WHEN WILL NIGERIA'S NEXT REDEFINED GENERATION OF STARTUPS COME FROM OGUN...?


It is no doubt that the development of Nigeria's startup ecosystem is dominated by Lagos. With the increasing number of incubators, tech hubs, inflow of investors, learning networks & talent availability and accelerator programs spanning across the city. Likewise, a new set of Nigeria's startups are being redefined in the southeast. Making southeast another point of investment for Nigeria tech ecosystem. But one question still stands clear on my mind.  When will the next redefined generation of startups come from Ogun?

Few weeks ago, I was at Ikeja to get a mifi. There were many options to choose from as each mifi came with bonus packages. Maybe because of the festive season. People tend to be a more cheerful giver. As much as I would have love to go with the 30GB of free data that comes with spectranet mifi. I have to think my decision through because there is utmost possibility it won't work in my area in Ogun state. Ifo local government to be precise. However, I had to go for a glo mifi that cost more and has a lesser bonus packages than spretranet.  But have  better data options subscription packages. My hope of getting a mifi that's going to work in Ogun didn't bother me much until I read the piece Paul Adepoju wrote on southeast becoming the next generation of Nigeria's startup ecosystem for qzafrica. And I begin to wonder the effect of influx of talent from Ogun to Lagos and why Lagos's tech ecosystem spirit hasn't flow much if not at all to Ogun, the nearest state to Lagos and what role is Ogun playing in this ecosystem?

You see, there are talks about the number of CU's (covenant university) student dominating the creative and tech space in Nigeria. Emmanuel Quartey, Paystack head of growth wrote about his observations on techie's in Lagos during a four week stay and he is damn right when he stated "I suspect this is going to amuse folks, but honestly and truly, it felt like everyone I met in Lagos tech went to either Babcock University or Covenant University! Maybe I was speaking to an especially skewed sample (both co founders of Paystack went to Babcock, so it's possible that their first few hires came from their school network), but it happened often enough to make me start to wonder why it seemed like everyone I met was affiliated with these two institutions". The likes of Osarumen Osamuyi, TechCabal's guy, and Rotimi Okungbaye, communications associate at Andela are also one of the products of CU.

Apparently, when the talk about the future of Yabacon's valley was on. I made a statement about how the the presence of Yaba College of Technology (yabatech) and University of Lagos contributed to the believe of Yabacon's Valley resemblance with Silicon Valley. Without doubt, the University around Yaba should have been the catalyst towards talent availability for the ecosystem but Nigeria's dilapidating educational system prevented that from happening. However, Convenant University (CU) is now the go to for the ecosystem's talent but the state isn't ready to be the next redefined generation of Nigeria's startup because the make up of Yabacon's Valley success is ultimately lacking in Ogun.  


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