Online Education and the Nigerian Student
With the introduction of telecommunications to Nigeria and its attendant internet services as well as the significant drop in cost as a result of competition between the major service providers (MTN, GLO, ETISALAT and co) in the past few years, there has been a surge of internet consumers. According to a study released in 2013 in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the number of Nigerian internet users between the ages of 13 - 24 grew by 53% between 2012 and 2013. In a country where 50% of the total population are below the age of 31, we can roughly estimate that in a year at least five million young people got to use the internet for the first time. To put this mind boggling numbers in perspective, the entire population of Benin Republic which shares a border with Nigeria is 10 million people; enough people to populate half of a whole country had their first contact with the internet and quite possibly literacy in Nigeria last year.
A large number of these new internet consumers use the internet exclusively for entertainment and social networking on sites and messengers like 2go and Badoo but