Day Two of the eagerly awaited Sports Betting West Africa+ Summit 2023 started off with a jolt of excitement. Guests set out on a voyage of learning and collaboration, eager to take advantage of the business chances of the day and learn priceless insights from illustrious iGaming professionals. SBWA+ 2023 Day Two
Oyeneye Seun, Chief Operating Officer of Starbet, opened the day with enthralling remarks that laid the groundwork for a day of unmatched insight into the West African iGaming sector.
The day’s discussions got underway with a captivating presentation on wise investing in the sports betting industry from Mindspring Capital investor Daniel Bernard.Bernard emphasized the industry’s explosive growth, which is being fueled by the popularity of mobile betting, market expansion, and data accessibility.
Adetoun Adeyemi, Head of Legal at Lagos State Lotteries & Gaming Authority, gave a presentation later in the morning. Adeyemi, who represented a significant gaming authority in Lagos and provided guests with a view into the future of the developing West African iGaming business, shared ideas for encouraging investment and promoting responsible gaming in the dynamic West African gaming industry.
A stimulating panel discussion about finding high-growth markets for African sports betting and ways to get access to them intensified the day’s events. The panelists—Solomon Godwin, Senior Business Development Manager, Olaitan Olanrewaju Samuel, Gaming Consult/Business Developer, DK Michael Aghaji, Head of Sales at E2 Communications, and Oyeneye Seun, Chief Operating Officer of Starbet—dived into critical insights to navigate the changing landscape as Johnson Adewale FOYE served as the discussion’s moderator.
If you take a look at the economy, great as it is, you can identify the progressions in the African economies. Gaming, as it is, is always on the rise.
Attendees had the chance to have lively discussions with other iGaming experts during the networking coffee break.
A fascinating panel discussion on women in African iGaming kicked off the afternoon. The debate focused on bringing out the latent brilliance of women in African iGaming, offering new perspectives and opportunities under the expert moderating of TVBET Sales Manager Emily Asava. Unity Nwanze, Bunmi Oduba, and Maha Otu, three esteemed panelists, actively presented their experiences and accomplishments in the iGaming sector. By emphasizing the outstanding women in West Africa’s market, they showcased their knowledge while enthralling the audience with their views.
I’m also passionate about mentoring. Part of my brand is also spotting talent, seeing people at their initial stage and giving them the right support to reach their potential. That is something I am also passionate about, because at the end of the day you can always grow in talent. It’s a win-win for everybody.Unity Nwanze, Business Operations Manager, betBonanza
Focusing on the connection between technology and gaming, Adefisoye Stephen, Head of Customer Experience at Sporttech Media Entertainment, and Emily Asava, Sales Manager at TVBET, provided insights on AI-powered growth. The engaging panel discussion focused on how artificial intelligence is changing the iGaming industry, and it was expertly handled by Jonathan Nwanze, Finance Manager (West Africa) at Velex Advisory.
The networking lunch provided attendees with a delicious buffet of treats as they chatted and rested before the afternoon programs.
After the lunch break, the audience continued to be highly interactive and interested, asking the speakers questions and sparking interesting debates. The conference room was constantly packed, which was a sign of how hungry the audience was to hear from the respected speakers. The exhibition floor, however, was a bustling hub with lively booths that attracted visitors with their cutting-edge wares and provided an additional chance for one-on-one networking.
Adewunmi Adeniji, Sales Manager at Globacom Limited (Glo), masterfully chaired a panel discussion that added to the day’s insightful journey. Industry leaders presented their thoughts on cutting-edge marketing strategies and the effectiveness of affiliate marketing for business growth, including Julius Fadipe from Soloti Gaming Ltd (FrapapaBet), Oliver Hooper, Head of Business Development at LiveScore, and Chinedu Okereke, Affiliate Manager.
The expert panel that followed was led by Oyeneye Seun and featured Oyindamola Michaels, the country manager at Kaizen Gaming, Fisayo Oke of Gamble Alert, Adesoji Babatunde from Starbet, and Akeem Olanrewaju Odukoya from betBonanza. Speakers discussed their perspectives on player protection, laws governing responsible gaming, and the use of technology to improve safety precautions in gaming in West Africa.
Johnson Adewale FOYE, Head of Retail Operations at Nairabet (Brand Star Limited), moderated the day’s last panel discussion, which focused on the potential and current trends of online games that appeal to the burgeoning West African gaming market. The panelists, Adewunmi Adeniji, Sales Manager at Globacom Limited (Glo), Adesoji Babatunde, Head of Training/Retail at Starbet, DK Michael Aghaji, Head of Sales at E2 Communications, and Robert Toth, Business Development Manager at Global Bet, all contributed knowledgeable perspectives.
The event’s dynamic nature and the attendees’ intense interest in the wide range of issues presented were both highlighted by the lively atmosphere and hive of activity.
Oyeneye Seun, COO of Starbet, gave closing remarks as the day’s conversations came to an end with a sense of accomplishment and camaraderie, reflecting on the abundance of knowledge exchanged and relationships made..
Day Two of the event featured an electrifying fusion of prestige and excitement thanks to the SBWA+ 2023 Eventus Awards. Participants were treated to an intimate evening of celebration following a day of thought-provoking discussions. Industry innovators, decision-makers, and executives had a place to congregate and enjoy drinks at the event.
The big announcement of the SBWA+ 2023 Eventus Awards, which honored and celebrated the outstanding accomplishments and contributions that have influenced the African gaming landscape, was the evening’s high point.
Champions of Excellence: Announcing SBWA+ 2023 Award Winners
SBWA+ Leading Supplier Award 2023
SBWA+ Sports Betting Provider Award 2023
SBWA+ Industry Influencer Award 2023
SBWA+ Virtual Platform Provider Award 2023
SBWA+ Online Casino Provider Award 2023
SBWA+ Remarkable Woman In Gaming Award 2023
Olabimpe Akingba, Association Of Nigerian Bookmakers
SBWA+ Outstanding Consultant Award 2023
Ocean Gaming Consult SBWA+ 2023 Day Two