Entertainment in Africa: Opportunities & Challenges

Despite the increasing popularity that African art and entertainment have enjoyed in recent years, especially with the growth of the internet and social media, the entertainment sector still has significant growth potential. In most African countries, the relative size of the middle class, internet costs, and regulations impact the performance of businesses in this space.

This panel would host stakeholders who are directly involved in the entertainment industry across the continent. The discussions promise to be engaging as we gain insights from the true doers in this colorful and exciting industry.
Kemi

Kemi Adetiba

Filmmaker

moderator

Keturah

Keturah King

Journalist

Mudigi

Savara Mudigi

Member of Sauti Sol afro-pop band

addy

Addy Awofisayo

Head, Youtube Content Partnerships, Sub-Saharan Africa / Google

dj

DJ Sbu

Entertainer and Entrepreneur

Investing for Africa’s Growth: The Role of Private Equity in Shaping Growth for the next decade

Both local and international investors recognize the compelling opportunities that exist when backing growing African businesses across different sectors. As investors seek to generate healthy risk-adjusted returns, a discussion of how capital should be deployed to allow for stable future long-term transformational growth of the continent is imperative.

Key players and stakeholders will discuss the role that private equity can play in diversifying African economies and driving long-term transformational growth.
biju

Biju Mohandas

Partner / Leapfrog Investments

moderator

nnennia

Nnennia Ejebe

Partner / Adenia Partners

Jake

Jake Cusack

Co-founder and Managing Partner / CrossBoundary

Aliya

Aliya Shariff

Partner / Ethos Private Equity

Souleymane

Souleymane Ba

Partner / Helios Investment Partners

Takudzwa

Takudzwa Mutasa

Partner / Development Partners International

Entrepreneurship in Africa: Reflections and Outlooks

Africa’s entrepreneurs have unique opportunities and challenges; they provide a massive source of employment and innovation, while often facing difficulties in raising capital and sustaining an effective workforce. A diverse set of entrepreneurs will discuss their experiences - starting, hiring for, scaling, and pivoting their work, as well as their outlook for future trends in African entrepreneurship.
Fiona

Fiona Mungai

Managing Director / Endeavor

moderator

Aramide

Aramide Abe

Founder and CEO / NaijaStartups

Iyin

Iyin Aboyeji

General Partner / Future Africa & Co-founder / Flutterwave & Andela

Uche

Uche Pedro

Founder and CEO / BellaNaija

Maurizio

Maurizio Caio

Founder and Managing Partner / TLcom Capital

Fintech’s Role in shaping Cross-border Growth and Partnerships

The evolution of Fintech in Africa; from mPesa to Interswitch, FinTech has revolutionized entire industries in many African markets and the world has started to take notice with recent M & A deals and record valuations in the sector.

Why has FinTech been so successful in many parts of Africa? How can we further leverage these innovations and scale them across the continent to drive cross-border growth and partnerships?
Tayo

Tayo Oviosu

Founder & CEO / Paga

moderator

kofo

Kofoworola Agbaje

Investment Associate / Quona Capital

EleYanmoni

Yanmo Omorogbe

Co-Founder and COO / Bamboo

Ben

Benjamin Fernandes

Founder and CEO / NALA

Khadijah

Khadijah Abu

Head of Product Expansion / Paystack

Energy and Infrastructure: The Economic Infrastructure Required to Drive Growth [Powered by Mckinsey & Company]

Today, 70% of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa is without electricity, and infrastructure access is lower than in the rest of the world. Despite these constraints, African economies have experienced unprecedented growth, but sustaining this momentum requires significant infrastructure investment - an investment the World Bank estimates will cost $1 trillion over the next decade. Today, annual infrastructure spending across the continent averages at c. $77 billion but the annual infrastructure investment requirement stands at c. $170 billion. Worse still, the infrastructure investment requirement is set to increase due to growing demographic trends.

How does Africa respond to these trends and create the economic infrastructure required to drive long-term transformational growth? In this panel, key players and stakeholders will share their perspectives on how we can bridge the infrastructure investment deficit and drive long-term transformational and socio-economic growth.
Bennani

Saadia Slaoui Bennani

President & CEO / Valyans Consulting

moderator

Tomiwa

Tomiwa Igun

Co-founder and CFO / Aspire Power Solutions

Sola

Sola Lawson

Managing Director & Co-Head / African Infrastructure Investment Managers [AIIM]

Justin

Justin DeAngelis

Partner / Denham Capital

Raza

Raza Hasnani

Managing Director & Head of Infrastructure Investments / Africa50 Infrastructure Fund