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History in the Making: Social Media Week Expands to Africa

Social Media Week (SMW) made its debut in Africa on Monday, and the host city, Lagos, is one of Africa’s most vibrant and robust metropolises. With a population of just under 21 million people, and ranked as the seventh fastest growing city in the world, Lagos (locally know as Las Gidi) is playing host to 100 events over a five day period, something that has never been done before in the city.

The dynamic and visionary team behind this landmark event hitting the shores of West Africa is Obi Asika, chairman of Social Media Week Lagos and founder of Dragon Africa, and Ngozi Odita, founder of Society HAE. Odita, who participated in SMW New York as a panelist in 2011, presented the idea to Asika in September of 2012. Together they pitched the founder of SMW and, within a few short weeks, the duo’s proposal was accepted and SMW Lagos planning began. Read More on Black

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