Digital Inclusion Africa


DI Tour Nigeria 2020

A child-centred study found that Nigerian youths rely extensively on mobile phones and mobile data for social connectivity, and social media is a decisive factor for the children’s happiness, relief from stress and boredom, and managing mental health.

This corroborates our finding at the Online Centres Network where we already have some experience with digital inclusion in Kenya. Furthermore, we were also keen on exploring the geography for the high-performing social inclusion teams at IFB Gaming.

Digital Inclusion Tour 2020 further explored the discourse by accessing people, establishing conduits and articulating evidence that we need to design effective and sustainable social inclusion at home and abroad.

Education is the only weapon that can save the world

Nelson Mandela

What did we learn?

Nigerian is a wealthy oil nation with lots of natural resources. Nigeria is culturally and tribally diverse and the true number of cultures that constitute the nation remains a topical issue.

The country is home to an estimated 200 million people and widely reported to be shared by 3 major tribes, namely: 

  • Yoruba (Oduduwas) 
  • Igbo (Biafrans)
  • Hausa (Northerners/Hausa/Fulani)

We discovered that teens and adults alike lack Essential Digital Skills, and there are strong elements of the Hidden Middle in Lagos and Ogun States where we conducted 72% of our fieldwork.

Nigeria has a rather poor transportation system. On an unlucky day, it can take as long as 6 hours to get from one end of Lagos State to the other.

Nigeria’s security has made sensational headlines across the globe in recent years. We are not oblivious to the risk, however, we did not experience any hostilities or violence during the tour.

There are a few functioning libraries in Nigeria. The libraries are poorly equipped and often inaccessible. Furthermore, due to poor town planning, coupled with the poor transportation system, many Nigerians perceive the visit to the library as a fruitless trip.

Barriers to learning

  • Education is a primary divider. The country has a poor public education system
  • Most people are busy earning money and “living life”
  • Basic information and digital literacy are barriers for many adult
  • Lack of microlearning and (LGA) Local Government Area libraries

DI Tour challenges

  • Poor power and energy supply and infrastructures
  • Unstable and unreliable internet connectivity is a national issue
  • Declining security issues and tribal conflicts
  • Poor and unreliable roads and transport system

Progression Routes

We swiftly learnt from our work with digital champions in England and the Online Centres Tour of Kenya that people want progression routes after acquiring basic and/or intermediate digital skills.

IFB’s Connected Educator Network does just that. A culture and lesson exchange initiative that creatively connects Nigerian and British classrooms through digital.

Next Steps: 2021/22

We will…

  1. Expand our network of community partners beyond schools
  2. Co-design approaches with UK partners for teaching people basic digital skills in Nigeria

The tour has helped us to better understand the geography and the people by providing first-hand insights and primary data and evidence that we need to design effective interventions for our new audience.

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