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Should I Study Computer Science in Nigeria?

If you've read my reply to the request from Obinna, the guy who wanted to know the best schools in Nigeria for Computer Science, you're likely to have a question. Here comes a subsequent and consequent question!

Why should I study Computer Science?

Yes, why should anybody prefer Computer Science at this age when thousands of admission seekers compete for Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and so on?

If you know what I know, or check the potential in the post, "What are the Highest-Paying Jobs in Nigeria", and others which I'm about to share with you in this post, you may want to consider a degree in Computer too.

I won't widen this post too much. I will restrict it to your potential, in Nigeria, if you study Computer Science here.

Do you know why?

People have grown to understand that many things that work in the advanced world, the US, UK, Canada, etc., don't necessarily work in Nigeria. 

So, let's share what works here.

Nigeria, often referred to as the "Giant of Africa," has been rapidly emerging as a tech powerhouse on the continent. The country's thriving tech ecosystem, coupled with a growing demand for skilled professionals, makes studying computer science an excellent choice for aspiring technologists. 

In this post, we will explore the compelling reasons why pursuing a computer science education in Nigeria can unlock a world of opportunities.

1. Booming Tech Ecosystem

Nigeria's tech industry has witnessed unprecedented growth over the past decade. With a population of over 200 million, the country boasts a massive market for technology-driven solutions. Lagos, the commercial capital, has earned the nickname "Africa's Silicon Valley" and hosts numerous tech hubs, incubators, and startups.

According to the Nigerian Communications Commission, the ICT sector contributed over 14% to Nigeria's GDP in 2020, making it a vital driver of the economy. Two years after that, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said the Information and Communication Technology (ICT), sector had contributed 18.44 percent to the ‘Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product Report’ for Q2 2022.

As of March 2023, VON reported that Nigeria's ICT sector contribution to GDP hits N12.49tn to the Gross Domestic Product in real terms in 2022 as a result of rising subscribers.


2. High Demand for Tech Professionals

As Nigeria's tech ecosystem expands, there is an ever-increasing demand for skilled computer science professionals. 

According to LinkedIn's Emerging Jobs Report, software engineering, data analysis, and artificial intelligence roles are among the fastest-growing job categories in the country.

By studying computer science, you position yourself for lucrative career prospects in diverse sectors, including finance, healthcare, e-commerce, and telecommunications.


3. Abundance of Quality Education Institutions

Nigeria boasts several prestigious universities and institutions that offer top-notch computer science programs. Institutions such as the University of Lagos, Obafemi Awolowo University, and Ahmadu Bello University have well-established computer science departments known for producing highly skilled graduates.

These institutions often provide state-of-the-art facilities, expert faculty, and research opportunities to nurture students' talents.

4. Thriving Start-up Culture

Nigeria's vibrant start-up ecosystem provides a fertile ground for innovation and entrepreneurial ventures. Several homegrown start-ups have gained international recognition and attracted significant investments.

Companies like Paystack, Flutterwave, and Andela have put Nigeria's tech prowess on the global map.

By studying computer science in Nigeria, you can immerse yourself in this dynamic environment, collaborate with talented individuals, and even embark on your entrepreneurial journey.

5. Government Support and Initiatives

The Nigerian government has recognized the importance of technology and digital transformation in driving economic growth and development. Initiatives such as the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) aim to create an enabling environment for technology-driven innovation.

These initiatives, coupled with favorable policies and incentives, contribute to a conducive ecosystem for computer science professionals.

6. Diaspora Engagement

Nigerians in the diaspora are actively involved in the tech sector and are keen on contributing to the country's development. Various programs and initiatives connect Nigerians abroad with local tech communities, fostering knowledge exchange, mentorship, and collaboration.

Studying computer science in Nigeria can position you to tap into these networks, opening doors to global opportunities and collaborations.

Conclusion

Studying computer science in Nigeria offers an unparalleled opportunity to be part of a thriving tech ecosystem in one of Africa's most populous countries. 

With a growing demand for tech professionals, a vibrant start-up culture, and abundant educational resources, Nigeria is an excellent destination to acquire the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in the digital age.

Embrace the potential and join the movement that is shaping the future of technology in Nigeria and beyond.

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