Are there really tech nerds in Nigeria? Things in the country seem so fast-paced and with the difficult economy, it appears everyone is on the hustle. Nobody has the time to fixate on things like tech, talk less of taking on the crown of “tech nerd”. Right?
With new developments in current time though, it is being a little tech nerdy is now kind of trendy, and there are actually highly intellectual individuals who are obsessively passionate over computer technology, or elements of pop culture in Nigeria. Wondering if you fall into the category of people?
Jumia Travel reveals 5 signs that show that you are definitely a Nigerian tech nerd.
You know all the local tech sites, blogs and online shops
Most people just go online to visit BellaNaija or Linda Ikeji, but you go to visit the tech sites and blogs, even ones that are not popular. You know what online shop is best for buying tech gadgets or products, you spend time commenting on tech issues and reviewing tech products. Your social media is even tuned into local tech and you belong to a lot of groups sorely related to the Nigeria tech scene.
You visit Computer Village at least once in 2 weeks
If you live in Lagos, you visit computer village at least once in 2 weeks, sometimes for no particular reason, or just to check on new products and brands with new versions. You basically have an insatiable need to stay updated on tech trends and so computer village allows you the luxury of not just seeing their pictures online but also viewing them physically without having to buy them. In cases where you are on the island, you resort to the tech market at Tsaka Tinubu.
You actually go to tech events
Your calendar is full of Startup Weekend events. You actually pay to attend these events, even when they are not in your state. You subscribe to a meetup list to get alerts for cool events around you and you take pictures and proudly post them on your Instagram. You are hoping to have your own event real soon to.
Your biggest challenge in life is the internet speed
You dream of leaving Nigeria for another country such as England or the US, because you know life is better there: they have fast internet and free Wi-Fi in public places! You biggest headache per day is when you have to pause and ask yourself “WTH is wrong with the internet in this country?!” It doesn’t matter if you have the best plan on SWIFT or SPECTRANET, you just spend a lot of time surfing and working on the internet that you will always complain that It is too slow.
You are the go to person in your family or at work when there is a tech issue
When people at work have any tech issue, you are the first person they go to, even if your position in the firm is that of the clerk. Your family members to call you to seek advice for the best tech products to buy, or for the best ways to go about their tech situation.