CJID To Host Maiden Media And Development Conference In Nigeria

The conference, hashtagged #MDC23, expects up to 250 delegates in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory. The delegates are comprised of journalists, media experts, technologists, academics, and policymakers. CJID’s Director of Programmes says the main objective is to create a platform for conversations amongst relevant stakeholders.

The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), a West African development think tank, is set to host up to 250 delegates comprised of journalists, media experts, technologists, academics, and policymakers at its maiden Media and Development Conference holding in Nigeria‚Äôs Federal Capital territory. 

According to Akintunde Babatunde, the organisation’s Director of programmes, the primary objective of the conference is to create a robust platform for relevant stakeholders to engage in meaningful dialogues about media and democracy in West Africa.

The three-day conference with the theme ‚ÄėBridging Democracy, Development, Innovation, and Media Sustainability‚Äô is set to commence on Nov. 13, at the Abuja Continental Hotel.

CJID, in a press release issued earlier this week, stated that the conference ‚ÄúServes as a platform for fostering discussions on emerging developmental challenges and the convergence of media and innovation in West Africa. The conference will also delve into sustainable development strategies and emphasise the essential role of media in strengthening democracy and advancing sustainability.‚ÄĚ 

As a keynote speaker, Dr Bosun Tijani, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, will present his address titled “Accelerating Collective Prosperity through Technical Efficiency: The Roles of Media and Civil Society in Implementing Nigeria’s Strategic Plan”  

Panel discussions expected to take place at the event will focus on newsroom sustainability, Africa’s digital economy, and climate justice, among others.

The session on Conflict Economy in the Lake Chad Basin: Challenges and Resilience will be moderated by ‚ÄėKunle Adebajo, HumAngle‚Äôs Investigations Editor. Usman Abba Zanna, Taiwo Adebayo, Idris Mohammed, and Zainab Yetunde Adams will be the presenters for the session.

The technology and knowledge-producing media and development think tank is more known for its mentorship programmes for young journalists in Nigeria.

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