Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Jul 2012 19:16 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Nigeria's Saheed Adepoju is a young man with big dreams. He is the inventor of the Inye, a tablet computer designed for the African market. According to the 29-year-old entrepreneur, his machine's key selling point is its price - $350 opposed to around $700 for an iPad. He believes that, because of this, there is a big market for it in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, particularly amongst students. He is also hoping to sell his tablet - which runs on the Google Android operating system - to the Nigerian government and plans to have at least one computer in each local government area." Mobile phones have had a huge impact on Africa, so just imagine what tablets, with their larger screens and easier access to the web, can do. Amazing initiative.
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Sceptical but..
by Gone fishing on Sat 21st Jul 2012 08:10 UTC
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I'm sceptical about this product, its expensive and a young entrepreneur is likely to fail in Nigeria's famous corruption, or become part of it - on the other hand Nigeria is a huge market so I wish him luck.

However, in most of Africa more people are connected to the world through mobile network rather than landlines. Landline internet is expensive (in much of Africa) if you can get it. So it is like that the continent will be connected to the net through mobile networks. iPads are way too expensive and although many Africans would aspire to such toys, this is in the realm of government ministers most, will connect through cheaper android devices

Edited 2012-07-21 08:15 UTC

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RE: Sceptical but..
by zima on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 14:21 in reply to "Sceptical but.."
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2005-07-06

a young entrepreneur is likely to fail in Nigeria's famous corruption, or become part of it

He most likely is part of it already, part of the upper class, the aristocracy - nobody who isn't wouldn't have £40,000 just given by parents, after pitching such idea to them.

Overall, weird that BBC pitches up something like this... even if that's only the work of some regional office and/or, well, silly season http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4198990.stm

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