The Lagos IT Edge Convergence Forum

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Lifelong learning has always been my response to questions that seek to unravel my apetite for, and comfort with, ICT issues. This Friday, in Lagos, another of such learning opportunities comes for those who have shown interest in either the Nigerian ICT space or the concept of convergence. I have had to discuss convergence a lot in the past (especially during the Presidential task Force meetings), and know that many of those who still believe that ICts is just a fad will still be tracing their footsteps when this generation negotiates the next technology corner. Details of the Friday meeting, put together by Knowledge Media International (publishers of IT Edge magazine) in association with the Nigerian Communications Commission, follow:

Theme: Engaging New Services in a Converging Market
Date: March 2, Friday, 2007
Venue: Golden Gate Restaurant, Ikoyi
Time: 9am to 5pm

The welcome speech will be delivered by the President of Knowledge Media International, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem and there will be opening remarks by the Minister of Information and Communication, Mr. Frank Nweke (Jr). keynote addresses will be delivered by Engr. Ernest Ndukwe (Nigerian Communications Commission), the President of the Broadcast Organisation of Nigeria and Dr. Chris Nwannenna (Nigeria Computer Society). Sessions during the forum will include:

  • The Emergence of Convergence
    Lead Speaker: Eric Osiakwan (Secretary General: African Internet Service Providers Association – AfrISPA; CEO Internet Work, Accra, Ghana). Session Members/Discussants: Lanre Ajayi, (President, Nigeria Internet Group); Shina Badaru, Founder/Editor, Technology Times; Wale Ajisebutu, Executive Vice Chairman, 21st Century Technologies Ltd; Mr Chris Uwaje, CEO Connect Technologies, Nigeria, Olanrewaju Oke, GM, Marketing, Accelon. Session Chair: Professor Cleopas Angaye, Director General, NITDA
  • Will Convergence Work in Nigeria/Why Convergence Will Take Hold in West Africa
    Lead Speaker: Sunday Afolayan (CEO: Skannet ISP, Ibadan, Nigeria). Session Members/Discussants: Emmanuel Ekuwem, President of ATCON; Dr E. Kwame Boakye, CEO, BCN (infrastructure Company, Abuja) Nigeria; Evelyn Lewis (CEO, SBTS Group) S/Leone; Basil Udotai, Cybercrime Working Group, Nigeria; Mr. Ladi Lawal, DG, Daar Communications; C.K Bruce, CEO, CuttingEdge, Ghana, Jameel Mohammed, COO, Globacom. Session Chair: Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, Head, IT, IT unit, Ministry of Information and Communications, Nigeria
  • Convergence, Media, Professionalism, Content Delivery and the Wireless Revolution
    Lead Speaker: Dr Raymond Dokpesi (Chairman, DAAR Communications, Nigeria). Session Members/Discussants: Engr Titi Omo-Ettu, (Telecom Consultant & CEO, Telecom Answers Associates), Nigeria; Prof Raulf (University of Lagos) Nigeria; Dr Supo Ogunfemi (CEO, Digital Bridge Institute, Abuja), Nigeria; Ben Murray Bruce, CEO Silverbird; Dr. Adenike Osofisan, President of Computer Professional Registration Council (CPN). Session Chair: Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, President of ATCON
  • The Converged Consumer
    Lead Speaker: Mr. Igho Mrakpor (Chief Executive Officer of Hirest Africa Limited, Lagos, Nigeria). Session Members/Discussants: John Momoh, CEO Channels Television; Emelife Maduka, Country Manager, Cisco, Emeka Madubuike; Systemtech (System Integrators), Nigeria; Jide Awe, Jidaw Systems; Alhaji Ogunneye, former president, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS); Papa Yusupha Njie, CEO, Unique Solutions, Banjul, the Gambia, Austen Okere, Group Managing Director, Computer Warehouse Group. Session Chair: Dr Chris Nwannenna, President of NCS
  • Regulating in a Converged Market
    Lead Speaker: Major John Tandoh (Chief Regulator, National Communications Authority, Ghana). Session Members/Discussants: Professor Clement Dzidonu, ECA Consultant, Emmanuel Ekuwem, President of ATCON; Tonnie Iredia, DG, NTA, Dr Afolabi, the ECOWAS Secretariat, Nigeria, Dr Gabriel Obi, former chair, Computer Professional Registration Council (CPN), Mr. Nnamdi Nwokike, WATRA; Joe Jackson, CEO theSOFTtribe, Ghana, Engr Gbenga Adebayo, General Manger, VGCC. Session Chair: Engineer Ernest Ndukwe

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