It's another Thursday afternoon and time to take a plunge into Abuja's tech ecosystem, this time with Nkechi Oguchi, CEO of Ventures Park, one of Abuja's largest co-working spaces.
In the short time since I relocated to Abuja, she has shown herself to be an accomplished Abuja whisperer.
Today, I approach her with a problem all founders can relate to—hiring skilled talent.
Her work allows her to meet many professionals, from NGO researchers to developers who work from Ventures Park, so I wanted a few tips on tapping into the talent pool she supports. We sit down to discuss the factors that attract skilled senior talent to companies in the ecosystem.
Too many local and international companies are chasing the same talent pool, and the issue is felt across the board, as indicated in a Stears Data survey.
According to the IFC, technical talent such as software developers and other digitally skilled workers is a crucial indicator of a country's ability to utilise the internet economy and digital trade.
A challenge most entrepreneurs building for Africa will face is how to build low-cost products with expensive talent.
Spoiler: it's tough, especially if you are not a unicorn (or on your way to becoming one).
During our meeting, she interjects and pulls in a few senior developers—the subject of our conversation. However, the discussion that followed was both illuminating and worrying.