The African Development Bank has disclosed that the Digital Nigeria e-Learning Platform, recorded over 16,000 user registrations, within 24 hours of its launch.
This disclosure was made in a press release by the bank, which was seen by Nairametrics.
On Monday, 28th of September, The African Development Bank, the Federal Government of Nigeria, and Microsoft launched the Digital Nigeria eLearning Platform, to provide marketable digital skills to the youths.
According to the press release by AfDB, nearly 6000 registrants had completed at least one training course and earned a certificate.
It stated: “The platform will leverage the African Development Bank’s Coding for Employment initiative and build linkages between the public and private sectors to create 9 million jobs in Africa’s digital economy in the next ten years.”
However, the platform seems to not be getting the attention of Nigerians as envisaged; the 16,000-user registration recorded within 24 hours is a far cry from the amount of traffic generated by previous initiatives of the government, within 24 hours of launch.
Recall, earlier this year, when the government opened the N-Power portal for applicants, Nairametrics reported that the portal received over 1 million applications across Nigeria within 48 hours of opening.
In like manner, Nairametrics reported that within 48 hours, 174,574 persons successfully registered for the N75 billion national MSME Survival Fund and the Guaranteed Off-take Stimulus schemes, under the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan.
However, an initiative like the Digital Nigerian Programme, which aligns with the AfDB’s strategic agenda to create 25 million jobs in agriculture, information communication technology, and other key sectors by 2025, and also to equip 50 million African youths with competitive skills, failed to record 50,000 users‘ application within 24 hours of launch.
The initiative is true to its objective, and consistent with the reality of the fast-paced technology-driven global economy, as it expected to;
- Empower innovators and entrepreneurs with the skills required to thrive in Nigeria’s emerging digital economy.
- Provide capacity building in a wide range of areas, including digital literacy, soft skills, and the Internet of things.
- Create a platform to support a paradigm shift from degrees to skills, and bridge the gap between academia and industry.
- Promote the development and distribution of instructional materials in electronic format.
- Create an enabling environment for building the capacity of Innovation Driven Enterprises (IDEs) and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) through e-learning channels.
The Digital Nigerian Programme is a paradigm shift that lays emphasis on skills. This is a laudable effort by the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, as it is expected to support the development of a large pool of digitally literate and savvy citizens.
BREAKING: Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala proposed as new DG of WTO
Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is proposed to emerged the new DG of the World Trade Organisation.
Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonji-Iweala, is proposed to emerge the new Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
According to media reports, sources from the European Union said she got the nod for the job ahead of her South Korean rival, Ms. Yoo Myung-hee, by a wide margin.
Okonjo-Iweala’s victory is expected to be announced formally by the WTO later today.
Airtel Africa Plc appoints Kelly Bayer Rosmarin as Non-Executive Director
Kelly Bayer Rosmarin has been appointed by Airtel Nigeria Plc as a Non-Executive Director.
Airtel Nigeria Plc has announced the appointment of Kelly Bayer Rosmarin as a Non-Executive Director (NED), with effect from 27 October 2020.
This information is contained in a note sent to the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange on the 27th of October 2020 and signed by Secretary, Airtel Africa Plc, Simon O’ Hara.
The appointment of Ms. Bayer Rosmarin is by the nomination of the controlling shareholder, pursuant to the terms of relationship agreement dated 17 June 2019, between the Company, Bharti Airtel, Airtel Africa Mauritius Limited, the majority shareholder, and an indirect subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, and Bharti Telecom. Ms. Bayer Rosmarin will replace Arthur Lang, who stepped down as a non-executive director on the same day.
Ms. Bayer Rosmarin is currently the CEO of Singtel Optus and Consumer Australia. She was previously with Commonwealth Bank of Australia, where she held several senior positions and varied portfolios, before being appointed as Group Executive of Institutional Banking and Markets.
What they are saying
Commenting on the appointment, Chairman, Sunil Bharti Mittal said, “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Arthur, who joined the Board in October 2018 and supported the company through its IPO, for his significant contribution to the success of our strategy to build Airtel Africa into a market-leading mobile service provider and wish him well for the future.”
He further stated, “I am delighted that Kelly has agreed to join the Airtel Africa Board and we very much look forward to working closely with her.”
#EndSARS: Why Twitter topped Facebook during police brutality protests that went viral
Despite Facebook having over half of Nigeria’s social media users, why was Twitter able to top in the championing of the #EndSARS protests?
