For some time now, the legendary computer village in Nigeria’s commercial capital has been touted as the “Silicon Valley” of Nigeria.
For those who don’t know, computer village is an ICT-focused market that majorly deals in the sales and repairs of computers and phones, and is also an emerging tech-hub in Africa. Just like Silicon Valley in Cupertino, Los Angeles, USA, our Computer village is brimming with talented ‘tech geeks’.
Yet, as talented as the folks at Computer Village are, they may have competition from those right in their backyard. No need to go to Kenya or Ghana for that. The best part of this is that the ‘competition’ has not gone through any proper training! Who are these warriors that can make our Silicon Valley quake? They are the children who gathered at the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, to have fun at the biggest summer event of the year – mPulse Planet. Nigeria’s tweens and teens are about to take over!
At the mPulse Planet, one of the biggest highlights of the day was the Tech town area, where children learnt to design games using AR, build products using 3D product design, explore driverless cars, play Mekamon, (built by Silas Adekunle, a Nigerian!) etc. Many learnt how to operate robots for the first time and instantly, their curious minds began asking hard-hitting questions. By the time the day was half gone, some had already started on their third creation! The event was made bigger with the collaboration between MTN and Access Bank to give the kids an amazing and memorable experience.
The kids were transported to the year 2044 and their excitement and quick ability to learn has put them on the forefront for tech-domination. It appears that the African tech space may be in for a shakeup.
Last year, MTN launched the mPulse proposition specifically for teens and tweens. According to the ICT company, the proposition is a platform designed for Nigeria’s future stars to learn, play and shine. The web-based platform is home to an enormous pool of content that prepares these kids for a future that promises to be tech-driven.
MTN mPulse is an exciting service which equips students between the ages of 9 and 15 years with the resources they need to maximize their potential. The service offers kids with a lot of freebies and features such as free birthday credit, free WhatsApp, practice questions for Common Entrance, WAEC, JSCE and Jamb, Videos and lots of games. More about mPulse can be found here www.mtnonline.com/mPulse