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African Contributors

Juliana Rotich and Dr. Chris Albon

Digital Media Maven and Professor of Digital Marketing; Team Members at Ushahidi

Topic: Crowdsourced Election Monitoring – The Ushahidi Case Study

Juliana Rotich and Dr. Chris Albon are team members at Ushahidi, a web based reporting system that utilises crowdsourced data to formulate visual map information of crises on a real-time basis. An IT professional who has developed web tools for crowdsourcing crisis and environmental information, Juliana Rotich majored in Information Technology in the US and has practised for over 10 years. The co-founder of Ushahidi also blogs at www.afromusing.com, a blog focused on African technology and renewable energy. Dr. Chris Albon is Director of Data Projects at Ushahidi with a focus on crisis data. In 2008, he founded Conflict Health, a blog on the defence of health workers in armed conflict and political violence. Conflict Health has been cited in international publications including The Economist, Time, The Guardian and The Atlantic. As a Ph.D holder in Political Science researching the impact of civil wars on health care systems, Dr. Chris Albon enjoys web design, SEO and graphic design.

Dele Momodu

Publisher, Politician, Entrepreneur and Motivational Speaker

Topic: Social Media, Political Revolution & Evolution

Dele Momodu is a teacher, writer, polemicist, publisher, politician and entrepreneur among many other roles. He is the CEO and publisher of Ovation International, reputed as one of Africa’s most popular celebrity magazines and the only bi-lingual magazine in Africa. In 2011, Dele Momodu was a presidential aspirant of the National Conscience Party (NCP). Dele Momodu writes a weekly article called PENdulum every Saturday on the back page of Thisday newspaper. The articles highlight issues in Nigeria and current events.

Atunyota Alleluia Akporobome aka Ali Baba

Professional Stand-Up Comedian, Entertainer and a Motivational Speaker

Topic: Social Media and Pressure on the Celebrity

Ali Baba is Nigeria’s Pioneer Professional Stand-up Comedian, an Entertainer, a Motivational Speaker and Writer. Through his influence, he has helped to shape the Nigerian comedy industry and has mentored several comedians in the last 13 years. In 2012, he was the first comedian to ring the Year End Closing Bell of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. He is a member of the Johnny Walker Striding Man Society and a Special Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Dr. Paul Nwulu

Media Professional and Researcher

Topic: Stop The Hate! A Case for Civility and Respect on Social Media

Dr. Paul Nwulu works on media issues in West Africa from the Ford Foundation’s office in Lagos. His work focuses on how traditional and new media can be used to attain scale and impact in driving social change within the region. Dr. Paul Nwulu has more than 16 years experience as a media content developer and is a lecturer in media production and theory. He has taught in universities in the United States and Nigeria, rising to the rank of a tenured Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He holds a joint doctorate Degree in Communication and Political Science from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Morin Oluwole

Business Lead to VP, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook

Topic: Building Thriving Communities in Developing Markets Through Social Media

Morin Oluwole is the Business Lead/Chief of Staff to the VP of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook. She is responsible for developing strategic solutions that aid in managing top client relationships. She has been at Facebook since September 2006 and has focused primarily on Product Marketing (Facebook Pages), Global Partnerships (fashion/luxury), and Digital Sales and Advertising (global Fortune 1000 clients and agencies). Morin has been at Facebook from when it was a small start-up of 200 people and 8 million users now grown to a global presence.

She previously worked in management consulting at Sachs Consulting in New York and holds a BA and MA from Stanford University in Human Biology and Sociology and an MA in Management from Columbia University. Morin currently resides in New York City.

Japheth Omojuwa

African Cyberpreneur, Public Speaker and Columnist.

Topic: The Politics of Social Media – The Occupy Nigeria Case Study

Japheth Omojuwa is an African cyberpreneur, public speaker and columnist. He has graced economic, civil society & media development panels across the globe. He is also Editor of www.africanliberty.org and creator of www.naijateenz.com & www.omojuwa.com.

