The Social Media Conference was aimed at National transformation through social media. I was contacted to moderate one of the sessions for the conference. I had never done anything like that before but I was challenged to step out of my comfort zone. As the D-day approached I was tempted to back out but was encouraged by friends and family to go ahead and moderate the session. If you follow me on social media; Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, you would have seen this picture there:
I was initially reluctant to put up the picture on social media but I wanted to create some awareness for the programme, so I had to post it. It was later that I realized I made the right decision because friends started reaching out to me and giving me some encouragement to go ahead; otherwise I probably would have backed out. Thanks I am Nigeria for believing I could do it.
The conference was to start at 9am but it seems Nigerian time applies irrespective because it started at 10am instead. The attendance was actually quite impressive, not just the numbers but the caliber of people that attended.
The host/anchor person; Mr Olamide Johnson did a pretty good job at making everyone feel at ease. The programme was kicked off with the National anthem. After we all took our seats, Mr Johnson made us get up to sing the National anthem again, but this time around we were to sing to the person standing next to us.
He said with the Big Brother Naija saga that occured in South Africa, he didn’t trust that we actually knew the words of the anthem. He also made us walk up to those around us to get acquainted.
There was a beautiful performance by Ayoola
A heartfelt performance by Seth Ogahi
A presentation by the event’s official sponsor; Ethiopian airlines
We had very sincere, uncensored speeches from the special guests
- Sen. Buhari Abdulfatai
Spoken word performance by Bash Amuneni
There were four (4) sessions, each having a topic to discuss.
- National transformation through arts
- Leveraging the power of the media for National transformation
- Spearheading transformation through CSR
- National transformation through community service
My session’s topic was LEVERAGING THE POWER OF THE MEDIA FOR NATIONAL TRANSFORMATION
Amazing thing is that i actually had a great time. I think I was a natural (if I may say so myself). I should put myself out there more often. Might even decide to go into politics *just joking or not*
At the end of my session, I was pleasantly surprised to get several compliments from different people, confirming what I thought “I am a natural”. So if you are reading this and you would like me to do something similar for an upcoming event, just send me an email: email@example.com
I can truly say I learnt a lot by attending this conference plus I had a good time. I also made quite a number of friends.
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