According to a popular TV advert, better times are here, and It is definitely the best of times for Nigerians and indeed Africans with the launch of google station in Nigeria, a highly applauded announcement made during the #googleforNigeria conference, which held on the 26-27th of July 2018, at the landmark event Center in Lagos. The conference, which will be a talking point for many days and months to come, because of the impact it had on attendees with master classes for publishers and Youtubers on areas of content creation and monetisation, the fame dinner and the ambience of the event, and the impact the applied knowledge from the event will have on the economic outlook of the nations at large in months and years to come. But the greatest take away from the event, I believe is the launch of The google station, a free WiFi initiative, aimed at providing high speed Internet access across 5 major cities in Nigeria by the end of 2019. The google station which is an initiative in partnership with 21st century technologies is already operational with 5 stations in Lagos, (city mall Ikeja, the Palms Lekki, Computer village Ikeja, local airport and landmark event Center) and there will be a total of 200 stations by the end of 2019 in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan and kaduna.
The workforce of the future is in Africa and it is through technology that this teeming workforce will find decent work with living wages. According to reports, by 2032, there will be over 1billion creative and talented under 35, who will be ready for the work force, across Africa, an initiative such as this will therefore equip them with the requisite skills for the future that is creeping on us daily.
The launch of the google station is therefore a welcomed development, as it will be a driving factor to enable the teeming creative and unemployed youths harness and use the free internet access, new tools and knowledge provided by google go, YouTube go and google station to expand the technological frontiers by creating millions of jobs yearly, and in the process stem the ugly trend of unemployment, insecurity and the lure of fraudulent acts, which has painted the country and the continent in bad light.
We are therefore calling on all creative and talented entrepreneurs, media practitioners and entertainers, unemployed youths to take advantage of this great initiative and tap into the digital gold mine, which has been offered to us.
The launch of google station is a true testament that the future indeed belongs to Africa, but the actions we take today will go a long way in deciding how slowly or speedily the anticipated future will arrive. #googlefornigeria