How Nigerian Female Mediaprenuers are Taking Over the Tech Industry
It has indeed come to the point when a vast majority can agree with the saying “the future is tech” as Nigerian woman have bought into it. Only some fifteen years ago, the topic of many secondary schools’ debates had been “Is Technology a Blessing or a Course? Discuss”. Perhaps those discussions have yielded good fruits as Nigerian female mediapenuers keep venturing into the tech space.
Few months after the lunch of her YouTube channel, Nigerians turned heads to watch our ace millionaire blogger Linda Ikeji manifest as a force to be reckoned with in our media and entertainment space. With original award-winning contents such as Hot Topics and a host of others, LindaIkeji TV became one of the go-to networks.
Barely two years after it started first as a rumour, LindaIkeji TV would hit our TV screens. Many gossip blogs twirled around the story at the time. At some point, not too long ago, people were almost certain that Ikeji had signed deals with one of the biggest cable networks in Africa and she has gotten a platform on the cable.
But she, it seems, had a different plan as she announced the launch of her streaming platform LindaIkeji TV few months ago. Creating original contents that cut across reality TV, documentary, series and other shows, LindaIkeji TV is gradually becoming to Nigerians what Netflix is to the world.
Just while we were trying to get our heads around the launch of Ikeji’s streaming platform on the app stores, Nigerians received double blessings as EbonyLife TV’s media mogul CEO- Mo Abudu announced EbonyLife TV’s venture into tech with the launch of a streaming platform EbonyLife On, on the app stores.
As the television network celebrates its five year anniversary this year with the launch of this streaming platform, EbonyLife TV which has produced movies like The Wedding Part, Fifty and others, launched EbonyLife ON with a brand new series exclusively to the app, Castle and Castle.
Of course, not all mediapenuers are launching streaming platforms on the app stores, some others are looking for ways to make work in the media easier. OAP turn producer, Fade Ogunro also ventured into the tech space earlier this year with a booking platform for media practitioners, Booking Africa. The website creates a space for people in need of media practitioners such as; Voice Over Artists, Models, Locations and the likes to be booked without stress on the website. This initiative of hers she has said came as a result of her challenges as a producer in Nigeria.
With the rising number of women interested in tech in Nigeria, the old narrative of women not interested in technological advancement only proves further the falsehood in the statement. The likes of these women have chosen to dispel the narrative by moving into tech not only to further make life easier for Nigerians but to also bring about technological advancement to the country.