• The event showcased the importance of talent management for organisations

Lagos, December 2021. Digitization in the labour sector and the arrival of hybrid working have determined the newest market trends. Still, they also highlight the skills that talent should offer in Nigeria and the surrounding region. This was the goal at the recently concluded Talent Summit Africa 2021, powered by elev8. The virtual event demonstrated the importance of continued learning, digital and automatic learned, and resilience in times of crisis.

The Talent Summit Africa 2021 offered striking data, such as the fact that in 2025, 85 million jobs that we know today will have disappeared. Still, in the same period, 97 million new jobs are expected to have been created thanks to newly implemented technologies.

Delivering the keynote address on the topic, “How Digital Transformation Will Secure a Sustainable Future for Africa”, Oluwaseun Solanke, Vice President and CIO at Airtel Nigeria commenced with the journey of digital transformation in Nigeria from when the Nigerian government changed the Federal Ministry of Communications to Federal Ministry of Communications and digital economy with a mandate to develop and implement a harmonized and well coordinated digital economy, policy and strategy.”

To retain talent within a business, we need to evolve the necessary skills within the same post or job profile (upskilling), but the requirement has also emerged to go beyond and prepare a professional to develop technical skills required by a dynamic labor market (reskilling).

Speaking at the virtual event through his welcome address, Lars Johannisson, the Country Managing  Director for elev8 Nigeria said:  “The discussion around growth and talent is intimately connected to two very important factors which are skilling and talent. Bringing talent and skilling together can scale both business and economy by bringing a larger portion of the population into this growing economy is a paramount imperative for all of individuals working in the IT environments.”

According to the World Economic Forum, two out of every three employers will receive a return on investment within a year if they reskill their employees. 

Other speakers at the summit included Wale Olokodana, Director Microsoft Consulting Services – Middle East and Africa – Multi Country Cluster Region; Bode Abifarin, COO Flutterwave; Bayo Adesanya, Chief Digital Officer for AXA Mansard Insurance Plc.; Yvonne Ige, CCO at AppZone.

While the panelists who discussed ‘The Future of Jobs, The Implications and Role on People, Businesses, and Government’ included include Ireayo Oladunjoye, Head Startups, LSETF; Emmanuel Abegunde, HRBP East & West Africa, NielsenIQ; Richard Rotoye, Group Managing Director, Creditville Group Limited; Obinna Ukonu, Country Digital and Technology Platform Director, Coca Cola; Emmanuel Mimshach Obioha, Country Manager, TeleSoftas; Nsikak John, Head, Enterprise Innovation Hub

Click link to watch The Talent Summit Africa 2021

About elev8

Elev8 is a global academy for digital leaders which offers executive programmes, specialist training, as well as IT courses and certificates in new technologies and their business applications. The academy has offices in the USA, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Nigeria, the Middle East and Costa Rica. For more information, visit our website:

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