During the week, Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo announced a tour to Silicon Valley on a collaborative investment drive.
He went with some members of the recently inaugurated presidential Advisory Group On Technology and Creativity.
The roadshow officially ended yesterday and the team should be back in Nigeria with the VP. According to official social media reports, here are a few stops on his way through Silicon Valley.
Welcome to Googlepex
The VP first made a stop in Mountain View, California at Googleplex; the corporate headquarters of Google and Alphabet Inc. its parent company.
At Googleplex he was welcomed by Google CEO Sundar Pichai who was happy to chat about the opportunities that abound in Nigeria’s digital economy.
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) July 10, 2018
Google has a robust digital skills acquisition program in Africa and Nigeria that has made great strides. Sundar Pichai who was recently in Nigeria will definitely have a lot to talk about with the VP.
In addition, I have met with groups of key tech investors here in Silicon Valley and will be speaking tonight at an interactive session at the LinkedIn headquarters.
— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) July 9, 2018
The VP also met other investors and then headed to LinkedIn HQ but not before cool pictures in front of Google HQ.
The LinkedIn LinkUP
The VP was hosted by Co-founder and Vice-president of Product Management in a fireside chat titled “Investing in African Talent”.
At the Fireside chat with Allen Blue, Co-Founder of LinkedIn, I described the role the role of the recently inaugurated Technology and Creativity Advisory Group to drive policy in tech innovation and entertainment. pic.twitter.com/vp2O7Lm1ID
— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) July 10, 2018
At the chat, Osinbajo expatiated on the functions of the recently inaugurated Presidential Advisory Council.
He also stated that Nigeria’s fast growing population called for unconventional educational models.
In a bid to explore the creativity arm of the group, VP Osinbajo made a final stop in Hollywood.
Yesterday, we continued an interactive investment forum with institutions and individuals in Hollywood.
Creativity and talent abound in Nigeria and we are open for business. I met with reps from Universal studios, Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, IMAX, Disney and a host of others pic.twitter.com/ZsWIiFq25s
— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) July 11, 2018
In Tinseltown, Osinbajo sat down in a forum with representatives of the biggest guns in the industry to discuss collaboration and investment in Nigeria talents.
Singer Innocent Idibia aka 2Baba was pictured with him alongside Nigerian artist Laolu Senbanjo and Mo Abudu.
Nigerian startups raised $17.6m in Q1 2019, 8.5% higher than they did in Q1 2018. Find out more in the latest quarterly edition of the Nigerian Startup Funding Report here.