Dayo Ogunyemi: Visions of Africa's future, from African filmmakers
Dayo Ogunyemi - Cultural media builder
As an entrepreneur and investor in film, media and technology, Dayo Ogunyemi reconstructs the image and reality of Africa. Full bio
of worlds to discover.
has led to many places and possibilities,
and technology in New York
and distributing films
to see firsthand how in Africa,
the marvelous and the mundane,
and fundamental truths.
of Africa's future,
of Africa's imagined and lived reality,
of Africa that come from outside,
that accompany all of these images,
shape or distort
persist from pictures,
in Ethiopia 30 years ago,
half a century ago.
where the average age is 17,
seem almost prehistoric.
see themselves and their neighbors.
do not represent their reality.
many realities do we choose to focus on?
imagination of Africa in 2017
have seven or eight children?
has a fertility rate as high as seven?
and life expectancy in Africa today
to the US a hundred years ago,
infant mortality in half
since the year 2000?
He's just wrong.
to dismiss Africa as hopeless,
that a billion people
of turning their gaze elsewhere,
to tell our own stories
to an African audience,
in African imaginations.
the rest of the world
in a thought exercise.
all the modern ideas,
that we have today?
of life and living conditions for people?
all the knowledge we have today,
cancer research and treatment?
to modern semiconductors,
a quantum leap forward, couldn't we.
of that magnitude today.
in living conditions
it's an imperative for Africa's future,
Africa's population double
in just three decades,
have the world's largest workforce,
is being radically reconsidered.
isn't that far-fetched.
that demonstrate the potential
working phone lines.
mobile phone subscriptions,
is mirrored in every African country.
mobile phones in use in Africa today,
excitement about leapfrogging,
before the roads.
and logical layer to innovation
have to think about them.
went off for a day,
for three hours at a time,
your TVs, your microwaves,
to government offices,
that hundreds of millions of Africans
widespread and affordable access
the hundred-year leap.
of the mobile miracle
the greatest cultural resurgence
to local dominance
isn't limited just to music.
might be dated,
as does African film.
the rest of the world catches on,
hard-hitting "Viva Riva!"
more and more of these films,
matters less in Kinshasa or Cotonou
the "New York Times" thinks?
are validating African art and ideas,
are connecting with their core audiences.
can illuminate and inspire.
to us here in the present.
as a conveyor belt for hope.
faster than we can build roads.
words and languages
and imaginations of millions
since the Berlin Conference
division across Africa.
the creativity to generate ideas
ideas from anywhere else in the world
in Africa's people,
to make the hundred-year leap,
a prosperous Africa,
better than it is today.
About the speaker:Dayo Ogunyemi - Cultural media builder
As an entrepreneur and investor in film, media and technology, Dayo Ogunyemi reconstructs the image and reality of Africa.
Why you should listen
Over his career, Dayo Ogunyemi has worked as an entrepreneur, investor, music journalist, DJ, producer, entertainment and IP lawyer and strategy consultant. Now he advises, promotes and invests in companies in Africa's creative and entrepreneurial scenes, including startups in technology, fashion and apparel, event production, content aggregation, film production and distribution. 234 Media's portfolio includes mSurvey, Cinemart, Starflix Cinemas, House of Deola Sagoe, Pixaplex and the African Movie Academy Awards.
Prior to 234 Media, Ogunyemi founded Lexscape, a start-up that used AI and expert system technology to change the consumption and practice of law. He subsequently co-founded Constant Capital, a West African boutique investment bank. Ogunyemi has long been interested in the impact of technology and media on how societies and economies develop, especially in Africa, stemming back to 1991 when he founded Naijanet (the first Nigerian online community) as a freshman at MIT.
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