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NerdsUnite2018: Legacies On African Innovation Now Imperative

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Technology is the only way to truly move Africa forward, says an author and media contributor, Mr Nnamdi Oranye.

Oranye who gave a keynote address at the NerdsUnite2018 held at Oriental Hotel on Friday, further called for legacy on African innovation.

Oranye who is the author of Disrupting Africa: The Rise and Rise of African Innovation said that the legacy would give the youths an opportunity to know about African innovators.

Participants during one of the panel sessions

He made the appeal during his keynote address at the Nerds Unite 2018 themed: ”Radical Digital Transformation”.

According to him, for that legacy to be achieved, there is need to promote the countries indigenous innovators.

“The African innovators are doing quite well but the problem is that they are not promoted but when it comes to other silicon type innovators we are quick to talk about them.

“What we should figure out is how to change that perception which is important for the next generation to be able to read about African innovation online.

“There is need for the youths to be able to locate African innovators while searching with Google books,” he said.

Oranye said that there was need to disrupt industries in the country and to do that the present industry should be carnibalised.

He also called for a collaborative approach and also be prepared for competition ahead.

The author identified some new trends that disrupts as, silicon valley which was subtlty disrupting massive African industries and low representation of female innovators.

Oranye’s Book Tops Google Search On African Innovation for years

Oranye said that one of the greatest legacies for the upcoming entrepreneurs could be written in books.

However, he feels disappointed that not enough books have been written on African Innovation, adding that his book has topped Google Search since it was launched in 2016.

“We must leave a legacy of African innovation, to help or kids understand the progression of technology in the continent”, he added.

He added that entrepreneurs in African technology space should be thinking of how to create infrastructure that are equivalent to Google, Uber Amazon, Facebook and others.

Earlier, Chief Executive Officer, MainOne, Ms Funke Opeke, urged leaders and drivers of innovation in Nigeria to engage, share ideas and find new ways to drive technological ideas in the country.

She said that there was need to reconnect around ideas, collaborate and have an interchange which would be suitable for the entire community.

“It is not all about getting your business connected to the internet in a safe way but with interplay with application that affect with our public life.

“We need to excellorate and dig ourselves from the no growth situation, increase technology adoption in the country,” she said.

The Nerds Unite is MainOne’s premier event to share new industry trends and developments with over 500 IT managers and professionals in Nigeria.

In the course of the one-day programme, influencers, decision makers and professionals from blue-chip organisations operating in all sectors in Nigeria will connect, network, share ideas, discover new opportunities and discuss breakthrough trends in the global IT space.