For the first time ever, Social Media Week will take place in Africa. From 18 to 22 February 2013 Social Media Week will hold in Lagos bringing together thought leaders, creatives, entrepreneurs and everyday citizens from Nigeria -and throughout the continent and the diaspora – to explore how people and organizations are connecting to share new ideas and information.
Powered by Nokia, Social Media Week Lagos is produced by Dragon Africa and AFRIKA21 and will run throughout the week with lineup of seminars and events that promise to make it a very memorable one.
One of the events of note is ‘Publishing in the Age of Social Media’. It is hosted by Cassava Republic Press and will be featuring a panel of leading figures in Nigerian publishing to discuss how social media can encourage a book-buying and reading culture; to what extent e-books will replace print books as the dominant reading experience; whether the gradual shift to e-books will take place via the mobile, or via tablets, as well as the question of whether small publishers in Nigeria can survive against the increasingly global reach of large multinational corporations. This event targets to reach writers, readers, apps designers, marketers and brand specialists
Other events/conferences include; Pushing the Envelope: How African Businesses are Creating Value; Entrepreneurship in the Digital age; Social Media, Citizen Journalism and Etiquette; Using Social Media to Power NGOs and Social Entrepreneurship; Marketing (Social Media, PR, Branding) as a Tool for Cahnging Perceptions and Aiding the Development of Africa
To follow the event and for a comprehensive list of events, venues and times check the schedule here and make plans to attend.