As the eagerly anticipated forum on Nigeria’s digital economy and the recognition of the 50 Most Valuable Personalities takes place in Lagos tomorrow, Dr. Nentawe Goshwe Yilwatda, a prominent figure in the country, will be delivering an industry overview on “building synergy across sectors and stakeholders to create opportunities for young people in Nigeria’s digital economy.”

Yilwatda, renowned for his expertise in technology, academia, and politics, emphasizes that the sustainability and effectiveness of Nigeria’s digital economy depend on fostering collaboration among various sectors and stakeholders.

“In the world of engineering, the durability and functionality of any system rely on the seamless interaction and interoperability of its individual components. Just as a machine experiences setbacks when its parts fail to coordinate, our digital economy faces challenges when sectors operate independently. Reflecting on my experience as a scrum master overseeing software development teams, I recall the importance of teamwork, where the strength of the team is only as strong as its weakest member. Similarly, in our information-driven economy, success is contingent upon the interconnectedness of diverse sectors, each relying on the contributions of others to achieve optimal results,” highlights Yilwatda.

He will be joining Engr Ike Nnamani. CEO, Digital Realty, who will be making a similar Industry Overview on “Myths & Facts of Nigeria’s Digital Economy.”


The Lagos event is brining together key regulators in the Nigerian tech and privacy sectors, including Mr. Kachifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA); Dr. Aminu Maida, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); and Dr. Vincent Olatunji, National Commissioner/CEO of the Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC). They are headlining the recognition gathering of the “50 Most Valuable Personalities in Nigeria’s Digital Economy.”

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These regulatory leaders will lead Plenary Conversations on pivotal topics such as ‘Nigeria’s Digital Dynamics and the New Economy,’ ‘Navigating Challenges and Opportunities in Nigeria’s Digital Economy,’ and ‘Shaping the Future of Nigeria’s Digital Landscape.’

Joining them will be Mr. Tony Izuagbe Emoekpere, President of the Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON); Mr. Gbenga Adebayo, Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON); and other notable industry figures.


Dr. Olatunji will also preside over the pre-launch ceremony of the National Privacy Awareness Campaign.

The event is scheduled for 9 am on Thursday, March 22, 2024, at the Providence Hotel in Ikeja GRA, Lagos. According to IT Edge News, published by Knowhow Media and the event organizers, Nnamani will be joined by esteemed industry figures such as Dr. Yele Okeremi, CEO of PFS; Deepak K Mehta, Founder/MD of TecPoint; Dr. Ayotunde Coker, CEO of OADC; Victor Atolagbe, Principal Consultant at Enverge Ltd; Sola Awodiya, Managing Director of Ezzentials Global Services Ltd; and Olawale Owoeye, Co-founder of Cedarview Communications Ltd.

Olusegun Oruame, Founder of IT Edge News, emphasized that the MVPs event celebrates trailblazers, change makers, and steadfast leaders who have propelled Nigeria’s digital economy forward despite formidable obstacles. He highlighted the event’s recognition of challenges and progress in Nigeria’s digital landscape, spotlighting individuals who have made significant contributions across various sectors, including telecoms, e-commerce, fintech, hardware and software development, tech hubs, startups, emerging technologies, and government policies.


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