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Can A Skilled Programmer Make It In Nigeria?

All my is life programming. I love programming more than any other thing, despite being with an IT company that does not pay much money.

One of my friends told to keep on with my programming that he is self-employed now making money, but another man told that Nigerian programmers cannot not make it, that everybody like foreign programs.

Please advice. Peace.

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let me give you a hint.

if you are a skilled programmer and want to make some money, begin paying attention to new directives from regulatory bodies to Banks, oil companies and telecoms companies.

those directives usually translate into a program which is usually developed in-house. Produce something better than what in-house coders can do and sell it. They WILL buy it and,

you

will

become

rich.

I have seen this happen many times.

As for how you achieve this? Well, that is what will determine whether you succeed or fail,

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Good Talk SBU.

Dont start by stoping,

There is market in NIgeria IT industry, the earlier you tap into it the better. Though for now it may seem "no-money" put if u stick with it, and following the step above ( From SBU) ur on ur way to success. Nigeria is the best place for you to start now.

as in invest in IT.

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I dont think that is totally true. Basically some nija companies prefer foreiegn sofwtare because there is no readily available local alternative. What u can do is to identify these areas and creat a product so that companies can readily have alternativces. Foriegn softwares are not only expensive, they have to be customized to the nigerian enviroment.

I think all u have to do to be a successful self employed programmer is to identify problems and create competively priced products solving those problems it is the same logic in nija and in all other parts of the world.

The edge you guys have in nija is that there are just so many problems that needs to be solved.

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Seun is absolutely right. I have said it before in some of my threads in the past, to become rich in life like the Ibo, yoruba and hausa do, is to find a problem and provide a solution or try to provide a solution for it.

Most people know how to drive cars. To hold a driving license is a skill but not everyone is making money driving car. Michael Schumacher, the F1 driver makes a 1 million a month, that is £125K a week just driving car.

You can do the same with your skills, just sit down one day. I mean really sit down and get pen and paper and draw a Gnat Chart for a Month i.e.

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Think and list all the problems in Nigeria

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Among the list of problems identified could any be solved using IT?

   

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Identify if it is feasible by conducting a small market research and come up with a business specification

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Find money or find a partner with money and try to develop the product.

Finally, market via web or a bigger company, by the specail grace of God you could be on your way to financial freedom and probably an entrepreneur

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It's not about your skills, it's about the problems you are able to solve with your skills.

If what people need is someone to help them install, configure and customize foreign software, why not provide that and make your money? Don't define your profession arbitrarily; let your supply be based on demand!

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Why don't you write API and services that expose other useful programming interface? Create a website and put it for download for a license fee.

You will be amazed how many people will use you API. Big companies fall prey to big software developer. Have you thought about writing web FTP, creating easy wrapper classes to cut down development time?

Think into these areas and surely you could have you break through. Explore this company they write API's and simple utility software. While on their site visit their clients.

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