Upcoming Event

‘Eirenicon Africa ICT Nigeria Summit’

3 – 5 November 2014 

ICT is the fastest growing sector in Nigeria’s economy, contributing about nine per cent to current GDP figures. At current growth rates, the industry is set to double every four years.

The last ten years have seen this growth driven by Telecoms. From being fuelled by a latent demand for voice, growth rates are now poised to leap due to an even larger demand for data. Penetration rates of about 6 per cent for broadband (voice is now 70 -75 per cent) signify significant scope for growth.

The roll out of infrastructure across the country has contributed to further unlocking growth and the industry is attracting and absorbing greater numbers of younger and more dynamic new entrants.

But there are issues:

Software development (especially mobile apps) needs to match the size of the subscriber population and to fit unique domestic needs. Devices manufacture and supply also has to grow in keeping with the demands of a nation doing more and more on the internet- health, education, agric, commerce etc. A major dearth of technical skills to fuel the growth, skills including both digital literacy and traditional literacy, also poses a grave threat to the growth momentum.

The Eirenicon Africa ICT Nigeria Summit will focus on these issues, and on the quality and evenness of ICT growth and development and on ensuring that the industry is underpinned by the enabling infrastructure, policies and market structure to ensure its sustainability. This is necessary if a true innovation hub and hotbed is to be developed in Nigeria and if the country is to take its place alongside the best- in- class in international markets.

Join us for the three day summit, as we bring operators, tech developers, regulators, investors, students, policy makers and other stakeholders together to discuss all things ICT in Nigeria.

Guest Speaker include:

Hakeem Belo-Osagie (Chairman, Etisalat) 

Kabelo Makwane (Country Manager, Microsoft Nigeria) 

Gerald Ilukwe (Chief Executive Officer, Galaxy Backbone)

Bayo Sanni (Managing Director Nigeria, Oracle) 

Obi Ejimofo (Managing Director, Lamudi Nigeria, Africa Internet Holding) 

Nkiru Balonwu (Chief Executive Officer, Spinlet) 

Tayo Ogundipe (Chief Executive Officer, Solo) 

Adebola Akindele (Chief Executive Officer,  Courteville Solutions PLC) 

Dr Ndubuisi Ekekwe (Johns Hopkins University)

Lohini Moodley (Principal, McKinsey)

Usoro Usoro (Acting Chief Marketing Officer, MTN)

Bunmi Ekundare (Managing Director West Africa, Intel Corporation)

Bankole Cardoso (Co-founder, Easy Taxi)

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Past Events

Monday, 21 January 2013

Topic:’21st Century Imperatives for Africa’s Cities’

Guest SpeakerKunle Adeyemi

Architect, Designer and ‘Urbanist; Founder of NLÉ. READ BIO
Guest SpeakerGiles Omezi
Architect and ‘Urbanist’; Director of Laterite, aLondon-based Africa- focused Architecture and Urban Design practice. READ BIO
Guest SpeakerJonathan Ledgard
East Africa correspondent, The Economist; Contributor to the “Intelligent Life” magazine. READ BIO
Guest Speaker: Jennifer Robinson
Professor of Urban Geography, University College London. READ BIO
Moderator: Lanre Akinola 
Editor, This is Africa magazine. READ BIO

Synopsis:The rapid urbanization of African cities is no longer news. By 2050, over half of the continent’s population will reside in its urban spaces. What remains to be seen is how regional and national governments will respond to the greater pull exerted on already stretched resources and infrastructure. All over Africa, there are new enclave cities being built for the growing middle class and the wealthy in places like Lagos, Accra and Nairobi. What are the consequences of ignoring their margins and the parallel growth of impoverished communes?

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Friday, 26 October 2012

Topic:‘Industrial Strategies for Africa ‘

Keynote Speaker: Dr Kandeh Yumkella
Director- General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Discussant:Mr Hinh Dinh
Lead Economist, Operations & Strategy, Office of the Sr. Vice President and Chief Economist, The World Bank. Also lead author, World Bank’s ‘Light Manufacturing in Africa’ publication.
Moderator: Alexis Flynn
Africa Editor, Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones.

15 September 2012

Topic:‘Governance in a Post- Conflict Democracy’

Keynote Speaker: His Excellency Joseph Boakai |
Vice President, Republic of Liberia.
Moderator:  Martin Plaut
Africa Editor, BBC World Service.


27 March 2012

Topic:Neither the Washington nor Beijing Consensus: A New Developmental Paradigm to fit African Realities and Cultures

Keynote Speaker: Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi 
Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria.
Discussant: H.E. Tesfamichael Gerahtu 
Ambassador, Eritrea, to UK and Ireland
Discussant: Dr. Paul Collier
Professor,  Economics, Director, Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University
Moderator: China Danforth Onyemelukwe 
Managing Director, Investment Banking Division, Goldman Sachs
09 February 2012

Topic:Black Gold in Africa: Avoiding the Pitfalls, Harnessing the Opportunities

Guest Speaker: Mutiu Sunmonu
Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company (Shell Nigeria) 
Discussant: Rolake Akinkugbe
Oil and Gas Specialist, Ecobank Capital
Moderator: Tom Burgis
West Africa Correspondent, Financial Times

  • Eirenicon

    Pronunciation: /ʌɪˈriːnɪkɒn/

    Definition: i) A proposition to harmonize conflicting viewpoints ii) Advancing peace, strengthening or establishing unity, or fostering solidarity.

    From Greek eirēnikon, neuter of eirēnikos 'promoting peace', from eirēnē 'peace'

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