Overview Of The Africa Digital Summit Event

The Africa Digital Summit took place on 31st August at the Kofi Annan ICT Centre in Accra.

The event sought to unlock Africa’s Digital Future and brought together digital experts, enthusiasts, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and change-makers in Africa to discuss policies, funding, trends, and innovations that seek to promote Africa as the Digital Hub of the world.

The event started with a keynote speech by Jemila Abdulai of Circumspecte, who talked about the state of Ghana’s economy and how far we’ve come along with digitisation.

Jemila Abdulai of Circumspecte

The next speaker at the event was Foster Awintiti Akugri of the Stanbic Incubator Hub, who spoke about the future of work and the trends and new job roles which we would see in the future.

Foster Awintiti Akugri of the Stanbic Incubator Hub

He highlighted some trends such as the top 10 emerging jobs which included Data Analysts and Big Data Specialists.

Top 10 Emerging Jobs in Demand

The focus of the event then turned to the issue of music streaming in Ghana and how and if local content makers are taking advantage of digital streaming services. The session featured Jonathan Laryea of Jonilar.net.

An enlightening keynote speech was then given by Kwame Opoku, a futurist and Business Speaker, who spoke about Africa’s Digital Future and new types of technology we should look forward to.

Kwame Opoku giving his keynote speech

Rosy Fynn, the CEO Of Busy Internet Ghana gave a presentation of Digital Transformation and spoke about solving problems and improving efficiency in different sectors in Ghana and highlighted online platforms like the Passport Online Application process and the DVLA License Application.

Rosy Fynn, the CEO Of Busy Internet Ghana

She highlighted social media trends and showed some statistics about from Ghana on mobile use and internet penetration.

Data about mobile phone use and internet users in Ghana

The next as a speaker is Tom-Chris of Star From All Nations (SFAN) who spoke about education and entrepreneurship.

Tom-Chris from SFAN talking about entrepreneurship and education

Venus Tawiah, Business Development Manager for Now Available Africa was up next and she spoke about the use of Behavior Change in ad campaigns. She highlighted how this model is being used in a campaign to promote anti-smoking amongst teens.

Venus Tawiah, Business Development Manager for Now Available Africa
Behavior Change Model

The last session of the event focused on them of eSports and gaming and how it applies in Ghana. The session featured Triforce Johnson, CEO of Empire Arcadia, an esports team which competes in eSports competition.