The Ilorin Innovation Hub, which is the first ICT and technology centre established by the Kwara State Government, has joined the Afrilabs Network, the largest network of innovation hubs in Africa.
It is envisioned to build technology skills capacity among the young people and to incubate local technology startups. These both go in line with the objectives of Afrilabs, which are to promote the creation of African made technology, capacity building, mentorship, networking and entrepreneurship.
Managing Director of Afrilabs, Mr. Temi Kolawole said the partnership between the Kwara State Government and Afrilabs will attract new opportunities and create a network for collaboration for grow in the technology space.
“Kwara’ s young people will have access to broader sources of funding, remote work and jobs across the Afrilabs network. The Ilorin Innovation Hub will be home to many events and programs within Afrilabs network by the time construction of its modern permanent location is completed later this year,” said Kolawole.
The Ilorin Innovation Hub is an ICT training and incubation centre established to transform Kwara State into an economically viable and self-sustainable state via digital literacy, youth empowerment, innovation and technology.
It is one of several efforts by the state government to drive adoption of technology across the state, which will in turn drive economic development.
The choice of AfriLabs is informed by its pedigree being a network organization of 268 innovation centres across 49 African countries.