Bosun Tijani, a 46-year-old tech entrepreneur and investor, has assumed the role of Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy.
His recent appointment involves steering impactful policies that bolster the Nigerian tech landscape.
Following an arduous ministerial vetting process, Bosun Tijani has been officially designated as the Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy. This announcement was made through a comprehensive list of ministerial assignments unveiled on Wednesday.
Notably, Bosun Tijani, who serves as the CEO of CcHub, the tech incubator, has ushered in a new era for Nigeria’s tech sphere. Despite facing opposition from lawmakers due to his critical stance on Nigeria’s political landscape, his sincere apology played a pivotal role in securing his position.
His selection marks a departure from the conventional practice of appointing civil servants and career politicians to oversee Nigeria’s rapidly expanding digital economy.
Contrasting with the previous Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantanmi, who was formerly the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Tijani’s background as a startup founder adds a unique dimension.
While Tijani won’t be the pioneer startup founder in a governmental role, his appointment represents the first instance of a tech ecosystem member attaining a cabinet position. This achievement adds a new layer of recognition to his endeavors.
As a co-founder of one of Africa’s most influential tech incubators, Tijani’s responsibility now involves shaping impactful policies that foster the ecosystem he has contributed to.
It’s worth highlighting that Bosun Tijani’s efforts have significantly expanded CcHub’s presence across Nigeria, Kenya, and more recently, Namibia. Emerging from its modest origins in Yaba, CcHub has evolved into a pivotal force driving technological progress in Africa.
By equipping young individuals with essential tools, communities, and capital, CcHub has catalyzed impactful ventures. With a substantial billion naira growth fund, the organization is committed to supporting over 95 early-stage businesses, including those revolutionizing education and healthcare systems across Africa.
By Elijah Christopher