Learn technical, business side of tech, Soremekun tells African youths

By Zion Rufus

Nurudeen Soremekun, a software engineer at Turin, has urged African youths to upskill themselves with the technical and business side of tech rather than practicing tech with the aim to leverage it as an offshore talent source or for the sake of migration. This submission is the thrust of a LinkedIn post by the engineer in reaction to the massive job cuts across the tech industry.

Soremekun said: “As people living in developing nations, globalisation gives us a sneak peek into the future. I dare to depict these global trends as preparing for the future and not as anxieties to be bothered by in the present because the implications of some global trends do not apply directly to our macro economy, simply because there are many cases where we still have to go through many more phases before we reach some points of inflection.”

He pointed out: “I beg to differ that running robust AI models for example is still more expensive than using humans in this part of the world in many areas both from a literal and especially a policy point of view. Needless to say, the peculiarities of our society in many areas already mean that many of our problems can only be tangentially and not directly solved by many solutions that are intended primarily for Developed Nations. Our problems need our people to create our solutions with other benefits like getting more cut from the value chain of the entire lifecycle of such ìbílẹ̀ (local) solutions.”

According to Francis Ogaju, a global business advisor, the only thing constant in the job market today is change, so, as the nature of jobs continues to evolve, a lot of people will be thrown out, while new areas will spring up.

“We do not need to panic anyway, because if you look around, the world is still not filled with smart people, rather it’s as though people are getting dumber. Making not so smart people smarter will create new categories of jobs, so if you can still put your head to good use, you have a place in this new reality,” he revealed.

It should be recalled that between 2020 and 2022, Nigeria witnessed a massive talent drain as a result of rapid hiring during the pandemic, post pandemic demands, a booming startup ecosystem, and increased adoption of remote work. Unfortunately, evolution in the tech landscape and the rapid penetration of AI technologies currently threatening the global workforce, has led to a continuous round of job cuts in the tech industry across the globe.

Professionals have urged Nigerians to explore new terrains, consider freelancing and learn new skills to stay relevant.


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