Computer Village 2.0

April 29, 2017
3 min read

For over two decades, the Computer Village, a technology cluster in the Ikeja area of Lagos, has served the technology product needs of Nigeria and West Africa by extension.

So when news broke on Tuesday of the Lagos state government's decision to move the market from Ikeja to an ICT Park in Katangowa, it was met with mixed reactions.

According to the official announcement, primary reasons for the proposed relocation include environmental degradation, housing stock deficit and traffic congestion plaguing the Ikeja axis.

For a market which sprung up on its own, without any involvement from government, this raises a number of questions:

  • Is the "Computer Village" more of a concept than a geographical location?
  • If it is more of a concept, could relocating to a new and unfamiliar location affect its popularity?
  • If it is more of a geographical location, could it meet the same fate as the Tejuosho and Idumota markets?
  • Is it government's place to be directly involved in the creation and development of clusters?

It remains to be seen how this new move will pan out. What history has taught us, however, is that government cannot successfully pull off clusters of any kind (cue Tinapa), they just sort of happen.

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