It was a long time coming: why do they keep sending only salespeople to Africa? Yes, we have accused the multinational technology powerhouses of accelerating consumerism by simply amplifying our passions to spend without helping our capability bases. But that is now history: IBM opened in Nairobi a research unit, Google picked Accra for its AI, and now Microsoft is coming home. Yes, Microsoft is opening a Mixed Reality and AI engineering office in Lagos. That is amazing! (Alex Kipman is a Microsoft Technical Fellow and the co-creator of HoloLens.)
They are hiring – apply here to do AI and MR right in Lagos with Microsoft.
But did you notice something in the job descriptions? There is no academic requirement for the job! Yes, Microsoft does not care about your degree (get the idea, I have many though). It simply cares about what you can do. So, you may be surprised despite your BEng degree guys like Moses and John may win these jobs even though they did not enter a university one day. That is to give you an idea how these companies hire. Good luck.
Finally, I think Nigerian universities must start immediately to deepen their curricula with AI and MR as companies certainly expect these skills from our graduates.
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