Exclusive Photos: Nigeria’s Tech Community hosts Minister of Communication

by | Feb 9, 2016

Today, at about 8:20am the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu visited the ‘Yabacon Valley’, home to various tech startups and hubs, and fast becoming Nigeria’s startup ecosystem.

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Co-founder CcHub, Bosun Tijani welcomes the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu

The visit began with a sit down with stakeholders within the tech ecosystem at the 6th floor of Co-creation Hub with Funke Opeke, CEO of Main One anchoring the chat with the Minister.

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While speaking at the Co-creation Hub the Minister outlined the Federal Government’s plans to replicate Tech Hubs all over Nigeria using the Yaba based hubs as a case study. Furthermore, the Minister said the ICT innovation fund will cater for:

  • Startup’s early stage funding gaps and equity investment for growth oriented innovative ICT startups and entrepreneurs
  • ICT incubation  scheme to support establishment of additional high growth incubators and accelerators across the country
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Minister of Communication addresses Nigerian tech stakeholders

In attendance were various stakeholders within the tech ecosystem, on hand to welcome the Minister and hear what the Federal Government has planned for the industry.

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Eghosa Omoigui, Managing General Partner, EchoVC

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Olufunbi Falayi, Centre Manager iDEA Hub

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Mark Essien, Founder Hotels.ng

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Ope Awo, Co-founder Jobberman

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Helen Anatogu, CEO/Program Director iDEA Hub

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Bosun Tijani, CEO/Co-founder Cchub

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Gbenga Sesan, CEO Paradigm Initiative

The visit also included a tour of the Co-creation Hub and iDEA Hub

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Minister of Communication tours the Mobile Experience Center at CcHub

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Bosun Tijani discusses Growth Capital with the Minister

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Bosun Tijani shows the Minister the view from CcHub’s rooftop

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The Minister walks into iDEA Hub

Though a short visit, we hope the conversation started by the Minister will help with the growth of tech hubs and further provide the necessary infrastructure needed within the tech ecosystem.

Emmanuel Ogunsola
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