Africa Business Media Innovators (ABMI) 2017

Africa Business Media Innovators (ABMI) 2017 is a three-day gathering hosted by Matt Winkler, Co-Founder & Editor Emeritus, Bloomberg News, and Justin Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media. Focused on Africa, but with a global perspective, ABMI17 will explore how best to maintain a flourishing media sector and how business and financial journalism can best contribute to sustainable development on the African continent. This highly interactive gathering will feature moderated discussions, TED Talk style presentations, extended Q&A sessions, and interviews with media visionaries. The convening is designed for publishers, editors, journalists, entrepreneurs, and leaders from business and civil society who can share their experience and perspectives. Invitations are extended to a select group of global and African luminaries to uncover the emerging trends shaping the media and business reporting landscape. Participants will learn and share their knowledge about innovative best practices and action-oriented strategies to optimize future media success.

THEME: The Changing Face of Media and New Hybrid Models


  • The Changing Face of Media in Africa and Other Emerging Markets
  • Building African Media by Innovating with New Hybrid Models
  • Leveraging Changing Media to Enable Africans to Tell Africa’s Stories
  • African Media as a Driver of Inclusive Growth

The Changing Face of Media and New Hybrid Models

Subject to change
ARRIVAL IN ACCRA – Sunday, November 12




Optional daytime excursion
18:00 – 21:00 Welcome cocktails and dinner for ABMI 2017,
opened by Bloomberg leadership
DAY 1 – Monday, November 13
09:00 – 10:00 Session #1: Forum Opening

Introduction and Welcome to ABMI 2017

Justin Smith and Matt Winkler formally welcome
the participants to ABMI 2017 and set the stage
of the trends and shifts happening in global and
African media.

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee / tea
10:30 – 10:45 Introduction of Africa #No Filter and Performance Interlude
10:45 – 12:00 Session #2: Defining the Issues

The Changing Face of Media in Africa and Globally

This session will aim to bring together media
owners and investors from Africa and globally,
to discuss the evolution of media in the Global
South and to share how technology and data have impacted their media business models. Following
the panel discussion, the audience will have an
opportunity to engage with these leaders to explore
their perspectives on the evolution of media.

Speakers: Strive Masiyiwa (Econet Group), Tutu
Agyare (Nubuke), Khanyi Dhlomo (Ndalo Media),
Adama Wade (Financial Afrik) and Turi Munthe
(North Base Media)

Moderator: Justin Smith

12:00 – 12:45 Facilitated Questions & Answers with the audience,
led by Justin Smith
12:45 – 14:15 Lunch
14:15 – 15:45 Africa#NoFilter Interlude by Nicole Amartiefo
(An African City)
14:30 – 15:45 Session #3: Inspiring Action Part I
Building African Media by Innovating
with New Hybrid Models

Interactive session with participants and speakers
to explore unique business models from leading
figures in media. In conversation with innovative
media owners, the Session will explore how their
media outlets have transformed using digital
business models that enable them to thrive in the
era of technology and data.

Speakers: Omar Ben Yedder (IC Publications),
Erik Charas (Verdade), Samuel Attah-Mensah
(Omni Media Limited), Caroline Southey (The
Conversation), Edem Kwaku Ashigbey (Ghana
Chamber of Telecommunications), Kar Kin Lee
(Tencent Media), and Kossi Felix Edoh Amenounve

Moderator: Julie Gichuru

15:45 – 16:15 MC Justin Smith to close the day
16:15 – 16:30 Africa#NoFilter Interlude by Tricia Adaobi
Nwaubani (Independent Writer and Novelist)
16:30 – 19:00 Cocktail event for informal networking
19:00 – 22:00 Gala Dinner & Entertainment – Kempinski Hotel
DAY 2 – Tuesday, 14 November
09:00 – 09:15 Opening of day 2
Justin Smith to recap Day 1 and give an overview
of Day 2.
09:15 – 10:15 Session #4: Inspiring Action Part II
Leveraging Changing Media to Own African Stories
Facilitated interactive breakaway sessions
anchored by a thought-provoking analysis of
a recent news event shaping Africa. Participants
will engage in a discussion on how African
business and financial media can reframe and
better lead on the discourse on current affairs
across the continent, and how innovative hybrid
models can support this. Ultimately, this session
will examine the role African media can play in
influencing sentiments and attitudes towards
African economies.

