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Nigeria to become a data science outsourcing hub for Africa before 2019

by Jumoke Akiyode

January 11, 2017 | 8:25 pm
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As part of its vision to make Nigeria the Data Science outsourcing hub for Africa before 2019 and create 1 million new jobs in the next 10 years, Data Science Nigeria is holding an extensive learning boot camp.

According to the organisers, the bootcamp will address varying capacity gaps in Data science for beginners, intermediate and experts with specific focus on Machine learning, R statistics and programming/Python for advanced data analytics.

Data Science Nigeria is driven by a compelling drive to raise a new generation of world-class data scientists, who can tap into the over $125 billion big data analytics market. Available statistics from IDC Research Group already indicates a need for almost 200,000 people with deep analytical skills in the US by 2018, and a requirement of five times that number for positions in data management and interpretation capabilities. Data Science Nigeria is poised to ensure that the country can secure at least 2 percent of this global value, which will mean an over 1 trillion naira economic return through knowledge-based FOREX earning.

The initiative of Bayo Adekanmbi, MTN’s executive who previously served the company as the General Manager Business Intelligence and Chief Marketing Officer before proceeding on a 15-month academic sabbatical for his PhD research on the use of data science for understanding consumer social consumption behavior is supported by Arise, a platform whose mission is to promote the proliferation of data science in business and is working on creating a data science hub in Lagos and OneFi, Nigeria’s leading fintech lender. These two companies will provide internship opportunities for the best participants at the intensive training camp.

 Adekanbi revealed that “the boot camp will run as a regimented learning session and will include virtual classes with foreign-based data scientists, self-paced online certificated courses and face-to-face session by local experts in Machine learning, Statistics, Python and R.

Python Nigeria, a user-group that promotes Python computer programming language in Nigeria will facilitate some of the practical hands-on session on Python programming.”

The free residential bootcamp comes with an intensive requirement. All the would-be participants are expected to complete a 12-hour course on IBM BigDataUniversity.com and submit their completion certificates to secure a placement.

Data Science Nigeria is a professional-led non-profit designed to train and mentor young Nigerians through face-to-face, virtual online classes, project-based support and holiday boot camps. The ultimate intent is to raise a special breed of data scientists and knowledge entrepreneurs who will set up data science based businesses and attract foreign exchange to the nation.

Jumoke Akiyode


by Jumoke Akiyode

January 11, 2017 | 8:25 pm
  |     |     |   Start Conversation

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