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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Okezie to speak @ Nigeria Digital Sense Forum

The founder of Startups Nigeria, Mr. Loy Okezie would take participants at this year’s Nigeria Digital Sense forum, which focuses on Internet usage, development and governance in the country on “Viable Online Startups in Nigeria and challenges” at the event scheduled for Friday, April 16, at Golden Gate Ikoyi-Lagos.

Startups Nigeria is an online-based business and technology community for web start-ups, entrepreneurs and innovations in mobile applications and web technologies from Nigeria.

Confirming this development, Mr. Okezie said he would be glad to share his experiences with fellow Nigerians, and especially the youths, whose attention have been drastically shifted to the Internet and world wide web.

This, he said, would spur many more young Nigerians like himself to find worthy paths to follow in online entrepreneurship.

Okezie also assured that he would use the platform to x-ray the challenges before Nigerian enterprising youths in online business and proffer solutions based on experiences garnered over the years, especially since he founded Startups in 2008.

Startups Nigeria, he said, was founded in April 2008, to track technology trends within the continent, with particular concentration on the Nigerian web 2.0 and social media space.

“The aim is to build a Nigerian online community of tech, web and mobile enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, developers and social media players,” he said, stressing that since September 2009, Startups Nigeria launched a new platform, which could be found at www.startupsnigeria.org in order to bring entrepreneurs, developers, students and investors to collaborate and participate in building a knowledge-based economy in Nigeria.

A Lagosian by birth, Okezie, promises to bring about his web marketing strategies for start-ups to impact on his proposed paper come April 16. He commended the organizers for the opportunity to be one of the facilitators for the 2010 edition of the forum.

A graduate of Business Administration from the University of Abuja, Okezie is widely-travelled and has hitherto spent over five years working with management and recruitment consulting firms in Nigeria, France and the UK, even as he presently consults for several small and mid-size companies and start-ups.

Reacting to this development, the Executive Director, Operations, Digital Sense Africa (DSA), the organizers of the forum, Mrs. Nkemdilim Nweke, said that Okezie would speak alongside other notable young motivating chief executive officers as a building block for the youthful Nigerian internet enthusiasts.

She, therefore, urged Nigerian youths to make out time to come as plans have been advanced to draw other self-made young entrepreneurs to share ideas at the forum.

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