Ever Since the Internet gained its foothold, there has been a significant rise in the number of users online. According to Statista.com, Nigeria had 92.3 Million Users in 2018, which is projected to grow to 187.8 Million in 2023.
Internet enabled Mobile phones empowered Nigerians to be on the Web. A Major reason is due to its affordability. A Java powered Phone can be bought at N5000 – N10,000, in which Nigerians use the mobile browser “Opera mini”, which comes preinstalled on some Itel and Techno phones.
As entry-level smartphones (low-cost smartphones) are escalating, low income earners can opt for Android Smartphones with low specifications such as 512mb – 1gb of RAM, and a targeted O.S, Android GO.
Internet in School
Teachers and students utilize the Internet in their Learning activities. Specifically, a teacher harnesses the information derived over the Internet to prepare lessons, and source instructional materials. Images, Videos, and Animations can be downloaded to aid Students have a better grasp of what is being taught. With a School Website, Teachers can provide assignments, Class Notes, and Tutorage.
Students employ the Internet to acquire more knowledge of lessons. They make Research so as to understand better the topic at hand. At the beginning of each school term, A Scheme of work is usually given. Thus, Students can prepare and familiarize before topics are treated. In addition, if the School is with a Website, Students can access the portal to gain access to programs and other learning related materials. The Academic calendar, News, as well as Admissions can also be accessed.
Internet in Market
A possibility exists where the Internet can foster enhanced sales by providing customers with Unique Insights fueled by Information derived over the Internet.
The Internet would enable market women to know more of the products they are buying and selling. It will provide them with guidelines as to which product will sell better in a specific environment.
By Forming groups on social media, such as WhatsApp and Facebook, there will be collaboration and support, fostering growth, brand awareness, and customer satisfaction.
Internet in Business
The Internet has unveiled opportunities for businesses at a local and global level. Through the Internet, Business organizations, irrespective of distance, get to Interact with each other. An online Service like Slack can be used to improve collaboration and efficient teamwork.
Businesses with website can connect even more with their customers by providing useful services and Information. Products and Services can ordered online and paid for via secure Payment Gateways. Customers can also sign up to a mailing list to get periodic updates and developments . Conclusively, the Internet is an integral part of business in Nigeria.
Internet at Home
The use of Internet at home is as well significant. Home users, typically consists of Parents, Children, Youths, and.
Highlighted below are the common ways Internet is used for home users.
- The Internet is applied to enforce Parental Control.
- It is used to Resolve Home Issues.
- It can be utilized to carry out Business/Work.
- It is used by the cooking party to source recipes for Meals.
- Learning Process is enhanced through e-learning, as educational materials are obtained over the Internet.
- Videos and Apps can also be Accessed for Entertainment on the Internet.
- If employed, it can be used to search for Job search.
- The Social media is engaged by youths for Chatting and making New Friends.
- Information such as News and Facts is derived from the Internet.
- For Entertainment and Recreation, Videos are Downloaded or Streamed over the Internet.
The Internet could also be extended to other areas of the society to bring about better productivity, communication and efficiency.