I do realize this is my first post of the new year and so to all readers of this blog I heartily wish a fulfilling 2012. Fulfilling in the sense that we choose to not worry about our nation’s tearsome mound of problems (which at this point seems worthy of mountain status) , but focus on the good and visualize -and therefore work for- the better.
In this spirit, I overlook any form of subsidy.
Instead, I’m going to focus on arguably the most dynamic aspect of human endeavour in Nigeria today- the internet. Without doubt, we have come a looooong way in positively stamping our country on the world wide web, as opposed to those strictly yahoo-yahoo notions of yesteryears. We thank God.
If you’re in doubt, I can give you a few referrals to re-convince you. You only need to look at the amazing, afro-modernist lifestyle website Bella Naija, or the number one Nigerian music hub, Not Just Okay, or Nairaland, or any one of the far-ranging amazing blogs too many to mention (but of which a list is available at nigerianblogawards.com ) or the online publications of Nigeria’s most reputable (and otherwise) pro-development print media nerve-centres to tell you that creative Nigeria is taking a step further and putting itself on the world map. This screams change to me, this is indicative of progress.
The best part of it all? We aren’t just registering ourselves in the online world, we’re doing it with a .com.ng domain. What this means is that we are carving out a formidable niche for ourselves in cyberspace. Very impressive in my opinion. What’s even more impressive however is that it’s so easy now for Nigerians to get themselves, their causes, and most especially their businesses online with this contextualized domain.The Get Nigerian Businesses Online initiative aided by Google has made it easy and wallet-relieving to register your Nigerian businesses on the internet. www.gnbo.com.ng
It’s always a good thing to see this country making giant strides in newer innovation and even trailblazing research herself. All that healthcare and road stuff that we handle so traditionally, those are meant to be problems of years we’ve long put behind us. I think the .com.ng movement is one any Nigerian should be proud of any day. But no matter how pride-eliciting this may be, it doesn’t just end here. I definitely see a bright future ahead for online Nigeria and the development of designed in Nigeria but global networking sites is definitely not of the charts.