Jam Café 3: Reimagining New Media and Voices
This session aimed to create space for the participants to reimagine new ways of delivering News in time where Africa is increasingly becoming younger and more urbanised. The conversation concluded with a consensus that traditional media will have to evolve to remain relevant to today’s audience and news will increasingly need to be packaged in bite-sized forms to suit different communities. These were the key themes that emerged from the Reimagining New Media and Voices webinar at the 2020 Urban Festival.
Group CEO and Co-Founder of the Africa Communications Media Group (ACG)
Mimi Kalinda is the Group CEO and Co-Founder of the Africa Communications Media Group (ACG), a Pan-African public relations and communications agency headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. ACG clients include MTN, Barloworld, Accenture, AFIG Funds, Nesta, the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the Dalberg Group. Mimi started the company because of a need to tell African stories in an authentic, culturally nuanced way. She started the company with her own savings while working fulltime for an employer, and ventured out on her own in 2015. By constantly innovating on the business model, staying focused and building an ever-growing network of partners and clients, Mimi continue to grow the ACG brand in Africa.
Mimi is a New York University graduate. She was a finalist for International Africa Women of the Year at the Women4Africa Awards 2016. In December 2019, Reset Global People listed her in its annual Top 100 Women CEOs in Africa. Mimi is an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Program Fellow. Her first book, Talking to Africa: Considering Culture in Communications for a Complex Continent, was released in January 2017.
CEO of Big Cabal Media
"Tomiwa Aladekomo 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 interesting and exciting original content from the continent. TechCabal provides the reporting, data and events that will help the world understand technology and tech business in Africa. Zikoko creates high-engagement content around culture and what it means to be young in Africa today.
An experienced executive, Mr. Aladekomo has worked extensively across media and marketing roles in Nigeria and North America. In Nigeria, he led the team that transformed the Guardian Nigeria into a top-notch digital media operation. He's worked in senior roles, leading digital for Heineken Nigeria (Nigerian Breweries) and heading one of West Africa's top digital agencies. He worked in the US for companies like Atlantic Records and The Futures Company, where he worked on global strategy briefs for brands from Coca-Cola to Unilever
Mr. Aladekomo has a BSc in Business Administration from Boston University and an MSc from Columbia University, New York. He is also a fellow of the Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship, run by the African Leadership Institute."
Founder of the Open Institute
Al is the founder of the Open Institute, an African organisation that works with governments and civil society organisations to promote open government and citizen engagement.
Primarily, Al works across sub-Saharan Africa but contributes to global open government movements. He sits on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD).
He has served as a member of the Global Open Data Working Group and the Global Open Data Initiative and was the co-chair of the Kenya OGP Working Group, chair of the Kenya Open Data Taskforce and the Kenya Open Government Initiative.