Herbert Wigwe, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Steve Wozniak, Tara Durotoye, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi And Others Step Out For Access Conference 2015

By Red Media Africa

The sophomore edition of the biggest innovative conference in Africa, Access Conference 2015 which held at the Eko Hotel Victoria Island Lagos, brought together entrepreneurs, politicians and CEOs from all over the globe.

The conference which was put together by Access Bank, saw moguls across all spectrum -Digital Technology, Broadcast, Banking, Governance, Finance, New Media and Fashion come together to have conversations about the imperative of innovation in a transformational world.

"This conference should enable every one of us to ask the important question: "What If?" What if Nigeria's literacy level was 100%? Innovation is no longer an option but an absolute necessity." Said Herbert Wigwe, CEO/MD Access Bank during his opening address.

Also at the conference, Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak during his fire-side chat on Entrepreneurship and Innovation with Jose Maria Figures, former President of Costa Rica said "Artificial Intelligence is the future of innovation, although we would never be able to make a

brain or human mind, innovative technology is always technology that suits humans."

The Access Conference was anchored by Lucy Alexander, Journalist and Newsreader at Skye News, other guests in attendance were Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State; Herbert Wigwe, Chief Executive Officer Access Bank; Aliko Dangote, Chief Executive Officer Dangote Group; Ibukun Awosika, Chairman First Bank Group, Hans Rosling, Professor of Global Health at Sweden's Karolinska Institute; Chude Jideonwo, Managing Partner Red Media Africa, Tara Durotoye, Chief Executive Officer House

of Tara International, AIGBOJE AIG-IMOUKHUEDE, President of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE); Osayi Alile, Executive Director Access Bank; LANRE DA SILVA AJAYI, Founder of LDA Couture; Nnamdi Ekeh, Co-founder of Yudala; Jonathan Henning, Creative Strategist @Twitter and MUHAMMAD YUNUS, Founder of Grameen Bank - Nobel Peace Prize 2006.

The Access Conference addresses the issue of leadership from a holistic perspective, presenting outstanding success stories from a variety of internationally recognised speakers.

The host, Access Bank Plc, is a full service commercial Bank operating through a network of over 310 branches and service outlets located in major centres across Nigeria, Sub Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom. Listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1998, the Bank serves its various markets through 5 business segments: Institutional, Commercial, Retail Banking, Transaction Services and Financial Markets.

The Bank has over 800,000 shareholders including several Nigerian and International Institutional Investors and has enjoyed what is arguably Africa's most successful banking growth trajectory in the last ten yearsmranking amongst Africa's top 15 banks by total assets and capital in 2011.

As part of its continued growth strategy, Access Bank is focused on mainstreaming sustainable business practices into its operations. The Bank strives to deliver sustai- nable economic growth that is profitable, environmentally responsible and socially relevant.

Red Communication is a PR & Communication firm under the parent company, RED. An innovative media group focused on Africa, RED's vision is to excite and empower an evolving generation through the media's limitless possibilities. Built across tools and platforms, its Communication Division holds Red Communication, Red marketing and Small & Medium, and YouthConnect; and its Content Division holds the Y! brands, including Y! TV, Y! Magazine, YNaija.com, Teen Y!, Y! 2015, the Y! Tech 100 and the Y! Annual Black Ball/Y! 100 Most Influential List. It also anchors a development firm, The Future Project Africa, which co-presents Africa's leading youth platform, The Future Awards Africa, and other projects including the Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders and The Future Enterprise Support Scheme.