Trailblazing in African Media

Trailblazers play a pivotal role in shaping African media and communications. This panel ignites a conversation on the initiatives taken to reshape African media. The panelists will draw from their personal experiences and hope to impart on the audience a fresh take.

Nicole Amarteifo, Media Entrepreneur

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Nicole Amarteifio is among notable entrepreneurs cited in The Financial Times "Top 25 Africans to Watch" list, after a successful launch of the hit web series 'An African City.' The show hit 1 million views within the first several weeks of its release and, therefore, is considered one of Ghana's most successful YouTube channels. Nicole is currently pursuing TV/film projects full time, after a successful career in international development where she worked on policies such as the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) at The Whitaker Group. She is most known for her time as the first ever social media strategist for the Africa Region at The World Bank. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts in African Studies from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and received a Master of Professional Studies in Corporate Communications/Public Relations from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She was born and currently resides in Accra, Ghana.

Funke Ogunkoya, Media Entrepreneur

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Olufunke Ogunkoya is a Media Entrepreneur who has created and produced TV shows and digital assets in Nigeria. She worked previously as VP of Partnerships for JUMIA Group in Nigeria. In her role, she led partnerships with Nigeria's biggest Telecom and FMCG companies like Unilever, Nestle & MTN. Prior to her role at JUMIA Group, she spent 6 years at JPMorgan Chase where she focused on Sales and Pricing Strategy for the Treasury and Securities Services arm of the firm. Olufunke Ogunkoya earned her BSc in Business Management from Kings College London and an MBA from INSEAD Business School.

Ndeye Diarra Diobaye, Marketing Consultant

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French, Senegalese and Malian, Ndeye Diarra Diobaye is an African citizen of the world. A media enthusiast, she started her career in journalism before turning to marketing communications and events planning. Ndeye Diarra has worked in Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon and Senegal where she has supported private and public organizations in the development and distribution of their content towards African and international audiences. In 2017, she started her own consultancy, Bleuette, with which she spearheaded the content and communications of two international forums based on the African continent. A For Us by Us champion, Ndeye Diarra is committed to contribute to  Africa's active ownership of its narratives. She is a Sciences Po Paris and London School of Economics graduate. She is also working on her first collection of poems. 

Khadijatou Tambajang, Founder, MakalliMatta Consulting

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Khadijah Aja Tambajang is the Founder and Lead Consultant of MakalliMatta Consulting (MMC), a Gambia-based global communications and business set up facilitation firm. Khadija's greatest aspiration is to effectively contribute to shaping the African gender agenda for social equity and financial liberation, through being a dynamic youth leader; a communication/entrepreneurial role model; a women's and girls activist; and a social writer. Khadijah has a Public Relations / Africana Studies first degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Masters in Global Communications from L'ISCOM, Institute Suprieur de Communication et Publicit, in Paris. She is a former member of Gambia Investment Brand council, a rebrand Gambia initiative spearheaded by the Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency (GEIPA).  Khadijah is also the Gambian Ambassador for Women in Africa Club. In 2017, Khadijah was one of 50 experts selected by Africa Communications Week as one of the leading Africa-based communication experts making a difference on the continent. Her contribution was sought for their Africa Communications Leadership Report 2018 on the role the communication profession has to play in advancing and influencing narratives about Africa that will have a transformative effect on the continent. 

Sabrina Clarke, Managing Director, Build Global

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Sabrina is the Founder and Managing Director of Build Global. She decided to bring together two passions, strategy and creativity under one umbrella. Build Global was the result of her unconventional approach. Sabrina believes advisory and creative led businesses can co-exist. Sabrina  established Build Global Advisory in 2015 with the idea that strategy, transformation and change efforts should be addressed with methodical execution, guided by a true focus on service and leadership. From her international multidiscipline experience across industries that include Management Consulting, Financial Services, Advertising and Professional Services,  holding roles with global remits  for companies such as Ernst and Young, Barclays PLC and Barclays Investment Bank and working for brands such Ogilvy and Mather and Nordstrom. Sabrina understood that complex challenges can create space, provide opportunities for leaders to excel and for companies to succeed. Leading Build Global Advisory, Sabrina is sought to advise on strategy and business transformation programmes for a range of clients across industries. Sabrina is a Tedx speaker invited to provide interactive and thought provoking commentary to audiences internationally. An experienced facilitator, Sabrina is frequently requested for conferences and business off-sites. In 2017, Sabrina launched Build Global Productions. A multimedia and broadcasting platform. Build Global Productions produces and curates art. As a responsible business, Sabrina started the Build Global Scholarship, an international award which rewards the whole picture of leadership to students pursuing further education and personal development. 

