Media globally faces existential challenges, and there needs to be some significant innovations within the space for its survival. COVID – 19 has not made it easy for the sector, from numerous job cuts, media houses shutting down, and creators reinventing the way they produce, distribute and monetize content.
A broader and sustained discussion on media sustainability is needed, especially in the wake of an infodemic that we are all experiencing globally. All the above conversations can not be done within individual media organisations’ board rooms or solved by one organisation.
For more systemic solutions, we will need the sector players to come together and debate on a collective way forward; that’s why the festival intends to create a space for discussions on innovation and forward-thinking initiatives within different facets of media in play.
Tomiwa Aladekomo is the CEO of Big Cabal Media, which publishes the tech and youth publications, TechCabal and Zikoko. Big Cabal is building the next generation of African media brands and creating some of the most exciting original content from the continent. An experienced executive, Mr. Aladekomo has worked extensively across media and marketing roles in Nigeria and North America. He has taken Big Cabal through a transformation that's made it one of the most exciting new media companies on the continent, telling Africa’s stories in depth and in innovative and fresh ways.
He is passionate about Nigeria and Africa as a whole. This passion fuels the pace-setting work he does at Big Cabal Media, and also as a Board Member of the Africa Tech & Creative Group; which is working to ensure that the implementation of the AFCFTA (Africa Continental Free Trade Act) works for tech, creative and small business communities all over the continent.
Tomiwa has a BSc in Business Administration from Boston University and an MSc. in Anthropology from Columbia University, New York. He is a fellow of the Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship, run by the African Leadership Institute.