It’s no coincidence that technology is gaining awareness in Nigeria. Banks have moved most of their services online and made accessible through mobile apps. Supermarkets now have several payment solutions that accept card and mobile payments. And some of the laid back government offices are prioritising computer literacy as a major criteria for getting employed.
We interface with technology everyday from buying goods online, to paying for meals over a counter, using a Point of Sale (POS) terminal, etc. A lot of people feel the experience gotten when they use apps to communicate with friends, colleagues and loved ones is magical and only a magician can conjure such. Well, if you are one of such people then you can call our new venture here at Techpoint a myth busting one.
In the process of embracing technology to bring their services to millions of people, many companies have created jobs that require certain ‘magical’ skill sets. These companies have wonderful programmers, designers, engineers and so on working behind the scenes building platforms.
Just the other day I was on Twitter and I realised that music star eLDeeTheDon is a coder behind the stage. It is pretty interesting how much opportunities we are letting go by not emphasizing the importance of technology to help with transforming Nigeria’s economy.
Be prepared to be very surprised. Been writing code since 2001 :-) https://t.co/3mzzG4SdFJ
— eLDee (@eLDeeTheDon) May 1, 2016
But I am not discussing the transformation of Nigeria today. I am observing the amazing things happening in Industries and I will be bringing you the stories of individuals that have chosen to be ‘magicians’ building the 21st Century Nigerian economy through creating awesome stuff for organisations.
Today we introduce The Engine Room, a bi-weekly publication. Every other Wednesday, starting tomorrow, I will bring to you my interviews with individuals creating awesome things. Hopefully through engine room, we can inspire the next generation while showcasing a workforce of people actively owning their crafts. Join me tomorrow as we bring to you our first ‘magician’.
NEW REPORT ALERT: “Millionaire West African startups” raised over $1.806 billion between 2010 and 2019, 97.9% of which went to Nigerian startups. Find out more in the full report.
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