Lagos is relocating Nigeria’s largest computer market—and likely destroying it in the process

Lagos is relocating Nigeria’s largest computer market—and likely destroying it in the processIn the heart of Lagos, Africa’s biggest city, sits a sprawling, bustling market stacked with almost every tech product imaginable and known informally as “Computer Village.” Here, amongst a maze of shops and complexes, vendors serve thousands of Nigerians every day looking to buy or fix mobile phones, computers, hard drives, microchips and software.

The market, estimated by a former government minister to generate $2 billion a year, has become an important cog in the local tech ecosystem. It’s also been a critical source of employment, as hundreds of independent tech-savvy vendors hustle for commissions on sales at big stores, or walk the street market in search of profits on second-hand items and repairs.

But that’s about to change.

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