In just a few hours, I will be part of a global conversation about the business of blogging. This conversation will be virtual, taking place on Google Hangouts, which is like Skype but on Google and during the 90 minute conversation, will get to virtually meet some people that I'm a little nervous to meet because of starstruckistis but all in all, people I am very excited and honoured to call peers in the blogosphere.
This is all part of Fashion Africa's week long virtual Think Tank for the Lagos Social Media Week hosted by Heritage 1960. It's a series of four online panel discussions including Global Design, Made In Africa, Creative Collaborations and The Business of Blogging. It's about bringing together a diverse group of African industry change agents to lead a discussion on the opportunities and challeges withink the global African fashion industry.
On my panel tonight from 6pm South African time, I will be in a discussion with Joshua Kissi of Street Etiquette, Terence Sambo of One Nigerian Boy and hopefully all of the girls from THE 4 ACES blog: Cookie, Kaven, Abby and Ozzy. The discussion will be faciliated by Elle Magazine South Africa Fashion Director, Poppy Evans and Heritage 1960's Enyinne Owunwanne.
Confirmed speakers for the week long conference include: ''insert big proud smile''
Aurora James | Founder and Creative Director, Brother Vellies (Image, Top Middle)
Carmen and Selina Sutherland | Co-Founders, Republic of Foreigner
Chid Liberty | Co-Founder of Liberty and Justice
Cookie Caven | Blogger, The 4 Aces Date + Co-Founder, Caven Etomi (Image, Right)
Doreen Mashika | Designer
Hannah Poole | Associate Editor, Arise Magazine
Jacqueline Ytuarte | Jewelry Designer, Maiyet
Jessye Ramey | Production Manager, Edun
Joshua Kissi | Blogger, Street Etiquette
Kimathi, Buyu By Jamhuri Wear (Image, Bottom Middle)
Lisa Folawiyo | Designer, Jewel By Lisa
Loza Maleombho | Designer
Mahelia de Randamie | Editor, Vogue Italia
Milisuthando Bongela | Blogger, Miss Milli B + Co-Owner, Mememe
Nina Baksmaty | Designer, Koshie O
Poppy Evans | Fashion Director, Elle Magazine South Africa
Rebecca Van Bergen | Executive Director, Nest
Stella Jean | Designer (Image, Left)
Terence Sambo | Blogger, One Nigerian Boy
Zandile Blay | Style and Culture Columnist, Huffington Post
Zara Okpara | PR Manager, Jewel By Lisa
WHEN: February 18th through February 22nd, 2013 from 11am – 12:30pm EST (5pm – 6:30pm WAT)
WHERE: Online via Google Hangouts on Heritage1960’s Google+ Page (http://gplus.to/Heritage1960)
WHY: “There are so many brands and individuals doing amazing work on the continent and in the Diaspora,” says Enyinne Owunwanne, Fashion Africa Think Tank Producer and Heritage1960 Founder. “Panel discussions and conferences often have some barrier to participation, ranging from cost to geography to exclusivity. Through this virtual Think Tank, we hope to create an open and collaborative platform for dialogue while fostering innovation and action.”
To join the discussion, go the Heritage 1960s page on Google Hangouts! Or find out more on Facebook: www.facebook.com/heritage1960 Twitter: @heritage1960 and join the Twitter Conversation with the hashtag #smwBUSINESSOFBLOGGING