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Komputer Village Magazine debuts July 1

A new magazine, Komputer Village is set for launch on July 1, 2018, in a pioneering drive to introduce a dedicated publication promoting Nigeria’s largest technology market, Computer Village, Ikeja, located in the heart of Africa’s emerging Smart City, Lagos, reports ITRealms.

Technology Times Media Limited (TTML), owners of Technology Times, iSpace Magazine announced that the monthly Komputer Village Magazine is the latest addition to its print, digital, Internet and events properties focused on promoting Nigeria’s rising contributions to the global information and communication technology (ICT) industry.  

Mr Shina Badaru, Founder of Technology Times, who announced the introduction of Komputer Village Magazine during a courtesy visit to the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN), the umbrella body for the market, says the publication fills a needed gap to showcase and promote entrepreneurship, innovation and consumer technology trends from inside Nigeria’s largest technology market.   
     
“We are pleased to launch a fully dedicated publication that showcases the very best of Computer Village, which is the largest technology market in Nigeria and also the hub of a thriving technology SME ecosystem that shapes and defines consumer technology trends across Nigeria, West Africa and beyond.”

Komputer Village Magazine will be available in hybrid of print and digital issues to be distributed across Nigeria, Africa and beyond, says Badaru while briefing the top-level CAPDAN leadership that received the TTML management team during the courtesy visit.
The CAPDAN executive team included Mr. Ahmed Ojikutu, President, CAPDAN; Mr. Boniface Aniah, Vice President, CAPDAN; Mr. Shedrack Egbule, General Secretary, CAPDAN and Mr Ibadan Presley, Assistant PRO, CAPDAN.

According to Badaru, “Komputer Village Magazine’s unique development journalism-meets-industry news hybrid is intended to appeal to the mix of technology professionals, mobile phone and cutting-edge consumer technology enthusiasts, banks and financial services industry, SME policy makers, entrepreneurs and technology innovation lovers.”

Commenting on the roadmap plan for the publication, the Technology Times Founder says “Komputer Village Magazine is on a mission to be the storyteller that positively shapes the narratives of inspiring business leaders, game-changing innovators and cutting edge consumer technology trends driving Nigeria's rising technology hub in the heart of the emerging Smart City of Lagos.”

According to Badaru, “we find inspiring stories of innovation around every corner in Nigeria's largest technology market and home to a rising tribe of entrepreneurs, innovators and consumer technologies that shape and define consumer technology trends and tech lifestyles across Nigeria, West Africa and beyond.”

He says that Komputer Village Magazine is delivered in elegant prose, enhanced with appealing aesthetics and visual communications assets of exquisite photography, videos and infographics that attract and engage the interest of millions of readers across Nigeria and beyond.
According to Badaru, “the overarching vision of Komputer Village Magazine is to take Computer Village, Ikeja  to the world and bring the world to Computer Village, Ikeja.   
“With Komputer Village Magazine and complementary online platforms on www.komputervillage.ng, we advances our strategic mission to enable businesses in Nigeria’s largest technology hub achieve digital transformation by gaining and retaining customers through our ecosystem of business platforms like Directory, Classifieds, Marketplace, Events and more.”                                                                                            
The first copies to reach print subscribers will arrive newsstands July 1, this year with the inaugural 60-page issue that features articles from TTML journalists, writers and contributors on business leaders in the market, top ranking phones in the market, how-we-started interviews, and industry leader interviews that features prominent Nigerian technology industry entrepreneurs, market news, business profiles, directory and product round-ups, among other exciting content.                                                                         
Komputer Village Magazine, which is launching with a run of 10,000 copies and is available as a digital issue with the same look and feel available on the complementary www.komputervillage.ng portal will leverage the borderless Internet to extend the global distribution network beyond Nigeria, according to the Technology Times Founder.
Also commenting, Mrs Temitope Osinoiki, Head of Business, TTML, says that “instead of traditional advertising, Komputer Village Magazine will transparently promote branded content sponsored by companies and organisations that want to reach the thriving technology SME community that will represent the a key segment of the readership base of our publication.                                                                                           
“With Komputer Village Magazine, we are promoting a unique genre of hyper-local journalism that focuses on the issues that matters most to the merchants in Computer Village and let our coverage reflect their unique realities. We are blending that with a developmental reportage to reshape the narratives around the market by emphasising their triumphs as creative entrepreneurs, game-changing innovators and consumer technology trend drivers.”
While commenting, Mr. Ahmed Ojikutu, President of CAPDAN welcome the planned introduction of Komputer Village Magazine as one of several initiatives that will promote the key technology market hub as an environment that drives ICT growth in Nigeria.
According to the CAPDAN President, Computer Village, Ikeja generates over over N1.5 billion as the market recovers from the recession that faced the broader Nigerian economy. Ojikutu says that “as at today, the daily turnover in Computer Village is about N1.5 billion and we have over 125,000 transactions online and offline on a daily basis.”

Badaru says that “as the pioneering publication for Nigeria’s largest technology market hub, Komputer Village Magazine will be read by in-market players and beyond by decision makers at OEMs, multinational technology brands, banks and policy makers that need to feel the pulse of the largest cluster of technology SMEs in Nigeria.”
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Pix: Mr. Shedrack Egbule, General Secretary, Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN); Mr. Boniface Aniah, Vice President, CAPDAN; Mr. Ahmed Ojikutu, President, CAPDAN; Mr. Shina Badaru, Founder, Technology Times Media Limited and publishers of Komputer Village Magazine; Mrs Temitope Osinoiki, Head, Business Unit, Technology Times; Mr Ibadan Presley, Assistant PRO, CAPDAN and Mr Foluso Busari, Executive Director, Technology Times, during a recent courtesy visit by Technology Times management to the leadership of CAPDAN in the popular Computer Village, Ikeja in Lagos on the upcoming Komputer Village Magazine, promoting the largest technology market and launching July 1, 2018 across Nigeria.

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