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  • Brooklyn, New York : Registration is now open for Social Media Week Lagos, the largest tech and media conference returning for its seventh year on February 4-8th, 2019.

    #SMWLagos has become a marquee event for business leaders, global thinkers, entrepreneurs, civil servants and creatives on the cutting edge of all that is media, marketing, publishing, arts/entertainment and technology.  In 2018 alone, more than 150 Nigeria-based and international organizations gathered to focus on trends, business practices and policy that leverage technology to transform industries across Africa.

    “I’m Nigerian, but my thinking is Pan-African. I’ve always tried to connect with as many people from across the continent as possible and have been fortunate enough to visit a number of African countries, including South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal and Ethiopia. As a result, I had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with entrepreneurs and creatives  throughout Africa,” said #SMWLagos founder, Ngozi Odita, a first-generation Nigerian-American currently based in Brooklyn, New York. “The Africa I knew was a direct contradiction to the Africa portrayed by the west and I wanted to do something about that. I wanted to create a platform that showcased what was happening on the ground.”

    With more than 200 events, 400 speakers and 23,000 attendees, SMW Lagos has the largest attendance and online social media reach of all of the SMW cities around the world. And #SMWLagos 2019 promises more outdoor space, more opportunities for attendees to connect and collaborate outside of conference sessions, more ways for startups to showcase their work, more mentorships opportunities, and more access to investors. In addition, through established and a number of new partnerships, #SMWLagos will facilitate cross continental collaborations with the African diaspora.

    #SMWLagos 2019 will take a deep dive into the power of the stories and how content creators, policymakers, brands, journalists and citizens across the diaspora can influence their communities, customers, audience and constituents for the greater good under the theme: Stories: With Great Influence Comes Great Responsibility.

    “The stories we tell, consume and share have the potential to shape who we are and what we become. I wanted to create a space where Africans and those interested in African progress could get together. I believe that gathering great minds together at the same time can serve as a catalyst to great things,” Odita said. “I know that some of the brightest minds on the planet live in cites all across the continent. I also know that our prosperity as Nigerians and our prosperity as Africans is contingent on all Africans working together to ensure we are giving young people across the continent and diaspora the tools, space and resources to be great. Africa is the future for so many companies.”

    Registration is now open for the seventh annual Social Media Week Lagos. The full conference schedule will be released on November 13th.

    WHAT: The seventh annual Social Media Week Lagos is part of Social Media Week (SMW) one of the world’s premier conferences and industry news platforms for professionals in media, marketing and technology. SMW is hosted in 25 cities globally with a global reach of 600 million. The mission is to give professionals at the intersection of media, marketing and technology the insights, ideas and opportunities they need to advance themselves and their organizations in a globally connected world.

    WHEN:  February 4-8, 2019.

    WHERE: Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

    OTHER:  Visit smwlagos.com for more information. To register, click here.

    “There’s no place like Lagos. It’s the most populated African city and the largest Black city in the world by population size. The energy of the city is palpable, and the hustle is non-stop. The entrepreneurial spirit runs deep,” Odita added.