Women in Journalism (WiJ) Africa, the yearly gathering of leading African women in the media has held the fourth edition of its conference in Lagos.
With the theme, “Pioneers, Innovators and the Brave New World,” the 2017 edition of the program saw wide ranging discussions from diverse fields take place during three compelling panel sessions demonstrating the urgency of innovation in media and in journalism.
Founder and Conference Director of Women in Journalism, Yomi Owope in his opening address, shed more light on why this theme was chosen.
He stated that the 2017 conference was organized to “help participants better understand the nature and consequences of the changes taking place around them and how they can remain at the forefront of a profession that is today driven by technology.”
Speeches at WiJ2017 were delivered by the wife of the governor of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, represented by a director at the Lagos Water Corporation, Mrs. Bola Balogun and also by a director from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), veteran journalist Lami Tumaka. The keynote speaker at WiJ2017 was Anthea Garman, a professor of journalism and media studies at Rhodes University in South Africa.
Other speakers and panelists at WiJ2017 were Judith Okonkwo, Ikechukwu Obiaya, Toun Sonaiya, Stephanie Busari, Teju Ajani, Rich Tanksley, Doja Allen, Colette Otusheso and Dr. Anderson Emegbo.
Preliminary discussions centered on how technology is redefining not just the practice of journalism but the entire media industry.