By Ben Njoku

SLAY Festival, an outdoor celebration of innovation, culture and technology is back for its second edition, bringing together women across Africa for an educational yet entertaining experience.

This year’s festival which will host 3,000 women across Africa is billed to hold the 17th of February, 2018, at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos Island. Last year, the festival hosted over 1,500 women to an impactful day.

SLAY festival has a line up of prominent speakers including Funke Opeke, CEO Main One Cable, Betty Irabor, Founder of Genevieve Magazine, actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Ink Eze, Founder of Asoebibella among others who will share their experiences and lend their expertise through panel discussions and master classes.

Various panel discussions have been put together to address key topics including ‘personal branding for career women’, ‘introduction to coding’, ‘taking mobile photography to the next level’, ‘what you need to know about blockchain’ and ‘millennials guide to managing personal finances’. Oyiza Salu, Group Head of Human Resources at Guaranty Trust Bank will be joining a panel session on ‘how to get a job at Nigeria’s best places to work’ and Tonye Cole the Executive Director and Founder of Sahara Group, will share his years of experience as an entrepreneur and innovator during the panel discussion of ‘developing your leadership style’.

New activities are planned for the festival this year such as the leadership circle which will enable attendees to sit down for an intimate 45 minute coaching session with a senior leader around topics of strategy, marketing, career growth and building relationships; the networking experience focused on speed networking and developing connections as well as the health and wellness section which will provide free health check–ups and healthy living tips. A crèche has also been provided for women with young children.

According to the organizers, the festival promises to be impactful and engaging with opportunities for networking, direct access to career experts and business speakers with global expertise, expert’s corner for 1-on-1 coaching, beauty, hair and skincare demonstrations, live music and a chance to shop from over 75 young entrepreneurs with innovative and exciting products.


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