Investing in Africa's Creative Industries

The African start-up is ripe for proper investment. In the realms of retail, technology, art, culture, and fashion, it has never been more important to secure financial backing to take one's enterprise to the next level. These sectors are driving greater awareness of the African continent far beyond the traditional narratives using digital tools and galvanizing a diaspora community to enhance brand storytelling and drive profitability. The serious players are building towards a sustainable future and are doing so with financing that not only provides strategic guidance, but also an impressive track record of building African-led brands. How have these creative upstarts succeeded in running faster than the rest? Who are the like-minded financiers who are fueling these new engines of growth? Join us for a lively discussion on how to raise capital for your creative enterprise, how to identify trusted partners, and hear what is next for the entrepreneurial class on the continent.

Amanda Johnson, Co-Founder, Mented Cosmetics






Olamide Oladipo, Marketing Manager at Keiring

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Olamide Oladipo is a writer, strategist, and passionate advocate for the development of the fashion industry on the African continent. Born in the United Kingdom, Olamide has developed brand-building expertise working for luxury brands in the United States and Europe, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Ermenegildo Zegna, and Charlotte Tilbury. She currently leads North America marketing for British luxury brand Stella McCartney. She is responsible for client acquisition and engagement for the brand within key wholesale and directly operated doors across the region. Olamide received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a AB in Economics and Social Anthropology from Harvard College. She began her career with Morgan Stanley in the Institutional Equities Division, supporting hedge funds in business development. She serves as President of the Harvard Black Alumni Society of New York and Editor-in-Chief of PROTOChic Magazine.

Enuma Okoro, Brand Consultant

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Enuma Okoro is an award winning writer, editor, speaker, and creative consultant whose work focuses on the intersections of narrative, culture, diaspora and identity. She has written two books, co-authored a third and edited a fourth. Her articles and essays have been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The UK and US Guardian, CNN Africa, The Washington Post, Essence Magazine, and other media outlets. Since relocating to the continent Okoro has worked with private and public companies and organizations across Africa, including The Ford Foundation (West Africa Office), The African Union, The African Development Bank, UNICEF, The Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and The Nigerian Ministry of Communications. In addition to her work as a communications consultant and content creator, Okoro writes a culture column for The Guardian Nigeria newspaper and is a contributing writer for Essence, the number one leading global magazine for women of color and African descent.

KJ Miller, Co-Founder, Mented Cosmetics

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Kristen Jones (KJ) Miller is the co-founder of Mented Cosmetics, an upscale beauty brand targeting women of color. Since its launch in January 2017, Mented has taken the beauty industry by storm by unapologetically placing women of color at the forefront. The company has been featured in several publications including Vogue, Cosmo, and Glamour, and was hailed as having the "best nude lipsticks we've ever worn" by Essence Magazine. Prior to founding Mented KJ spent most of her career working in retail, with a two-year hiatus to attend Harvard Business School graduating in 2014. As the head of Mented's product development and fundraising efforts, KJ has overseen the launch of three successful product lines and led the company in raising its first $1M in funding. She is passionate about helping women and minorities develop their entrepreneurial visions and navigate the often murky startup world. Connect with her on Twitter: @iam_kj.

Turning African talent potential into success

The common refrain regarding talent in Africa is that "talent is there" albeit concentrated in more developed corners of the continent. This panel spanning multiple industries and schools of experience will address two fundamental questions: (1) What is talent ? Is it the Western-educated type with roots on the continent or does it extend to "indigenous" educated ones? (2) In a world where even the market for talent has globalized, how hard is it to identify and most importantly cultivate on the ground, beyond the issues that involve "returnees."

Kine Seck Mercier, Executive Search Consultant, Egon Zehnder

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As an executive search consultant, Kine helps large corporates and startup companies identify and nurture top talents in the tech sector. She advises clients across Europe and Africa on their senior executive searches, leadership assessment and development, and digital transformation. Kine is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Technology and Communications Practice with a focus on telecom and digital, while also focussing on Chief Information Officers and Chief Digital Officers.

