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Africa Keen To Host Social Media Week

by Milcah Lukhanyu
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Lagos to host Social Media Week, a worldwide event that is powered by Nokia.The event is truly historic and will be happening here in Africa for the very first time since its launch. The event will take place from 18-22 February 2013, with the unifying global theme: Open & Connected: Principles for a Collaborative World.

Social Media Week is a global platform that connects people, content, and conversation around emerging trends in social and mobile media. It brings together hundreds of thousands of people every year through learning experiences that aim to advance understanding of social media’s role in society. It’s apparent that Africa can no longer be by passed as a hub of innovation.

Nigeria, an epicenter of business, art and technology for the African continent is excited to become part of the global conversation. With over 100 million mobile phone subscribers, it boasts of the highest number of internet users in Africa and ranks 10th globally.  Lagos looks forward to the invaluable opportunity to examine the economic, social, and cultural impact of social media for Africa. Attendees can expect a wealth of insight on topics ranging from mobile app development for agricultural communities to the prevalence and importance of social media in the government sector

Other host cities for the February event include Copenhagen, Doha, Hamburg, Miami, Milan, New York, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington DC. In 2012, over 66 000 people from 26 countries around the world attended the event.

SMW  is partnering with Channel O Africa, a leading Urban music channel.

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