Listen. 2017 is the not the year for poverty, stress and worrying about stretch marks. We're rebuking it weeks in advance so you know we're serious.
2017 is going to be the year we unapologetically celebrate ourselves, flaws and all. It is the year that we decide to go after what we want and focus on achieving the goals we’ve been putting off for far too long. It’s the year that we make connections with positive people who are going to support and encourage us to live our dreams.
We’re putting our money where our mouths are and creating an incredible experience to help you kick off your year in style, get your mind right, and connect with the dopest people across Africa.
What can you expect from the SLAY Festival?
- Innovators who are going to keep it real on how they found success and you can too. This won’t be a talk shop – we will be spilling the tea, milo, coffee or whatever it is you like to sip on.
- Activities that are fun and actually help your life. Want to learn how to build your own virtual reality app, we got you. Want to connect with the most popular beauty bloggers, we got you too. Want to try 7 different types of jollof rice just because that’s your one true love, don’t worry, we got you boo.
- A marketplace with the best products and most delicious foods from young entrepreneurs who need your support.
- Opportunities to connect directly with small business experts to learn how to maximize your business in 2017.
- Fresh artists and hot jams that will have you two stepping around the festival grounds all day long.
- Goodies on goodies on goodies. It will actually be appropriate for you to do take away here…with the goodies not the food. Please don’t embarrass us in front of the cameras.
- A chance to bask in your greatness around other incredible people. You’re welcome.
Check out the schedule below or click here to learn more about tickets.
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast while learning about opportunities for you build a career or business in the tech industry with the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology.
We're bringing together an amazing panel of women who're exploiting opportunities in the media from different angles. So whether you're interested in being a director, a producer, a studio owner/ tech entrepreneur or an actress, there's something for you here. Panellists include Kemi Adetiba (Director) and Mary Remy Njoku (Nollywood Actress and Producer). Kemi Adetiba is a Nigerian music video director, filmmaker, and television director whose works have appeared on Channel O, MTV Base, Soundcity TV and BET. She started out professionally as a radio presenter with Rhythm 93.7 FM and then moved into TV as a presenter for shows such as Studio 53. After years of success being in front of the camera, Adetiba enrolled into the New York Film Academy to learn the ropes about being behind the cameras and today, her bodies of work as a director are spread across the African continent and beyond its borders. She's the amazing director behind "The Wedding Party" (a Nigerian Rom-com film) which premiered on the opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Mary Njoku is a former Nollywood actress and the founder of ROK studios - a Nigerian film production company associated with iROKOtv. She's produced well over 20 movies and supports tech entrepreneurs through SPARK capital alongside her husband Jason Njoku.
The rise of social media has made it possible for people to build strong brands and monetise them. Arese Ugwu and Toke Makinwa are two ladies who've done this like #Bosses. From product endorsements to book deals, they've done it all and they're going to share their secrets to success.
So you think you know all the words to Africa's most popping songs. The ogas and oga madams at TRACE Naija want you to prove it. There will be freebies and prizes so come correct.
With gender roles changing rapidly and women reaching new heights in society, where does that leave men? Join leading men such as Audu Maikori in discussion on what it means to be an African man in the 21st century! Prep your questions in advance for this one ladies...We're sure you have alooooot to say 😉
Errybady tryna get a contract but do you know how? We're bringing together a fire panel of amazing business people who've been able to secure contracts from companies like Moet & Chandon, ShopRite, Jumia, Konga, Ciroc, Lagos state government and more. Panelists include Kabir Shagaya (CEO, Zippy Logistics), Bukky Karibi-White (Founder, Bobbi Taylor Company)
Every #boss lady who you speak to will tell you that your spouse (if you choose to have one) can either elevate or destroy your career. But how do you build a partnership that help both parties win? Tara and Fela Durotoye are gonna come gist us on how to make this happen. Moderated by the ever fabulous Bukky Olowude.
Times are a-changing and we want our community members to be up to speed with the most in demand skill sets. 83% of hiring managers say lack of tech talent hurts business. Andela, dubbed "the startup that’s harder to get into than Harvard" by CNN, are coming to SLAY festival to teach you a thing or two about programming. They raised $24 Million From Mark Zuckerberg And Priscilla Chan's Fund To Train African Engineers and are experts in the tech sphere. Do NOT miss their session on "an introduction to coding" !!
Are you an art junkie or just someone who has an interest in the art world? The team from Alara and SchoolHaus will be hosting a chat where they explore what identity means and what the implications are for the art market, from creating to selling to being sustainable.
Nigeria has some of the baddest makeup artists in the game. But how do their bae's compare? Come watch some of Nigeria's top makeup artists and influencers as they get their bae's to do their makeup. This challenge will really seperate the boiz from the men. YAAAS
Virtual reality is the hottest thing in tech right now and at #SLAYFestival you'll be able to experience it firsthand and learn how to make your own virtual reality app. Don't be left behind when it comes to discovering new technology and applying it to your business or career.
Bolanle Olukanni is a TV Presenter popularly known for hosting "Moments with Mo" on DStv and Project Fame West Africa. Join her masterclass on public speaking and presenting with confidence!!
It's no longer news that Nigeria is in a recession and as people adjust to the economic realities, businesses will be challenged to do same. Those who thrive will be those who think outside the box so come and learn how the worlds best brands do it. - Understanding creativity - A step by step guide to creative problem-solving - Creativity and collaboration
We're gonna be outchea giving out FREE manicures for our Oga Madams. Arrive early so your nails can be on fleek.
