Can technology fix Nigeria?
Funmi Iyadan. Pic: Google
London, Oct. 3, 2017 (AltAfrika)-Nigeria is, unarguably Africa’s largest country not only in population but in other areas of human endeavours. The country, often referred to as the hope of the black race also has extensive oil reserves and other rich mineral deposit which should make it one of the richest countries in the world. However, as the statement by award-winning novelist, late Chinua Achebe, suggests, “Nigeria’s history has been plagued by troubles of many sorts” with different and various solutions unworkable.
But amidst these plethora of avoidable problems comes an array of hope-TECHNOLOGY .The future of Nigeria is gradually being shaped by the tenacity of young people who have embraced technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, and have decided against all odds to make impact.
Technology is meant to make things easier, quicker, cheaper. Smart innovation is often seen as a panacea for Nigeria, Africa and the world’s ills. But technology is not just used by people and societies. It also shapes them. One beauty about technology is that it cuts across culture, tribe, religion and beliefs, Nigeria’s biggest afflictions after corruption.
If technology can change people’s livelihoods and transform politics, culture and economic, can technology fix Nigeria? This is the question Funmi Iyanda a popular Nigerian talk show host, broadcaster, journalist, and blogger tried to answer at a recent event in London. The event is part of the #How to fix Nigeria series hosted in conjunction with Oya media, the Royal African Society and the Firo Lalji Centre for Africa, London School of Economics
In this exclusive interview with Olabisi Adesina of Alternative Afrika, Funmi Iyanda shed light on what inspired the series