Enjoying cocktails with entrepreneurs in The Battery, chatting away with venture capitalists on Sand Hill Road, San Francisco’s Silicon Valley is the fanciest hole for geeks. It is easy to accepth that the Silicon Valley will be on top forever. But that might not be true.
It’s about time someone did something about it. The African country, Nigeria has a hub just like Silicon Valley. Yaba (Yabacon) was declared Nigeria’s Silicon Valley, but the Computer Village located in Ikeja also has the potential to become the next Silicon Valley. Let me give you a few reasons.
Agreed, the tech startups do not need to worry so much about manpower but they are readily available. There are marketers who can look for customers and engineers who are good at repairing gadgets. One can recruit them but there must be strict rules before engaging them.
Hub for any tech gadgets
For buying or selling any gadget, Computer Village is the place to be. It is the place where big tech brands and their approved distributors have stores. One can easily get affordable devices that do not hurt your wallet. The upcoming tech brands can take advantage of this.
Intending tech Companies have ready made patronage
The computer village is well known in Lagos and Nigeria. Many people from Lagos visit the village for business transactions. Hence, there is an already a customer base for all kinds of tech companies and startups. A little bit of recognition and it will definitely boost the companies.
China is working hard
China is currently leading the way to becoming the biggest economy in the world. In addition, the many companies and businesses are moving to China. Hence the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari went to China to sign deals and request for loans. At Computer Village many Chinese tech companies like Techno, Huawei, Lenovo and Gionee have made permanent homes. Naturally, several countries want to be a part of China’s growing trade.
Computer Village is still growing and contains tons of opportunities. With better planning, Computer Village can easily be the next Silicon Valley. For example, different zones can be created for selling and marketing. Some parts will strictly be reserved for the tech companies and startups. Hence, the government should focus on organizing the Computer Village and securing the place. Not only the tech companies will come breezing in but also other businesses as well. Perhaps the Lagos State Government should have invested the billions it in the Village, rather than in the white elephant project like Eko Atlantic. For creating a friendly work ambiance at Computer Village.