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Rogers, Enyadike, Leo light up Africa Digital Sports Conference

The Africa Digital Sports Conference (ADSCon2019) at the weekend at the Four Points By Sheraton with a lot of highlights for delegates, who came in from all over the country and across the world.

Frank Orbih (left), Prince Adewale Oladunjoye, Mrs. Ayo Omidiran, Mr. Nduka Irabor, Mr. Deji Omotoyinbo, Mr. Lolade Adewuyi, Mr. Ademola Olajire, and Mr. Phemmy Adetula at the Africa Digital Sports Conference, which ended in Lagos…on Saturday.

The Africa Digital Sports Conference (ADSCon2019) at the weekend at the Four Points By Sheraton with a lot of highlights for delegates, who came in from all over the country and across the world.

After Day One that was filled with speeches and panels, Day Two was the icing on the cake as it featured leading sports digital strategists like Paul Rogers, Head of Strategy of AS Roma Football Club, Emeka Enyadike of Digital Sports Africa and Mario Leo, founder of Germany’s RESULT Sports, who took three impactful masterclasses and highlighted the opportunities for sports clubs, federations and entrepreneurs in the digital world.

Working with the theme, Monetising Sports in the Digital Era, the Africa Digital Sports Conference was a gathering of sports leaders, media and content creators, telecom executives, sports management students and entrepreneurs.

Chief Strategist at CampsBay Media and founder of the Africa Digital Sports Conference, Lolade Adewuyi said that the aim of the first edition had been fulfilled.

“We successfully brought attention to the opportunities in the digital space that can make sports thrive in this part of the world. Our delegates were left inspired by the case studies and the practical experiences of our industry practitioners. It encouraged sports leaders and management hopefuls to create innovative solutions to our industry’s challenges,” Adewuyi said.

Some of the leading industry experts in attendance were Director of the League Management Company, Nduka Irabor, President of the Nigeria Badminton Federation, Francis Orbih, who is also the Vice President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, President of the Nigeria Triathlon Federation and Tournament Director of the Lagos Open International Tennis Championships, Prince Adewale Oladunjoye, Vice President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Mr Babs Ogunade, a former Member of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Ayo Omidiran, PRO of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Mr Phemmy Adetula, and Director of Communications at the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr Ademola Olajire, among many others.

Case studies from the sports industry came to fore with Anthony Okeleke of Lost Child Media narrating how the startup turned the traditional Hausa boxing sport of dambe into a YouTube phenomenon having 100,000 subscribers and 20 million views in just two years via their channel Dambe Warriors.

Africa Manager of Australian content production company, Inverleigh, DK Aghaji spoke about their digital plans for content in Africa where they are actively promoting the EFC mixed martial arts sport.

The emerging sports OTT market was touched upon during a panel that was hosted by broadcaster Deji Omotoyinbo with panellists Seun Methowe, Head of African Partnerships at DAZN and Bolanle Afuye, Head of Digital at 9mobile.

Koye Sowemimo of Temple Sports Management and Eyitayo Olayemi of Neuklos delved into the opportunities for corporate organisations to market to Generation Z in the digital era during a panel moderated by Deji Faremi of Tre Gong TV.

Three Nigerian sports startups making use of digital platforms were profiled in a session hosted by Andrew Randa. Gbenga Salu of Naijafootballers, Dare Lawanson of RefPredictor Interactive and Robson Omasheye of Fastlane Motorsports/Road X Championship spoke about the opportunities that they have made use via digital platforms. It was an eye-opener for the many young entrepreneurs who attended as they saw the potentials in the digital space for a variety of sports.

The Africa Digital Sports Conference was supported by GPC Media, RESULT Sports, Digital Sports Africa, The BusyBuddies, Adzinga Media, Soccernet, Udu Consult, STAR lager, Brila FM, Complete Sports, and Athletics Africa.