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Nigeria ranks 7th country with highest number of internet users in the world

Nigeria’s evolving internet market has just hit another milestone, as the latest statistics released by the Internet World Stats revealed that the country now ranks 7th in terms of countries with the highest number of internet users in the world.

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Nigeria’s evolving internet market has just hit another milestone, as the latest statistics released by the Internet World Stats revealed that the country now ranks 7th in terms of countries with the highest number of internet users in the world.

According to the report, Nigeria’s total internet users stood at 111.6 million as at the end of March 2019. It was further revealed that among the top 20 countries in the world, Nigeria’s internet users grew the highest by 55,716% in the last 19 years.

Growth Trend: Nigeria’s internet or data market began to evolve in the year 2000 when the deregulation process of the telecom sector began. Telecoms deregulation allowed private investors to provide services to Nigerians.

Basically, Nigeria’s total internet users were estimated at just 200,000 in the year 2000. It has since risen to high 111.6 million in 2019.

The top 20 Countries: There are 4.3 billion internet users in the world. Out of this number, China has the highest number of Internet users in the world with 829 million internet users, representing 58% of its entire population. This is not strange as the country remains the most populated country in the world with 1.42 billion people.

  • Second on the list is India, the second most populated country in the world with 1.36 billion people, closely following China. According to the statistics, India has a total of 560 million internet users, representing 41% of its total population.
  • The United State comes third with 292.8 million internet users, representing 89% of the country’s total population. The U.S population is currently put at 329 million.

Penetration lowest in Africa: Despite ranking third with the highest number of internet users, Africa still maintains the lowest in terms of internet penetration in the world. The region’s population is put at 1.32 billion, while internet users are only 492.7 million people; representing just 37.3% of the total population.

  • On the other hand, while the Asian region comes top with the highest number of internet users, North America records the highest internet penetration across the world’s regions.
  • Internet penetration in North America is about 89.4% with 327.7 million internet users
  •  Europe’s region ranks second with the highest internet penetration of 86.8%, having 2.19 internet users.

On the flip side, Nigeria also has low internet penetration when compared to other countries of the world. A recent report shows that Broadband penetration (measured by the number of broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants) rose to 33.7%.

[READ: Nigeria’s broadband penetration rises, yet the internet remains slowest in the world]

High costs amidst low Internet Quality: There have been growing concerns about the high costs charged by internet service providers without quality services in return.

  • A recent report from the UK-based price comparison website, Cable, revealed that the country’s internet download speed is one of the slowest in the world.
  • According to the report, Nigeria’s internet download speed is ranked 176th of 207 countries measured globally.

Upshots: The latest statistic is a welcome development. But more work is required in order to put Nigeria among the comity of nations with quality internet services.

Despite having five mobile internet data providers (MTN, Glo, 9mobile, Airtel and Visafone), internet downloads speed in Nigeria still ranks among the slowest in the world. The regulator (the NCC) needs to be more proactive in order to ensure consumers get value for money.

[READ FURTHER: Nigeria’s internet download speed ranks one of slowest in the world]

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Okonjo-Iweala announces appointment of 4 Deputy DG for WTO

The DG of the WTO, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has appointed 4 new Deputy Director-Generals for the international trade organization.

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The Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, announced the appointment of 4 new Deputy Director-Generals for the international trade organization.

The 4 newly appointed Deputy Director-General are Angela Ellard of the United States, Anabel González of Costa Rica, Ambassador Jean-Marie Paugam of France and Ambassador Xiangchen Zhang of China.

The disclosure is contained in a public statement issued by the WTO on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, and can be seen on its website.

This is coming barely 2 months after the resumption of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the Director-General of WTO.

Okonjo-Iweala in her statement said, “I am very pleased to announce the appointment of four new Deputy Directors-General at the WTO. It is the first time in the history of our Organization that half of the DDGs are women. This underscores my commitment to strengthening our Organization with talented leaders whilst at the same time achieving gender balance in senior positions. I look forward to welcoming them to the WTO.’’

Ms Angela Ellard (United States) has a distinguished career of service working at the US Congress as Majority and Minority Chief Trade Counsel and Staff Director. She is internationally recognized as an expert on trade and international economic policy, negotiating trade agreements and supporting multilateral solutions as part of an effective trade and development policy. Ms Ellard has negotiated and delivered significant bipartisan trade policy outcomes and legislation for well over 25 years with Members of U.S. Congress and senior Trump, Obama, Bush, and Clinton Administration officials. Ms Ellard also worked as a lawyer in the private sector, working on trade litigation and strategy, policy and legislative issues. Ms Ellard obtained her Juris Doctor, cum laude from Tulane University School of Law and her Master of Arts in Public Policy also from Tulane. Ms Ellard is a frequent lecturer at law, graduate, and undergraduate classes and has published articles on trade law and policy.

