West Africa Bloggers Conference 2016 recorded enviable success in an event that took place at Bekerly Hotels, Ikeja, Lagos from 22nd through 23rd of January, 2016. Many thanks to the sponsors – MTN Nigeria, Google Nigeria, Advert Strikers, Spectranet, etc., WABC2016 had in attendance bloggers from different parts of this region and it was spectacular!
While I could only attend the Day 2 scheduled for the event, I was still able to go home with loads of insightful information as well as a conspicuous gift pack, courtesy of MTN. In norms, Yinka would meet new people in an event like that but probably because he had no internet access until he stepped out (like the walls were network-proofed or something), he really lost the motivation and only followed up with the ‘content ‘of the event.
Save the story, WABC2016 did not only enlighten bloggers as to what to do and what not but also opened my eyes to newer stuff which were discovered but not developed (don’t know about the other folks and there…. The fair lady at the forefront distracting the gentleman out of me). Certainly, the aim of the conference is to connect and preach the good gospel to bloggers whilst helping them to make decent income in disguise. It was really a hit!
Hey fellas! I know my worth and cannot be trampled upon; at least so I was taught at WABC2016. I was able to pick the fact that bloggers are not appreciated in this part of the world; perhaps only the few big names are compensated fairly. This is partly as a result of the environment and also partly as a result of our own mistakes.
Present at the event were top guns in the IT industry; delivering info more precious than gold. Quick unordered list below:
- Adebayo Owolabi – MD, Tripple A (Importance of A Business Plan)
- Stephen Akintayo – MD, GText Media (Sales & Marketing Funnel for Bloggers)
- Taiwo Ogunlade, – Communications Manager for Google West Africa (Understanding Search Engine Optimization)
- Ayo Oyebade – MD, Advert Strikers (Finding a niche to capitalize on), etcetera.
– Be awesome at drawing business plans
– Brand yourself well
– Show your product’s values
– Entice your readers
– Never fail at engaging your audience the best way possible.
– Be creative & consistent.
To every other human out there:
– Ensure you reach out to bloggers the best way possible (Simply leaving a comment can do a lot of good)
– Keep calm and continue reading our blogs.
A quick diary of old and new friends I connected with at WABC2016:
Globalwally – healthsaveblog.com
Emmanuel Mabogunje – mytechportal.com
Abel Babalola – babsreviews.com
Wonuola Ishola – shegshub.ga
Mercy Frank – thefootprint.xyz
Simmyideas – simmyideas.com
Radiant Blog – ibechidiogo.blogspot.com
And of course I met my humble self there (mobileraft.com).
West Africa Bloggers Conference is bound to grow and expand. 2017 seems promising for the concept even as though there may be plans to run a week long bloggers event. So much to see yet, so much to learn.