Lagos (Nigeria), April 2018.
Earlier this month, His Excellency, The Vice President of Nigeria Prof. Oluyemi Osinbajo SAN, visited Farmcrowdy at their Office in Lekki, Lagos as a part of his tour to Start-ups and Tech Hubs across Nigeria. Prof. Oluyemi Osinbajo SAN is a vocal advocate for technology and developing youth employment opportunities for the Nigeria’s more than 25 million young people. The Vice President is quite tech and media savvy, documenting his tour with the #VPTourOfTech hashtag. Prof. Osinbajo was accompanied by the Minister of Science and Technology Ogbonnaya Onu, Lagos State Commissioner of Science and Technology, Hakeem Fahm, and Commissioner for Commerce, Industry & Cooperatives, Yinka Saidat Oladunjoye on the tour.
The Vice President’s message on the to start-ups was “Technology is the future of Nigeria’s Economy, Commerce, and Industry.” At a stop on his tour to the Co-Creation Hub in Lagos, Prof Oluyemi Osinbajo SAN said “There is so much going on, so many young people, and so many creative ideas. It’s just incredible. And that tells you what the future is going to look like. Already, as we always say, the future is here. I have seen for myself the sheer creativity. Practically every type of enterprise has been disrupted by the technologies that we see. And a lot of the payment systems that we have been seeing, a lot of the technology companies that we see are doing incredible things.“ The Vice President announced the formation of National Council on Technology as well as pledging Nigerian government support for tech hubs.
During his visit, His Excellency toured the Farmcrowdy offices and meeting the team. The Vice President is not just a technology advocate, but also an active supportive and virtual farmer himself. During his visit, Farmcrowdy CEO Onyeka Akumah presented his excellency with a certificate of sponsorship for his 10 Maize farms on Farmcrowdy’s platform. Prof. Oluyemi Osinbajo SAN also mentioned using Farmcrowdy as an example of Nigerian Innovation at his recent lecture at the Harvard Business School. It was a very memorable experience for the Farmcrowdy team, who were very pleased to have the opportunity to share their business and their impact stories with Prof. Osinbajo.
GreenTec Capital is very proud of the attention Farmcrowdy has been receiving and it’s high-profile Farm sponsors. We are pleased to see the Nigerian Vice President pledge government support for technology and tech hubs in Nigeria and hope to see more innovative and impactful solutions.