Ms Anabel González (Costa Rica) is a renowned global expert on trade, investment and economic development with a proven managerial track record in international organizations and the public sector. In government, Ms Gonzalez served as Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica; as Director-General for International Trade Negotiations; as Director-General of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE); and as Special Ambassador and Chief negotiator of the US-Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement. Ms Gonzalez also served at the World Bank as a Senior Director, the WTO as Director of the Agriculture and Commodities Division and as Senior Consultant with the Inter-American Development Bank. More recently, Ms Gonzalez has worked as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Ms Gonzalez obtained her master’s degree from Georgetown University Law Center with the highest academic distinction and has published extensively on economic issues and trade.

Ambassador Jean-Marie Paugam (France) has held senior management positions in the French Government on trade, most recently as Permanent Representative of France to the WTO. He has also held a number of senior positions in the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, including as a member of the Executive Committee of the French Treasury. He has also served as Deputy Executive Director of the International Trade Centre in Geneva. He has accumulated a deep and practical knowledge of government practices on trade as well as being familiar with high-level dialogues on trade and international economic operations. He has published a number of articles on trade-related issues, in particular when serving as Senior Research Fellow on International Trade at the French Institute for International Relations (IFPRI). Ambassador Paugam graduated from ENA in Paris and obtained degrees in Political Science from the Institute of Political Science in Aix-en-Provence and in Law from the Faculty of Law Aix-Marseille III.

Ambassador Xiangchen Zhang (China), who is currently serving as Vice-Minister in the Ministry of Commerce of China, has long and extensive experience on WTO issues, international negotiations, and policy research. Ambassador Zhang, until recently, served as China’s Permanent Representative to the WTO and previously as Deputy Permanent Representative.

He has had an extensive career of more than 30 years in international trade, serving as Director of the Department of International Trade and Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation; as Director-General of the Department of WTO Affairs of the Ministry of Commerce; and as Director-General of the Department of Policy Research of the Ministry of Commerce. Ambassador Zhang holds a bachelor’s degree in Law, a Master’s degree in International Relations and a PhD in International Politics from Peking University.

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Meet Tami, the Nigerian teen with admission offers from 5 Ivy colleges, 9 others

Tami’s goal is to work on innovations in AI and augmented reality and he hopes to work on research and projects in these fields in college.

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Meet Tami, the Nigerian teen with admission offers from 5 Ivy colleges, 9 others

Before now Oluwatamilore Kabiawu, popularly known as ‘Tami’ was only known as a 4.6 GPA student. But a few weeks back, news about him hit the web when he got admission offers from 14 colleges, including 5 Ivy Colleges.

While his colleagues are worried about getting accepted into their choice Colleges, Kabiawu’s greatest challenge now is which to choose among a myriad of colleges. Some of the colleges are Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Columbia and MIT.

Tami’s secret

The secret of the Fair Lawn High School senior has been described in several ways by different people.  To Joseph Lake, his guidance counsellor, Tami’s unrelenting spirit has taken him this far.

He said, “Tami is truly a gifted young man. What Tami is experiencing is the result of his self-esteem and feelings of love and belongingness being nurtured to its full potential.”

His mum, Dami, commented, “I’ve always taught them [Tami and twin brother Tommy] to believe in themselves and be very polite, to always stand their ground.”

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A close relative hinted that Tami (Class Of 2021), is leaning heavily toward Harvard University, “the best of both worlds — technology and liberal arts,” where he aims to major in computer science and do research into artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

To Kabiawu, his success stems from hard work and persistence.

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“What makes me most happy is making these little goals and sticking with them, and gradually over time achieving the big goal,” he said.

READ: Steps to take to bag international scholarships

The Cow head story

The accomplished track and field athlete, who is also the President of the Future Business Leaders of America and National Honor Society, is not limited to academics. His ability to think out of the box, and break norms is also his strength.

He said, “I wrote my college essay on decapitated cow heads, which I know sounds a little crazy. I was 9 when I visited my family in Nigeria for a wedding.

The cows were slaughtered near the reception so that the meat would not need to be refrigerated. As I walked by I just saw these decapitated cow heads and was really, like, shocked by it and really appalled.

Rather than dismissing the unfamiliar, I recognized the importance of embracing differences. I likened the experience to growing up in Fair Lawn.

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I didn’t necessarily fit a particular stereotype of how people thought Black students should act. “Over time, I’ve gained confidence in myself, and people are drawn to that, and I was allowed to be more authentic.”

This experience means a lot to the athlete, as the Cow heads changed his perception about fighters like him.

“Now, I see “cow heads” as a metaphor for people who are unabashedly themselves and unafraid to show who they are,” he said.

What you should know

Tami’s goal is to work on innovations in AI and augmented reality and he hopes to work on research and projects in these fields in college.

Tami was born in London, moved to Atlanta for a short while, then moved to Troy, New York where he attended elementary school while his mother pursued a PhD at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

The family relocated to Fair Lawn when Tami started sixth grade at Memorial Middle School. His twin brother, Tommy, will be playing football at RPI next year.

Kabiawu is set to graduate on June 22 at Fair Lawn High School’s Sasso Field.

Tami Kabiawu’s dad lives and works in Nigeria, and the son said his interest in technology stems from being able to connect with him via FaceTime and WhatsApp.

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