Tomiwa Igun, Manager, Boston Consulting Group

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Tomiwa's professional experience ranges from management consulting at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), working in Chrysler's Leadership Development program (completing six rotations within various business units), working as a Resident Engineer at the Newark Assembly Plant (where the Durango & Aspen Hybrid Electric Vehicles were assembled), working in the Power Industry (as a technical consultant to Nuclear Power Plants), and developing infrastructure projects in Africa with the Africa Finance Corporation. He is working to bridge the gap in Africa's management talent, to help fuel the economic development across the continent.

Edward Stokes, Founder & Managing Director, Intrepid HR

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Edward is a global investment banking and financial markets specialist recruiter. His targeted focus is on Africa and Africa related investment / advisory businesses globally. Typical clients range from global bulge bracket Investment Banks, Global PE and Fund Managers (both in Africa and principle locations in US, Europe, Asia etc) high growth Africa businesses, and high potential entrepreneur breakaways from the above

Wilmot Allen, Founder, VentureLift Africa

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Wilmot is an experienced emerging market investor, transaction advisor, entrepreneur and Africa political economy expert. He is Founder of VentureLift Africa, a tech and media platform for scaling African enterprises through crowd-resourcing. He recently worked as Director of East Africa with an investment firm, CrossBoundary LLC, leading the transaction advisory practice for East Africa from Nairobi. He previously worked with the International Finance Corporation in Washington DC, executing investments totaling over $300million and managing a portfolio of $2.5billion with the private equity and financial institutions groups. At IFC, he was also Senior Advisor to the CEO on entrepreneurship initiatives in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, in conjunction with the Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment at the World Economic Forum.

The Music Business in Africa

Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in the continent’s music industry. Additionally, African musicians are generating more interest across the globe through tours and collaborations with big international names. But has the economic attractiveness of the African music business grown accordingly with the surge in quality and demand? Which income generation sources (streaming royalties, album/single sales, concerts/tours, endorsements) are driving revenues, and which are underperforming? How can the economics be improved to sustain growth and attract the next generation of talent? What roles can key stakeholders (regulators, distributors and consumers) play in driving the industry’s attractiveness? Finally, with ever-increasing internet penetration on the continent, how are music labels adapting their distribution strategies to reach music fans on the continent?

Dozie Ibekwe, MBA Candidate, Harvard Business School

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Dozie is an MBA student at Harvard Business School. He previously worked for the Centre for Public Impact in the London office of The Boston Consulting Group. Dozie started his career as an industrial engineer in General Electric's (GE) Operations Management Leadership Program. He served in multiple roles in GE Power and GE Oil & Gas between the US and Nigeria, most recently as a supply chain management consultant. Dozie earned a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, in electrical engineering from the honors college of University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and a master's degree in supply chain management from Pennsylvania State University. He also earned an MPhil in Public Policy from University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar.

Maleek Berry, Recording Producer/Artist

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Following the runaway global success of his Last Daze of Summer EP -  spawning the global underground hit Kontrol which has amassed well over 50 million streams in just over a year - and his recent critically celebrated tracks Been Calling and Pon My Mind which led to two MOBO Award nominations for Best Male and Best African Act at last November's ceremony, the British-born Nigerian artist and producer Maleek Berry has returned with the release of his highly anticipated new EP First Daze of Winter. Maleek enters 2018 again confirming his position as one of music's hottest and most exciting properties.

Juls, Producer & DJ


Juls is a British-born Ghanaian Producer and Disk Jockey from East London. He's produced for many high-profile artists in the U.K. and afrobeats scene including Burna Boy, Eugy, Yemi Alade, Wizkid, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy and Moelogo. He's most popular for pioneering the new Afro beats sound championed by rising star Mr Eazi producing hits such as Skin Tight, Hollup, Anointing and Bankulize. He has been nominated for several awards including Ghana Music Awards UK Producer of the year, Afrimma Awards and Mobo Unsung Awards. Notable DJs performances include SXSW in Texas and Lauryn Hill's Diaspora Calling tour in New York City.

Patoranking, Singer/Songwriter

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An award-winning Nigerian dancehall artist who has made major waves over the last couple years with hits such as No Kissing, My Woman My Everything, Happy Day, and Girlie O. His unique blend of Dancehall, Reggae and Afrobeats has allowed him to create a distinct sound recognized by many. With his vocal command and patois flair Patoranking has managed to collaborate with some of Africa's most respected artists such as Tiwa Savage, Sarkodie, Bisa Kdei and Timaya. To date, Patoranking has been nominated for over 20 categories, taking home more than 10 awards for those categories.