I realise this blog post is likely to cause a stir but let me lay down the facts.
For tech startups to thrive, you need a startup community. From this community, you gain access to talent, funding and strategic partnerships that can come in crucial to the success of your startup.
I’ve shuttled quite a lot between a number of states in the north and in Lagos (I can’t say so for the east but then that’s why we have the Internet) and to be honest the technology startups and business are concentrated in Lagos. The tech activity in other states of the federation appear to be but a blip in the Nigerian tech radar.
Apart from gaining access to a startup community (which is budding for that matter), a tech startup needs access to the Internet and the choices available in Lagos are the highest compared to other states.
The last reason I’ve identified, is the fact that there’s a ready market in Lagos. Lagos is the most technophilic state of the federation; with businesses focussing on efficiency and how to be more productive, they embrace technology that demonstrates value, as sometimes, it’s what gives them the competitive advantage.
I do not deny the areas where Lagos is more deficient in relation to other states but when you consider what’s critical to startup success, you realise Lagos gives you more of an advantage.