While speaking during a smart explanatory visit to Benin, the Edo State capital, the founder, Zinox Group, Leo Stan Ekeh said, given its state of digital readiness, coupled with the large number of digitally trained youths who are now tech savvy, Edo State has the potential to become a model for digital economy in Nigeria.
The digital entrepreneur, who paid a courtesy call on the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, expressed surprise at the massive rate of digital adoption in the state. He declared that Edo boasts ready whiz kids who can defend the state and Nigeria in the 21st Century.
The Zinox boss, who was conducted round some of the tech hubs in the state in company of some of his management staff, expressed amazement at the brilliance of the youths he encountered at the centres, among whom were software developers and coders, digital graphic artists, social media creatives, fashion designers and automobile technicians, among others.
Ekeh, who also addressed specifically the young girls in the hubs, encouraged them to keep up building up their capacities, even as he assured them that they are bound to become global leaders soon as it is now more an extra blessing to have girls than boys in this century, noting that by the second quarter of the century, billionaires would no longer be assessed by their monetary values or gender, but by their future earnings and family values.
He hailed the cultured disposition of the young ladies, jokingly noting that if he were to marry today, he will go for a tech savvy Edo girl already prepared to rule the world.
The Zinox boss commended Obaseki for bringing his exposure to bear in building knowledge base in the state, adding that the state has gone about the initiative without making a noise about it.
On his part, Obaseki emphasised the determination of his administration to leave a lasting legacy in the state through a deliberate focus on technology.
“My administration will continue to pursue policies and programmes to enhance digital transformation for businesses in the state, so as to increase their competitive advantage, improve performance and boost growth,’’ Obaseki stated.