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White Paper

White Paper: Bridging the Digital Divide in Nigeria

Supported by the Intel® World Ahead Program, Nigeria is moving to bridge the digital divide and increase opportunities for jobs, education and participation in the global economy. Learn about Nigeria’s challenges and achievements, and see what best practices are emerging from this successful private-public collaboration.

Nigeria is of the bright stars of sub-Saharan Africa. The continent’s most populous country, Nigeria has rich oil reserves, a growing middle class, a young democracy and a youthful population. The average age is just 18.7, and four million babies are born annually.

Nigeria’s leaders say its democracy, established in 1999, is creating a new spirit. “Nigeria has changed,” says Nasir Ahmad el-Rafai, Minister of Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory. “You can feel the energy and entrepreneurship and the vibrant state of mind of our people.”

Growing out of that spirit – and reinforcing it – is a commitment to use information and communications technology (ICT) to improve opportunities and enable Nigeria to play a larger role on the world stage. “We have the quality of people and entrepreneurship to be the next India,” el-Rafai says. “We want people, when they think of where to go for technical support, to locate a call center, or to do verifications and accounts and so on – we want them to think Nigeria. Five years from now, we will certainly be a major player, and in ten years we want to be the world leader.”

Read the full Bridging the Digital Divide in Nigeria White Paper.

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