The 2016 Social Media Week (SMW) Lagos, which kicked off on Monday and ends today, has provided a platform for attendees to explore the impact of technology across Africa and how it can be harnessed to stimulate socio-economic and cultural growth.
With theme ‘The Networked African: Technology’s Impact of Africa’, the forum has also provided ideas, trends, insights and inspiration to help people and businesses understand how to achieve more in a hyper-connected world.
KOLADE AKINOLA of Technology Times, who is attending the 2016 Social Media Week Lagos, brings you some memorable quotes from the event:
‘’In Africa mobile usage is high and access to desktop computer is comparatively low. As mobile penetration continues to increase, the opportunity for PR and communication campaigns to leverage this platform will grow and is set to become more entrenched as a key communication medium in 2016’’ -Claudine Moore, Founder & CEO of C. Moore Media
“I am probably the only government official that has declared my asset online. I declared my asset via my twitter handle (@Dr Joe Abah)” -Dr Joe Abah, DG Bureau of Public Service Reform of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
”Digital media is an evolving platform in Africa. It has more problems than opportunities as many engage in it without proper training. As such, the only way to make a difference is to create rich and original content.”- Perez Tigidam, Creative Director/CEO of TheNerve.
“Fears are being expressed that the NCC wants to start regulating Over The Top (OTT) services. These fears are misplaced. What the NCC paper has done is to elevate the value and quality of discourse on the issue’’-Prof Umaru Danbata, Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC).
”We need to start telling our kids to start thinking of ways of developing the next social media platform like Facebook and Twitter. We must graduate from being consumers to major producers.” -Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria.
“The government has no business deciding what people post online. We should learn to use the legal system. If you have been defamed or slandered, then we should learn to go to court.” -Tolu Ogunlesi, Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Digital and New Media.
“Streaming it is another way to challenge piracy, so to say. Piracy can stretch out from being an Alaba threat to a virtual threat. So, streaming is an option for people to get your song first time before these pirates get a hold of it” -Sound Sultan, celebrated Nigerian music artiste.
The use of technology and social media is now an integral part of every living thing. So, we have put out seven different platforms that include phone calls, Twitter, Facebook Page and traditional emails, for people to send their complains. These complaints platforms are manned by officers 24 hours everyday.” Abayomi Shogunle, Officer-in-Charge, Police Complaint Response Unit, Nigeria Police.
“More than 50% of Nigerian women are still lagging behind in terms of technology. So what we do at this time is to enlighten them and help them get to a point where, even with the little amount of money that they have, they can still make great impact with the work that they do.” -Chioma Chuka, Founder, TechHer