The Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, Mr Yinka Sanni, said that it was aimed at wealth creation and securing a promising future the Nigerian youths.
“In consolidating its ongoing focus on the youth and in delivering on its strategic objectives as a digitised customer-centric universal financial services organisation, Stanbic IBTC, has unveiled plans to raise the bar at this year’s edition of the SMW Lagos.
“The financial institution confirmed it will be joining other thought leaders, innovators, business practitioners, entrepreneurs and pop culture enthusiasts from Nigeria and around the world to participate at the SMW 2019 with a reloaded package.
“Stanbic IBTC will be rising above and beyond its core financial services specialisation as this is in line with its value commitment to meaningfully contributing to the development of the nation and uplifting the socio-economic living conditions of its citizenry.
“It will be through strategic focus and investment in initiatives that fall under three key pillars of Social, Economic and Environment (SEE).
“Also, rather than leveraging on the annual SMW Lagos platform to sell, it will be highlighting tools and basics of formal career development, entrepreneurship drive and business management aimed at wealth creation and securing a promising future the Nigerian youths,’’ Sanni said in a statement.
He said that the annual week-long conference and exhibition would hold this year from Feb. 4 to Feb. 8 with the theme: “With Great Influence Comes Great Responsibility’’.
Sanni said that the event, renowned for eliciting interesting conversations and bringing together diverse perspectives, had gained popularity as a platform to discuss the most productive ways to harness social platforms; to drive thought and innovation; improve consumer experiences and foster collaborations.
He said that according to the organisers, SMW Lagos will focus on ideas, trends, insights, inspiration to help both individuals and businesses across the creative, technology and financial industries understand how to achieve more in a hyper-connected world.
Sanni said that it would engender good business practices and policies that leverage technology to transform industries and communities across Africa.
He said the event would also feature a mixture of keynotes, panels, workshops, masterclasses and presentations on a wide range of topics.
According to him, the event would also include business, entertainment, education, technology and politics, all aimed at advancing the use of social media.
“The organisation’s participation and sponsorship of this year’s Lagos SMW is a clear expression of its determination and commitment toward availing young, vibrant Nigerian youths, irrespective of background and current position in life, requisite mentorship and guidance to help them achieve their goals and aspirations.
“This essential career management, wealth creation and preservation tools, principles and basics, undoubtedly transcends financial knowledge and status.
“Stanbic IBTC will be showcasing a number of renowned resource persons including career counselling and employability training specialist, Dr. Dipo Awojide, a Lecturer in Strategy at the Nottingham Business School, United Kingdom and Founder of the BeenThereDoneThat Hub (BTDT Hub), who has built a global reputation for career coaching and counselling.
“Also featuring are genuine success case studies to reinforce and underpin the importance of key career growth attributes like dedication, consistency, proactivity, resilience, adaptability, positivity, hard work by wealth-generation experts, among other keynote speakers,’’ he said.
Sanni urged the public, especially the young, vibrant and enterprising and the larger social community to join Stanbic IBTC Bank at SMW Lagos 2019, “as we promise all our guests a very enriching interaction and engagement’’.