The Evolution of the Nigerian Tech Community by Faiz Bashir

In 2008, in my private room somewhere in Kuala Lumpur, I was all on my own and it was indeed a big moment in my life. I had access to the Internet that I never had in Nigeria and was streaming Youtube without worrying about bandwidth.

I am a technology enthusiast and one of the best things that happened to me then was to gain access to Google technology videos, resources and so on. This had a big impact in my life and has taught me a lot of things that I leverage today.

One of the most important things I learned was about the culture of “sharing and collaboration” that existed in Silicon Valley. It struck me to understand that a major differentiator between a developed ecosystem and non-developed one is the culture of “sharing and collaboration”. Since then, I have developed an interest in community development and participation. It was a tough journey in my career as a programmer, getting like minds to share and work on things. I did most of it all on my own.

In 2009, I came to know about the Google Technology User Group and with my passion to drive the culture of sharing and collaboration, I saw it as a big opportunity to start a Google Technology User Group in Nigeria. I applied to start GTUG Nigeria and the process was completed on the 23rd of July 2009, the first GTUG in Africa.

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