Nigerian youths had been protesting for over 2 weeks, calling for an end to police brutality with the #EndSARS hashtag on numerous social media channels among which Twitter topped.
Nigeria has a median age of 17.9, and the Nigerian youths used their tech-savvy influence to draw international attention to the brutality on protesters. This escalated after reports of the Lekki shooting which has drawn widespread condemnation from international figures such as Rihanna, Kanye West, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Lewis Hamilton, Pope Francis, and many others.
The #EndSARS movement dates back to 2017, when Nigerian youths used the hashtag to share their experiences on violence and assault perpetrated by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). However, the movement only revived in early October, after a video emerged of police officers thought to be members of the SARS unit, allegedly killing an unarmed young man.
This prompted Nigerian youths to troop to Twitter, calling on the Federal Government to dissolve the notorious police unit and effect police reform, with the hashtag, #EndSARS, #Endpolicebrutality, and many others. The hashtag trended continuously on Twitter as Nigerian youths aired their pains and experiences online.
As at the end of August 2020 and according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), subscriptions to broadband or high-speed internet services in Nigeria had increased significantly to a peak of 82.7 million. However, despite Facebook having over half of Nigeria’s social media usage, it has not had the pull of Twitter in championing the social justice causes. Why is that?
Which social media platform has more Nigerians?
According to Emmanuel Dan-Awoh, SEO Analyst at Nairametrics, Twitter only commands 21% usage of Nigeria’s 82 million internet subscribers. Facebook is leading with 55.94% while Instagram and Youtube are at 5.02% and 3.72% respectively.
“The platforms are built for certain types of communication and psychological states,” Dan-Awoh says.
For Nairametrics, which social media platform provides the most news leads?
The #EndSARS protesters had a unifying motto that they had “no leaders,”. This was seen in the decentralized nature of the protests across the country due to the fast-moving nature of news spread mainly on social media platforms.
For Nairametrics, Twitter accounts for the most news leads from social media platforms despite more Nigerians using Facebook on a daily basis.
“Twitter is by far the most useful social media platform for Nairametrics accounting for more than 90% of page views and visits,” Dan-Awoh says.
Young Nigerians are consuming information larger than ever before, thanks to the internet, with Twitter being the main platform for news sharing despite having only 21% of Internet users in Nigeria. It’s no wonder that most of the Nigerian youths who championed the #EndSARS protests are also in the same demographic that consume news on Nairametrics.
Where does the Nigerian government communicate more?
Dan-Awoh says, the Federal government still communicates with Nigerians through traditional media, however, the usage of technology to pass information to citizens is growing, which can be witnessed through the popularity of media aides on Twitter including Bashir Ahmaad, Tolu Ogunlesi, and others.
“Official communication still leans more towards traditional media, but the use of social media by government agencies is growing while the use of traditional media is stagnating,” Dan-Awoh says.
“Nigerians get the bulk of their news from social media channels and from google discover app” he adds.
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So why Twitter?
“Twitter is the most effective channel for social movements because relationships on the platform are not personalized to fit with the real-life connections of its users,” Dan-Awoh says.
He added that Twitter isn’t for very personal connections compared to Facebook, and also gives its users more powers to control what goes on their news feed through the democratization and localization of trending topics, this gives users more information on their surroundings.
“The feed isn’t dictated by personal interests or contacts to the same extent as other platforms. The user also has more control over his Twitter feed due to the democratization of popular topics.
“ Twitter achieved this through Its trending vertical where the most popular topics within a locality are ranked. This serves to draw more people into a digital version of marketplace chatter. This enables the platform to be better suited for the nurturing of a herd mentality within the society. This is why Twitter as a platform is more socially and politically significant than its counterparts,” Dan-Awoh adds.
Despite more Nigerians on Facebook, the Twitter platform makes the localization of news easier to share through its trending platforms, which gives young Nigerians a “concert view” perception on growing issues in the country. With a young population eager for information, it’s no wonder that News Media gets a lot of their leads from Twitter compared to Facebook as the news would be better shared on Twitter.
The increasing popularity of government media aides, especially on Twitter is a sign that we may be heading to a new way of government communication with citizens through the internet.
However, Facebook should not be ignored in this as more Nigerians are now aware of how changes can be brought to social justice and may use whatever platform where they are heard to discuss vital issues.