The Kinky Apothecary, Nigeria's first online natural hair shop, will be providing natural hair styles and braiding along with consultations on how to keep your natural hair looking glorious.
Join My Extensionz NG for a fabulous pop up salon where you can get your hair touched up and learn how to maintain your extensions. Here are the fabulous things you can enjoy at their booth: 1. Hair touch ups (straightening and curling) 2. Hair consultation on healthy hair 3. How to maintain your illusion frontal wig 4. How to apply and care for your mink lashes
Ready to relax and chill out? Head over to the Cointreau Cool Out Lounge for some delicious cocktails made with the unique triple sec and orange liqueur.
Do you have grand plans for your business in 2017 but need some expert help to get there? At #SLAYFestival you'll be able to sign up for private office hours with lawyers, strategists, marketers and technologists and get direct advice for your business.
Join us at the Cointreau Chill Out Lounge to hear live performances from soulful rising stars.
Join us at the Cointreau Chill Out Lounge to hear a live performances from soulful rising singer Falana. Raised by Nigerian parents in Brampton, Canada, Falana is an accomplished singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Falana speaks and sings in four different languages and is a self confessed globetrotter. While still in the process of exploring her creative voice, Falana decided to travel to Havana, Cuba and spent a year there performing, developing and eventually recording her debut EP 'THINGS FALL TOGETHER'.
DJ Butter has been dubbed by the Guardian as "set to take the highly competitive Nigeria music industry by storm". At SLAY Festival she'll be showcasing some of her new work.... filling the air with sweet beats and remixes from the gods.
Doors Open10:00 am - 10:20 am
Women in Tech Breakfast SessionLearn about opportunities in the tech field with MEST10:00 am - 11:00 am
Getting paid in the Media industryMary Remmy Njoku, Kemi Adetiba moderated by Zainab Balogun12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Building your brand and cashing outArese Ugwu and Toke Makinwa1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Lyrically Correct Game Show sponsored by TRACE Naija2:20 pm - 2:45 pm
Being a man in the 21st centuryAudu Maikori, Pastor Idris Belo-Osagie moderated by Adebola Williams3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
From Contact to ContractBukky Karibi White, Kabir Shagaya moderated by Lamide Akintobi4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Building a winning partnershipTara and Fela Durotoye moderated by Bukky Olowude5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Doors Open10:00 am - 10:20 am
Doors Open10:00 am - 10:20 am
Coding For Beginners11:00 am - 11:45 am
Art + Identity presented by Alara and SchoolHaus12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Makeup and Bae Challenge1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Imisi 3D Virtual Reality Lab2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Presenting with confidence4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Unlocking your inner creative geniusUnlocking your inner creative genius (especially in a recession)6:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Doors Open10:00 am - 10:20 am
Manicures10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Natural Style BarKinky Apothecary12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
My Extensionz NG Pop Up Salon & Mink LashesJoin My Extensionz NG for a fabulous pop up salon where you can get your hair touched up and learn how to maintain your extensions.1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cointreau Cool Out LoungeCointreau Cool Out Lounge2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
What you won't see at SLAY Festival:
- People that are too cool for school. If you don’t want to connect with new people, abeg stay home.
- Lots of boring downtime. If it’s lame, we’re going home too.
- Bad lighting. We are not amateurs. In all of your photos, you will be glowing like a glitter dipped unicorn that just got struck by lightning. Hashtag #blessed.
- Date: Saturday January 21, 2017
- Time: Doors open at 10am. Early madams get the best goodies (wink wink)
- Venue: Running Shed, Nigerian Railway Corporation Compound, Ebute-Metta, Lagos
Motherland Mogul Pass: N5,000 at the door
- Entry to festival and access to all vendor stations
- Access to speaker sessions, masterclasses (first come, first served) and free activities
Oga Madam Pass: N15,000 on the door
- All the goodies from the Motherland Mogul pass PLUS
- Pre-reserve a time slot at SME corner to speak to a business consultant
- Dedicated entry line
- Fast track at the most popular stations
- Free manicures at our manicure station
- Priority access to Masterclasses
- Private meet & greet with one of our VIP speakers
- First in line for swag and giveaways (Limited numbers. first come, first serve)
ADVANCED TICKET SALES HAVE NOW CLOSED
Madam no vex. We will be selling tickets at the door however please note that we are very near capacity. Once we hit capacity, no new tickets will be issued. We want to keep the venue easy and breezy so errybady can show off their latest dance moves.
If you do not have a ticket but you want to attend, please please please pleaaaaasssseeeee come early to avoid disappointment. We suggest coming at 10am when doors open. If you’re still tired from your fabulous Friday night its no wahala, you can take a nap inside.
So what does one wear to such a momentous and fantastic occasion?
Well this is how the SLA team is going to be walking in:
In case you’re looking for a more low key approach, we’d recommend that you go with a look that is fresh, comfortable and fun.
Heels are heavily discouraged and if you fall we don’t have any insurance to help you get back up. You’ll just have to enjoy from the ground.
Here’s some style inspiration to help you unleash your creative spirits. Please only release the creative ones. Save the other spirits for your enemies.
Photo credit: Afropunk
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Find your way to the Railway Corporation Running Shed