On October 26, 2023, the Ogun Digital Summit, the largest digital technology event in Ogun State, Nigeria, was held at the Providence Event Centre. The summit, hosted by Godsend Osas and Calista Adebayo, has consistently championed youth empowerment, technology entrepreneurship, and social innovation, making it a beacon of progress and inspiration within the region.
This year’s edition featured a keynote address by Odunayo Eweniyi and Joshua Chibueze, co-founders of Piggyvest, as well as panel discussions on a range of topics, including building a startup in the 21st century, what investors look for in startups, and the impact of AI and Web3 on the future of work.
The first panel session came in with a lot of "mental-panelbeating". Did you remember to take some notes during the session? Share a few personal lessons with us in the comment section too!#ogundigitalsummit#ods'23 pic.twitter.com/AGsI1BgEAl
— Ogun Digital Summit (@OgunDgtSummit) October 26, 2023
In their keynote address, Eweniyi and Chibueze shared insights on their journey as entrepreneurs, highlighting the importance of perseverance, collaboration, and a willingness to learn from failure. They encouraged young people to pursue their passions and to make a positive impact on the world through technology.
Ibukun Adeleke, Chief Investment Officer of Emergence Capital, spoke about what investors look for in startups. He advised startups to focus on building a strong team, developing a viable product or service, and demonstrating market traction.
Are you here?!🥳🥳🥳
We are here already and we are waiting to have you at our stand! 💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾
— Grazac Academy (@grazacacademy) October 26, 2023
Harrison Obiefule, Co-lead Superteam DAO, Olubunmi Fabanwo, Affiliate Program Manager from Binance; Raheem Yusuf, Vice President of AFEX; and Abiola Odetola, Special Assistant to the Governor of Ogun State on Job Creation and Youth Empowerment, discussed the impact of AI and Web3 on the future of work in a panel session. They agreed that these technologies are poised to revolutionize the way we work and live and that they also bring new challenges and opportunities.
The summit also featured a scholarship program, with Grazac Academy, the organizers of the event, awarding N1 million worth of scholarships to students.
I'm so happy we made this happen
today in Ogun State.
I started Ogun Digital Summit in 2020 with the vision to inspire more youths to get into the tech space and promote tech entrepreneurship. It's exciting to see the growth today!#ogundigitalsummit pic.twitter.com/6uVz9zAVn1
— Victor Adeleye (@VictorAdeleye_) October 26, 2023
Victor Adeleye, the convener of the Ogun Digital Summit, is passionate about inspiring more youths to get into the tech space and promote tech entrepreneurship in Ogun State. He believes that the summit is making a progressive impact in this regard, and he is excited to see the growth of the tech community in the state.
Adeleye’s message to young people is to start small and build their experiences gradually. He also emphasizes the importance of knowledge and lifelong learning. He encourages young people to pursue their passions and to make a positive impact on the world through technology.
Adeleye’s vision for the Ogun Digital Summit is to create a platform where young people can come together to learn, network, and collaborate with seasoned experts and industry leaders. He believes that the summit can help to ignite innovation and empower tomorrow’s leaders in the tech space.