#TechPlus2016 points Nigeria’s ‘relevance in African tech revolution’

#TechPlus2016 points Nigeria’s ‘relevance in African tech revolution’

#TechPlus2016 points Nigeria’s ‘relevance in African tech revolution’

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#TechPlus2016, the nation’s largest technology gathering ended weekend in Lagos has successfully underscored the key role of Nigeria in the tech revolution unfolding across Africa.

Connect Marketing Limited, organisers of #TechPlus2016 said in post-event statement that thought leaders and innovators shared insights with over 10,000 participants at the three-day technology showcase event.

The Techplus 2016 has through technology thought leaders who spoke at the event further enlightened the over 10,000 participants that graced the three days event of Nigeria’s key role in Africa’s highly anticipated technology revolution, according to the #TechPlus2016 organisers.

#TechPlus2016 points Nigeria’s ‘relevance in African tech revolution’
Dr Omobola Johnson, Chairperson of Alliance for Affordable Internet and former Minister of Communication Technology of Nigeria

[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]According to Dr Johnson, “products are transforming business practices across the economy, as well as the lives of all who have access to their effects. The most remarkable breakthroughs will come from the interaction of insights and applications arising when these technologies converge.”[/quote]Joining other tech experts to highlight Nigeria’s role in growing technology in Africa at #TechPlus2016, Dr. Omobola Johnson, Chairperson, Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), says that developments in technology are fundamentally altering the way people live, connect, communicate and transact.

Johnson, former Minister of Communication Technology in Nigeria, says that these developments have had profound effects on economic development in Nigeria and Africa at large.

To promote technology advancement, developing countries should invest in quality education for youth, continuous skills training for workers and managers for all stakeholders to understand the importance of the continuous revolution.

She also adds that technology has now become a key driver of development, because technological revolutions underpin economic advances, improvements in business, health systems, education and infrastructure.

#TechPlus2016 points Nigeria’s ‘relevance in African tech revolution’
Tappago app as seen at #TechPlus2016

[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]According to the former CommTech Minister of Nigeria, “across our continent, just 1 in 5 people is online today. What’s more, growth is slowing and recent statistics from the NCC have shown that over the past year, Internet use in Africa grew by just 1.8%. At this rate, it will take decades for Africa to reach the Internet usage levels currently seen in Europe. A recent report by the Alliance for Affordable Internet shows that at current trends, we won’t achieve universal Internet access until the year 2042, over 20 years beyond the target date set by the UN.”[/quote]“The technological revolutions of the 21st century are emerging from entirely new sectors, based on micro-processors, tele-communications, bio-technology and nano-technology,” she says.

According to Johnson, “products are transforming business practices across the economy, as well as the lives of all who have access to their effects. The most remarkable breakthroughs will come from the interaction of insights and applications arising when these technologies converge.”

The Nigerian ex-CommTech Minister who leads the A4AI whose initiatives envision to ensure that everyone, everywhere can afford a fast, reliable Internet connection also called for a bold action to expand Africa’s Internet connectivity.

According to the former CommTech Minister of Nigeria, “across our continent, just 1 in 5 people is online today. What’s more, growth is slowing and recent statistics from the NCC have shown that over the past year, Internet use in Africa grew by just 1.8%. At this rate, it will take decades for Africa to reach the Internet usage levels currently seen in Europe.

A recent report by the Alliance for Affordable Internet shows that at current trends, we won’t achieve universal Internet access until the year 2042, over 20 years beyond the target date set by the UN.”

#TechPlus2016 points Nigeria’s ‘relevance in African tech revolution’
Tunji Adeyinka, Managing Director, Connnect Marketing, organisers of #TechPlus2016 , seen speaking at a #TechPlus2016 session

She says the way out of this situation is for Africa to promote tech advancement, invest in quality education for youth, continuous skills training for workers and for all stakeholders to understand the importance of the continuous IT revolution.

On his part, Mr. Afolabi Imuokhuede, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation/Youth Employment, who represented Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo at#TechPlus2016 says that access and application of technology have become critical in today’s society.

Service and technology are the differentiators between countries that are able to tackle poverty effectively by growing and developing their economies, and those that can’t, according to the VP’s aide.

According to him, the extent to which developing economies emerge as economic powerhouses depends on their ability to grasp and apply insights from science and technology and use them creatively.

#TechPlus2016 points Nigeria’s ‘relevance in African tech revolution’
Cross section of personalities at the well-attended #TechPlus2016

“Innovation is the primary driver of technological growth and drives higher living standards. As an engine of growth, the potential of technology is endless”, Imuokhuede says.

Technology is a major leapfrogging element to economic diversification, hence the Federal Government has developed a blueprint to key into the Smart City initiative of Lagos State and come up with other initiatives to promote technology appreciation and adoption to an appreciable level with the multiplier effect on the economy, Imuokhuede told attendees at #TechPlus2016.

Linda Saint-Nwafor, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, MTN Nigeria, who represented the Ferdi Moolman, CEO of MTN Nigeria, highlighted the importance of the#TechPlus2016 gathering to technology promotion and adoption in Nigeria’s ecosystem, saying, it’s a gathering to debate, interact and share ideas that will benefit everyone.

“As a technology company, we are always at the forefront of promoting any idea that supports technology discussion and its merits to business at all level,” she says.

Also speaking at the event Lagos State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Olufemi Odubiyi, who was represented by Mr. Jide Adenuga, Director of Computer Service in the State said, the extent to which developing economies emerge as economic powerhouses depends on their ability to grasp and apply insights from science and technology and use them creatively.

#TechPlus2016 points Nigeria’s ‘relevance in African tech revolution’
Kiddies Section at #TechPlus2016

Mr. Tunji Adeyinka, Managing Director of Connect Marketing, organisers of #TechPlus2016 says the event has come at the right time to tap into the buzz surrounding technology in the country.

“We see our platform as a catalyst which will bring together the entire ecosystem. When we started we were looking to create a platform that would allow companies, individuals and businesses in the tech space to bring together customers, clients and for all players to showcase their products and services.

[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]#TechPlus2016 seeks to highlight the increasing connecting nature of the world and identify Nigeria’s role in this new global reality through a variety of different ‘tracks’, according to Adeyinka.[/quote]Before now, we had lots of talk shops, but this event is meant to be a practical opportunity to talk about technology and feel the impact that technology has on different facets of life both from a business perspective and from a consumer perspective.”

According to the organizers who had ‘A Connected World’ as the theme of this year’s event, this could not have come at a more auspicious time as Cisco had predicted there will be 20.8 billion connected devices by 2020.

#TechPlus2016 seeks to highlight the increasing connecting nature of the world and identify Nigeria’s role in this new global reality through a variety of different ‘tracks’, according to Adeyinka.

From government’s increasing commitment to the development of the ICT sector, to the rapid emergence of innovation hubs and incubators across the country, it is clear that technology is on the brink of revolutionizing the country and#TechPlus2016 is gravitating towards becoming a key part of this dialogue.

 

 

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Donatus Anichukwueze Technology Journalist at Technology Times Media Phone No: 08074016066 e-mail: donatus.anichukwueze@technologytimes.ng