Mrs Olabisi Olaleye, awarding-winning journalist with Sun Newspaper has unveiled “Our Nigeria Story” her much-awaited book that takes readers through the growth of Nigerian telecoms industry.
The book recounts the experiences of the mobile network operators in Nigeria since the liberalisation of the telecoms sector.
Olaleye takes a 360 degree view of the contributions of telecoms in the country GDP and concludes that the multi billion telecoms industry in Nigeria has over the last 15 years continued to fuel the nation’s drive to become a major economic powerhouse.
According to her, the book jointly edited by Mr Shina Badaru,Founder/CEO of Technology Times and Mr Nath Osewele is broken down in a layman English for proper understanding for any average reader.
“The industry is quite Large and it was quite challenging, knowing what to write but not knowing how to put it down because I wanted to reduce details that many who are not IT savvy may find boring’’, Olaleye, author of the book says at the launch that attracted government, stakeholders in the ICT sector and the media.
According to her, what informed the book anchors on telecoms operators’ challenges and impact on citizens, all sector of the economy as well as on governmental decisions ”and in the words of these service providers, they tell their various stories.”
In a marketplace bustling with several books, Mrs Olaleye says the vision was to tell the Nigerian ICT story in a way that students, organisations and the public ”will pick it read be informed, entertained and not get bored’’
Speaking at the book launch, Mr Steve Nwosu, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Sun Newspaper, who reviwed the book says it captures all our telephony experience since 2001 till date
Describing the book as a layman guide to the Nigeria ICT sector Nwosu adds that ”even the most technical subject has been broken down to simple language so that people who are not expert in the field of ICT can comfortably follow development in the field’’
According to him the author painstakingly put the story in a book format not only for readers to get informed but also for business decision purposes.
The book is divided into four parts
- The first part focus on the evolution of the telecoms sector which captures the pioneering effort of MTN Group. It also talks about the telecoms history of Nigeria before the advent of GSM where we had only 400,000 active lines compared to the over 150 million active line of today. It also discusses potentials for new businesses and challenges of the older ones.
- Part two of the book focus on key players in the industry and how they are dealing with challenges of premium Quality of Service(Qos) and competition.
- Part three of the book talks on opportunities in the ICT sector. It also focus on major players in the area of spin off business in the telecoms revolution
- Last part of the book captures the exclusive interviews the author has had with major players in the industry to give further insight on what a reader needs to know on the Nigeria ICT sector
In his address, Chief Leo Stan Ekeh,Chairman Zinox Group describes the book as ”a worthy project from an authority in the industry. The author is well known to me and has been documenting the growth of our company and the industry.”
The Zinox Chairman, who among several others wrote the foreword of the book said ‘’beyond voice calls and mobile usage on mobile device many might not be aware of the depth of and diversity of the telecoms sector, that is why this book is important.”
Represented by Stanley Okpalaeke, Group Executive Director of Zinox Group, Ekeh says that he ”considers it not a tech book but a general study book of ICT development in Nigeria, it is a history book, it is also a business book talking about the dynamics of entrepreneurship in telecoms industry.”