Nigeria

  • The Western Twitterer’s Burden

    The Western Twitterer’s Burden

    Sigh. Here we go again. The eyes of the world turn to something awful happening in a remote corner of Africa, and what feels like half of the Western population immediately rushes to proudly embarrass itself on social media everywhere. On the Internet, at least, #BringBackOurGirls is little more than #Kony2012 reloaded. It’s condescending, it’s patronizing, it’s… Read More

  • The Chilling Story of Genius in a Land of Chronic Unemployment

    The Chilling Story of Genius in a Land of Chronic Unemployment

    Ever since he could remember, Ibrahim Boakye had a knack for understanding how things worked. There were things he could just do that no other kids– let alone adults– could understand. By the time he was five-years-old everyone had stopped questioning it, and neighbors were calling on him to fix their broken toasters, irons, or anything that was the least bit mechanical. By his… Read More

  • Wait, You're Going to Pay Me to Watch Movies All Day? (TCTV)

    Wait, You're Going to Pay Me to Watch Movies All Day? (TCTV)

    Earlier today, I wrote about our brush with machetes, the chaotic world of Nigerian filmmaking, and a company called Iroko Partners that’s working on bringing order and YouTube distribution to Nollywood. It’s made stunning progress in the short four months it has been in business, and it’s barely scratched the surface of Nollywood demand. Below is a video we shot with… Read More

  • You Think Hollywood Is Rough? Welcome to the Chaos, Excitement and Danger of Nollywood

    You Think Hollywood Is Rough? Welcome to the Chaos, Excitement and Danger of Nollywood

    It was when they pulled out the machetes that I started to worry. I’d seen men with machetes in Africa before, but they were rusty, practical tools used for clearing away brush by the side of the highway. These were long, shiny and housed in decorative sheaths, pulled out ostensibly so the men could sit down more comfortably, but done with a clear, understated flair. They were more… Read More

  • Yes, There Are Tech Startups in Nigeria. Here Are My Favorites.

    Yes, There Are Tech Startups in Nigeria. Here Are My Favorites.

    Last week I wrote about Computer Village, where many of the gadget-hounds in Lagos go to get their gadgety fix. But what about new technology being developed in the country? The city’s tech entrepreneur scene is small, but several people are working on changing that. Oo Nwoye–  or @oothenigerian as he’s known on Twitter– is one of the more enthusiastic champions of… Read More

  • Strolling through "Nigeria's Best Buy" (A Photo Essay)

    Strolling through "Nigeria's Best Buy" (A Photo Essay)

    LAGOS, NIGERIA– I’m in Lagos to speak at an event and decided to come a week early to check out the country’s tech and entrepreneurship scene. Apparently Arrington thought I was kidding when I told him this. But he should know by now, I don’t need a lot of arm twisting to visit a country of 150 million people chaotically surging into modernity. Where there’s that… Read More

  • OLPC being sued for copying Nigerian keyboard

    OLPC being sued for copying Nigerian keyboard

    Whuh oh. There’s something called the Konyin keyboard that basically has a second shift key function which allows its typist to use the different letters and symbols of Latin-based alphabets from around the world. The company that developed the Konyin keyboard, Lagos Analysis of Nigeria, is now claiming that Nicholas Negroponte and the OLPC project bought a pair of the keyboards… Read More

  • Mandriva apparently back in the Nigerian saddle again

    Mandriva apparently back in the Nigerian saddle again

    Okay, remember a little over a week ago when the CEO of Mandriva François Bancilhon sent an open j’accuse! letter to Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer  saying that Microsoft convinced the Nigerian government to use Windows on its computers instead of Mandriva Linux even though Mandriva and Nigeria already had a deal?  Well apparently "the government agency funding… Read More