SMFEST, the brainchild of Mr. Ajah Excel and his staff of 36 loopy innovators has turn out to be a family identify among the many elite and laymen throughout the southeast. On October twenty first, the occasion’s third version was held on the prestigious Landmark Occasion Middle, with over 1,700 individuals.
Following the shortage of technological development within the South East, Mr. Ajah Excel noticed the necessity for a tech ecosystem that may convey collectively younger minds in tech and IT consultants throughout key industries of the nation.
In 2021, he launched the primary version of SMFEST, themed “Huge Image,” to discover the probabilities that abound in tech for younger folks. The second version, themed “Artistic Disruption,” walked individuals by means of the distinctive utilization of tech services.
Themed “The Gamechanger,” the third version of SMFEST taught college students how one can use technologically superior instruments like AI and social media to excel in any business.
Throughout Owerri, the anticipation for the occasion was palpable. Tricycles, bikes, and pedestrians from all walks of life had been buzzing concerning the occasion within the capital metropolis.
By 8:00 AM, individuals started to stream in, excited and desperate to study. At 9:00 AM, the occasion kicked off with the introduction of hosts Miss Dawn Chukwukaike and John Okoye. An invited minister provided a short prayer, adopted by welcoming remarks from convener Mr. Ajah Excel.
The environment was charged with anticipation and pleasure from begin to end. Nevertheless, a hearth chat with Mr. Peter Obi took the joy degree to an entire new degree.
The enterprise mogul who repeatedly recognized as a dealer shared his journey from who he was to who he has turn out to be. He emphasised how he managed his enterprise as a pupil and grew it into what it’s immediately.
He additionally narrated how a tragic expertise with a financial institution supervisor as a younger lad inspired him to turn out to be the best shareholder at a financial institution immediately, highlighting that he has by no means labored within the financial institution, as is extensively believed by many.
First Keynote Speech
Dr. Gideon Osi, a philanthropist who sponsored over 100 college students to the occasion, delivered the primary keynote speech, titled “Entrepreneurship as a Sport Changer.” He emphasised the significance of personal sector progress, which is crucial for financial and social improvement.
His speech was highlighted by statistics exhibiting that the tech business and entrepreneurship make use of extra folks than the general public civil service. This underscores the important function that entrepreneurs play in driving financial progress and creating jobs.
Jaycee the Radio Prince moderated a panel session that includes John Obidi, Tricia Biz, and Darlington Chidera Ibekwe. Every speaker shared their easy recommendations on how one can construct and maintain a web-based presence to attain success.
In his keynote speech on suggestions for constructing lively on-line communities, Mr. John Obidi emphasised the significance of understanding how social media advert algorithms work. This lets you determine potential prospects and goal your content material accordingly.
Mr. Paul Onwanibe, the second keynote speaker, targeted on funding and the necessity for knowledge. He left the viewers with the memorable quote, “What you can’t depend, doesn’t depend.”
Members loved a breakout session adopted by networking, lunch, and video games with prizes. This one-hour session supplied a possibility for attendees to attach with one another and have some enjoyable.
Proffet Sambo, a flexible entertainer identified for his dancing, singing, and comedy, thrilled the viewers. Josh2funny additionally shared his journey to stardom, highlighting how his willpower to be completely different helped him obtain success.
The Espresso Chat – SMFEST 2023
Three techpreneurs, Mrs. Caroline Nwagbaara, Mr. Daniel Chinagozi, and Engr. Chidomere Ndubuisi (a member of Forbes Enterprise Council), shared their tales with Jaycee as host. Every speaker mentioned how they began their companies and the way expertise has formed them. Discovering an issue and fixing it unconventionally had been recognized as key methods to turn out to be a sport changer in any business.
TriciaBiz, hosted by the salesguru, gave a hearth chat on “Methods to Startup within the Information Business.” She coated the subject extensively, sharing her insights and recommendation.
Mr. Ugochukwu Omeogu delivered the closing keynote session, instructing the 4 modules of wealth creation and admonishing the youth to be impressed by the self-discipline of profitable folks, not simply their outcomes. He inspired them that what they’d in the mean time was solely a fraction of what was attainable.
Award Presentation – SMFEST 2023
The gang erupted when Okeke Makuochkwu, the winner of the Pupil Influencer of the Yr award, was introduced. He took dwelling a prize verify of 200,000 naira.
On the finish of every presentation, the convener took the stage to current an award of excellence. Talking concerning the occasion’s success, he expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the 300 volunteers who carried on with the preparations whereas he was in Dubai pitching Diskox, an African social platform conceived at SMFEST 2022.
He’s assured that the occasion will spark extra technological innovation within the coming 12 months and is overjoyed that over 1,700 younger folks have been empowered to attain the following huge factor of their careers.
Regardless of the challenges, the success of the occasion was extensively celebrated by volunteers, who danced and jubilated onstage, happy with a job effectively completed. See footage of the occasion right here.