It seems like the Lagos State government is not joking about relocating Ikeja Computer Village to Katangowa. On Wednesday, armed policemen were on duty to supervise the demolition of 18 shops in the area.
Although some traders in the area claim that the affected shops are not part of the ‘Village’, if this is taken really seriously, Ikeja computer village may be a folk tale by the end of the year.
So get ready to travel to Katangowa to get buy, fix and pimp your phones.
This week on Techpoint
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We had a chat with the super-amazing Funke Opeke
Yeah, on this month’s TPAMA (Techpoint Ask Me Anything), we hosted the CEO of MainOne Cable Company, Ms. Funke Opeke. Her session was so engaging and enlightening that we can’t help but gush about it. You should also find out 5 things we bet you didn’t know about her.
OgaVenue has taken over $20 billion
A Nigerian party with cakes, small chops, live band, jollof rice and asoebi is absolutely useless without a hall. It’s like Garri without groundnut, corn without pear, white rice without stew.
And gone are the days when you get the best halls through referrals. These days, with a click, you can access a directory of halls in 17 states across Nigeria, thanks to OgaVenue.
Andela’s new HQ will wow you
You would want to be in that space just by looking through the pictures. Adewale took a tour of their EPIC building and we love it!
Should we be worried that we can see Big Brother Lagos?
CCTV cameras have been installed in some parts of Lagos state. While that is a commendable effort on the government’s part, we can’t but wonder how effective it will eventually be. Also shouldn’t the surveillance van be a little more discreet?
Looking for a working space in Lagos?
Don’t look too far. Here’s a comprehensive list of the co-working spaces across Lagos.
Richard Quest on Nigerian youth’s misplaced priorities
“Nigerian youths have been obsessed with the peripherals — social media, fashion, individual difference, embracing the West. No one is asking the right questions. What will it take to have light for a full day? What is the government doing with funds it generates? How can we, together solve the power problem in our area? Nigerian youths have more power than they think they do”
Every weekday at 9AM (West African Time), we feature up and coming startups looking to break into the Nigerian tech scene.
This week’s featured startups
- Worthsure— estimate the worth of and trade websites
- Accounting Software— access authentic accounting software from authorised dealers
- Mpaying—shop, transfer and access funds securely anywhere in the world
- ArtShop — shop for arts, crafts and textile prints that you love
- Xpressteachers — find teaching jobs all across Nigeria
How we feel about SOLO Aspire M
We recently unboxed the latest smartphone from SOLO. Here’s what we think about it.
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