This century, Africa will play a defining role in global development, says Nigerian Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, San, Gcon, Vice President at a Google for Nigeria Event in Lagos, on Thursday, where the tech giant announced it would launch a network of free Wi-Fi hotspots in 200 locations and five cities across Nigeria by the end of 2019.
“This Century is Africa’s Century. Why? Because Africa will, for good or ill, play the defining role in global development. Africa’s fortunes will matter across all the trends shaping the world,” said Osinbajo.
“I say for good or for ill because either scenario is possible. If Africa fails on these important development issues, because of our sheer size, the global impact will be catastrophic and if it succeeds the global impact will be incredible. Technology has put great power into our hands, as individuals, but more importantly as co-creators and collaborators, to positively and dramatically change the course of human existence. With it, we can solve many of the problems that confront us,” the Nigerian vice president said.
Osinbajo had weeks back visited Googleplex, the corporate headquarters complex of Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc. where he was received by Google CEO, Sundar Pichai and his management team.
Country Director, Google Nigeria, Juliet Chiazor said the company’s commitment to helping more Nigerians and Africans at large necessitated the launch of the free WiFi locations.
”Today, at our second Google for Nigeria event, we announced more products and programs to help more people in Nigeria and across Africa benefit from the opportunities the web has to offer,” she said.
”Google Station will be rolling out in 200 locations in five cities across Nigeria by the end of 2019, bringing Wi-Fi to millions of people. Sites will include markets, transport hubs, shopping malls, universities and more.”