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Is Computer Village Ikeja Dying?

By Wayan Vota on December 10, 2010

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Ah the fabled Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos – the Silicon Valley of West Africa. Messy, unregulated, and wild, it was the digital mother that created Nigeria’s Internet powerhouse. Almost all of Nigeria’s, maybe even West Africa’s computer leaders can trace their knowledge and success back to Computer Village.

Yet now there are rumors of its demise. Voice of the Nation says:

Recent observation in the last couple of months by some stakeholders indicated that it may not be too long that the surge of crowd that thronged the village reduces drastically. The reason, according to them was the fact that almost every big player in the village is gradually moving the business outside the place for corporate reasons.

One of them, Chief Executive Officer, Westgate Technologies Ltd, Mr. Casmir Ezeudu during the recent unveiling of multiple information technology (IT) products by Samsung West Africa stated that the market is no longer in Computer Village, rather that it was tilting towards other areas. He argued that the market is moving on a gradual pace from the village, while noting that some other big players have started to have their corporate offices well outside the village.

Could this be true? Is Computer Village Ikeja dying? Or could this be just a natural change for the industry – from scrappy upstart to interwoven and disbursed throughout Nigeria’s economy.

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks and is the Digital Health Director at IntraHealth International. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of IntraHealth International or other ICTWorks sponsors.
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2 Comments to “Is Computer Village Ikeja Dying?”

  1. Wayan Vota says:

    This post has started a debate on Twitter about Computer Village Ikeja and its role in West African tech life.

    @ETAMBA says it’s sad. But seems like the place is no longer profitable. @EmekaOkoya explains the economy is depressed and that will affect ICT spending, and the market will reduce in size but will continue to serve the low-middle segment.

    @Niyyie counters, its an insult to call “Computer Village” the Silicon Valley of West Africa, though @EmekaOkoya notes it was the local media that created that wrong impression, to which @Niyyie retorts, the local media is often times ignorant about tech issues.

  2. Wayan Vota says:

    Computer Village Ikeja “Dealers should also strive to be 95 per cent truthful in their dealings. What I am actually driving at, is that they should sell more genuine products than pirated or grey. This would help every one to make more money and damaged reputation of the market would be restored,” and it would be another Mecca of some sorts.

    As told to the Daily Sun about Computer Village Ikeja