‘The RED Summit’, West Africa’s biggest gathering of media leaders across sectors in the sub-region has announced a line-up of Keynote Speakers for the first edition – it includes Ije Nwokorie, Managing Director of global agency Wolff Olins, Biodun Shobanjo, Chairman of Troyka Holdings and John Momon, Chairman of Channels Television.

Presented by leading omni-media group, Red Media Africa, the summit holds on 15-18 October, in Lagos Nigeria – and will include a 2-day conference, West Africa’s largest inter-school media town hall, and an evening to celebrate icons of the media.

“There is no better time than now to discuss the future of the media industry in Africa’s stories and vice versa, said Shobanjo. “This summit is important for Nigeria, and for Africa, because mobility is dramatically altering the continent’s media landscape.

Troyka Chairman, Biodun Shobanjo

“At Troyka, we recognize this shift which has given rise to a democratization of media usage and the emergence of the now consumer who is not just a receiver but also a modifier of news and thoughts. Hence, we are continuously at the forefront of understanding now consumers and forming alliances with them, with a view to projecting brands, people and places,” he said.

Wolff Olins MD Ije Nwokorie
Ije Nwokorie, the global chief executive of international brand consultancy, Wolff Olins which, amongst others, ran the London Olympics, spoke to the endless possibilities open to Africa as it takes control of its own narratives to define its future.

“Whereas for most of the last 300 years, the media – and therefore not just the message, but culture and power – has been controlled by the few, the world we live in is one where that control lies with the many,” Nwokorie, who is based in London, said. “This presents all sorts of opportunities, especially for Africans.

“I am curious at least, excited even if a little nervous, to see how Africans of all sorts – not just the cultural/political/economic elite – take control of their own narratives and stories. For of all the forms of freedom there are, the control over one’s story is probably the highest form there is. What we do with that freedom will define our future – and it is entirely up to us.”

The RED Summit will bring together media leaders individuals and organisations in public relations, advertising, television, radio, print and online from across the globe to define the future of the media in a rapidly changing landscape.

Participants will connect, network and anchor high-level conversations and solutions about the media in host country, Nigeria, and across African audiences.

Registration is now open. To register, go to the summit Registration ends on 30 September, 2015.