Last week, Google announced its plan to open up its second African office in Lagos, Nigeria. We thought that was…
Last week, Google announced its plan to open up its second African office in Lagos, Nigeria. We thought that was all until yesterday. The international tech firm seems to have developed a keen interest in Nigeria.
Google has partnered up with the Nigerian Tourism Development
Corporation in a bid to promote tourism in the country.
Also, through the collaboration with the NTDC, Google aims to
train small businesses, equip young individuals with digital skills initiatives,
and to launch Tour Nigeria – a new Google Arts & Culture collection.
The announcement, which aired yesterday October 1, seems to
be a little Independence Day gift from the tech Giant to Nigeria and its
citizens. The partnership is looking to sky-rocket the growth of the tourism
sector in Nigeria.
However, for several months now, Google has been working with
the NTDC to design an online exhibition of pictures, stories, and commentaries.
The digital showcase basis on some of Nigeria’s beautiful locations and
The project features locations like the Osun Osogbo sacred
groove, the Awhum Caves of Enugu, the Wikki Warm spring of Bauchi State, and
Further, stories and pictures of some of the colourful
festivals in the country are also part of the ongoing project.
‘’Rich heritage, natural beauty, and vibrant cities. Nigeria
is a destination we all need to include in our travel shortlist. Even though
2020 continues to be a challenging year for all, I do hope this unique online
experience will contribute to the growth of Nigeria’s tourism sector. Though I
can’t travel, the project inspired me to start exploring the country through
the works of Wole Soyinka,’’ says Director for Google Arts & Culture, Amit