Moderators: Khadija Patel and Isaac Fokuo

Roving Facilitator: Julie Gichuru

10:15 – 10:45 Plenary discussion of insights
by the roving facilitator.

An in-depth discussion of the insights that
emerged from the breakaway sessions,
contextualized by a brief recap of the story.

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee/networking break
11:15 – 11:30 Africa#NoFilter Interlude by Maimouna Jallow
and introductory remarks from Herbert Wigwe
(Access Bank)
11:30 – 12:15 Session #5: Africa#NoFilterUnderstanding How to Reframe
the Global Narrative About Africa

Introduction of a new initiative by the Ford
Foundation – ‘Africa#NoFilter,’ a program to
engage a diverse group of established and
emerging scholars, storytellers, artists, activists
and thought leaders on the continent and in the
diaspora to identify and replace narratives – both
externally and internally generated – that impinge
on efforts to address inequality and promote social
justice in Africa. This session aims to spotlight this
initiative and touch on storytelling

Speakers: Khadija Patel (Mail & Guardian), Adaobi
Tricia Nwaubani (Independent writer and novelist),
Nicole Amartiefo (An African City) and Maimouna
Jallow (Independent writer and journalist), Thelma
Golden, (Studio Museum in Harlem)

Moderator: Enuma Okoro

12:15 – 13:00 Session #6: Reimagining the Future
African Media as a Driver of Inclusive Growth
This session will bring together leaders from
across the public, private and social sectors to
share experiences, perspectives and examples
of where financial and business media is driving
inclusive growth. The audience will then have
an opportunity to engage with these leaders to
explore ways in which we can more effectively
align media investment and economic growth.

Speakers: Amrote Abdella (Microsoft 4Afrika),
Tiaan Bazuin (Namibian Stock Exchange) and
Angela Sun (Bloomberg)

Moderators: Matt Winkler and James Mwangi

13:15 – 13:45 Facilitated Questions & Answers
13:45 Forum Thanks and Close
Justin Smith and Matt Winkler
14:00 Lunch (OPTIONAL)

Amrote Abdella, Regional Director, Microsoft 4Afrika
Tutu Agyare, Managing Partner, Nubuke
Frank Aigbogun, CEO, Business Day Media
H.E. Nana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President, Republic of Ghana
Kossi Felix Edoh Amenounve, CEO BVRM
Edem Kwaku Ashigbey, Ghana Chamber of Commerce
Samuel Attah-Mensah, Managing Director, Omni Media Limited
Tiaan Bazuin, CEO Namibian Stock Exchange
Mark Bohlund, Africa Economist, Bloomberg
Erik Charas, Owner, Verdade
Khanyi Dhlomo, Founder, Ndalo Media
Kar Kin Lee, Director of Commercial Strategy, TenCent Media
Graca Machel, Executive Director, Graca Machel Trust
Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman and Founder, Econet Group
Turi Munthe, Venture Partner, North Base Media
Justin Smith, CEO, Bloomberg Media
Caroline Southey, Editor, The Conversation
Angela Sun, Head of Strategy and Corporate Development, Bloomberg L.P.
Adama Wade, Director, Financial Afrik
Matthew Winkler, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Bloomberg News
Omar Ben Yedder, Group Publisher and Managing Director, IC Publications

Africa#NoFilter Speakers and Performers
Nicole Amartiefo, Entrepreneur
Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, Studio Museum in Harlem
Maimouna Jallow, Independent Writer and Journalist
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Novelist, Journalist, Essayist and Humorist
Paul Nwulu, Program Officer, Ford Foundation
Khadija Patel, Editor-in-Chief, Mail and Guardian
Herbert Wigwe, CEO / Founder, Access Bank / ACT Foundation

Isaac Fokou, Founder and Principal, BOTHO Limited
Julie Gichuru, Independent Board Director, Brand KENYA and Acumen Communications
Sisonke Msimang, Program Director, The Centre for Stories
James Mwangi, Executive Director, The Dalberg Group
Enuma Okoro, Independent Writer and Communications Specialist


Underwritten By


With Support From

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12-14 November 2017 
Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra, Ghana


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