WHERE: SoBro, 555 Bergen Avenue (3rd Floor) Bronx, NY 10455
The event kicks off at 6pm at SOBRO located in the Bronx. Key takeaways include using social media for:
- >Public Relations;
- >Customer Acquisition;
- >Creating Brand Communities;
Featured Speaker: J.J. Omojuwa
Japheth J. Omojuwa is a foremost blogger, speaker, socio-political commentator, think tank and media expert. Founder of the popular blog omojuwa.com, he is one of the voices in Nigeria that drives social change through social media. He shares his career story and some sound advice.
As an undergraduate at the Federal University of Agriculture, I realized a large number of the Nigerian population were cultivating a culture of dependence on the internet for information on any and everything. So I decided to start omojuwa.com to be involved in the conversation at that time – this was over five years ago. I began sharing my thoughts on socio-political issues, events and happenings in Nigeria and Africa; most of my posts were opinion blog posts, but posts that struck a chord with people at home and abroad. After graduating from university, I went on to lecture at the University of Free Berlin in Germany on Africa- Democratic Prospects and Challenges. Prior to that I had completed a course on Marketing Communications from Orange Academy. My voice as a blogger naturally translated to me being a public speaker and socio-political commentator on diverse issues from social media, civil disobedience/unrest to African issues as well as being on discussion panels on African issues, where I represented Nigeria. Today omojuwa.com, which was the starting point is part of the other initiatives I run including africanliberty.org, naijateenz.com, and another initiative in the loop.
Mary Olushoga is founder of awpnetwork.com, a platform powering small business success for African entrepreneurs. She is a 2015 Vital Voices Global Leadership Fellow, the first-ever Africa Data Challenge winner, the first-ever GOOD Maker/Oxfam America International Women’s Day Challenge Winner, a Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) Associate, and an Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet Ambassador.
Olushoga received a bachelor’s degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York and a Master of Science degree from Baruch College. She has served as a Public Policy Fellow at the University at Albany, Center for Women in Government and Civil Society and participated in the Sub-Saharan African Women In Public Service Fall Institute. Olushoga has featured on BBC World News, Black Enterprise, iwantherjob.com, AFK Insider, Applause Africa, BET Network, BusinessDay Nigeria and has presented her work on women entrepreneurs at the prestigious Yale University, the Columbia University Africa Economic Forum, the United States Department of Labor Strategy Meeting on Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, and Disability, Wise Institute, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the United Nations ECOSOC Youth Employment Forum, and the Rockefeller Foundation Tech Salon. She writes for GE Ideas Lab, SciDev, and the Huffington Post.
Anie Akpe is Innov8tiv magazine publisher and Founder of IBOM LLC, is a business professional and entrepreneur with more than 15 years experience in the banking industry, currently managing a more than $575 million portfolio. As founder of IBOM LLC, Akpe aids small businesses around the world, particularly those owned by African entrepreneurs in the Diaspora, guiding business development and strategy and leading sound results in the completion of their business goals.
A native of Nigeria, she meshes her global experience and culture with skills from stellar corporate America leadership to provide unique and results-driven services to her clients. Innov8tiv.com is a subsidiary of IBOM LLC, adding to her company’s mission to not only advocate entrepreneurship among global professionals of color, but dynamic technology information, resources, events and media. Most recently Akpe, recently launched Networq App. Networq is an app that enables users to create & exchange business cards while networking in real-time.