Ameyaw Debrah

Social Media Expert, Freelance Journalist and Celebrity Ghanaian Blogger

Topic: Likes, Followers and Mentions – The New Celebrity Currency

Ameyaw Debrah is a journalist and blogger based in Accra, Ghana. He holds a degree in B.A Publishing Studies from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). The award-winning celebrity blogger has contributed to several publications – www.jamati.com,www.orijin-ent.com and www.modernghana.com among others. In 2008, Debrah joined www.ghanaweb.com as the entertainment editor. During that period, he also launched his highly popular and syndicated blog, www.ameyawdebrah.com. Today, the blog is a leading provider of entertainment and lifestyle news not only in Ghana but across Africa. Ameyaw Debrah is a regular contributor to StarGist, an entertainment programme on Africa Magic channel, DStv, a subsidiary of MultiChoice in Africa and Glitz Africa Magazine.

Chude Jideonwo

Lawyer, Award-Winning Journalist, Media Entrepreneur and Public Speaker

Topic: Digital Millennials: The Social Media Generational Takeover

Chude Jideonwo is a Lawyer, award-winning Journalist, Media Entrepreneur and Public Speaker. He is co-Founder & Managing Partner of RED, the innovative media company with a focus on media-content, communication and development. RED owns The Future Awards Africa, the continent’s premier youth event. Chude Jideonwo is also Founder of Enough Is Enough Nigeria, one of Nigeria’s foremost civic participation groups and chairs the Public Relations & Communications Committee of the group. Chude was named in the BusinessDay 40 under 40 List and was profiled in Forbes 30 Under 30: Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs.

Yemi Adamolekun

Executive Director, Enough is Enough Nigeria

Topic: Social Media as an Effective Tool for Advocacy and Social Activism

Yemi Adamolekun is Executive Director of Enough is Enough Nigeria (EIE), a coalition of individuals and youth-led organisations committed to instituting a culture of good governance and public accountability in Nigeria. Yemi Adamolekun has been affiliated with Visions in Action, a program that pairs volunteers with NGOs in different cities across Africa and South America. An economic consultant by profession, she has been involved in articulating the concerns of young African immigrants trying to influence issues and events in their homeland, through African students’ organisations & international centers. Yemi serves as a mentor, peer and advisor.

Amara Nwankpa

Head, Marketing and Communication, Galaxy Backbone

Topic: The Business of Social Media: New Commercial Opportunities in Nigeria due to the Rise of Social Media

Amara is an IT professional and an advocate for good governance and national development. He is one of the architects of the 1-Gov.net platform, a government-wide shared services platform for the Federal Government of Nigeria. 1-Gov.net currently connects over 4,000 locations for about 350 Ministries, Department and Agencies of the Federal Government. 1-GOV.net was awarded the 2013 United Nations Public Service Award for first place in Africa in Promoting Whole of Government Approaches in the Information Age.

As an enthusiast for social innovation using new media, he founded the LightUpNigeria movement – a youth movement focused on improving electricity supply – mobilized using social media.  He is also a founding member of the Enough Is Enough Nigeria – a coalition of youth and youth led groups focused on encouraging youth participation in good governance. He played key roles in the mobilization and advocacy that led to the acknowledged increase in the positive involvement of young Nigerians in the 2011 elections. He is currently involved in a project using social media to mainstream oil resource governance issues – Oil Revenue Tracking Initiative (oilrevenueng.org)

Kathleen Ndongmo

Humanitarian and Social Ventures Champion

Topic: Crowdsourcing for Social Good – The Dana Crash Case Study

Kathleen Ndongmo is a humanitarian and social ventures champion. She is an ideas machine in social media, strategy and people service. With an innate ability to multi-task and as a multi-cultured polygot, Kathleen Ndongmo focuses on value driven projects.

Rosemary Ajayi

Technical Assistant Strategic Communications, Government of Ekiti State and Social Media Election Monitor

Topics: From Infancy to Maturity – The Evolution of Social Media in Nigeria

Vox Populi: Governments and the Effective Use of Social Media

Rosemary Ajayi is a digital storyteller and content producer passionate about employing media and communications strategies for societal change. Inspired by a background as a designer, she is adept at devising research-based interdisciplinary projects aimed at addressing a variety of social issues. Rosemary Ajayi adapted social media & new technologies to capture the pulse of elections in the World Bank-funded Gubernatorial Elections Tracking Centre in Benin City. She also measured the impact of social media on the election process. She was one of 5 individuals selected to manage Africa’s first Social Media election situation room, supported by the Yar’Adua Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, GeorgiaTech & Berkman Center and Harvard University.

