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How Technology is Changing Lives and the Impact on National Development by Odumody Nnamdi Lionel

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Ever since the US Military invented the internet in the 20th Century for gathering and sharing information, it was Tim Benner Lee who invented the worldwide web in 1993 to make information more accessible. But Microsoft Mogul Bill Gate’s Internet Explorer opened the whole world to the internet, before other browsers like Mozilla, Chrome and others came on board.

Ever since human creation, technology has had the greatest impact on human civilisation, both positively and negatively. In the area of education, traditionally printed books and magazines are gradually been replaced by digital ebooks and magazines available on various electronic media such as Amazon’s Kindle, and for download on Ipads, Samsung Galaxy Tabs and other Tablets.

In Osun State of Nigeria for instance, the State Government has given over 5,000 tablets (Opon Imo: Tablet of Knowledge) with ebooks comprising the curriculum of the secondary school students of its public secondary schools. Also in Nigeria, communities are now building e-Libraries to enhance 21st Century Education. Akwa Ibom State was the first state in Nigeria and province in West Africa to build an e-Library. Classrooms are now wired with Wifi (Wireless Fidelity) where students can receive lectures and do research even when their lecturer is not physically present.

In terms of communication, it is now possible to speak with someone who is thousands of miles apart from you, even without seeing him or her in person through various electronic media such as email, online chat rooms like Yahoo Messenger, mobile chat applications like BBM, 2go, What’s App, WeChat, including popular social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google + and other forms of social media.

Also through mobile phones running on CDMA or GSM Technology, phone calls can be made across boundaries. For business men, Telepresence is another means of communicating with your business partners across the globe without being present. Commercial activities like buying and selling of goods are gradually giving way to e-Commerce. ade-in-Nigeria-mobile-phones-620x330

For luxurious bus travellers, Oya.com.ng and Bus.com.ng are two websites where you can book and purchase your tickets with a discount rate, thereby reducing the stress of going to bus stations to purchase your ticket on departure day. For shopping Amazon, Jumia, Konga and many others now offer different goods online for consumers to purchase, delivered at their doorstep once payments have been confirmed. For Air travellers and Hotel accommodation seekers, websites like Wakanow, Travelocity, Priceline, Airbnb, Jovago, WeGo and Hotels.com.ng offer booking services online.An-online-retailer-360x261

In the media industry, technology is used to monitor elections in a particular locations, report electoral offences, cover protests in the harshest autocracies and providing electronic means of uploading them online. Through e-voting, elections in advanced societies are being done online, as against the traditional open or secret ballot systems.

It is not different in the fast-growing entertainment industry in Nigeria, where some legally free videos or sold videos are now available for view and download on Youtube, Netflix, and IrokoTV locally. Music is now being easily promoted online as against print and electronic media like TV and Radio Stations, and distributed through I-Tunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Spotify, Iroking and Spinlet
which is a more verifiable model.

In Sports, through the use of goal line technology, a goal scored but not noticed by the referee or his assistants could be awarded. Also offences committed during a match and not booked by the referee could be awarded to the culprit by the Sports Authority after playback.

For foodlovers, websites like takeaway.com offer food booking services which cover restaurants across the globe. For Auctions, discount shoppers and price comparisons, Ebay, Group On and locally, Deal Dey, offer such food booking services.

Odumody Nnamdi Lionel is a graduate of International Relations from Covenant University, Ota. He is an entrepreneur, consultant who is passionate about the economic development of Africa. You can connect with him on Facebook-Odumody Nnamdi Lionel, Twitter@Odumody Nnamdi or email, nalion2002@yahoo.com, 2348068802713

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  1. 24/12/2013 at 09:57

    Indeed technology has changed the way we view our world and relate globally. Truly in the 21st century we live in a global village! Thnx Lionel.

  2. 30/12/2013 at 20:15

    I also strongly believe that through technological innovations, a developing country like Nigeria can make a great leap towards wealth creation and job opportunities. With posts such as this one by Odumody, we can see young Nigerians positively exploring the potentials and opportunities that technology provides. Very nice piece, OdumoI also strongly believe that through technological innovations, a developing country like Nigeria can make a great leap towards wealth creation and job opportunities. With posts such as this one by Odumody, we can see young Nigerians positively exploring the potentials and opportunities that technology provides. Very nice piece, OdumoI also strongly believe that through technological innovations, a developing country like Nigeria can make a great leap towards wealth creation and job opportunities. With posts such as this one by Odumody, we can see young Nigerians positively exploring the potentials and opportunities that technology provides. Very nice piece, OdumoI also strongly believe that through technological innovations, a developing country like Nigeria can make a great leap towards wealth creation and job opportunities. With posts such as this one by Odumody, we can see young Nigerians positively exploring the potentials and opportunities that technology provides. Very nice piece, Odumody.

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