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Speakers: Martin Eigbike (Dalberg Global Development Advisors), Ndubuisi Kejeh (De Charles), Victor Asemota (SwiftaCorp) & Olamide Bada (Jumia Food Nigeria). Hosted by Funmi Iyanda.

This event is part of the #HowToFixNigeria series, hosted by Funmi Iyanda, Oya Media, and the Royal African Society in partnership with the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, LSE.

Technology is meant to make things easier, quicker, cheaper. Smart innovation is often seen as a panacea for Nigeria, Africa and the world’s ills. But technology is not just used by people and societies. It also shapes them.

Innovation can change people’s livelihoods and transform politics, culture and economics. Messaging apps and social media allow news (whether real or fake) to spread like wildfire. Mobile money payments enable vast sums to move across the globe in mere seconds. Crowdsourcing platforms allow real-time mapping of humanitarian disasters or election results.

Technology can widen the realm of the possible. However, it can just as easily simply deepen existing fractures and inequalities. At less than 30%, internet penetration in Africa still lags way behind the world average. Meanwhile, levels of access to technology replicate the divides between the rich and poor, urban and rural, male and female.

Nigeria is at the forefront of much innovation on the continent with its buzzing tech hubs and bold entrepreneurs. But can technology fix Nigeria?

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Martin Eigbike is as an Associate Partner of Dalberg Consulting, based in Abuja, Nigeria. Martin has worked extensively in Nigeria’s public sector, advising public institutions and government-owned commercial entities on strategy, transformation and reform, and institutional effectiveness. His work has spanned health, agribusiness, nutrition, security/public safety, and economic policy. He has also provided advice on strategy and execution to corporations. Martin has a B.S. degree in Geography and Regional Planning from the University of Benin in Nigeria and a Master’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

For almost a decade Ndubuisi Kejeh has focused on building ventures that combine technology, profit and social impact, for which he’s gained awards – that includes an eponymous minor planet – from entities such as MIT, GE Ecomagination, JP Morgan and Time Magazine. Being passionate about furthering growth in Africa he founded De Charles in 2014, to build products and brands for the growing number of forward-thinking entities on the continent.

Victor Asemota founded SwiftaCorp over 20 years ago, a pioneering African software and technology services group with subsidiaries and operations in over 14 African countries. He is also the Nigerian Country Manager for the Interaction Design Foundation and Founder of Keita Capital and co-founder of MFISA, a unique African Mobile Financial Services Accelerator that has powered a number of payment platforms around Africa. Educated in Nigeria and the UK, he has been involved in a lot of pioneering efforts in African Information Technology and believes in the vision of harnessing the knowledge and experience of African professionals globally to make Africa the greatest technology force to contend with in the world.

Olamide Bada is the Managing Director of Jumia Food Nigeria, the #1 food delivery platform bringing you “the food you love, delivered fast!” Since its launch in Lagos in November 2012, Jumia Food has expanded to 11 African countries, partnering with hundreds of local and international restaurant brands, and, under Olamide’s leadership, has doubled in size in the past year. Prior to joining the Jumia Group, Olamide was a practising M&A lawyer, working for Baker & McKenzie in their London and Johannesburg offices, where she drove the Africa Initiative to develop cross-continental business.

Funmi Iyanda is a multi-award winning TV personality, producer, and journalist. She is a communications consultant working as Executive Director of Oya Media London and the CEO of Ignite Media Lagos. She was the executive producer and host of the revolutionary on-the-road talkshow; Talk With Funmi, Funmi has used the success and influence of her television productions to act as a vehicle for social change and transformation through her 12 year old “Change-A-Life” foundation. Funmi is as a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum, board member and fellow of the African Leadership Institute Tutu Fellowship, Fellow of Aspen Institute's Global Leadership network and recognised by Forbes Magazine as one of the most powerful women on the Africa continent.

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