West Africa Convergence Conference (WACC) 2017

West Africa Convergence Conference (WACC) 2017

Theme: Convergence & the New Deals: - Entrepreneurship & Employability

The Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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What the industry stakeholders are saying on WACC

Engr Lanre Ajayi

Immediate past National President

Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON)

“We are glad to have associated with the West Africa Convergence Conference since its inception. This has proven to be the place where decision makers across sectors converge whether within or outside the ECOWAS space. As industry stakeholders, our association deem this to be a meeting point for multi-sectors stakeholders where issues on Convergence and others can be addressed.”

Prof. Samuel Zalanga

Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

“I have found this event to be both enlightening and educative. This event showcases potential and a lot of achievements in the sector that are outside of public space. It is revealing to hear the figures from corporate entities that do not depend on government patronage. These are young entrepreneurs, very creative and able to leverage on technology to bring something new to the market; and this is happening in spite of the challenges in the country.”

Prof. Cleopas O. Angaye

Former DG/CEO

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)

“A forward looking event. A great thing to have an event that brings posers to the table of regulators and other decision makers.”

Mr. Emeka Mba

Immediate past Director General

National Broadcasting Commission (NBC)

“An exciting and rich experience to engage the industry and follow the discussions on convergence. The broadcast industry certainly in perpetual transition. This meeting offers insight on the meeting points and wider mix of telecom and broadcasting.”

Mr. Papa Yusupha Njie


Unique Solutions, The Gambia

“It has been a rewarding experience to associate both with the Convergence Conference and its promoters.”

Mr. Evelyn Lewis


SBTS Group, Sierra Leone

“We came to see and to learn. We came to network and to explore possibilities of partnerships and how to leverage on existing opportunities to expand our portfolio of business. Our expectations were more than met.”

Yele Okerele


Precise Financial Systems (PFS) Limited

“As a company, we have always attended and partner with the Convergence Conference, we believe the tangibles are critical to further strengthening the possibilities in the industry.”

Engr Ernest Ndukwe

Former EVC/CEO

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)

“Since the onset of this event, and as regulator then, attending the Forum was something to look forward to with excitement. The quality of discussions have deepened overtime.”

Prof Clement Dzidonu


Accra Institute of Technology (AIT), Ghana

“Like many other increasing number of people committed to ICT across the region, I see the West Africa Convergence Conference as the go-to place for engagements on critical issues in convergence and the entire spectrum of ICT. AIT has been associated with this event for several years now and we are glad to say we have found individual and corporate values in this association.”

Engr Titi Omo Ettu

National President

Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON)

“An excellent platform and a meeting point to engage stakeholders and peep into the future of the industry. The Convergence Conference is now a reference point in the industry.”



WACC 2017 – Programme

  1. 08:00 AM - WACC 2017 Kicks off (click here for full programme)

    8AM; Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos.

    Theme: Convergence & the New Deals: – Entrepreneurships & Employability




     Theme: Convergence & the New Deals: – Entrepreneurships & Employability.



    8:45 AM – 9AM Opening/IndustryRemarks

    Chairman WACC 2017 Planning C’Tee

    Engr. Greg K. Gbadamosi.

    Chairman, Baobab Think Ltd/Qitech Technologies Ltd

    Dr Sola Afolabi

    President of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS),

    Professor GaniyuAdesolaAderounmu


    9AM –Session I

    Convergence – New Careers, New Jobs

    The future of work – Convergence is closing physical and technological barriers; and expanding the frontiers for new careers and jobs – How does Convergence impact on jobs and careers – Does convergence constrict skill-needs or expand needs?

    • Stakers: Tech companies – ITOs, BPOs, HMOs


    10AM –Session II

    Convergence, Governance and Citizens Engagement

    Lead Presentation: Professor Samuel Zalanga, Bethel University, St Paul, USA



    10:35AM –Session III

    Infrastructural Challenges, Disruptors and Regulations

    Regulators & Operators’ NOTES

    Disruptive Technologies and Limits/Challenges of Regulations

    • DG/CEO, NITDA, Dr Ibrahim Isa Pantami,– The NITDA

    Convergence, Regulation, Broadband  and Emerging Services.

    • EVC/CEO, NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta
    • Convergence, Connect Infrastructures and the Public Service.
    • MD/CEO,Galaxy Backbone Ltd., MallamYusuKazaure

    Leveraging on NIGCOMSAT 1R to drive New & Emerging Services.

    • Ms AbimbolaAlale, The Managing Director/CEO

    Innovating for Convergence

    Convergence and the Infrastructure Challenges

    • CEO, Medallion Limited, Ike Nnamani
    • President, ATCON, Mr Olusola Teniola. President



    12:30PM: Session IV

    Convergence, Automobile Innovation & the Future of Cars

    Is the future where industries converge already here? Are we getting there?

    Smart integrated technology, innovation and a sustainable lifestyle;

    How the convergence of automotive and tech is creating a new ecosystem.

    When cars, high-tech and electronics converge – Where is the auto industry in Nigeria headed? Any possibility for leapfrogging and is there a policy thrust on this? Are we gearing for Convergence and the Disruptive trends that will transform the auto industry? What’s government position on Innovation, Convergence and the Auto-industry? National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC)


    Lead Presentation: JelaniAliyu, MFR, DG of NADDC



    1:10 PM: Session V

    The InventSpace

    The InventSpaceLeveraging on local and global opportunities for IT startups; bolstering Inspiration fortech-ecosystem. How to foster budding tech-entrepreneurs in a converged era – What lies ahead for innovators? How do we cultivate mentorship, pitch-culture, encourage investors and venture-capitalists to look this direction?


    • Stakers:- Innovation Hubs, Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, Regulators


    1:45PM: TEA BREAK



    2:00PM:1000 Seconds ‘Techspirations’

    Founder/Chairman, Zinox Technologies: Chief Leo Stan Ekeh

    Co-founder/Chairman, Sidmach:Mr. Chijioke Anthony Eke

    Founder/CEO, Precise Financial System (PFS):Mr.YeleOkeremi

    MD/CEO, Nigcomsat: Ms AbimbolaAlale

    Founder/CEO, Unique Solutions, The Gambia:Papa YusuphaNjie

    Founder/CEO, The STBS Group, Sierra Leone: Evelyn Lewis

    Founder/CEO, Nhub, Mr.Daser David



    Convergence Technology Leaders Recognition

    Managed for WACC by InstinctWave



    Closing Remarks: CEO, KMMIIL, Olusegun Oruame



    Product Presentations/Lunch



Organisations at WACC 2016

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), ICS Ltd, Mira Technologies Limited, Sawtel Technologies Ltd, ITEX Integrated Services Limited, Be Better Foundation, GTE/ Learning Impact NG, VoguePay, Cedarview Communications Ltd., Fintrak Software Co Ltd. , Jobberman.com, Vconnect, Resource Intermediaries Ltd., Infinix Mobility, Corporate Communications Dept., Zeta-web Nigeria Limited,  Data Sciences Limited, Precise Financial Systems, Omatek Computers Plc, nHub, Rack Centre, Sidmach Technologies Limited, Qitech Technologies Ltd, Bluenap Limited.


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