring people together.”