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How tech-focused events like Lagos Digital Summit are making significant impact on Nigerian businesses

By Guardian Nigeria
06 November 2022   |   3:55 am
Conferences and summits in Nigeria are fast-becoming the game changer, with individuals and businesses actively seeking ways to add value to the society and foster faster business growth. Technology is the new oil, they say, and it is no surprise that many of the summits now focus on how to develop the Nigerian tech economy,…

Adewale ‘ISlimFit’ Adetona is the convener of the Lagos Digital Summit.

Conferences and summits in Nigeria are fast-becoming the game changer, with individuals and businesses actively seeking ways to add value to the society and foster faster business growth.

Technology is the new oil, they say, and it is no surprise that many of the summits now focus on how to develop the Nigerian tech economy, and how businesses can harness
technology to their advantage, as it is done around the world in the 21st century.

Some of these conferences often pull off meaningful discussions and always involve top business executives and stakeholders, to take the conversation to real actualization and give the conversation real momentum. One of such events is the annual Lagos Digital Summit (LDS) usually convened by renowned computer scientist Adewale Adetona, fondly referred to ss ISlimfit.

Conceived in 2017 by Adewale Adetona,, Lagos Digital Summit has grown in popularity with each passing year to become one of the leading networking and knowledge sharing platform in this part of the world.

Over the years, it has ensured to strike a balance between meeting the demands of its targeted entrepreneur audience for growth-focused discussions, to having government representatives engage in insightful discussions with the public.

The Lagos Digital Summit, which is in its 6th year, has weaned similar and profound digital summits in Nigeria, including the Ogun Digital Summit, Ibadan Social Media Summit, Warri Digital Summit, Covenant Digital Summit and more.

Although there is room for improvement for such events and gatherings, particularly with regards to the breadth of every edition and the organization, which makes it feel as though a lot is being accommodated in a short timeframe, still the progress made is one for all to see.

It is for this reason that Adewale Adetona,, who resides in the United Kingdom, is advocating for the Nigerian Government’s digital policy for youth empowerment, as Nigeria and Africa continue to play catch-up with the rest of the world.

We live in a world where technology rules. Our existence and day-to-day activities are almost impossible without technology. The West has been at the forefront of technological developments to make living easier in all facets, from finance, to business, agriculture, banking, governance, to mention a few

However, the same cannot be 100% said for Africa. We have witnessed how governments, especially in Nigeria, have not created favourable policies for the enhancement of the tech ecosystem.

That is why individuals like Adewale Adetona, a computer science graduate from the Lagos State University LASU are aware of the ultimate consequence of what is being neglected, and leading the call to the Nigerian government for a change in the unworthy approach to digital technology as the blueprint for modern development.

But the unseriousness of the government has been unable to dowse their determination to continue to contribute their quota. The 6th edition of the Lagos Digital Summit themed ‘Scaling Businesses Leveraging Digital Technology’ which will hold on Friday 25th November, 2022, at The Zone Tech Park, Gbagada Lagos by 10:00 am, could not have come at a better time.

Also known as ISlimfit, Adetona stated that, “It will provide another platform for the clarion call to the government to formulate policies and create an enabling environment for the adoption and growth of technology to drive businesses and everyday life in the country”.