Loy Okezie is a digital media strategist and founder/editor of TechLoy.com, a leading African technology news and analysis site. He is also the co-founder of Sowambe, an emerging social media lifestyle brand.
He has advised several Internet companies (both local and foreign) as well as entrepreneurs and helped start-up CareersNigeria.com in 2007. Loy was hired in 2009 to help start-up an information search portal for Nigeria similar to Yahoo! and AOL.
Loy worked at NEXT, where he was part of the digital content team and wrote about business and technology for the news site. Previously, he wrote a weekly column about internet companies and startups for Technology Times iWeek.
He’s one of the contributors at Memeburn, a technology site that tracks web trends, innovation, mobile, social media, culture, business, startup news and tech entrepreneurs’ stories from the emerging market sector.
One of Loy’s biggest career moments was when some of the world’s biggest blogs VentureBeat and GigaOM, tried to break his servers by linking to this blog after he broke the news about the Encipher Inye, Nigeria’s first tablet PC.
In this blog, Loy shares thoughts about living in the age of digital media as well as strategies that can drive usage of local content.
In several local and foreign media sites, he has been featured and quoted many times.
The Huffington Post said:
Digital media entrepreneur Loy Okezie was one of the first to notice: “Why’s Zuckerberg not wearing his wedding ring? #TCdisrupt”
“Nigerian blogger Loy Okezie, a marketing consultant in the fast-growing New Lagos area on the country’s Atlantic coast, broke the story last week…”
“In this In-depth interview with BN Editorial Assistant, Gbenga Awomodu, Loy tells us more about his passion, how to make money legitimately from the internet, and web technology prospects in 2011.”
“Okezie notes that Nigerian consumers with reliable internet access are still skeptical about shopping online, since there’s a feeling that such transactions are risky and prone to fraud.”
“It is virtually impossible to think of startups and Nigeria without thinking of Loy Okezie. As a pioneer in the space, Loy Okezie has been one of Nigeria’s most vocal startups advocates profiling Nigeria’s evolving tech ecosystem with consistency and insight.”
Right after his B.Sc (Hons) Degree in Business Administration, Loy worked with management and recruitment consulting firms based in Nigeria, France and the UK where he learned and demonstrated skills in corporate training, professional speaking, strategic planning & marketing, customer relationship management (CRM) and recruitment sales amongst others.
He has consulted for several Internet companies and has trained individuals and corporate bodies on personal and organizational effectiveness in the past. Loy is a conference speaker and his speaking engagements are as follows:
- The New York Forum Africa, Libreville, Gabon, June 8 – 10, 2012
- Open Innovation Africa Summit – Nairobi, Kenya, May 28 – 30, 2012
- Mobile Web West Africa 2012, Lagos, Nigeria, April 25 – 26, 2012
- 9 Ideas Conference – Douala, Cameroon, March 16 – 17, 2012
- Africa Web Summit – Brazaville, Congo, September 17 – 18, 2011
- Consumer Engagement Workshop – Lagos, Nigeria, July 21, 2011
- 9 Ideas Conference – Douala, Cameroon, March 6, 2011
- Mobile Web West Africa – Lagos, Nigeria, February 2 & 3, 2011
- Mobile Web Africa – Johannesburg, South Africa, September 2010
- Barcamp Nigeria 2010 (Moderator, Panel Session) University of Lagos, Nigeria – May 22, 2010.
- Nigeria Digital Sense Forum (Internet Governance Forum) Lagos, Nigeria – April 16, 2010.
- Technology Times Outlook 2010 Business Summit (Web 2.0 Forum) Lagos, Nigeria – February 23 – 25, 2010.
- Mobile Web Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa - October 13 – 14, 2009.
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Since 2007, Loy started blogging and getting involved with social media communities while following influential technology bloggers such as Micheal Arrington of TechCrunch.
In April 2008, he founded Startups Nigeria, a technology blog about start-ups, e-nnovations and net-preneurship with an international focus on Nigeria. Today, the site has re-branded to TechLoy and he’s now focused on growing Techloy into a technology information and research company.
He also co-founded Sowambe, an emerging social media lifestyle brand in 2010 and has invested interests in other online ventures and start-ups. [No disclosures yet:)]
Loy was born in Lagos and grew up in a small town along Badagry Expressway where he had his early educational training, before studying at the University of Abuja, Nigeria and University of Le Havre, France.
He has traveled around Africa and Europe with a passion for technology, start-ups and new media communication tools for business success.
He currently lives in Lekki Peninsula, New Lagos with his wife.
Loy spends his free time playing games (especially Angry Birds on his Encipher INYE tablet) and watching movies.
He occasionally hangs out with his family and friends at local bars and restaurants – and at decent clubs too;-).
On the web, you can socialize with Loy via:
- Facebook now has 100 million active users in India
- Rocket Internet’s hotel booking site Jovago launches in Pakistan
- Indonesian government toys with imposing 20% import taxes on foreign-made smartphones
- Samsung makes the Galaxy S5 and its new Gear devices commercially available globally
- Dimension Data opens office in Ghana
- Uber adds new $1 “safe rides fee” to UberX rides
- Google is sending dummy Glass units to prospective Explorers
- Can a little-known blogger turn his site into a business by selling memberships? Ben Thompson is sure going to try
- Twitter account tied to “Internet crime” police raid – report
- Twitter’s data grants will be used to research food poisoning, cancer, happiness
- The incredible disappearing HTC: what its SA strategy reveals about its global woes
- The 10 fastest production cars ever to lap the Nürburgring
- Is IAB’s Rising Star ad format another nail in banner advertising’s coffin?
- Intel presses for conflict-free minerals in Africa with new microprocessors
- Weibo’s bargain basement IPO: bad numbers, censorship and missed chances
- Guides.co Aims To Be The Hub For Companies’ White Papers And How-To Content
- Founder Stories: Serial Entrepreneur Karl Jacob Is Up At The Plate Again With Hangtime
- As Food Delivery War Heats Up, Sprig Plans To Serve Lunch
- Tuition.io Picks Up A New Investor, As It Manages Over $1 Billion In Student Loans
- I Hijacked The Startup Alley Application System To Extend The Deadline, So Apply Now!
- Rakuten links up with Alibaba’s Alipay payment service to increase its focus on China
- A Facebook e-money service could be a big hit in Asia
- Samsung hints that Milk Music will ‘soon’ include ads, and offer a $3.99/month premium service
- Klout to quietly shut down Cinch Q&A app on April 18
- Uber adds $1 “Safe Rides Fee” to UberX rides to pay for background checks and insurance
- Yahoo’s new Flickr app adds creepily accurate search tool
- Google Glass is now ‘try before you buy’
- You can now use your voice to run Amazon Fire TV’s Hulu, Crackle, and Showtime apps
- Your smartphone becomes the key to your laptop with this tantalizing Chrome OS feature
- Funding Daily: The doctor will see you now
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