Kate Henshaw

Nollywood Actress, Nigerian Celebrity and Brand Ambassador

Topic: Nollywood and Social Media

Kate Henshaw is a Nollywood actress and Nigerian celebrity. With over 40 Nollywood movies to her credit, Kate Henshaw won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2008. Besides acting, Kate Henshaw is the brand ambassador for Onga and a Judge on Nigeria’s Got Talent, a Nigerian reality talent show.

Lanre Dabiri aka Eldee the Don

President and CEO, Trybe Records

Topic: #Trending – The Age of the Social Media Celebrity

Lanre Dabiri aka Eldee the Don is a Rapper, Record Producer, Song Writer and Architect. He was an original member and frontman of the Nigerian group, Trybesmen. He was also interactive media consultant for international brands such as CNN, Accenture, Kimberly Clark, UPS, Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Eldee has numerous national and international awards for music, design and new media campaigns. Eldee is very passionate about Africa and is one of the few outspoken Nigerian celebrities on social issues.

Nnodim Blossom

Writer, Compère and Social Media Entrepreneur

Topic: Social Media for Social Good: How Non-Profits can Leverage Social Media for Good

Nnodim Blossom is a writer, compère, entrepreneur and social media enthusiast. She is a sought after public speaker whose message is Social Media for Social Good. She is involved in electoral governance using social media and was selected to monitor the U.S Elections in November, 2012. Nnodim Blossom was also selected among young African leaders to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) of the U.S Department of State.

Idiare Atimomo

Manager, Youth Segment of Telecommunications Company, Etisalat Nigeria

Topic: Social Media Marketing – Pros and Cons

Idiare Atimomo is a marketing professional who is the manager of the Youth Segment of telecommunications company, Etisalat Nigeria. He has a B.Sc Psychology from the University of Ibadan, a certificate in Strategic Marketing Management from Lagos Business School, Pan African University and a certificate in Digital Marketing Strategy from Columbia Business School, New York. Idiare Atimomo is a marketing professional interested in brand planning, marketing planning and marketing communication.

Karo Akpokiere

Digital Artist and Promoter, The Seek Project

Topic: Social Media as a Channel for Creative Expression

Karo Akpokiere is an artist and designer born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. He has an insatiable appetite for drawing and is deeply interested in how these drawings can be applied to different media as a way to make them accessible and visible. His work is indicative of his desire to combine different cultural elements in order to create art that is universally appealing and reflective of his interests in textile motifs, the graffiti aesthetic, t-shirt graphics, sneaker design, advertising, character design and geometry. He has participated in notable exhibitions in Croatia, Dubai and France among several others. Karo Akporiere draws daily and manages www.seekproject.com and www.theseekproject.wordpress.com.

Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. (CFA)

Punch Columnist

Topic: Social Media Culture for Small Business

Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr., “CFA” is highly passionate about ICT, digital media and mobile technology. He is a columnist with The Punch (Nigeria’s most widely read newspaper) where he writes for the “ICT Clinic” page published on Sundays.

CFA is the CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) of CFA Leverage, a digital media and ICT consulting company. He blogs regularly at www.cfagbata.com

Leke Alder

Brand Consultant, Entrepreneur and Policy Consultant

Topic: Business and Creative Intelligence

Leke Alder is Nigeria’s foremost brand consultant. He is a social media personality, an author of several business books, a philanthropist and public speaker.

Widely credited with introducing branding as a discipline in Nigeria, Leke Alder has served in various capacities as Chief Consultant to the Federal Government of Nigeria on the Heart of Africa project and Panellist at the Annual Africa Business Conferences of Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School and Kellogg School of Management.

He was the host of a weekly radio business programme, Minding Your Business with Leke Alder on 92.3 Inspiration FM and served as Member of the Board of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) amongst other roles.

Subomi  Plumptre

Topic:  The Age of Interactive Communication

Subomi Plumptre is a member of the Executive Committee at Alder Consulting. She is also the Head of the Consulting and Social Media Practices. She is a leading Business Strategist, Project Manager, Social Media Strategist, Poet and Writer.

Subomi is a member of the Governing Board at Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) and a member of the Board of Trustees at Leke Alder Foundation.