OUR HOST: ABUJA, NIGERIA

Abuja is the capital of Nigeria and home of the Nigerian government and many international organizations. It was built on the grass-covered Chukuku Hills in the central part of the country and has an international airport and expressways connecting the federal capital with other cities. Abuja is one of the safest metropolitan cites in Nigeria, and one of the wealthiest cities in Africa. [1]

Nigeria is one of the most populous countries, with one of the largest populations of youth in the world. It is set for one of the biggest population booms in world history, as it is expected to reach nearly 1 billion people by 2100 and come close to surpassing China.[2] In 2017 Nigeria emerged from recession driven mainly by the oil sector, and the country continues to face massive developmental challenges. The life expectancy in Nigeria is, unfortunately, the lowest in all of West Africa. And the humanitarian crisis due to regionalized armed conflict placed over 7 million people in need of urgent, life-saving humanitarian assistance in 2019. [3]

The Nigerian government works with international donors and development organizations on digital transformation with aims to improve health care, water sanitation, education, agriculture, governance, poverty alleviation. The emerging technology ecosystem in Nigerian is growing at a fast pace, with international investments steadily increasing and national focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Nigeria has the second most tech hubs in Africa, with 55. [4]

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Sources: [1] https://wikitravel.org/en/Abuja; [2] http://worldpopulationreview.com; [3] https://www.unocha.org/nigeria/about-ocha-nigeria, [4] https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/nigeria/overview#4