Head of the Tech Experience Centre, recently launched by Zinox Group, Chidalu Ekeh has disclosed that more revolutionary innovations would be unveiled at the centre. She stated that the successful launch of the Centre is a display of faith in Nigeria by global tech giants, adding that what is on ground is only the first phase of what she described as a ‘major investment’.
Speaking at the launch in Lagos, she said: ‘‘The Tech Experience Centre is a burning passion of TD Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa’s foremost technology, lifestyle and solutions distributor, nurtured over many long, painstaking months and which has become a reality today. Also worth mentioning is the fact that this project is a declaration of faith by global tech leaders in Nigeria. Certainly, it was not a dream that came easy, especially considering the need to play by and comply strictly with the international rules of the global tech game.
‘‘This initiative is a major investment that will rub off positively on the Nigerian economy and I can confidently say that what is on ground already is the first phase of this massive project. Inside this edifice are three other floors that are yet to be occupied and conversations are still ongoing, with respect to other strategic partnerships with global tech giants to this effect.’’
The revolutionary Tech Experience Centre, the first of its kind in Africa, is widely expected to boost Nigeria’s relevance in the global technology race and shore up the country’s march to technology independence.
For the first time, Nigeria will play host to the latest global technologies including those not normally available in Africa, offering all classes of visitors a first-hand experience of new gadgets, solutions and infrastructure that would have previously required a visit abroad, thereby saving corporate organizations, government establishments and individuals money or scarce foreign exchange expended on these trips.
Business Hilights reports that on hand to commission the Tech Experince Centre located at the Yudala Heights on Idowu Martins, Victoria Island, included the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami.
Also raising the profile of the auspicious event was the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was the Chief Host.
The highly successful event, which coincided with Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary, attracted a number of dignitaries drawn from the public and private sector too numerous to capture.
Among these was the Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), InuwaKashifu Abdullahi; Commissioner for Science and Technology, Lagos State, Dr. Hakeem Fahm; Chairman, MTN Nigeria, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe; Founder/CEO, MainOne, FunkeOpeke; Chairman, Stanbic IBTC, PetersideAtedo; MD/CEO, Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonwo; MD/CEO of Airtel Nigeria, Mr. SegunOgunsanya, MD/CEO, Standard Chartered Bank, LaminManjang; MD/CEO, Ecobank, Patrick Akinwuntan; former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Ernest Ebi and his wife; former Chairman of Accenture, Mr. Dotun Suleiman; MD/CEO StanbicIBTC Capital, Mr. FunsoAkere; Executive Director, Access Bank, Mr. Victor Etuokwu, MD/CEO,Providus Bank, Mr. Walter Akpani; Chairman, Aso Savings and Loans Plc., Alhaji Ali Magashi; former CEO, Diamond Bank, Mr. EmekaOnwuka; Founder/CEO, Britannia Oil and Gas, Mrs Catherine IjuIfejika and her husband, Mr. Emmanuel Ifejika; media entrepreneur and ace blogger, Linda Ikeji; renowned fashion couturier, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, just to mention a few.
Also present at the event were senior representatives of the globally renowned Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and other tech brands occupying the centre.
The Tech Experience Centre houses a convergence of globally renowned tech giants such as Cisco, HP, Microsoft, Dell Technologies, Zinox, Schneider Electric, Samsung, Apple and Bosch, among others, all under one roof to create an immersive experience of the latest technologies.