How businesses can leverage technology to drive transformation will be the focus of the 15th annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL) holding July 14-15, 2021.

The conference, themed “Retooling Business for Change: Leveraging the Tech Explosion”, will feature an array of carefully selected speakers and panellists sourced from the ICT sector, governments, corporate bodies, law firms and law societies.

The annual NBA-SBL conference is a platform for business lawyers within and outside Nigeria to network and engage on issues relevant to their fields as well as to establish a thriving relationship between the business community and government institutions.

According to the organisers, there will be a total of five plenary sessions on Day 1 of the two-day conference.

The first session, with the topic “Tech Innovation and E- Governance”, will be moderated by Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru, Managing Partner at Compliance Professionals Plc, and Coordinated by Temidayo Ajayi-Bello of DETAIL Commercial Solicitors. The panellists include Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Gabriel Okeowo, Principal Lead/CEO, BudgIT Nigeria, Honourable Justice Kashim Zannah, Chief Judge of Borno State, Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary/CEO, NIPC.

Panellists including Mitchell Elegbe, MD/CEO of Interswitch, Olugbenga Agboola, Co-Founder and CEO of Flutterwave, Gisele Nwepu, CEO of Okapi Financial Services, Olaoluwa Awojoodu, CEO of E-Settlement Group, and Babatunde Ogundeyi, Co-Founder/CEO of Kuda Bank, will discuss the topic “The Future of Digital Financial Services & Financial Inclusion” in the second panel session. The session will be moderated by Dayo Ademola, Managing Director,, will moderate the session, while Tiwalola Osazuwa of Aelex will be the coordinator.

“Outliers – From Law to There” will be the crux of the discussion at the third panel session with Funke Bucknor-Obruthe, Founder, Zapphaire Events, Audu Maikori, Founder, Chocolate City, Emem Ema, Founder, One Management, and Nnamdi Patrick-Onuh, Founder, Alistair Englebert Preston Photography, as panellists.

Other topics to be tackled on the Day 1 of the conference are “Internet and Broadband Connectivity – Good or Bad?” (Plenary 4) and “We All Have a Story” (Plenary 5).

Dr. Omobola Johnson, Senior Partner, TLcom Capital, will moderate the fourth session which has panellists that include Charles Anudu, CEO of Swift 4G, Prof. U. G. Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of Nigeria Communications Commission, Gerald Ilukwe, Pioneer MD, Galaxy Backbone, and Kazeem Oladepo, VP, IHS Towers. The session will be coordinated by Aderonke Alex-Adedipe of Pavestone Solicitors.

Gbenga Oyebode, Founding Partner and Of Counsel, Aluko & Oyebode, Asue Ighodalo, Founding Partner, Banwo & Ighodalo, and Myma Belo-Osagie, Of Counsel, Udo Udoma Belo-Osagie, will be the discussants at the fifth panel, with Ayuli Jemide, Chairman, NBA SBL and Lead Partner, DETAIL Commercial Solicitors, as well as Tobenna Erojikwe, Chairman Board of Governors, Institute of Continuing Legal Education and Partner, The Law Crest LLP, as moderators.

There will also be a Question and Answer session with Oyeyemi Aderibigbe, Senior Associate, Templars, while Dr. Adeoye Adefulu, Vice Chair, NBA-SBL and Partner, Odujinrin & Adefulu, will give the closing remarks.

The panel sessions will be preceded by remarks by the Chairman of the Conference Planning Committee, Adeleke Alex-Adedipe, Managing Partner, Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe (DOA), Conference Framer, Ayuli Jemide, Chairman, NBA-SBL and Lead Partner, DETAIL Commercial Solicitors, and welcome remarks by Olumide Akpata, President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

Meanwhile, the organisers have confirmed that Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, will deliver the opening address, Dr. Wendy Okolo, Intelligence Research Engineer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will give the keynote speech, while Engr. Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), will deliver the goodwill message.