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Innovative Technologies Shaping Lives of Men and Women in Nigeria
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
2018 (English)In: Nordic African Days NAD, 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The global world over the years, witnessed significant transformations, where innovative technologies are shaping lifestyles, lifting millions from poverty, providing alternative and sustainable sources of income and stretching the reach of quality life to rural and remote areas. Africa is not an exception, and in this regard, Nigeria is witnessing a new page in its socioeconomic development, where the country is leveraging innovative technologies to unlock its technological potentials. Using desk and document reviews, coupled with online interviews with some young Nigerian innovators, the results showcase several Nigerian home-grown technology companies that have achieved global recognition. The companies include ccHub, Andela, PagaTech, BudgIT, Hotels.ng, Konga, Wakanow and MainOne among others as the country’s success stories, making immense opportunities for technological growth and job creation. The paper further sees the Facebook founder’s visit to Nigeria as validation for betting big on the countries innovative technology industry. The paper however found that the scientific narrative on Nigeria’s technology and innovative industry is under-appreciated across the world due to lack of information and support systems. This scientific contribution is a page turner to reposition Nigeria’s innovative technological ecosystem on the global map. The paper hereby recommends a public–private support to this young Nigeria’s innovative technological ecosystem to accelerate the socioeconomic development of the country.

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2018.
Keywords [en]
Innovative technologies, life shaping, home-grown solutions, scientific narratives, public-private support
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-43912OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-43912DiVA, id: diva2:1326123
Conference
Nordic African Days NAD, 19 Sep 2018, Uppsala, Sweden
Available from: 2019-06-17 Created: 2019-06-17 Last updated: 2019-06-17Bibliographically approved

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