Bolanle Austen-Peters; Ibim Semenitari; and others have been announced as the speakers for the 7th edition of the ‘Innovention’ Series organized by Verdant Zeal Marketing Communications Group. The event with the theme “Building Africa’s Fortune through “Mediatainment” is scheduled to take place at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island on the 22nd of March 2018.

The Innovention Series, a brainchild of Verdant Zeal Communications Group, was instituted as a platform to examine the question of Africa’s development, hone in on opportunities for growth while focusing on leveraging inherent strengths. It attracts patrons from both the public and private sectors and has become a strong voice in stimulating pragmatic conversations that challenge the status quo.

Speaking on the forthcoming edition, the Convener of Innovention Series and Executive Vice Chairman of Verdant Zeal Group, Dr Tunji Olugbodi, noted that the narrative about Africa has been changing because of the evolution experienced in the creative industry, which is engendered by technology.

According to him, “It is imperative to have a great understanding of how to create content and distribute it to consumers across the globe. This edition of the series  will chart a course towards harnessing the power of African content to create new narratives and revenue streams.”

The distinguished speakers at the forum include Bolanle Austen-Peters, the founder of Terra Kulture who CNN describes as the woman powering the Nigerian theatre; Ibim Semenitari, the first Nigerian Female Journalist to win the CNN African Journalist of the Year Award; Dr Ibilola Amao, Principal Consultant at Lonadek, Ade Adefeko, Vice President Corporate & Government Relations, OLAM Nigeria, Yahaya Maikori, Founding Partner, Law Allianz and others.