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OPINION: Social Media Week Lagos 2013 – second day begins to run smoothly

While Monday’s debut of Social Media Week Lagos 2013 was dominated by poor timekeeping and a lack of communications, attendees to day two experienced a great improvement in the organisation of Africa’s first attempt at hosting the global event.

The organisers have been able to create a means of communicating the day’s proceedings with participants according to one of their tweets earlier today.

Nicholas Okoye’s session at the Porsche Center started out as a motivational session, but ended as one of the favourite events so far. While stylishly putting the failure of NITEL squarely on mobile telecoms companies and political saboteurs, he also revealed a failed multi-million investment bid from Chinese giants Huawei Technologies.

The day was also not without some mild skirmishes that organisers need look at. One is unavailability of transportation to shuttle journalists covering the events from one location to another.

Although there are rumours provisions have been made, there has been little evidence of this, which ensures a tough job offering extensive coverage.

The ushers do not help matters either with descriptions of the other venues. This should be looked into.

The Smartvertising session also ended with more participants being unable to get seats, which did not look good, but the organisers should be praised for putting on a great day.

The chairman of the organising committee, Obi Asika, was literally on his feet at all the venues HumanIPO came across him, overseeing all activities.

If there are enough seats tomorrow, he can should take one, as the volunteers are stepping up their game.

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