Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has proven on many occasions, to be the chief marketer of Nigeria and its people. He has been in Vietnam for an official visit, and as usual, he leveraged that opportunity to woo Asian leaders and investors to invest in Nigeria.
In a video making rounds on social media, he was asked about the best place to invest in Africa. He immediately reeled out a plethora of genuine reasons why Nigeria is the best place to invest in Africa.
He spoke confidently to the investors who were present. He spoke about the uncommon talent young people in Nigeria possess and what investors stand to benefit from if they invest in Nigeria. He was able to convince the investors who listened with rapt attention.
The Vice president explained to the investors every detail they needed to know about Nigeria, and why the youths of Nigeria are some of the most prized assets all over the world. Of course, I agree with the Vice President. Nigerian youths are its biggest export. The raw talent they possess has set Nigeria at a strategic location on the world map. That is why they excel all over the world, in all strata of life, including medicine, tech, sports, politics and governance, health, and many others. He explained to them that 60 percent of Nigeria’s population are under 25 and that they are very hardworking, committed and creative.
“We have a population of over 200 million people, 60 percent of that are under 25 years; they are very young, enthusiastic, very hard working and very creative. This is the actual place to come to where you will find young people who are excited about learning, who are committed to learning and who will be a special addition of the company.” The Vice President said.
Frankly speaking, apart from being the most populous country in Africa, Nigeria also has the biggest developing economy that can be a home for manufacturing, production, agriculture, trade and tech. Its tech sector is rapidly growing with the younger populace embracing it. Amongst all African countries, Nigeria is the most advantageous in terms of investment. I could not agree more with the Vice President. He said:
“We are on course to become the third largest national market, based on headcount, by the year 2050. We are already the largest financial market in Africa with a market capitalization in excess of US$50 billion as of the end of last year,” he the attentive audience.
Osinbajo sees Nigeria and Nigerians through different lenses. He believes in the possibility that many do not see. On infrastructure, he explained to the investors how the Buhari administration has recorded a remarkable improvement in infrastructure. “In the past seven years, we have focused strategically on radically improving infrastructure, to facilitate trade and investment, especially power, roads, railways, and, broadband connectivity.”
At this point in its existence, Nigeria needs someone passionate about the people and the country. Someone who takes a responsibility to pitch the country and her enormous talents to the world.
Osinbajo has proven to be the number one man who does this effortlessly and this is highly commendable.
_Seun Bisuga is a journalist, writer and public relations consultant_