Tech SMEs Divide Opinions At NigeriaCom

With recent events putting Nigeria on the world map for positive technology innovations, many would assume that everybody should agree that the industry has come of age.

However, this is not the case, as practitioners have divergent perspective on the development. While some believe it is the best thing to happen to Nigeria, others have thrown the cautious word.

At a heated panel during the ongoing NigeriaCom in Lagos, entrepreneurs and journalists explore strategies for creating a culture of digital innovation and a more inclusive business environment for online SMEs in Nigeria.

Moderated by Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata of Tech Trends on Channels TV, participants gave insights into the technology ecosystem in Nigeria.

While discussing the challenges Nigerian tech SMEs face, Wole Odetayo of Wennovation Hub wants investors to look more at early stage start-ups.

“We need more local and global players,” he says in reference to the recent visit to Nigeria by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

“Innovation is a global concept and everyone is welcome to the Nigerian tech space.”

But, Paul Adepoju, Executive Editor of African Entrepreneur Magazine disagrees. He would rather Nigerians hold controlling stakes in their business ideas.

Also in the panel are Olatorera Oniru of Dressmeoutlet and Opeyemi Okunoren of Silicon Habour Investment who give experiential information as entrepreneurs.

Members of the audience, including founder of EntrepreNEWS, Olufemi Omotayo, gave further key insights into the local entrepreneurship landscape and how it can improve.