Frequently Asked Questions
You are welcome to this section of the Africa Conference on Development Journalism (ACDJ 2020) website. The #ACDJ2020 holds in Kaduna, Nigeria and is organised by Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF).
*This FAQ will be updated with more and most recent information as they become available.
How many people do you expect to attend the #ACDJ2020?
We expect between 200 and 250 attendees from Nigeria and other African countries to participate in the #ACDJ2020, holding in Kaduna – Nigeria, in November this year.
Is registration portal open?
Early Bird registration window opens in the first quarter of 2020, after that, the Standard Registration window opens. Once the portal opens, prospective attendees can register by visiting the conference registration page and following the instructions.
Kindly note: All credit card payments must be concluded once the process commences on the online registration portal. The system does not allow individuals to book a space and pay at a later date.
Attendees making payments through bank transfer, must calculate time and ensure payment within their desired window – e.g. if you target early bird, make sure your payment and notice to organisers are made within that payment window.
What is the conference registration fee rate/category?
There are two categories – one for Nigerians and the other for non-Nigerians.
The #ACDJ2020 Early Bird Registration is N10,000 for Nigerians and $50 for those coming from outside Nigeria.
Are non-journalists welcome to register?
We expect a wide range of participants including academics, bloggers, NGOs, and human right activists to join us in the conference. A combination of these attended the #ACDJ2019.
Whether you are a journalist or not, you are free to register and participate in the conference. While registering, there is a drop-down in the form, where you are expected to identify your professional affiliation.
When will the conference registration desk open in Kaduna?
Accreditation and collection of conference badges and/or materials at the venue will commence on 16th November 2020 from 12:00 – 16:30 (GMT+1). It will continue the next morning. Please plan to arrive on time, prior to your first scheduled activity.
I live in Nigeria, but I am not a citizen, which fee rate will I pay?
If you have a resident, or work permit, you are welcome to pay the Nigerian rate.
When I arrive in Kaduna how do I get to my hotel?
Most hotels in Kaduna make arrangements for their guests to be picked at the Airport, or Train Station. You can contact your hotel in advanced to make such an arrangement.
You can access the day-by-day overview of the #ACDJ2020 conference programme here, or on the conference app.
What languages are spoken in Kaduna?
English is the official language in Nigeria, but Hausa language is widely spoken in northern Nigeria, where Kaduna is located. There are other languages spoken in Kaduna including Gbagyi, Adara and Bajju.
Nigeria operates on West African Time (WAT) Zone, which is GMT + 1.
Will I have internet access while in Kaduna?
Wifi is available throughout the conference venue and in most hotels, but heavy data users are advised to buy their own data connectivity from any of the telecom companies.
Will there be Side Event activities at the #ACDJ2020?
Side events for the #ACDJ2020 which are organised by sponsors and partners usually take place outside the conference timing and include any activity including meetings, workshops, panels, networking sessions, and presentations.
Once available, information about Side events will be made available on the conference website.
Due to limited number of halls and audio/visual equipment, only few side events will be accepted to hold within the Conference venue.
Organisations wishing to hold a side event during the conference should send their application early through firstname.lastname@example.org. Acceptance will be based on first come first serve basis.
How can I charge my electronics while in Kaduna?
The electricity current in Nigeria is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. The plug type mostly used is the round European plug but travellers are generally advised to carry a universal adapter as some hotels might have different plugs.
Upon arrival at the airport/train station, or hotel, interested delegates have the option to purchase SIM Cards of any of the four major local telecom operators (Airtel, Glo, MTN and 9 Mobile).
Do you have any restaurant recommendations other than the conference venue?
There are many restaurants in Kaduna city that serve traditional, or contemporary African and international cuisine – a wide choice to suit every taste.
What organisations are part of this year’s exhibition?
Many organisations will be exhibiting throughout the conference period, sharing their products and expertise and offering special rates to conference participants. You are free to also participate in their competitions to win several fabulous prizes.
Check out relevant Menu on the conference website to learn more about organisations exhibiting at the #ACDJ2020.
What should I do if I experience a medical emergency at the #ACDJ2020?
There will be a standby medical team at the Conference venue to assist #ACDJ2020 delegates requiring medical services. The Help Desk at the hotel is always happy to assist, alternatively please call 0907 741 3062.
Travelers should ensure they are up to date with vaccinations. Nigerian government requires proof of yellow fever vaccination, especially when coming from a country with risk of yellow fever, or a country with an active yellow fever outbreak.
While at the conference, it is advisable not to drink tap water. Bottled water can be bought from all over the town – make sure the seal is intact.
If your question has not been answered, kindly contact the #ACDJ2020 team through email@example.com